WELCOME TO ABBEY DEL SOL
Abbey Del Sol is Puerto Morelos Mexico's destination for peace and tranquility! We offer lovely rental houses, apartments, and hotel rooms, among which you are sure to find your ideal home away from home. Come enjoy our beautiful beaches, charming accommodations, and the relaxed small town atmosphere of Puerto Morelos.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
Guests often ask us “How did you get started with this business?” Tiff and I ask ourselves the same thing: how did this happen? If you asked either of us ten years ago, “What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?” running a vacation rental business in Mexico wouldn’t have been on the list. In fact, Mexico wasn’t on our list of vacation destinations, and we’d never heard of Puerto Morelos before.
In the winter of 2003 a good friend of ours suggested we rent their vacation home in Mexico. “Where in Mexico?” Abby asked. “Oh, south of Cancun.” Abby’s answer was the same as many of our guests, “Cancun? Can’t stand Cancun.” “Oh no,” our friend said, “Puerto Morelos isn’t like Cancun at all. You’ve got to try it.” So we did.
It is amazing where a simple “yes” can lead you. We arrived in Puerto Morelos and fell in love with the quaint little town. Five days into the vacation, Tiff was out looking for a retirement home to buy. We’ve heard this story from many others. The town captures your heart in a way that makes it feel like home right away. We bought La Buena Vida Suites (formerly Abbey del Sol One- although the house had no name when we bought it) on the last day of our vacation with only the idea of having a second home and a comfy place to retire. Watch out where that fork in the road can lead you!
For the first two years we rolled along happily renting our two upstairs apartments to friends and family. Abby, being Abby, started remodeling and redecorating. Tiff and Jin got the idea to add an apartment above Jin’s house. Four years down the road we found our three apartments full all the time and two of the property owners in town that Jin did side jobs for asked us if we would consider managing their properties. Casa Ricardo and Casa Anita were added to the team. We hired Jin’s brother Freddy as our assistant manager (being big believers in family run businesses.). Soon those properties were getting full too.
In 2007 the owners of a boutique hotel just down the street came to see if we would manage their property. We said no, but Tiff, being the visionary he is, said, “We’ll buy it.” The boutique hotel concept had been a disaster so Abby and Jin “Abbeyized” the property which became Abbey del Sol Two, (now just Abbey del Sol.)
Oh, and about that retirement plan? Well Tiff retired in January 2010 and now works full time as our booking agent, tour director and all around Great Guy on Campus. That fork in the road has lead us to the most enjoyable “retirement” (read “full time job”) you could ever ask for, and we love sharing it with all the new friends who have come our way.
HOW DID ABBEY DEL SOL GET ITS NAME?
A friend suggested it as a play on Abby’s name. Abbey del Sol, “The Abbey of the Sun,” just seems to sum up the warmth we strive to share with our guests.
Tiff Worley & Abby Walker (Owners)