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“EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATION FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Casa de las Palmas

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Casa de las Palmas
Ranked #51 of 120 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Houston, Texas
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“EXCEPTIONAL DESTINATION FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2010

From the moment we turned on to Boca Paila Road, so began the enchantment. The lush vegetation sprawling both sides, different bushes and trees with bright, beautiful blooms. Funky, original boutiques, restaurants/bars, and spas adorning either side. However, all establishments blending with the natural landscape. Nothing tacky, Nothing towering. Somehow they are all so inviting, a person begins mapping their "to do" list before reaching the house! The prettiest yellow birds flying around and crabs scurrying across the road. What's even more exciting is that you know what's over the gorgeous scenery to the left...the water...and you are only minutes to prime, pristine location! Rest assured, you have NOT just entered some tasteless, rowdy, and tacky springbreak destination. People walking and biking down the road...many different nationalities. Clothing is relaxed, comfortable, and colorful. Their hair is whatever, no one cares. Perfect.

Pulling into the driveway, I thought it was natural reflex to wonder why I couldn't have a frontyard like this one. Adequate walkways mapped out past the casita and on to the main house. No more landscape disrupted than necessary. Palms, bushes, and other types of trees...some with flowers. Even living in the more tropical climate of south Texas, I don't have all these wonderful things sprouting up in my neighborhood! The house is wonderful, inside and out. Again, everything blends with the natural landscape. Then you open the front door and instead of exploring the home, I assure you, your eyes are affixed directly to the back. Large french doors, essentially what seems like an entire wall, opens to the backyard. The backyard IS the white, sandy beach and that stunning ocean of varying blues. Of course decorated with palms in such a manner that it looks as if they were placed deliberately by hand in the perfect lay-out. Somehow the palms are in flawless configuration for hammocks (many, can't recall the number) and the most fantastic swing. It won't be often that you or your children will delight in a swing like this! Bob and Bonnie (the owners) have seen to it that there are plenty of well-cushioned chase loungers for sunning. There is even an outdoor bed more proximal to the house where I assure you, you'll see every star in the sky. You'll see how bright the moon illuminates Tulum beach, reflects on the water and even at midnight it is still somehow plenty bright enough to walk around without need for a flashlight. That beach...I had no idea how long, wide and uninteruppted it was. A treasure.

So regarding the house...lovely. Super comfortable. Well and tastefully furnished. Love the lighting. Fabulous kitchen, oh and great charcoal barbecue out back. High quality linens dressing the equally high quality beds and decadent pillows. Bath towels are of good cotton as well... thick and thirsty. Great oversized beachtowels provided. There was no skimping in the comfort department. We left all of the bedroom doors open at night and ran the ceiling fans. Glorious breeze constantly circulating. You'll enjoy that sound rustling through the palms in additon to the gentle tide as it reaches the shore. It's a dream in and of itself. I noticed additional floor fans were available but we certainly didn't need them. Let me not forget to tell you that there is an awesome 3rd floor terrace with a sitting area, more hammocks and another ourdoor bed! Noteworthy sunset experience for sure.

As far as Tulum is concerned, there is a great grocery store, liquor store, and EXCELLENT produce markets a mere 10 minutes away in town. I recommend shopping for produce at those first and then if you don't find what you were looking for, finish up at the grocery. We enjoyed many restaurants...some of them on Boca Paila Road (location of the house) and some in Tulum town. ALL were good. These folks know how to prepare food. That simple. "Don Cafetos" was an authentic Mexican treat in Tulum town, certainly recommended. We were pleasantly surprised to enjoy an Italian restaurant in town, and much to my surprise the owners were from Italy's Tuscany region. We also prepared many great meals at home...your choice. I think it goes without saying...but please don't miss the Tulum ruins. Enchanting.

The owners, management, and camaristo (chamber guy) were all more than helpful, promptly responsive, and ALWAYS available. That being said, I hope that you will not leave Casa De Las Palmas without having Johnny (the camaristo) prepare a meal for you. PLEASE have Johnny cook for you at least once. This is of course done at home. His menu is within the information binder you'll find on the living room table. We had him cook for us twice in one week. I have never had guacamole that perfectly seasoned ( I am from Texas and we DO have great guac here...but not like that) and ceviche you'll not soon forget. The arrachera was perfectly charcoal barbecued and we had whole fish prepared two different ways...grilled and the other time fried. Delicious. That guy is worth his weight in platinum...an excellent worker and sweetheart of a gentleman. Your vacation home kept clean for sure...don't worry about that.

Ok, so I hope I've helped you conceptualize your pending Casa De Las Palmas experience. Our party included my 4 year old son, my 81 year old father-in-law, my husband (late 30's), myself (early 30's) and for part of our stay, we hosted friends from Merida...a 50 year old gal and her mother, aged 77. IT WON'T MATTER YOUR AGE...Casa De Las Palmas exceeds marvelous for anyone!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2010

