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Homestyle Comfort & Homelike Hospitality in a Tropical Garden Retreat

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Last updated: 01/15/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

A boutique villa of only three apartments in a secluded tropical garden

At Casa Gatos we offer an “at home” environment in an intimate setting where our guests can relax after their day’s activities. Our spacious apartments, comfortably furnished and accented with an eclectic selection of art and antiques, have all the amenities required for a fulfilling vacation, while our amiable and unobtrusive hospitality make for a pleasing, laid back experience.

Casa Gatos is in the quaint residential neighborhood between Half Moon Bay and Yalku Lagoon, where neighbors greet each other while walking their dogs or wave to passing tourists out for their morning jog. A small natural park across the gravel drive from our gated entrance provides a buffer from the hustle and bustle of the beaches and the traffic of the main beach road. We are conveniently located a few hundred meters from the entrance to the lagoon and beach, with Que Onda restaurant next door and several of the other restaurants and convenience stores within an easy stroll or bike ride. More restaurants and stores are clustered between the entrance to Akumal and Akumal Bay a mile down the beach road.

The upper floor apartments have balconies shaded by thatch palapas, and all apartments have access to the roof garden for sunning or relaxing in the breeze coming from the sea. The central courtyard is a great place to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon cocktails accompanied by the music of the trickling fountain waters and surrounded by colorful tropical flowers.The air conditioned fitness room is available to our guests should the mood for exercise overtake them.

Accommodations consist of our junior one bedroom apartment and the Townhouse, which is flexibly designed to provide options of one two or three bedrooms.

is a one bedroom garden apartment with balcony, that comfortably accommodates two to three guests, having a queen bed, a double futon and love seats in the lounge. There is also a daybed in the front room.. Animal themed and African art and artifacts decorate brightly painted walls, while the numerous windows admit sunlight and breezes. The kitchen is fully equipped, and has a breakfast counter and dining nook.The balcony catches the sea breeze and has a beautiful view of the garden and fountain. Both rooms are air conditioned and have ceiling fans. There is satellite HDTV in the lounge area and WiFI throughout.


This spacious townhouse has twenty two hundred square feet of living space with three bedrooms on two floors, two with king beds and one with a queen bed. Enjoy the view of the garden from the palapa covered balcony on the second level. Have breakfast and conversation on the terrace. Relax on comfortable couches and easy chairs and sleep on real beds surrounded by selections from our eclectic collection of antiques and art. Each floor has flat screen HDTV, Roku and internet access. All rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans. For six or seven guests.


The ground floor of the townhouse can be separately rented as a luxurious one bedroom apartment with a king bed and en suite bathroom containing a unique sunken bath cut into the bedrock. The full kitchen with lots of counter space and a huge work island and breakfast bar, the dining room, seating up to eight at a unique glass topped table with carved wooden base, and the living room, decorated with an interesting combination of comfortable contemporary furniture, antiques and nineteenth century European and Oriental art, share an expansive open area with picturesque arched ceilings.There are ceiling fans in all rooms, air conditioning and wireless internet access throughout and Satellite HDTV in the bedroom. Perfect accommodation for a couple. An additional bed can be set up an the alcove of the living room if needed.


The upper level of the Townhouse has two large bedrooms, with decor highlighted by Chinese and Japanese Woodblock Prints, Silk Screens and Oriental and Mexican artifacts . The front bedroom opens onto a palapa shaded balcony overlooking the garden. Each bedroom has independent access to the bathroom. The large kitchen/ dining area is lit by double windows and an etched glass window from a nineteenth century pub. The front bedroom has a queen bed and the rear bedroom has a king bed and futon, which can open into a double bed. For four to five guests.

There is nothing more spectacular than sitting on the roof terrace as the sun sets over North Akumal, rises over the open sea, or as the night sky overhead fills with countless stars, galaxies and nebulae. Of course, there's also just sunning or reading in the shade, while enjoying the expansive view in every direction over miles of jungle, sea and shoreline.

Keywords: Townhouse, condo, apartment, flat, casita, villa, gated garden
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/15/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 85 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a no smoking facility Smoking outdoors only....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Small pets are acceptable after approval by owners. Large carnivores, however, must be left at home....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Suite 100 One Bedroom Apartmemt...moreless

  • King size beds (2): Suite 102 - 1, Suite 103 - 1 Queen size Beds (2): Suite 100 - 1, Suite 103 - 1 Twin or Single Beds (1): Suite 100 - 1 Baby Cribs (2) Sleep Sofa or Futons (2): Suite 100 - 1, Suite 103 - 1...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Suite 100...moreless

  • The three bedroom townhouse has two bathrooms, one on each floor. When rented as separate suites, each apartment has one bathroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The beauty of our gated garden can be enjoyed from the central terrace or from the upper level balconies. Full time maid service, beach chairs and beach towels are provided. There are safes in each unit. Babysitting service and food preparation can be arranged. Massages can be had by appointment. We have arranged discounted entry to Yalku Lagoon for our guests ....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky Satelliote TV or Shaw Satellite TV...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat Screen HDTV in all apartments...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    View Half Moon Bay, Yalku Lagoon, the open Caribbean and the surrounding jungle canopy from our rooftop terrace garden ...moreless

  • Resort:

    Akumal, the first resort on the RIviera Maya, for many years has been a magnet for scuba divers from around the world. Family friendly, Akumal boasts the most popular beach on the Caribbean coast....moreless

  • Village:

