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Private, Quiet, Secluded Villa -Panoramic Sea Views- South End

Dan and Michelle Gillette

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Dan and Michelle Gillette

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015
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Private, Quiet, Secluded Villa -Panoramic Sea Views- South End

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Isla Mujeres Villa Rental Photos and Description

Colorful, Modern, 2 BR 3 BA Secluded Villa on Tropical Island

Casa De Mariposas is one of the most private, quiet, colorful Villas on the Island paradise of Isla Mujeres. Off the main road on a barely known road , its away from traffic noise.The villa has two main bedrooms with private bathrooms and queen sized beds and two double sofa beds in the living room. It sleeps six but is most suitable for groups of four. The main bedrooms are on the ground floor, adjacent to the pool , and the upper floors have two open air dining terraces, spacious living room, guest bathroom, kitchen and very private roof top terrace with a Mayan wood shaded pergola. The villa enjoys wonderful views of sunrise over the Caribbean sea and sunset over the Cancun skyline. Great attention to detail has been paid throughout the villa in order to make it a peaceful getaway. The decor is cool and calming and there are original artworks and fine linens to enhance your stay. Its your perfect Island retreat.

The location is quiet and somewhat remote, yet you are only minutes from the amenities of Garrafon Park, fine dining at superior restaurants or the luxuries of the Casa De Los Suenos Spa.

Casa De Mariposas is a true tropical getaway that can be all yours to enjoy with those you want to share it with.

Full kitchen with oven and stove, fridge freezer, microwave, coffee machine, blender, toaster, sandwich maker and crockery and cutlery for six.

Pool, Air conditioning.

Two flat screen televisions, two DVD players, DVD library, Stereo CD/Radio/MP3 system with CDs,WIFI Internet.

Hammock, fine linens, all towels provided, weekly maid service (additional on request - additional cost), chef (available on request - additional cost), hand made soaps and toiletries in all bathrooms.

Casa de Mariposas has an English speaking agent on the island to handle any requests and assist in booking excursions.

Within easy reach of Casa de Mariposas are fine snorkeling opportunities, the activities of Garrafon Park, scenic walks to the Mayan ruins and along the Caribbean coast.

There are several scuba dive centres on the island with daily trips to Manchones Reef, the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks and Cross of the Bay.

Bicycles are readily available to rent and are a great way to tour the island. For the less energetic the common form of transport is the golf cart - these are great fun and can be rented for $50 a day.

Area: Casa de Mariposas is located at the quiet and scenic south end of Isla Mujeres, a gem of an island in the Caribbean sea just a few miles by ferry from Cancun and the Yucatan mainland.

Originally a sacred site to the worship of the fertility Goddess Ixchel, there are still temple remains close to the villa.

Getting to Isla is easy with a fast ferry to the mainland and various transfer options from Cancun airport.

If you require we can arrange transfers for you at an additional cost.

The beaches of Isla have two different characters. The North and West beaches are shallow with white coral sand and very safe for bathing. The eastern coastline is more rugged with curling Caribbean swells and are ideal for walking and shelling.

Isla is known for it's laid back approach to life. Visitors to the island are independent and individual and making new friends is one of the joys of the island.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Dan and Michelle Gillette (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2015

About Dan and Michelle Gillette

Michelle and I 'stumbled' upon Isla Mujeres in February of 2005. Well, it was 'love at first sight'. Upon our return to our home town of Madison, WI we began a search for our vacation home. Within a few weeks we returned with our 3 week daughter, Bella, and bought our Island home. Over the last few years we have become immersed in the wonderful culture of the island and made many new friends. We've become active with the La Gloria English school that helps local people learn functional English, to help them obtain better paying work and to improve their standard of living. Having Isla as a second home has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of our lives. We hope if you choose to share our home, you enjoy the Island as much as we do.

