About the property
- Villa3500 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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)
Palapa (palm thatched) roof
Gorgeous succulent garden with hummingbird feeders
Privacy walls surround garden
Beach gear including snorkeling for guests
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
Air conditioning available for bedrooms (extra charge)
Wifi (limited to web surfing and email--no streaming or downloading)
WE KEEP OUR CALENDARS UP-TO-DATE!
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 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.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
coolest house I've ever seen!
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!
Amazing Oasis surrounded by Nature
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!
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!
Magical Mexican Desert/Sea Hideaway
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!
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).
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)
El Encanto Inn is truly a...
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.
Cabo Pulmo is perfect for nature lover, sports enthusiasts and people who just need a super relaxing vacation.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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. WE KEEP OUR CALENDARS UP-TO-DATE!