Experience the best of the Mayan Riviera here: the snorkeling, the food (from restaurants or your own kitchen), the local renowned craftsmanship, and of course the sunset views, all in a quiet tropical beachfront setting.
Cen Balam’s owners love this part of the world and have traveled throughout Latin America collecting amazing, one-of-a-kind Latin American artwork. This artwork adorns the condo and is it’s focal point. Exotic object d’art include Mayan wood carvings, oil paintings of local flora and fauna, and Guatamalen weavings. All beautifully displayed.
With the floor to ceiling windows and patio on the beach side, and the multiple patios on the courtyard side, panoramic views abound. White sand and the turquoise waters of the bay, and sea beyond, amazing garden views of flora and fauna, and the jungle beyond dominate.
Inside, each of the two bedrooms has a very comfortable king- size bed, with quality linens and wonderful detail, and each has its own private patio. The two accompanying bathrooms are well equipped, as is the kitchen, indoor dining area, living area, and outdoor dining area on the beach side patio. There is even a mini-office for that work day or e-mail!
Everything is provided for a stress free vacation: Free parking, Wifi, daily maid service (except on Sunday), unlimited bottled water delivered to the unit, full air conditioning, satellite TV, all linens, including beach towels, and so much more!
Cen Balam (Cave of the Jaguar) was intended as a private second home and has only recently become available as a vacation rental. The owners and guests love the second-floor, corner location, with its feeling of increased privacy and security, and its views over Half-Moon Bay and the Caribbean beyond.
The condo’s design and location provides wonderful flow-through sea breezes. There is also A/C throughout, and ceiling fans in all rooms, including the open-air beach front beach front patio.
Cen Balam is also one of the few units in the area that have the finest in upgraded doors and windows, which provide increased security, protection from the elements, including noise, heat and storms.
The kitchen, with its custom made window shade, has been remodeled, with additional cabinets, and new appliances while still retaining the local tropical rustic character. It is well stocked with Fiesta Ware dishes, and green, hand-blown Mexican glassware, as well as matching cutlery. Enjoy playing in this wonderful kitchen surrounded by views of Half Moon Bay.
The dining area boasts a large supply of table linens, many of which are local or Guatemalan handicrafts, as are the throw-cushions and bed scarves in the bedrooms.
Both bedrooms can be opened to the breeze. Both feature Mexican and/or Maya décor, including framed antique prints of Frederick Catherwood’s original drawings of Maya ruins. Both beds have embroidered Guatemalan throw-cushions and hand-made bed scarves, and both bedrooms have their own private patios, with a table and chairs, ensuring a peaceful place for that early morning cup of coffee, as well as a shady place to relax. These patios overlook the beautiful gardens surrounding the swimming pool and the jungle beyond.
All the rooms are decorated with original Mexican or Maya art. Many of the wood carvings are by Efrain Cetz, acknowledged as one of the finest Maya craftsmen practicing today. His large, bas-relief, cedar carving of a Maya Death Canoe overlooking the dining area was based on an original design carved on a piece of ancient bone found at the Maya site of Tikal in Guatemala.
The pieces in Cen Balam represent commissions by the owners, but carvings by Efrain Cetz (aka “Chino”) are now available in Lamanai (a not-to-be missed shop on the beach, outside the Lol Ha Restaurant Palapa). Many of the paintings in Cen Balam are by Isabel Schober, a local resident and artist.
A permanent library on Maya art and history (books are clearly marked) is available for guests’ use while in Cen Balam. There are also various paper back novels for relaxing on the beach (“take one if you need to; leave one if you can”). An assortment of games is present in the condo, and a television (with Netflix) has been installed for the convenience of guests.
The owners first saw Akumal in 1974, on a circumnavigation of the Yucatan Peninsula, and they have loved it ever since.. They now feel blessed to have a pied-a-terre there and equally blessed to have Diana, their downstairs neighbor to manage their rental calendar for them. They wish you an enjoyable vacation and hope you come to love Akumal and Cen Balam as much as they do.
- Ceiling Fans in All Rooms
- Decorative Security Iron and Screens
- Fully Air Conditioned
- Safety features: Gas Detector, Fire Extinguisher, etc.
- Storm and Safety Windows and Doors
- Beach Novels Trade Library
- Board Games and Cards
- DVD Player
- English-based Satellite with NETFLIX
- Included Private WIFI (not shared)
- Reference Library of Mayan Books
- SMART Internet TV
- Stereo with CD Player
- All Bed Linens are Provided
- Bedside Reading Lighting
- Black Out Curtains
- Comfortable King Sized Bed in Garden Bedroom
- Large Safe in Master Bedroom
- Living Room Sofa Makes into Comfortable Twin Bed
- Bath and Beach Towels are Provided
- Bath Products are Provided
- En-Suite Master Bathroom
- Coffee Maker
- Colorful FIESTA Dinnerware
- Full Size Refrigerator
- Good Quality Kitchenware: Knives, Boards, Utensils, Bowls, Pot/Pans, etc.
