As good as all the reviews say
My extended family of 10 just returned from Casa Caribena and we loved it and highly recommend it.
The owner, Lisa, was very helpful answering our questions prior to the trip.
The street is guarded and the property is gated, so we felt very safe. Near the street-side caretaker's house is a large parakeet enclosure with two hammocks, so you could sway in the shade, listening to the chirping of the birds. The in-ground pool was a nice size. There were plenty of lounge chairs and a table.
The house itself is huge. The 10 of us had plenty of space to eat and play together, but also to get quiet time. Lily, the housekeeper, and her helpers cleaned every day and everything was very clean. We did get a lot of ants inside, but that's to be expected in such a tropical setting. Every bathroom has bottled water and the kitchen also has a large water dispenser. Lily's cooking is amazing. I highly recommend taking advantage of her skills.
The rooftop party area and pool were pretty breathtaking as well.
Jose rakes the beach each day so it's clean of seaweed. There are really no waves on the beach, so it's very safe for kids. There are rocks and coral in front of the house so you enter the water just 100 feet away. The house comes with plenty of life vests and 2-double and 2-single kayaks.
If you walk, kayak, or swim south of the house a few hundred feet there's an empty hotel. The best snorkelling is at the live coral growing around there.
We visited during July and saw huge sea turtles come onto the beach at night to lay their eggs.
My only "negative" comments are that the house does not have a dishwasher as noted (although the women wash the dished for you). It has a washer and dryer, but they were locked up, so we had to pay Lily $5 for each load. Also, while Lily's cooking service is "included," it was recommended that we leave a $525 tip at the end of the week plus more for Jose, so there are more costs than we had planned on. At the same time, the cooking and service were well worth the cost--I just wanted to better set expectations of future visitors.
This is a WONDERFUL house for your Tulum area stay. We'd absolutely return.
Abenteuer & Erlebnis,
Familien mit Teenagern,
Familien mit kleinen Kindern
Vermieter-Kommentar: Just a little more added information for Ellen's comments. I hope the things below clarifies everything because it is extremely important to us that our guests have all of the facts before they arrive and no surprises. The majority of homes here don't have dishwashers due to the extremely high lime and calcium concentration in the water which when a dish washer is used ruins the dishes, glasses, and everything. We had one and took it out as have most of our neighbors. The washer and dryer are not accessible to the guests just because of the guests not understanding that even though we look similar to their home, we aren't. We truck in water and at a rate of around 800 us dollars per month for water and that is with our staff being careful. They used to be accessible to the guests and since most North Americans are used to washing whenever, the monthly water rate was even higher. For 5 us dollars per load, Lily washes, dries and puts the clothes in your room.
I think that Ellen made a typo since our suggestion for the tip is 425 for 6 bedrooms and not 525 as was written. The cook is included in your rental and just as you would tip the waiter at the restaurant, we include those tips for all of the meals that are prepared which usually averages 10 meals per week. This along with the normal Mexican hotel tipping rate of 5 us dollars per day for each hotel room for the cleaning staff is how we came to this figure. If you take 5 per day per bedroom and add it to the tip you would leave for the waiter for the meals, I honestly think that you tip more than the suggested rate for 6 bedrooms. We are thrilled that everyone enjoyed their stay at Casa Caribena and agree with Ellen that future guests may want this information also.
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