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“forgetting the world - living yucatan with italian hospitality” 4 of 5 stars
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Rancho San Martin km 11.5, Akumal 87780, Mexico   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 Akumal B&B and Inns
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“forgetting the world - living yucatan with italian hospitality”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2009

Wonderful location, between Tulum and Playa, nice the architecture of house and rooms. You must adapt yourself to the nature, it's full of insects but "mosquitos" can't enter in your room. The italian food is great, but you can also eat mexican food cookes by your guests. No problem with healthy, everything is cooked with pure water. Only two suggestions: decide your daily trips and then ask to owner how to reach the place, and if you prefer to take their "car valet service" inform yourself of the price in advance. It's very cheap and comfortable enough (you're in the middle of Carribean jungle...) but it's not for free! If you want to leave the city life and you don't like so much the all inclusive place you must tray this B&B!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We recently returned from 4 nights stay. Valentina and Gerardo have created a beautiful, comfortable guest house, surrounded by gardens, about 5 minutes from Akumal. The tropical gardens and surrounding jungle provide habitat for a large variety of birds & iguanas and all sorts of fauna - lots of fun to head out early in the morning or around sundown (especially with Gerardo & Valentina) to find the birds and enjoy their calls. Very peaceful and yet a feeling of adventure. Everything is spotless, and the the rooms are beautifully decorated. The breakfasts are really enjoyable - a good choice of menus - lots of fresh juices and fruit.. We had a very good dinner prepared by our hosts the last night. Case Valentina is an experience to relish.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodstock,Il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2009

Thanks to Tripadvisor, we found Casa Valentina. It more than lived up to all the great reviews we read. We stayed one week, and didn’t want to leave. Our room was absolutely beautiful. Valentina and Gerardo pay close attention to every detail to make our stay unforgettable. The room had all the amenities you could want including two patios, great bed and fantastic bathroom. Waking up in the morning and hearing all the sounds of jungle was inspiring. If you are interested in the environment they can tell you about some of the plants and trees found on their walking paths.

We feel we made some good friends in Valentina and
Gerardo. We really enjoyed sitting and talking with them. They helped us to plan our day, helping us find beautiful beaches that we never would have found, saving us tons of time by pointing us in the right directions.

There are many good restaurants in the area but if want to chill at the B+B they have an excellent menu and will cook you up some very good food with some decent wine for a great candlelight dinner in a striking jungle atmosphere.

All in all a great value especially if you want to get to know the real Mexico and get away from the all inclusive tourist traps. Great area all around.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2009

Stayed at Casa Valentina for 2 nights. The decor was artisic and suited for the natural setting of the casa. There is a prevelance of tile and stucco and thatched roofs throughout Mexico. These are often used in a functional manner, at Casa Valentina they were employeed into an asthetic creation that makes one feel as if you are part of the habitat of the jungle. Initially I had a bit of concern about sleeping in the jungle, however after seeing the quality of the casa and it's cleanliness my fears were eliminated.
The blending of Valentina's Italian heritage and Gerado's Mexican heritage provides a vibrant welcoming and caring experience. We felt comfortable in their home and felt that their primary purpose while we were there was to make our visit a once in a life time experience.
The food was unmatched, In the past Geraldo had been a chef at a primary restaurant in Akumaul. His expertise made both breakfast and dinner a devine event. Valentina's presence was also evident here in the choice of colors and focus on detail in presentaion of the meals. The meals in and of themselves were reason to stay at this setting.
As the case maybe, the best things in life are hard to find. Casa Valentina is approximately 1 KM south on 307 from Akumal. Then it is on an unpaved road going west for approximately 2 KM. There is a small sign on 307 at the upaved road, but it is not easy to see,
Even though you feel you are part of the jungle there is internet access and satellite TV.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2009

Staying at the Casa Valentina has given myself and my family one of the best holiday experiences we have had in years. Both Valentina and Gerado were a pleasure to get to know and they willingly shared their home and their stories with a smile.

Do not be put off by the fact that this B&B is not located directly on the beach as it is set in a wonderful secluded jungle only minutes from the beautiful beaches of Akumal but far enough away to allow you to feel that you have truely left the frantic pace behind you. It was a pleasure to come back to after a hot and fun filled day just to relax and unwind with the good company of our hosts.

Tip: make sure you get clear directions as the little white limestone road that turns off the highway is easy to miss. Once you are one the side road keep going as the 1.5 km seems further but the B&B is clearly signed. To miss this part of Mexico would be to not have truely experienced what the country has to offer. Thanks Valentina and Jerado.

  • Liked — the peaceful environement and the host friendliness
  • Disliked — bumpy road in
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Milan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

Casa Valentina is the ideal place if you want to spend an holiday in contact with the nature (it is inside the Jungla), to have a swim in Caribe sea world and to visit Maya sites. It is the right solution if you want to relax without living in the classic all inclusives and, at the same time, without renouncing to conforts and benefits (e.g. wireless and air conditioned available in any place of the casa, TV satellite, frigo bar).
High level of customization thanks to the fact that owners live on site and follow the guest's needs.

Location: isolated enough to feel in paradise, close enough to the real world to reach amazing places.
Confort: clean and fully accessorized.
Food: thanks to native italian and mexican owners, selected range of choices with high quality.
Drinks: selection of wine and local/american soft/heavy drinks.

  • Liked — Palapa and garden
  • Disliked — swimming pool
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Toronto
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2008

We found Casa Valentina through TripAdvisor and stayed there for one night as a romantic getaway from our all-inclusive week-long trip at a nearby resort. And we didn't want to leave! The food Gerardo and Valentina cooked us was delicious! I ate the best coconut shrimp I've ever had and my husband thought the fajitas were amazing. We lucked out and were the only guests at the B&B at the time, so we were able to enjoy the place to ourselves. The ambiance was so warm and comfortable. There was wireless internet access, a flat screen TV at the foot of our bed, they had a good selection of DVDs, and the area where we ate (the "restaurant") was so quaint. Our room had a great air conditioning system that we could easily control as well as a fan above the bed. The bathroom felt very luxurious. They pampered us with great beauty products in the bathroom including some Crabtree & Evelyn. The shower had a big window that opened up to the private jungle. And surrounding the B&B was a jungle garden with a beautiful path that we enjoyed looking at and walking through.

  • Liked — The privacy and the ambiance
  • Disliked — Lots of mosquitos (but they stocked our bathroom with an abundance of bug sprays and after-bites)
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Rancho San Martin km 11.5, Akumal 87780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Confortable suites with private patio, shaded by a palapa (a/c, TV cable, internet wi-fi, servibar). Inside of the Tropical jungle, but near Akumal's beach, Yal-Ku Lagoon, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Surrounded by a big garden, swimming pool, sun, peace and tranquility. A perfect place for an unforgettable vacation. Transferts from/to Cancun Airport and tours. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa Valentina Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico

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