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Chelem Beachfront Via del Sol Villa with Balcony, Pool, Waterfall, Palapa, Grill

Chelem, Yucatan, Mexico
  • House1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 sleeper sofas, sleeps 6+

Imagine yourself drinking your morning coffee while sitting on your balcony and watching the sunrise. Then, go for a dip in the Gulf and examine the coral reef located just a few metres from your door. Fix yourself a breakfast of fresh local fruit and perhaps a shrimp omelette, then relax on outdoor hammocks, or swim in the pool only steps away.

Route to the Sun Villa combines modern convenience with the charm of the Yucatan. Suitable for nonsmoking singles, couples, or families, the ground floor of our villa features a fully-equipped kitchen/dining area, spacious livingroom with convertible sofa, Mexican-inspired bathroom with generous shower space, and a bedroom with queen-sized bed. You'll love the privacy and spaciousness afforded by the upper floor, which is dedicated solely to a master suite with king-sized bed and seating area, bathroom with terrarium shower, and a full balcony overlooking the pool, palapa and beach. The Canadian owners live onsite.

Area Attractions: Exploring? Travel to one of the many nearby attractions such as haciendas, cenotes (underground rivers with crystal clear water for swimming), Mayan ruins, or a flamingo lookout.

Nightlife? Although our immediate area tends to be (mostly) quiet, a few restaurants in Chelem offer special events from time to time including karaoke, big screen viewing of sports, and other special events. You'll want to visit Merida on a Saturday night, when the streets are closed to vehicles, and the restaurants put tables and entertainment out-of-doors. You'll often see traditional dancers.

The city of Merida also boasts many familiar shopping and restaurant chains including Home Depot, Costco, Wal-Mart, TGI Friday's, Burger King, KFC and Chilis. Or relax in a recliner in the VIP room of a movie theatre, and be served by a waiter as you watch the movie of your choice, in English. Visit the Gallerias shopping mall and go ice skating on their indoor rink.

Shopping & More: Like to shop? The port of Progreso is located only 15 minutes away by car, and features a traditional mercado (market) where you can purchase fresh produce, meats, fish, and clothing. On days when the cruise ships are in, the square immediately across from the mercado boasts a lively shopping area with stalls operated by vendors from throughout the Yucatan. Here you can find traditional and modern clothing, silver jewelry, carvings and many other items for the souvenir seeker. Or take a 45-minute bus ride from Progreso to the City of Merida where, on Sundays in the main square (less than 3 blocks from the bus station), you will find a profusion of goods at very reasonable prices. On the way back through Chelem, stop at one of the many stalls set up by the roadside and purchase 'pay de coco' (coconut pie) or 'cremitas de coco' (coconut pudding topped with cinnamon ~ our family's personal favorite).


George or Marla

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Feb 18, 2018


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1 - Master Suite
        1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Balcony
      • Bedroom 2 - Main Floor
        1 queen
      • The high-ceilinged Master Suite encompasses the entire second floor of the villa, and includes a cozy seating nook with sofabed and reading lamp, and plenty of armoire and shelf space for your clothing. Individually controlled wall-mounted reading lamps, bedside tables, and a clock radio are provided. Three large ceiling fans ensure your comfort. Sliding double doors lead to a full-width balcony overlooking the pool, palapa, yard and the gulf. You'll enjoy spectacular sunrise views. Stargazing may become a favorite activity, as the nights here are very clear. The main floor bedroom includes ample hanging, shelf and drawer space. Windows on 3 sides complement the high ceiling with large fan to allow plenty cross-ventilation. Both bedrooms include two sets of linens and one bed covering (quilt or comforter).


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Ensuite bath
        toilet, shower
      • Main Bath
        toilet, shower
      • Outdoor Shower
        outdoor shower
      • Immerse yourself in your surroundings while showering in the ensuite bath off the Master Suite ~ a glassed terrarrium adjoining the shower allows maximum light while maintaining your privacy. The main bath is decorated with Mexican flair, and is accessible from two rooms. You'll love the oversized shower with rainforest showerhead. Each bath is equipped with 4 bath towels and 4 washcloths. A blow dryer is provided in the Master Ensuite bath. A double outdoor shower is located on the grounds adjacent to the palapa/grill area.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
        • Rural


