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Spacious 3 BR Villa Directly on 515 Foot, Secluded, Tranquil, Private Beach

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,348 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

YUM BOTIC, which means “thank you” in Mayan, is a spacious, comfortable three-bedroom villa located on a 525 foot pristine private beach in Uvero, Mahahual, Costa Maya, the southern most area of the Mexican Caribbean. Great for couples, friends, families of all ages. At YUM BOTIC VILLA you call get away from if all and be surround by nature. Wake up to the songs of tropical birds and the soothing sounds of the waves. Watch spectacular sunrises, sunsets and evening star shows. Open your door to your wide white sand beach and expansive sea. Snorkel to see the many tropical fish under the sea. Drink fresh, healthy coconut water from the fruit of one of the many palm trees on the property. Gather up and store peace and tranquility for your return.

YUM BOTIC VILLA’s curved design captures the Caribbean sea breezes for your comfort. Its 11 foot ceilings and transom windows enhance cross ventilation. Tropical sea breeze and standing fans cool each room. The home has a fully tiled interior, 2 patios and a second expansive second floor terrace.

YUM BOTIC VILLA rental includes: 

- 3 large bedrooms each with a private bathroom,

outside access and fabulous views of the

Caribbean Sea.  

- Dining & living room area. 

- A full, kitchen equipped, granite countertops,

large stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, stainless

steel stove/oven. Fulll set of dishes,,

glasses, utensils, French Press for coffee,

blender & food processor attachment, pots

and pans, spices & herbs.

- Maid service includes daily sweeping and garbage

removal.Weekly full cleaning & mid week

mopping, sweeping, linens changed weekly.bath

& beach towels changed mid-week.

- Bottled water, electricity.

- Wireless Internet throughout the house and on

the terrace and patios.  If you have Skype

or download it, you can speak to people

back home and around the world. 

- Use of kayaks, beach volleyball, board game &

a library of books.

- Hammocks.

- Use of an outdoor grill. 

- Lounge chairs with small tables for the terrace,

garden & beach patios. 

- A large glass outdoor table facing the sea is for

dinning outdoors.  

- A large natural fiber beach umbrella (palapa),

 great for being in the shade out of the

tropical sun. 

- Villa decorated with Mexican crafts. 

- Large screened glass doors provide glorious

views and access to the covered tiled patios &

the beach beyond.

- Two outdoor showers for rinsing off sea water.

- Fabulous colorful coral reef with many tropical fish

a short walk along the beach from the Villa.

- The Villa's caretakers live in separate quarters on the property away from the house. They provide security and assistance to guests. They are able to cook, get fresh fish, wash clothes and do extra cleaning if you wish.

- Two local restaurants nearby.

-Mahahual is noted for its excellent diving and snorkeling sites including the world famous Chinchorro Reef. .A number of restaurants in town are there for you for times when you'd rather eat out than cook. Stroll along the Malecon seaside walkway and peruse There is also a new waterpark called The Lost Mayan Kingdom with several waterslides, a zip line and more.

In the nearby area, there are several Mayan archeological sites to explore.such as Chaccoben, Kohunlich, Dzibanche and Oxtankah. Nearby, north of Yum Botic Villa, is Sian Ka'an national nature preserve with fabulous stretches of beaches.and great places to snorkel.

Keywords: Paradise. Spacious comfortable Beach Villa,, Spectacular Caribbean views, Calm waters, Numerous Palm Trees,Peaceful setting, Incredible nightly star shows and magnificent sunrises and sunsets.

More Details

Susan Ackoff Ortega
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Susan Ackoff Ortega

I loves the multicolored Caribbean Sea and the intense greens of the tropical flora. I've been coming to the Mexican Caribbean since I was nineteen and have brought my children here since they were small. I am an artist and a retired art teacher and love the light here. I am an avid diver and feel very much at home on my wonderful beach.

