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Akumal Zen Boutique Votel

A Villa Hotel

Liz Conover has lived on three continents, worked in 10 countries and logged four million miles. Before she landed in Akumal, Mexico, she was a global nomad who loved to get on an airplane.

Yet, most hotel rooms had started to look the same to her. Channeling her world travel experiences, she began to get a very clear picture of exactly what a private villa on the beach should be. She believed travelers desired the usual hotel comforts, but did not want to sacrifice lack of design, inspiration, innovation, noise and crowd sharing. In other words, no mere shack on the beach would truly suffice for ideal vacation relaxation.

Her travels ultimately resulted in discovering an exotic Mexican locale, where she ultimately turned a seven-bedroom residence into a rental villa that is now booked at holiday times a year in advance. Many celebrities, including Peyton Manning and countless Broadway musical stars, have rented the villa for a week or two. Tucked between busy Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Zen Akumal is close enough to the action in both towns yet secluded on its own private jade beach.

Zen Akumal has a 60-foot-long pool on the ocean. It offers king-sized bedrooms en suite and is fully staffed with services. It might be the hottest ticket around for those wanting an alternative to overcrowded all-inclusives.

Rather than spending thousands of dollars per night for the whole villa, guests can snag a king-sized room from $400 a night for two in a non-holiday period with a three-night minimum. Zen Akumal has a no-wedding and no-children policy.

Enjoy a stunning lap pool, outdoor driftwood shower, waterfall, and grand patio. Feel the sea breeze pass through the cocopalm-shaded garden and courtyard. Savor a tropical fruit breakfast at the shaded outdoor dining table with an ocean view. Make time for a nap on the beachfront palapa's swinging double bed, and get lost in a good book as you relax in the seaside lounge chairs. Gaze at the stars or get a massage in the rooftop palapa.

The bedrooms are appointed with king-size four-poster Mayan hardwood beds and Ticul marble baths. Two of the bedrooms open onto private balconies facing the sea, while another opens right onto the pool.

Explore the coral reef in a 2-person ocean kayaks provided, or take your snorkeling gear and get up close with the marine life. On calm days the water is so transparent you can see the fish right from the surface.

The Votel staff is there daily to take care of your needs. Our personal concierge can arrange professional massages, tour excursions, private yoga instruction, fishing, golf and other local activities.


  • Alfresco Breakfast Daily
  • Fresh margaritas and guacamole, salsa and chips on arrival
  • Beach chairs & umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Pool chairs
  • Unlimited WIFI
  • A/C in bedrooms
  • Two double ocean kayaks
  • Life vests/flotation devices
  • Massages: available at $65 USD for a one-hour massage
  • Ceiling fans
  • Music system with iPod jack
  • Books/games
  • Hairdryers
  • Luxury toiletries included
  • Deck/patio
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Our villas are conveniently located in a secluded yet easily accessible area of the coastline, about 25 minutes south of Playa del Carmen and 15 minutes north of Tulum. We suggest reserving a rental car in advance of your arrival at Cancun International Airport for the 1-1/2 hour drive on Highway 307. Pre-arranged airport transfers are also available for a small fee.

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Check Availability

Contact the owners for available dates for Villa Zen del Mar.

Rental Rates

Non Holiday Weeks only - $400.00 / night per room
Double Occupancy
No Children
VAT and Hotel Tax 19%
Minimum Stay – 3 nights
No weddings or large parties.

Prices above represent rent in U.S. dollars.

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