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One of the finest homes in Belize, Kukulkan Villa is a private 50 acre showplace yet only minutes from San Ignacio town with hardwood floors and 3 large bedrooms each with a private marble bath plus a 1/2 bath near the 1200 Square foot living room and almost 2,000 Square Feet of hardwood decks overlooking the valley and swimming pool. The pool sits high up at deck level and is quite unique with a fan shape and fully glass tiled with an infinity edge that looks out on the valley below. Kukulkan outside of the house lawns and the lower orchard area is a very wooded 50 acres with beautiful maintained trails that allow for an adventurous hike or a visit to the orchard and the riverside where we can bring our kayaks so you can enjoy a very special outing. You can also just unwind and relax and cook out on our decks or on our Viking stove and oven or have a Mayan treat made for you by Adelita Moh who will also provide daily housekeeping service. We have three full time staff onsite who will always be there for you and are located only 10 minutes from San Ignacio which is a town of 15,000 with many local restaurant choices. Nearby resorts also provide some fine dining options.
Your rent includes daily maid service and if you don't come in your own car (remember to always get 4 wheel drive for Belize) you can have use of our 7 seat truck with our driver, villa manager Leonardo who knows the country and will drive you out to the nearby sites or take you to nearby restaurants. If you take a rental car you can still have Leonardo drive you if you wish at no additional cost. In fact our staff of three will always be there for whatever you need day or night.
Although we are just a few miles from town this hidden location will let you see more toucans flying at eye level and parrots squawking above you than you can imagine and the amazing star studded night sky and sounds and soft breeze of the jungle will gently lull you to sleep.
Although off the beaten track we have more modern conveniences than most hotels in Belize with Wifi throughout the house complimentary and a 52 inch TV with satellite connection and Apple TV with Netflix as well as a USA phone for calls to or from the states and use of my local cell phone for your convenience.
Although we encourage people to simply relax in our pool or kayak in the river or hike on our trails you can also go to nearby sites on your own vehicle or my truck with Leonardo and you can also access the nearby world famous Lodge at Chaa Creek including going on any of Chaa Creek's trips at the same cost as their own guest.
Our villa is really one of the finest and most unique designer homes in the county which took two years to build in its very unique location. Our master bedroom and second bedroom have marble baths with huge showers and a 3rd bedroom has two double beds and is near the largest master bedroom.
Kukulkan is located just 10 minutes away from the town of San ignacio yet will feel a hundred miles away although occasionally the sounds from a nearby village across the river come drifting over.
The Moh family who are Mayan and from the south of Belize will take care of you. They also live on the property in their own house a hundred yards away. The property is fenced in and there are two friendly but protective large dogs who stay outside. Leonardo Moh is the villa manager and he can not only drive you to shops in town or do a Belize style barbecue for you on our big outdoor gas grill but also tell you about all there is to do nearby. His wife Adelita will take care of the house and make you a nice traditional mayan soup or Belizean dish if you like and maybe some handmade flour tortillas. Leonardo and Adelita have two lovely daughters, Lulu and Sherrie who you will also enjoy meeting as they come home from school in town. Their cousin Andrew Moh is a young man who also works with us and will be there to take you on walks on the trails and show you all around the hilly 50 acre estate.
Staying at Kukulkan is staying in a very special home built for the environment and very sensitive to the environment. Most of the lighting is LED and our power comes from solar panels with our propane generator as back up. Our water source is the sky and we have 15,000 gallons of storage. We are very much off the grid yet have all the modern conveniences. We do however ask that bedroom air conditioning only be used during times of extreme heat and not in the winter months when the weather is mild and the evenings are cool and pleasant. We also really want our guests to get a feel for this special environment including the sounds of the evenings and roar of life all around you as the sun sets and rises. It is really just an amazing experience. The living areas do not have a/c but rely on our modern fans and gentle breezes. We are on a hilltop and the house was designed for cross ventilation with large sliding glass windows.
In the evenings between 7-11pm when you look out our decks over the river valley below you will often see clouds forming and curving above the gentle angles of the twisting and turning Macal River . It's an amazing site as these clouds form and slowly rise so that on a typical night by midnight or 1am you are quite literally sleeping in the clouds. That is why although the sun rises facing the bedroom windows each morning we have no curtains as the clouds that form in the night protect you from the morning sun and become a natural curtain diffusing light until they burn off later in the morning. (no one but birds can see inside)
Come to Kukulkan and I promise you will remember it all your life. If you have an eye for deep green forests and natural beauty and the sounds of birds and nature and would enjoy some oxygen therapy by living amidst the freshest air in the tropics this is most definitely the place for you. But of course you will also get to relax and be pampered. And should you wish a spa treatment we will take you right over to the nearby Chaa Creek Spa or have a masseuse come over to the house to take care of you right on the deck.
I invite you to enjoy this very special home in a most wonderful location. -----Alvin
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Apr 22 - Dec 17, 2015
4 night min stay
Dec 18 - Jan 4, 2016
4 night min stay
Jan 5 - Dec 1, 2016
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Rates include 3 full time staff and daily maid service. We can pick you up in town and take you to our villa and be available to drive you around the Cayo region or you can rent your own car and we will show you just how to get around. Guests will also have use of our 3 Kayaks on the Macal River. Tax noted above includes 9% government tax and 5% service charge as a tip for our staff.
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Car: Not Necessary
We have trails and kayaks on our property and many nearby attractions from ruins to tubing and exploring caves and many other activities. Our manager Leonardo Moh is a Mayan from southern Belize and by December will be licensed tour guide who can be your private guide to many locations. Leonardo and his wife and daughters have lived on and managed Kukulkan for over 8 years and can help you have a very special journey to this beautiful and undiscovered part of Belize.
