Casa del Sol, an Akumal Landmark and one of my favorite houses, located along Akumal's Yal-Ku Lagoon.
Casa del Sol is well known for its great location, right at the headwaters of Yal-Ku Lagoon, very private, and for its funky eclectic decor. Previously owned by the band The Grateful Dead, this house is perfect for large groups or families, and has hosted some big name celebrities in its time. Casa del Sol can be rented with up to five bedrooms and can sleep up to 14 people comfortably.
The outdoor kitchen and living area on the lagoon side of the property are great for entertaining and family get-togethers. Access to the lagoon is very easy, just down the garden path and across your own private bridge into the cool clear water of Yal-Ku where you can snorkel with the fish all day long. There is also a fabulous roof patio, half covered by a Palapa and half open to the sun and stars where you can sit surrounded by the ocean, the lagoon and the jungle.
Casa del Sol is well known for the many unique and attractive murals painted throughout the house that highlight the area's Mayan History and Natural Beauty. This house is truly one of kind and lends itself very well to people just "hanging out" together and having a great time! Merily and Obideo, the caretakers, do an excellent job. They are very charming and will take excellent care of you. They are also available to prepare meals for an additional fee, which we highly recommend you try. They really do a great job.
Casa del Sol offers many amenities including a gorgeous swimming pool and a lagoon side palapa with plenty of hammocks and lounge chairs for snoozing away the afternoon. It also has a and newly built waterfall with it's own small dipping pool on the lagoon side of the property. The refreshing waterfall is a wonderful place to give yourself a water massage after a swim in the lagoon, and it's also great for kids to play in the dipping pool when the waterfall is switched off. Kids also love to play in the private purpose built sandy beach area down by the lagoon and palapa. There are outdoor showers for rinsing off after snorkeling and tanks for rinsing your gear. There is a TV/DVD/VCR/Satellite in the main living area. They have a ton of VCR movies and a few DVDs.
Casa del Sol offers 5 bedrooms and will comfortably sleep 14 people. There are 2 bedrooms on the second level. One room has 2 twin beds and 1 double, the other has 1 double and 1 single bed. Each bedroom has a private bathroom and air conditioning. The Master is on the third level with a king bed, desk, private bathroom, air conditioning and a private palapa covered patio. For additional sleeping, there is a casita downstairs with king bed, private bathroom, stove and sink, and air conditioning. There is also a tower bedroom with a double bed and a single futon, air conditioning and great views! There are also roof top-hammocks, shower and toilet. There is also a bathroom off of the main patio area.
Additional amenities include: beach chairs, beach towels, concierge, games, private chef, waterfall, beach walking, exceptional views, off street parking for 3 cars, beach, near beach, water park, purified drinking water, cd player, laundry service available, cookware, outdoor kitchen, nearby golf course, archaeological sites, outdoor dining & grill area, exceptional sunsets, deep sea fishing, theme park, restaurant w/in walking distance, wildlife viewing, water access, swimming, coffee maker, nearby internet cafe, services nearby in akumal, nearby atm, crib, utensils, snorkeling, sight-seeing, craft shopping, scuba diving, nearby grocery, walkway to water.TripAdvisor property ID 2476680...Read more
Left on 10/03/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Oct 3, 2013Stayed Aug 2013
The house was awesome. A little kooky and a lot of stairs , but other than that it was perfect. Rent a golf cart. It is worth it. The house is huge with plenty of room for our 8 guests. Very peaceful and quiet. When we were there they were doing measurements for a new pool. So it looks like it will be even better. Akumal direct gave us a great off season rate and everything went perfectly. We just drove up when it was almost dark and walked right in to the house and started our vacation. The staff showed up to make sure we were alright and then left us alone. They were a great staff and were always around , but made sure to stay out of our way unless we needed them. And the on site security guard at night was a great touch. A little spooky when you walk around a corner at night and bump into security , but they always tried to stay on the other side of the property when we were awake. This place is great and we would return again for sure
Thank you for your wonderful comments about your stay at Casa del Sol. We so appreciate you choosing the house for your vacation. We also hope to see your group again next year. Thanks so much for staying with us!
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“Dream Destination Wedding House!”