- Stove with Oven
- Beachside Patio with BOTH Dining and Seating
- Parking Included
- Pool & Garden Side Porch w/ Table & Chairs
- Water Sports Gear (will vary based on use)
MID SEASON 2020
Aug 13 2020-Oct 25 2020
2 Nights Min Stay
SHOULDER SEASON 2020
Oct 26 2020-Dec 18 2020
2 Nights Min Stay
HOLIDAY SEASON 2020
Dec 19 2020-Jan 03 2021
6 Nights Min Stay
HIGH SEASON 2021
Jan 04 2021-Apr 11 2021
4 Nights Min Stay
MID SEASON 2021
Apr 12 2021-Dec 17 2021
4 Nights Min Stay
Dec 18 2021-Jan 07 2022
6 Nights Min Stay
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT RENTAL RATES
DAMAGE PROTECTION INSURANCE:
For Christmas and New Year’s rentals, we require either Christmas week or New Year’s week, or both weeks, we cannot accept partial weeks. If you would like more days, but not a full week, we can do before Christmas or after New Year, and NOT at the holiday rates!
To ensure everyone’s enjoyment, we do have some Pool and Complex rules. These are attached to our rental agreement.
Our family of four stayed at the condo for 7 nights and loved every minute. Everything is on site to make your stay enjoyable. Great book selection with local travel books and fiction available. Fully equipped kitchen and good restaurants and small markets in walking distance. Snorkel gear and beach towels on site. Amazing views of sunset and sunrise, snorkeling out the back door and peaceful beach area. Very clean and great daily housekeeping. Can’t wait to return!
Wonderful location and great service
I spent ten days this last December at this property with my family and we all liked it a lot. First at all it’s steps away from the ocean with a gorgeous view and Akumal has a lot to do; great snorkeling and close proximity to amazing ‘cenotes’ The property is very well kept and tastefully decorated with Mayan themes. It is located in a sort of gated quiet community. Francesca, the local contact, does a wonderful job keeping in touch with guests and looking after any maintenance needs, potable water supply, etc. The property has a plentiful supply of towels, linens and even some snorkeling gear. It also has great reading material about Mayan history, maps and general information about the area. The support staff that helps out with cleaning, maintenance, etc are all very efficient and courteous. The booking process managed by Diana was also very smooth. She was very responsive and provided detailed instructions. Overall, I strongly recommend this property to whoever would like to enjoy the Yucatan peninsula around the Akumal area in a worry-free way. Just a great place.
Very relaxing and peaceful setting with the bay in front and pool in back for variety.
Ok, well I am sure I would have given this property five stars as I noted above if we actually could have stayed there as planned. But because of the Covid 19 pandemic, we had to cancel. But it is important for me to let people know how wonderfully the property manager handled our situation. We were not 100% sure that we had to cancel until just a few days prior to our planned visit. Throughout the few days leading up to our decision, Diana, the property manager was very responsive whenever I left a voicemail or texted. Despite being a very last minute cancelation and well outside of the normal cancelation date range, Diana graciously offered for us to re-book later in the year. When it later became apparent that due to our personal circumstances changing because of the virus, she worked with me to arrange an acceptable refund. She also helped me in my (successful) endeavor to obtain a refund of my service fee and taxes from VRBO. **Please note that I always have travel insurance but with the exception of “Cancel for Any Reason” insurance, no policy would have covered us under these circumstances. We love Akumal, having been there a few times, and I am certain we will return. Because of the gracious, understanding and responsive way that she handled our situation, we will be renting from Diana, without hesitation.
Fantastic tropical getaway
Our family of four had a great stay. Beautiful well-appointed condo, friendly staff, very quiet & relaxed atmosphere, exactly as advertised. The views from the balcony were breathtaking, lagoon snorkeling was magical and there was so much to see and explore. Our family of four had a wonderful, rejuvenating holiday. Highly recommended
Our weeks stay in Akumal
As a family with a young child, this property was absolutely perfect for our vacation. We enjoyed the ocean balcony for morning coffee and the other two overlook the pool. The condo was well appointed for kitchen items, the cleaning staff was courteous and efficient, the yard staff kept the entire property well manicured and clean and the condo itself has a wonderful comfy feel that has an incredible book collection about Mexican culture and life. The reef is just steps away from the shore where you can snorkel with so many different types of fish and turtles if you’re lucky! The Yal Ku lagoon is just a short walk from here where the snorkelling is equally spectacular. Options for eating are easily accessible by either walking, cycling or renting a golf cart. We would definitely stay here again to enjoy the ocean, the pool and the overall sweetness of Akumal.
