When we were planning our trip to Mexico, we started looking at places to rent other than hotels, so that we could save some money and spend some days going on road trips. When you plan time for road trips, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend money on an all-inclusive. There are so many hotels and rentals, which can be overwhelming. We finally decided on a condo in Aldea Zama through AirBNB. Aldea Zama is a large area with condos, many currently under construction. Our specific rental was in the Natura section, unit #302.
Getting there is fairly easy, and we used the directions provided plus Google Maps. You head down to Tulum (about 2 hours south of Cancun), and make a left at the main intersection on Avenue Coba. Not far up there is Pemex gas station, and then you bear right into the Aldea Zama road.
Each section has it’s own front gate, and I believe the Natura entrance was the second on the right. Each time we went in or out, we checked in with the guard.
When we first arrived, we checked in with our host, and the kids couldn’t wait to take a dip in the pool! You can see the balcony of our rental on the upper left.
Our condo had everything we needed, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, and living room areas. Plus, several balconies and a rooftop patio with jacuzzi.
The master bedroom was very comfortable, with its own balcony and an attached master bathroom.
The kids loved their room, with two beds, soft blankets, and lots of storage.
We enjoyed using the full sized kitchen, and saved money by shopping down the street at Chedraui (a nice grocery store) instead of always eating out. We kept a lot of drinks and breakfast items (like smoothies and yogurts) in the fridge. The kitchen is stocked with essentials, including plenty of dishes, utensils, serving dishes, and more.
The view from our third-floor balcony, overlooking the pool.
The patio area was a nice place to hang out, with a beautiful patio set and jacuzzi. We had some issues getting the water hot enough in the jacuzzi, but we it wasn’t a big deal because we were usually hanging out at the beach nearby and doing other activities.
It was nice to enjoy the view from the balcony in the morning.
We went in late November, and while evenings got a little chilly, the kids still couldn’t resist going for an evening swim.
It was very helpful that our unit had a washer and dryer. We were able to keep up with laundry and also weren’t stuck with wet towels and swimwear from all our adventures. There was laundry detergent and cleaning supplies as well. It was nice that other essentials were stocked too – dish soap, shampoo, soap.
We felt very safe at Aldea Zama, and there were no issues with noise or security.
Our hosts were thoughtful, and left out some kid’s games for us! There were also some DVDs, magazines, and brochures in the unit.
Some minor things I would change: hot water did not last very long (it is tough when a family of 4 comes home and everyone wants to shower!), the safe did not fit our laptops, Wifi was a bit slow, and the parking lot was very compact.
We spent our days doing road trips (see below), including a full afternoon in the town of Tulum, exploring and shopping. Another great thing was how communicative the rental hosts were. Lorena and Diego helped us with any questions or advice, for example, the suggestion to visit the Zazil Kin beach in Tulum (which was incredible!).
We stayed 5 nights in the end of November and paid just over $100 a night. Definitely a great price for a great place!
Check out our specific rental at AirBNB here.
(Note that other units are owned by other people).
You can view more photos on the AirBNB page (including the washer/dryer, bathrooms, etc.
Some of our related reviews:
Avant Car Rental, Cancun (we highly recommend!)
Cenotes Casa Tortuga, Tulum (about 20 minutes north from Aldea Zama – great place to swim!)
Coba Ruins, Coba (approx. 45 minutes from Aldea Zama)
Fiesta Americana Villas, Cancun
Muyil Ruins, Tulum (about 20 minutes south of Aldea Zama)
Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen
Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, near Coba
Xcaret, Playa del Carmen (approx. 45 minutes north)
Yal Ku Lagoon, Akumal (approx. 35 minutes north)
Zazil Kin Beach, Tulum (fantastic beach nearby, approx. 10 minute drive)