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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

It was the best place to shut my mind down completely. Wake up, grab a cup of coffee, walk the beach. Come back and have breakfast. No TV! Love that. Of course, internet if you needed a fix. The grocer was a Mexican driving down the street every day. He would beep in front of the house... It doesn't get more fresh. Buying 50# of lemons... Fresh lemonade and ...I'm drooling. Off of the beaten path. Snorkeling was tops. Easy for beginners or experts..

Stayed: December 2016, travelled solo
Thank Rich A
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

My wife and I stayed in one of the downstairs apartments for a week this February. The place was great. Everything was very clean, safe, and inviting. You can walk out the door and be snorkeling 50 feet away. Dom and Sarah are great people and they make sure you feel at home. They have lots of great advice for anyone new to the area. The locals in the area are very friendly. The house is a long ways away from the crowded beaches of Cancun and that's exactly what we were looking for. The snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking is all there for you. You don't need to venture far from the house to enjoy your day. There is a food truck that stops by just about every day to sell fresh produce, meats, fruit, and cheese. I think the quality was a lot better on the food truck than anything we brought with us from the markets and the prices were great. Stock up on beverages before you arrive. Xcalak does have some small markets that carry a limited selection of items. If you like great snorkeling, uncrowded beaches, and a friendly local scene head to Casa de Suenos.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank eric m
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Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

We stayed for a week in the Laguna apartment which is just behind the sea front apartments. Although we had no sea view we had just about everything else we could have wished for. The well kept grounds and beach were only 20 paces away, and our apartment provided unlimited very hot water at any hour, an efficient gas hob so that we could boil a kettle whenever we liked and/or cook using the plentiful range of pans, knives etc provided. A fan coupled with insect screened windows gave ample ventilation, and lots of candles were provided to give light when the solar powered electrics weren't on. We particularly liked the unlimited purified water provided. Whenever we ran out we only had to mention it to hosts Dom or Sarah and a fresh 5 gallon bottle would magically appear.

The colour of the sea is delightful and ever changing, and the snorkelling right off the beach is good and safe as the Mesoamerican reef, clearly visible and audible as a constant low roar, keeps the shallow waters calm most of the time. There are lots of coral heads around which the pretty fish gather.

I used one of their two kayaks to go fishing most days and had good sport with the reef fish, some of which we ate but mostly they went back.

The hosts provide all sorts of entertainments for their guests, snorkelling equipment, spear guns, fishing tackle, beach games
etc and every couple of evenings they would light a bonfire so that we could sit around and swap yarns, have a drink and marvel at the fireflies and the thousands of stars visible in this light pollution free environment.

There are lovely walks to be had along the unmade access lane which carries hardly any traffic but masses of different, colourful butterflies, dragonflies and quite a lot of bird life as well as the usual Pelicans, frigate birds, razorbills and assorted wading birds. Lizards and iguanas were also resident. The beach walks in either direction were always fascinating, too, with all sorts of shells to be found but particularly conch shells.

We had no transport of our own and the town is about 7 Kms away, but we ate like kings with marvellous fresh food arriving virtually every day on food trucks. All sorts of tropical fruit just bursting with flavour, prime vegetables, meat, bread, even home made cakes and huge prawns were conjured up from the backs of these little vans for remarkably little money.

We had access to the various sun loungers, hammocks and easy chairs with palapas for shade in the heat of the day.
Dom and Sarah were always keen to help and advise when needed, but were never intrusive. All in all we were very sorry to leave this little paradise.

Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed 16 January 2016

We spent three great nights here right before Christmas. Friendly and helpful hosts. Attractive, clean room with comfortable bed and hammock. Amazing snorkeling right out the front door. Spacious shared kitchen with individual full-sized fridge. Great vistas (sunsets!) and birdwatching from rooftop. We loved it and recommend this place to those looking for a quiet getaway.

Room Tip: We were in ground floor northern room and loved the privacy, accessibility, view of ocean from our bed.
  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank KARENandELISE
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Reviewed 11 January 2015

Three of us stayed in the upstairs two-bedroom apartment at Casa de Sueños in Xcalak. It was fantastic. This part of the Mayan Coast is Mexico as you dream it could be: beautiful water, vibrant forest, small town, friendly people. Casa de Sueños allows you to relax and enjoy the simplicity of cooking your own food, sitting on the beach (under some cool palapa shades), and playing in the water.

Dominic and Sarah live in one of the apartments downstairs, so even though Xcalak does have an "end of the world" feel, you are not left to fend for yourself. Dominic takes care of all the infrastructure of the place, such as electricity, water, etc -- including a surprisingly good internet (improved in Dec 2014, so disregard earlier comments on this). Sarah does all the bookings, and is very efficient and helpful when figuring out how to get to Xcalak. One thing that struck all of us, is that we still felt we had complete privacy, even thought Dominic and Sarah were downstairs. They are wonderful.

This is not a place for someone who wants a five-star luxury hotel, or for someone who wants to go clubbing at night. In fact, I don't even think there are fish shacks on the beach. The town, Xcalak, has a population of 200, no gas station, no ATM. Instead, Casa de Sueños is a place for someone looking for the Costa Maya as it was before Cancun was created. Come here to relax, cook, swim, read a book, play scrabble (there is a set in the apartment), ...

For us, it was the perfect vacation.

Room Tip: There are three rentals possible at Casa de Sueños: (1) a two-bedroom apartment upstairs; (2) a one-bedroom apartment downstairs; and (3) an apartment across the small road. The third of these has no beach view. Check out the web site for the house -- it should be clear there!
  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
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