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Imagine yourself drinking your morning coffee while sitting on your balcony and watching the sunrise. Then, go for a dip in the Gulf and examine the coral reef located just a few metres from your door. Fix yourself a breakfast of fresh local fruit and perhaps a shrimp omelette, then relax on outdoor hammocks, or swim in the pool only steps away.
Route to the Sun Villa combines modern convenience with the charm of the Yucatan. Suitable for nonsmoking singles, couples, or families, the ground floor of our villa features a fully-equipped kitchen/dining area, spacious livingroom with convertible sofa, Mexican-inspired bathroom with generous shower space, and a bedroom with queen-sized bed. You'll love the privacy and spaciousness afforded by the upper floor, which is dedicated solely to a master suite with king-sized bed and seating area, bathroom with terrarium shower, and a full balcony overlooking the pool, palapa and beach. The Canadian owners live onsite.
Area Attractions: Exploring? Travel to one of the many nearby attractions such as haciendas, cenotes (underground rivers with crystal clear water for swimming), Mayan ruins, or a flamingo lookout.
Nightlife? Although our immediate area tends to be (mostly) quiet, a few restaurants in Chelem offer special events from time to time including karaoke, big screen viewing of sports, and other special events. You'll want to visit Merida on a Saturday night, when the streets are closed to vehicles, and the restaurants put tables and entertainment out-of-doors. You'll often see traditional dancers.
The city of Merida also boasts many familiar shopping and restaurant chains including Home Depot, Costco, Wal-Mart, TGI Friday's, Burger King, KFC and Chilis. Or relax in a recliner in the VIP room of a movie theatre, and be served by a waiter as you watch the movie of your choice, in English. Visit the Gallerias shopping mall and go ice skating on their indoor rink.
Shopping & More: Like to shop? The port of Progreso is located only 15 minutes away by car, and features a traditional mercado (market) where you can purchase fresh produce, meats, fish, and clothing. On days when the cruise ships are in, the square immediately across from the mercado boasts a lively shopping area with stalls operated by vendors from throughout the Yucatan. Here you can find traditional and modern clothing, silver jewelry, carvings and many other items for the souvenir seeker. Or take a 45-minute bus ride from Progreso to the City of Merida where, on Sundays in the main square (less than 3 blocks from the bus station), you will find a profusion of goods at very reasonable prices. On the way back through Chelem, stop at one of the many stalls set up by the roadside and purchase 'pay de coco' (coconut pie) or 'cremitas de coco' (coconut pudding topped with cinnamon ~ our family's personal favorite).
The high-ceilinged Master Suite encompasses the entire second floor of the villa, and includes a cozy seating nook with sofabed and reading lamp, and plenty of armoire and shelf space for your clothing. Individually controlled wall-mounted reading lamps, bedside tables, and a clock radio are provided. Three large ceiling fans ensure your comfort. Sliding double doors lead to a full-width balcony overlooking the pool, palapa, yard and the gulf. You'll enjoy spectacular sunrise views. Stargazing may become a favorite activity, as the nights here are very clear.
The main floor bedroom includes ample hanging, shelf and drawer space. Windows on 3 sides complement the high ceiling with large fan to allow plenty cross-ventilation.
Both bedrooms include two sets of linens and one bed covering (quilt or comforter)....moreless
Immerse yourself in your surroundings while showering in the ensuite bath off the Master Suite ~ a glassed terrarrium adjoining the shower allows maximum light while maintaining your privacy.
The main bath is decorated with Mexican flair, and is accessible from two rooms. You'll love the oversized shower with rainforest showerhead.
Each bath is equipped with 4 bath towels and 4 washcloths. A blow dryer is provided in the Master Ensuite bath.
A double outdoor shower is located on the grounds adjacent to the palapa/grill area....moreless
Credit cards are accepted via paypal. A 4% premium applies.
A rental deposit of $200 USD is due at the time of booking. This deposit is nonrefundable and applied toward the rental fees.
Rental of the owner's personal vehicle is available by the day or week with a valid driver's licence. Please ask for details.
Air conditioning, while generally not needed, is available in both bedrooms if desired. An additional charge applies.
Housekeeping services are provided pre-and post-stay. Additional housekeeping services can be arranged on a per-visit basis.
Cancellation Policy: The initial $200 is non-refundable. If you wish to cancel your reservation, the remaining deposit will be refunded as follows: 100% if cancelled 60 days or more prior to the Check-in date, 50% if cancelled 15-59 days prior to the Check-in date, 0% if less than 15 days prior to Check-in date.....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Seating for 8 people
Air conditioning is available in the bedrooms upon request. Please note, a $75 per week per unit charge applies....moreless
Local Activities Guide
A local pay-as-you-go cell phone is provided upon request. Calling minutes can be added by the renter....moreless
Parking Off Street
Parking On Street
Dishes & Utensils
Deck / Patio
Walkway To Water
Pool / Spa
Pool is located immediately to the front of the villa and is shared with the owner's family only....moreless
Spring 2015 Apr 16 - Jun 30, 2015 7 night min stay
Summer 2015 Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Fall 2015 Sep 1 - Dec 14, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter 2015/16 Dec 15 - Apr 15, 2016 7 night min stay
Spring 2016 Apr 16 - Jun 30, 2016 7 night min stay
Summer 2016 Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2016 7 night min stay
Fall 2016 Sep 1 - Dec 14, 2016 7 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Air conditioning, if desired, is $75 additional per a/c unit per week.
Credit cards are accepted through PayPal. A 4% surcharge applies. We also accept direct funds transfers, Interac e-transfers (Canadians only) and Cash. (Cash payments in MXN pesos will be subject to the exchange rate posted on xe.com on the date of payment).
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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We are located directly on the beach, midway between the small fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna, 15 minutes' drive from the city of Progreso, a cruise ship port with many restaurants along its bustling boardwalk (the 'malecon'). A short drive will take you to the city of Merida, where traditional culture and architecture meet with modern shops, hospitals, restaurants, cinemas and even an indoor ice-skating rink.
Our villa is designed for quiet relaxation in a safe and friendly enviroment. Although some Canadians, Americans and Europeans have chosen to make Chelem their home, this is not a traditional tourist area. If you want to experience the real Yucatan, but with modern amenities within reach, you'll enjoy what Route to the Sun Villa has to offer.
Other Activities: dolphin watching, flamingo watching