Private Hilltop Estate with Pool and 3 Full Time Staff on 50 Acres(9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-3 nights
- Property type:Villa
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 10)
It took two years to build Kukulkan which we completed in 2006. A fantastic modern home home in a magnificent jungle setting we e even had to build the road through the jungle for 1.5 miles to reach our hilltop home site. I hope you read my description below but most importantly please read our customer reviews to get a good feel for this wonderful home and our great staff.
Kukulkan Villa is a private 50 acre estate yet only minutes from San Ignacio town. We built Kukulkan with a modern open design to blend with the environment and really melt into the scenery.
Kukulkan is off the grid and an environmentally friendly green home with 8 KW of solar power and deep cycle batteries providing power with a back up butane generator for our rainy days. Our spacious bedrooms have A/C but you will barely need it as nights are pleasantly cool and the breeze flows freely with great ventilation and quiet modern fans. Yet we have high speed wifi and cable as well as apple tv and Roku.
The staff house has two units and houses two Mayan families who look after the property and the guests. We have a barbed wire fence around the 5 acre house compound as well as extensive trails going through the 50 acres of jungle and a lovely orchard area close to the river. Its all amazingly green and beautiful. Leonardo and Manuel will help you explore the property if you want to take hikes or take a kayak on the river. And Adelita can make you fresh hand made flour tortillas or give you a lesson on home made tortilla making.
Leonardo our manager is also a licensed tour guide and can pick you up at the airport and take you in our big truck or his pathfinder on a variety of tours around the area including visiting mayan ruins, or zip lining or swimming in a remote mountain stream and visiting the 1,000' waterfalls of the Pine Ridge or just go to Francis Ford Coppola's hotel in the mountains to have some pizza. If your group is too large to fit in our vehicles we can easily arrange to hire a larger van for your transportation including airport pick up and side trips. Of course you can rent a vehicle and drive yourself but you will need a 4 wheel drive in Belize and for little more expense we generally recommend allowing a good Belizean tour guide to do your driving whether on a long trip or even to go into San Ignacio for dinner.
Do take time to just relax at the house. You can just unwind in the pool or on the deck and cook out on our outdoor grill. Leonardo has wood ready and will get the fire going or do the whole barbq for you. or you can cook on our Viking stove and oven in our large kitchen or have a Mayan treat made for you by Adelita who makes the world's best flour tortillas and other local foods that are quite delicious. Adelita will also provide daily housekeeping for you and be there whenever you need her. She is a wonderful lady and her 16 year old and 12 year old daughters are very happy as they just got a baby brother in 2016. Don't be surprised if Adelita carries her little baby over while she cleans the house.
If you prefer to go to town for dinner we are located only 10 minutes from San Ignacio which is a town of 15,000 with many local restaurant choices. Nearby resorts also provide some fine dining options. We love Guava Limb in San Ignacio or by appointment an evening at Chaa Creek restaurant which is only 15 minutes away. Driving you to town and taking you back home is no problem and we charge only $25 to cover costs for the vehicle use. Again I really suggest you just let Leonardo do the driving as driving in Belize especially outside of the towns at night can be a challenge with unlit roadways.
Your rental includes daily maid service and if you don't come in your own car (remember to always get 4 wheel drive for Belize) you can have use of our 6-7 seat truck with our driver and villa manager Leonardo who knows the country and will drive you.
If you have a rental car you can still have Leonardo drive or accompany you if you wish at no additional cost. In fact our staff of three will always be there for whatever you need day or night.
Although we are just a few miles from town this hidden location will let you see more toucans flying at eye level and parrots squawking above you than you can imagine and the amazing star studded night sky and sounds and soft breeze of the jungle will gently lull you to sleep.
Although off the beaten track we have more modern conveniences than most hotels in Belize with Wifi throughout the house complimentary and a 60 inch TV with satellite connection and with Netflix as well as a USA phone for calls to or from the states and we will leave you a local cell phone for your convenience should you need it and to communicate with our staff who are always onsite and nearby and available for anything you need.
