"I was unsure what to expect when booking Casa Almaviva. Tulum had never been on my radar as a travel destination, and I had never even heard of the Sian Ka’an biosphere. But a friend recommended it, the place looked great from the website, and I figured it was worth a shot.
To say my expectations were exceeded would be an extraordinary understatement. When you envision paradise, Casa Almaviva is what you imagine. The ocean, the beach, the swaying palm trees, the emerald blue water, the beautiful weather, the cooling breeze coming off the ocean, the luxurious accommodations, it's all there. But it's so much more.
At Casa Almaviva, every need we could have had was satisfied. The property is laid out perfectly for vacationing. Lounge chairs on the beach, hammocks tied to palm trees overlooking the ocean, the well-appointed palapa with a view to the beach, the 3rd floor with a 360-degree view of the ocean and jungle. However you want to relax in your beachfront paradise, there's a way to do it here. And the best part is that there’s no one for miles. Literally. You wade out into the ocean and there’s not a person in sight – no boats, no houses, no cities in the distance. Just beautiful, unobstructed, palm-tree lined beach and ocean as far as the eye can see.
As if that wasn't enough, the meals were amazing. Props to David, who is an incredible chef, cooking up fresh, locally-inspired meals with high-quality ingredients featuring local fruit, produce and seafood. Food and drinks (including a broad range of fine tequilas from the impressive house collection) were available any time, on our schedule.
I probably don't need to mention how beautiful Tulum and the biosphere are, and the many opportunities for recreation, but while we were there, we afforded ourselves of opportunities to hire a boat from Punta Allen in the biosphere on which we saw dolphins, encountered an incredible assortment of birds, and swam and snorkeled in a picturesque lagoon; went cave snorkeling at Cenotes Dos Ojos just outside of Tulum; had cocktails and snacks at any number of beachfront establishments in Tulum and Playa del Carmen (just to the north); and of course whiled away many hours on the beach. We never made it out to the reef just offshore, but I hear it’s amazing (something for next time).
Overall, a fantastic experience, which I hope to repeat again soon."
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: October 30, 2015