Susan Ackoff Ortega purchased this villa in 2005

Why Susan Ackoff Ortega chose El Placer

I fell in love with Mahahual, Costa Maya because it reminded me of the Mexico I knew many years ago before the over-development of Cancun and its surrounding area. I've always loved the Caribbean Sea and am so pleased that I realized my dream of having a home right on the beach just steps away from its turquoise blue waters. I enjoy the year round warm weather, being near Mayan ruins and being able to go scuba diving often. I choose this location so I could have a large beach and be surrounded by nature.

What makes this villa unique

I fully enjoy the peace and tranquility I find on my special 213 foot beach. My beach house has a wonderful 2nd floor large terrace with access from each bedroom, great for watching the sun rise, sun set or gazing at the stars. The sea awaits me for my early morning swim. I head back to the house for a delicious coffee which I often drink on the expansive patio. I love looking out at the palm trees and the shore beyond, a 100 feet away. Snorkeling in front of the house or scuba diving with one of Mahahual's dive shops are also favorites. I relish reading a great book followed by an afternoon nap in one of the colorful hammocks on the patio. Taking a walk along the beach and observing various land and water birds along with tropical animals is a delight. I even saw a jaguar once. I'm sure you will find this true for you and your family as well.


El Placer Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4348 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom in Main Bedroom - toilet , shower , Marble sink; Three windows to sea and property. Hand soap.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Marble sink. 2 large windows to sea and property. Hand Soap
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Marble sink, 2 windows to sea and property. Hand soap.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Marble sink. Window view of beach & sea. Hand soap.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 double , 2 futons in two different bedrooms that open into beds/
    Bedroom 1st floor - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Computer desk & small round table. Bed end table.
    Bedroom - 2nd floor - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Computer desk. Small round table. Bed end table. Sea view.
    Main bedroom - 1 queen , Computer desk 2 easy chairs Small round table Bed end table
  • All bedrooms have private bathrooms, marble sinks and beach view glass doors with screens to Patio (1st Fl) or Terrace (2nd Fl); Curtains, desks, chairs or sofa, Stand-up fans, Original art work and photographs. Mexican crafts.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Standing Fans in all bedrooms and living/dinning/kitchen area.11 foot ceilings. Good wind flow in house. 213 ft. private beach; Full time caretaker on property. Fresh fish and other meal preparation available with caretaker. Frisbees. Beach Volley Ball & Net. Scrabble, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon. 2 one-person Kayaks with life jackets.Large concrete outdoor grill. Large palapa to keep you in the shade while on the beach. Interior 2478 sq.ft; Patios & terraces 1871 sq.ft.


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Spacious 3 BR Villa Directly on 515 Foot, Secluded, Tranquil, Private Beach
average rating of 4.677419 based on 31 reviews

Beautiful, secluded.....muy tranquilo

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and well equipped. The care taker, Lalo, was very friendly, took care of everything that we needed and gave us plenty of privacy. The house is about 45 min drive north of Mahahual. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Yum Botic Villa. Glad you found tranquility during your stay and delighted in the palmed filled large beach you had at your disposal. I'm pleased you appreciated the services my caretakers Lalo and Dani gladly provide guests with welcomed services and at the same time respect your privacy. If you wish to return you will receive a 10% discount for your rental. People who you might recommend get a 5% discount for their stay.
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Gorgeous view, no crowds

  • 3 of 5

This property hit certain aspects out of the park, but was severely lacking in others.

The location is peaceful, serene, devoid of other people. A downside is that it really is a good 40 minutes by car from town. I did not realize how far away it was when I booked (completely on me). Mahahual is really out of the way and this place is pretty far from there.

The beach is gorgeous and fairly shallow but is also grassy/squishy (healthy but kids didn’t care for it). I found one small coral head but other than that it’s pretty much good for kayaking or floating, which is nice. Kids just got a little bored, not the house’s fault.

If you want more to do than lay on the very nice sand, that Lalo keeps impeccably clean, in front of the house, kayak (two single person kayaks included) or float... there is not much else near by.

The house is stunning. The decks are amazing, the view is spectacular, the kitchen has everything you could need for cooking (get groceries on your way, not much in Mahahual). WiFi worked well for us. House was also very clean.

