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Spyglass! ~The~ Most Extraordinary Villa On The Market!

matthew Duyck

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Spyglass! ~The~ Most Extraordinary Villa On The Market!

Bedrooms 9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Zihuatanejo Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 9 Bedrooms 11 Baths, (Sleeps 22)

Welcome to Spyglass Villa, located in a private gated community just 35 minutes south of the Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa International Airport.

Let's be clear -- Spyglass is the largest villa on the rental market, and we offer the best amenities. We are the only villa on the market offering a full time staff of six at no additional charge, including houseman and professional chef. It's just one more thing that makes Spyglass the preeminent vacation rental destination in the entire Zihuatanejo/ Ixtapa region.

This two acre oceanfront enclave features epic views of the Pacific and lush tropical gardens surrounding a 10,000 square foot villa. Spyglass has nine bedrooms and eleven baths -- as unique as it is luxurious. The open air design seamlessly connects the indoor and outdoor at every turn. The villa features upstairs and downstairs kitchens, a dining room that seats 20, expansive media room, and a fully stocked professional barroom. There's a second story Great room, and a large, furnished balcony. Spyglass is tastefully decorated with tasteful and authentically local Mexican decor.

Just steps outside the main villa is fully furnished sitting pavilion, complete with flat screen TV and sound system. It's a perfect gathering place for whale watching and sunsets. Don't miss our custom built bird aviary next to our large organic garden, which supplies much of the fresh produce enjoyed by our guests.

One level down you'll discover a freshwater swimming pool with attached kiddie pool. You'll enjoy our huge thatched roof pavilion with wet bar, sound system, bathroom and gorgeous outdoor shower. The views from the pool are like all the views at the Spyglass villa are something to write home about.

In the mood for adventure? Just go down the stone stairway, through lush tropical gardens to the ocean, where you'll savor an exhilarating 12 foot deep infinity edge salt water swimming pool complete with its own waterfall, sun deck and designated bathroom. Perched just above the saltwater swimming pool you'll discover yet another fully furnished pavilion, including wet bar and sound system.

A few steps away just above the ocean you'll discover our spectacular honeymoon master suite. From the gentle sound of the waves breaking on the rocks below to the stunning views of endless coastline, our honeymoon suite is one of the most romantic and elegant settings anywhere.

Experience our handmade seaside relaxation room, crafted from all natural materials and nestled into the hillside adjacent to the honeymoon suite. This room includes a catwalk with rustic rope & pole railing. It's just one of many private areas of the Spyglass villa to relax, read, meditate, or take an old-fashioned nap.

The villa's expansive grounds include over 8,000 square feet of terraced patios and lush tropical gardens. The world class vistas and pristine beaches of Spyglass provide intimate settings, privacy, and wondrous adventures for all ages.

Pristine La Barrita beach is five minutes by foot, and three minutes by car. This unspoiled, uncrowded beach features quaint mom and pop restaurants serving fresh locally-caught seafood. The beach is protected by a gentle outcropping of rocks to the south, making it perfect for swimming, boogie boarding, or just working on your tan.

Wherever your plans take you, all of us at Spyglass wish you a wonderful and and memorable vacation.


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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
matthew Duyck (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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About matthew Duyck

I was born and raised in Eugene Oregon where I developed a love of nature and and deep appreciation for the outdoors, especially the mountains and the ocean! I first came to Zihuantanejo in 1980 while working for a world renowned artist who had a second home Here. I spent every winter in Zihuantanejo until one day in 2001, while exploring in my jeep, I discovered La Barrita, the future home of Spyglass. I then spent the next seven years pouring my heart and soul into creating what I believe to be one of the most unique and enchanting villas anywhere to be found. Now it's time to share that experience! While my business responsibilities keep me in East Hampton New York much of the year, I return to Spyglass frequently to enjoy, as well as to oversee the ongoing improvements that make the Spyglass experience second to none!.

matthew Duyck purchased this villa in 2001

Why matthew Duyck chose Zihuatanejo

I found this particular area to be the most beautiful place on all the Pacific Coast and fell in love with it at first sight!

What makes this villa unique

Thanks to our unique geographical elevations, Spyglass is blessed with some of the most spectacular and dramatic views that the Pacific ocean has to offer. Those same unique geographical components also make our site extremely private!

