|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Casa De Las Joyas is a colorful little slice of heaven and a wonderful, comfortable place to stay. the casa is located in a neighborhood of small homes originally built for locals within walking distance of Xcacel Beach. Xcacel Beach is home to turtle nesting grounds, and therefore protected by the Mexican government. Several publications have listed this beach as one of the top ones in Mexico, if not the world.
Decorated and painted in true Mexican style this 'jewel box' is perfect for those who are looking for a more traditional Mexican holiday experience. Much of the furniture was made by local artisans as we like to support our Riviera Maya economy. You might want to spend part of the day relaxing in the hammock in the backyard, listening to the gentle rush of falling water. Or you may want to take your morning coffee in the front yard, while admiring the park, listening to the native birds and enjoying the large fountain.
My name is Shelley, and I'm a native Californian. I hate to sound ungrateful, because I live very near the Pacific Ocean, but I LOVE the calm waters of the Caribbean. I never dreamed I would own a home in Mexico, partly because I can be kind of a Four Seasons type of gal, and didn't want to have many responsibilities when I go on vacation. So I put a lot of amenities into the house so it feels like you're taking a high end vacation, but it just doesn't cost nearly as much!
I live near Pismo Beach, CA and I have a young daughter who loves coming to Chemuyil almost as much as I do. This might become a retirement destination, but that is many years away, so for now it is my beloved vacation home, and I hope you will love it too!
Shelley purchased this house in 2008
After falling in love with the Akumal area in the early 90's I never made it back until 2007. I still loved it, but couldn't believe how much development had happened over a decade. Chemuyil is only 4 miles away from Akumal, but it is a sweet reminder of how Akumal used to be 10 years ago. When an opportunity came to purchase my home I couldn't pass it up! The pueblo (pop. 1000)is terrific, our little neighborhood has been lovingly updated and I love being so close to beach club action (Tulum), Snorkelling (Akumal) nightlife (Playa del Carmen) and boating (Puerto Aventuras). All very close by.
Chemuyil is such a quiet oasis, and I have one of only 5 homes that overlook the little park in our neighborhood (and the only one of the 5 that is available for rent). Sunrise and tea in the front yard admiring the park, morning and early afternoon at the beach, or Xel Ha or a cenote or shopping or...okay, the list goes on and on!! Late afternoons lounging in the hammock in the back yard, maybe sipping on a cerveza or margarita (I admit it, Happy Hour starts a little earlier for me in Mexico!). Evenings out at a small restaurant in the pueblo, or something near/on the beaches nearby. Okay, the casa has a perfectly lovely, fully stocked kitchen, and I do occasionally cook there! When my daughter is with me she loves the playgrounds in the pueblo, snorkelling in the calm waters of Akumal or going to the eco parks.
One of my favorite things is that I can relax from day one down there, knowing I can do as little or as much as I want, because it feels like heaven on earth to me.
A very nice low key casita about a 20 minute drive to Tulum beaches and a 10 minute drive to Akumal beach.
Like other reviewers' comments mention, we highly recommend renting a car if choosing this property. While technically "walking distance" to beautiful Xcacel beach, it is a pretty substantial walk. Xcacel beach is not developed and has no services (restaurants, dive rentals etc) to offer - and that is one of its charms to be sure- but if you want to spend the day there (and you should!), hauling a cooler and deck chairs (provided) with food, some shade, snorkel gear etc... You'll be happier taking your car over. Bike rentals were available, but the roads are rough and didn't seem too fun to ride on.
The house itself is just as the photos describe and very comfortable, with nice decorative touches and a charming patio where we enjoyed coffee and breakfast each morning. It is a small 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom that was perfect for the two of us. The AC, and fans worked great and we enjoyed preparing meals in a modest but well appointed kitchen with pots, pans and the all important coffee maker! If you want to be in the action, this may be just a tad out of the way for you. Restaurants and nightlife are a drive away, as is a supermarket and bank etc... However if you shun the mega-resort vibe and prefer something more down home, this is a good fit. The casita is part of a small housing development near the local village of Chemuyil which is refreshingly non touristy and provides an authentic Mexican feel. Depending on the wind direction, you can hear the nearby highway, but generally this area is quiet with many Americans neighbors.
The owner was terrific and property managers who helped us with getting settled in were great.
We enjoyed our stay and recommend to anyone who is looking for a low key yet comfortable home as a base to explore this beautiful region.
