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“Wonderful World of Akumal!”

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Villas DeRosa Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Akumal
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Tampa, Florida
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“Wonderful World of Akumal!”
Reviewed November 26, 2010

Back in the mid 1990's a very good friend of mine told me about an awesome trip he had taken with a diving club out of Dallas; he told me of a wonderful location call Villas DeRosa in Akumal, Mexico. Back in 2007 My family and this friend visited this great get away. We had so much fun and enjoyed ourselves so much, we decided to schedule our 2010 Thanksgiving trip back to this wonderful resort. Villas DeRosa is a scuba divers heaven, but more than that, it is a great place to take a family for a vacation. You usually book the trip with Tony Sr. here in the states, He is very flexible and makes sure to get you the exact type of room you need. Tony Jr. is waiting in MX with the staff of Tony's, Tommy and Rob and the kitchen folks. They have some of the best rooms on the beach. Our Room was on the ground floor and we woke each morning to an amazing sunrise over the eastern Caribbean ocean. About 30 steps and you could get right into the 78 Degree water and spend the day. There is a beach bar that is almost always open with excellent prices. The kitchen is open 8-8 CST and will bring your food to your room, the roof, the beach or the bar; you choose. The food is excellent quality and very reasonably priced. Probably the most important part of all the cool things(Clean rooms, daily room service, bottled water, full kitchen, refrig, separate living and Dining areas, deck, foot wash, etc) this resort has to offer over all the big named resorts, is the family feeling you get talking, eating and playing alongside the staff. Three years ago Tony Jr. taught my wife and son how to body surf. Tony Jr. will help you find the right activity you are looking for, he and other staff have taken us on small non-diving cenote excursions around the Akumal area, recommend specific guides for diving, the Coba and Talum ruins and the many different parks around the area. One of our favorites this year was a day at X-PLOR, it was $100/per USD, but it was worth every dime. You were able to zip-line, drive amphibian atv's and swim in the cenotes in the park; also all food was included and it was great. It is hard to describe all the great times and things we did in the six short days during this trip, I guess the only way to really know is to pick up the phone and make a reservation. Thanks again to the entire staff at Villas DeRosa, we shall return !

For those who are scuba divers there are really 3 types to choose from; ocean open water, cenote cavern and cenote Cave. If you are an open water diver there are great spots to spend a lazy day with a small boat captain and enjoy a very low stress dive environment. The beauty and attraction of this part of Mexico is the cenote diving. Cenotes are the gem of this part of the world. Many are connected by underground rivers and streams, and therefore allow a entry level cavern diver to really explore some of the most beautiful rooms and systems in the world. The diving is pretty shallow, usually less than 30 feet and usually 10-20 feet deep. Finally for the experienced Cave diver, there is the caves that also run between all the cenotes and the individual systems. My daughter, friend and I are all experienced FL cave divers and we spent 2 great days with Danielle who works as an cavern and cave dive guide. Even though I am very experienced and comfortable in caves, I like to get the local talent to show us those unknown areas where few have found and seen; You'll have to call and schedule your dives with Danielle to find those same locations. We have used her as a dive guide for the past 3 visits to DeRosa, the first time it was just the guide they assigned us, every time after that, Danielle was the guide we asked for to show us around; thanks Danielle for a great time !

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 6, 2010

We had such a wonderful experience at this hotel..Location was wonderful and the Ocean Front condo was beautiful...The staff was very helpful and there was no problems what so ever..I cant wait to go back and have already started looking at the dates. Since this was my first trip to mexico I will always remember my time spent there


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  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2010

We dove with Aquatech at the Dos Ojos Cenotes. Great outfit. The staff is excellent.

The dive shop is on the property of the Villas. The beachfront condos are AWESOME. Nice amenities, clean and beautiful. Great pool area. Great beach.

The best part is the staff. Friendly, knowlegeable AND (forgive me for saying it) they speak english well. Every request was met wtih a smile and immediate response.

We are already planning our return trip for December. Will probably do some cave training too. Can't say enough nice things about this out. And at the rates they charge, it is a real steal. You won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed May 4, 2010

This is a one star condo on a five star beach. There were cockroaches in the bathrooms. They sprayed but didn't seem to help. Terrible odors in kitchen and bathroom. Linens "tired" and need to be replaced. If you were paying $35 a night this would be a great place. I went in several other condos while there and Villa de Rosa is the worst place on this lovely beach. Many other great places right next door and down the beach. Wouldn't ever advise anyone to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed April 25, 2010

I recently spent 8 days at the Villas DeRosa and had a great vacation! The staff helped me arrange for tickets to a few of the local attractions, offered great advise on getting around, and even transported me from & to the airport. No formal restaurant, but the kitchen staff will bring your meal to your room, the poolside cafe area, your chair on the beach, or to the beach bar. The beach bar is really a great hangout, complete with swinging seats. I met several folks from Mexico, US, & Canada, all having a great time! The staff arranged a tour to go explore a nearby cave, picnic, and to go snorkeling with the sea turtles out in the bay. I highly recommend this affordable day trip!
Although there is air conditioning in the bedroom, the ocean breezes blowing through the condo kept the unit very comfortable! The food is great, and they keep purified water in every room. Great time! I will definitely be back again this year!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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Canmore, Alberta
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Reviewed April 19, 2010

We spent two weeks at Villas de Rosa and had a wonderful time. The location is far enough away from the maddening crowds but close enough to amenities to make it a terrific place to experience the Mayan Riviera. We were in a large 2 bedroom place right on the ground floor, with a patio opening right up on the beautiful sandy beach. The beds and bedding could use some updating, and the shower heads needed a little maintenance, but overall it is great value for what we paid. We cooked many of our meals in the kitchen, but also had some great food from the bar/restaurant on site. Each of the rooms were slightly different in what they had for equipment, but all the basics were there. Best part about Villas de Rosa is the people. Not just the owners and staff, who were genuinely kind and helpful, but also the other vacationers. Something about the place must attract just the right people. Friendly, relaxed, respectful. We were one of the few families that hadn't rented a car, and we did just fine using the collectivos and taxis when we needed to get around. Don't miss the private cenote trip. It was the highlight of our holiday, and Tommy did a really stellar job of looking after us all. Great meal too!!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

Villa de Rosa was just what we were hoping for-beautiful beach front condo with plenty to do or nothing at all.It was spacious for us and our 8 and 13 year old. Our favorite part was the beach bar with swings where we sat most afternoons with Tommy "the tour guide" and/or quiet but charming Rob. Touring the private Cenote with Tommy and Rob is a MUST! The food is delicious and fresh and the drinks for adults and children -amazing. If you want to explore Mexico and not just a resort, Villa de Rosa is perfect. It's location is somewhat private but close enough to even walk to the town of Akumal. The staff and their families were a pleasure to meet. We will return(hopefully soon) and hope our paradise stays protected.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Villas DeRosa Beach Resort

Property: Villas DeRosa Beach Resort
Address: Lot 36 Aventuras Akumal, Akumal 77780, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Akumal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas DeRosa Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas DeRosa is a small family owned resort offering 1,2 & 3 bedroom beachfront condos with hotel rooms facing the swimming pool. Each condo enjoys a private balcony, spacious living area with dining room and fully equipped kitchen. Local or international meals can be catered to your dining room or enjoyed at our beach bar or poolside cafe. Aquatech, our on-site PADI dive center, is available for reef diving, cenote diving and dive training. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aquatech Villas Derosa Hotel Akumal
Aquatech Hotel Derosa
Villas DeRosa Beach Resort Riviera Maya/Akumal, Mexico

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