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Beach House w/ private pool are a favorite of guest visiting the Mayan Riviera

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Lovely 4 BR 5 BA Villa w/ Private Pool in gated neighborhood w/ 24/7 security

The Secret Beach Fish Villa have long been a favorite of the Mayan Riviera, and for some good reasons.


See our 5 Star reviews we have on Homeaway VRBO for more than 20 years and has a review from the VRBO Bear (staff of HomeAway stayed at the villa and left a review)

The Secret Beach Villas are actually three luxury Identical Beach-Front villas all 4 bedrooms each with it's own private pool, part of a three villa building; You can rent one or two or all three villas if you have a bigger group of up to 30 people. See Shell Villa at Homeaway listing #460695 & Boat Villa #4606574

We have been renting our villas since 1997, we have everything you need from an on-site property manager, to extras like Central A/C, Wifi, Free Phone Calls anywhere, USA satellite TV (80+ channels) just like back home in English, so you won't miss the next Survivor or CSI episodes. You would be hard pressed to think of amenities that we don’t have in the villas. We have extensive list of excursions to offer you as well as maps to local shopping and restaurant suggestions.

Unlike many villas in the area we are ONSITE OWNERS who manage their own vacation home, we are only 300 feet away if you need us.

Owner is Professional Chef.

We have become an intuition in the area, one of the 1st to offer beach front villa rentals more than 20 years ago - 70% of our guest are repeat customers.

We make your Vacation Hassle Free: The 1st thing every guest says when they arrive, is the Villa & Ocean are more beautiful than even the pictures show, with the ocean's edge 30 feet from the back door, you always have a great view of the turquoise water of the Caribbean. We furnished our villas with real living room furniture all imported from Pottery Barn or Macys. In our villas we want you to feel like your home.

We have all the information and assistance to help make planning your vacation hassle free. We have downloadable maps to Costco, Wal-Mart in Playa del Carmen & Cancun and Hospitals. You can go online thru our site and view videos of activities and reserve online, including Golf Tee Times or a Catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres, and Fishing and Snorkeling in Puerto Morelos. Our FAQ have every question you could think of including a Mayan Riviera Swine flu update. We offer a grocery shopping service that will buy all your grocery’s and have them waiting in the villa for you.

Chef Miguel & Welcome Dinner Menu: The villa owner is a professional chef and will cook your food with the 'Sazon y Sentimiento' (Taste and Feeling) of Mexico, for the 'foodies on vacation' you can schedule an afternoon private cooking class with Chef Miguel.

Here is our Welcome dinner we offer arrival night so guest can relax and get their bearings without having to go out to a restaurant to eat. One of the many dinners on our villas food service menu.

The Mexican Welcome dinner - $18 per person

(Served on Sat. evening for arrivals – you may also order this meal anytime)

• Chicken Flautas

• Guacamole

• Pico del Gallo & Chips

• Beef Fajita

• Cheese and Chicken Enchiladas

• Mexican Rice

• Fried Plantain

• Beans

• Flan

• Margaritas.

All meals come with a pitcher of Margaritas or Pina Coladas or Sangria.

Meals run $18 - $24. Not up for dinner, we also offer 'Happy Hour' munchies and we deliver them right to you, so you can snack at the pool. Kids under 5 eat for Free, kids 5 to 11 eat 1/2 price.

Chef Miguel and Private Cooking Class: Chef Miguel will come to your vacation villa and teach you the in and outs of some of the popular Mayan Dishes along with hands on training... be prepared to be involved with the food preparation as Miguel’s Suez Chefs or grab a stool with a margarita or a cerveza and just watch. It’s a fun and festive afternoon preparing a Mayan dinner along with insights to both Mexican/Mayan Ingredients as well as Cultural viewpoints… afternoon of pure Foodie heaven! You don’t have to be a seasoned Chef…or you could be… but either way you learn recipes that you can easy make back at home. After the cooking is done sit down to a memorable Mayan dinner you have just prepared.

You can go to Chef Miguel's website Cancun Chef and learn about his passion for food. Miguel is a real 'Foodie' and loves nothing more than to talk food the villa guest, many of whom are chefs themselves. This last year he spent a month in Southeast Asia taking cooking classes in Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan.

