|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Casa Almaviva, a fully-staffed, private oceanfront estate, located in the pristine Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, 45 minutes south of Tulum. Revitalize your mind, body, and spirit in this luxurious oasis deep in the Mayan jungle.
Sian Ka'an is the largest protected nature preserve in Mexico's Maya Riviera, world renown for its unique wetlands and unparalleled biodiversity. The name Sian Ka'an means “where the sky is born” in Maya. The Mesoamerican Reef—the world's second largest—is just a short swim from the beachfront directly outside your doorstep.
Savor the breathtaking sunrises over the Caribbean, and enjoy gourmet meals prepared by David, your personal chef, underneath the palapa in the open air great room. The refreshing ocean breezes keep you comfortable throughout the day.
From the villa's roof-deck, witness gorgeous sunsets over the vast Sian Ka'an jungle as birds glide above the treetops. Then rekindle your sense of wonder as you gaze upon the expansive night sky, just as the Mayans did from this very spot a millennia ago.
Whether you spend your days exploring the abundant nature and historic treasures nearby, or simply relaxing and enjoying the solitude of your private beach, Casa Almaviva is he perfect setting for an unforgettable experience!
The villa is situated on nearly three hectares of lush jungle, just 30 meters from the sea. It's an ideal place for relaxation, communing with nature, and enjoying the company of your traveling companions. Visitors typically rent a car at the airport and drive to Tulum (90 minutes) before heading through the beautiful—and sometimes bumpy—road through the biosphere reserve. The villa has four bedrooms and is deigned to accommodate up to eight adults. The beds and linens are all hotel quality. Free WiFi is available throughout the house, and there is a Bose sound system in each bedroom, and SKY satellite TV. All meals are prepared by the onsite chef. Filtered drinking water is also provided. The villa features many indoor and outdoor seating areas to enjoy the ocean vies and starry skies.
An Ecologically Conscious Retreat
Casa Almaviva was designed and built according to the strict environmental regulations that govern construction within the Sian Ka'an preserve. Our aim is to minimize the ecological impact of the lodge, while still providing a luxurious jungle experience. The house is equipped with solar energy and rainwater collection. Air conditioning is available, but rarely used due to the pleasant sea breezes.
The house features eco-friendly linens, towels, bathrobes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, insect repellent, and sunscreen. The laundry is washed in Tulum, because detergents are not permitted in the biosphere reserve.
My name is Todd, born and raised in New York, I now make my home in Brooklyn. Many people don't realize how many beaches there are around New York, but when I was growing up, my family would always spend our summer days on Fire Island or at Montauk, Jones Beach and Coney Island.
The Owner purchased this villa in 2014
I have traveled the world and seen some amazing sights. Sian Ka'an is special. It's natural beauty and abundant wildlife are world famous. And the sky sure is beautiful. But there's something else that's harder to describe. When you visit Sian Ka'an you feel a deep personal connection to the natural world, and also a sense of the long arc of time. I always imagined that someday I'd live in another country. But life always kept me close to home in New York. Then I found Casa Almaviva.
Unbelievable sunsets over the lagoons, amazing star gazing, unique Caribbean experience away from the crowds.
Our stay at Almaviva was picture perfect. My wife and I and our baby boy
-4 months old- had a very relaxing holiday. Snorkeling was great fun. The powdery beach- marvelous and the cooking extraordinary!
We are surely coming back for a longer stay.
We enjoyed very much Casa Almaviva. It is a secluded property inside a wonderful Ecological Reserve close enough to Tulum in case you want to get back in touch with civilization.
The house is very comfortable and both the food and the help are outstanding.
We highly recommend to visit Punta Allen and take a boat ride. We saw dolphins, turtles and we snorkled in the coral reef. Last but not least, we swam in a natural pool.
We are very happy to have chosen Casa Almaviva for our family back and we are ready to come back.
Our family of four, including 2 teens, stayed at this wonderful home for a week. Everything in the 5 star reviews and photos was accurate, and then some. Photos simply don't do it justice, and words can't describe how wonderful David's food is. The caretakers are a delightful couple. They quietly make sure that your stay is wonderful, and provide the freshest, most authentic Yucatan meals 3 times per day; fresh fish straight from the ocean, fresh tortillas delivered daily, fresh fruits, all for a total cost that you couldn't eat dinner for only a couple of times at a resort. Spacious bedrooms, including a very private master suite on the second level and a huge outdoor sofa on the roof is perfect for cocktails after a day at the beach and stargazing after dinner. The beach is truly your own. it is cleaned of seaweed every morning and lounge chairs and towels are provided. Over the course of 6 days we saw probably 3 people walk by. Because there is a coral reef about a 1/2 mile out, the surf is very gentle on the beach, making the kayaks easy to navigate. Although there is a very large brand new flat screen TV in the den with Satellite cable, our teenagers did not use it once. There is satellite wifi available for simple tasks, like staying barely connected to the office, making voice over wifi calls, and keeping teens happy. Bluetooth Bose speakers, cards and a few games are also provided and were great for passing some time before or after dinner. Although we had plans to venture out for some activities, we only did so once (taking in a movie and dinner at a very new, cool private outdoor theater concept in Tulum called Zine...highly recommended but book ahead on their Facebook page), because we didn't want to miss one day of relaxation or any of Davids meals! The road to the house is in pretty good shape but would recommend an SUV for a few rough patches and in case there have been recent rains.