We are also blessed with an artisan well. So unlike many of our competitors, we have an endless supply of fresh water which allows us to maintain our beautiful gardens which are woven into every square inch of our property.

Spyglass truly is, an enchanting place!

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Bedrooms 9
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 21 traveler reviews

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Spyglass! ~The~ Most Extraordinary Villa On The Market!
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Rosenberg, TX

We had a BLAST!!! Not enough space for all comments :-(

  • 5 of 5

Dear Matthew,

We are sitting at the airport planning our next trip to Spyglass!! We all had a BLAST !!! ( shhhhhhh, don't tell our husbands!!!) Your gracious staff spoiled us rotten. Our meals were as creative as they were delicious. It really does take at least a week to discover and enjoy all that Spyglass has to offer. My favorite place was the lavatory overlooking the ocean. Mesmerizing! Thank you for making the decision to share Spyglass with others!



Easily the best vacation....the house is spectacular and the staff made us feel so special. We felt so spoiled. The sign greeting us when we arrived set the tone for all the special moments we had all week. I can't wait for next year. Thank you for sharing your home.



Your home is beautiful! The staff there is amazing! We had such a wonderful week and so very much enjoyed ourselves!!! We hope for this to be an annual girls trip!! We look forward to our next visit! Thank you for sharing your home and providing such a fabulous place for us!!


Hi Mathew!

I can't even put into words what a wonderful vacation we have had this week!! Your home is spectacular, but more importantly your staff made us all feel like it was our home for the week. They all went over and above in taking care of us!!! I even was able to brush up on my Spanish while spending some time in the kitchen with your Chef Luis & Juanita!!! It was quite emotional leaving because I felt I had made such good friends!! I will certainly make plans to return!!!

Thank you so much!!!!



Thank you so much for opening your home to guests! I had such a relaxing vacation at Spyglass and that's saying a lot for someone who has been retired for a couple of years. It is a beautiful villa with a wonderful staff!



The place is AMAZING and so Beautiful! We all felt so Welcomed and your staff did a Wonderful job spoiling us! The sign was extremely thoughtful and we all appreciated it! The food was spectacular and Chef Luis & Juanita took a lot of time & effort preparing & fixing our meals! Your whole staff did Great and all looked so Happy! They were all so Sweet and definitely did go above and beyond to make us all feel like it was our home for the week. This was the Best Vacation / Girls trip and so Glad you have opened it up to guests and us Especially!!!! It was very relaxing and Loved getting the chance for a Fantastic get away! Gustavo was Great

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Fabulous Fun Filled Trip

  • 5 of 5

There was 20 of us celebrating a 30th and 55th birthday. Loved the privacy and how we felt so safe yet far away from everyone else. The small towns around us were fun to visit. Everyone had such a blast and they haven't stopped talking about this trip. Highly recommend to families or many couples. The staff was very nice and helpful. Cab;t wait to return. A good 40 minutes from airport but we rented cars to get around and that was easy.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Rye, New York, USA

Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

Spyglass sits high on a bluff overlooking the Pacific and a never-ending beach to the west.  It’s a world-class view with some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see.  That view and the crashing of the surf on the rocks below are present from almost everywhere on the property, and those images and sounds will stay with you long after you’ve left.  We rented in October with a group of 10 friends.  The villa is perfect for getting together for drinks in the bar, playing games in the sala or tv room, having meals together in the dining rooms, or for finding your own private spot for some quiet reading or whatever.  The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable, and nicely air-conditioned.  The two pools are clean and well-situated on the hillside overlooking the ocean.  The salt water pool, just above ocean level and fed by the ocean, is marvelous, with its own bar and two one-bedroom suites nearby for relaxing.  The staff is extraordinary: helpful, friendly, and efficient.  All you need to do is tell them what you need and expect, and it’s done.  We highly recommend Chef Alexandro, He’s a true professional, and he also makes the best margaritas and pina colatas we’ve ever tasted.

Beaches are close by, to the north and south of Spyglass.  They are quiet and good for boogy boarding and body surfing.  Zihuateneo and Ixtapa are within an hour’s drive away.  Both places are touristy but fun.  The closest town to the villa is Petatlan, about 20 minutes to the north.  It is authentic Mexico with interesting shops and restaurants.  Fishing is available in a small town half an hour to the south.  Basic, but successful for us at least, as we caught 10 fish in an hour or so.

