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Zen Del Mar - Seven-Bedroom Beach-Front Luxury Villa on Jade Beach

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Space 7,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa


About the property

Villa, 7 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths, (Sleeps 18)

Zen del Mar – A Mayan red spacious 7,500 square foot Villa has SEVEN large King bedroom-suites with five Mayan-marble bathtubs. Architect Udi Saly renovated Zen in 2014 adding two grand Penthouse suites. Celebrities and Sports stars return to Zen del Mar for its direct ocean front privacy and superior guest services.

Zen del Mar can comfortably accommodate 14 to 18 guests. Zen del Mar may also be rented with its adjacent Villa, Casa del Sol Naciente on Jade Bay for larger groups.

Both villas are located between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Jade Bay is a private oasis of personal Villas and an easy beach walk into the town of Akumal.

Zen, a walled estate from the small street, welcomes you with its handmade double hardwood doors. One enters the Villa with its imposing stone archway highlighting a glass window that soars 35 feet for its picture perfect view of the Caribbean Sea. Zen del Mar captures all Ocean views by subtle elevation and angle plays so everyone has a room with a great ocean view. The Living room, with two couches, opens up to a large exterior patio adjacent to the 60 foot long swimmers swimming pool. A Palapa style structure sits above the pool for double private massages or a yoga practice. The Dining room, Granite Kitchen and one King bedroom en-suite are located on the first floor. There are two dining areas, one inside and a large al fresco patio table with its covered roof providing views of both the garden and the Sea.

Up the wooden handrail you will find a balcony overlooking the garden and four King Bedrooms with bathrooms and bathtubs en-suite. A large ocean front private balcony adjoins the bedrooms so you can enjoy your Mexican coffee from your wooden lounge chairs. As global nomads, the owners made sure that each bedroom has its own design personality and is beautifully appointed with fine European linens and towels. Enjoy the books, movies and accessories chosen from their travels around the world as these are seldom found in a beach house

Two King Penthouse bedrooms at 1000 sq. feet and 1500 sq. feet occupy the top floor. Each room has a panoramic view of the Ocean, bathroom en-suite with a Mayan bathtub, shower and Mayan hammocks.

Akumal in Mayan means place where the turtles are born and Jade is one of their favorite beaches. Zen del Mar has a swinging bed on ropes nestled under a Palapa at the oceans edge, it is a coveted spot for reading a book or an afternoon nap.

Staff includes daily maid service and pool cleaning and maintenance. Security. Additional services are available upon request at nominal charges: Chef Services, Van & Driver, Massage therapist, Yoga instruction, Sailing, Scuba Diving, and Tours of the Mayan ruins.

Keywords: 7-Bedrooms, Villa, Luxury, beach-front, direct-beach, ocean-front,

More Details

Udi Saly
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2014

About Udi Saly

As a world-traveler, I first came to Cancun in 1998. I could not stand the busy hotel zone. Looking for serene, private and wonder-full beaches I drove further and further south, eventually falling in love with Akumal, in the area now called the Riviera Maya. As an architect, I purchased this amazing beach-front property and designed a luxury-villa to fit the raw natural beauty. Interior inspired by fashion formed the perfect vacation villa. We manage and operate our villas ourselves as our standards are impeccable service and design. For 15 years I have personally visited every guest who rented the villas. Guest reactions and return guests tell it all. I love that they love it. I am committed to continue this quality of service and guest experience for years to come.

Udi Saly purchased this villa in 2005

Why Udi Saly chose Akumal

We do things very differently: We own and operate the villas. We live here in Akumal. We care more than any agent or most other villa owners. We know more, as we have dedicated ourselves to guest services for 15 years. We pride ourselves that we know, hire and train our full-time staff. We update our Villas monthly with fine Bed-linens and accessories that guests appreciate and enjoy on their vacation. Our villas are walled estates for both security and privacy. These multi-million dollars Villas offer much more than any average beach house. Concierge visits are provided daily to provide local perspective and expert local advice, and answer any questions of your group.


Akumal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 7500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Hand-made marble double-bathtub
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom and private exit to pool and patio
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , En-suite bathroom with bathtub + outdoor shower in balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom and large balcony on the Caribbean Sea
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , En-suite bathroom with shower and large balcony
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , 1 double , En-Suite bathroom with large balcony
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1,000 sq. ft. bedroom wiht soaring palapa and hand-made bath
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , 1,500 sq. ft. wiht two balconies and soaring palapa
  • Seven King size bedrooms - three with additional beds. All bed-linens are of highest quality 400+ thread count. All seven bedrooms are air-conditioned. Two roof suites are 1000 sq. ft. +. King beds (7), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib and high chair when needed.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • health/beauty spa
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two 2-person ocean kayaks, 5 complimentary one-hour massages with rental, refrigerator stocked with beverages upon arrival, complimentary breakfast daily and more. Villa is fully staffed. Villa Concierge will provide assistance with local activities such as scuba diving, cave diving, golf, tennis, restaurant reservations and any of the guests' needs.


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Zen Del Mar - Seven-Bedroom Beach-Front Luxury Villa on Jade Beach
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

A Perfect Mexico Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is stunningly beautiful- spacious bedrooms and bathrooms and plenty of space to lounge inside or out. The grounds and pool are gorgeous. The staff is attentive to your every need. We had a fabulous week- 6 parents and 9 big kids ages 17 to 24. Everyone loved the house and wants to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect place for our family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Zen Del Mar is a colorful and beautifully designed beachfront home that easily accommodated our family of thirteen, ages two to eighty. Different seating areas even allowed teenagers to have their own space.

