About the property
- Villa2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sleeps 10
Case Almaviva is a fully-staffed, private beachfront villa, located in the pristine Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, 22 kilometers south of Tulum. Revitalize your mind, body, and spirit in this luxurious oasis deep in the Mayan jungle.
Sian Ka'an is the largest protected nature preserve in Mexico's Maya Riviera, world renowned for its unique wetlands and unparalleled biodiversity. The name Sian Ka'an means "where the sky is born" in Maya. The Mesoamerican Reef—the world's second largest—is just a short swim from the beachfront directly outside your doorstep.
Savor the breathtaking sunrises over the Caribbean, and enjoy gourmet meals prepared by David, your personal chef, underneath the palapa in the open air great room. The refreshing ocean breezes keep you comfortable throughout the day.
From the villa's roof-deck, witness gorgeous sunsets over the vast Sian Ka'an jungle as birds glide above the treetops. Then rekindle your sense of wonder as you gaze upon the expansive night sky, just as the Mayans did from this very spot a millennia ago.
Whether you spend your days exploring the abundant nature and historic treasures nearby, or simply relaxing and enjoying the solitude of your private beach, Casa Almaviva is the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience!
David, the caretaker, is an excellent chef who specializes in Mexican and Mayan cuisine. He will prepare all your meals at Casa Alamaviva using fresh, local ingredients.
If you like seafood, you are in luck, because the local fisherman brings his daily catch right to the house. Ceviche and lobster paella are just two of the specialities of the house.
Casa Almaviva offers unlimited prix fixe dining.
$75 per adult, $30 per child 12 years and under
Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner
Unlimited Beer, Wine, Spirits, Soft Drinks, Juices, Mineral Water
Children under three years of age eat free.
Prices listed are per night, 16% IVA not included
The villa is situated on nearly three hectares of lush jungle, just 30 meters from the sea. It's an ideal place for relaxation, communing with nature, and enjoying the company of your traveling companions. Visitors typically rent a car at the airport and drive to Tulum (90 minutes) before heading through the beautiful—and sometimes very bumpy—road through the biosphere reserve. The villa has four bedrooms and is deigned to accommodate up to eight adults. (10 if two couples are willing to share a bedroom). The beds and linens are all hotel quality. Free WiFi is available throughout the house, and there is a Bose sound system in each bedroom, and SKY satellite TV. All meals are prepared by the onsite chef. Filtered drinking water is also provided. The villa features many indoor and outdoor seating areas to enjoy the ocean vies and starry skies.
An Ecologically Conscious Retreat
Casa Almaviva was designed and built according to the strict environmental regulations that govern construction within the Sian Ka'an preserve. Our aim is to minimize the ecological impact of the lodge, while still providing a luxurious jungle experience. The house is equipped with a state-of-the-art solar energy system as well as fresh rainwater collection. Air conditioning is available, but rarely used due to the pleasant sea breezes.
The house features eco-friendly linens, towels, bathrobes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, insect repellent, and sunscreen. The laundry is washed in Tulum, because detergents are not permitted in the biosphere reserve.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Property Manager
My name is Todd, born and raised in New York, I now make my home in Brooklyn. Many people don't realize how many beaches there are around New York, but when I was growing up, my family would always spend our summer days on Fire Island or at Montauk, Jones Beach and Coney Island.
Property Manager purchased this Villa in 2014
Why Property Manager chose Tulum Municipality
I have traveled the world and seen some amazing sights. Sian Ka'an is special. It's natural beauty and abundant wildlife are world famous. And the sky sure is beautiful. But there's something else that's harder to describe. When you visit Sian Ka'an you feel a deep personal connection to the natural world, and also a sense of the long arc of time. I always imagined that someday I'd live in another country. But life always kept me close to home in New York. Then I found Casa Almaviva.
