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Architecturally Distinguished Colorful Casa on Water's Edge

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 5 Bedrooms + Detached Unit, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

We designed, built and furnished Casa de Colores in 2007, but our guests will find our home as fresh and beautiful today as when we opened. We want you to have the same wonderful experience we have every time we visit. Casa de Colores is as comfortable, convenient, safe and enjoyable as possible because some day we will live in it! In the meantime, we are delighted to share it.

Casa’s ideal location on the northern edge of Half Moon Bay, facing the Caribbean, brings fresh breezes off the sea and provides perfect access to the Bay and its renowned snorkeling experience. From our terrace, watch a blue heron catch its dinner, or walk on the beach at the Bay to check out the turtle nests. Snorkel over the abundant coral reef with its lively array of colorful tropical fish or walk five minutes from Casa to the spectacular Yal Ku Lagoon and have the snorkeling experience of your lifetime.

Our guests speak highly of the Casa de Colores holidays they’ve had – and they make return visits, surely the highest compliment we could have. Whether you are 10 people or two, you’ll feel at home and have plenty of privacy. In some of our travels in Mexico, we’ve found that some guests always get the “kids’” bedroom or the one in the back on the lower level, with no view. At Casa de Colores, every room is a winner – are you two couples with kids? No problem, we have two nearly identical master suites and the kids will be happy with their rooms, too. Grandparents? Newlyweds? Maybe they’d like the peace and quiet of their own 600 square foot casita with a roomy king-sized bed, private bath and their own living room, dining room and kitchen?

Our pool is protected from the wind by its location on the non-Caribbean side and it’s also larger and somewhat deeper than most pools in the area. The expansive conchuela-tiled terrace offers plenty of comfortable lounging space and two palapas provide shade for the sun-averse.

Our property managers Monica Estrada and Juan Antonio Huerta will welcome you and assist with any/all questions you might have -- they are available to advise or troubleshoot should the need arise. Long-time staff, Zulma and Gaby, keep Casa pristine inside and out. If you’d like meals cooked for you, we can recommend a chef service.

When you leave Casa de Colores and Akumal, our goal is that you love your visit and your experience as much as we do ours.

Have more than 10-12 in your party? Please give us a call or email-- we can provide more information on our house, and help you arrange additional housing very close to Casa de Colores.

Keywords: House and Casita

More Details

Shelly Rodrigues
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2018

About Shelly Rodrigues

Shelly and Eddie, and Susan and Nancy, built Casa de Colores from the ground up. We opened the doors during the 2007-08 holidays and have not been disappointed in any aspect. It was an incredible adventure. We all live and work in San Francisco -- real estate, law, and association management. We've been friends forever, and love time spent together here, there and traveling in Europe. Casa's architect, Enrique Alcaraz, lives in Akumal and has become a dear friend.

Shelly Rodrigues purchased this villa in 2008

Why Shelly Rodrigues chose Akumal

We've been coming to Akumal for more than 25 years -- we love the quiet pace, warm people, and wonderful water. We've traveled throughout Mexico, and always come back to Akumal as home. Someday we plan to retire at least 1/2 time to our Casa.

What makes this villa unique

Casa de Colores has incredible views, breezes from huge sliding glass doors, the colors of the Caribbean, and so much more. The showers are tiled with turquoise pool tile, the bedrooms are each a different color. Art is a combination of local artists and our own photography (4 photo buffs) stretched on canvas. The pool is a great rectangle lap pool and the kitchen's a delight to cook in -- or not. We just completed an outdoor brick oven (perfect for pizzas). Our end of Half Moon Bay is private and quiet, but an easy 25 minute walk (or 5 minute drive or bike ride) to the 'action.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

I intended to reply earlier but got caught up in the routine after our return.

The house was amazing and we had a wonderful time. It suited our needs perfectly. Zulma and Gaby were awesome and very helpful. We visited some ruins, played on the beach, snorkeled in cenotes and got married on the beach around the corner in a Mayan ceremony that was very intimate. After the ceremony, we returned to the house and had an awesome meal prepared by Chef Daveed then danced into the night around the pool. Later that evening, a Mariachi band 'wandered' in and played for about 30 minutes. Erika's sister and mother had arranged for them to play, so it was a surprise to the rest of us. Very fun.

