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Beach Home in Dreamy National Reserve - Ría Luz

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Space 111 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Two Bedroom Beach House That Can Accommodate Up To Six People.

Welcome to Ríaluz, an intimate hideaway beside the ocean with its own pristine, six-mile stretch of beach. You will share the land with birds, beautiful seasonal flowers, and a breathtaking coastline. Nestled within the biosphere of Río Lagartos, my home was created to sustainably coexist with the environment and the untouched landscape. Come relax at this natural paradise in Playa Kuká.

The space

I began Ríaluz with the desire to foster a conversation between inside and outside. After working for many years with the Mexican government and wildlife protection agencies, I received permission to build within this precious biosphere reserve and bird sanctuary. Very simple but with attention to detail, the space was designed to be comfortable and connected to the sea, the sky, the stars and the birds.

Ríaluz is perfect for families looking for a unique place to explore, couples desiring a secluded getaway, or anyone wanting to relax in a home away from home. The house can accommodate up to 6 people and was built to have the lowest impact on the surrounding environment possible.

Please note that this home is not child proof and is not suitable for toddlers (age 12-36 months).

The house is comprised of two buildings, giving guests an ample sense of space and opportunities for privacy. In the main structure is the living room with a fully equipped kitchen and a master suite with a king bed. The living room has two sofas that can be converted into two twin beds. Outside, a bridge connects the deck of this building with the adjacent one. The second structure has a suite that can be set up with either a king bed or two twin beds, and an outside shower with its own deck. All decks have beach access. Above the main building is a lounging terrace with an outdoor bed and a bar. From everywhere in the house, there are spectacular views of the sea.

The house is completely solar powered and has wifi, but best for people who want to unplug from their busy lives. The wildlife can be observed by walking along the beach or through tours given by my friend and local expert Alberth from Río Lagartos.

Ríaluz is ideal for extended stays. A 15% discount will be applied to reservations of 7 days or longer, and a 30% discount for stays of 28 days or longer.

Bookings made 3 months in advance will receive a 5% discount. Bookings made 6 months in advance will receive a 10% discount.

These discounts do not apply to reservations during the holiday season of mid-December to mid-January.

About the Sea:

The sea here is gentle with low waves. Along the beach you can swim and walk along miles of beautiful white sand. There are beautiful and ever changing shells to be found. There are also opportunities for wind surfing, paddle boarding, sailing, guided bird watching tours and fishing expeditions.

About the Reserve:

Staying at Rialuz is best for those with a placid spirit of adventure. The entrance road is a narrow salt road that goes deep into the heart of the nature reserve, and the jungle has wild animals that need to be treated with respect. We are off-grid and self-sufficient, so guests will need to be mindful of their consumption of resources. However, it's the great isolation of the property and its nearness to nature which makes it unique amongst rental properties across the world. They foster the intimate peace and connection to the earth that my guests and I enjoy so much.

About Playa Kuka:

The beach of Playa Kuka is a small off grid community which was developed with the environment in mind. The community consist of only 4 private homes, and together we are the most environmentally respectful development in the state of the Yucatan. Rialuz can be rented individually or with other homes if you are numerous or celebrating a special event.

About Río Lagartos:

Río Lagartos is a small fishing village of 3,000 inhabitants on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Located within the state with the lowest crime rate in Mexico, Río Lagartos is known for its tranquility and safety. It is a quiet haven resting at the heart of a natural habitat, beating with the sounds of roaming wildlife. With 395 avian species, it is a bird watcher's paradise -- notable for the thousands of flamingos that flock there every year to nest. Río Lagartos is located within El Parque Natural Río Lagartos. Nearby is also Las Coloradas salt lakes and many Mayan ruins and cenotes.

Getting Around:

The house is about three and a half hours away by rental car from the Cancún airport, and two and a half hours away from Mérida. You can get also get to the house by taxi boat from Río Lagartos. Arriving by day is highly preferable, so try to book your travel to arrive early. We recommend renting a white crossover car with good ground clearance. Remember to account for time needed to buy groceries on the way. We will send more pieces of advice and specific directions upon booking.