I feel like writing this review for Casa de las Joyas will be a double-edged sword because I'm afraid it's only going to get more popular and therefore less available for me to rent again. That being said, I truly have nothing but great things to say about la Casa de las Joyas in Chan Chemuyil. The owner has gone above and beyond to make the home more than comfortable. The kitchen is a decent size and the coffee maker is functional (which is important for us) - all you need to save some money by cooking for yourself. The 20 liter drum of water was great for us so we didn't have to purchase water. The movie library is extensive and was a treat during the evenings. The accessibility to the beach is PHENOMENAL! We rented bikes for our 10 day stay and didn't need anything else. We strapped the beach chairs (provided by the owner to borrow during your stay) and beach towels to our back and headed to the beach every day. The snorkeling at the local beach is great and perfect for people who aren't super into doing organized tours. All in all, our stay was such a treat, and I'm so grateful we found Casa de las Joyas!
We loved the casa, but found out quickly upon arrival that we really should have rented a car. The location was not as I had expected - the beach was quite a long walk; you walk through the jungle or via the community streets (that takes much longer), cross a major highway with a barrier in the middle, then once you reach the other side, it's a hike to the beach down the long gravel road. We stayed 6 days and went to the beach once - it was too far for my 4-year-old daughter to walk in 90 degree weather and the bugs in the jungle were relentless. The seaweed was really bad this year as well, so there were bugs that jumped all over your skin as you went through it or attempted to hop over it to get to the water. The casa does not have a pool which turned out to be painful for us staying in one place for so long. We walked to town a couple of times, but again - it's a pretty long walk if you have small children in 90+ degrees and the bug bites accumulating. The property managers onsite were amazing and SO very helpful. We thought that we'd be closer to town, so when we arrived and it was dark, we did not know that we would have no way of getting food because you have to walk so far. The property managers stopped by and actually drove my mom to the grocery store so that she could buy us a couple of days worth of food. We took our laundry into town to get washed and when we went back the next day to pick it up, the place was closed. This was a major problem since we were leaving the next day. The property managers called and drove us to pick it up that next morning - thankfully. We really don't know what we would have done had they not been there. In the housing community within which this casa sits there are more American individuals than there are Mexican natives as far as I could tell. We had been expecting a more "real" and less "american" experience, I guess. That said, the house was clean and had everything that we needed to cook. The air conditioning was pretty good, but not great and the windows don't shut all of the way. You must spray Raid all over the doors and walls because the bugs are so bad, which again was an issue because of my 4-year-old daughter having to breath in the fumes. The bugs were so very bad that it seemed that no matter what kind of spray or lotion you used to repel them, they only worked about 50%. The backyard is private and very nice - we loved the fact that they had clotheslines.
Myself and my two teenage children had a perfect vacation! The house is adorable and I loved the decor. My best advice is to read everything that has been provided for you, the guest book and the folder with suggestions. Believe them they are right about the locals and who to deal with. The business men that were suggested were so amazing and helpful. I definitely think a car is imperative. While the local town is cute, there is no bank and the family stores are very small. We cooked most of our food at home and prepared great lunches for our daily outings. There is an amazing cenote behind Chan Chemuyil. 50 pesos per person. The water is amazing!! We loved going to Akumel beach. Plenty to eat and see, especially underwater. Be sure to wear bug repellent at dusk. If you want a pretty walk with morning coffee just head across the street to a cute cenote in your front yard. The property has everything you need to enjoy your trip. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoyed ours. Oh the code for internet took a few tries(confusion with 0/o, 1/l, etc.) but once you get it right, it works great!!
This house is fabulous and sweet! A friend and I rented it for a few days to get away from the interminable winter this year, and couldn't have picked a better spot. It's close to a beautiful beach, a nice village, and a major road that can take you to bigger population areas if you want.
I highly recommend renting bikes—Shelley arranged to have them ready for us on the day we arrived, and picked up the day we left, which was perfect—everything is walkable, but the biking is pleasant and will save a fair bit of time getting groceries in the village and getting to the beach, etc. The place was just the right size, and well ventilated; even on hot days, we had enough breeze and didn't need the air conditioning at all. Internet worked great, and we loved the video collection for chilling at night. A few small blips here and there, but the property manager was quick to respond to any concerns. All in all, I can't imagine staying anywhere else for a trip in this area. Thank you!
Casa De Las Joyas is a centrally located, charmingly furnished, and lovingly maintained haven––close to resorts, cultural sights, and great local dining––only a side step away from the madding crowds. Located in a private neighborhood at the edge of the jungle and across the highway from beautiful, secluded beaches, the casita offers unparalleled access to an action-packed (or fully relaxed) vacation stay.
During my five day stay I snorkeled at three different beaches, dined at great local eateries (and ate the best grilled snapper of my life!), shopped first class galleries and colorful local markets, attended a Day Of The Dead bash at a local expatriate bar, and still had time to explore the local cenotes, take long walks on the beach, and cat-nap in a palapa or two. Casa De Las Joyas provided the perfect staging ground for an amazing and relaxed adventure!
Many cenotes and caverns nearby for diving. 2km from Xel Ha Eco Resort.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.