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“A place of paradise needing a bit of repair”
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6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 16
Soliman Bay, Yucatan Peninsula

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Joshuajoe
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“A place of paradise needing a bit of repair”
Reviewed June 25, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Overall we had a great experience. The layout is perfect for a couple families to share and it is close to many attractions. The building itself is starting to show its age and needs some attention. When you're paying 6 grand a week it seems odd that simple things like the roof top electrical isn't in safe working order. The paddle boat was broken and the flippers were ruined as well. Don't get me wrong it's a lovely spot and the caretakers were great. This was a lovely get away it just needs some revenue put back into it.

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jjhrtrave...
Calgary, Canada
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105 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“10 Days in Paradise”
Reviewed February 17, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We stayed at Villa Mar Caribe (booked through Akumal Properties) in February with 7 adults and 4 children. The villa had more than enough space to accommodate all of us - 3 living spaces, a full kitchen, plus a bar. We never ran out of space. The villa used to be a duplex so the flow isn't as good as some of the villas. The main floor is completely integrated, but the 2nd floor is only connected by the balcony. There were a few maintenance issues that we've reported to the owners, but overall the house was good. All the amenities you need for your vacation, including a well-equipped kitchen with more dishes than you could ever use in a day. The roof top is a great place to catch the last rays of sun in the afternoon and to view the stars at night.

The grounds and location are perfection. Tons of loungers around the pool and on the beach, and a great outdoor seating area with comfy outdoor couch and chairs that we used nightly for an after-dinner drink. There is a charcoal grill and a gas grill that were in great condition.

We snorkelled constantly and used the kayaks several times a day. Note, there are no snorkel masks, and only a few large sets of fins but there are a few kids lifejackets and several adult ones.

Soliman Bay is amazing, I'd recommend it to anyone and would likely stay at Villa Mar Caribe. It's not quite as fancy as neighboring villas of the same size, but it's priced lower as well.

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Liked best: The location & outdoor living space
Liked least: Flow of the house
Traveling group: Extended Family
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ambersigm...
Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Absolutely STUNNING”
Reviewed December 18, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

We rented a half side of this house. It was absolutely stunning. I had been there to see it one year before and had forgotten how grand the house is. The tile floors, bedrooms, the bathrooms, all gorgeous, along with the views. We had our some of our family/wedding guests stay here. There were all the amenities, along with paddle boats, snorkels, hammocks. It was a great option for guests to be by the water and still have modern amenities like AC, along with the quiet. We love Tulum, but our family wanted more modern amenities, and they were very happy with them. I didn't snorkel, but my husband did and said the snorkeling here was the best he had been to in comparison to a cenote and another place in Akumal we had visited. This place was incredible. The house keepers on site are always there to help. They didn't speak English, but we were able to communicate with them simply by showing them if we needed something. They were always so hospitable. Such a gorgeous place, and a nice place to call our own during our vacation there. Definitely recommend.

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Liked best: The house in general is gorgeous!!! Plus the pool and views.
Liked least: The beach has plant growing in the water close to shoreline so harder to wade in spots, but makes for better snorkeling. Still gorgeous!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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GEQueenie
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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“Amazing vacation - again!”
Reviewed August 2, 2011 for a stay in July 2011
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I rarely go to the same place twice, but after an amazing vacation to MarCaribe last year, my extended family decided to return to the same spot this year. It did not disappoint! This house is fantastic. It is just a little piece of heaven. The house itself is stunning. Large and roomy, with an upscale feel, but comfortable at the same time. The house is split into two - really a duplex - each side being a mirror image. Both sides have a kitchen and 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The only downside - and may be a plus for some, is that there is no connection between the two sides. For us, it was a bit of a bummer, but we had one side with younger children and the other side with teenagers,

The rooms are well appointed and decorated. All bedrooms hasve an AC unit, but the rest of the house does not. It was hot and humid in July when we went, but we knew to expect that and it is cool and breezy on the beach. The master bedroom (each one) has a gorgeous balcony, with a view of the sea beyond the palm tree leaves. The pool is right next to the house and ssteps down to hammocks under palapas and the Carribean Sea. The house is positioned on a bay, with a large reef at the end where the bay meets the sea. It is easy to get to the large reef - by kayak (provided) or even swimming. The snorkeling in the bay is beyond belief. We saw all sorts of fish, barracuda, manta ray, strong ray, lobster and sea turtles. Each night on the beach, sea turtle eggs were hatching we we watched the hatchlings fight their way to the water. Amazing! The house is in a somewhat isolated area, so there were no extra lights, therefor, the stars at night were a show unto themselves.

Elena and Pancho were wonderful - every day the pool was cleaned, beach was raked and deck was swept. Elena is a magical cook and warm person. The house was immaculate - and made again so every morning.

This is a true gem. A hideaway and place to get away from it all. It is not a place to go if you need to be entertained or need to be online. It is perfect to let it all go.

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Liked best: The bay, the stars
Traveling group: Family with Teenagers
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Denton, TX
Reviewed July 25, 2010 for a stay in June 2010
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