House rules:

•No smoking

•Not suitable for pets

•No parties or events

•Check-in is anytime after 4PM

•Check out by 10AM

•This property is not suitable for toddlers (12-36 months.) There are elevated platforms without railings, the house is not childproofed, and a toddler may wander into the nearby jungle by themselves.

•This is a Nature Reserve, so you must be mindful of the natural ecosystems around you. This means no littering or doing anything that could affect the natural life like cutting a path through the plant life.

•We must transport water in by truck, so we ask guests to be mindful of their consumption. Washer and dryer are not available and guests must do their laundry prior to arrival.

You must also acknowledge:

•Must climb stairs

•Dangerous animals on property - The nearby jungle has snakes. They come out at night to hunt but mostly stay within the jungle. Flashlights must be taken on night walks on the beach.

While I may be available in person and can always be reached by phone, Rosie and Jose live on the beach year-round and will welcome you warmly. They will be available to answer your questions and to help with any needs that may arise during your stay. 100% of your tips go to them.

Other things to note:

•An FAQ about the house can be found at rialuz (period) com.

•There is potable water always available.

•There is a supermarket, fish and produce vendors in Rio Lagartos, though it is best to buy groceries on the way in.

•We are welcoming of diverse travelers.

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Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in El Cuyo, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Not suitable for toddler (12-36 months). Elevated platforms and nearby jungle. Home is not childproofed.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Blue room bathroom - toilet , shower
    Red Room - toilet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom - toilet
  • There are three bathrooms in the house, two of them with showers and separate toilets. The sinks are in the bedrooms. The shower in the red room is a private, outdoor shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • The Blue room - 1 king
    The Red Room - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , King bed can be converted into two twin beds
  • Both rooms have king beds, one of which can be converted into twin beds. The two sofas in the living area can also be converted into two twin beds. Max occupancy is for 6 people.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Beach Home in Dreamy National Reserve - Ría Luz
average rating of 4.888889 based on 20 reviews
West Fargo, ND
5

Away from it all~

  • 5 of 5

I was looking for something unique and wanted to get away from the masses - well I found it. Ana's home is not only that but it is also beautiful! So clean and I could really tell I was in the home of an artist. Her colors and attention to detail were wonderful. The beach is entirely yours! We told someone in El Cuyo that we were heading to Rio Lagartos and they said "well you won't have a beach unless you take a boat to one". This was someone who lived in El Cuyo and they didn't even know about this hidden gem. We found all kinds of different seashells on the beach and didn't feel like we had to beat anyone out there. We were the only ones! David who helps manage the property has 3 dogs and one was a puppy and we fell in LOVE with her...they would come find us when we were out walking.

We also did a nature excursion one morning and had the best time. Crocodiles were right next to us at one point! Amazing! Lots of unique birds and the best tour guide that served us cervesas and water.

The town of Rio Lagartos is also a fun excursion. A neat fishing village that is still beautiful and not touristy.

Two things I didn't love: the wind and the seaweed. I understand the seaweed comes and goes but it was A LOT! It was nice though because just like a 5 minute drive away there was a beach with no seaweed but then you lost your privacy.

I highly recommend Ana's home if you are looking for something off the beaten path. I loved it and so did my family.

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carole, It was a joy receiving you and your family, and I am delighted that you got what you wanted! Something I am so grateful to Playa Kuka at the Reserve is that it connects me with the simplicity of nature, and I feel deeply alive and relaxed in what is. All the birds, the shells, the stars, they shower you with abundance! I feel bad that you got seaweed. This few past months it does seem we got more than usual. The beach is so gorgeous without it. But I guess it's what it means to be in a place that is alive and happening in the flow. You were dream guests, and I would love to host you again! Ana
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5

Utopia in the Yucatan

  • 5 of 5

Ana Maria’s wonderful home is a magical paradise for those looking for an exquisitely peaceful getaway in the beautiful Yucatan.