This is an extraordinary property, clearly a personal project of Matthew, the owner, and his care, attention to detail and good taste are evident everywhere.  The house is beautifully constructed and furnished, perfectly situated to take full advantage of the views.  The hillside down to the ocean, with its steps, pools, bars, bathrooms, and bedrooms is just amazing and so much fun.  The grounds are kept beautifully, and the whole place is completely private and safe.  We feel extremely fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to rent  such a remarkable place.

Dave and Dede  Oct 2014

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Seattle, WA

A most remarkable vacation

  • 5 of 5

Speaking on behalf of my husband and our entire family, I can honestly tell you that our time spent at the Spyglass villa was the best vacation that we've had to date. (I'm 59 years old). It was everything that we could have hoped for and more! From the moment we passed through the gates of the Spyglass villa until our reluctant departure, the experience was nothing short of magical. The villa itself is absolutely spectacular. The spacious and well appointed rooms, coupled with the stunning views of the Pacific ocean from nearly every vantage point left us almost breathless at times. Then there's the staff!!! Since there were 21 people in our extended family, Matthew (the owner of Spyglass) increased the staff from 5 people to 7 people as a courtesy to us. He said he does this with larger parties just to ensure that everyone is well taken care of during their stay! Needless to say, like Matthew, his staff was as hardworking and gracious as could be. Staff member Juan Carlos cut down fresh coconuts from the palm trees and the bartender, Jose, made us fresh coconut daiquiris right on the spot. Rita, the housekeeper, along with her assistant Julia, worked around the clock and their smiles lasted from one day into the next! Luis, the house manager, is a real gem as well. He payed attention to ever detail and was always one step ahead of us in anticipating and providing for all our needs. In fact, after seeing Luis in action, my two sons's suggested that maybe I needed a houseman for our home in Seattle!

The beaches surrounding the villa were absolutely gorgeous and between surfing, fishing and just plain relaxing, there was something to do for everyone. We signed on for two of the Spyglass excursions and both were incredible. The first was the waterfall park. It was there that we spent the afternoon cooling off in the river, taking lots of beautiful photos and enjoying a gourmet meal while relaxing on a huge deck overlooking a beautiful waterfall. The second trip was the deep sea fishing adventure which everyone loved. We caught Dorado, Sail Fish and Spanish Mackerel. When we weren't busy catching fish we were busy marveling over the sea birds, sea turtles and playful dolphins that surrounded our boats for much of the day!

In closing, I would like to express my immense gratitude to you Matthew! Thanks to you and your lovely staff, our vacation will be one for the record books... We'll see you again next year!


The Ivory Family

Seattle, WA

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Magical Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

Surrounded by beauty Spyglass Villa is the perfect place to unwind and totally relax.

We spent 10 magical days sitting in the outdoor living space enjoying our morning coffee

and evenings watching the amazing ocean sunsets and views.

It's surroundings are relaxing and gorgeous with all the colors of nature. A place one can truly

relax and unwind in a peaceful setting.

The Villa with all its Mexican architecture and landscaping is spacious and comfortable. Our room was

decorated with local culture and was beautiful, spacious and very clean. You feel immersed in the local culture

with the open air rooms, great views from multiple rooms or locations on the property. One feels like your at a

resort but without all the crowds. With 6 couples there was more than enough space on the property to find quiet time,

meditate or socialize. The 2 separate pools and surrounding garden areas were absolutely gorgeous and offered a combination of sun, shade, hammocks for siesta's

and ocean views that are truly unbelievable . Perched just below our beautiful palace on the hill are the splendid beaches of La Barrita. The beaches are pristine, the ocean is warm and inviting and ambiance of the local seaside restaurants remind you of what makes Mexico so special in the first place!

The staff was willing to offer suggestions or fill our every want/need. They gave us great suggestions

on places to visit or adventures to try. From lunch at the waterfalls to deep sea fishing we were never disappointed

by their ideas. The fishing trip was fun for us all. From watching sea turtles, dolphins and whales to catching

sail fish, we had a delicious fish dinner that night.

