LAVISH MAYAN ARTISTRY ON HALF MOON BAY BEACH

Cherished for years, this lovely two- bedroom,  two-bath La Sirena #5 is a corner unit located directly on Half Moon Bay, Akumal in between the beach and the complex’s beautiful, tropical gardens, which surround the large,  blue- tile lined pool, with both a lap lane and a sunning ledge.

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 objet 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!

DETAILS

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.

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Rates

Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly*
HIGH SEASON 2019
Jan 06 2019 - Apr 22 2019
( 4 Nights Min stay)
$195 $195 $1365
MID SEASON 2019
Apr 23 2019 - Dec 20 2019
( 4 Nights Min stay)
$140 $140 $980
HOLIDAY SEASON 2019
Dec 21 2019 - Jan 04 2020
( 7 Nights Min stay)
$300 $300 $2100
HIGH SEASON 2020
Jan 05 2020 - Apr 15 2020
( 4 Nights Min stay)
$200 $200 $1400

Additional information about rental rates

  • Damage Protection Insurance : $ 59
  • Tax Rate : 19%

Notes :

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.   


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Amenities

  • Fully Air Conditioned
  • Ceiling Fans in ALL Rooms
  • Sound,Storm, Safety Windows & Doors
  • Decorative Security Screen Entrance Door
  • Safety features: Gas Detector, Fire Extinguisher, etc.
  • Comfortable King Sized Beds in Each BedRoom
  • Living Room Sofa Makes into Comfortable Twin Bed
  • All Linens are Provided
  • Large Safe in Master Bedroom
  • Bedside Reading Lamps
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Full Size Refrigerator
  • Stove with Oven
  • Good Quality Kitchenware: Knives, Boards, Utensils, Pot/Pans, etc.
  • Blender
  • Colorful FIESTA Dinnerware
  • Toaster Oven
  • En-Suite Master Bathroom
  • Bath Products are Provided
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and Beach Towels are Provided
  • DVD Player
  • Smart Internet TV
  • Included Private WIFI (Not Shared)
  • Stereo with CD PLayer
  • English-based Satellite w/ NETFLIX
  • Reference Library of Mayan Books
  • Beach Novels Trade Library
  • Board Games and Cards
  • Beachside Porch with BOTH Dining and Seating
  • Included Parking
  • Pool & Garden Side Porch w/ Table & Chairs
  • Water Sports Gear (will vary based on use)

Reviews

Peaceful adventure
Very relaxing and peaceful setting with the bay in front and pool in back for variety.
Jerome and Ann G.
2019-03-14
Perfect!
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!
Jeremy C.
2019-03-08
Simply great!
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!
Rob B.
2019-03-08
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.
Manuel P.
2019-03-08
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.
Stacey M.
2019-03-08
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.
tatjana o.
2019-02-25
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!

Scott V.
2018-04-11
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.

Bruce B.
2018-03-23
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.

Bob D.
2017-12-15
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