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Colorful, Tropical Sunsets at Casa Luna in Playa Las Tortugas

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

Description

Platanitos Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

“Each day, I would ride a boogie board in the perfect surf, kayak the pristine estuary that borders the property, do a little birding or horseback riding, and tour by car and foot the scenic Sierra mountains. Then, about 9 p.m. each of the three nights I was there, I’d walk a few hundred yards from my villa to the research station. There, I worked alongside trained staff, spotting nesting turtles, then digging up the eggs for incubation ... ” The Washington Post

The lovely, vine-draped, 'Casa Luna' (House of the Moon) offers a wonderful tropical experience. Casa Luna is one of 10 beautiful Villas for rent at Playa las Tortugas.

Playa Las Tortugas lies on the west coast of Mexico just 70 miles north of Puerto Vallarta and the Bay of Banderas, in a setting with miles of sandy beach on our west and hundreds of acres of mangrove estuary on our east, nesting habitat for sea turtles and more than 125 species of birds.

Your scenic drive north through areas of old-growth jungle which border the coast is simply spectacular. Before arriving you might select a variety of fresh fruits and coconut products in stands along the road. Optionally we can arrange for transportation for you to and from the airport, and meals prepared by our wonderful cooks can be arranged.

Our Casa Luna is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. It is nestled amidst palm trees and beautiful gardens. Listen to the surf as you have your morning coffee, or fall asleep to gentle waves at night.

Each of the two king bedroom suites is decorated with rustic furnishings from the artisan community of 'Tonalá. Sliding doors open to patios with views of the coconut palm grove and gardens to the beach. The suites are complemented with colorfully tiled bathrooms. King-sized beds, desks, and ample closet space and drawers help to insure your comfort.

The main floor is comprised of living room with additional sleeping for two, dining area, a well-equipped kitchen including dishwasher, breakfast bar, and a half-bath. All designed for your convenience in your vacation home. Take the opportunity to enjoy a traditional meal prepared by one of our cooking staff, or make yourself at home in our complete kitchen. Individual shaded terraces, with that 'big blue' Pacific ocean view, connect to the living and dining areas providing a nice space for a relaxed breakfast or afternoon nap.

Up above you'll find a peaceful terrace that spans the entire rooftop, with its own woven-palm shade 'palapa', with overhead fan. Take your favorite book and beverage. Listen to the surf, and the sounds of the many birds. It is also the perfect spot for sunbathing, grilling lunch or dinner and watching a spectacular sunset. Add a margarita or piña colada and every element is in place for the perfect tropical vacation.

Surrounding Area

Our entire state of Nayarit area enjoys one of the most favorable climates in the world. Average daily year- round temperatures range from highs of 80-85 degrees (perfect beach weather) to lows of 60-70 degrees (perfect sleeping weather). Swim year round, but consider packing a light sweater for the evenings in the winter months. Rain, when it falls, generally occurs between June and September as night-time or pre-dawn thundershowers.

You can visit small typical Mexican villages, enjoy fresh fish and other local seafood at small rustic beachfront restaurants, tour a tropical river and waterfalls, see historic San Blas, and drive up through the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains to colonial Tepic where crafts of the Huichol Indians are found.

Playa Las Tortugas has kilometers of uncrowded, clean sand beach, and a number of activities both on property and nearby such as Surfing, Wave Kayaking, Boogie Boarding, Fishing, and Shelling, Canoeing, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Walking or Running on Miles of warm Sand Beach, and Sea Turtle Conservation activities (during season) at the Sea Turtle Conservation Camp. Frequently there is one festival or another in small towns within an hour of our location. There are a number of excursions you might take, with or without a guide.

Playa Las Tortugas is located on a section of coastline which is nesting habitat of several species of sea turtle in the beautiful state of Nayarit, Mexico 70 miles north of the Puerto Vallarta (PVR) International Airport and about 50 miles west of Tepic, the colonial capital of Nayarit.

We are happy to arrange transportation for you in our private shuttle, you may rent a car and drive your self which a large number of our guests do, or if you'd like to be more adventurous you may decide to come by bus and local taxi. We can send you details on the numerous car rental companies, or instructions on which buses and local taxis to take. It's quite easy to find your way from the Puerto Vallarta (PVR) International Airport to Playa Las Tortugas, and the roads are normally well-maintained. Your valid driver's license is accepted in Mexico, and the driving rules are virtually the same as most countries. Write us for a copy of detailed driving instructions and a map. Your scenic drive north from the airport takes less than 2 hours and goes through areas of old-growth jungle and coastal hills.

“ ... a gorgeous, coconut-producing plantation, an 1,100-acre estuary teeming with exotic birds and a turtle camp protecting the endangered olive ridleys ... stylishly designed villas for rent to vacationers... Entree Magazine

Visit us to enjoy miles of warm tropical sand beach at Playa Las Tortugas, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico! Andale!!

