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LAGUNA ENCANTADA Ultra Private Villa - Sleeps up to 18 (Snorkel in Paradise)

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

The Villa offers gated privacy with a resort type feel.

Hidden away in a very private jungle setting and on the shores of the stunning Yalku Lagoon (An incredible swimmable aquarium) sits the resplendent luxury villa Laguna Encantada. By day, its rooftop deck with pergola provides beautiful views of the Caribbean, the lagoon and tranquil jungle. At night, your gaze will move upwards to the starry sky. For a little evening fun challenge your friends or family to a game of pool in our billiard room or maybe a game of pacman, donkey kong or choose from 58 other games on our cocktail table arcade game. Your dream villa awaits!

The expansive blue-tiled swimming pool is bordered by lush green lawns, tropical foliage and plenty of padded sun loungers. Outdoors, the enormous palapa has an alfresco dining area that is perfect for entertaining. From the tropical garden, a boardwalk leads to a private deck with direct access to the Yalku Lagoon, a natural wonder where snorkeling and swimming reach a crescendo as the colorful fish and adorable turtles swim by. The villa also provides equipment for use at the communal tennis courts; snorkel gear for exploring the lagoon, floatation devices and pool floats. Back at home, delicious cuts are sizzling on the barbeque grill. Indoors, you will find a home entertainment system, Wi-Fi access and purified drinking water and ice. Your reservation includes complimentary daily housekeeping and a breakfast service six days a week.

This contemporary Zen-style villa is decorated in creams and whites, with natural stone and wooden accents. Upon entering, you are greeted by the expansive open plan living area, just off which lies a den with a flat screen TV and stereo. The indoor dining area has seating for twelve and the fully equipped kitchen with high-end appliances will satisfy even the most discerning chefs.

The glass hallway with a tropical garden view leads to the four air conditioned bedrooms that feature luxurious en-suite bathrooms with stone fixtures. Laguna Encantada accommodates up to eighteen guests, with a maximum of six children. A variety of options are provided in each suite, from king beds to bunks.

The spacious Laguna Encantada villa is perfect for vacations, weddings, yoga workshops and corporate retreats, and will surely be a blast for friends and families alike. The nearby caves Cenote Santa Cruz and Aktun Chen with their stalactites and underground rivers make pleasant choices for a day trip. You may also choose to visit Ek Balam, a Mayan ruin with several structures still intact. Don't forget the ruins of Tulum and Coba, which just a hop, skip and jump away. However you spend your days in the therapeutic Riviera sun, you are sure to appreciate the comfort and resplendence offered at Laguna Encantada!

More Details

Scott Johnston
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Scott Johnston

We have owned property in Mexico for over 10 years. Originally from Texas we desired something a little different than the Gulf Coast. Doing the math we calculated that it would not cost much more to hop a plane and enjoy Mexico with lower food and activity costs. It was so economical and fun that we purchased Laguna Encantada to share the area with other explorers and adventure seekers.

Scott Johnston purchased this villa in 2017

Why Scott Johnston chose Akumal

The potential is limitless with Laguna Encantada. It can be used for large family gatherings, corporate events, weddings or a myriad of other gathering occasions. Rental of house next door is possible as well to give large groups the capacity to house up to 36 people in total privacy. We plan to add some other fun things shortly like our own paddle boats and a billiard room.

What makes this villa unique

Very private. On site staff. Concierge just a call away to help with activities. Private lagoon for swimming and snorkeling. Close to other activities.

Breakfast Service is complimentary. You pay for the Groceries.

Menu items:

Ranchero Eggs - Fried eggs on a tostada with refried beans & Mexican salsa

Huevos Rancheros - Huevos fritos sobre una tostada co frijoles y salsa Mexicana

Mexican Style Eggs Scrambled eggs with tomatoes, onions & peppers

Huevos A La Mexicana Huevos revueltos con tomate, cebolla y chile

Crepes – with (honey, maple syrup, marmalade, Nutella) mix or match

Crepas - con (miel, maple, mermelada, Nutella) mezcla o partido

Quesadillas - Flour tortillas with ham & cheese, served with guacamole & beans

Quesadillas - Tortilla de harina con jamon y queso, con guacamole y frijoles

Chicken Chilaquiles in red or green sauce (no chicken)

Chilaquiles De Pollo en salsa roja o verde (sin pollo)

Fried Eggs with bacon

Huevos Fritos con tocino

Omelette filled with ham & cheese

Omelet Huevos con jamon y queso

French Toast or Pancakes

Pan Frances or Hot Cakes


Erika is an amazing cook and has mastered numerous local dishes. She would be happy to prepare meals for you. The service fee for meals is $7.00 US per person with children 10 and under complimentary. You pay for Groceries.