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Bottled Water
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Air conditioning is available in the bedrooms upon request. Please note, a $75 per week per unit charge applies.
                    • Mobile Phone
                      A local pay-as-you-go cell phone is provided upon request. Calling minutes can be added by the renter.
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking On Street
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Blender
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Radio
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Walkway to Water


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Pool is located immediately to the front of the villa and is shared with the owner's family only.
                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Outdoor Pool

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Car Optional


                                                    • caves
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • library
                                                    • marina
                                                    • reefs
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • ruins
                                                    • water parks

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • laundromat
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • wind-surfing


                                                                    • Credit cards are accepted via paypal. A 4% premium applies. A rental deposit of $200 USD is due at the time of booking. This deposit is nonrefundable and applied toward the rental fees. Rental of the owner's personal vehicle is available by the day or week with a valid driver's licence. Please ask for details. Air conditioning, while generally not needed, is available in both bedrooms if desired. An additional charge applies. Housekeeping services are provided pre-and post-stay. Additional housekeeping services can be arranged on a per-visit basis. Cancellation Policy: The initial $200 is non-refundable. If you wish to cancel your reservation, the remaining deposit will be refunded as follows: 100% if cancelled 60 days or more prior to the Check-in date, 50% if cancelled 30-59 days prior to the Check-in date, 0% if less than 30 days prior to Check-in date..

                                                                      House Rules

                                                                      Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                      Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                      10 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Beautiful casita overlooking pool/palapa and ocean


                                                                      We have been staying at this property for four months while our house here is being remodeled. We have been very fortunate that this place was available for as long as we needed. The owners have gone over and above to assist us with invaluable information that we needed to get situated in our new country. This is a beautiful place with lots of space for a big group. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The palapa area is wonderful and has a grilling area. It has a safe and secure walled area to park your car and we were fortunate to be able to keep our trailer here in a safe place. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here even though we were not on vacation it sure felt like it. We would highly recommend this property.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      We're so happy you were pleased with your stay: it's our aim to ensure our guests' comfort. Good luck in your new home, and we're always happy to be of continued assistance.

                                                                      Very lovely time

                                                                      Rossanna R.Mérida, Yucatan

                                                                      This is the second time that we spend a week at Vila del Sol. This is a very beautiful place, very suitable for kids. My kids are under 5 years old and really enjoyed. We loved the pool and the sunsets. It is highly recommended because it is very safe and the amenities are very useful.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for becoming return customers. We're always happy to see you, and look forward to your next visit :)

                                                                      All the comforts of home...

                                                                      Kathy T.Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

                                                                      We stayed for 2 weeks in this lovely Casita. The two-story Casita is on the same property where the owners live. They are available for any issues that may arise. George was there for anything we needed and was a great source of information. Marla has put together a very informing book about the area and the customs, which helped immensely. Marla and George were very helpful during our stay.

                                                                      The rooms are quite spacious, especially the upstairs master bedroom. Break and Enters seems to be an issue in the area but we felt quite secure as the property is gated and the owners have two dogs which would prevent any intruders.

                                                                      A car is a must if staying here as it is a fair distance to get to restaurants and stores. There is a good supermarket in Progresso that is easy to get to and provides all you need for your stay. Las Dunas Restaurant is very close and you can get a good meal there and they have entertainment some nights. Lizard Joe's was great for BBQ ribs and wonderful entertainment. We enjoyed great entertainment at El Bull Pen but never ate there. In Progresso, the Bar Lovento is a big expat hangout where you will meet tons of Canadians and Americans and you can get a good meal. Merida was a wonderful surprise for us, with lots of shopping, culture, and history. A must see if you are in the area. Uxmal ruins were a fair distance, but worth the trip if ruins interest you. We didn't make it to any of the cenotes but will have to do that on our next visit.

                                                                      The lovely private pool is right outside your door and a great place to sit and relax, suntan, and read a book. I didn't see many people out on the beaches like you would at a resort area, but you can walk for miles along the beaches with tons (literally) of shells to be found. Winter seems to be the low season in that area. We met lots of Canadian and American expats who spend the winter months in Chelem, Progresso, Chiburna and Chixchilub.

                                                                      The only things that would have made our stay more comfortable would be cable/satellite TV, a small safe, and access to bicycles to explore the area.