Keywords: Single-Family Beach Villa

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Marianne
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, With internet translating, any language is fine.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
November 28, 2016
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About Marianne

We met in Mexico 34 years ago. It took until 2001 to find the perfect place! We have 4 grown kids, recently moved from Truckee, CA. to Reno, NV. and spend at least 2.5 months down at our lovely Casa Luna. Plan to retire at least half time at PLT in the near future. Casa Luna is the only place where we can spend time

at and Not need a vacation when we get back to our home in the US.

Marianne purchased this villa in 2001

Why Marianne chose Nayarit

We looked for a long time to find a place in Mexico...in various areas. The developer of PLT had a real vision when this place was built. It is pristine and quiet...no vendors to hassle us and every villa has a wonderful view of the ocean. It is an eco friendly resort, and the efforts to rescue endangered sea turtles are just outstanding.

What makes this villa unique

Peace and quiet. Read those books you've been putting off. Enjoy your family and friends. Everything slows down so you really enjoy your surroundings!

Guestbook comments from the manager

We came here with great expectations and were not disappointed. Playa las Tortugas is an amazing place.....so peaceful and beautiful! Casa Luna fit our needs perfectly. The extra beds in the living room kept our children separate...which added to the peace:)

Two decks, plus the upstairs palapa offered such a good variety and different awesome views of the ocean. The sounds of the birds, the ocean, the breeze...just the perfect vacation. Can't wait to return!
May 2016
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Colorful, Tropical Sunsets at Casa Luna in Playa Las Tortugas
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 25 reviews
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Casa Luna

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time at playas las tortugas. This place is very relaxing and a great getaway. Marianne and Pascual were very helpful as well as the driver who drove us from PV to Playas las Tortugas. Ask them anything and they will try to assist or inform you as best as they can. They do warn you about the bugs and it is true, you will get bit by mosquitos make sure to take a good repellant.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
5

Great place to kick back and relax.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Luna was a fantastic place for the four of us to stay and was very well equipped. We all needed a place to relax, play in the waves or just read a book. The weather was fantastic as we have always found it to be on the Pacific coast of Mexico. WIFI service was far better than we expected allowing us to stay in touch with family and what was going on in the world. The maid and cooking services were awesome. We cooked ourselves for 5 days and took advantage of the cooking service for the other 4 days. We should have booked the cooking service for the whole time. The authentic food tasted fabulous and no shortage of it either. We met several of the owner/neighbours while we were there. They were all very friendly and welcoming. One of the best features of Playa Las Tortugas was the daily release of recently hatched turtles from the Turtle Sanctuary right next door. We would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truckee, CA USA
5

Another amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

This is my 3rd stay at Casa Luna for a girl's getaway. Playa Las Tortugas is an amazing get away from the hustle and bustle of life. It absolutely forces you to slow down and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this remote beach getaway. I hadn't realized how addicted I was to my electronic equipment until my services were less than what we expect in the US. We had great wi-fi service but my cell service was not as reliable as it had been in the past which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I did find a wi-fi based text application that worked well so I could still communicate with my family. Every time I come there is something different. This year we watched as workers harvested the coconuts and trimmed the trees. It was amazing to watch them climb and descend these huge trees faster than I can the stairs. One of the workers accidentally ran over one of the water spigots right in front of the house which ended up cutting our water off to the house. Since it was Sunday, we were thinking that it there was no way that they could get the pipe fixed and water back on before we left Monday. As we were thinking of a plan B (down by the pool), one of the staff was on the property, knew what to do, and fixed the problem. We had water by the time we returned to the house. The April weather was perfect ... warm but not humid. The sun is intense so don’t be fooled and remember to put on your sunscreen. I was a little concerned about keeping up with some triathalon training during my week but the pool was large enough I was able to swim the perimeter and get a great workout. The 2 master suites gave us ample privacy and are large enough you don't feel closed in. I loved the little gecko that visited me in the shower my first day. The kitchen is well stocked with all the pans, dishes, utensils, and drink ware we needed. Just a little hint, put EVERYTHING that is open in the fridge to keep the ants out. They are tiny little guys and appear within minutes. We spent most of our time sitting under the palapa on the roof from morning coffee to sunset. The views are ones you don’t want to waste by staying inside.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Queretaro, Mexico
4

Great place to rest and enjoy nature.

  • 4 of 5

I stayed a week in Casa Luna with my two kids and my wife and we had a wonderful time. Playa Tortugas is an isolated spot in the Pacific Coast where you can enjoy the sea, a close to virgin beach, the pool and a good place to stay an relax. Casa Luna is the perfect size for a small family that like to enjoy tranquility, good food, and open spaces. The staff did a wonderful job to make us feel at home and they took care of the cooking (prepared to eat well), the cleaning and we even got some coconuts. Marianne thanks a lot for sharing your place with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Poor maintenance of the villa.