If you are looking for a quiet place with great snorkeling right out your front door this is the place for you. The condo has everything you need to cook any meals. The neighborhood has some nice restaurants. The town is about 11/2 miles away.
Beautiful spot away from the crowds
The condo is lovely, the view is amazing, and the decor is charming! On top of that, the grounds are lush and the pool is perfect. So much color everywhere. I honestly can’t wait to go back.
Perfect Stay in Akumal
The condo was even nicer in person than in the photos. The grounds are beautiful, and the beachfront area was perfect and made going for a swim or snorkel very accessible. The rocks/coral are sharp so be sure to wear water shoes. The condo itself is very comfortable and has three patio balconies, one on the ocean side where we ate all our meals. It was great having the pool to cool off in at night after days at the beach, and there are plenty of good, low key restaurants in walking distance. Yalku lagoon is about a 5 minute walk away. Diana was very responsive when we had questions, and the staff onsite were very helpful. We’ll definitely be back!
Private, relaxing, beautiful oceanfront!
We had a great time at La Sirena on Half Moon Bay. This was our first time away from an all inclusive resort. Having more space and less people was refreshing. The area of Akumal was very safe. The condo was bright, spacious and well appointed. The oceanfront balcony was spectacular. Stop looking through hundreds of listings and book this one! Great value!
The property is fantastic; great location, spacious, wonderfully decorated feels like someones home.
The property is located on the half-moon bay (beautiful and peaceful), 5 minutes on foot from the first restaurants right on the beach, and walking distance from the Akumal beach. The condo complex is in very safe neighborhood, has wonderful garden with the pool, and the beach on the sea side. It takes about 5-7 minutes swimming from the condo beach to reach the reef (very healthy) with fishes, rays, and occasional turtle. We were amazed with the apartment, the authentic artwork, carvings on the doors, traditionally designed rooms including bathrooms and spacious seaside facing balcony and two additional from each room. The apartment felt as home, not as rental. One truly does not need the car to reach Akumal beach, Akumal Pueblo and can use public transport to go to Tulum. We plan to go back with another half of the extended family and continue to explore this magnificent Riviera, culture, history, nature and food. This was my best rental ever.
There is no better place to stay in Akumal than La Serena, our 2nd time staying here. It is private and secluded, with a nice beach sitting area, pretty pool and good snorkeling. Bring water shoes to more comfortably walk out into the ocean, as it is not a smooth sandy bottom. Only a short walk to 3 restraunts and only a mile from the main town. This unit is lovely inside with fantastic ocean & sunset views from the balcony sitting area. The best!
Great unit on the beach
This is another great place to stay in Akumal, we had stayed in the unit below on a previous trip and both are excellent. We have stayed at other complexes on Half Moon Bay, Akumal and some only had AC in the bedrooms. While there is usually a nice ocean breeze the AC in the living room and kitchen is much appreciated. The unit is well equipped with everything thing you might need , newer stove a refrigerator and indoor and outdoor tables. The front balcony overlooks the Caribbean and there are balconies from the bedrooms overlooking the pool and gardens. The gardens at La Sirena are some of the most beautiful in the area and the pool is large and great for cool refreshing swimming. The wood carvings and art by Mayan artists that decorate the condo are great. Highly recommend this for couples, families and those who are looking for relaxing quiet and with great snorkeling in front of complex beach.
Condo was as nice as it looks in the pictures!
We were a bit nervous about this property because of the lack of reviews, but we’re very happy we decided to give it a try. It’s definitely as nice as it looks in the pictures. Both the unit itself and the condo property are lovely, and at least during our 5-day stay in January, very quiet. We were pleasantly surprised that we never needed to turn on the air conditioning. The condo is designed with ceiling fans and excellent cross ventilation. It’s also tastefully decorated with comfortable furniture and beds. We liked that it had two bathrooms as well. The kitchen is well equipped and they provide a generous supply of fresh bottled drinking water. We loved the daily maid service and the three outdoor sitting areas, all with nice views. The beach area was never crowded and you could snorkel right in front of the building (although snorkeling was better in other near-by locations). There are three restaurants in walking distance and quite a few more a short drive or bike ride down the road. The host provided a thorough orientation package which we appreciated. There weren’t many downsides to this property, but we did have a few suggestions for improvements. We thought we would be greeted by someone upon arrival, but the person didn’t show up. It wasn’t a big problem since we were given very detailed instructions on how to find the place and get into the unit, but it would have been nice. The location provides nice privacy, but driving back and forth on the road got a bit tiresome. We had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend this property.
A view and condo worth a 1000 words
This condo is decorated so nicely that it instantly felt like home the minute we walked inside the door. And then there’s the view that simply erases anything and everything in your mind…all thoughts and worries simply float away in the warm breezes which blow in from the ocean. The property manager Diana was great to deal with and very helpful on things to see and where to eat. We loved it and we will be back. Thank you for sharing your special property in one of the worlds prettiest locations.