Chef Carmen not only made delicious food for us, a true foodie experience, but also was very gracious in taking

the ladies into Petatlan for a local shopping adventure. We visited the local Catholic Church, and the surrounding plaza.

We also had the adventure of shopping the local open air markets filled with meats, fruit, spices and handmade goods.

A sensory overload of so many exotic smells! At the Villa our meals were made from local foods either from the

market or grown at the Villa. Our meals were a feast for our eye's and palate.

We have traveled to Mexico many times to different areas and this experience was so much more

enjoyable. It was hard leaving this magical place and saying goodbye, heading home to the busyness of life

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Christmas in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Posting for our hostess who sometimes needs some online assistance:

As Head Mom of the Hull Clan, I want to let you know what a wonderful time we had at Spyglass over Christmas week. No one wanted to leave !

It is a gorgeous setting high on the rocks with the ocean spread out

before you and flowering plants at your feet ! We've all been to

great locations before but this one is choice and having all our immediate family

gathered, made it extra special. We felt most welcomed by your staff,

all of whom went out of their way to make us feel at home and to provide literally everything we could possibly desire. I think our littlest girls tested their skill and also provided them with constant entertainment.

Our very own Christmas tree with sparkling lights day and night added a great deal to the fun, and we gathered around it on Christmas morning to open all your gifts and a few we brought ourselves. Thanks for the tasty chocolates ! There were ample for us and for the staff. You have a keen sense of age-appropriate toys; Matilda's pong-ball was a good challenge and Penelope started right in on making play-dough pizzas. The pools were perfect size and warmth for the very young (and the eldest) and the long beach was all day destination for everyone in between age, no question.

All in all, it was a memorable vacation, Matthew, just as you wished for us at the start. Julie did a great job arranging for all sixteen of us and asking you what ever needed to be asked, while I just sat back and delighted in being there and watching all the people I love most in this world having a fabulous time.

I wish you a Happy New Year ! Good heath and good cheer !

Gretchen H.

P.S. Forgot to mention that the pinata was a huge success ! Lots of whacking and whaling at the Beast and no one cheated with the blindfold !

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
HWY 200
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
La Barrita
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
La Barritta
Car: recommended

The quint town of LaBarrita is peppered with seaside mom& pop restaurants that serve a variety of freshly caught seafood in a v warm and friendly setting.


Rates & Availability

From $1,000 Per night

Zihuatanejo Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Sep 29 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 1 2015 - Nov 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
Nov 21 2015 - Nov 27 2015
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Nov 28 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2015 - Dec 25 2015
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 26 2015 - Jan 1 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 2 2016 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000.00
Tax Rate 16.0%
Notes Rates vary for high holidays, holidays, high season, etc. Please contact us for pricing and availability!

Low season 7 nights and the eighth night is on us!

Reduced Rates Are Available for Smaller Groups!

Spyglass is also makes a phenomenal wedding destination.

The price of the villa includes a staff of five. A houseman, professional chef, housekeeper, grounds keeper, and night watchman.

Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 11 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
    Bathroom 9 -
    Bathroom 10 -
    Bathroom 11 -
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
  • 9 Bedrooms Total... 9 Queen size Beds (1) twin bed!
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Two Fully Equipped Kitchens. One Upstairs and One Downstairs, Both With Pantries. Two Dining Rooms, One Upstairs and One Downstairs. The Larger Of Which Seats 20+ Persons. A Fully Stocked, Professional Barroom, Complete With Two Refrigerators, Dishwasher, Stereo and TV. An Expansive TV/Media Room . An Eight Hundred Sq. Ft. fully furnished Second Story Balcony. A Second Story Great Room with Spectacular Ocean Views. An OutDoor Cooking StationWith Both Charcoal & Gars Grills, High Pressure Burner, Sink & Refrigerator. An Outdoor Sitting Pavilion with Mini bar, Sound System and Flat Screen TV. A Fresh Water Swimming Pool With Large Pavilion, Wet Bar, Bathroom and Outdoor Shower. An Infinity Edge, Salt Water Swimming Pool At The Oceans Edge, with sun deck, Wet Bar, Honeymoon Suite! Oceanside Relaxation room with auxiliary bathroom. A Five Hundred Sq. Ft. Custom Built Bird Aviary. Full staff, including chef and bartender. Gated Entry, Dedicated Security Station

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