And please remember Leonardo is a licensed tour guide and quite involved in the association and is there 100% for you during your stay. He can take you or accompany you to many local activities or call in the right tour company or specialist to get you where you want to go whether for kayak or canoe trips, for bird watching or for trips to local ruins or Guatemala ruins like Tikal. He can also pick you up and drop you off at the airport and find you the right restaurant or cook ribs on the open fire for you in the evening or take you to my property in the mountains or Francis Coppola's hotel near my swimming hole for a good pizza. Just let Leonardo know what you want in advance of your arrival and he will have everything arranged. You will be given his direct email as well as cell phone number after you are booked.
Kukulkan is located just 10 minutes away from the town of San ignacio yet will feel a hundred miles away although occasionally the sounds from a nearby village across the river come drifting over.
The Moh family who will be taking care of you are pure Mayan and from the south of Belize. They also live on the property in their own house a hundred yards away. The property is fenced in and there are two friendly but protective large dogs who stay outside. We can have them put in a fenced area if you like but they are really quite friendly to guests.
Leonardo and Adelita have two lovely daughters, Lulu nows 12 and Sherrie who is 16 and now their baby brother born in September 2016. Manuel who takes care of the grounds and helps Leonardo also has his wife and 8 year old daughter on the property and a new baby boy too!
Your stay at Kukulkan will be staying in a very special home built on a unique and amazing site and is a property very sensitive to the environment. In addition to solar power almost all the lighting is LED and our water source is rain from the sky with 25,000 gallons of storage.
We really want our guests to get a feel for this special environment including the sounds of the evenings and the roar of life all around you as the sun sets and rises. It is just an amazing experience.
In the evenings between 7-11pm when you look out from our decks over the river valley below you will often see clouds forming and curving above the gentle angles of the twisting and turning Macal River below . It's an amazing site as these clouds form and slowly rise so that on a typical night by midnight or 1am you are quite literally sleeping in the clouds. That is why although the sun rises facing the bedroom windows each morning we have no curtains as the clouds that form in the night protect you from the morning sun and become a natural curtain diffusing light until they burn off later in the morning. (don't worry it's very private. No one but the birds can see inside)
Come to Kukulkan and I promise you will remember it all your life. If you have an eye for deep green forests and natural beauty and the sounds of birds and nature and would enjoy some oxygen therapy by living amidst the freshest air in the tropics this is most definitely the place for you. But of course you will also get to relax and be pampered. Kukulkan is also perfectly located for any trips you wish to take in the region whether to nearby Tikal in "Guatemala or Zip lining in the Pine Ridge. And should you wish a spa treatment we will take you right over to the nearby Chaa Creek Spa or have a masseuse come over to the house to take care of you right on the deck.
I invite you to enjoy this very special home in a most wonderful location. -----Alvin
Member since: 2013
- 3200 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 10
- Children Welcome
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Car Available
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- Master bedroom at one end of the house and 2nd bedroom with private bath at the other end. The house is 130 feet long so the two main bedrooms are quite separate. Our 3rd bedroom sits near to the main master bedroom and has two double beds and a just completed beautiful new bath with shower. There is also a half bath near the living room and an outdoor shower on the deck off the main master bedroom....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- We are a very private reserve and modern villa yet off the grid and 2 miles down a dirt road we built. We are gated and fenced but only 10 minutes into the town of San Ignacio. We can arrange to have local food and barbecue prepared by our own staff or drive you to any nearby restaurants or take you shopping for wonderful ingredients then come and clean up the mess when your done cooking should you wish to cook your own meals....moreless
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
We sit on the hilltop in the beautiful Macal River Valley and overlook the forest heavily populated with tropical birds from parrots to toucans. The toucans make an almost daily visit to our trees....moreless
The Village of Cristo Rey is just across the river and can be reached with our kayaks and our manager will be happy to take you there. His daughters went to elementary school by kayak in the village....moreless
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Included
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 15 - Dec 15, 2017
3 night min stay
Dec 16 - Apr 16, 2018
3 night min stay
spring-fall season 2018
Apr 17 - Dec 14, 2018
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Property Damage Protection $59
- Tax Rate 14%
Rates include 3 full time staff and daily maid service. We can pick you up in town and take you to our villa and be available to drive you around the Cayo region or you can rent your own car and we will show you just how to get around. Guests will also have use of our 3 Kayaks on the Macal River. Tax noted above includes 9% government tax and 5% service charge as a tip for our staff.