All in all, we had an amazing trip and hope to return at some point. Thank you for being so easy to work with and making it all possible.
Jul 2017
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Akumal Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 5.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • B1-Upstairs Blue - 1 king , Private bath with 2 sinks, sliding door to ocean side
    B2-Upstairs Red - 1 king , Private bath with 2 sinks, sliding door to ocean side
    B3-Downstairs Blue-Green - 1 king , Private bath, sliding door to ocean side
    B4-Downstairs Orange - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Private bath, sliding door to pool
    B5-Casita Blue - 1 king , Private bath, deck overlooking the pool
  • King size beds (4), Queen size Beds (1) Mexican Queen, Baby Cribs (2) Pack-n-play cribs, plus 2 high chairs, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double size futon in bedroom by the pool. Two single air mattresses with full linens.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Architecturally Distinguished Colorful Casa on Water's Edge
average rating of 4.978261 based on 48 reviews
Phoenix, AZ and Playa del Carmen, QR

Amazing, tranquil vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Casa de Colores for our annual girls trip. It was blissful both times! The sound of the waves on the shoreline is so peaceful and calming. The location is quiet and removed from everything but a nice walk or quick golf cart ride to the shops and restaurants. The house is beautiful, comfortable, and very well maintained. The staff Gaby and Zulma are so kind and helpful! The entire experience is always fabulous! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your gals' week at Casa de Colores. We're always thrilled to hear that our guests love the place as much as we do. Thanks for your lovely comments, and hope you can come to Akumal and Casa again! -- Shelly, Eddie, Susan and Nancy
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Love this place!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing as always.....this is my 7th stay at this wonderful casa!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much ... we love having repeat guests and are always so happy when their 2nd, 3rd, or 7th stays are as magical as their first! -- Shelly, Eddie, Susan and Nancy
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Place really nice plenty of room for all 11

  • 4 of 5

Place was great only down fall was the weather, and that could not be helped. Great week with family, enjoyed the place very much.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ted: We're so glad Casa worked for you and your family! Wish we had more control over Mother Natures, but alas ... Thanks for spending your vacation in our home in Akumal. -- Shelly, Eddie, Susan and Nancy
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Just as described; maybe more

  • 5 of 5

Casa de Colores was the perfect location to bring a family spread out across the US together for a week of activities and relaxation in a beautiful setting. The accommodations were clean and comfortable with lots of room to spread out. The views and the ocean breezes were perfect, the location was close to Akumal Bay (las tortugas), and an easy drive to the ruins, cenotes, fishing and golf that our family members were interested in seeing.

Shelly and her co-owners provided all kinds of recommendations for specific tours, places to eat, shop and experience the Riviera Maya.

Thank you Shelly & friends for your kind hospitality.

Bill & Lorie Kelly & family

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kellys: Thank you so much for your review of Casa de Colores. We are thrilled to hear you had such a good family vacation, and look forward to welcoming you back again. Take care, Shelly, Eddie, Susan and Nancy
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San Francisco

Seems odd ... VRBO asked me rate my stay in my home!

  • 5 of 5

But, since they asked ... we just returned from another wonderful week in Akumal at our home Casa de Colores. Of course, we are biased, but I do have to say the house just keeps getting better and better! I love that everyone can find a place to read or relax, that the kitchen is big enough for all 6 of us to cook together, that the wood-burning oven yields amazing roasted vegetables and pizzas, that the big iguanas come out every day to sun near the pool, that Gaby and Zulma keep the house in perfect condition, that Monica and Juan Antonio always make us feel special, and that our friends and family feel as at home in Casa as we do. -- S

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful girls’ trip at Casa de Colores! The house was very comfortable and in tip-top shape (thanks to our hardworking housekeepers Gaby and Zurma, who came daily). The pool was perfect, and the view of the ocean from our bedrooms was breathtaking. The village of Akumal was quaint and very welcoming - easy walk to activities and restaurants. Only small con was the beaches...the water was not the same blue as Cancun but still very nice. We had a very relaxing and enjoyable week!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lynne and Chris -- Thanks so much for spending your gal pal vacation at Casa de Colores. And we certainly understand your comments on the blue of the water -- right now the saragassa is the culprit -- try as everyone may, it just keeps coming. Good news is that the season passes. Again, thanks for visiting Akumal and Casa. Hope to see you again soon. -- Shelly, Eddie, Susan and Nancy
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Nearest Airport
62 Miles

There is no street address for homes in Akumal. We are Lot 30, Casa de Colores. Akumal is halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum on highway 307, and Casa de Colores is the northern point of Half Moon Bay.


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