History has it that thousands of years ago a great Mayan lord Ek Balam (meaning “black Jaguar”) founded one of the biggest cities of Mayan civilization.
It thrived for centuries, but then was abandoned and lost in the jungle. And while you may not get a chance to visit this place, you can still spend your vacation in a unique villa, designed by the famous architect Jose Luis Moreno and named after the great Mayan leader.
Casa Balam Ek offers its guests an airy living room, a cozy fully equipped kitchen, a beautiful dining room and 4 spacious bedrooms that can comfortably accommodate up to 8 people.
The artful ‘touches’ of the famous architect are seen in the unique structure, a very cool and original Casita ‘feature’ that you will find out about later and the clever layout of the house. Casa Balam Ek truly makes the most of the Caribbean breeze and stunning ocean views by having all the rooms face the beach.
Even if you are travelling with children and a big group of people there will be no more arguing over who gets what room. They all come with comfortable beds, private bathrooms and 6 days a week cleaning services, so you will not have to worry about anything, but rest and relaxation.
Besides the main house, Balam Ek also includes an adjoining Casita apartment, perfect for a small family or a couple.
The Casita includes a tastefully decorated bedroom with a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom, a full kitchen, and a cozy dining area.
But one of the best ‘features’ of the Casita mentioned earlier is undoubtedly an outdoor Jacuzzi tub, located on the upper level right outside the bathroom window.
Taking a bath here and making a wish on the shooting stars is something any romantic couple should try at least once.
During the day there are plenty of other activity options for both children and adults, like taking a refreshing swim in the pool, exploring the wonders of the underwater world, tasting new freshly-prepared dishes and cocktails at the local beach restaurant or taking a nap in one of the hammocks placed for you on the oceanfront terrace. This is what they call “la Buena vida” in Mexico!
For your convenience Casa Balam Ek also has a complete entertainment system, wi-fi internet connection, 2 iPod dock stations and satellite TV. So make sure to bring your camera, your laptop or an iPad. Otherwise how will you share the beauty of Balam Ek and Riviera Maya with your friends and relatives back home?
But before you start to pack your suitcases, remember to check the availability for this unique villa named after an unusual man!
NOTICE: Just like the sand on our beaches, availability shifts constantly. We coordinate reservations and availability with local people here. Add Casa Balam Ek to your inquiry so we can reconfirm that your preferred dates are still open.
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"Ingrid, the property manager, was helpful and friendly. She went above and beyond to make sure our stay was exactly what we were hoping for."
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From: Oakland, CA
About me: Seeking a Family Vacation/DestinationLooking for Quiet & RelaxationEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
Ingrid, the property manager, was helpful and friendly. She went above and beyond to make sure our stay was exactly what we were hoping for.
By: Amateur artist
From: Napa, CA
About me: Looking for Quiet & RelaxationInterested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesSeeking a Family Vacation/DestinationEnjoys Beach & Water Sports
In general, our stay was fantastic. The house was perfect for us - five adults and two kids. Only a few little things were wrong - one kayak leaked, one upstairs bath had no hot water until we complained. But those are not really big deals for us in the long run. We had a wonderful time, the house was large enough, Antonia kept it clean and cooked for us twice. All went well.
About me: Looking for Quiet & Relaxation
Kitchen was excellent plenty of utensils, cutting boards, etc. Best appointed kitchen I have been to in the Roo.
From: Atlanta, GA
About me: GolferEnjoys Beach & Water SportsInterested in Cultural & Nature Activities
Our drive to the airport @ 4AM was horrendous. We got stopped by one policeman who demanded that we open our wallets and give him all the $$ ($300.00) Shortly later, we got stopped by another policeman and showed him our empty wallets. He took us to an ATM machine. Luckily, it didn't take our American Express. A bad experience at the end of a wonderful vacation.
By: Holly G
From: Wauwatosa, WI
About me: Interested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesSeeking a Family Vacation/DestinationNewlywed/CoupleEnjoys Beach & Water SportsLooking for Quiet & Relaxation
This is a beautiful house with amazing ocean views. You're on a rocky coast so don't plan to swim here, but you can walk to the gorgeous beach in Akumal in about 5 minutes. Also walking distance to the many great local restaurants and shops. Small but deep pool, plenty of outdoor seating areas (sunny and shady) plus a private upstairs patio.
By: The snorkelers
From: Colorado Springs, CO
About me: Newlywed/CoupleEnjoys Beach & Water SportsInterested in Cultural & Nature ActivitiesLooking for Quiet & Relaxation
We loved our stay at Casa Balam Ek and it was just what the doctor ordered in that it was quiet, well appointed, clean and peaceful (actually serenely peaceful). Not knowing exactly what to expect, I had my reservations as did my husband, but those quickly fell away as soon as we settled in. This was the first visit to Mexico by my 8 year old grandson and was the very best way to indoctrinate a youngster to travel to another country over an extended period. He'd go again in a heartbeat. We laughed that he and my son-in-law could both "go native" and be happy as clams in Akumal. They absolutely loved the snorkeling in Akumal and happily stayed for hours in the water. They did not fish, but I'm positive they'd have loved that too!
From: Chicago, IL
About me: Seeking a Family Vacation/DestinationLooking for Quiet & Relaxation
Great property, great cleaning staff, great location.
By: Colleen Wright
Simply amazing. 3rd time to The Roo and 1st time at Casa Balam Ek. The grounds were beautiful and the housekeeping was exceptional. Ingrid the property manager was attentive, and went out of her way to help us with a dental emergency. She was great. Will definitely stay there again!
By: Jill Schmitt
We stayed in the house and casita with our kids and another family with kids. It was perfect! The kids had more fun searching for hermit crabs than they did swimming. The house staff was amazing and the location was minutes from the best snorkeling and some great restaurants.
By: Philip Verges
We'?ve been vacationing in Akumal for nearly 20 years. Casa Balam Ek was one of our favorite stays. The house is comfortable, clean and very cute. The view is great. The location between the two beaches is perfect. It??s stumble home distance from the Buena Vida. Will stay again.
By: Carla Wibel
We loved the house - the kids and grandkids were awestruck at the view of the ocean upon our arrival. The house was perfect with a lot of room, all the stuff we needed to prepare meals and relax. Had fun with the kayaks including some races to Half Moon Bay and back. WE also loved Tico the guard dog - he was fun to play with and he was also A VERY GOOD guarddog at night. We all loved the beach at Akumal; went fishing and snorkeling, made sand castles and animals in the sand. Great restaurants and the Bakery/coffee shop was a daily treat. The maid service was super, as was the manager and groundskeeper - definately made our stay very relaxing.
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