Welcome to Ríaluz, my intimate luxury hideaway beside the ocean with a secluded ten-mile stretch of beach. Nestled within the federally protected biosphere of Río Lagartos, you will share the land with birds, beautiful seasonal flowers, and a breathtaking coastline. My off-grid and solar-powered luxury villa sustainably coexists with the environment and the untouched landscape. The home is bright and airy, with windows facing the sea and the abundant flora and fauna of the reserve. Simple but with attention to detail, the space is elegantly comfortable and connected to the sea, the sky, the stars and the birds.
Ríaluz is perfect for nature lovers, conservationists, birders, families looking for a unique place to explore, couples desiring a romantic getaway, and those looking to unplug from their busy lives and reconnect to nature. There are numerous activities in this rich area that I recommend to all my guests. A guided nature tour will take you to see many species of birds, including the densest concentration of flamingos in Mexico. There are crocodiles, rare birds, and many other animals! This tour will also take you to see Las Coloradas, lakes famous throughout the world for their pink color. Specialized birding tours and guided fishing tours can also be arranged, and paddle board, kitesurfing and kayak rentals are available, with instructors who can meet and teach you right at the beach. The nearby Chichen Itza ruins and cenote are majestic and highly popular, and the lesser known Ek Balam ruins are very beautiful and sparsely visited, with a magical cenote you can swim in. The nearby village of Rio Lagartos is lovely to walk through, and the delicious fresh fish served at the restaurants feeds all of the Yucatan peninsula. For interested guests our caretakers can also cook daily Yucatec cuisine for your group, which they will do in your kitchen so you can observe the recipes. The miles of open beach are wonderful for walking along, finding diverse and ever-changing shells, daydreaming, and taking in the local flora and fauna, and swimming in the ocean is of course fantastic! The water is gentle and shallow. You can wrap up your day by star-gazing at night from the bed or terrace and taking in the brilliantly clear night sky.
I received special permission to build within this precious biosphere reserve and bird sanctuary after working for several years with the Mexican wildlife protection agency, the first permission ever of its kind. My promise to them has been to operate the lowest-impact and most environmentally friendly coastal development in the whole of the Yucatan. Ríaluz is a model for eco-friendly luxury living.
The house is comprised of two buildings, giving guests an ample sense of space and privacy. In the main structure is the living room with a fully equipped kitchen and a master suite with a king bed. The living room has two sofas that can be converted into twin beds. Outside, a bridge connects the deck of the main structure with the adjacent one, where the second bedroom suite can be set up with either a king bed or two twin beds. The beach is accessible from all rooms by sandy footpaths leading 50m to the shore. Above the main building is a lounging terrace with an outdoor stargazing bed and a bar. From everywhere in the house, there are spectacular views of the sea.
The house is many miles deep into the federally protected biosphere reserve, and far from the lights and sounds of civilization. Other than a few homes, the reserve is free of human intervention, and it teems with flora and fauna. My home's incredible intimacy with nature affords travelers an unparalleled experience of Mexico's natural beauty.
Things to note:
-My home is not child proof and is not suitable for toddlers (age 12-36 months).
-I am welcoming of diverse travelers.
-My painting studio on the second story of the second building has a separate entrance. If our travel coincides, I myself may be at the beach quietly painting during your visit.
What is the travel time from the airport to the house?
Cancun is a 3.5 hour drive, and Merida is a 2.5 hour drive.
What is the drive to the house like?
The drive will take you far off the beaten path and into the beautiful countryside of the Yucatán. Detailed driving instructions are sent to all confirmed travelers.
What is the best way to reach Rio Lagartos from the house?
Rio Lagartos is a 40 minute drive from the house, or a 10 minute boat ride right from the beach.
What essentials should I bring?
Bring easy clothes, swimming suit and sunscreen, bug spray, a hat, close-toed shoes or hiking boots, and something to wrap yourself with in the evenings when the wind might pick up. Beach and shower towels are provided, as well as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap - all made organically from honey from the area.
Are there grocery stores or restaurants nearby?
If you are not requesting the cooking and provisioning service, there is a grocery store on the drive in from the airport which is listed in the directions. There are several restaurants in Rio Lagartos as well. Oil, salt, and other cooking staples are provided.
Is there cell reception at the house?
Is there wifi at the house?
Wifi at the house may be intermittent, dependent on the weather in the area. The house is ideal for those looking to disconnect.
Does the house have beach furniture?
Yes, there is a bench with shade on the beach, a portable umbrella, and beach chairs.
What are your recommendations for local activities?
Nature, birding and fishing tours
Paddle boarding, kitesurfinging and kayaking
Mayan ruins and cenotes
What are some animals I can hope to see?
Flamingoes, jaguarundis, raccoons, foxes, monkeys, dolphins, and many rare birds. The reserve is a bird sanctuary and has 395 inhabitant bird species, one of the highest species densities in the world. Their beautiful singing will accompany you throughout your visit, and wake you in the mornings.
Is your house friendly to diverse travelers?
I am dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of my guests. LGBTQ travelers, travelers with disabilities (though the house is not wheelchair accessible) and travelers of all ethnicities are more than welcome at my home.
Can you see the sunrise or the sunset from the house?
The house faces north-northeast and is located on the very northern-most point of the Yucatan peninsula, so there is ocean to the east, to the north and to the west. Depending of the time of the year, you can often see the sun rise out of the ocean in the morning and set back into the ocean in the evening. It’s very romantic. At night, the sky is brilliant with stars. The views during both the day and night are breathtaking.