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Villa Balem Ek is a spectacular vacation rental villa that unquestionably reflects Mayan mysticism in its name which means “constellation of the Jaguar“. It is located in the residential area of the crescent-shaped Akumal Bay in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. Villa Balam Ek was originally built and recently refurbished by the same group of internationally renowned architects. This superb vacation rental home offers an incomparable view of the Caribbean, and carries nature’s beauty into the most intimate depths of the rooms, softly enveloping all your senses with the joys of nature. The vacation rental Villa Balam Ek has a magnificent terrace overlooking the round pool and the crystalline turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean. The spectacular natural environment that surrounds the villa, creates the perfect atmosphere to relax and experience an absolutely perfect holiday. The beautiful pristine white sands surrounding the vacation villa of Balam Ek, seem to constantly beckon you to slip into the calm waters of the crescent bay for a swim. Here too you will find a marvellous opportunity to explore the vibrant underwater world, snorkeling  in the magnificent natural aquarium located in this same bay.</p style=”text-align: justify;”>

Villa Balam Ek has a wonderful common room, which is furnished with comfortable beach furniture, and decorated with  paintings and Mexican art. The dining area’s table and chairs use colorful tapestries, to beautifully harmonize the decor throughout the entire living space of this vacation rental home . As the guest of Ek Balam Villa vacation rental, you will receive excellent service, the result of our 25 years of experience and warmth of traditional Mexican hospitality. Balam Ek Villa’s rooms proudly display fine finishes that blend harmoniously with the traditional décor. All of them are specifically designed to provide extraordinary ocean views and thereby creating a comfortable and romantic atmosphere wrapping you in a delicious sense of peace. Outside of Villa Balam Ek, the atmosphere of relaxation in the midst of a tropical paradise by the pool where you can relax under the shade of the surrounding palm trees, on a comfortable lounge, while our staff prepare an idyllic day for you, cooking on the grill, all complemented by a stunning  view of the Caribbean.</p style=”text-align: justify;”>


