jungle house with private pool near XCacel beach
- 1 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- sleeps 3
Description from the owner
Enjoy Rancho El Teterete, 1 hectare of private jungle with a Mexican palapa (traditional house), outdoor fire place and naturally shaped pool, all for yourself.
The house itself can be defined as a cottage. But: it is not only the house, but indeed the whole hectare that is to your availability! Privately! So no other guests; except the extra two travel companions if and when you choose to come with 4 or maximum 5 people. You then enjoy the whole hectare together, and sleep in two houses.
Located just behind XCacel beach and Pueblo Chemuyil (Riviera Maya), it is a near both the beach, culture and leisure while living in the sere...Read more
jungle house with private pool near XCacel beach
Chemuyil, Yucatan-Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Additional Location Information
Rancho El Teterete is located outside Pueblo Chemuyil and approximately half a mile behind Chan Chemuyil. XCacel beach is a 2 minutes drive (or 15 minutes walk), Tulum 10 minutes and Playa del Carmen approximately a 30 minutes drive. The rancho is located on a dirt road, next to a big cenote. It is very save, a.o. due to the neighbor (veterinarian and dog trainer) who manages the place during my absence. Behind the pool is the 2nd palapa, that can only be rented in combination with the main palapa. So you will always have the place for yourself. Chemuyil is a 10 minutes walk where you can do your daily grocery shopping or go to one of the restaurants.
Public transportation (taxi, colectivo) is good; for your convenience I recommend renting a car.
Location Type Rural, Tropical
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: November 20, 2013 ◀▶
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Date||Nightly Rate||Weekly Rate||Monthly Rate|
|Nov 01, 2013 - May 31, 2014 |
|4 night min stay | Any day check-in | $14 per person per night for more than 2 guests|
|All other dates ||$137|
|4 night min stay | Any day check-in | $14 per person per night for more than 2 guests|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- 5% on payment via paypal | 5% of rent | on your payment, PayPal requires a 5% fee
- 3rd person per night in the big palapa | $14 per day | when a 3rd person joins in the big palapa, the fee is an extra 10,= Euro per night
Additional notes from owner
First of all: PETS ARE WELCOME AND STAY FOR FREE!
Since I do not charge anything extra when you bring your dog or dogs (and therefore: fee per stay is zero), the FlipKey system indicates that pets are not allowed.
The small palapa can only be rented in combination with the big palapa (for privacy reasons).
For every 3rd person in the big palapa (Mexican house) a fee of 10 Euro per night is charged.
PayPal requires a 5% fee, which is added to your payment. If you choose to pay via bank transfer to my Dutch account, there are costs for an international transfer. How much these costs are can be inquired from your own bank.
Check in time is 4pm.
When your flight arrives earlier, please let me know so i can see if the palapa is already available.
Otherwise, you could drop off your luggage at my place (safely!) and enjoy the beach while the palapa is being prepared for you.
This of course depends on the previous occupation of the palapa.
When you arrive at a later time, just let me know in advance as well, so we know what time to expect you and we can welcome you and show you around.
Check out time is 10 am.
- Internet Access [?]
- Sunbed [?]
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Water Views [?]
- Electric Grill
- Gas Stove
- Pet friendly - Yes
- Smoking allowed - Ask
- Suitable for children - Yes
- Suitable for the elderly - Yes
- 1000 square meters
What Past Guests Are Saying
A glimps of paradise
We stayed for five days in the end of February and enjoyed our 'hut in the jungle' immensely. The place is very simple but perfect for a relaxing stay away from the crowds. The pool is to die for. The closest beach is fantastic but I will agree with some reviewers, it is not a stone throw away. One definitely will need a car to get around.
Response from Josephine Quartel - 03/06/2013
Thank you W+P for this review! And maybe it's my Dutch habit of walking miles and miles with my dog that considers the distance to the beach 'a stonethrow away (to me it is :- ) - I will change that to more specifics! Thnx! And glad you had such a good time! Josephine
PS: I miss the pool too when I'm in The Netherlands ...
what a wonderful place !
The Rancho El Teterete was an undescribable experience for us. We were 5 french friends (3 in the large palapa and 2 in the smaller palapa, which are both large enough !!) and had so much fun there.