Dan and Michelle Gillette purchased this villa in 2005

Why Dan and Michelle Gillette chose Isla Mujeres

Islas wonderful local people and their exceptional culture make this a wonderful place to spend our 'down time'. International cuisine and top notch local food offer so many choices for relaxing meals. Being a few steps from the ocean no matter where you are on Isla makes for a unique experience for ocean lovers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Over the years I have stayed in many places on Isla. The casa was the most americanized and up to date yet. lights every where, fans and A/C worked great. It was really nice to open up from your bedroom to the beautiful pool. The bedrooms are separated by the entry way giving complete privacy. Feel secure and private with the eight foot wall all the way around the place. Mexico is always noisy....not at the house of the butterfly....not a sound to be heard except for, would you bring me another beer...please? You must say please or she will not get out of her hammock to do it and she lost her place in her book. I'm sorry. Oh, clean you talk about clean, hospital clean. Sun rise, oh yes from the east patio, a great view of the sun and the full moon coming over the Caribe. You must plan your trip during the full moon. West patio was great in the afternoon, cool breeze and over looking the pool. Sunset, yes! Bring your marg and mohito to the third story...fantastic.
Jun 2013
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Private, Quiet, Secluded Villa -Panoramic Sea Views- South End
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 38 reviews

Casa on hill overlooking Caribbean

  • 5 of 5

Once again a delightful place to stay. August 27 - September 3. My first time at Casa Mariposa was August 2010. Been a few more times to other casa's but this time was a Mother/Daughter trip. The AC option was what I thought she might need but Mom acclimate very well, without AC. (Mom did very, very well at 83. Many were surprised at that, she kept sharing that tid bit off and on so I know she was comfortable visiting Isla.) Casa is near Punta Sur so I suggest a golf cart. Walking distance to rugged but safe scenic shore hikes...or a walk on a sidewalk lined roads on either side of casa. Breezes, sunrises and a view of iconic shell house off one patio that I often found my Mom enjoying. We got groceries and had dinner inside but also out on the patio deck with a six person table. Only one odd issue and Dan helped us take care of that. Cleaning and pool guy good. It is a compound with walls all the way around. We had evenings looking towards Caribbean that we saw fireflies in the surrounding vegetation. Love the pool bridge...unique to property in general but a great place to hang, out of the sun, and enjoy still enjoy the pool on a hot day. We met Richart who created the floating bottle island, also the turtle farm on same road. Took cell but did not use. Wifi great so ipad was a way to keep in touch as needed and share pics of our adventure. Dined on North beach area at several places. Last evening, wanted it special. Casa Mariposa does not have a full sunset view. I was going to take Mom to Zama Beach Club for dinner but something pulled me toward a nearby spot on the way there. Turned around and after checking menu at Casa Suenos a small hotel but open to public dining. Note: can even reserve private dining at the end of the pier...we saw a couple doing that who arrived when we did. A good place that we has our South Point sunset and dinner. Good food and service. To sum it up: Still Smiling.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Hutchinson, KS

Private Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Isla several times and this is the third villa that we have rented. Each of the villas has strengths. What we enjoyed most about Casa Mariposa was the privacy. Other trips we have been with family or friends but this time it was just my wife and I. We liked the location in that it was away from noisy streets and yet a great home base to go and do all of the great things that Isla has to offer. The villa was everything that it claimed to be. A lady came by to clean a few times but always when we were gone. A man cleaned the pool a few times but was inconspicuous as well. There were many birds and beautiful flowers and trees to enjoy while soaking up the sun. We paid to go to a beach one day but hurried back to the villa because it was just much more relaxing quiet. Isla has some of the best restaurants of all the places we have been to in the Caribbean. That is why we keep coming back. It is easily accessed from Cancun and a fun and safe place to enjoy the sun. I wish I was there right now! A perfect day would be Mango Cafe for breakfast, The Soggy Peso for lunch and afternoon margaritas and then supper at Limon's.

I highly recommend Isla Mujeres and Casa Mariposa. Go for it and have a great time!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Perfect Isla getaway