Here are just a few of her amazing dishes in addition to soups and salads:

Yucatecan Marinated Pork Tacos or Tortas / Cochanita Pibil – Tacos o Tortas

Grilled Pork with Beans, Tortillas and Roasted Onions

Poc Chuc - Carne de Puerco con Frijoles, Tortillas, Cebolla Asada Chiltomate

Chicken in an Authentic Mexican Blended Sauce with Rice and Tortillas

Mole de Pollo con Arroz y Tortillas

Thickened Corn Tortilla with Shark, Tomato and Beans (Regional Specialty)

Pan de Cazon Tortilla con Frijol y Tomate


Shrimp or Fish in Butter and Garlic, Rice with Grilled Onions, Tomato and Avocado with Lettuce


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Akumal in Tulum Municipality

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Sitting area; ensuite bath with dbl sinks; shower & jacuzzi
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed , sitting area; ensuite bath; dbl sinks; shower & jacuzzi
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed , 6 Single Bed , 4 beds are elevated bunks; has 2 private showers
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Large Double Bed , 2 Double Bed , ensuite bath; dbl sinks; indoor & outdoor showers
  • All bedrooms offer ample closet space and air conditioning.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Complimentary cook service for breakfast is provided should you wish from Monday through Saturday (guests pay the cost of groceries + 20% or $25, whichever is higher for shopping fee and transportation for cook to go shopping. We can provide pre-stocking as well. Chef service for lunch and/or dinner can be arranged through the concierge. Service fee for this is $7.00 per person for lunch & $10.00 for dinner; kids 10 and under are free. You pay for groceries.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful experience for our large family!

  • 5 of 5

We have been staying in VRBO's for many years....but hands down this is the best experience we have ever had beginning with communication with Scott, the home owner, and his attention to detail. The house is amazing and worked out perfect for our large family of 13 including 6 children ranging in ages from 1 to 11 years old. Grateful for the pack n play and highchair for the little one. The bedrooms are away from the living area, which made it nice for the differing sleep routines (baby often was up by 5-6am) We loved the pool area and easy access to the lagoon for snorkeling. We arranged transportation, and spent a day at Akumal beach. We had a few rainy days that required time inside, but the pool table and video game kept the kids entertained inside until it cleared up enough for them to get back out to the pool. The icing on this cake was Miguel and Ericka, caretakers of the home, who showed us such genuine hospitality. They prepared four breakfast and dinner meals; amazing, authentic Mexican food. They made sure to include food that was appealing to our young grandchildren and showed them great affection. The kids were crying on the day we left because they didn't want to leave Miguel and Ericka, and requested a return to Laguna Encantada on our next vacation. So glad we were able to create wonderful memories for our family in this special place!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, Thanks so much for choosing to stay at the Villa. Our staff was truly sad to see your group leave. I think Erika was ready to adopt you all and she was so excited to see the group pictures with her and the kids. We hope that if you decide to come back to our area that you would consider staying at Laguna Encantada again. Scott & Kristie
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Paradise With Your Own Lagoon!

  • 5 of 5

We just had a trip of a life time thanks to this amazing location. A large group of my friends joined me for my 40th and some came to surprise me. There were eighteen of us with two infants in total! When you first walk in, the high ceilings and open floor plan creates a beautiful and spacious lay out that lets you move through the place with ease. Our large group still had much more room then we needed. The kitchen is massive and there is plenty of room around the tables for everyone to enjoy a good meal together.

The rooms are much bigger in real life and its still easy to escape your friends when down time is needed. The first morning I woke up, the sound of tropical birds outside my window was incredible!

The walk to the lagoon is 30 seconds through your tropical backyard and then snorkel paradise is at your feet! I have never experienced such an abundance of marine life in one place. The waters are very calm and all levels of swimmers including little children will love this lagoon.

Our staff took such good care of us during our stay. Every morning we would wake to a beautiful breakfast prepared by Miguel and his Wife Erika. When we would eat, Erika would be rocking one of the baby's to sleep. Now that is committed staff! We booked them for several dinners and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend booking at least one dinner prepared by the staff, you wont regret it.

There are so many places to go for an adventure but it was honestly tough to motivate the team as the Villa offered everything we needed to enjoy our stay. In all my vacations, this hands down was my most memorable place I have ever stayed. Scott the owner was extremely helpful and we felt very well taken care of before we even landed in Cancun. Thanks to Scott and the amazing staff for the most epic 40th birthday celebration under the sun. I will never forget it and hope to come back next year! Cheers,

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My extended family's Thanksgiving stay at Laguna Encantada was absolutely perfect.

The trip started with great communication from the responsive, owner, Scott. His directions and recommendations were spot on.

The house and property were absolutely beautiful. The pictures of the property are great, but don't even do it justice! It's even better in person. It is a very large house, with room for everyone in a large group. Very very clean. The pool area was very relaxing.

The snorkeling lagoon, less then 30 seconds away, was amazing. There are great fish as soon as you dive in, and if you are a strong swimmer, you can swim to where the lagoon meets the ocean. There you will find a very healthy reef with some of the best corals I've ever seen!

The housekeepers and cooks, Erika and Miguel, were wonderful. They made us feel right at home. We asked them to cook breakfast every day and 4 dinners. They also kept us stocked on fresh guacamole and pico de gallo per our request. The food was delicious, and was a great convenience for our big group. Despite my limited Spanish language skills, we had some great conversations, as we both practiced the others' language. I enjoyed getting to know them, they truly made our trip special.

