Casa Carmelina is a very private Mexican Colonial-style house with ocean views, located 150 yards from the beach and is one mile south of the town of Puerto Vallarta in the Conchas Chinas neighborhood, making it an easy walk to town via the beach or coastal road.
Casa Carmelina has four bedrooms with king sized beds, all opening onto the large terrace where the tiled pool is located. There are four and one half bathrooms. It is ideal for up to eight people. The house has marble and tile floors throughout and it has approximately 5000 square feet of total living space. It has a fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room, and bar area. The house has open ventilation, and each bedroom has a ceiling fan, no air conditioning. The house has cable TV with English channels, VCR, DVD CD and stereo.
The staff of three is what keeps satisfied customers coming back! Lucio does the shopping, cooking, and everything else you could imagine. Margarita cleans the whole house everyday, changes the linen, and helps in the meal service and general happiness of the guests. The price of the rental includes their services, preparation of two meals per day plus afternoon appetizers (Botanas), six days per week (Sundays off). At the end of the stay, the guests are presented with a detailed bill from the store(s) of the food and beverage cost for payment. The quality preparation of the food along with the modest cost of the fresh ingredients makes staying at Casa Carmelina a bargain when compared to the alternative cost of eating at restaurants is taken into consideration. Staff tips are up to the guests and are much appreciated.
Keep in mind that check-in is at 3:00 PM and check out is at 12:00 noon. This can be flexible if other guests are not checking in or out on the same day.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Casa Carmelina, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Deb and I just wanted to send a personal thank you for allowing our family to utilize Casa Carmelina as the setting for our daughter's wedding on January 5. Our time at Casa Carmelina was extraordinary, and Lindsey commented that it was the wedding of her dreams.
Poolside became our sanctuary, and a flight of pelicans encircled the altar as Lindsey and Jason said their vows--and our photographer even caught that moment on film!!! The house was just wonderful, and Margarita and Olivia kept it and the grounds spotless.
As extraordinary as the house was--it was Lucio, Margarita, and Olivia who made our experience unforgettable. We cannot say enough about their hospitality, their kindness, and their attention to meeting our every need. Also, how do I say this? My step-dad is a high maintenance person, but Lucio, Margarita, and Olivia never batted an eye, and met his demands with seeming ease--they must be saints!
The food was fabulous, and I would recommend Lucio's cooking to anyone. Olivia was so engaging, and she was bound and determined that I would be able to communicate with her in Spanish--what a good teacher. Margarita was everywhere, and really paid attention to the details in our rooms. Lucio went above and beyond and took care of everything--from various illnesses, to taxi reservations, and even saw to the wedding cake. We had things almost before we asked for them. Kelly, you are blessed with a superb staff!
We feel so blessed to have enjoyed Casa Carmelina for our daughter's special event. It will exist in our memories forever--however Deb and I hope to book it again with some special friends. We know it will be a class experience for everyone. Thanks again for all that you did for our family.
Dan and Deb Austin
I stayed at Casa Carmelina with a group of friends. It was a perfect vacation. For those of us who wanted to explore, we could easily head off on adventures. Others preferred to stay by the pool and relax or go to the beach. The rooms are all very nice and there is more than enough space for four couples to feel at ease. The best part of our stay was Lucio, Olivia and Margarita. They are warm, welcoming and prepare wonderful meals with love. We had just about all of our breakfasts and dinners at the casa because their food was so good. The pictures and description on the listing give an accurate sense of the location. It is very private and yet close to town.
The property is spotless and extremely well maintained. I recommend this property highly.
Casa Carmelina is located in the upscale section called the "Beverly Hills" of Puerto Vallarta,
It is in the Conchas China and we were able to walk to town, going into town is easy and down hill, but late at night I recommend taking a taxi.
Casa Carmelina has four beautiful bedrooms with the king sized beds were very comfortable. There is a nice tiled pool. the house has filtered water.
It is great place for 4 couples to hang out, playm take day trips, and still come back home to a full service dinner that has been prepared for you. The house is spotless, super clean with marble and tile floors and a huge open air living space.
It has a great kitchen but we didn't have to cook :-) beautiful living room, dining room and it even has a great bar. Lots of room to roam and dance and have privacy as well as together time, never feel crowded.
With the ventilation, and ceiling fans, we really didn't feel the need for air conditioning.
We danced a lot, with a great sound system to plugin our ipod.
There is an ocean view. It is not ocean front, but a short walk to the beach and you can swim and snorkel nearby.
The house comes with 3 staff members, they cooked and cleaned, made the beds and and tended to our every need.
We learned that Lucio has been with the house for many years, he treated us like royalty.
He took us to the fish market one day so we could pick out our own fish.
He is an amazing cook, ask him for his signature barbecued ribs with his secret sauce....yum.
The staff cooked and cleaned and pampered us. They gave us the receipts for great fresh ingredients that they bought daily, it was all very reasonable.
We felt good about leaving a generous tip, because the service was so good and we saved a lot of money by not going to restaurants.
The decrition is accurate and actually better in person. we took day trips by bus and one day went to Yelapa.
We are going back again this year.
Casa Carmelina has wonderful old world charm. I loved the stone, wood and tile work and the huge arched doorways that were always open to the ocean breezes. The staff is amazing--warm, gentle, gracious. They will make you feel at home. Plenty of wonderful food choices and we even got to go to the fish market and choose our own seafood. Each room in unique, has it's own bathroom and all open with huge windows or doors to the outside. The "master suite" has an amazing tile bath/shower and a wonderful balcony overlooking the pool and ocean in the distance. Plenty of common space. The ambience is special and pulls you into slowing down while you are here. Magical!
Muchas Gracias. We had a great time for my 50th birthday. The house is just as described. The pool a welcome dip in the afternoon after walking the town and parasailing. The cooking, delicious, we loved eating in so much (and very reasonable cost!!!). Plenty of room for everyone to relax and not feel crowded. Lucio, Ramona y Margarita took care of everything wonderfully. Four couples of 50+ year olds enjoyed 7 nights of paradise. Easy walk to the beach, Daquiri Dick's is a wonderful restaraunt. Such a treat to have desaunyos ready each morning...chilequiles and chile rellenos to die for...the BEST fresh orange juice and fresh fruit ever!!! If Kelly will have us, we'd love to make this a yearly Birthday treat for me!! Remember to haggle the price of goods in the PV stores to get 25-40% off stated prices.
The time we spent at Casa Carmelina is still a memorable imprint on my families lives. My teenage children still talk about what a great time we had and keep asking Dad when are we going back. Aside from a beautiful home, Lucio, Olivia, and Margerita were the key people who made this vacation unforgettable. If you are thinking twice about going, don't....this is the place you want to stay for a vacation of a life time.
Dear Kelly, Lucio, & Margarita, I've just made
reservations for Casa Carmelina, again, for the 6th
time! In the interim, my group was larger & we
stayed at an adjaent villa, but am delited to say our
return to Casa Carmelina will be like going home.
Muchas gracias for all the care, help, & fun we're
liooking forward to! Best, Jinni Konis