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Luxury Penthouse Condo-Ocean, Golf, Wellness Center in Sunny Riveria Maya

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Sleeps 5 with rooftop Jacuzzi & views of a jungle paradise

This beautifully decorated 2-story, (very) private corner penthouse condo is located within the Tao Residential Community which is next to the Bahia Principe luxury resort property called S'ian Kaan. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this wellness community while having access to two resorts and its faciities: Bahia Principe S'ian Kaan & Bahia Principe Tulum as well as the Bahia Principe Robert Trent Golf Course. The wellness community offers free yoga classes every morning, multiple pools, a full spa, a Mayan sweat lodge, outdoor cafe and elixir bar, and a fitness area. The resorts offer free tennis courts, stunning beaches, multiple pools, the Golf Clubhouse, evening music, early morning and evening bird walks, and guided bike rides on beautifully maintained properties. A Tao-only beachfront club house, with pool, bar and a selection of food, is now open and is about an 8-minute drive from the penthouse condo.

This luxury condo, a private corner unit, is elegantly decorated with handmade furniture crafted from the finest local hardwoods, local art and authentic Mayan crafts, and has its own private gardens, too! The master bedroom has a handmade king-size bed and the guest bedroom has a hand-crafted queen-size bed. Both bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. The open floor-plan living/dining area comfortably seats 6 and opens out onto a furnished terrace. Details include granite counter-tops, exquisite Tzalum Mexican hardwood trim and furnishings, and high end sunshades and blinds. The condo includes modern remote controlled AC; a large flat-screen TV and with Apple-TV and DVD player; Wi-Fi; an outdoor grill, a well-appointed kitchen with breakfast bar; and all new appliances including a gas stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and washer-dryer. A full complement of towels and linens are provided.

The unique rooftop terrace, private and only accessible to those residing at our condo, has fragrant and flowering gardens and provides ample outdoor living space. It includes a Jacuzzi, eating areas, open air kitchen and bar, and living areas - all with magnificent views of the pristine jungle and very private. Rooftop living offers occupants private sunning, stargazing, and leisure among the gardened terrace while enjoying Mexico’s gorgeous sunsets. This private rooftop is a magical place for an early morning cup of tea or an evening glass of wine.

The Akumal/Tulum area offers fascinating things to see and do. Akumal is home to the protected sea turtles, and you can swim with them at the local beaches. There is world class snorkeling, diving, and fly fishing; underground cenotes; Mayan ruins; a 1.3 million acre bio reserve; and of course the famous white sand beaches. There are many area restaurants that offer great, authentic fare for very reasonable rates. A list of our favorites is available to you at the condo.

This condo is professionally managed with 24-hour security and two gated entrances. You will be provided with a letter that grants you access to the resorts and to Tao Community. You will be greeted by a concierge, who will help you get settled in and who will be available if you need assistance throughout your entire stay.

The Tao Wellness Community in Akumal, on the magnificent Mayan Riviera, is a Mexican Jungle Paradise where you are sure to find "la buena vida" and the vacation memories of a lifetime.

The unit is also available for either short-term or long-term rentals. Please ask the owner for more details.

More Details

Bob Kesner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Bob Kesner

Bob and his wife Andrea began their search for a second home in 2010. They considered southern France, Panama and a number of other places they had read about. Mexico was not originally on their list. But Bob, being the more adventurous one, had a strong feeling that Mexico could work and they first came in 2011. At the time, Tao Residential Community was a drawing on a piece of paper, but Bob immediately saw the potential. In October 2013 they closed on their penthouse condo and now thoroughly enjoy their warm and sunny home away from home. When not in Mexico, Bob and Andrea live in rural Vermont with their overly friendly black lab Shadow, and where they enjoy organic gardening and stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains. Wherever they are, they play tennis as much as possible.

