My husband and I stayed at Villas Mayaluum for the month of August 2011. We had planned a long-term rental here, but decided to move after a month. The apartment we had was great for our needs, very nicely maintained and modern, albeit a tad on the sparse side. The kitchen was a good size and was equipped. If you are a long-term renter it could do with being better equipped, but most of everything you need is provided. We just bought the few extra things we needed. It has a washing machine and a dryer, so this seemed a great bonus as well. The outdoor area is beautifully landscaped, and the pool is delightful. Tony (the caretaker) and his staff work very hard at keeping the place looking good.
However, the downside we personally found with being at Mayaluum was the location. It can suit many divers perhaps, as the building is next door to Scubama, Papa Hogs & Villa Blanca....BUT...it is also opposite La Hache bar and La Palapita bar! We were woke by the sounds of air tanks being banged around every morning around 6:30 am, and then kept awake through the early hours by the noise from the bars across the road Wed - Sun.
La Hache had live music Wed - Sun evenings that started at 11pm and ran through till 3 am. La Palapita just randomly hosted live music, but was outside, so it sounded like it was outside our window! Now I know the owners of Mayaluum have added soundproofing to the first block, but we were a block back, but the noise was still very loud. AND, this was the low season!
Added to this the other concern with Mayaluum is that they run EVERYTHING on electric - water heater, oven, washing machine & dryer and central A/C, and it makes it extremely expensive if you opt for a long-term rent. Our month there (and we were only actually resident in the apartment for some 20 days) cost us $3,700 MX [$270 USD]. But this is exacerbated by the fact that Mayaluum seems to be on some kind of commercial rating.
We had a verbal agreement with the owners for a long-term rental, and they were very upset when we decided we had to leave, although they understood our reasons. Being that we were not just vacationing, but trying to live and work, being able to sleep soundly was very important to us.
Unfortunately, the owners did get a little petty about refunding our deposit, finding every little thing possible to deduct, so in the end we got back $4,000 MX out of $14, 500. I did feel they went a little over the top with this, but in these difficult financial times, I can understand how disappointing it is to lose a long-term client.
If you are vacationing, and like the south of the island, then Mayaluum could well suit your needs. If you are a light sleeper, or prefer a quieter spot to chill on vacation, then be sure to research this particular area of the island before making a decision!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deluxe furnished oceanfront apartments, 2 or 3 bedrooms, great location, just in front of great caribbean ocean and reefs. Welcome for a week, month or year. ... more less