I am just back from a stay in this house and it was an absolute nightmare. On the 4th day a room upstairs was robbed while we were all downstairs having dinner! The owner had been warned several times about this possibility as it has happened several times recently on the same road but he refused to spend the money getting security cameras hooked up or even installing a gate on the side stairwell. Blatant negligence and disregard for his renters' safety.
The next day we learned that the jungle that the house butts up to has not one but THREE abandoned houses in it with squatters living in them with no running water or electricity. They left these descriptions off in the pretty listing you see. Two guests had to pay out of pocket for a hotel for the remainder of the trip because they didn't feel safe there, knowing that someone had been watching the property and had the nerve to break in while we were home. The owner has shown negligence, total disregard for how violating and tramautizing the experience was and has refused to compensate us in any way.
I'd think twice about this property unless you're ok with knowing you're being watched and targeted and someone can enter at anytime and the owner doesn't care that he just pocketed $4500 while your vacation was absolutely ruined. Seriously, look elsewhere and be sure there are CAMERAS and gates!!
We had 11 people staying in the house for 2 weeks and enjoyed this beautiful house. The location was great with La Buena Vida restaurant just down from us, and Akumal beach only about a 15 min walk away. Halfmoon Bay is full of reef, so bring your water shoes. Since the ocean in front of the house wasn't really swimmable, the kids spent a lot of time in the pool. Every morning the kids would also take some food out to the iguanas to feed them on the waterfall rocks, and look for hermit crabs.
The housekeepers were very nice and kept the place looking very good and I highly recommend having them cook you a meal at least once when you are there.
The only issue we had was when we first got there and had to figure out the rooms. It wasn't a problem, but if you are staying here with younger kids, it could affect sleeping arrangements. We had 3 couples, 2 which had children. Since the upstairs rooms have sliding doors to an upper deck, which you then have to go through another door to get inside the house, and there is a staircase at the side of the house that goes up to the deck and not closed off, so anyone could walk up there, we weren't comfortable with putting the kids upstairs. We ended up putting the kids in the two room that have a shared bathroom, but all rooms have access to outside, and one set of parents were on a different floor from their kids. It all worked out in the end and we had a great time and loved this beautiful beach house. I would return here again if coming to the area with a group again.