A Home That's Built Around Its Pool

La Tropical Villa, Mérida, Yucatán, México
La Tropical Villa, Merida, Mexico |
  • Villa
  • 1 BR
  • Sleeps 2
  • from $ 195 nt
Hidden behind a colonial façade in historical Mérida

When you say that something combines the best of two worlds, it isn’t always true – but this home on the Mayan Rivera really does. It’s a contemporary space that feels like a private, luxury villa, but is actually tucked behind the colonial facades in the center of historical Merida, one of Mexico’s most exciting cities.

When its owners were property hunting, they would look through old doorways or windows to see the abandoned plots and overgrown gardens beyond. And in creating this space, that was their inspiration – creating a world within a world, an outdoor space that’s also sheltered, a place to enjoy the city then take refuge in a modern but natural oasis. For the look, they took the stones and woods of Mexico, and added a nod to Mexican brutalism with textured concrete. 

One of the elements that makes the villa so appealing is the fact that it was built around the pool. It’s a home in two parts – you enter through the living and dining space, and cross the garden to reach the bedroom, which is housed in a modernist-style bungalow. And though it’s relatively small, the pool – at 15 meters in length – is delightfully excessive. 

This villa for rent in Mérida is an ideal space for two, perfect for a couple.

Description

Enter this villa for rent in Merida through the two doors of its colonial facade, and you’ll find a large kitchen and a living room that opens into a garden. Cross the garden to the bedroom bungalow at its end. Beside the bedroom, there’s an open bathroom, with views of the garden. Lavatories, pantry and supply closets are concealed to make the space as open as possible.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Groceries for the first day are included, and grocery shopping is available on request. The house has wifi, air conditioning, TV, washing machine, music system, iron and board, and a hairdryer.

Massages can be booked poolside and are provided by a female-owned local company. For couples booking the house as a honeymoon destination, extra flowers, champagne or wine can be arranged, and a private chef is available on request. Maintenance and housekeeping is provided daily, free of charge. There is no space for extra beds.

Airport transfer is available on request. A car is recommended. 

AROUND

Yucatán retains a lot of authenticity, and Mérida is a gem: one of the safest cities in Mexico, with a provincial atmosphere and cosmopolitan flair. For history buffs, it’s a treasure trove made up of a colonial center, archeological sites, and haciendas. The cathedral square and the colorful Lucas de Gálvez Market are both within walking distance of the house. 

Morning tacos as well as the best local restaurants are all found on easy walks, but if you’d prefer to eat at home, there are many little convenience stores nearby, as well as the market.

Adventurers will love the many cenotes (sunken lakes in which you can swim), kayaking in the mangroves, or going horseback riding on the beach. Meanwhile, wildlife lovers should head for the reserve at Celestún, especially in flamingo season, from November through February.

Farther afield, visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal (85km, or 1h 10 mins by car), and the lovely Sisal beach, long extensions of dunes and mangroves along a very peaceful shore (70km, or 1h by car). Progreso is the nearest coastal town (45 minutes). 

LOCATION

Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico. Nearest airports: Mérida International Airport (MID): 6km (10 mins by taxi), Cancún International Airport (CUN): 300km.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Mérida is warm all year round. November to April has mild and spring-like weather. And the absolute best time to visit Mérida is around 1st November for the Día de los Muertos festivities. May to July are hot and humid months so a great time to make the most of the pool.

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La Tropical Villa

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Info
Bedrooms1 bedroom
Bed TypeKing
KitchenFully-equipped kitchen
Bathrooms2 bathrooms
AccommodateSleeps 2 guests
InternetWifi
Kid FriendlyBecause of the depth of the pool only children 13+ years are allowed.
Pet friendlyNo pets
ViewMerida city streets and garden views
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)$70
Sec. Deposit$700
Check-In3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Check-Out11:00 AM
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
NotesIncluded in the rates:
Rates are on a self-catering basis and include a welcome breakfast hamper.
Extra charges
To encourage responsible use of air conditioning, guests are responsible for the electricity they consume over 30kw per day which will suffice with normal use.
Children & Extra beds
Because of the depth of the pool only children 13+ years are allowed. There is no space for extra beds.
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
Low SeasonAug 26Oct 31$1952 nights
High SeasonNov 1Apr 15$2152 nights
House Rules

Not suitable for children (2-12 years)
No smoking
No pets
Additional rules
LA TROPICAL RULES
1. Maximum occupancy is 2 guests. Because of the depth of the pool only children over twelve.
2. To encourage a responsible use of air conditioning, electric consumption above 30 kw per day will be charged (see below)
3. No smoking of any kind
4. Partying is strictly forbidden. No drugs or prostitution will be tolerated. Drugs, including Marijuana, are forbidden in Mexico. Any trace or notice of drug use will be reported to the police.
5. Guest takes full responsibility for any accidents, injuries, or illnesses that occur while on the house. The use the swimming pool is under the guest’s responsibility.
6. Guaranteed check in time is any time after 3pm. Check out time is anytime before 11:00 am. Please feel free to request an early check in or late check in advance.
Any guest who is still at the property after 1:30pm will be charged for an extra night
7. To be respectful of cleaners time and work, any extra cleaning work -if check out cleaning is delayed (after 12pm) or the house is left in a exceptionally messy state- will be charged $60 USD
8. Any keys lost will result in a $90 USD fine to cover the costs of replacements.
By booking at La Tropical , you agree to all of the above rules.

Additionally, please be informed of some choices around the house based on sustainability:
TEXTILES The bedroom does not have blackout curtains. Instead we favoured natural textiles: thick cotton curtains that allow for a natural wake up light.
POWER To encourage responsible use of air conditioning, guests are responsible for the electricity they consume over 30kw per day which will suffice with normal use.
Electricity is measured per kwh and the meter will be read at check-in and check-out to determine usage. Current rate is 2.4 Mexican pesos per kwh.
BUGS Mérida is in the middle of the Yucatán rainforest and enjoys a tropical climate. Our house is design to be as open to nature as possible. But nothing is without compromise. Mosquitos, scorpions, spiders and roaches are a natural occurrence. We fumigate for pest control on regular basis but insects are a fact of life.
Against mosquitoes there is a number of devices in the house including various non-toxic options -bed nets, repellent and CO2 traps.
Ants can be controlled through careful disposal of garbage
Scorpions in Yucatán are the black variety, its sting is not life-threatening. As a general rule, do not put your fingers or toes where you cannot see them. To be stung by a scorpion is a rare occurrence. If it happens, keep calm and search for medical assistance. Clínica Mérida is the closest hospital.
No parties or events

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