Meet Liz & Udi
We first came to Cancun as harried New York City executives seeking a weekend escape full of sun and sand. On each trip we drove further and further south, eventually falling in love with the area now called the Riviera Maya.
Seeing a piece of property for sale on the beach, we used our dental floss to measure out the length of the site we wanted. We decided to buy it and proceeded to design and furnish our dream house. Since we both had demanding careers, we agreed to rent out our villa several times a year to a few friends.
That was a decade ago. Since then, we have designed and built 17 other villas nearby for people who have similarly fallen under the Mayan spell. Many guests who have rented our villas have become friends — and then fellow villa owners themselves.
As visitors and now part-year residents of this magical place, we are deeply committed to sustainable tourism. We are only too aware that in this place of great beauty, rich culture and natural wonder, many people struggle to make a living, and the environmental balance itself is threatened. The very name "Akumal" means "place where the turtles are born" —
is a California girl and a veteran fashion executive who has worked with Paloma Picasso, Tommy Hilfiger and others. Most recently, she served as executive director at the exclusive Japanese department store Takashimaya on Fifth Avenue in New York City. When the store closed in early 2010, she took her love for accessories and home furnishings and created a studio in Akumal called My Oh Maya to support local artists and showcase artisanal finds. She personally manages the interior design and furnishing of each villa, filling each with distinctive accessories representative of the region.
was born in Haifa, Israel. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in naval architecture and an M.S. in ocean systems management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His passion for coastal management and ocean preservation led to his founding Maya Caribe Arquitectura, an architectural firm based in Akumal. With a global clientele, the firm is known for building villas that maximize ocean views and use local Mayan materials.