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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Private Oceanfront Jungle Paradise, Lo de Marcos

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Speaks: english
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Private Oceanfront Jungle Paradise, Lo de Marcos

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

Overview

Lo De Marcos House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Mar al Cielo is a private oceanfront vacation retreat near Lo de Marcos on 4.4 hectares (11 acres) of secluded jungle and beachfront paradise with accommodation just for two. Just a 50 minute drive north of Puerto Vallarta and 5 minutes from Lo de Marcos, it is easy to get to yet a world away. Unlike other oceanfront rentals, here at Mar al Cielo you alone are privileged to intimate interactions with nature and wildlife while being surrounded by unsurpassed serene beauty, secluded beaches, and pristine jungle preserved and maintained as a natural reserve. Mar al Cielo has over 2 kilometers of private groomed jungle walking trails for guests that seek to explore the truly wild places that remain.

Wake up to the sounds of exotic birds and the breeze rustling the palms. Come sit at the Oceanfront Palapa Lounge to gaze at flocks of sea birds, parrots and eagles sailing by. Dream of whale watching in Mexico? At Mar al Cielo you can see and hear giant whales splash and breach just a short distance in front of you as you relax or swing in your hammock. Explore the trails and discover the wonders of this rare and precious habitat. Mar al Cielo is perfect for birdwatching...how many of the more than 300 listed bird species in this area can you identify? Stroll down to the secluded beach or climb the hilltop path to see spectacular ocean and jungle views while capturing glimpses of armadillos or coatimundis just wandering by. Picnic on the beach, swim in the ocean, enjoy sunset dining at the Oceanfront Palapa Lounge or simply just relax and enjoy your surroundings while you gaze at the stars soaking in the outdoor bath.

Accommodations at Mar al Cielo are unique and luxurious, drawing on regional architecture, design motifs, materials and artwork. Casa Mar al Cielo is a self-contained home with terraces on two levels, fully equipped kitchen, 1-bedroom with king size bed and lush cotton linens with private outdoor shower and bath. Enjoy amazing views from every angle of beaches, ocean, mountains, tropical jungle and more stars than you could ever imagine!

Here at Mar al Cielo we are strongly committed to protecting our rare and precious bit of oceanfront paradise and to contributing in a positive way to the nearby community. Guests are encouraged to speak the language, savor the food and enjoy the beauty of Mexican living. Come to immerse yourself in a world where privacy, nature and relaxation become your reality.

To get to Mar al Cielo you can easily rent a car from the airport in Puerto Vallarta or we can arrange to have an Airport pick up and return trip (including a grocery stop on the way in). Daily or weekly car rentals are also available from Lo de Marcos. Taxis are available in Lo de Marcos and on request.

Keywords: Private Oceanfront Vacation Rental, Beachfront Vacation Rental, Eco Retreat, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Wildlife Watching, Mexico Oceanfront Rental, Yoga Retreat, Lo de Marcos Oceanfront Vacation Rental

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Owner
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2015

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 19 traveler reviews

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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Private Oceanfront Jungle Paradise, Lo de Marcos
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
5

Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a solo trip to Mexico and stayed 6nights at Mar al Cielo. There was a topical storm during my stay so it rained a lot, but I would return in a heartbeat. Even with the weather mid-week, I managed to get out kayaking (around to the next deserted, incredibly beautiful beach), went hiking on their trails to enjoy a stunning view of the surrounding area and checked out the friendly town of Lo de Marcos and had a great meal on the beach there. During the storm I watched and listening to the waves pound the beach below and was mesmerized by the power of the surf. The next day I was swimming in the warm waters:)

Jodi and Carlos are wonderful and friendly hosts, and were there exactly as much as I needed them with advice about the surrounding area. The groundskeeper Raul come a couple times during the week at a specified time (which is flexible) and rings a bell at the bottom of the path to make sure it's ok to come up. Privacy is assured in your little aerie in the Mexican jungle.

