Pros

  • Beachfront location within a 10-minute drive of Akumal center
  • Rooms have air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers with free coffee
  • Large condos with full kitchens and big balconies
  • On-site dive center focuses on cave dives
  • Huge rooftop area with covered bar and great ocean and treetop views
  • Small pool area with a covered dining terrace
  • Food service delivers items to rooms, pool, or rooftop bar
  • Free fiber optic Wi-Fi
  • Free limited parking
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Cons

  • Rooms without AC can get hot, especially in summer
  • Condo bedrooms have a railroad-style design (though separate entrances help)
  • No official restaurant
  • No phones in the rooms
  • Car required for getting around the area
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Bottom Line

Villas DeRosa Beach Resort is a family-run mid-range hotel with 27 spotless condo units and standard hotel rooms. Condos come with one to three bedrooms and sport fully-equipped kitchens, dining rooms, large living rooms, and big balconies. This hotel is popular with families and dive groups, thanks to the self-catering units and on-site dive center. Other pluses include a reef right off the beach and free, fast fiber optic Wi-Fi. There's no dedicated restaurant area, but food menus are available from morning until night, with service to the rooms, pool terrace, or rooftop bar. Keep in mind that this spot is about a 10-minute drive to Akumal proper. For a self-catering spot closer to Akumal, check rates at the Las Casitas Akumal (though there's no dive center or on-site food).   

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Pool

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Villas DeRosa Beach Resort

Scene

Family-owned boutique with direct beach access; popular with divers

This small boutique property is helmed by an expat family from Utah who came to the area over 25 years ago to find the perfect stretch of beach to accommodate their cave diving hobby. What started as a private property turned to a rental property, and then, by the late ‘90s, a small beachfront hotel with 27 condos and rooms. Upgrades over the years have included new AC units, popular memory foam mattresses with individual suspension and gel tops, fiber optic Wi-Fi, and reconfiguring the water pressure. Full of mostly self-catering condo units, this quiet property is mostly popular with families and dive groups, the latter of which take advantage of the hotel’s meal packages and experienced dive center. 

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Location

Located 10 minutes from Akumal center in Adventuras Akumal 

Villas DeRosa Beach Hotel is located about a 10-minute drive south of Akumal in Adventuras Akumal. The entrance is off the main highway, and requires a U-turn for anyone coming from Cancun International Airport (which is almost everybody). The hotel itself is about a three-minute drive down a gravel road, making it too long of a trek for some in the heat. For guests planning to explore the area or make frequent trips to Akumal town, renting a car or having a sizable taxi budget is recommended. It’s an hour-and-15-minute drive north to Cancun, a 25-minute drive south to Tulum, and a 35-minute drive north to Playa del Carmen. 

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Rooms

Small standard hotel rooms or big condo-style units with full kitchens and large balconies

Villas DeRosa is mainly a condo-hotel with self-catering units in one-, two-, or three-bedroom configurations and full kitchens equipped with everything needed to make a meal. Kitchens come with full refrigerators, a four-burner gas stove with oven, toasters, microwaves, blenders, kettles, and coffeemakers with free coffee, sugar, and filters. Appliances are in varying degrees of datedness. Pots, pans, and all dishes and utensils are stocked. Since air-conditioning is limited to the bedrooms, other areas of the condos can get hot, especially in summer. Condos feature tile floors, large wooden dining tables, and breakfast counters. Sunken living rooms have built-in couches with foam cushions, large balconies or terraces, and flat-screen TVs (though channel selection is limited). Separate entrances and en-suite bathrooms for each bedroom help curb basic issues from the railroad design, though middle bedrooms lack good natural light. Condo units in the front have in-your-face ocean views, and units at the back overlook the hotel’s garden grounds.

Standard hotel rooms have less natural light, but are cooler thanks to the small size and full air-conditioning. These units feature flat-screens, coffeemakers with coffee, and a small balcony with plastic patio furniture. All 27 rooms are spotless and have hand-painted murals painted by a local artist from Tulum, tiled bathrooms with standup showers and simple bar soap, and small built-in wall safes. Wi-Fi is free, but there are no phones in the rooms. Jugs of purified water are available in each unit. 

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Features

Dive center specializing in cave dives, food service, small pool, rooftop bar, and free fiber optic Wi-Fi

Villas DeRosa has its own dive center, though guests do not receive discounts on services. Since the owners are cave diving enthusiasts, most dives focus on exploring the local cenotes. Other water adventures include snorkeling on the reef right off the hotel’s beach or taking a dip in the small courtyard pool. A covered poolside terrace has a smattering of tables and chairs, plus a few comfy, padded pool loungers. The hotel’s beach area is set up with palapa umbrellas and plastic stretch loungers. Past guests have occasionally suggested bringing water shoes to tackle the rocky coastline, though softer sands can be found just a short walk up the beach.

There’s no official restaurant area, but guests can order three meals a day from the hotel’s kitchen by using a poolside buzzer. The food gets overall good reviews, and can be served directly to the rooms, on the pool terrace, or upstairs at the rooftop bar. Breakfast is not included. Wi-Fi and parking are both free. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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