Bob has owned and rented properties in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Vermont and has always enjoyed 5-star reviews. Review for this property can be seen at; review for one of his Vermont properties are at

Bob Kesner purchased this condo in 2014

Why Bob Kesner chose Akumal

Casa Mandevilla, our new luxury penthouse, professionally managed with 24-hour security and gated entrances, is located in the area's first wellness-focused residential community of its kind, The Tao-Inspired Living Community, where health, beauty and simplicity reside in luxurious jungle surroundings where the sun is always shining.

From our home, one can take a short walk through the jungle to the Tao Wellness Center. The Wellness Centers offers guests free yoga, zumba, salsa, cooking, or Spanish lessons, an exercise area, a steam room, treatment services and two pools. The property includes an award-winning 27-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course, the community Infinity pool overlooking the golf course, and access to two (soon to be three) private beaches on the magnificent Mayan Riviera ocean.

Our high-end condo reflects the surrounding jungle and natural beauty, and incorporates local Mayan- and Mexican-made furnishings wherever possible, including Mexican-made dining table, chairs & sofa; exquisite Tzalum hardwood trim and furnishings; Mexican-made outdoor furnishings; and paintings by local artists.

Casa Mandevilla is one of a select few penthouse condos that successfully melds together Mayan, Mexican and contemporary elements with natural beauty that are guaranteed to provide a unique vacation experience.

5-star reviews can be seen at

What makes this condo unique

Tao Residential Community is unique in its commitment to wellness and environmental mindfulness. Upon arriving you will immediately notice how Tao is build to blend with its tropical surroundings and give its residents a feeling of peace and relaxation. Coffee on the rooftop is a daily pleasure here. 360 degree views of a pristine jungle paradise where the sun is always shining and the sound of tropical birdsong are a magnificent way to start your day. The area offers so many active adventures, from sea kayaking in a 2.8 million acre nature preserve to climbing ancient ruins to diving in cenotes. And if that's not your style, there's always a quiet day on the beach. You will find it all here from your home base at Tao.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I had the pleasure of staying at this condo in January. It more then met my expectations. It was spacious, beautifully decorated and had all the amenities you could possibly need.

The location is ideal ! It is close to the beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants and the many hidden gems the area has to offer. Let me not forget the weather could not have been more perfect and the local people are friendly and accommodating.

I highly recommend you stay at this place. You will be glad you did.

31 Jan 2014, Monica S.
Jan 2014
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Akumal Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 full bathrooms Each has sink, shower, toilet and storage
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bedroom has a handcrafted king-size bed and en suite bathroom and balcony. The guest bedroom has a handmade queen-size bed, en suite bathroom and wall-mounted TV monitor for HDMI cabling with your computer. 5th and/or 6th person on blow-up mattress and/or couch.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a professionally managed condo with 24-hour security and gated entrance, located on 717-acres within a luxury resort that offers a 27-hole golf course, wellness center with spa, exercise facility, yoga studio and Mayan sweat lodge. It is a magical place and you will have a relaxing and memorable vacation here. For longer stays, e.g. more than a week, housekeeping is available at additional cost. Please ask for details. Again, pls. note that the upstairs, 2nd-floor Jacuzzi and terrace is ONLY accessible to guests and residents of the penthouse condo and are totally PRIVATE.


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average rating of 4.9333334 based on 17 reviews

Great facility, many amenities available.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We ventured out each day and did not utilize all the offerings of the rental. We did not use the hot tub, but it would have been a wonderful option because of the location. The views from the penthouse top were a nice place to relax in the evenings. There were opportunities to see the stars. We rented bicycles at the Tao wellness center. There are several shuttles that travel around but we preferred the bicycle option. We were at the beach each day and used the bicycles to get there also. We stopped at the golf club office building to purchase any pass option we were interested in. If we had anything to say that was not top shelf, it would be about the concierge service that was to be provided by Luciana. We never did see her, and we were there 4 nights. She stopped by sometime the second day and left a canned letter saying sorry I missed you with some contact options. When I commented to Luciana by email about being disappointed in not being visited by her, the response was, I left you contact information if you had any questions.