The property is perfectly appointed and incredibly comfortable. Inside, the kitchen is easy to use and well stocked for cooking, the dining and living rooms provide gorgeous views of the water, and the master bedroom and attached bath are elegant yet simple. Outside, you have a choice of the first floor deck and the roof-top; both are perfect for morning coffee, luscious sun, bird viewing, a sky full of massive amounts of stars, and breathtaking views of the water and the biosphere. The beach is anything but busy, with a cozy bench, softly lapping waves, and the sound of fishermen in the far distance.

Ana Maria is beyond delightful and welcoming. She is a talented artist, and we suggest a read-through of her exhibition catalogs in the small library. Her eye to thoughtful design throughout the property makes the stay all the more pleasurable. David is superbly helpful, available for an array of needs, and brings years of hospitality expertise to ensuring you have an excellent experience.

Rio Lagartos is nearby, yet worlds away. The quick boat ride to town offers further views of the gorgeous nature in the biosphere. The town is great for a bite to eat, a long stroll, chatting with residents, and getting supplies. Chichen Itza was well worth the drive, as was Rene Gonzalez, highly recommended once you arrive, as a guide, through the ruins.

What we learned that may be of help to others: 1) Grab some provisions in Cancun or Vallodolid before arriving. 2) Eat freshly-caught fish, easily obtained from a boat in Rio Lagartos. 3) At the property, we are mere guests of the biosphere, therefore prepare accordingly (wash clothes in unscented detergent and fabric softener, bring insect repellent, avoid dunes during dusk). 4) Enjoy the natural toiletries that Ana Maria provides as they are luscious and compatible with the environment. 5) If you are driving in, arriving in daylight is simpler. 6) Bring lots of reading materials. 7) Enjoy hours upon hours of special time with those you love, including yourself. 8) Be prepared to be wondrously alone in an astonishingly unspoiled environment. 9) Start planning your return visit. 10) And enjoy an enchanted utopia!

We are blessed to have taken many beach getaways. Ria Luz, hands-down, is one of the very best. C&A, Connecticut

  • Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aaron, Your review is touching and it's an honor to have been able to provide such a positive experience to you and Charity. Your recommendations are excellent and I'm sure will be useful to other travelers! I hope you will return in the future and wish you the best in the new year.
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Montréal canada
4

Fabulous place

  • 4 of 5

Everything you think of when you think about paradise. Will go back for sure!!!

  • Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Home in a tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

Ana's home is beautiful and in an ideal location to escape the hustle of daily life. You will see beautiful birds (including flamingos), butterflies, fish, and crocodiles (not by the house). If you're lucky, you might even see a fox, cobra, or jaguar.

If you rent a car, rent an SUV or truck as the last part of the journey is on an unpaved road.

  • Submitted: 6-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

An extraordinary place

  • 5 of 5

This place is extraordinary - the natural surroundings, the house, the colors (outside and in), the flora and fauna, the seclusion, Ana's sensibility and attention to detail.... We hope to return.

  • Submitted: 7-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nathaniel, Elizabeth and children for staying at our house at the beach. We are so happy to share the house and this extraordinary place with others! You were sweet and perfect guests. Please come back! We would love to host you again!
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St Louis
5

You can't help but to relax here

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing. It is so relaxing. The homes windows and doors open up bringing the outside in. The top deck is a peaceful place to watch the sunset. The ocean waters are calm and great for paddleboarding or kayaking. We kayaked everyday thanks to Marco at Extreme Control. David planned a tour for us that was amazing and the boat picked us up right on our beach. Ana was an absolute delight to work with and we thank her very much for opening her home to us. Don't delay when booking this place is the best!

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you had such a great and relaxing time! Come back whenever the stresses of everyday life pull you down. I would be delighted to host you again.
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Owner

Ana María Hernando
Member since: 2015
Speaks english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

About Ana María Hernando

I am a visual artist from Buenos Aires who is based in Boulder, Colorado. My art practice involves painting, printmaking, textiles, installation, poetry and sculpture, and my paintings hang on the walls at Ría Luz. You can explore my artwork at anamariahernando.com

I began building Ría luz in 2013 with the desire to foster a conversation between inside and outside. Very simple but with attention to detail, the space was designed to be comfortable and connected to the sea, the sky, the stars and the birds. It is off the grid and solar powered, and I worked to make it one of the most environmentally respectful coastal developments in the Yucatan. It has been a pleasure to open my home to travelers from around the world, and to share this rare landscape with others.