I cannot recommend this property highly enough, though like other reviewers, I worry that it means it won't be available next time I want to visit! Thanks again to Jodi and Carlos for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the privacy and the nature of Mar al Cielo. Thank you so much for your visit and look forward to seeing you again! … Saludos!
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
5

HIDDEN GEM

  • 5 of 5

We spent 11 nights at Mar Al Cielo and it was absolutely wonderful. As the other reviewers have noted, it was a very peaceful, secluded, relaxing retreat from our everyday lives. We were often gone during the afternoon as we had friends staying nearby however, we always tried to get back to our jungle oasis to watch the sunset from the palapas "living room". If you rent a vehicle I recommend a 4WD as the driveway was a bit of a challenge for the car we had. Waking up to the sounds of the birds and going to sleep with the lights of the shrimp trawlers out on the ocean were two of my favorite parts. We were also fortunate to have a lot of whale activity right out front during our stay. Jodie and Carlos are gracious hosts and Raul was always willing to help. The property was always clean and well maintained. We enjoy making our own meals and the kitchen was well equipped to allow for this. We did take a walk down the path and beach to the restaurant Kenia one night but we arrived at 5pm and they were closing at 5:30pm so you may want to check on hours beforehand. Be sure to visit the local bakery for the buns and sweets.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are happy you found Mar al Cielo to be your peaceful, secluded and relaxing retreat and are glad the whales put on a good show for you! For small rental cars with a low wheelbase, the driveway and small town roads of compact cobblestone are a little bumpy and require some careful navigation. However, all of our service vehicles, including taxis are only 2wheel drive. A vehicle with a slightly higher wheelbase is a good choice and each year we do work at smoothing out the bumps. Thank you and we hope to see you again!
5

What a magical vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just returned from a 9 day stay at Mar Al Cielo and I must say that it was one of the most sublime experiences! Imagine total quiet & serenity only interrupted by the sounds of surf, birds and warm breezes rustling the abundant palm fronds. The bedroom is so cozy and spacious just steps away from the outdoor shower and huge bathtub. (The toilet is enclosed on 3 sides but open to dense jungle views - absolutely the best:) The Palapa area is a one minute stroll - sofas, dining table, fridge, hammocks with glorious ocean views and the occasional Humpback Whale performance. It's a short hike down to the beach which is really private - the water is so warm. Best of all, there's a local & intimate beachfront restaurant, Kenia which is operated by a lovely guy named Lilo - fresh seafood is abundant but start off with freshly baked corn chips (served warm) with the incredibly tasty lime-seasoned salsa & guacamole.

Hated to leave but dream about our return next winter.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed the nature and serenity of Mar al Cielo. We look forward to your return!
Ahuacapán, Jalisco, México
5

¡INOLVIDABLE! ¡CELESTIAL!

  • 5 of 5

Experiencia única de retiro, serenidad y contacto con la naturaleza, ideal para escapar de la vida estresante y relajarnos. Maravillosa vista al océano desde en medio de la selva. Pudimos observar y escuchar un sinnúmero de aves exóticas, vimos ballenas y pequeños mamíferos… Caminamos por senderos entre plantas exuberantes…

Las instalaciones son bellas y confortables... con un toque salvaje y romántico.

La atención de Jodi y Carlos… ¡celestial!

Pronto volveremos a este lugar paradisíaco.

¡Gracias!

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

unique outdoor living at its best

  • 5 of 5

A quick review of vrbo properties of the area highlighted this wonderful property.Our booking was done only a week before our flight.And we are sooo glad Mar Al Cielo (MAC)was available. It had/has everything we are looking for a quiet, secluded, private, beach getaway.Jodi was our email contact and everything went smoothly.We opted for and recommend the airport shuttle (one way) with a grocery stop at either Mega or Walmart to MAC.As Lo de Marcos has very little selection for quality fresh foods.But very nice restaurants. About 35 minutes walk from MAC, which we did 2-3 times.

What can we say that hasn't already been said about Mar Al Cielo.It is a great place for privacy and not being around resort crowds.With the outdoor kitchen, living room, toilet, shower and tub, it's a little like camping but with lots of space and comfort. For us, we particularly loved the outdoor shower and tub.The screened windows and doorway for bedroom keeps out the bugs while listening to nature sounds of birds, crickets and distant soothing surfs.The bed is quite comfortable.There is a tv, dvd player and movies are supplied, but most are Spanish .