It was just 10.000 years from our daily life in France, what we were looking for ! First the place is so well decorated, so much taste and so much love were invested there that we could feel it as soon as we arrived.
We were stunned by the distance from one palapa to the other, we felt we wun at the lottery !!
You feel you're lost in the middle of nowhere and yet Martin and Melissa, the neighbours, are close enough if you need their help ! They are really kind.
We had a car so we had no problems going by. Tulum is 25 mn driving from Chemuyl where we found all we needed in a supermarket.
We wish we could stay 2 weeks but 6 days was already great. We could observ many insects (scorpions, bees, birds, ants, and so many others...) I would say that if you can't leave your habits out of the place then it may not be a place for you. What I mean is that it's so different from what we have here (kitchen outside, private swimming pool with water coming from the cenote, toilets outside the bedroom, insects) that you have to fit to the place and not the opposite. It's so peaceful, respectful of the nature and calm...
We had great fun there, I really recommend. Josephine is really a nice person and wrote lots of mails explaining everything before our arrival.
The place is well equiped (even shower towels and beers in the fridge !!! ) and really large.
Don't look for the TV there is none. It's difficult to explain this place, you can just feel it and all the love Josephine and her husband gave it.
Sorry for my english, hopefully you can read that I highly recommend this place if you like quietness, exotism and being far away from tourists and crowds.
We'd love to go back to the rancho Et Teterete, an authentic place.
Response from Josephine Quartel - 02/29/2012
Bon soir Veronique, Nathalie, Lydia, Marie and Dominique,
thank you so much for this lovely review. I am glad that you appreciate the place being different. And that you felt the love Theo and I indeed put into it. Indeed this is how we hoped that others would enjoy. And you did. Thank you again also for the nice photographs you sent! A bientôt!
Warm regards, Josephine
Having read the reviews and having rented a great palapa in Yelapa two years ago, we were so excited after booking a five day stay at Josephine's jungle house. We were really disappointed... by the unkept feeling of the property (weeds and dead plants in the planters, weeds around the pool), the distance from the beach (not a stone's throw and not walking distance), no lighting (100ft?) from the car to the house, or from the palapa to the bathroom and no flashlight to guide you through pitch blackness) and a poorly equipped kitchen. All of this not helped by one night of a truck tearing down the road with music blaring for hours in the middle of the night and a night of a fiesta in the village until 2am (with a live band that sounded as if it were outside our door). We left two nights early, forgoing $240 of our payment and booking two nights on the beach in Tulum (which we would highly recommend and where we will defintately return).
Response from Josephine Quartel - 02/06/2012
It's a pity that you did not like my place.
Unfortunately, I have no influence on factors outside my property (such as a fiesta in town or a truck driving by).
As for the property: yes, we live in the jungle. So flashlights are always useful.
The kitchen has a mini oven, blender, gas stove, fridge and freezer, pots and pans, plates, utensils, cups, glasses and special glasses for by the pool side that don't break. Please let me know what you were missing.
I informed you beforehand about all distances (to the beach etcetera); it is even on a map on my website.
Wish you had talked to my neighbor or contacted me right away.
Hope you had a nice stay at the beach and as I can only say: a jungle place is maybe not for everybody.
Tim and Hilary
Love Love Love
When we started looking for places to stay in Tulum we could not decide... the jungle or the beach. We would find a place on the beach then come back to this site, click through the photos and for some reason it just felt right, and we booked Rancho El Teterete.
And I'm sooo glad we did.
This house is a magical treasure in the jungle. It's so peaceful and beautiful and truly a one of a kind experience. We would get up in the mornings and start cutting our fresh fruit in our amazing outdoor kitchen then walk down the stone path and dive into our own private pool. Then we would plan our outing for the day. Do we go into Tulum or snorkel in the cenotes? Do we walk to the nearby beach or find the outdoor markets... or do we just do nothing. It's easy just to relax at the house and read and lounge or sit by the pool. Every evening we would come home and cook dinner in the outdoor kitchen then walk to the pool and watch the stars.
It's centrally located. About a 15 minute drive to Tulum or a 5 minute drive to akumal. The house is located just outside the village of Chemuyil which is a short walk and also a great option for dinner or to get your basic essentials. Either way, there is no lack of things to do or just do nothing at all.
We left feeling calm and relaxed and already planning our next trip back.