Manager's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Car: Not Necessary
We have trails and kayaks on our property and many nearby attractions from ruins to tubing and exploring caves and many other activities. Our manager Leonardo Moh is a Mayan from southern Belize and is a safe driver and licensed tour guide who can be your private guide to many locations. Leonardo can pick up 5-6 people at airport and arrange for a van to pick up larger groups and take you directly to Kukulkan. Leonardo can also arrange all your activities in advance or when you are here. Leonardo and his wife and daughters have lived on and managed Kukulkan for over 10 years and can help you have a very special journey to this beautiful and undiscovered part of Belize.
Leonardo can drive you in our large 6 passenger 4 wheel drive Ram truck or can meet you in San Ignacio and lead yo to the property (you need 4 wheel drive in Belize) and he can accompany you in your vehicle if you like. We charge a per mile fee for using our vehicle and there is not charge for Leonardo's time as he will work full time for you during your stay along with his wife who will take care of the house and his assistant Manuel. Extra charges for side trips using our vehicles are noted below.
You can go cave tubing, zip lining or visit Mayan ruins or go up to the pine mountains. There is lots to do or you can just relax around the 1200 SF deck or the pool and just absorb the amazing atmosphere and watch the birds visit our trees and eat the berries.. Or maybe even see a visiting group of howler monkeys.
Here are our charges for some airport pickup and side trips.
Airport Pickup in Belize about two hours away for up to 5 people -------------------155
Airport pick up for 6-10---------------------220
Day trip to Pine Ridge with swim at private swimming hole, visit to 1000' water falls and lunch at Blancaneux Lodge (food not included)--------------125
Trip to Tikal Mayan Ruins in Guatemala accompanied by Leonardo but with guatemalan tour guide and drive to pick up after crossing the border-----------120PP
ATM tour, Cave tubing, and visit to nearby mayan ruins can all be arranged by Leonardo with cost estimates given to you prior to arrival. There are many things to do in the area.
Year Purchased: 2006
About: I fell in love with Belize over 30 years ago as a young man and have come back many many times. In 2003 I decided to semi-retire and completed this house in 2006 as a place to live. It took two years to build and I was lucky to have Irish designer and Belize resident Brendan Odonoghue help me design and build my dream house. I have traveled a good deal in my life and you will see some of my art collection in the house including a piece by my old friend and well known artist Gregory Amenoff whose large abstract painting greets you on the way into Kukulkan as well as paintings by local artists and others from travel to China and Bali. I lived at Kukulkan for almost 5 years before deciding to move back to Texas in 2010 and returned to Belize for another two years in 2015. Now I am off to Italy where my next project will involve wines and perhaps a small hotel. I love Belize in large part because it is a special place filled with charming, warm and friendly people. I suppose it is the people of Belize more than anything that kept me and continues to keep me coming back to this beautiful country. I encourage my guests to get to know not just the physical beauty of this land but also the kind and gentle people of so many races and backgrounds who inhabit Belize and make it their home.