Left on 03/04/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 4, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
My husband and I hosted our wedding at the eccentric and dream house of Casa del Sol. We stayed here with our immediate family and friends and invited the other 40 + guests over for the lagoon-side wedding and reception. It was one of the best weeks of our lives! We ate meals together at the large patio on the main floor and watched the sunsets on the rooftop. The couple who maintained the property grew to be our friends and catered to our every need. We loved the large bedrooms and open areas to socialize and cook. Best of all, private access to the lagoon! We hope to return to akumal next year to celebrate our one year anniversary!
Left on 10/12/2009 for a stay in October 2009 | Trevor R.Reviewed Oct 12, 2009Stayed Oct 2009
I've stayed here twice for a week, and everyone loved the house. The lagoon access, large patio, and outdoor kitchen are the best parts, and I would never want to stay somewhere without them. The tower bedroom is really neat, though you'd better be prepared to sweat in the summer and fall. The beds are kinda hard and the wireless internet signal doesn't extend much beyond the patio, but I guess you shouldn't be spending a lot of time sleeping or on the computer here... The manager, Roger, is very helpful, and the caretaker, Obideo, is indeed an excellent chef.
Left on 07/31/2009 for a stay in July 2009 | Reviewed Jul 31, 2009Stayed Jul 2009
The only dissatisfaction we had with Casa del Sol was the inadequate a/c unit in the Tower Bedroom. The view from there is magnificant, but my mother-in-law had to sleep in there and was very uncomfortable every night. The reservation process did not go smoothly and I often did not get responses to my emails prior to the trip. But once we arrived, everything went perfectly. Roger met us at the property and checked in on us every day. Obideo and Merily were there every day to prepare many delicious meals and keep the house tidy. They were all absolutely WONDERFUL!
Left on 07/31/2008 for a stay in July 2008 | Dell S.Reviewed Jul 31, 2008Stayed Jul 2008
We had a wonderful time at Casa Del Sol - the lagoon was wonderful and used twice a day - perfect location for our family. We used Akumal Dive Center for diving. Overall the vacation was awesome but I do think it is time to refurbish some of the fabrics on the terrace, get some fluffier pillows for the bed. I am used to a plusher mattress and they were all a little hard. The vacation was wonderful but for just a little bit of investment in the comfort of the beds and a couple of pieces of comfortable furniture to lounge about in the family room and on the terrace - it would be awesome. Obie was a terrific cook and Merrilee wonderful. Overhead fans should be added under the terrace - you can put a light kit on it but it would be wonderful to have the fans blowing at night. Home Depot price on 2 fans $200.
Left on 05/31/2008 for a stay in May 2008 | Reviewed May 31, 2008Stayed May 2008
A very beautiful house. We enjoyed the convenience of snorkeling in the lagoon and the tranquility of Akumal. While the view from the tower was breathtaking, we found the tower bedroom to be too hot to sleep in. Maybe a new air conditioner would help. The well equipped kitchens made it easy to prepare meals, however having Obidio cook was a was a treat. He prepared a couple of excellent dinners for us. We enjoyed spending time in the lower living area that blended into the attractively landscaped yard. Overall, a great house for a family or large group.
Left on 04/14/2008 for a stay in August 2007 | Dawn B.Reviewed Apr 14, 2008Stayed Aug 2007
We absolutely LOVED staying at Casa del Sol and are already talking about a return trip soon! The villa is so unique and wonderful. We really enjoyed Obideo and Merily and thought they did a fabulous job keeping the villa in order and preparing the most excellent food! One of the best features of Casa del Sol is it's proximity to the beautiful lagoon! Our kids were in heaven and loved being able to walk to the back of the propery and enjoy some of the best snorkeling we've ever seen! The public beach in Akumal is just a short drive up the road and was quite beautiful and relaxing. We had some wonderful meals, met some wonderful people and look forward to enjoying another vacation in the quaint little town of Akumal.
Left on 04/10/2008 for a stay in February 2008 | Alana G.Reviewed Apr 10, 2008Stayed Feb 2008
The location was unbeatable and the house has everything a family needs. The only thing was that the main room lacks air conditioning and got quite hot when cooking and dining there. Other than that, it was amazing. There was great security and the housekeepers were warm and friendly.
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