More Details

Liza Piorkowski
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Liza Piorkowski

Hello let me introduce ourselves. My name is Liza and my husband is Miguel, and we are the owners of the Secret Beach Villas since 1997.

We got in to the Villa Rental Business quite by accident. We had traveled to Playa del Carmen on a few occasions for vacations. One trip while doing some exploring we decided to check out a road we saw off the main highway. To make a long story short, we found Playa del Secreto, fell in love with it, we bought a villa and decided to rent out when we weren’t using it.

We moved from the cold of Metro Detroit in 1999 to live full-time in the warmth of the tropics.

Miguel is a professional Chef and cooks for our guest if requested. He has several years of management experience with Club Med - he speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian. Miguel is a Mexican native whom lived in the States for years, he is a real people person (which sorry to say I am not, I’m the computer Geek.) He enjoys fishing and is a real Foodie, we take a lot of Culinary vacations. He is on Facebook and you can read his Passion for food

I owned an Engineering Consulting company in Metro Detroit that specialized in the statically analysis of automotive Camshafts and Crankshafts for the big 3. I traveled all over the world crunching numbers for the big 3 auto companies. Check out my Blog “Getting it Done” in the Mayan Riviera… Life, Work and all the Guest Luggage!!!

Liza Piorkowski purchased this villa in 1997

Why Liza Piorkowski chose Playa del Carmen

We have been around for almost 21 years now. We know exactly what your are looking for to make our vacation home a great experience for you, that is why we have so many repeat customers and why we have an active Facebook Fan Page (PlayaDelCarmenVillas).

What makes this villa unique

The villa owner is a professional chef.

see menu on

Over the years many of our guest really enjoy the Welcome Dinner – lets them relax the 1st night and get their bearings.

The Mexican Welcome dinner - $18 per person

(Served on Sat. evening for arrivals – you may also order this meal anytime)

• Chicken Flautas

• Guacamole

• Pico del Gallo & Chips

• Beef Fajita

• Cheese and Chicken Enchiladas

• Mexican Rice

• Fried Plantain

• Beans

• Flan

• Margaritas

Guestbook comments from the owner

Only day 3 of our family (6) vacation in Fish Villa and our expectations have been exceeded. Everything from reservations, airport transportation, the provisioning, the charm and condition of the villa, and especially the breakfasts and dinners provided by Miguel and Bero have been great.
Apr 2015
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Playa del Carmen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - Master bedroom - toilet , shower , newly remodeled 2017 - huge walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2 - Bedroom #2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - Bedroom #3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - Bedroom #4 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower , hand shower by pool for beach sand
    Half Bathroom -
  • all bathrooms have new plumbing (toilets, sinks, shower and faucets) + marble tops for the vanity spring 2016
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Horizontal Twin Murphy Bed - 1 twin/ single , w/ real pillow top mattress + clothes storage + nightstand
    Sleeper sofa - queen size - 1 sleep sofa /futon , In large OPEN Den outside of upstairs bedrooms - for kids!
    Bedroom 1 - master - ensuite - 1 king , 36' LCD TV - balcony - ocean view
    Bedroom 2 - Deluxe - ensuite - 1 king , balcony - ocean view
    Bedroom 3 - Superior - ensuite - 1 king , balcony - cenote/garden view
    Bedroom 4 - ensuite - 2 twin/ single , cenote/garden view
  • 2 master bedroom suites all bedrooms have in-suite bathrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • alternative lifestyle
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • marina
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
46" TV with Dishnetwork (all in English) in the living room and a 32" TV to the master bedroom upstairs - don't miss the next Dance with the Stars or NCIS or local news while away!


