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Heather Tissue

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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CASA MAARE by Xcacel Beach, Tulum, Akumal, your casita in paradise

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Casa Maare---at pristine Xcacel Beach and so close to Tulum ruins, jungle cenotes, Xelha Eco-park and more--- it's your comfy, cozy home base for a great vacation. Located between Akumal and Tulum, near Xcacel Beach, Casa Maare is furnished in a casual style using natural, sustainable materials such as bamboo with accents of Mexican folk art. The casa has a traditional outdoor pergola for shade in the front, beach towels, a cooler, and beach chairs to enhance your time at Xcacel beach.

Casa Maare's property managers, Elena and Patricio live nearby. They'll be available in the neighborhood to assist you with activity planning or whatever you might need during your stay.

Casa Maare has all the comforts of home---soft sheets, soft towels and a/c. Casa Maare comfortably accomodates 2 - 4 people, with a basic kitchen, indoor or outdoor seating and a sectional couch in the adjacent living area. A stay at Casa Maare is comfort and adventure at an affordable rate.

Casa Maare is situated in a unique community of brightly colored homes populated by locals and Canadian and US expats and part-timers. The neighborhood is surrounded by jungle filled with birds and animals and also features two cenotes, one deep enough for a cooling plunge.

The casa is a short walk from the pueblo and the pristine Xcacel beach and cenote, and is just minutes from ocean diving and snorkeling, and the Yucatan's famous cenotes, a system of underwater caves and caverns for the more experienced diver. A short drive takes you to Yucatan adventures of a lifetime---Xel-Ha and Hidden Worlds Ecoparks, the Tulum and Coba ruins, The Jungle Place, and the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

Keywords: Casita, house, casa, beach, beaches, Tulum, Akumal

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Heather Tissue (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Heather Tissue

I'm a designer living on the Central Coast of California specializing in the use of sustainable materials for home interiors. I have been traveling all over Mexico for years and recently had the opportunity to purchase a little house in an amazing part of the Yucatan. It's my dream to share this wonderful part of the world with other travelers. I named the place Casa Maare because in the Yucatec language, 'maare' is slang for 'wow!' I mean, wow, I never thought I'd have a house in Mexico.

Heather Tissue purchased this house in 2009

Why Heather Tissue chose Tulum

The Tulum area of Quintana Roo is unique in all the world with an astonishing number of cultural, ecological, oceanographic and archeological wonders to explore and enjoy. The Yucatan peninsula offers something for all kinds of travelers---warm, sunny weather, calm, beach time relaxing, adventurous diving and birding, family-friendly ecological parks, historical tours of the ruins, festive dining and shopping, and more. It's an amazing place with a vibrant history and culture and I am happy to be able to share it with other travelers.

What makes this house unique

Casa Maare and its neighborhood are unique in that they are modest, Mexican-style homes originally built as staff housing for a resort that was never built on the nearby Xcacel beach. The beach was declared a sea turtle sanctuary and the homes languished until a trio of enterprising investors re-packaged and marketed these little gems to locals and vacationers. Built to last, these casitas have weathered 2 hurricanes since 2001. Most owners purchased since 2007 and the tract has evolved into the techni-colored rows and various remodeled facades you see today.

When you vacation at Casa Maare, you'll enjoy many of the amenities of a resort---a/c, comfortable furnishings, lively Mexican decor---but also have the flexibility to prepare your own meals in a simple kitchen, entertain in your own living quarters and private patio, sleep to the sound of ocean breezes and wake to the sounds of tropical birds in the jungle across the street.

Our property management team keeps an office in the neighborhood and are on call to assist you in any way. For additional fees, you can have groceries delivered, extra maid service, or massage.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Casa was clean and lovely and we felt right at home. The neighborhood cenote was so awesome! We also,enjoyed the short walk to the very close beach. The local caretaker was helpful and made us feel at home. Casa Maare is in a great location that made exploring up and down the coast very easy. Heather was so gracious and helpful prior to our stay. We hope to return!
Mar 2015
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CASA MAARE by Xcacel Beach, Tulum, Akumal, your casita in paradise
average rating of 4.5 based on 17 reviews
Kettle Falls. WA, USA

Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little house in quiet enclave. 10 minute walk to the beach, or town. Well maintained and equipped. Owner is very helpful and responsive.

Even nicer than the photos.

Great place for a base to explore the area, or get some hammock time in!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yellowhead County, Alberta, Canada

Very Disappointed with Casa Maare in Chan Chemuyil!