Rental Rates in USD

Seasons3 Bedrooms (Weekly Rental)4 Bedrooms (Weekly Rental)
Jan. 7–April 1330003500
April 14 – Aug. 128003300
Aug. 19 – Nov. 1725002800
Nov. 18 – Dec. 1928003300
Dec. 20 – Jan. 565006500
• Weekly Rental Rate
• Rates are in US dollars per week
• Max. a number of guests per room:
• 4 Bedrooms: 8 adults, 2 children
• 3 Bedrooms: 6 adults, 2 children
• Thanksgiving week is high season rate
• Minimum stays: High/peak season 7 nights, Midseason 5 nights, low season 4 nights.
• Prices subject to change without notice.
• Please confirm at all times.
Product Name: Villa Balam Ek Product Brand: Villa Experience Product Description: Villa Balem Ek is a spectacular vacation rental villa that unquestionably reflects Mayan mysticism in its name which means "constellation of the Jaguar“. It is located in the residential area of the crescent-shaped Akumal Bay in the heart of the Mayan Riviera. Product Image: Product Price: 357 Price Currency: USD Name Of The Seller: Villa Experience Mexico
Country: Mexico
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Property Id : 14236
Price: from $ US 357 /night
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Occupancy: 12
King Size Beds: 3
Queen Size Beds: 1
Single Beds: 3
Hours On Call Maintenance
Air Conditioning
Ceiling Fans
Sofa Bed
Private Pool
Lounge Chairs
Ocean Front
Coffee Maker
DVD Player
Music And Video Library
Satellite TV
Stereo System
Outdoor Dining Area
Outdoor Grill
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Posted by JoniHoHo
Lovely home right on the water
(5 of 5)
Posted on 27 April 2018
Villa Balam Ek is a beautiful waterfront property within walking distance of Akumal Village. My husband and I vacationed there with our brother and sister. Our two sons arrived a couple days after we did and they stayed in the casita, which was perfect for them. We vacation in Akumal every year, and have visited most of the attractions nearby, however we discovered a couple new places to enjoy. There is a place nearby in Akumal town called Akumal Glamping. We took a tour and ended up booking a Mayan massage the next day. I cannot recommend Adrian highly enough. $60.00 for 90 minutes. It included traditional massage, Mayan abdominal massage, and Tibetan singing bowls, Antonio, the owner, also owns Akumal Natura Rescue, which is a few minutes farther up the road. We visited one day and had a magical time. We learned a lot about the Melipona stingless honeybees and all the other animals they have rescued and are rehabilitating. Margarita the spider monkey took a liking to me and came running to crawl in my lap for a hug, After touring the rescue, we were treated to a hike through the jungle to an absolutely gorgeous cenote, which we waded through. Then, Antonio took us to another deep cenote for a cool swim. We also enjoyed Ek Balam archaeological site, about 2 hours from the Villa. It is possible to enter the water from the rocky beach in front of the house, but very difficult. I suggest walking a few yards down to La Buena Vida and swimming/snorkeling there. After reading all the reviews about Tere, the cook, we decided to have her cook Pollo Pibil one night. It was absolutely delicious and we had leftovers for days. One caution, sure to pay in pesos. There was apparently confusion over the currency exchange so we ended up paying her $140 rather than the $102 that 1885 pesos should have been. Leticia the maid and Jose' the gardener were wonderful. Everything looked so pretty, and the pool was immaculate. The only bad part was leaving. I can't wait to go back.
Posted by Alexis W
Amazing house, location and staff!
(5 of 5)
Posted on 20 January 2018
House and grounds were spotless (and were cleaned every day from top to bottom by friendly staff) and location cannot be beat--we stayed with 2 couples and 4 children and had plenty of room for all. Kids enjoyed collecting sea "creatures" from the rocky shore, and everyone enjoyed the amazing ocean views from just about every spot in the house. Walkable to the town (though why not rent a golf cart for fun?) and in very close proximity to shopping, restaurants, diving/sailing, and more--it was a wonderfully relaxing escape and we are already planning our return. Wholeheartedly recommend a stay at Villa Balam Ek!
Posted by Runningrock
Great Location, Great for Families. Just Some Things to Be Aware Of.
(4 of 5)
Posted on 2 January 2018
My husband and I and our two teenagers stayed at Balam Ek with another family of four. The house was a good size and accommodated us well. The location was great, just a short walk or drive from town on the north side of Akumal. The main house features three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom - a master suite with a king bed and balcony, a second upstairs bedroom with two doubles and a single bed, and a downstairs bedroom with a king bed and a private patio. The master suite has a small off-chute room with a single bed, perfect for a young child. You have to go through the master bedroom to get to this room. Our teenage boys shared the upstairs bedroom. The shower in their bathroom is open to the rest of the bathroom and does not have any walls, similar to a bathroom you might find on a boat. Not a big deal, but it took our boys some getting used to with everything getting wet. My husband and I stayed in the attached casita, while everyone else stayed in the main house. The casita was very nice and perfect for a couple. It has a full kitchen, dining area and living room. There's also a lovely outdoor tub overlooking the backyard. The open shower is also very cool. There are water dispensers in each bathroom and in the kitchen pantry as the tap water is not potable, not even to brush your teeth with. Our concierge, JP, was wonderful and always immediately available. He met with us shortly after we arrived to explain where things were in the house, give us suggestions for things to do and places to eat and answer our questions. We had to call him a few times during our stay and each time he responded quickly, often showing up at the door very promptly. Ingrid was also very helpful during the arrangements and our reservation process went smoothly. We were able to split the rental payment so each family could pay separately. The rental includes daily housekeeping (except for Sunday) and landscaping/pool maintenance. Andreas, the landscaper, was extremely helpful and always offered to open the coconuts for us. He also helped fix our safe and air conditioner when it was dripping water. All the staff were very pleasant and accommodating. We had a chef cooked dinner on our last night and Tere was excellent. We picked our entree from a menu and she cooked a delicious dinner. You pay about $100 pesos per person plus the cost of food, tip and taxi for her ride home (we opted to give her a ride home since we had a rental car.) The house includes kayaks and beach towels for your use. There is also a small plunge pool in the backyard. The beach is rocky with tide pools. There is a sandy beach a short walk away on Half Moon Bay. If you're wanting a sandy beach, you'll need to look in Half Moon Bay or on the south side. None of the houses along this stretch of the north side are on sandy beach. A few of the rental homes in the neighborhood have little patches of sand in their backyard. This one does not. We did have a problem with ants in the house, but this is the tropics. Andreas sprayed and left us with ant spray, which helped. The one thing that might have helped would have been central AC which this house does not have. If you're renting this house in the summer months, be aware that there is no AC in the common areas (living room, dining room, kitchen) or in the casita. There are portable air conditioning units in the bedrooms of the main house only. There are ceiling fans throughout the house as well. The casita has a portable standing fan. As much as we enjoyed the house and the location, I would probably not rent this house again in the summer months. It's probably fine during the rest of the year. It was too hot and humid for us (mid-June). There is a breeze, but not enough in my opinion in the middle of the day. Some things that could use repairing or improving include the sliding screen doors in the living room and dining room. There are large gaps between the screen and the glass doors so that bugs can get in. The doors sticks due to the humidity and do not operate smoothly. They just need to be replaced. A screen door on the front door would also be nice and allow for a cross breeze. We kept the front door closed due to the mosquitos, which were plentiful. Short of central AC, a whole house fan would be very helpful in this house. As with most bathrooms in this area of the Yucatan, flushing your toilet paper is discouraged. Instead toilet paper is thrown into a trash can next to the toilet, a concept we had to get used to and that not all Americans may be fully comfortable with. The Wi-Fi is very slow at the house and pretty much non-existent in the casita. But hey, you're on vacation, so unplug! The house has a flat-screen TV and we were able to watch N. American Cup Soccer! You can walk into town, as we did one evening for dinner. It's about a 15-20 minute walk. There's a great beach restaurant called La Buena Vida, less than a 5-minute walk from the house. We ate there twice, once for lunch and once for dinner! By far the best restaurant in Akumal and very reasonably priced. We also ate at Taverna, a nice Italian restaurant in town. We used Akumal Dive Shop, for scuba diving. The staff there was excellent. There are a several markets in town for groceries, souvenirs and convenience items. We went across the bridge into Akumal village where the locals live and shop. Prices are a little cheaper for groceries. We ate at Ultimo Maya which is a little hole in the wall, but great food. We also used the lavanderia (laundry mat) in the village, which was well worth the money. If you drop your laundry off in the morning, it will be ready later in the afternoon. It was about $7.00 USD for about two full loads of laundry. That's clean and folded! There is no washer/dryer at the house, so for us, this was a necessity. If you're buying vanilla, the supermercado across the bridge has the cheapest prices. $5.00 for a 16.9 oz bottle that sells elsewhere in Akumal, Playa del Carmen and Cancun for twice as much, if not more. Overall, this house is a nice rental with a great staff. I would recommend renting this house outside of the summer months. During the summer months is fine if you don't mind not having central air conditioning.
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