What makes this Villa unique
Unbelievable sunsets over the lagoons, amazing star gazing, unique Caribbean experience away from the crowds.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Beautiful, Luxurious Stay
Sitting on our last morning in the Sian Ka'an, sipping my coffee, soaking up our last moments of ocean breezes. This spot will be difficult to leave. David, Miriam and their daughter, Alejandra, have been marvelous hosts. Fresh juice or smoothies each morning, wonderful meals, tasty margaritas - all made even more enjoyable by the fact that my husband and I did not have to prepare anything or clean up (the one downside of renting houses when we travel, in my opinion).
While there is a TV and DVD player, they weren't turned on even once. Our three kids (13, 11 and 9) read books, played frisbee or paddle ball and swam. We had pretty strong winds and relatively rough surf during our stay, but that just meant having to jump over seaweed to get to cleaner water. So it goes. Once you got just a little bit out, the water was gorgeous.
-Ruins at Cobà: At Cobà, we hired a guide just inside the entrance who provided a 45 minute tour and explanation of the history of the ruins. We then rented bicycles and rode the 4km to the temple, which you can climb (it's about 112ft) and then biked back to the entrance. From there we had lunch in one of the restaurants, did a little souvenir shopping (I particularly liked the Mayan Co-Op shop on the end) and then headed back towards Tulum stopping on the way at the Gran Cenote for a refreshing dip and some snorkeling. You can visit cenotes closer to Cobà, but we wanted to break up the drive with kids.
-Punta Allen: We drove down and hired a boat (truly, you just drive down, and hire a boat ($150)). We saw dolphins, visited the bird sanctuary, went snorkeling on the reef and swam on the white sand beach (all in about 3-4 hours). We then had a late lunch at a local spot right off the beach about 2 blocks south of the Tourism office.
-Tulum ruins and lunch in Tulum with a little shopping.
-Today, on our way back to Cancun for our flight tomorrow, we have one last tour to see Muyil through Mexico Kan Tours.
All-in-all, a perfect combination of relaxation and exploring in a stunningly beautiful place.
A few notes:
-We were told by a number of friends that we were crazy to drive and even crazier to drive south of Tulum. We have not had a single issue so far.
-We did pay entrance to the park for all 7 days (totaled about $25US). If you want to avoid, don't say anything about staying in the park when you drive through. :)
- We got by on minimal Spanish.
- Lunches @ La Zebra, Burrito Am*r; ice cream @ Origami.
Describes it perfectly!
We had an amazing family reunion at Casa Amaviva. Three adult couples and the matriarch whose birthday we were celebrating fit comfortably in this stunning home. David and Miriam and their daughter were delightful and we loved getting to know them as well as the local scene. We lagoon and deep sea fished with guides recommended by David, and had a great time on the sea kayaks. It was nice to be away from everything - but close enough to visit Tulum, Cabo and the Cenotes. Recommend getting a substantial car. It is a remarkable place and we feel very lucky to have been so spoiled. A really great time in a really great place. Could not recommend it more highly.
Great location, excellent property, super good food
We enjoyed very much Casa Almaviva. It is a secluded property inside a wonderful Ecological Reserve close enough to Tulum in case you want to get back in touch with civilization.
The house is very comfortable and both the food and the help are outstanding.
We highly recommend to visit Punta Allen and take a boat ride. We saw dolphins, turtles and we snorkled in the coral reef. Last but not least, we swam in a natural pool.
We are very happy to have chosen Casa Almaviva for our family back and we are ready to come back.