The ultimate downside/deal breaker for us were the bugs. The house does not have AC and relies on breeze and fans to stay cool. There are screens, we kept them closed, we were still attacked at night. We were told it was because there had been rain, but that there had never been issues before. I cannot fathom that this was the first time. It was insane. Thousands and thousands of bugs pouring into the house. It escalated each day. I think the rain initiated a hatching of some kind and they were small enough to fit through every crack in the screens. We finally left a day early because we couldn’t take it any more. We have 50+ bites each and we couldn’t sleep. We have been all over the world and in Alaska in summer the gnats and mosquitoes are prolific. I have never in my life had so many infiltrate the house before.

The owner and caretakers were so incredibly nice. Susan helped make sure we had a place to eat on New Years and Lalo and Daniela the caretakers were some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. During the final bug siege they came at 10 pm, sprayed the house, swept up the dead ones and did all they could. Nevertheless we spent the end of our trip scratching like we all have fleas.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bradenton, Florida

Fantastic secluded paradise...

  • 4 of 5

Yum Botic is located in Uvero, a 20-30 minute drive North of Mahahual village. Local grocery stores are limited so it is best to stock up in Tulum if you are arriving from that direction. Or great meals can be purchased at Mayan Beach Garden or in the village. The house is designed to capture the ocean breeze and fans are available if the breeze isn't enough. Yes, there are mosquitos. Susan cannot control the mosquito population, but she will advise on options and will do her best to make you comfortable.

The sunrises are incredible and the evening stars are breathtaking. Snorkeling and kayaking are awesome. The beach and reef are healthy and full of activity. The patches of seagrass near shore provide shelter to baby sea life. Low tide provides an excellent opportunity to view the "nursery" activity for children or those that do not snorkel.

Lalo opened fresh coconuts for us. He arranged for one of his friends to take my husband out fishing. We ate fresh lobster, crab, fish and ceviche from his short trip.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 2 of 5

We booked 6 days there in family first we spent 2 days with no wind so a lot of mosquitos, hopefully then the wind came and it became really nice to be on the beach... but.... a lot of plastics, garbages of all types are arriving in the beach ... so if you are expecting a clean clear water and sand for your children to play forget it. Garbages of all types and a lot of algaes. You can't really walk in the water so we could not enjoy playing in the water.... we had to go to Mahahual to find nice and clean beaches .... half an hour by car.

The house is nice if there is wind you open the windows and you can sleep with fresh air it is really appreciable . We could see an incredible sky full of stars and also the Milky Way.

The only real problem is the garbages when we arrived the beach was full of plastics and it seems the "cuidador" is used of it so it is difficult to explain you paid for having a nice beach and secured for children but it was difficult to get in contact with him I think we got misunderstood though we are fluent in Spanish. 3 days to have a clean beach and we all did the washing. We took the canoe and picked a lot of plastics from the sea.

A pity to see in reality the pollution of the sea... sad...

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you enjoyed enjoyed being on the beach and the stars and and some days with sea breezes that are prevalent most of the year. You rented during the hottest time when the rates are the most economical because, unfortunately, there is sometimes little or no breeze and many mosquitos. This is the Caribbean in mid August through September. I advised you of this situation in the Yum Botic Guide sent to you. I provide strong fans and mosquito preventing coils in each room. I give suggestions of how to deal with this natural reality. If you had checked out the news before your stay you would have seen that you arrived at a time when almost the entire Caribbean was having a severe plastic pollution problem as well as much seagrass arriving daily. Yes, it is a pity , as you wrote, "to see the reality of the pollution in the sea." As a vacation home owner this was nothing I could control. The caretaker cleans the shore every morning and in the afternoon, however, the plastic keeps arriving.There is little way to clear the plastic inside the sea. It was quite admirable you to pick up the plastic you found on your kayak excursions. I am surprised that you had difficulty with contacting the amiable and accessible caretaker who and lives on the property. We have a beach that is 3 times the size of most vacation home beach in the area. I'm glad, as you stated that 3 of the 5 days you were there the plastic subsided..In Mahahual the beaches are cleaned by the town using many paid town workers as well as workers from the beach restaurants. Our introductory guest letter and our guide provides the distances from the Villa to nearby places including Mahahual. When you told me your feelings and wanted to leave after 2 nights, I sent you information about other available area homes. I voluntarily said I would refund the money for those nights. I did this as you seemed very unhappy, despite the contract agreement you signed stating are no for any reason after 30 days before arrival.. You then decided to stay. You then left one day earlier and I made an exception and refunded that night's stay. Washing is not included in the rental.The caretaker's wife told me she did a large wash for you when you arrived without receiving compensation for her extra work and left no tip for them. Next time you visit the Mexican Caribbean I suggest you go another time of the year or try a large all-inclusive hotel.
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Cali / Colombia