We posted a picture of the house at night as it is really a special place in the evenings. We loved listening to the sounds of the jungle at night.
We were also lucky enough to meet Josephine who is amazing and beautiful and we thank you so much for opening El Rancho Teterete to us. We will be back... soon!!
Response from Josephine Quartel - 01/31/2012
Hello Hilary and Tim!
Just got back myself yesterday and now reading your beautiful review! Thank you so much!! I will send some pictures and a longer message via email. And yes: until soon!!
Aromas, CA, USA
I don't think I will ever want to stay anywhere without a private pool again! This place is amazing. Not luxurious in the usual sense of the word, but nothing beats waking to the sounds of myna birds in the jungle or a 5-minute heavy rain shower!
I echo the reviewers who mentioned bugs and scorpions - yes, we saw both, and were very glad that we did! :-) This is nature, after all!
Very comfy beds, not even buggy in april (but of course we used the netting at night).
Central to everything (with a rental car). Martin and Melissa could not have been nicer!
Extremely private and very secure. We never even shut the door, much less locked it, after the first night.
Response from Josephine Quartel - 04/26/2011
Thank you so much for your review!
I am so happy you enjoyed my place - and that during my absence (that is: when I am in The Netherlands) you appreciate my dear friends and neighbors Martin and Melissa!
This is exactly how my late husband and I intended it to be.
Your own private jungle near Tulum!
My husband and I stayed here for one week. We loved it! It's very private (jungle all around) but fairly close to the highway and a 10-15 minute drive from Tulum, so there were plenty of things to see and do. We especially loved the outdoor kitchen! It has all the utensils/appliances/dishware/cooking pots you need to cook basic meals. The pool was wonderful, very cool and refreshing. The decor was funky and reflected the local arts and crafts. In the evenings there were strings of lights and candles, so you could make the atmosphere romantic or functional, as you wish. The caretakers are really nice; they had lots of spot-on recommendations for restaurants and activities. Their daughter is beyond cute.
--There are bugs/scorpions/bats/etc. We actually liked being in the wild, but I realize this is not for everyone
--I would not consider it handicap accessible. Unless you had some kind of rugged off-road type of wheelchair?
--You definitely need to have a car. It would be a real hike from the highway.
--There really isn't anything in walking distance; on the other hand, it was perfectly located for us because it's easily accessible from the highway and central to lots of snorkeling/cenotes/beaches/Mayan ruins.
Overall I highly recommend it.
Deb and Andy
Amherst, MA and New York, NY
We just returned from our week at this palapa and recommend it highly. You are a bit off the beaten track so you really need a car but you are 5 minutes from the best beach in the area (Xcacel), 10 minutes from Tulum, and 5-7 minutes from akumal. You are just outside the tiny town of Chemuyil where the people are friendly, the restaurants are very local, and a small supermarket has essentials. There is a good size supermarket in Tulum so you can cook in the Palapa's outdoor kitchen!
The road is bumpy and seems desolate but I felt very safe and the road is typical for a small town. Your contacts live in a small house close to the property, are extremely helpful, but give you complete privacy and you cannot see their house from the palapa.
The private pool is fantastic and is perfect after a windy day at the beach or a hot day touring the ruins. There is a large modern bathroom and shower just outside the house, again, completely private. Your living area is quite large, a king size bed and day bed inside the palapa, with a beautiful outdoor seating area, dining table and kitchen protected by an extension of the palapa, like a porch.
If you are looking for extreme luxury, room service, or beachfront, this is not for you. But if you enjoy privacy, romance, outdoor beauty, and a full kitchen and pool, this rental feels like your own getaway on the Riviera Maya. We would love to return, next time with my son and daughter-in-law who will stay in the second palapa!
Response from Josephine Quartel - 03/15/2011
thank you for your great review! I am so happy to read that you have enjoyed the rancho just the way my husband and I intended it to be. I will continue in his memory to maintain and develop my property. Thank you and I'd love to welcome you again. We have not met this time (since I am currently in The Netherlands), so maybe until next time in person in Chemuyil!
New York, NY
Lovely and secluded jungle retreat, close to Xcacel beach
My husband and I just spent two weeks at Rancho El Teterete, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very secluded, so perfect for privacy seekers, yet pretty close to activities. It is located on a long dirt (and extremely bumpy) road just outside of the teeny town of Chemuyil, and kind of hard to get to unless you have a car. However it is very close to the lovely Xcacel beach, where the sea turtles come to nest every year. This was great, as this beach is rarely crowded, unlike the beaches in Tulum.