Overall, I would definitely stay here again, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. This is a top shelf facility. The furnishings are nice. Not an over abundance of any kitchen items. They could use some more glasses, but that is a suggestion. My only downside comment would be the concierge service. You pay for it when you rent the place but I feel we paid for sometime we did not receive. We figured out the facility and complex area by ourselves, reading the booklet available in the rental and just going to the various buildings and asking people there questions. We could have easily stayed here for a longer period of time to enjoy the facility and the surrounding area. Until next time.

Ron from North Dakota, USA

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: My thanks to Ron for such a nice and comprehensive review. I am in the process of rectifying the concierge, drinking glass and kitchen item issues. Many thx. for your recos. re these items. We look forward to seeing you again! Bob
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Excellent Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five (including three teenagers) stayed at Bob's condo for two weeks this Christmas. The condo is located in a very quiet, safe, guarded/gated community away from the busy hotel and beach scene. The condo was well equipped and had everything we required. The on-site staff was very friendly and helpful. We rented a car and bought groceries in town without any difficulties. You will need a car (or hire a taxi or use a collectivo) to see the beautiful sites nearby. The Bahia Principe provides a shuttle that will transport you from the Tao community to the main resort/beach but only until 4:00 p.m. Though we had the option to access the Tulum resort and beach at Bahia Principe, we much preferred to enjoy the Tao pools and visit the other nearby beaches and local restaurants instead. The Sian Kaan resort can be accessed as well but it is for adults only. If you choose to eat at at the resort restaurants, you will need to buy daily passes at the golf club house. The Tao Wellness Centre is a quick one minute walk from the condo. We used the gym and enjoyed the yoga classes there.

Bob was very helpful and quick to respond to all of my questions. He provides a binder full of useful information including excellent suggestions of things to do in the area.

We all enjoyed our stay immensely.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Halifax NS Canada

Hola paradise

  • 4 of 5

After spending two months here my wife and I disagree about giving four or five stars. Our reasons for not being able to hit the five star button are - there were two wine glasses in the cupboard and they were different sizes, and there was no tea kettle. We did ask concierge for more glasses and some arrived but they were drinking glasses. Luciana, who was our contact with regards to property management, gets five stars. We could have bought wine glasses and Bob would have reimbursed us, we know that. Other than a couple of nit picks the condo is awesome. And Bob Kesner the owner gets five stars for always responding to anything within minutes. Don't forget to bring your Netflix sign in information as there is none provided as you are led to believe. Other than the couple of things mentioned this place is dope. And Mexico is too. We didn't rent a car for the entire time and had no issues getting around. Colectivos and taxis make it easy and to go anywhere. Getting back after hours from the Baha'i is a challenge but we were always able to offer a couple of dollars to the trolley drivers and they would bring us home. And some nights we wanted to walk, and it's only ten or fifteen minutes depending on whether it's a walk or a stroll. If you play golf this is a course you will remember for a long time. The service at the club house could be improved, but the quality of the track is amazing. The beaches at the resort are horrible but we would take a Colectivo when we wanted to go to a real beach. And there are many great ones. I have to mention the planters on both the main terrace and the patio rooftop terrace, they are amazing and make this unit special. My wife enjoyed giving them a lot of love and brought them back to being healthy again. I will miss my early morning walks here in paradise as we head back to Nova Scotia today. Adios paradise.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and glad that you enjoyed your stay, especially the "gardens"/plants (they ARE special to us and our guests) We have added some clarity about the Netflix account situation on our post, and will make sure that we have more wine glasses and a tea kettle on hand for future guests. Regards, Bob
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FAbulous Property

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay. This property is situated in a development called Tao which is pretty large and Tao is located in Bahia Principe. The unit itself is 1st class all the way. All granite, marble etc. I am a super foodie and so kitchens are important. Not over stocked but everything there is of a high standard. There were 4 of us and we had to figure a few thing out like the washer dryer etc but had no problems with anything. No issues with hot water running 2 showers at a time. Bob Kesner, the owner, is very responsive and is a 5 star owner. My wife and I travel extensively and always use VRBO/Home . We know the difference. The amenities are really 1st class since as a Tao guest you get to use all the Bahia properties facilities. Tao is not on the beach but they have shuttles go back and forth and easy to use. I highly recommend a car but if your intention was to just hang out yu probably could get away without one.