Shhh...do not really want to tell anyone about this near perfect spot and this fabulous beach house.We stayed for 10 days and was not long enough.This house is just perfect for 3 couples and for families. Lots of space and lots of privacy. The 2 bedrooms upstairs are beautiful! Each has french doors that open to a small balcony.We never closed the doors and had the wonderful night breezes,moonlight,sounds of the ocean waves and the morning sunrise. Top of the line bathrooms and big fuzzy bath and beach towels appeared daily.
Everytime you come downstairs or enter the house from the front..it takes your breath away...The whole back of the house opens up with sliding doors to expose the most incredible beach view. You look through the many palm trees shading the property...dotted with colorful hammocks..and then you see the white sand and the blue blue color of the sea. I must have taken a million pictures as it seem to be more beautiful each time and I never wanted to let it go! Overlooking this view is a cozy eating patio filled with colorful Mexican pillows. We enjoyed many early morning coffee' s here as well as breakfast and wonderful beachfront lunches. Great little spot. Another great spot is the rooftop deck. It also has some cozying seating and becomes the "must be spot" for the sunset cocktail hour. Great jungle views fom here.
Cannot say enough about this house. It has this magical feeling of total peace It is wonderfully situated right on the beach..but still surrounded by some jungle vegetation(lovingly cared for by the owner Bonnie) that sweeps down to this incredible beach.
Beach chairs,boogie boards and kayaks are all provided. If they owners are on property,they will even give lessons or ride with you.Lot of hammocks perfectly located for that afternoon nap.
Joni the houseman is there daily...and does a wonderful job.He even did our dishes! Hear he will cook as well...but we did not try that.
Palmas is also the perfect location. Across the street is Casa Banana. Wonderful place for breakfast. They have great ice cream too. You have Le Zebra next door .Another great place for lunch or dinner and of course they have the famous SALSA night on Sundays.
It is wonderful to be able to stroll the beach either way from Casa De las Palmas for a great meal...fun drinks or just a nice walk. We did all!
Bonnie and Bobby are the very colorful owners of this incredible beachhouse. They have really thought of everything and go out of their way to make your vacation perfect.
Ww loved everything about this wonderful house and enjoyed every minute of our vacation.
Thank you Bobby and Bonnie! We will be back!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Nelson, B.C.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2010

This is a great place to stay. It has a fantastic beach and the waves were great for Boogie Boarding (body surfing with a short surfboard). There is very little undertow/riptide so it felt safe with our children (5 and 7). We left one kids lifejacket there and there are also two adult ones there as well. They also have two sit upon kayaks for your use. Joni (Johnny) does cook a fantastic meal which we had enough leftovers for a great lunch the next day. We had him cook two days and we also ate in town (Mariachi, excellent service, good food, great price) as well as along the beach strip. The breakfast at La Zebra next door was pretty good as well as they hold Salsa lessons on Sunday night. We also had dinner up the beach at Tito Tulum. It was fairly expensive, o.k. food and 1 1/2 hour wait to recieve the food. The local supermarket which is just through the first set of lights as you enter Tulum (coming from the house) has everything you need at good prices.

We went to both the Tulum ruins and the Coba ruins. The iguanas are neat at Tulum ruins however the Coba ruins are still being discovered so we found it more exciting. You can also still climb the highest temple at Coba (the highest in the Northern Yucatan). The restaurant right at the ruins (Coba) was very good service, good food and the bonus was 10% off when we paid the parking admission. While we didn't use the zipline several people did and it looked like fun. I would see the front ruins at Coba and then rent a bike (@50 pesos) to ride to the temple that you can climb as it is quite a hike back (although if you are not in any rush it is an easy, flat @30 minute walk).

If you turn left out of the driveway towards La Zebra, there is a free cenote at the gates to the Biosphere. This a very short bike ride and then at short walk into the cenote. The house itself has a great third floor balcony for viewing the sunset, the second floor has two rooms. Each room has their own ensuite bathroom. One note is that the balconeys are joined so be aware of the people in the next room as each room has french doors that open to the balcony, ie people can inadvertedly walk in front of your room. The main floor room uses the main floor bathroom although it is not an ensuite. If the wind has been off shore for a couple of days (rare) then you can move the table on the porch inside to eat (as the mosquitos seem to think they are invited to dinner). It fits over the coffee table or just move the coffee table. This was the only time the bugs bothered us.

The only down side is that our children (5 and 7) did start to whine about being bored by the end (lack of things to do) however if we had rented our own vehicle then we would have done more side trips and this would not have been an issue. The owners (Bob and Bonnie) were wonderful and very helpful.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2010

We traveled to Casa de las Palmas December 4 - 13, 2009. From the moment we arrived we knew we couldn't of picked a more perfect spot. The three rooms are absolutely beautiful. There are three bathrooms too, so with three couples it was perfect. The kitchen had everything you needed and we ended up cooking most evenings. The location was awesome. Our husbands drive to fly fish in Punta Allen and Boca Paila, while we were able to go to ruins, shopping, and town quite easily. The beach was incredible. They also had boogie boards and kayaks that we used every day. Joni, the housekeeper was also a cook who cooked for us one evening. The meal was AMAZING. Wish we would of done this more often. I can't say enough about this place. I'm ready to book for next year.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Casa de las Palmas
Address: 8 km Boca Paila Road, Tulum 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Tulum
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 120 Specialty Lodging in Tulum
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stunning 3 bedroom house on Tulum beach. Next to La Zebra. Kitchen. Living room. Open concept. 3 Bathrooms. Rooftop terrace with 360 view. Children Welcome, Sleeps 8. 24 Hr electricity. Beach loungers, hammocks, kayaks, boogie boards. ... more   less 
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