  • 2 of 5

We spent 2 weeks in late Match 2015 at Villa Luna. The common areas of the Playa Las Tortuga sight are well maintained with gardens ,a nice pool ,plenty of space between the villas and an awesome 7 mile, undeveloped beach that is swimmable.

Villa Luna however has fallen away behind in maintenance and is NOT recommended unless you want a "camping-type" experience. Eg. Our ceiling in the kitchen (2nd floor) dripped continuously for 10 days due to a 10 hour rain storm the day after we arrived. The floor of the sundeck (3rd floor) was the problem. It was beautifully tiled ,wall to wall, many years ago but the grout has cracked and leaks into room below. The sliding doors don`t slide & some of the screens don`t fit. We got tired of putting them back on the their tracks. Worst of all, the villa reeks of a musty ,mildew odor. We tried airing it out but it did not improve the atmosphere enough. There has been a long term build up of mildew in anything made of fabric , etc. The villa`s interior atmosphere is close to ,if not, a true health hazard. I understand that the villa is ~15 years old & in a tropical climate deterioration takes place so there must be considerable expense in keeping up with it. None of these problems were made known to us by the rentee but they now tell us that major renovations are planned for June 2015. We understand from talking to others on the sight that other villas are in better shape.

FYI: It is 25-30 minute drive on a very rough 10 km road into Playa Las Tortugas. Don`t give up ,just keep going (best to be driving a Hummer though). We have vacationed in Mexico at least 6 times including a couple of days in the jungle near the Guatemala border so we aren`t total novices & this is the 1st complaint we have filed.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Guadalajara - Mexico
5

What else ¿

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place for Christmas without the crowd of year end... a place where we could relax.

How lucky we are to have discovered Playa de las tortugas. First of all... there are only few houses in the compound which means you can enjoy kilometers or miles of beaches almost alone. Weather was simply perfect... and the house was extremely well equipped. In fact we found the house bigger than expected, with many balconies so that you delight the view at different time of the day and from different room.

We also liked the "shopping" to Platanitos... take the canoe, cross the estuary, go over the hill and buy in the local tiendita all you need (keep it simple !) and if the grocery do no have... you can negotiate with of of the restaurants to get what you miss.

So to summarize... hassle-free - relaxing - friendly staff - what more we need ?

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

'Casa Luna' and Playa Las Tortugas feature an uncrowded, clean beach, swimming pool, and a number of activities both on property and nearby such as Boogie Boarding, Canoeing, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Walking and Running on over 5 miles of sand beach, Deep Sea Fishing, Sea Turtle Conservation activities, Children's Pool, Excursions to waterfall and other sights, Wave-surfing in the kayaks or on boogie boards, Canoeing in the calm waters of the estuary, Surfing or Surf-fishing in front of the property, Enjoying a boat ride for Coastal Sightseeing, Ocean Fishing trips, Horseback Riding down several miles of the beach, Bird watching in our 1100 acres of tidal mangrove estuary; The El Cora Waterfall is found just outside the small mountain village of El Cora where you'll discover several beautiful waterfalls...the highest is over 100 feet and has a wonderful pool at the bottom of it, The closest golf courses are at Tepic (about 1 hour 15 minutes)

Rates & Availability

Platanitos Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Regular Season
Oct 16 2016 - Dec 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 19 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,021
 
 
High Season
Jan 3 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$280
 
 
Low Season
Jun 1 2017 - Oct 15 2017
2 night minimum stay
$170
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350

Second payment for Holiday reservations is due 90 days prior to arrival. If reserved less than 90 days in advance, full payment is due at time of booking.
Full refund, minus $100, if reservation cancelled more than 45 days prior to arrival. Full refund, minus $100, if HOLIDAY reservation is cancelled more than 90 days prior to arrival.

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Amenities

Platanitos Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Two full bathrooms attached to each bedroom. Half bath on main living area.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Trundle bed, with two twins, in living area.
    Bedroom 2 - Safe located in closet for guest use.
  • King size beds (2) Comfortable king beds, full baths, terraces, Twin or Single Beds (2) Living room has twin bed w/additional twin trundle bed underneath., Baby Cribs (1) Pack n Play type cribs available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Activities Guide, Local Activities, Local Maps, Bottled Water, Canoes and kayaks available for nominal charge, Ceiling Fans, Cook available, Daily maid service, Dining Room Seating for 6, Gardens: Private and large common area gardens with hundreds of tropical plants, Housekeeper Included, Internet high speed wireless available for nominal charge, Iron and Ironing Board, Lounge Seating for 6, Massage available (extra charge), Outdoor shower, Patio, Private Palm-Roofed Palapa, Large Tiled and Partially Covered Sunning Terrace, Pool: Large pool with palapa for the homes at Playa Las Tortugas, Private cook available, Restaurant dining guide, Soap and toilet paper provided, beach towels provided,hair dryer. Walkway to Water, Pets considered. Smoking Not Allowed: No smoking inside please!

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