Great family holidays at Riviera Maya

  • 5 of 5

We visited this beatiful place during our family holidays, the place is very clean, located on a beatiful riviera maya beach with quiet and clean sea water. My son spent great time on the beach, admiring beatiful fishes and having fun with the pets (dogs and cats) which are very friendly.

We hope to come back some day and we highly recommend to visit this place.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay and Yum Botic Villa. Yes, the calm sea here is ideal for young children as well as adults. Happy your son had fun on the beach and in the sea. Looking forward to your return.
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My husband and I rented Yum Botic villa on the Yucatan Coast North of Mahahual

  • 5 of 5

Yum Botic is VERY private and quiet on a lovely piece of ocean front full of palm trees and flowers. The house itself is very comfortable and well designed so A/C is not needed at least during Fed/March when we were there. The constantly blowing ocean breeze kept things at the ideal temperature. The WiFi worked well and the solar installation provided enough power for normal needs...My husband used his CPap machine and I read most of the night and all was fine. We didn't use blow dryers, toasters or perc coffee so I learned to use the French Press makes MUCH tastier coffee. The beach in front is deep enough to swim in and there ARE two active/live coral heads where you can see colorful fish but you need to ask Lalo ( the caretaker) to show you where they are, its not that easy to spot them. There are plenty of pelicans and frigates fishing around, so the ocean is still productive innthat area. You DO need a car though AND bring your own supplies because Yum Botic is far from any store or restaurant. Luckily the caretakers are incredibly helpful and can prepare very nice dinners from what the surroundings, farm chickens and eggs and they will even drive all the way into Mahahual or Limones to buy meat etc for you but it is a long way... In other words, if you are looking for an unspoiled natural setting and complete will be happy there. I you want to restaurant hop, shop and see lots of activity...better stay in Tulum

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
200 Miles
Cancun - 200 Miles & Chetumal- 85 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Miles
Mahahual town
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Mayan Beach Garden
Nearest Beach
40 Metres
In front of house
Car: necessary

Must see activities nearby:

-Sian Ka'an Nature Reserve just north of property.

-Great snorkeling (short walk from villa) and spectacular scuba diving & famed Chinchorro Reef-.

-Deep sea fishing and fly fishing.

-Mexican,Italian, pizza and other restaurants many with beach view and on the beach dining.

-Mexican craft shops.

-Walkway (Malecon) along town beach.

-Outstanding new Lost Mayan Kingdom Adventure Park with many water slides, ziplines and more.

--Yoga classes.

-Paddle boarding.

-Fabulous Mayan archeological sites near by,

Museum of Maya Culture in nearby Chetumal,

Bacalar famed Lake of Seven Colors.

Fruit, Vegetables and other food shops in town.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $300

NO SMOKING. Less than 7 nights- Cleaning fee-$75.
For 7th & 8th person - $15 charge per person per day. Maximum of 8 persons.
1/2 at booking; 1/2 30 days before arrival plus $300 refundable security deposit. (90 days for Holiday Season)
If reserving less than 30 days in advance, 100% is due.
If reserving for holidays, 1/2 at booking & 1/2 90 days before arrival plus $300 refundable damage deposit.
Washing clothes by caretaker in washing machine extra fee. Caretaker available for meal preparation.
See contract for more details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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