  • 1 of 5

We do not recommend Casa Maare:

The sheets were stained; with what we assume to be body fluids; when the PM (property manager) came he said they were bleached clean and it was only a stain. We wanted them changed and felt they should never have been put on the bed, the bed spread was also dirty. He reluctantly (in our opinion) had them changed. The baseboards are filthy, it’s black behind the kitchen sink between the taps and wall (mold or dirt) the owner agreed the grouting needs to be redone. The floors were very dirty. A bit of weather stripping around the doors would be nice to keep some of the insects and small reptiles out. We had no face cloths, 2 dish rags and one tea towel for 10 days. 2 of the 3 beach chairs are broken. The shower had a clump of black hairs on the drain, and there was a used razor in it. There is no Bar-B-Q as indicated. When the PM showed up on the Tuesday, he gave us a tour. We'd already found most of the things in town the night before however it was good to find out how to get to the beach, and where the doctor and baker were. Unfortunately, he spent most of the tour on the phone and negotiating with the contractor who was going to fix the palapa in front of the casita; we were told by the PM to watch that it doesn't fall on us while we're sitting outside, on the very uncomfortable white plastic chairs. As we were packing, we looked under the bed, I couldn't guess when it was last swept or washed. The PM doesn't live in the community.

We spoke with the owner yesterday morning; I sent her an email the day after we returned to prepare her for the review we have written. She wanted the opportunity to speak with us first; a reasonable request. She was concerned that we were not satisfied with our stay. She said to us that the PM had the place completely re-cleaned, after we contacted her from Mexico via email, the day of arrival. She also told us that he came to check with us regularly. I told her this did not happen, the only cleaning that was done following our written concern to her, was that the bedding was changed; her response was that she has known them (the PM) for years and that the place was re-cleaned. We felt we were being called liars. All we wanted from her was to be told that no other visitor to her casita would experience what we did!

We are experienced travelers and use VRBO in Mexico vs. all inclusive. We've always been happy. We may return to Chan Chemuyil, however we would rent a different casita.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Future guests please take this review with a grain of a salt. We did everything we could to accommodate these guests. From numerous phone conversations and emails prior to arrival to discuss trip details to multiple in-person follow-ups, additional house keeping, linen changing and more emails after arrival, my team was attentive to the concerns of these guests. Casa Maare has numerous excellent reviews on this and other vacation rental portals and my property management team and I take great pride in sharing our little slice of paradise with our guests. We are there for you from the moment you submit an inquiry. Casa Maare is well cared for---no mean feat in the jungle climate---the garden tended, the house cleaned and regular maintenance completed. We even bleach the sidewalk to keep it looking bright. This fall (2014) the Casa got a fun outdoor shower structure and a new water heater, and more recently a repaired pergola (shade structure), fresh interior paint, and new beach chairs. Please read on for more positive perspectives on what a stay at Casa Maare is like. Bienvenidos!
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for 10 days and found this house the perfect winter getaway. Loved sitting in front yard in the morning and afternoon greeting neighbors as they strolled by and watching for colorful birds in the trees across the street. The house had everything needed and some extras like books to read, playing cards and some stables like oil, vinegar, shampoo, lotion.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Northern California

Great Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location, Chemuyil is a wonderful little village that has all that you need. The bar has great food!

I would recommend it!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Derek! Yes Chemuyil is a great little place with friendly people, delicious food, a weekly farmers' market, a tortilla factory---pretty much all you need for an easy vacation at Casa Maare.
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Montréal, Québec, Canada

A family trip away too short!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Casa Maare for 9 days. Me, my husband and our two kids are absolutely charmed by Chemuyil pueblo and the many things to do around.

It permited us to feel and live the beat of a little village in Mexico and also visiting and being ''true tourists''!

The home was charming and just ok for 4 persons.

It was just a little too expensive for what it is, if I compare with other people who rent other houses in the community at the same time.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Regarding pricing for your stay, other homes in the community offer a weekly price that reflects 6 nights while a week price at Casa Maare is 7 nights. Casa Maare also has concierge service---property managers who greet you upon arrival and give you a quick tour to acquaint you with all the area has to offer. And they are available in the neighborhood to assist you during your stay.
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Great stay at Casa Maare!

  • 5 of 5

Convenient jumping off spot to so many places in and around Tulum but always great to come back to Casa Maare. Friendly neighbors and all the comforts of home. Loved getting to know the folks in Chemuyil - would definitely recommend staying here! Heather was super responsive to all of our inquiries and provided lots of great information about the local area.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
El Arrecife
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Playa del Carmen
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Bahia Principe
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Kilometres
Hwy 307
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Pizzeria Leo
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Point of Interest
Casa Maare
Nearest Point of Interest
Xcacel Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Xelha EcoPark
Car: not necessary

Reef, Cavern and Cave Diving, Jungle tours, Mayan ruins, Beach clubs, Night clubs, Yoga studios, Kite surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Snorkeling, Zip lining


Rates & Availability

Chemuyil House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
May 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Jan 8 2017 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $20

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Tulum House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , extra outdoor shower in backyard
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1) pillow top mattress, Twin or Single Beds (2) pillow top mattresses
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
IPod dock, jungle view, water cooler, beach chairs, beach towels, portable cooler.

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