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El Encanto - Artful Luxury in a Rustic Setting by the Sea

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

El Encanto is an artful, luxury view home with generous patios and private landscaped grounds. We offer three charming suites—ideal for families or multiple couples. See other listings for individual suites.

Art is a central theme, with folkart collected over years of Mexico travel, plus contemporary nature-inspired works, and whimsical touches that will surprise and delight. An eclectic mix of handcrafted furniture, traditional wood windows, and oriental carpets throughout convey an intimate timeless feel. Many people have said that it is like living in one of Diane's paintings.

Comfort-designed for southern Baja's famously mild climate, rooms spill out onto generous covered patios, sheltered from stiff winter nortes and open to the gentle breezes of summer. Private walled gardens put some of Baja's showiest natives on display, complemented by desert-adapted plants from throughout the world. Flowers attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, plus birdbaths and feeders, keep the gardens lively!

Our home is close to beach, restaurants, dive center and other local services—all in easy walking distance, and our English speaking property managers will assure your best vacation ever. They can help you arrange massage, diving, kayaking, fishing trips, etc.

This house is truly a labor of love. See more details on our website (link below). We think you'll be delighted!


3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms

4 outdoor living spaces

Home entertainment system with great DVD movie collection

Gourmet kitchen (coffee/tea and spices provided)

Outdoor shower

Palapa (palm thatched) roof

Solar powered

Gorgeous succulent garden with hummingbird feeders

Privacy walls surround garden

Beach gear including snorkeling for guests

Filtered water

2 minute walk to the beach

90 minutes from Los Cabos Airport

Cell phone service available (Telcel)

Safes in each bedroom

Fans over each bed

Hand-painted furniture

Air conditioning available for bedrooms (extra charge)

Wifi (limited to web surfing and email--no streaming or downloading)


Keywords: House

More Details

Diane Varney
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Diane Varney

Rob and I designed El Encanto to be the kind of place we'd love to stay in with integrated indoor/outdoor living bringing us in contact with nature and full of art. We thought of the house and gardens as a giant art project. It was truly a labor of love and took us two years to build, working closely with local craftsmen.

Diane Varney purchased this villa in 1993

Why Diane Varney chose Cabo Pulmo

El Encanto is the nicest property in Cabo Pulmo and if you are interested in design and artful living, this is the place for you. Comfort and beauty!

What makes this villa unique

It is rare to live with so much beauty and art and nature, and El Encanto provides a truly unique vacation experience which is sure to be memorable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Six of us rented El Encanto to celebrate my daughter's 40th birthday in april. The house was amazing, comfortable, absolutely beautiful, full of art work and sculpture, hammocks, beautiful gardens, birds. The managers were totally accommodating and even baked a chocolate cake for the birthday girl! The library was full of good books and great movies. The top floor offers a fantastic view of the Sea, the town and the nearby mountains, and was a perfect place to observe the stars at night. Each of the three bedrooms offer unique amenities. It's a perfect place for relaxation, good food, diving, kayaking, fishing. We certainly plan on returning.
Apr 2012
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Cabo Pulmo Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Gorgeous bathrooms (all showers).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Fountain Suite - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , one king or two singles
    Vista Suite - 1 king , Large covered patio, hammocks, magnificent views!
    Casita Suite - 1 queen , private entrance, garden, patio, outdoor fireplace
  • King size beds (1) In Vista Suite, Queen size Beds (1) In Casita Suite, Twin or Single Beds (2) in Fountain Suite in Main House--convertible to King. Rental rate is for 6 people. Comfy portable beds are available for a nightly charge of $25/night per bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor shower, beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, ice chests, snorkeling gear available for guests. We are a two minute walk from the beach.


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El Encanto - Artful Luxury in a Rustic Setting by the Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

coolest house I've ever seen!

  • 5 of 5

I'm conflicted about telling someone (anyone) how amazing this property is because I'd really like to have it all to myself but it's beautiful and Cabo Pulmo is not to be missed. Just a wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Cruz, CA

Amazing Oasis surrounded by Nature

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at El Encanto! The house is gorgeous, and the kitchen is well-appointed for all cooking needs. The desert flower and succulent garden is spectacular, and attracted colorful birds and butterflies all day long, and crickets serenaded the setting sun. With three king/queen beds and a single roll-away, I'd recommend no more than 7 people, unless you bring your own inflatable (with foot-pump). Far from any municipal utilities, the house is off the grid, so visitors should remember that electricity and water are a luxury, and use judiciously. We highly recommend staying here if you're interested in snorkeling or diving at the reef, it's really a singular experience!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful feedback--we're SO happy that you had a terrific vacation with us. We hope you'll be back again! Warmly, Diane
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Portola Valley, California

Magical Mexican Desert/Sea Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

This place is too good to be true. The owner, an artist, built and designed and decorated the house. Everywhere you look, there is a surprise. The mix is eclectic and it works wonderfully. The home is immaculate. I don't know how they keep everything so sparkling clean in the desert/sea environment, but they do. Every room is different, and all are great for different reasons. Diane is a pleasure to work with, and the managers, Henri and Pilu are charming, and there whenever you need them, helping with activities, house questions, you name it. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Phoenix AZ USA

Perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Cabo Pulmo is our favorite vacation destination but before VRBO we had only been able to make day trips down there. El Encanto is my dream house. The entire place is surprising & wonderful but the kitchen & bathrooms were AMAZING! You will just wander around gasping until you've taken it all in. The A/C was nice but it ran off a generator and kicked off @ dawn. Although we didn't stay long enough to turn it on there is a TV & DVD player but no animated movies. The managers are pleasing and helpful~ they even sent a masseuse over to see if we were interested in a massage (60$ per hour), which we happily accepted while laying on her table outside one of the small casitas with the sun setting and the breeze blowing. The entire experience was lovely and we learned a valuable lesson, next time when we land at the airport in San Jose del Cabo we will be driving directly to El Encanto. Travel tip, go with plenty of cash & Tecate light. The stores, restaurants & dive shops in Cabo Pulmo are cash only (& it's a Corona/Modelo community) and the nearest bank is 50 miles away. We also have strong feelings for the Eco Adventures dive shop, the Castro brothers are friendly, informative & accommodating. I would also whole heartedly recommend Los Caballeros (not even a block away from El Encanto) I had the catch of the day and it was to die for~ they even fresh squeezed the juice for my cocktail (cup running over).

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you had a magical time in El Encanto! Wishing you many happy returns! Roberto y Diana (owners) Henri y Pilu (managers)
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Santa Fe, New Mexico

El Encanto Inn is truly a...

  • 5 of 5

El Encanto Inn is truly an enchanted place created by true artists. Over the four days we stayed there, I continued to notice one exquisite little detail after another. The whole place is a real jewel. Your every want has been anticipated. I could have spent the whole visit just sitting in one or another of the several garden areas to watch the huge variety of birds and enjoy the spectacular gardens. Our only disappointment was the wind which blows intermittently along the coast from November until March so stay a week instead of four days. Do not miss the the waterfall; directions are included in the very informative notebook provided. We will return.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2009
  • Stayed: February 2009
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Los Cabos
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
El Caballero
Nearest Restaurant
120 Metres
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Cabo Pulmo
Car: recommended

Cabo Pulmo is perfect for nature lover, sports enthusiasts and people who just need a super relaxing vacation.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%

For less than 3 nights add cleaning charge of $75.
Rates include 6 people. Extra portable beds are $25/night per person.
Rates are subject to confirmation.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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