Year Purchased: 2006
About: I fell in love with Belize over 30 years ago as a young man and have come back many many times. In 2003 I decided to semi-retire and completed this house in 2006 as a place to live. It took two years to build and I was lucky to have Irish designer and Belize resident Brendan Odonoghue help me design and build my dream house. I have traveled a good deal in my life and you will see some of my art collection in the house including a piece by my old friend and well known artist Gregory Amenoff whose large abstract painting greets you on the way into Kukulkan to local artists and paintings I picked up in Bali. I lived at Kukulkan for almost 5 years before deciding to move back to Texas and get involved once again in the hotel business. I was part owner of The Stoneleigh Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Dallas for many years and am presently developing a new hotel concept although I come to Belize and relax at Kukulkan whenever I can. I love Belize in large part because it is a special place filled with charming, warm and friendly people. I suppose it is the people of Belize more than anything that kept me and continues to keep me coming back to this beautiful country. I encourage my guests to get to know not just the physical beauty of this land but also the kind and gentle people of so many races and backgrounds who inhabit Belize and make it their home.
Why San Ignacio:
I had been traveling to Belize since 1981 taking a week to rejuvenate myself every few months. For many of those years in the 80s and 90s I had an active business and political life as a lawyer and member of the Texas House of Representatives and escaping to Belize was critical in keeping my sanity and putting things in balance. It still is. My trip was always a mix of spending some time in San Pedro on the seaside and then going inland and staying at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. I remember in the early 80s when Chaa Creek first opened and had 3 cabanas and one outhouse. Today Chaa Creek is one of the finest mountain lodges in the world and its owners Mick and Lucy Fleming are among my closest friends. In 2003 when I decided to base myself in Belize it was the magnificent beauty of the Macal River Valley and the land around Chaa Creek that attracted me. I wanted to live in this rich green environment full of both the beauty of nature and charming and friendly people. At first I stayed with Mick and Lucy at Chaa Creek then rented a little home in town. Within a few months Mick Fleming found me this very special 50 acres right on the Macal River and just one mile down river from his own Chaa Creek. I bought it and proceeded to design and build my dream home with the help of the amazingly talented Brendan Odonoghue who is without doubt the leading designer in Belize. That dream home is Kukulkan. With Mayan ruins literally right on the property we named our villa in honor of the leading Mayan god who is featured in Chichen Itza. Over the years we expanded the trails, built the swimming pool to hang over the valley and planted many fruit trees. Come in the summer and enjoy our mangos and avocados. I love this 50 acres of greenery and trails and riverfront as much as I love the special house we built to sit atop and be a part of this unique and special environment.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Let me simply make a list of some of the special things you should not miss while staying at Kukulkan. 1/ Just lay out on the comfortable lounge chairs on the deck in the evening and watch the stars. Do it for 20 minutes and your bound to see a shooting star and more stars than you ever saw in your life as well as whole clouds of galaxies in the distance. 2/ Always open the windows (we have screens) and listen to the sounds of the night when you go to sleep. You'll sleep well. I have come to miss it so much that when I'm gone I listen to recordings of evening sounds to help me sleep. 3/Take a walk on the Kukulkan trails with Leonardo or Luis (and the dogs if you like) and make sure to visit the orchard area just above the river for a special memory and have a nice swim in the river which is quite safe and clean or in the pool when you're done. 4/Get Leonardo to drive you over to Chaa Creek for lunch and a visit to their museum and butterfly farm or maybe have a treatment at their elegant spa. If you feel energetic take the kayaks to get there . It will be harder getting there going upstream and quite easy downstream on the way back. Just relax and enjoy my home. And maybe take an outside shower on the master bedroom deck. Everything is quite private at Kukulcan. I designed it that way. In fact clothes can be optional as no one can see inside the house from the front of the house and only birds from the back side which is mostly a wall of windows that open to the Macal River Valley. I think you'll like it. I know you'll never forget it.
Kukulkan is a 3200SF designer home with a private pool and 2000SF of decks
Contessa Levoni and Lucy Fleming enjoying the swim with a view.
The master bedroom in a peaceful blue with wall of windows and a tempurpedic bed
Walking on our trails is aerobic and delightful
Macal River is beautiful for canoeing or kayaking and fee of Crocs/gators etc
Villa manager Leonardo with Adelita and their daughter Lulu
Our custom pool by Odonoghue who also designed the pool for Francis Ford Coppola
The great room is 1200SF with a bar and dining table made of Belize mahogany
The pool has LED lights that can put on a changing light show for you at night
Our home has a mixture of local and Balinese art and other art pieces
We sweep the leaves off the trails and make them perfect for an aerobic walk.
The huge great room has living and dining areas and opens to a 1200 SF deck
Clouds forming over the river below at moonrise.
Here you see our deck sitting high off the ground and pool just a few feet lower
Modern and equipped kitchen with Viking cooktop and stove
Watching the moonrise above the hills across the river.
Our swimming pool is has an infinity edge, glass tiles and sits 20' high
The second master bedroom looks right over the pool.
Our villa is made of steel and local hardwoods and 3 separate decks
You won't believe the size of the avocados that grow just below the pool.
Leonardo can take you to our private swimming hole below Big Falls waterfall
The house is made of local hardwoods with mahogany doors here inlaid with onyx
Rocky, Tasmania and Layla on our local marble flowered entrance
The second bedroom with with queen plus a futon has magnificent views
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