Why Cayo, Belize:
I had been traveling to Belize since 1981 taking a week to rejuvenate myself every few months from my hectic life at the time in Dallas and Austin.. For many of those years in the 80s and 90s I had an active business and political life as a lawyer and member of the Texas House of Representatives and escaping to Belize was critical in keeping my sanity and putting things in balance. It still is. My trip was always a mix of spending some time in San Pedro on the seaside and then going inland and staying at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. I remember in the early 80s when Chaa Creek first opened and had 3 cabanas and one outhouse. Today Chaa Creek is one of the finest mountain lodges in the world and its owners Mick and Lucy Fleming are among my closest friends. In 2003 when I decided to base myself in Belize it was the magnificent beauty of the Macal River Valley and the land around Chaa Creek that attracted me. I wanted to live in this rich green environment full of both the beauty of nature and charming and friendly people. At first I stayed with Mick and Lucy at Chaa Creek then rented a little home in town. Within a few months Mick Fleming found me this very special 50 acres right on the Macal River and just one mile down river from his own Chaa Creek. I bought it and proceeded to design and build my dream home with the help of the amazingly talented Brendan Odonoghue who is without doubt the leading designer in Belize. That dream home is Kukulkan. With Mayan ruins literally right on the property we named our villa in honor of the leading Mayan god who is featured in Chichen Itza. Over the years we expanded the trails, built the swimming pool to hang over the valley and planted many fruit trees. Come in the summer and enjoy our mangos and avocados. I love this 50 acres of greenery and trails and riverfront as much as I love the special house we built to sit atop it and be a part of this unique and special environment.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Let me simply make a list of some of the special things you should not miss while staying at Kukulkan. 1/ Just lay out on the comfortable lounge chairs on the deck in the evening and watch the stars. Do it for 20 minutes and your bound to see a shooting star and more stars than you ever saw in your life as well as whole clouds of galaxies in the distance. 2/ Always open the windows (we have screens) and listen to the sounds of the night when you go to sleep. You'll sleep well. I have come to miss it so much that when I'm in the USA I listen to recordings of evening sounds to help me sleep. 3/Take a walk on the Kukulkan trails with Leonardo or Manuel (and the dogs if you like) and make sure to visit the orchard area just above the river for a special memory and have a nice swim in the river which is quite safe and clean or in the pool when you're done. 4/Get Leonardo to drive you over to Chaa Creek for lunch and a visit to their museum and butterfly farm or maybe have a treatment at their elegant spa. If you feel energetic take our kayaks to get there . It will be harder getting there going upstream and quite easy downstream on the way back. At Kukulkan you have your own full time private tour guide with Leonardo. Let him take you around or make any arrangements you want to explore the area. Just relax and enjoy my home. And maybe take an outside shower on the master bedroom deck. Everything is quite private at Kukulkan. I designed it that way. I know you'll never forget it.
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Contessa Levoni and Lucy Fleming enjoying the swim with a view.
Modern and equipped kitchen with Viking cooktop and stove
Macal River is beautiful for canoeing or kayaking and fee of Crocs/gators etc
Villa manager Leonardo with Adelita and their daughter Lulu
Our custom pool by Odonoghue who also designed the pool for Francis Ford Coppola
The great room is 1200SF with a bar and dining table made of Belize mahogany
Leonardo can take you to our private swimming hole below Big Falls waterfall
We sweep the leaves off the trails and make them perfect for an aerobic walk.
The second bedroom with with queen plus a futon has magnificent views
Backyard view of the pool.
Clouds forming over the river below at moonrise.
The master bedroom in a peaceful blue with wall of windows and a tempurpedic bed
Watching the moonrise above the hills across the river.
Our swimming pool is has an infinity edge, glass tiles and sits 20' high
The second master bedroom looks right over the pool.
Our villa is made of steel and local hardwoods and 3 separate decks
You won't believe the size of the avocados that grow just below the pool.
Our home has a mixture of local and Balinese art and other art pieces
The huge great room has living and dining areas and opens to a 1200 SF deck
Our passenger truck.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017
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