Our stay at Casa Palmeras was a special time for our family. Since this is the first review on AirBnB, I will try to be thorough:
The first floor is an breezy open space with large sitting area, kitchen, and dining table - perfect for preparing a meal or playing a card or board game with family. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need, including coffee press and American style drip coffee maker, juice press, pots and pans, etc. There is a good breeze coming off the bay but there is also a powerful air conditioning unit for the first floor, should you need it.
The second floor is 2 bedrooms, each with their own attached bathroom. One bedroom has a king size bed, and the other has 2 queen/full (not sure) sized beds. Each bedroom has its own air conditioning unit.
The third floor was my favorite - it also has a king size bed and attached bathroom - it felt like sleeping in a tree house!
Each bedroom and kitchen has a several gallon water bottle set-up, so there's no need to bring a huge supply of bottled water.
The house's caretakers, Lupita and Josue, live in a separate house on-site, and are wonderful people! They refilled our water bottles, changed out our beach towels, kept the house tidy, and made us feel very comfortable and welcome. If you can, I recommend checking out Lupita's menu of food and paying her to cook rather than going out to dinner for an evening. We ordered her tostadas, fajitas, tacos, and fried bananas with ice cream for dessert. Everything was delicious and we had left overs for lunch the next day.
Few people were in the neighboring houses during our stay, so we felt like we had the entire bay to ourselves for much of our stay. The bay is a protected wildlife area: we saw sea turtles, manta rays, and lots of birds and fish. The reef is WONDERFUL for snorkeling - so bring your snorkel gear! The house is equipped with life vests and sea kayaks.
The house is close to some good restaurants - Oscar y Lalo's across the highway was our favorite restaurant meal (5-10 min drive), Sahara Cafe at the end of the road was good for seafood (5 min), and central Tulum is about a 15 minute drive away. There is a good grocery store in Puerto Aventura, a small convenience store 5 min away where you can get essentials, and another grocery in Tulum en route to the ruins where you can restock if needed.
The house is obviously a bit of a drive from the major airports, but we felt like it was worth it to get away from the resort crowds - we felt like we found our own private piece of paradise. Casa Palmeras had everything we needed for a relaxing, adventurous trip to Tulum. We'd highly recommend it for a friends or family get together.