Although labelled as Akumel, Las Villas is an apartment complex, in the middle of nowhere, among a small cluster of private villas – no shops or restaurants, so don’t stay here unless you want to get away from everything. It is about a 20-30 min walk along the beach, northwards, to Akumel itself. And there’s very little there either – not even a decent restaurant. These apartments would make a reasonable base if you have a car, but I wouldn’t stay there without one. That said, the main coast road is only a very short walk from the apartment, where you can pick up a minibus to Akumel or Playa del Carmen very easily.
We first stayed in Apt 109A one bedroom/diner and bathroom. This is classed as a Junior apartment, “Garden view” but translates as “street view”. It was very noisy, because our neighbours played music and watched TV til the early hours. The acoustics are terrible and the party-door between this apartment and the next is totally uninsulated, so you hear everything. We also came back one evening, after a day away, and found our door wide open to the street! Evidently, reception had organised some repairs to be done, but clearly this was unsupervised.
Due to the noise, we changed apartment, to 001A, which was a self-contained, kitchen/diner/lounge with two separate bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom (even though there were only two of us), which was bigger and MUCH quieter, because it didn’t have a party door to another apt. Kitchens in both apartments were well equipped and general cleanliness was very good.
Ocean view apartments are generally much better, having large windows and sliding doors to wide verandas with chairs, tables and hammocks. And, of course, ocean views! Garden view apartments have no outside sitting or dining space and look over a short green space to the road and car park opposite.
Breakfasts are provided from 8am and are basic but adequate – fruit, cereals, pancakes and breads with jams, maple syrup etc and tea, coffee and juice. There is a basic menu for other meals.
The swimming pool is quite nice, actually two, one shallow for children and one about 1.5M for most of it, with a short, shallow slope. They run a pool-side bar in the afternoons.
Ocean view are significantly better and worth the extra. Avoid apartments with a party door to anot...
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