We stayed a week as 7 adults in 102/103 Casa Gatos. At north end of Akumal, although we were not on the water, we were able to walk to the lagoon and to Half Moon Bay, and it was really nice being set back a bit from the steady ocean wind. Some of our group rented bicycles for US$30/week 2 blocks away, and apparently golf carts are available nearby as well. To get to the main Akumal Beach for snorkeling a car was handy for us.
We watched sunrise/set over the ocean each day from the rooftop. Upstairs rooms have beautiful mexican tile floors. Throughout, mahogany doors and trim and AC, which we really didn't need because of the ceiling fans and sea breeze . WiFi worked fine. Downstairs bedroom and LR/DR/kitchen have marble/travertine floors-- really beautiful. Fully equipped kitchen complete with coffee bean grinder! Our hosts upon our request arranged for a chef service for 4 nights (US$8-$9/per person per night plus cost of groceries) and we were delighted by the fresh seafood and other traditional Mayan dishes that the groundskeeper Juaquin's brother Jorge and wife Nami made for us. They are great cooks, and this saved $ for us over the Akumal restaurants, which mostly seemed to have menus priced like US.
David and Dan, our hosts, who live in the downstairs unit on the other side of the patio, are friendly and welcoming, and patiently answered our many questions. They have a cute little dog who is also friendly but will hide from you if you are wearing a big hat and sunglasses!
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