Touring around Sin Duda Villas, we felt like we were visiting a friend’s beach house – a friend who isn’t afraid of their house showing a little personality. Sin Duda Villas was comfortable and casual, with colorful paint, unique décor, and fully stocked in-room bookshelves. The layout of the property was intriguing, with twisting staircases, multiple rooftop patios, and plenty of balconies. Looking out from Sin Duda Villas, we could see palapa roofs shading loungers on the sand with the Caribbean Sea beyond.
Essential Highlights of Sin Duda Villas
- Winner of TripAdvisor’s 2015 and 2016 Traveler’s Choice Award
- Rated the 2016 TripAdvisor #1 B&B / Inn in Xcalak
- Rated #18 on TripAdvisor’s Top B&Bs / Inns in Mexico
- Fully equipped kitchen, shared kitchen, or kitchenette for every room
- Multiple rooftop patios
- Nightly margarita hour by the fire pit
- Extensive library
- Owners have people-friendly dogs and cats
- Families welcome
Drone photos by Marlon Krieger Photography
How’s the location of Sin Duda Villas?
Located 8 km up the beach road from the town of Xcalak, the main building is beachside while a smaller apartment sits across the road. You’ll know you’re at Sin Duda Villas when you find yourself surrounded by colorful walls, beach art, decorative flower pots, and artisanal tiles.
With thick jungle surrounding the property you won’t notice the adjacent hotels (unless you look for them from the rooftop patio). Without effort, you can make Sin Duda Villas feel like your very own beach retreat.
What are the rooms like at Sin Duda Villas?
Rooms at Sin Duda Villas are each different in their own quirky way, with custom artwork, layouts, and colors. Rooms come with either a full kitchen, shared kitchen, or a kitchenette for preparing your own food. The provided breakfast includes yogurt and homemade granola (made with coconuts from the property!).
Artistic details make the rooms at Sin Duda Villas feel cozy and personal. Speaking of personal, this is a place where you can be as social or independent as you like. To keep things quiet, relax by yourself on the private balconies or rooftop nooks. Get to know other guests by hanging out on the loungers by the beach, playing a board game in the shared kitchen/library, or imbibing at the popular nightly happy hour.
The large suites in the beachside building come with a full kitchen and balcony. Double rooms at Sin Duda Villas feature a shared kitchen – there are upstairs doubles with balconies, and a lower double with a covered patio.
The studio apartment across the beach road features an upper and a lower suite, each with a kitchenette. The upper suite has a well-designed compact layout and a large balcony. The lower suite (available by special request only) is more compact and intended for visitors on a tight budget. Both suites allow you to relax in privacy surrounded by the jungle.
What’s special about Sin Duda Villas?
First, the unique décor and layout make Sin Duda Villas special. Then there’s the rooftop access – guests can enjoy the sun or the stars on two large rooftop patios with loungers or on the smaller lagoon-facing rooftop nook.
Families are welcome at Sin Duda Villas – they’ve got plenty of beach toys, a range of small sized snorkel equipment, and 60 m of beachfront for everyone to discover and explore.
The owners of Sin Duda Villas love pets, and you’ll see their two friendly dogs and chill beach cats roaming the property. You’re even likely to run into an iguana or two enjoying the sun on the rooftop (can you blame them?).
Out back of the hotel is a short path to the lagoon, with a dock and two kayaks for guests to use. Fish or birdwatch on the still lagoon waters or explore the mangrove forest. Tip: don’t forget bug repellent when spending time on the lagoon.
Listen for the nightly cowbell which signals margarita hour by the fire pit. Enjoy the company of other guests, chat up the owners, or take a glass to the rooftop to enjoy the sunset.
What’s included when staying at Sin Duda Villas?
A stay at Sin Duda Villas includes breakfast, as well as the use of snorkel gear and kayaks. There are two bicycles for guest use – ride them up and down the beach road for exercise or to satisfy your curiosity.
Under the shade of a palapa roof, relax beachside in a hammock or on the covered loungers. Erase your tan lines on the rooftop patio, or enjoy your own private balcony.
- All rooms at Sin Duda Villas have fast Wi-Fi access
- Purified drinking water included in every room
- Nightly margarita hour (special secret recipe)
- Personal safe in every room
- Daily cleaning service
- Extensive library with English (and some German) books
What’s the story behind Sin Duda Villas?
Built in 1998, Sin Duda Villas was designed by an artist-architect who had a vision for a welcoming place where guests could enjoy the beach, the jungle, and eclectic artwork all in one place. He had no doubts about Xcalak being the right place to be, and named his dream Sin Duda (“no doubt” in Spanish). When Dave and Lesley Buckerfield arrived as guests from the Northwest Territories (near Alaska), they started their love story with the beachside property.
After visiting as guests for years, Dave and Lesley became friends with the owner and got serious about their relationship with Sin Duda. For three years they took care of the hotel, and in 2013 they went a step further and bought the property.
Since then, they’ve not only maintained but made improvements to Sin Duda Villas, with new paint, decorations, updated Wi-Fi, and a new generator. Today they live at Sin Duda Villas full time. They couldn’t be happier, and it shows.