Intimate, Incredible Sin Duda Villas on Mexico's Costa Maya
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
With Mexico's Caribbean right outside your door, Sin Duda Villas is a 7 room hotelito on a white sand beach near the village of Xcalak, Quintana Roo. To find us, drive three hours south of Tulum. It is a safe journey. You'll travel through Mayan villages and cross the wetlands of the southern boundary of Sian Ka’an Biosphere until you reach the 'end-of-the-road' - the Xcalak Peninsula.
For 18 years Sin Duda Villas has welcomed friends and guests to an idyllic ecological hideaway for independent, adventurous people who appreciate natural beauty. You will be charmed by this lifestyle, which moves in concert with Mother Nature. Designed by the past owner/architect, Sin Duda's ambiance is mesmerizing. We are energized by 24 hour solar power and rainwater collected into cisterns for daily use. Purified water is also supplied. The spaces are intimate, private, intriguing and best of all, we are located far far beyond the 'madding crowd.'
Lodging consists of 3 private double rooms, 2 full apartments, 1 jungle studio tucked into the 'almendra' tree”; and by appointment, our cute 'casita baja' for 1 or 2. All of these are splashed in brilliant colors. You'll find treasures, art, collections, surprises and whimsy at every turn.
We can accommodate up to 20 people in a variety of rooms/apartments. We provide daily housekeeping, our cotton linens are fragrant with fresh sunshine, on comfy queen-sized beds. The 3 double rooms have access to a full kitchen while the apartments have their own kitchens. For breakfast enjoy our healthy home-made granola using coconut from our own trees and our special blend of freshly ground Chiapas Highland coffee. The main library is bursting with reading material, books of every genre, games and puzzles. On the beach and roof-decks, you'll find mahogany chaises and lounge chairs. On your patio or balcony you’ll find comfy chairs and a hammock. At eventide, climb to one of two soaring rooftop decks for clear and incredible views of the constellations.
The fly fishing and snorkeling here is world-class and just outside your door! Our area of Mexico’s Caribbean coast was designated a national park - “Parque Nacional Arrecifes de Xcalak” in 1997, and offers absolutely safe snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. The giant aquarium created by the Palancar Reef (.5 km offshore) is teeming with fish for your delight. The closest coral head is a 2 minute swim from the beach. We also have kayaks for guests to use…take them for a snorkeling adventure close to the roar of the reef.
We not only have the ocean in front of us, we also have the Laguna Santa Julia behind us. Just walk down a short path to a small dock. You’ll find paddling through the mangroves and around the edges of the laguna is exciting! There is a map at the entrance so you can find your way. You’ll find many birds there and guests have seen large fish crocodiles and rays!
Sin Duda Villas is small, so planning in advance is appreciated. We're family and pet-friendly, have references galore and an informative website. Come visit us, at the end of the road. No doubt, you will be delighted!
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We cater primarily to adults. Children are welcome but we do not have special, planned activities for children. You can spend family time with your youngsters exploring the beaches, engaging in birding, biology, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. We find that young people who are well-traveled and are excited about learning fare best....moreless
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, Beds for 20
- King size beds (1): One king bed in our Laguna Room; king sheets require more freshwater for laundering, thus in keeping with our conservative lifestyle, we offer the 1 king, but several queen, double and single beds. Queen size Beds (5): 3 Queen beds in the 3 double rooms. 2 Queen beds in master bedrooms of our 2 apartments. 1 Queen bed our jungle studio apartment. Double Beds (3): We feature (2) two Swiss-crafted double fold-down beds (Murphy beds) which tip down into the living rooms of each beachside apartment. These 2 beds provide the privacy of two separate sleeping spaces for families or groups. The other double bed is in the 'Casita Baja,' a studio apartment by appointment. Twin or Single Beds (7): Twin beds are used as trundle beds in 2 of our 3 double rooms for extra person/youth. Two twins plus a third twin as a trundle provides sleeping for 3 singles in Laguna Room. In the 2 beachside apartments, each master bedroom features a twin trundle for extra person/youth. Two other twin trundles are in Studio Selva and Casita Baja. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms
- There are 3 roofdecks with seating for your enjoyment. Sleep up there under the stars! The architecture is meticulously planned for ocean breezes circulating through rooms with ceiling fans… so natural! Feel free to enjoy the family room with library, puzzles, board games, poker chips and cards. Most nights, at sunset, we share a 'Margo-rita' Happy Hour with guests. It is great to get together and talk about the day, before you go on to enjoy the evening. ...moreless
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Within 15 feet of your room patio or balcony is our white, cool (limestone porous) sand beach. You have 60 meters of private sand beach for playing, building castles, lounging or reading. The Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the beach, has wondrous snorkeling in a huge natural aquarium setting. In 4 kayaks you can explore miles of the Caribbean beachfront, or for sunshine healthy exercise, take a bottle of freshwater and walk as far as you wish without burning your feet in the sand. We provide snorkel gear and kayaks for our guests....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
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Sheets, towels for bath, beach and kitchen are laundered every 3rd morning in keeping with our precious fresh-water conservation. All linens are laundered by hand and line-dried for sparkling fresh fragrance....moreless
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Each of our 5 kitchens have dinnerware, pots/pans, flatware and linens for preparing your meals and dining; plus dish-soap, tinfoil, paper towels and olive oil, salt/pepper, blendersand orange juice squeezers in most kitchens....moreless
The 2 apartments both have full kitchens. The 2 studio apartments have kitchenettes with refrigerator, stovetop and sink. The Maya Cocina is a full shared kitchen plus library and cozy living room....moreless
Our popular Maya Cocina with service for 8 or more, with a large table and chairs, plus all accoutrements midst a pleasant gathering-space, a living-room with couch and soft wicker chairs, surrounded by volumes of books...moreless
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The 7 rooms have private decks or patios with seating for your comfort; the south rooftop deck has 2 mahogany, cushioned chaises for sunning au natural. The north rooftop has 2 Muskoka chairs....moreless
In Mexico, the gazebos are 'palapas'. We have 4 palapas on the beach. Under each there are two mahogany beach chaises with Sunbrella soft cushions and plump bright pillows, cup holders and a small table. Once you've settled onto one of our beach chaises, you may never leave!...moreless
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World class snorkelling outside your door. 4 beach palapas with loungers, beach shower; Masks, fins, snorkels, snorkel vests, life-preservers & beach toys; Hammocks inside or out; 2 'beach bikes' and 4 kayaks free for guest use. Tiny dock permits access to lagoon behind for kayaking 'neath mangroves, following shrouded rivers linking one lake to another; Catch-release fishing out of the kayak; Unequaled, undiscovered Maya ruins 1.25 hrs distant. Dive Center 7 km. Seafood, Vegetarian & Yucatecan food at restaurants along beach road & in village; Medical Clinic; Guides for fishing - fly/sport; Snorkel tours & guided day trips & excursions; Library with over 1500 books to choose from.
Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: This is Sin Duda's 18th season on Mexico's 'Costa Maya,' at the end of the road on the Xcalak Peninsula. Robert and Margo recently sold to friends, Lesley and Dave. Architect Robert designed and built this small hotel, creating an intimate design to accommodate guests and friends in a relatively pure environment. Sin Duda can accommodate up to 20 people. We love to share our 'green' lifestyle. Come visit us. You'll thrill as your body relaxes, your brain stops humming, and your goal becomes the number of books you'll read before you leave us.
Why the Owner Chose Xcalak:
Sin Duda is truly a slice of paradise. It was built on a stretch of sand between the shores of Mexico's Caribbean and the southern wetlands near the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Because we're energized by solar (24-hour pure electricity) and collect rainwater for our freshwater use, we are aware of Mother Nature's bounties. Indeed, to live here with us is very different than the lifestyle of the First World. We choose no television, but have over 1,500 books; our Marine Radio is our most reliable means of communication. To our way of thinking, we are actually 'participating' in living… unique, authentic, peaceful and decidedly rewarding. We're part of REAL Mexico and revel in the gentility of nature, the quixotic personalities of our Mexican friends, the simplicity and truth in Mexican customs, and best of all, we're having fun. Come join us and you'll agree.
The Unique Benefits at this Hotel:
Snorkeling is world class and swimming is safe. We're excited because our part of the Caribbean is now a designated Marine Park. The giant aquarium created by our protected reef is filled with healthy coral heads that are teeming with fish. We have seen Nurse Sharks, Moray Eels, Golden Spotted Eels, Eagle Rays, Southern Rays, Turtles, Porcupine Fish, File Fish, Lesser Electric Rays, Trunk Fish, Lobster, Shrimp, Grouper, Angel Fish and hundreds of others! We have snorkel masks and fins for our guests, snorkeling vests and have 'lycra skins' for swimming and snorkeling to protect the coral from toxic sun blocks. Paddling in our Ocean Kayaks to the Palancar Reef or exploring the Santa Julia Lagoon and the life-giving mangroves is very exciting. The diving here is world class, as is the fly fishing. We have an excellent dive center 7 km south of us, and we can recommend professional fly-fishing guides to our guests. If visiting Mayan pyramids is your type of adventure, we are within 1.25 hours of newly-excavated, Mayan ruins, restored since 1983. Even today with all the tourists in Mexico, few modern people have visited the Heart of the Maya in our location. Most of the ruins in the south central part of the Yucatan Peninsula were once connected with Calakmul's grand city. This is pristine Maya history and you will have the ultimate experience of hearing the spirits of the Maya without fanfare. Some guests simply come here to relax and simply be. Do it all or do nothing, the choice is yours to make. You will find our environment quiet and conducive to replenishing your spirit, with no distractions, other than sounds of nature.
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This is Sin Duda Villas. Taken while snorkeling in the pristine waters.
The beach patios of #2 Patio Rm & #7 Bailando face the beach & Caribbean Sea
Your beach chair awaits!
Dining fun: #7 Bailando looking out to the Caribbean from the patio.
#5 Laguna Room, with sunshine colors & options of 2 twin beds or a king.
Sun dappled Ocean Room with a balcony for 2 overlooking the beach & sea.
Kitchen in #8 Querencia with stove, fridge & lots of counter space.
Maya Cocina, shared by our 3 double rooms. Fridge, stove, counter space, storage
This palm tree is named Mariano after the friend who planted it.
Queen Angelfish. Such a beauty.
Beautiful Eagle Ray. Just 1 of 100's of creatures you'll see while snorkeling!
Sin Duda. At the end of the road, without a doubt, a wonderful place to just BE
Welcome to Sin Duda. This is our beach road, looking south.
Top right: Ocean Rm Top left: Querencia Bottom left: Bailando Middle: Patio Rm
Street entrance to #7 Bailando. Bailando's other entrance is beach side.
The beachfront ground floor apartment has cozy seating. See the Caribbean?
Art in #2 Patio Room, a cozy double room with queen bed.
Studio Selva: Adult tree house, 360 degree views. So private, a honeymoon fav.
The Maya Cocina also has a library/living Room. It is a fun gathering place.
We welcome your pets to come and relax with you on our beach.
A gathering of pelicans after a storm. That pole is just off the beach.
Guests off on an adventure!
A sleepy afternoon on the beach.
Early morning. You can see the whitecaps of waves breaking on the Palancar Reef.
This listing was first published here in 2001.
Date last modified - Friday, November 27, 2015
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