  • 5 of 5

It's been over two months since my family and I stayed at Casa De Mariposas, and it's been a rough two months. I can't help but look at photos of our stay on Isla and think "why aren't we there right now?" Enough about me, this house was great, amazing, fantastic, incredible, etc... It was my wife, my 2 year old son and couple we are friends with that stayed in the house. The house was perfect for our son, the salt water pool was great for him and the gates at the house kept him off the stairs. We stayed for 9 days and we ended up making food for half our stay. The kitchen was perfect and clean, had all the utensils you could possibly need and was convenient. Our room was technically below the 2nd floor front porch so we'd put our son down for bed and sit on the back patio on the second floor. I miss that patio more than anything, we'd sit out on the back in the morning and night and watch/listen to the ocean and just relax. The breeze that came to the back was great, really helped to cool you off. The decor of the house was great, the color of the walls, and the detail of the house was amazing. I'd buy the house in 2 seconds if I could. The bridge over the pool was really neat, it was a great touch to the front area and made it unique. The location was perfect, although we weren't very close to a store, the area we were in was extremely quiet. Also, if you'd like to go to a beach Garaffon de Castilla is a short walk and has a breathtaking beach. Unfortunately we only went there twice but next time around I will be there everyday. There was more than enough water provided and the maids came every other day. I've been to Isla before and it quickly became my favorite place in the world but this house is my favorite place on the Island. It's extremely relaxing and the perfect getaway. It's also very homey, I felt like I was at home the minute we arrived at the house. The owner was extremely cooperative and was a pleasure to communicate with. He answered all my questions and made sure we were set up accordingly. I appreciate all that he did for us and want to thank him for allowing my family to enjoy such a wonderful home. I will be back at the house at some point next year and hope to make this house my vacation spot for years to come.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

One of our best vacations ever.

  • 5 of 5

As a filmmaker, I know that sometimes a story can be oversold, too earnest, tries too hard. However, my wife and I, along with another couple who are also in the Hollywood business, found Casa Mariposas online. We looked at the various reviews, read between the lines, and came to one simple conclusion - this is the place to stay on Isla Mujeres.

If you are looking for an all-inclusive resort - go elsewhere. If you want a central location (well, really, on a 5 mile by 1/2 mile island, what part is not central?) look elsewhere. If you want to live in a house, with great balconies and patios, with a fantastic kitchen, get in your 4-person plus cargo bin golf cart (which the owners of CM will arrange for you - they even come by in the middle of the night and refuel) and be anywhere on the island in 10 minutes, but still have a private enclave, with a private pool, to come home to, Casa Mariposas is the place.

If you dive, there are so many options it's almost ridiculous - MUSA (the underwater sculpture museum - hundreds of life sized statues), wrecks, reefs, cenotes on the mainland, whale sharks (snorkeling only). We could not have imagined a better week. Throw your gear into the back of the cart and away you go. Or, even better, contact Dick and Morna at Paradise Divers - amongst the best tour operators ever - and we have all dived a lot, so that is not faint praise. Again, Tripadvisor subscribers - read between the lines.

Casa Mariposas - we will visit again and again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Loved it! We will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house. We also loved the pool and the three beautiful porches. The owners were quick to respond if we needed anything. I highly suggest this home. We felt very secluded and private away from the other tourists. I highly suggest this home and I sincerely thank the owners for allowing us to stay! We will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful Home, Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not fully depict how fantastic this home really is. The house is beautifully decorated and the amenities are great, from the pool to the outdoor dining area to the third floor lanai/pilapa. Of course two of the greatest amenities cannot be photographed-the sound of the ocean a short distance away, and the constant breeze. The home is located far enough from town to be peacful, but only a quick (and cheap-$7) cab ride away. The Mayan ruins and Carribean Village are a 15 minute walk and interesting to see. Dinner at the nearby hotel (Casa De Los Suenos) was also worthwhile-Great happy hour. My wife raved about the massages at their spa. Off all the places we have traveled, the comment from my wife summed it up pretty well-"I would definately come back here again." We have recommended this house to our friends (or anyone who will listen, really).

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Car: not necessary

Sport Fishing, Dolphin Discovery 'swim with dolphins' program, Spa, Beach clubs, Turtle Farm, Mayan ruins, Tyrolean Zip Line at Garrafon Park, boat tours, Just 20 minutes by ferry from Cancun


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Isla Mujeres Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 10 2015 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2015 - Dec 17 2015
3 night minimum stay
HOLIDAY 2015/16
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 9 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $0
Notes $1350-2650/wk
All rates include taxes and maid service. AC is additional $20/day.
50% Deposit is payable on booking, balance due 60 days prior to travel.
See website for full terms and conditions.
Paypal and CC accepted

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Isla Mujeres Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Other - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Air conditioning in all sleeping areas!
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Child's Swing
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis

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