El Arka - Conscious Design in the Zona Urbana, perfect for a retreat center!
El Arka is a labor of love by a couple who are passionate about using eco technologies in their daily lives, and encouraging others to do the same. The property was originally envisioned and operated as a home for an organic granola production facility, complete with living spaces for the family and workers. The business has been moved, and now this stunning property is awaiting the next dreamers!
Set on an idyllic half hectaria of land in the Zona Urbana outside Puerto Morelos, this property offers a peaceful, private retreat away from the outside world, while still being just minutes away from the Caribbean Sea. Beautiful tropical trees and plants remain in their natural habitat and tropical birdsong fills the air.
The structure is large - over 5000 square feet - and is now set up with 3 apartments containing a total of 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The three apartments are full of light and air and each has a kitchen and bathroom. Furnishings are minimal and the invitation to indoor/outdoor living is everywhere via balconies and patios. It is clear they were all designed to honor the beautiful natural environment surrounding the home.
The rooftop of El Arka is a destination unto itself. Once you arrive, you'll never want to go back down! You'll be mesmerized by 360 degree views of the incredible jungle around you, enchanted by the birdsong and delighted by the monkeys playing in the distance. It's truly magic. The rooftop is perfect for group activities with wide open spaces, but was also designed to support a pool and/or jacuzzi if that's more your speed. There's also a sweet gazebo-like structure with seating offering you a comfortable spot to take in the views.
There are 3 rainwater collection areas, a well for fresh spring water, a three phase water filtration system and a septic system. The property is on the electric grid now, but the roof is set up to host a solar panel system sufficient to power the entire property. One of the most interesting features of the property is a system of open skylights designed to capture and funnel wind throughout the home - resulting in a nice fresh breeze all the time! This will cut down on the use of AC and the natural light throughout the house is wonderful.
The possibilities with this property are endless.... yoga retreat center, writer's retreat center, temezcal/health retreat... really anything you can dream of that would need a beautiful, peaceful natural environment with a beautifully designed structure. The property is a natural for a retreat center - with a large open space on the first level for group activities, separate living spaces, a beautiful rooftop deck big enough for group activities and plenty of land to either built other casitas, or put in a pool, temezcal, gardens, outdoor living spaces - you name it! It's difficult to describe and difficult to capture the essence in photographs, you've got to come visit!
El Arka is located just west of the seaside village of Puerto Morelos in an area called the Zona Urbana. This area is primarily residential, with stunning properties on large plots of land. Construction density is very low, and the natural environment is celebrated and protected. While it may feel remote, the reality is that you are just a 5 minute drive away from shopping, restaurants and village life, less than 10 minutes away from the Caribbean Sea and less than 30 minutes away from Cancun International Airport.