Why Ana María Hernando chose El Cuyo

The house is many kilometers deep within the Reserve of the Biosphere of Rio Lagartos. I worked for many years with the Mexican government and wildlife protection agencies to receive permission to build within the reserve. My home is completely off-grid and the most environmentally friendly coastal development in the Yucatan. While staying at Rialuz you will be truly immersed in nature and the intersecting cycles of flora, fauna, weather and tides. My home is unique for this reason, and few properties throughout the world are as secluded.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an amazing place! We had a great stay at Ria Luz, and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get off the beaten path and explore Rio Lagartos. The house is beautiful & all the windows and outdoor space really allow you to connect with the natural surroundings. At night the screened in rooms are cool and the ocean sounds are very relaxing.
Jun 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
150 Miles
Cancun
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Rio Lagartos - It's a boat for people only
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Rio Lagartos
Nearest Beach
60 Metres
Playa Kuka
Car: recommended

At Playa Kuka, the sea is gentle with low riptide. Along the beach you can swim and walk miles of beautiful white sand. There are also opportunities for wind surfing, sailing, guided bird watching tours and fishing expeditions. You can kayak and paddle board through the jungle estuary and, to finish up the day, watch the stunning sunsets from the rooftop terrace.

The nearby town, Río Lagartos, is a small fishing village of 3,000 inhabitants on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Located within the state with the lowest crime rate in Mexico, Río Lagartos is known for its tranquility and safety. It is a quiet haven resting at the heart of a natural habitat, beating with the sounds of roaming wildlife. It is a bird watcher's paradise -- notably the thousands of flamingos that flock there every year to nest. Río Lagartos is located within El Parque Natural Río Lagartos, a nature preserve with guided tours. Nearby is also the Coloradas salt mine -- a local attraction which is the largest producer of sea salt in Mexico. Río Lagartos also offers local food, fresh fish, and guided fishing or bird watching expeditions. At Playa Kuka, the sea is gentle with low riptide. Along the beach you can swim and walk miles of beautiful white sand. There are also opportunities for wind surfing, sailing, guided bird watching tours and fishing expeditions. You can kayak and paddle board through the jungle estuary and, to finish up the day, watch the stunning sunsets from the rooftop terrace.

The nearby town, Río Lagartos, is a small fishing village of 3,000 inhabitants on the north coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Located within the state with the lowest crime rate in Mexico, Río Lagartos is known for its tranquility and safety. It is a quiet haven resting at the heart of a natural habitat, beating with the sounds of roaming wildlife. It is a bird watcher's paradise -- notably the thousands of flamingos that flock there every year to nest. Río Lagartos is located within El Parque Natural Río Lagartos, a nature preserve with guided tours. Nearby is also the Coloradas salt mine -- a local attraction which is the largest producer of sea salt in Mexico. Río Lagartos also offers local food, fresh fish, and guided fishing or bird watching expeditions.

For an excellent tour of the biosphere's reserve, the surrounding area, or for fishing expeditions, we will put you in contact with a knowledgeable guide upon arrival.

For an excellent tour of the biosphere's reserve, the surrounding area, or for fishing expeditions, we will put you in contact with a knowledgable guide upon arrival.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in El Cuyo, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
March/April
Feb 21 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
C$199
From
C$225
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$95 per night, per additional guest
 
May/June
May 12 2018 - Jun 23 2018
2 night minimum stay
C$199
From
C$225
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$95 per night, per additional guest
 
Holiday season
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 13 2019
2 night minimum stay
C$337
From
C$357
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$95 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
C$149
From
C$166
Fri,Sat
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$95 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$190.5
Property Damage Protection C$74.93

No pets allowed

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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