                                                                      What to bring? The area is pretty laid back, shorts and t-shirts seem to be the norm, even at the restaurants. Ladies a few sundresses will be all that's needed, flip/flops and sandals and perhaps a pair of walking shoes for the ruins. There is a washer/dryer in the unit, which helps for long stays.

                                                                      This would be a great place for 1 or 2 couples or a family.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for the review. We sure appreciate your additional info about the area, and what to pack :) We are looking forward to your return next winter.

                                                                      nice quiet week

                                                                      Sara J.

                                                                      We just spent a lovely week at via Del Sol. Marla, George and Kelton were all very helpful and kind. Their two dogs were great company and even tagged along for our walks. We felt very relaxed and secure while inside and outside of the compound. Adjacent to the casita are the quarters for the live in caretakers, so the property is very well maintained and monitored. The home is very secure, clean and well equipped. Air conditioning was available but never necessary. Internet was fast and reliable. Water was hot and had great pressure. We loved sleeping with the sounds of the gulf and can't wait to return to the area. What a great location. Just far enough away from town to avoid all the excess noise but close enough to zip in for whatever you might need. Close to progreso, merida and many local attractions. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!

                                                                      Very hospitable owners!

                                                                      DaveFolsom, CA

                                                                      My family of 4 (+ my brother for a few days) stayed in the home for 8 days. Even before we arrived, Marla went out of her way to share information about the local area with us which made our time there better. From the moment we arrived, the owners went out of their way to make us comfortable and to help us. I can't say enough about how gracious they are. The owner's home is on the same lot and were always there to help or answer questions when we needed something. The home was exactly as described on VBRO and was clean when we arrived. If you want a relaxing time at the beach, this would be an ideal place.

                                                                      The only real drawback of the home is the location if you don't have a car. It is a couple miles to Chelem town, about 10 to Progreso and about 35 to Merida. We had a car so it was no issue for us. But if you arrive without a car and plan to do a lot of exploring, it might pose a challenge. There are combis that run on the main road but walking to town and back to buy groceries would not be recommended.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for your glowing review. We really enjoyed meeting you and your family, and were glad we were able to help out when needed. We look forward to hosting you again on your next trip.

                                                                      four spry seniors

                                                                      MontrealerMontreal, Canada

                                                                      We enjoyed our stay in Chelem. The house, located on a quiet beachfront, had everything we needed and the host was very accommodating. The description provided is basically accurate, but it should be made clear that the village of Chelem — which has several restaurants, a decent fruit and vegetable market, and fresh fish and seafood sellers — is a good half-hour's walk away, or a short ride by colectivo. There are also a couple of good restaurants in nearby Chuburna Puerto, which can be reached by colectivo. Our host was kind enough to give us rides to Progreso and to the ruins at Dzibilchaltun, which helped a lot, and to lend us videos from her collection.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you for drawing attention to the part of our location description which reads "midway between the small fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna". Your clarification is appreciated: to reach the village of Chelem does require either a roughly 30-minute walk or a short walk on a beach road to the main highway to catch a collectivo. A bakery truck comes by the villa daily, a water truck twice weekly, and a seafood seller comes to the door by chance or when called. As you mentioned it is quiet here, and away from the hustle and bustle of an urban setting. We love it that way, and are glad you enjoyed the quiet as well.


                                                                      Chelem, Yucatan, Mexico

                                                                      We are located directly on the beach, midway between the small fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna, 15 minutes' drive from the city of Progreso, a cruise ship port with many restaurants along its bustling boardwalk (the 'malecon'). A short drive will take you to the city of Merida, where traditional culture and architecture meet with modern shops, hospitals, restaurants, cinemas and even an indoor ice-skating rink. Our villa is designed for quiet relaxation in a safe and friendly enviroment. Although some Canadians, Americans and Europeans have chosen to make Chelem their home, this is not a traditional tourist area. If you want to experience the real Yucatan, but with modern amenities within reach, you'll enjoy what Route to the Sun Villa has to offer. Other Activities: dolphin watching, flamingo watching

                                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                                      Air conditioning, if desired, is $75 additional per a/c unit per week. Credit cards are also accepted through PayPal. A 4% surcharge applies. We also accept direct funds transfers, Interac e-transfers (Canadians only) and Cash. (Cash payments in MXN pesos will be subject to the exchange rate posted on xe.com on the date of payment).

                                                                      10 Reviews
                                                                      Excellent 4.6/5
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