The swimming pool was heaven for little ones and the scuba and snorkelers enjoyed the ocean and had their choice of cenotes. A local chef prepared excellent meals and the inside and outside staff was the equal of a five-star hotel. Four hours after a fishing afternoon, our tastefully prepared catch was served on the outside patio.

The little town of Akumal is a twelve minute walk on the beach, and the local area had entertainment for all. The owner stopped by several times to make sure we were happy.

We're going to do this again for sure.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxury rental for discerning traveler

  • 5 of 5

If you want top of the line accommodations, look no further. Zen del Mar is a beautiful villa where the owners have paid personal attention to every detail. Our group of ten family and friends (ages 25-65) very much enjoyed our week.

Architecturally Zen del Mar is marvelous. The photos are accurate but pictures cannot convey the overall feeling. It is visually appealing everywhere you look. It also works well for a crowd with plenty of privacy and space to spread out. The bedroom suites are equal in amenities, which was nice for our group of adults. Because the setting is so attractive, we ended up spending more time at the villa than I expected. Planned excursions, especially in the evenings, fell by the wayside in favor of enjoying drinks by the pool, al fresco dinners, and late nights under the stars. It is quite dark at Zen del Mar because of lighting regulations that help the endangered turtles. Being there during turtle nesting season was an additional pleasure.

The food provided by staff and the chef was excellent. We used the chef three times and I highly recommend him. If you are the least bit adventurous, request Yucatan specialties. He provided seafood stuffed chili rellenos in a cream sauce that were as elegant as you’d find anywhere. We also had cochinita pibil (barbequed pulled pork) served in the traditional way, a superb seafood ceviche and fajitas which will please any crowd.

Things that I often find to be lacking at ‘luxury’ rentals are done right at Zen del Mar - towels were large and plentiful; good quality bedding and sheets; nice ceramic dishware; good plumbing. The daytime staff was pleasant and unobtrusive. They were extremely responsive to requests and phoned the managers for anything that they couldn’t take care of themselves.

This is an extraordinary place that we will definitely return to.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manhattan Beach, CA

A wonderful week in Akumal

  • 5 of 5

Zen Del Mar is an amazing house with a wonderful layout. Tha backyard is beautiful with ample opportunities for enjoying the sun and the shade. The service could not have been better. The breakfast in the morning and the fresh quacamole, salsa, chips and margaritas are not to be missed. The property is very well maintained and the owner was friendly and extremely helpful with activities and restaurant recommendations. We loved Turtle Bay Cafe, La Lunita and Buena Vida. We also loved xel-ha, snorkeling at Dos Ojos and the Tulum Ruins. Our week was wnderful.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2015
  • Stayed: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week both weather wise and activity wise. Had a chance to fish on a small Panga from the down town fleet. Caught a couple sizable Dorado and your Master Chef cooked them up Veracruz style. Really great. Went to Aktun Chen for a neat tour of the Akumal caves and Cenote as well as Ya Kul for some great snorkeling in that bay.

So thank you for building such a great place. The staff were great and the location excellent.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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New York, New York, USA

Beautiful ZEN - luxury experience - something for everyone

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Villa Zen del Mar was in fact a zen experience. We landed in Cancun in May 2014 where a car was arranged to pick us up. It was an easy drive to “Zen” and upon arrival we immediately began to shed the stresses of the prior many months. Any concerns I might have had about sharing a Villa with multi-generations of 12 people were put to rest as the villa and surrounds were better than advertised to accommodate our large group. The pool, the furnishings, and the large kitchen were made for large groups or intimacy – whatever one’s needs – such was the attention to detail throughout the Villa. Very important to us was a level of privacy afforded by retreating to any of the en suite rooms, a secluded spot on the beach or in one of the Adirondack chairs positioned around the Villa to take in the waves and turtle watching (turtles nest here – really amazing to see). I spent many hours swimming and then sitting poolside sipping a delicious cocktail with the freshest fruit, a great view of the sea, and a good book.

After our arrival, the rest of our group of family and friends began trickling in, each immediately kick-starting their retreat with either a very short walk into town, in and around the pool or on the beach. The staff was unobtrusive, seeming to appear whenever needed, were friendly and polite and took great pleasure in taking care of us. The chef services were better than a good restaurant, so we only ate out twice at La Lunita for dinner and the Bakery Café for lunch.

Some of the “parents” were concerned about safety but that was quickly dispelled with security on the street and a few walks around the very peaceful and gentle environment.

While I vow to be tech-free when away, good wifi is essential, and I had connectivity throughout our stay.

I have had great experiences at 5 star resorts but ZEN stands out as one of my best vacations and this was seconded by one and all of our diverse group. There was something for everyone. We will be returning to this Villa next year for two weeks.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Cancun International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Many in Akumal
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Bahia Principe Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Highway 307 - private access road is 0.25 miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Many in Akumal
Nearest Ski
1000 Miles
Far Far Away!
Nearest Beach
In front of the villa
Car: recommended

Cave diving, scuba diving, archaeological Maya ruins.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 19.0%

Nightly Rates for base use of three bedrooms and up to six guests. For additional bedrooms up to 5:
Winter: Add $200/night up to 10 guests total;
Summer: Add $150/night up to 10 guests total;
Add $75/night for each guest above 10 guests up to a total of 14 guests;

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.