Truly paradise on the ocean with large pool and swim up bar stools.
Kelly and Tim King
About Kelly and Tim King
This is our first beach home and we love it so much. We are very excited to share our piece of Paradise with all of you.
Kelly and Tim King purchased this House in 2013
Why Kelly and Tim King chose Chelem
We had talked about where we wanted to retire and my husband wanted to check out Florida but I ask him if he would consider looking outside of the country and he said yes so we started in Lake Chapala which is near Guadalajara, MX. We liked it there but we didn't feel quite as safe as we did when we came to visit the Yucatan and we absolutely fell in love with the people and the quaint fishing village. The water is so beautiful and its a very peaceful feeling just sitting by the waters edge. Once in awhile we get some friendly iguanas hanging out on top of our walls surrounding the houses. I was there in July of this year (2014) with my brother and his new wife. They were walking along the beach back from Chelem and 3 dogs came running up to them. They got two of them to go away but one of the dogs stayed by them and followed them to our house and just kind of made herself comfortable and started protecting our property. Any time any people were walking on the beach she would get on the side of the pool and walk the length of it until the people were off of our property. We have decided to keep her. My brother Ken and his wife Tammy have named her Lucy. She is a wonderful addition to our Paradise.
What makes this House unique
When we first saw our property I was amazed at how large the lot was. The homes were not finished they were basically a shell for each house. They just had the foundation and walls which were made of cement and then we decided to renovate each home (two done at this time) up to North American Standards. The difference is amazing. I will put a book together to show how our progress has made it what it is today.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 11:30 am
SMOKING: Smoking is not allowed inside at all but
Minimum age of primary renter:25
If there are more than 6 people staying at the house then there will be a $10 fee for each guest over 6 people up to 10 people. This will be checked.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Beautiful beach home
We loved our stay at this lovely home. The property manager, Cherie, was excellent & was great at arranging travel options to get around the area. We went in to Progresso a few times and used their driver, Omar, for this. It is 100 pesos each way which is around $7.00/US. The house is much more beautiful than the pictures show and seemed larger. We loved the extra large deck that overlooked the water and spent most of our time here and in the pool. The pool was a little cool but we gradually made our way in. There was everything you needed in the kitchen area and the indoor/outdoor washroom is definitely a plus. The beach area is hit/miss daily...sometimes it is larger and less seaweed ....depends upon the tide. We did have a problem with the internet there and only got it restored the second last day. We hope to return in the future...was definitely a relaxing week!
Lovely home but would be a better rental if property management were closer and more knowledgeable to area....
I am sorry if you didn't think they were knowledgeable. They said you really didn't ask anything except for tours and they got you in touch with the gentlemen we work with. I will pass it along. Thanks for staying at our place.
Gem of a property on the Emerald Coast of Mexico
We truly enjoyed our two week stay at La Buena Vida. Kelly and Tim have provided everything you need to enjoy your time in this fantastic location. The kitchen is huge and well supplied with everything you need to prepare a simple breakfast or a gourmet dinner. We did both on several occasions. If your not up to preparing a meal there are many great local restaurants and loncherias. La Playa is a short walk away and we had an amazing meal there for a more than fair price. The ribeye steak prepared by Carlos was phenomenal, not your traditional Mexican steak, it was thick and tender and grilled to perfection.There are many choices in Chelem as well and we had several meals there with the locals, unbelievably cheap and fantastic flavorful food! We caught the collectivo (10 pesos/person) into Progreso several times and had a couple great meals there as well. Progreso is the place to go for major grocery/booze runs, or Chelem has a nice market, several fruit/veggie stands and a "liquor" store for wine, beer and the basic liquors.
Cheri and Brian, the property managers are fantastic and quick to reply to a "whatsapp", lol. We had no issues so we mostly contacted Cheri to call us a tuktuk to get a ride into Chelem or Chuburna, lol. A fun, cheap ride and you can catch them anywhere in town for the return trip, lol. They also helped us arrange a van/driver for a couple days of touring Mayan ruins and cenotes. Everything was great and the price was fair. Thanks guys, it was a pleasure meeting you!
We used Omar (Kelly's recommendation) for transportation to/from the airport (Cancun) and the ADO bus terminal in Merida. Punctual, fair price and a real nice guy, thanks Omar!!