The lower palapa is wonderful to relax.From the pictures there is a "beach", chairs for reading and sun tanning. Hammocks to nap on.A small fridge to keep yourself hydrated and fed.Binoculars are supplied for whale watching.

Access to the beach is 5-10 minute "hike". It is steep in places and a little tricky at the bottom.Once there a virtual private beach awaits you.To the right is a 400 m (yd) sandy beach,then another 10 minutes takes to you a small beach side restaurant for very nice meals.If you want an even more private beach, go left.This requires a bit of rock scrambling with footwear.This beach is the best.Over 7 days, we encountered only 1 only person walking through.We were C.O. tanning several hours most afternoons (no sun til 2pm).And each day seemed to have different waves and tides.The water was walk-in comfort.Recommend water shoes due to underwater rocks.And an umbrella from MAC for shade.

Gorgeous sunsets almost every night,about 730 pm, are best viewed from the lower palapa.On 2 occasions after 9pm, we spotted flashing lights on the nearby steep hillsides.It was so strange seeing these bright bursts of light.Turns out the light source is from a firefly!!

We'd like to thank Jodi & Carlos for their great hospitality and sharing their piece of paradise

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are glad you found the quiet, secluded, private, beach getaway you were looking for at Mar al Cielo. The beaches can be accessed by Mar al Cielo’s private path or by walking down our driveway through the palms. Thank you again for your visit to Mar al Cielo.
Los Angeles
5

Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I just returned from a wonderful 9-night stay at Mar al Cielo. We were seeking tranquility, which is exactly what we found. Jodi & Carlos are wonderful people who take great pride in looking after both the property and their guests. From the moment we arrived at Mar al Cielo, we were completely captivated by the breathtaking ocean views --- the extent and beauty of which truly cannot be captured in a photograph. We found the house to be absolutely perfect ---extremely private and enchantingly tucked into a lush jungle hillside surrounded by nature and the most spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. A lovely young man called Raoul came every other day to clean and on those mornings we took advantage of his delicious breakfast deliveries of fresh tropical fruit & pan dulce cooked by his wife (for a small extra charge). Days were spent looking out to sea for dolphins & whales, reading a book on a hammock under the palapa, having a fantastic massage from their visiting therapist, exploring the surrounding hiking trails or taking a stroll down to the local beach restaurant for lunch. Every evening we were greeted with the most spectacular sunset views. We also visited a few good local restaurants or cooked fresh fish of the day under the stars in our jungle kitchen. We decided not to rent a vehicle on this trip to Mexico which we didn’t find to be a problem as Jodi & Carlos were always happy to organize a taxi ride for us and we even walked into the village a couple of times. Thank you Jodi & Carlos --- we very much enjoyed our time with you and are already planning our next visit!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for your visit and your thoughtful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time here and found the tranquility you were looking for. We look forward to your return. … P.S. the armadillos say “Hi!”

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Bird Watching, Professional Bird Guide Available, Whale Watching, Beach Lounging, Turtle Release Expeditions, Yoga, Professional Yoga Instructor Available, Snorkel Gear Available

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Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Lo De Marcos House Rental Rates

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Christmas season
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 10 2016
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,750
 
 
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2 night minimum stay
$200
$1,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Notes 50% Deposit required to confirm reservations. If arrival is less than 30 days in advance - balance due within 7 days of booking. If arrival is greater than 30 days in advance - balance due within 30 days of booking. Paypal & Interac-e Transfer accepted.
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Amenities

Lo De Marcos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
General:
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Outdoor Shower and Bath (total privacy) with ocean view
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed (1) with sitting terrace and ocean view
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Private Gated Property, Secluded Beach, 2 km of Private Jungle Walking Trails, Professional Bird Guide Available, Oceanfront Massage and Spa Services, Grocery Shopping Service Available, Jungle Room Service - Restaurant Food Delivery, Chef Available; Taxi Service; Airport Transportation Available

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