The restaurants recommended in Akumal are terrific, Do not miss them. Also, in Tulum is an unbelievable food scene happening as well as boutique hotels, yoga centers etc. #1 rest there is Hartwood. They only take reservations 1 month in advance. Everything else is on a 1st come basis. They open at 6 and we arrived just a few minutes after, 2 seatings that night and already the 1st was sold out, and the line waiting for the s

2nd was almost full. We went to Cenzontle just a shrt walk away. Fabulous food. Ziggy's on the beach is not to be missed, 5 star. ARCA we here is 5 star but was closed. Wild is 5 star as well. #2 rated in the local area.

We are big coffee fans. At the Tulum supermarket. ( not San Francisco) they sell an organic coffee called Cosecha de Altura. was $3.68 ! That's 1 lb, not 12 oz . Really great coffee. I took home 6 pounds and now I realize I should have bought more. The Finca is also good, not organic, Everything is is not worth much. Bob, I am coming back. many Cenotes, basically fresh water sinkholes. Chickin-Ha is nice right next to Azul. For some reason it is off the tourist map and so almost no one there. Admission is 15 USD

Make sure to take only copies of drivers license. They cannot issue tickets on a copy or so they said. We were pulled over twice. We had a luxury car. Just pullout a 500 note so they see it. Never offer to bribe them. Just say you are in a real hurry and would like to pay the fine directly. No problem. I loved every minute of it.Instant justic

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Camden, ME USA

Ideal for adventures and fun in the sun!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Bob & Andrea, we enjoyed our month long stay in your Penthouse condo. My favorite space was the roof top for reading, relaxing, sunbathing and star gazing. Daily yoga, dance classes, a gym, golf course and Spanish lesions. The Tao community is diverse. Akumal, Tulum, Playa de Carmen are immersed with adventures. The Mayan Culture, turquoise waters, cenotes, and temples are representive destinations that filled our senses. We will return.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great condo

  • 5 of 5

Great condo, infinity pool, yoga and close to great beaches! All details were perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Robert Trent Golf Course on the property
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Rte. 307
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: recommended

Akumal is located in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. Akumal means 'turtle' in Mayan, and the village of Akumal hugs the bay where endangered sea turtles come home to nest. It is the quintessential laid-back Mexican coastal village where locals, tourists and expats from around the world meet. Visitors enjoy beautiful beaches, excellent snorkeling, colorful eateries, and artful shops in the safe and peaceful Mayan atmosphere. You can even swim with the turtles in Turtle Bay. Just 20 miles south of Akumal is the village of Tulum, with a multitude of shops and authentic restaurants. From the village of Tulum, one can rent bikes and ride to trendy Tulum beach dotted with boutique eco hotels along magnificent Tulum Beach. Tulum Beach has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This area is also replete with Mayan ruins, the most famous being the Tulum ruins just north of the village. Other short days trips will get you to the ruins of Coba, Muyil, and El Balam to name just a few. In addition, there is snorkeling, cenotes, sea kayaking, trips through the S'ian Kaan Nature Reserve, and much much more.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $250
Concierge fees $115

Please contact us about Special Seasonal Discounts.

Cancellation policy: LESSEE(S) assumes full responsibility for fulfilling the terms of the lease for the period stated and assure the LESSOR full recourse for the payment of any amount outstanding from the total amount including any outstanding or unpaid charges that are the responsibility of the LESSEE(S). In the event of cancellation by the LESSEE(S), a refund of monies paid will be made only to the extent that a tenant can be found to occupy the vacated time reserved. Otherwise, those paid monies will NOT be refunded.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.