Our family of four, including 2 teens, stayed at this wonderful home for a week. Everything in the 5 star reviews and photos was accurate, and then some. Photos simply don't do it justice, and words can't describe how wonderful David's food is. The caretakers are a delightful couple. They quietly make sure that your stay is wonderful, and provide the freshest, most authentic Yucatan meals 3 times per day; fresh fish straight from the ocean, fresh tortillas delivered daily, fresh fruits, all for a total cost that you couldn't eat dinner for only a couple of times at a resort. Spacious bedrooms, including a very private master suite on the second level and a huge outdoor sofa on the roof is perfect for cocktails after a day at the beach and stargazing after dinner. The beach is truly your own. it is cleaned of seaweed every morning and lounge chairs and towels are provided. Over the course of 6 days we saw probably 3 people walk by. Because there is a coral reef about a 1/2 mile out, the surf is very gentle on the beach, making the kayaks easy to navigate. Although there is a very large brand new flat screen TV in the den with Satellite cable, our teenagers did not use it once. There is satellite wifi available for simple tasks, like staying barely connected to the office, making voice over wifi calls, and keeping teens happy. Bluetooth Bose speakers, cards and a few games are also provided and were great for passing some time before or after dinner. Although we had plans to venture out for some activities, we only did so once (taking in a movie and dinner at a very new, cool private outdoor theater concept in Tulum called Zine...highly recommended but book ahead on their Facebook page), because we didn't want to miss one day of relaxation or any of Davids meals! The road to the house is in pretty good shape but would recommend an SUV for a few rough patches and in case there have been recent rains.
Finally, the very friendly and professional property owner is extremely responsive, as you are making your plans, as you are preparing for your trip, and in following up afterwards.
A Day in Paradise...
I was invited by a friend celebrating a 50th birthday to join the group at Casa Almaviva. I literally had 48 hours to spend away from a busy work schedule - but- I love my friend so off I went..From the moment our 4x4 entered the nature sanctuary which leads to the house... I was happy... for some reason I had not considered how very secluded the location would be...the rain forest...the sense of history on the Gulf...who had landed there, lived there.
There was a sense of peace from the moment we arrived at the Casa..A fan of astro-tourism I went straight to the roof to check out the star gazing opp and I was not disappointed.. A peaceful warm wind, a setting sun, a rootop with a view of heaven. Wow!...all I needed was a margarita on the rocks ...with salt...quickly provided by my host..Casa Almaviva is all about being exactly where you want to be at a moment in time..Its got all the luxury perks one would expect...salon accessories (Moutlon Brown), A/c for those who want it, great shower power...but its the location and the people who really make it. Having a local couple act as care-takers/cooks/concierge gave a sense of authenticity to that wonderful evening..Really good quality food, tasty, simple..and plenty of it...delivered with an unobtrusive warmth..And then that stargazing...When my friend asked if I really had to fly back the next morning..I considered jacking it all in for just one more night and day at Casa Almaviva.
luxury & seclusion
The Casa Almaviva house is truly amazing—a perfect retreat to get away and take a break from the daily grind. If you can image the most perfect, idyllic tropical beach from a movie, this is what it was like—and we had it all to ourselves, not seeing anyone else on the beach for days. The house is beautiful, highly recommend making use of the 3rd floor outdoor lounge for stargazing. The staff made our stay very comfortable and prepared excellent meals tailored to our requests. The drive in through the jungle road was worth it for the privacy and luxury the house provides. It was an unforgettable trip!
The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve covers approximately 1.3 million acres of central Quintana Roo. It was established as part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program in 1986, and in 1987 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Maya, Sian Ka'an means "where the sky is born" or "gift from the sky." It was inhabited in the Maya Classic and Post Classic Periods, and has 23 known archeological sites. The northern part was a trade route between two important city states, Tulum and Muyil. With an infrastructure of man-made channels connecting existing lagoons.
Currently about 2,000 people live in the area, especially in the coastal regions, where Punta Allen and Punta Herrero are the largest fishing communities. It is the home to more than 100 species of mammals, 336 species of birds, and the the nesting ground for many wading birds, and two species of endangered turtles.
Human activity in the Reserve is highly restricted. In more than half of its total area only scientific research is permitted. There are some parts where sustainable development projects are allowed; and only around 1% of the total area is privately owned.
Sian Ka'an's conservation challenge is to promote low-impact human activities in order to protect all forms of life within its boundaries. For this purpose, the Mexican Government works together with private NGOs, like Amigos de Sian Ka'an.
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Gourmet Cuisine | Added for All Guests $75 per adult | $30 per child 12 years and younger Personal Chef Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Dinner Unlimited Beer, Wine, Spirits, Soft Drinks, Juices, Mineral Water Children under three years of age eat free. Prices listed are per night, 16% IVA not inlcuded.