Finally, the very friendly and professional property owner is extremely responsive, as you are making your plans, as you are preparing for your trip, and in following up afterwards.
I was invited by a friend celebrating a 50th birthday to join the group at Casa Almaviva. I literally had 48 hours to spend away from a busy work schedule - but- I love my friend so off I went..From the moment our 4x4 entered the nature sanctuary which leads to the house... I was happy... for some reason I had not considered how very secluded the location would be...the rain forest...the sense of history on the Gulf...who had landed there, lived there.
There was a sense of peace from the moment we arrived at the Casa..A fan of astro-tourism I went straight to the roof to check out the star gazing opp and I was not disappointed.. A peaceful warm wind, a setting sun, a rootop with a view of heaven. Wow!...all I needed was a margarita on the rocks ...with salt...quickly provided by my host..Casa Almaviva is all about being exactly where you want to be at a moment in time..Its got all the luxury perks one would expect...salon accessories (Moutlon Brown), A/c for those who want it, great shower power...but its the location and the people who really make it. Having a local couple act as care-takers/cooks/concierge gave a sense of authenticity to that wonderful evening..Really good quality food, tasty, simple..and plenty of it...delivered with an unobtrusive warmth..And then that stargazing...When my friend asked if I really had to fly back the next morning..I considered jacking it all in for just one more night and day at Casa Almaviva.
The Casa Almaviva house is truly amazing—a perfect retreat to get away and take a break from the daily grind. If you can image the most perfect, idyllic tropical beach from a movie, this is what it was like—and we had it all to ourselves, not seeing anyone else on the beach for days. The house is beautiful, highly recommend making use of the 3rd floor outdoor lounge for stargazing. The staff made our stay very comfortable and prepared excellent meals tailored to our requests. The drive in through the jungle road was worth it for the privacy and luxury the house provides. It was an unforgettable trip!
Casa Alma Viva is pure elegance. It has a modern architectural flourish yet retains all the best, sensible elements of more traditional Mexican structures. The central living and dining area sits under a grand palapa, providing perfect shelter yet also granting intimacy with the environment outside. Large, maybe 8-foot mahogany (?) doors span the lenth of the common area at the front and back, allowing the home to be closed against the elements when necessary, or left open for a spectacular view of the beach to the back and the thick jungle of trees to the front. The space was designed for both communal gathering as well as privacy, with a large dining room table, an easy and comfortable living room area, four separate bedrooms, and several private little nooks to camp out in. And plenty of outdoor living space as well. The rooftop lounge is a breathtaking theater for stargazing. (And there's even a telescope available.)
The bed in my room was very comfortable. The place is quite clean and is tended to daily by David and Miriam, the caretakers. Three banquets a day magically appear on the dining room table. Since this is coastal Mexico, grilled lobster (caught that day,) paella with prawns and calamari, or a ceviche featuring freshly caught grouper were my favorites, though David has the magic touch with the grill so anything he cooked with it - vegetables, chicken, steak - were all incredible.
Before visiting, I had done plenty of reading online, but nothing prepared me for the privilege of being in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve. The dazzling natural beauty, the thousands of species of flora and fauna, the spectacular wildlife, the ocean, the lagoons, the mangroves... and as of this writing, in 2016, very few people.
During our time there we managed to go out on a local fishing boat (we caught barracuda and David put it in a ceviche that day...); take a boat from Punta Allen to see dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life as well as an island covered in frigates, pelicans, and other large tropical water birds; snorkel among colorful schools of tropical fish; visit the local Mayan ruins in Tulum; and spend an evening salsa dancing at one of the beachfront hotels in Tulum. Something we'll have to do next time is visit the cenotes - caves with freshwater pools connected by underground rivers.
Though not technically set up as an ecotourism destination, Casa Alma Viva sort of organically has the spirit of ecotourism blowing through it.
At first I was reluctant to stay at a place with a 40 minute drive down an unpaved road, but after a few nights in tightly packed Tulum, with one boutique property after the other, and all the chic trappings I'd been trying to escape from, I realized the value of solitude and the worthwhileness of that extra 40 mins. We had already journeyed this far, so what's a little bit more? The reward is total privacy and isolation. Sea kayaks, beach hammocks, amazing homecooked food by the lovely caretaker David and his wife, a cozy rooftop teahouse with a telescope. I'll be back... just hope there's still availability!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£406|
Guest fees are waived for children under four years of age.