We Ubered in and back from Merida several times. Great service and 300 to 400 pesos per trip. Super cheap for a 30 to 40 minute ride to El Centro. Ton's of things to see and do there.
Rented bikes the second week and rode around Chelem and Chuburna every day. Super friendly people, never felt threatened, always a big smile and an hola. We loved the place and the people!!
The new pool is amazing, chilling on the deck watching life in the gulf was awesome. Pelicans, dolphins, hummingbirds and of course local iguanas were daily visitors. Sunrises from the roof and sunsets from the deck or gulf were beautiful.
I could say much more but running out of characters, lol..
Kelly and Tim,
Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise! Truly a gem!!
Wow, I don't even know what to say! Thank you so much for such a wonderful review. It's great to see that you love the area as much as we do. Please come back anytime.
Lovely, comfortable oasis at the northern point.
This spacious home is a great place for 4 people to retreat from daily activities. While there is no real beach to speak of- here the house and patio are built right up to the ocean with easy, shallow, smooth sand access to the ocean. This is a sleepy small community with plenty of local places to eat and only 30 minutes from Merida for great museums, dining, art and culture. And the beds are comfy!
Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you come back.
Romantic and relaxing at La Buena Vida
What a great place! We had the most amazing experience. The house has everything you need, full kitchen, 2 & 1/2 baths (master bath has a huge walk in closet)lot of beach towels, washer & dryer, Netflix and good TV channels. Kelly made the house as comfortable as possible, very clean too.
The amazing pool, over looking the beach, is where we spent most of our time, especially during sunset. We watched many beautiful sunsets and had a few cocktails in the pool.
The restaurants in Chelem are good and cheap, must go to Tacomayafor breakfast, very good. Restaurants in Progreso are a little more expensive but still reasonably priced. We went to Crabster, #3 restaurant in Progreso, beautiful and new, the food is amazing ( please try the fried octopus!).
Well, we cant want to come back and I will recommend the Kings place to all my friends
It was wonderful having you stay at our place that we call paradise. We are excited that you want to come back and stay with us. You were wonderful renters.
Absolutely beautiful and an ideal place to relax
There were four of us staying at La Buena Vida, and it was spectacular. The large house is clean and inviting. The view of the water from every room and the huge patio was beautiful. There were so many details attended to like lights under the master bed and kitchen island. There are board games, a huge TV with plenty of satellite and Netflix options. The ocean breeze was truly everything it was said to be...perfect for staying very comfortable in the August heat. Everything was made available and explained well by Steve, the property manager, when we arrived on site. Kelly provided an excellent document of how to easily get around, places to visit, and suggestions for restaurants. My husband and I were visiting family that lives in Merida so we are already familiar with the general area and stayed put at the pool and beach the entire time, but we plan to utilize the suggestions for future visits. It is invaluable information for someone who has never been. The kitchen is well stocked with appliances, pans, etc. so we could easily prepare meals. Plenty of snorkeling masks were available to enjoy the clear emerald water just steps from the house. There are rocky areas where we could enjoy looking at the sea life including sting rays, starfish, puffer fish (a little family had a special spot), and a wide variety of other fish. The infinity pool is divine. Perfect to relax, hear the waves, and enjoy the beautify water. We already plan to come back to this wonderful house again. Thank you, Kelly and Tim, for a marvelous opportunity to enjoy your home.
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at La Buena Vida. It's also great to hear about the sea life that your saw. We will await your next visit to La Buena Vida.
Thanks for the kind words
Kelly and Tim
There is LIVE THEATER, SYMPHONY AND OPERA in Merida.
The town of Cuzama is known for the large number of cenotes found there. Especially unique is a tour that you can do in this area where you will visit three cenotes. If you go to the hacienda in Cuzama, you can hire a guide who will put you on a platform buggy pulled by horses along interesting paths through the surrounding countryside. The main cenotes are: Chelentun (laying down rock), Chansinic'che (tree with small ants) and Bolochoojol (nine drops of water). The Chelentun Cenote has incredibly blue and clear water, with excellent visibility. Stalactite and stalagmite formations add to its unique beauty. There is such beauty in the Cenotes.