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“A peaceful beach retreat”
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From the sea to the Villa
Beach Side View of Yum Botic Villa
Plentiful Palms on the Beach
Giant Palms on Our Beach
Relax on the Second Floor Terrace
Living Room Area with Mexican Wall Hanging and Access to the Beach and Sea
Fully Equipped Kitchen with Granite Counter Tops &Hand Made Wood Cabinets
Handmade Hard Wood Dining Table with 6 Chairs.
Master bedroom with private bath with double shower, 3 doors to terrace, easy chair, sm. table, desk
2nd floor bedroom with private bath, door opening to terrace, easy chair, small. table & desk
Lounge Chairs. Hammocks, Patio\'s Outdoor Glass Table
2 Kayaks  for Your Enjoyment
Your Sea Awaits You
Road Side Patio
A Glimpse of the Garden
Sunrise on Yum Botic Villa Beach
Sunset on Yum Botic Villa Beach
Pelicans on Guard
Friendly Egret Sunbathing
Sunrise on the Beach
Enjoying an Outdoor Lunch
Luscious Patio Garden
Anyone for Fresh Delicious Mangos?
View from the Second Floor Terrace
A Symphony of Clouds Across the Sky
Anyone for Volleyball on the Beach?
Enjoy the Shade Under the Palapa
The Beach and the Sea
Pelicans by the Shore
Have a Coconut or Two
Roadside View of Yum Botic Villa
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Mahahual, Costa Maya, Yucatan Peninsula

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Nicolasan...
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
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“A peaceful beach retreat”
Reviewed 15 January 2012 for a stay in January 2012

This house is a little gem on the Costa Maya. We were looking for a quiet place to enjoy a few days on the beach, far from the big resorts, and we couldn't have made a better choice.

We should first stress that the house is quite isolated, about 35 km from Mahahual. The last 6.5 km are on a dirt road with many potholes, so it takes almost 30 minutes to get to the town. There's absolutely no shopping option in the vicinity, so you need to plan accordingly and buy groceries in Mahahual or, ideally, in Chetumal (two hours away). You'll be perfectly quiet on your little piece of paradise by the beach, but it requires some planning.

The house itself is quite big, and we found it just as described and clean. The bedrooms are very large, with good beds, spacious and well-equiped bathrooms, and sliding doors opening to the terrace (on the ground floor) or the huge rooftop balcony. The kitchen is quite complete, though some of the ustensils and appliances hadn't been used for a while and needed a good cleaning.

There's no microwave oven or other heat-generating appliances. No TV either, but that's just what we wanted. There's no phone line, but satellite internet works fine. As the weather wasn't too warm, we didn't need to use the air conditioning, but it is available for an additional cost. You can see a complete list of the amenities on the house's website (costamayabeachhouse.com).

The house is right on the beach and is surrounded by palm trees and cacti. The housekeeper maintains the grounds very tidy and cleans the beach every morning. It offers amazing views and it is possible to see a variety of marine birds. However, there are large algae banks a few meters from the shore, so there not much space to swim at ease. If you plan to sit on the beach, get some tan and relax, that's fine. The owner just bought two kayaks and we enjoyed using them too. But for swimming, the beach in Mahahual is much better.

The surrounding area of the Costa Maya is quite interesting to explore. There's a number of Mayan ruins to visit (the closest, in Chacchoben, are about one hour from the house), the Laguna de Bacalar and the Fuerte de San Felipe (about 1.5 hours), the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve etc. Mahahual itself is a very pleasant village. It gets quite busy when there's a cruise ship at the dock, but otherwise it is very quiet and there's not much people on the beach. Various restaurants offer chairs and umbrellas at no cost if you order something, and prices are still very reasonable compared to the Riviera Maya.

All in all, we were very pleased with this holiday rental. The house was very comfortable and well-kept, and we felt very safe in spite of the remoteness. We enjoyed visiting the surrounding area and spending time on the beach, both at the house and in Mahahual. We found the cost very reasonable, and would not hesitate to recommend it and return in the future.

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Liked best: Very quiet location
Liked least: Large algae banks near the beach
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Jan 2012
We're so pleased you enjoyed your time at YUM BOTIC and in the Costa Maya area. Glad you had the opportunity to take out the kayaks. So glad to here you would recommend it to your friends or return Returning guests get a 10% discount and your referrals will receive a 5% discount. Hasta la proxima!
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dizneyfan...
DENVER
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“very remote but nice”
Reviewed 5 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011
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Don't be afriad of the location. Driving in Mexico opens up so much for you. The roads to this house has lots of pot holes and no lights. Once you get familar with the area it's really very simple. The beach is beautiful but you can't swim or snorkle here. There are plenty of other beaches close by that are great to swim. The dogs did bark some nights, at what you can only guess. The bugs were awful.

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Liked best: view and quietness
Liked least: bugs and roads
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
4 Dec 2011
GLAD YOU ENJOYED THE BEACH.
Sad you didn't swim there. we swim there all the time when we're at the house. There are wonderful areas to swim in front of the house. It's definitely shallow in parts and close to shore. We have the dogs to help guard the house and that's why they bark. Sad to hear about the bugs. We advise guests to bring bug repellent with deet. Usually there are no bugs during the time of the year when you stayed.
We are definitely on a back road and like most roads in the countryside worldwide, there are no lights. Thank you for staying at YUM BOTIC.
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marinofre...
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 reviews
“Really nice and Very remote”
Reviewed 20 August 2011 for a stay in August 2011

The home is very quiet and secluded but very safe. The care taker is there when you need him but never intrusive. The 2 dogs are very friendly but very protective and they somehow knew instantly that we belonged there. The pictures posted are very accurate.
My only reservation is also a recommendation and that is to realize how far you are from the nearest town Mahahual.

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Liked best: very elegant home
Liked least: August mosquitos
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
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Reviewed 10 June 2010 for a stay in August 2009
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Reviewed 10 June 2010 for a stay in February 2010
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