The palapa itself is nicely built, and the outdoor kitchen is wonderful. It is not for luxury-seekers, as it is just a simple concrete building, and the elements creep in, both inside and outside the house. Very rustic, but also very charming, with lots of nice details and quite obviously built and decorated with love and attention. Martin and Melissa, the caretakers, are super nice people, and very helpful, and also very respectful of your privacy.
There is no internet connection at the house, so you will have to go into Chemuyil or Tulum to go online, if that is important to you. Otherwise, it is a wonderful and peaceful place to spend some time, relax, enjoy the delicious pool, watch the amazing birds come and go (and listen to their constant chatter!), and rejuvenate. Thank you, Josephine, for creating such a special haven.
Portland OR, USA
Get to know the jungle
Just returned from a 10-day stay here. What a find! peaceful, comfortable jungle setting a very short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches (not to mention Mayan ruins) in the world.
Caveats first: It's in the jungle. There will be jungle critters. This only added to our enjoyment, but it's not for everyone. It's a bumpy road from the highway to the Rancho but regular rental cars can negotiate it easily.
The joys? A great place to relax. In spite of having a car (a good idea) and being so close to so many attractions, we spent much of our time hanging around the Rancho. Preparing meals, swinging in hammocks, dipping in the pool. The on-site caretakers (Martin and Melissa) are delightful, friendly, helpful. Their daughter Zoi fell in love (and visa-versa) with our Zoey (a Westie pup). This is a great place to bring your pet along - Zoey thoroughly enjoyed being Queen of the jungle. Dealing with the owner - I feel like I have a new friend even though I've never met her. Highly recommended!
Response from Josephine Quartel - 02/11/2011
Dear Stanley and Rhonda,
thank you so much for your review!
And for your kind words of friendship. I am honored you feel this way and so happy that you enjoyed the place that my Theo and I built. This is exactly why we had this dream and why I continue to build on it in his memory. Josephine
Alanna & David
My boyfriend and I recently had the opportunity to stay five nights at the property and we are definitely hoping to return. The property was awesome and we utilized every bit of it. We swam in our private pool (which sits right in the jungle) every morning and night. We stocked up on groceries and cooked breakfast and dinner everyday using the outdoor kitchen. We sat by the fire pit under the stars. The neighbors, Martin and his family, who oversee the property are super cool.
If you are planning on staying here, I do recommend renting a car. It was very worth it. The property is located off the beaten path (but not far from all the popular places to visit) so I think not having a vehicle would be a bit inconvenient. Otherwise, you would have to depend on a taxi every time you wanted to venture out. Plus, we drove all over the area in our little car and it was well worth it.
I also recommend making your own lunch and packing up the cooler (there is one for use) to take to the beach. Visit Dos Ojos cenote, Coba, Tulum, and make sure to use Manzanos Expeditions for your local tours.
This was a real great property to stay at! I would recommend it to everyone! It was super awesome to have a refreshing pool to jump in every morning. I do not, however, recommend this place to people who are scared of bugs. This place is in situated in the jungle. There are bugs and geckos and all sorts of interesting creatures you will come across. So just be aware of that :-) Great place!!!
The true Mexico!
The three of us, lifetime friends from Holland, had the pleasure of staying in this jungle house for about a week and it was great. The house itself is fairly new, tastefully furnished with nice details and carries an intimate atmosphere.
It was a great experience to be standing in the outside kitchen, prepairing evening-dinner and being practically surrounded by the Mexican jungle!
The garden is large and pure and has a large swimmingpool!
In the direct surrounding are lots of path's and roads for adventurous walking and driving. To the beach is a 10 minutes drive. Needless to say we'll be back next spring.
See Mexico in a diffirent way.
Near Amsterdam a small town called Muiderberg
Great experience because of the beauty of the people and nature.
It was a very beautiful experience, The friendly Maya people who show a lot of love (loveseats in every parc you visit). The palapas are very confortable and the swimmingpool is just fantastic, especially at night. There are lots of places one can visit like Maya ruins, cenotes where one can (scuba)dive and great beaches. It's an alround vacation place.