    The residential neighborhood of North Akumal is a quiet, friendly and laid back village set between Yalku Lagoon and Half Moon Bay, away from the busy commercial center at the entrance to Akumal Bay,...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Apt 100 Dining Table for four in dining area and on balcony. Breakfast counter for two. Apt 102 Dining table for eight and breakfast counter for three. Apt 103 dIning table for six....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    All rooms have air conditioners, ceiling fans and window fans....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    fitness room has treadmill, rowing machine, elliptical machin and weight machine...moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Free calls to anywhere in U.S. and Canada and Mexico....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Townhome and Suite 102 have large living room with seating for seven or eight...moreless

  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    (2) Both local and long distance phone service available in office....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Beach towes are available on request....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless internet service is available throughout the property...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Upon request, we can arrange to have dinners prepared for your party featuring local Yucatecan cuisine....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    in each apartment...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of pots and pans in each apartment. Coffee maker, toaster, blender, electric grill, waffle maker, tea kettle, mixing bowls, pitchers in each apartment...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set of dishes and utensils in each apartment...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    (2) Each suite has a fully stocked working kitchen. ...moreless

  • Microwave:

    each kitchen has a microwave ...moreless

  • Oven:

    kitchens have either gas oven or electric convection oven and electric grill...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    salt, sugar, tea, instant coffee provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size refrigerators in each apartment...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster or toaste roven in each apartment...moreless


  • Balcony:

    (2) Each upper level suite opens onto a palapa covered balcony with table, chairs and hammock....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bicycle rentals are available nearby....moreless

  • Boat:

    boats for fishing or diving can be arranged at any of the four dive shops in Akumal...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Central Court with table and chairs Garden terrace with table and chairs Rooftop terrace garden with lounges and chairs...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    There is a palapa (thatch covered) gazebo in the roftop terrace garden for relaxing in shade and the breeze....moreless

  • Golf:

    27 hole golf course at Bahia Principe approximately 5 kilometers south of AKumal...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Much admired intimate garden...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Tennis courts can be rented at Las Casitas in Central Akumal...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkeling masks and fins available...moreless

Building Type

  • Villa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Suite 100, Winter
Jan 4 - Apr 30, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 19%


Quoted prices are for the one bedroom apartment #100

#102 Luxury one bedroom apartment - add $15.00 per night to price. Holiday Season add $25.00 per night.

#103 two bedroom apartment - add $30.00 per night to price Holiday Season add $50.00 per night.

Townhome #102/103 - add $80.00 per night to price. Holiday Season add $100.00 per night.

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Last updated: 01/15/2017
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100 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
La Buena Vida
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Playa del Carmen
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Bahia Principe
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Que Onda
250 Metres
Nearest Beach
Half Moon Bay

Car: Recommended

yoga classes, cave diving, snorkeling in cenotes, Casino, spa, exploring Mayan ruins, exploring Sian Kaan nature reserve


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2002

About the owner: Dan Freeman had a varied career in the food service industry with his own catering company for ten years then as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Philadelphia Zoo and New Jersey Aquarium, and then as Creative Director, designing affairs for a New Jersey catering company. David Zucker ran a paper products manufacturing company. In our leisure life we were divers and became hooked on cave diving, which brought us back to Akumal year after year. It was always our intention to move to this paradise when we retired. We drove down with three cats (for whom the house is named), and acquired a rescue dog and outside cat while living here. We congratulate ourselves on our decision every day as we walk the dog and watch the waves break along along the iron shore.

Why the Owner Chose Akumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico:
Like so many others who chose to live in or migrate periodically to Akumal, we came, we saw, and we were conquered by the its natural beauty and welcoming atmosphere . When we decided to buy a house in Mexico, we wanted to locate to the safest and most secure region of the country, where crime rates are lower than in all U.S. cities and most towns. The proximity of the reef and Yalku Lagoon and the numberless cenotes and underground caverns surrounding Akumal were definite draws. However, the primary draw was this great community, friendly and laid back, filled with interesting people from all over the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
There's nothing like breakfast on the plaza in the mornings after a short walk along the sea or lagoon with Chaparra, our rescue dog, greeting the runners, other dog walkers and the workers coming from the Pueblo across the highway. In the afternoons we can just walk around the corner to go snorkeling in Yalku then relax in the serene beauty of our private garden. In the evenings there are our nearby restaurants where we can dine with friends at a reasonable price.

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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/15/2017

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  • Casa Gatos

    Casa Gatos

  • Courtyard


  • 100 Bedroom

    100 Bedroom

  • 100 Front Room

    100 Front Room

  • 100 Dining Nook

    100 Dining Nook

  • 102 Living Room

    102 Living Room

  • Suite 102 Kitchen

    Suite 102 Kitchen

  • 103 Center Hall

    103 Center Hall

  • 103 Front Bedroom

    103 Front Bedroom

  • 103 Kitchen

    103 Kitchen

  • Courtyard, view from stairs

    Courtyard, view from stairs



  • Gated Entrance

    Gated Entrance

  • 100 View from Balcony

    100 View from Balcony

  • 100 Bedroom

    100 Bedroom

  • Suite 100 Kitchen

    Suite 100 Kitchen

  • Private Fitness Room

    Private Fitness Room

  • 102 Dining Room

    102 Dining Room

  • 102 Luxury Suite Bedroom

    102 Luxury Suite Bedroom

  • 103 Master Bedroom

    103 Master Bedroom

  • 103 Dining Area

    103 Dining Area

  • Roof Garden

    Roof Garden

  • Breakfast in the Courtyard

    Breakfast in the Courtyard

  • 102 Living Room

    102 Living Room

VRBO #353124

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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