While I certainly could have stayed at the property all week, there was much to take advantage of in the area - so we went exploring! We went to Ziggy's beach, Talum ruins, Ek Balam, and multiple cenotes (including snorkeling in a cave at Maya Mysterioso at Dos Ojos). I recommend all... but there's even more do to in the area!

Our stay at Laguna Encantada was the trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend this property... and am already jealous of anyone who gets to visit in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ashley & Family, Thanks so much for the wonderful review. We truly appreciate the kind words and it sounds like your trip was amazing. You hit it dead on that there is so much to do; it's unfortunate that time goes by so quickly, but there is always next time and we hope that you choose the Villa next time so we can share the new stuff we are constantly coming upon. Also thanks for the tip on providing a spot to hang towels outside; we will implement that. Happy Holidays to you and your family. Scott, Kristie, Erika & Miguel
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A villa in paradise for a perfect family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVE visiting the Laguna Encantada Villa in Akumal. This was our third visit to the villa and it won’t be our last. The villa is in a perfect location and offers so much to do. It is very close to exciting things to do in Akumal and is a short drive to Tulum and the Xcaret, Xenses, and Xplor theme parks. The best thing about the villa is that you really don’t need to leave the property to enjoy some of the natural wonders of Mexico. The villa is surrounded by cenotes and is a short walk to the Yal-Ku lagoon where you can snorkel with the villa equipment. The lagoon is very private and provides a unique experience you’ll never forget. The property landscaping is so beautiful and serene, it’s like being in paradise. The property is very well kept, quiet, peaceful, and secure. The caretakers, Miguel and Erika, are very hospitable and did a great job keeping the villa clean and taking care of us. We love their complimentary breakfast service and the meals they can prepare upon request. The owners Scott and Kristie have created a sanctuary that works for the young and old. The swimming pool, dry sauna, arcade game, and pool table make it a great place to relax and make memories. They have also made it very easy to obtain transportation if you don’t want to rent a car, but want to go out for dinner or on an excursion. Give the villa a try and you won’t regret it!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donna, Glad to see you guys back again. We love that you have found returning to the same place is not a negative; it only get's better with each visit. I hope you found the new staff as warm and caring as our previous staff. I know they both love to see you guys. Hopefully next trip we can swing by and have some drinks and botanas with you guys around the pool. As always, thanks. Salud, Scott and Kristie
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This place made our trip a vacation of a lifetim

  • 5 of 5

There are not enough words to describe how incredible and amazing this place is. It’s more than a house, it’s a complete experience. Scott the owner was so helpful and available. Miguel and Erica both were so incredibly gracious and wonderful in every way. They treated us like family. The food they made every morning was authentic and everyone loved it - all 10 of us! The three dinners we had at the house made us wish we had done all 7 nights there. Chepo was always quick to get us a driver when we wanted to run around. Our driver Carlos took such great care to make sure we found the right beach, shopping, or centote. Seriously it’s like being with family. The pictures don’t even come close to giving you the scope or the beauty of the house and the property. It’s like being at your own private jungle resort with personal concierge, cook, and driver. The lagoon behind the house is the best snorkeling in the area hands down. We are already planning our next trip back for the same week next year and plan to make this an annual tradition.

Our two families wholeheartedly recommend this place over any other in the area (we’ve tried 5 or 6) - this is the one you are looking for. We talk about this trip weekly and look at the pictures almost daily. What a treat to have paradise for such a great price and without having to worry about the details. I could keep typing and go on and on.....seriously you’ve found it - just book it......And tell Erica, Miguel, and Carlos the Coffees miss them and will see them soon!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Justin for all of the accolades. We really do get a kick out of guests that come to the Villa and find that the pictures don't really do it justice. I wish we could show more, but that's half of the fun; the looks of awe. We hope to see you again in the near future. Scott & Krisite
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Breathtaking!!! Nothing else like it...

  • 5 of 5

This place is in absolute paradise! We are already planning our next trip, and this time we'll bring a lot more people (b/c it has the space to accommodate). Everyone should have the opportunity to live like this for a week.

Laguna Encantada is by far the best vacation rental we've ever had the opportunity to stay in. It's very spacious, clean, wonderful ammenities on property (pool, cabana, sauna, pool table, etc), and the coolest snorkeling spot within walking distance (<300 yards). Plus, there is the cutest and nicest little couple that lives onsite to serve you! Rosenberg and Marie are the absolute best. They help clean your rooms, can cook and even pickup your groceries. It's like having your own private resort!

My wife and I highly HIGHLY recommend as long as you don't book on the weeks we plan to return!!! :-)

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Playa Del Carmen
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
2160 Miles
Riudoso, New Mexico
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Akumal is the perfect base location and Laguna Encantada is one of the most private in the area. Set in between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum with lots of places to explore in between as well as short easy drives to the biosphere, ruins and theme parks.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £784.4

Rates are based on 10 guests
Add $350.00 per person per week over base occupancy of 10 guests
Toddlers under the age of 2 stay free
Max occupancy is 12 adults and 6 children
Please add 19% tax to rates
We do not offer refunds but will be glad to reschedule your trip for the same rental class or upgrade.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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