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Beach House w/ private pool are a favorite of guest visiting the Mayan Riviera
average rating of 4.962963 based on 39 reviews

Pure Vacation Bliss in the Shell Villa

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough good things about our stay in the Shell Villa over spring break, March 2017. Liza was a dream to work with; Miguel, the same. Beto served us some of the most delicious food we've had on vacation to date. We ordered dinner service every night, but one, when we ate in Playa del Carmen. EVERY meal was authentic, perfectly appointed with guac, pico, and yummy salsas, and incredibly delicious. Oh! And pitchers of margaritas and lemonade were included with every meal. The kids LOVED the meals, as much as the adults. Too, we always had plenty leftover to cook with eggs in the mornings. Our breakfasts were gourmet quality thanks to our dinner leftovers.The villa itself was beautifully appointed, and SO MUCH ROOM, for our party of 8. We'll never stay in a cramped hotel room again! (Our party consisted of 2 families of 4; teenagers aged 16-18.) Per previous reviews we brought paper products, and inexpensive rafts and rings to use in the pool and ocean. I recommend this as well. I also recommend bringing a suitcase full of snacks, juice boxes, non-perishables etc for hungry kids. It'll save you a trip to the store; but the grocery store is close. A 10 min drive into Puerto Morelos, or you can "hit" the Walmart in Playa.) Liza planned 2 snorkeling/catamaran trips for us, as well as helped us secure a pinata and birthday cake for one of the teens' birthdays. We got home from a day trip and the pinata was hung, ready to surprise her, and the cake was in the refrigerator. She was beaming! They even paid for the cake. Such a nice gesture! They secured transportation for us to and from the airport and always kept us in the loop re: arrival/departure times etc. Liza and Miguel were a phone call away and answered any question we amateurs had. Re: the ocean/beach: The water was perfect; clear blue, warm-ish and not too rough. The beach very private, and the villa and grounds perfection. This was our most memorable and fun vacation to date, and we will absolutely be back. Again, and again. Thank you Liza, Miguel, and Beto, for making our stay seamless and wonderful every minute! We miss it so much already! (It's chilly in Minnesota :)

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks you so very much for the review, we hope to see you again next time you need to get out of the cold midwest! One little note: Mexico Customs do NOT allow you to bring food into the country - it was lucky you did not get a red light or they would have taken your food items and possibly fined you I would hate to see that (airports are stressed enough to get thru and saving a few $$ it's not worth the time it would take to be pulled out of line by customs.) We are always happy to shop for incoming guest to have the villas stocked with food to get you threw a few days (or some groups have us do all the shopping.) See you next time! Stay warm... Liza & Miguel & Luna (our dog!)
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Portland, oregon

Beyond our expectations...

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days in the fish villa, and it was more than we ever expected! Liza and Miguel were attentive to our needs, and the staff was fantastic. We will definitely recommend their villa to friends, and hope to return again. Thank you Liza and Miguel for making our vacation a wonderful experience!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 7 including me had a great time and this place was plenty spacious! Everything is very equipped and if there was something we needed, all you have to do is ask or mention it to the house owners and they will do their best to take care of it! Food was so delicious! The food they cooked for us was some of the best food we ate the entire trip and we ate at a lot of places! Whenever coming to Mexico you always want to make sure that your valuables are locked because you just never know. Not here! We felt extremely secure, all the staff was extremely nice and we never felt as if someone would take something from us. 10/10 would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bensenville, Il

Pollish Queen is here

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in the villas, we had all three, and had a wonderful time. Liza and Miguel have a very well run property. The furnishings, towels, sheets, beach lounges all very nice. We had two

meals prepared, very tasty, generous portions something for everyone.

The weather was great a little wind but enjoyable. The pickup service

was great. All in all Liza and Miguel contributed to a wonderful time

had by all. Thanks for my wonder banner the polish queen

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review. It was great having your family... your always welcome back our favorite Polish Queen!
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Bensenville, Il

Pollish Queen is here

  • 5 of 5

My family and I made the Villas our spring vacation this year, and a good

time was had by all. The villas were furnished very well, clean and the staff did a good job. Liza was a joy to deal with. We just had few meals

done and they were delicious, more food than you need. Plenty of towels, lounges to relax on and Coco the croc which everyone loved.

Puerto Morelos is more like old Mexico from my trips in the 70's and 80's and was very charming, and of course great weather.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome trip to Fish Villa

  • 5 of 5

My family stayed in the Fish Villa for one week in August. I've been to Mexico seven times and this beach and ocean was the best I've ever experienced. We traveled with three kids, ages 8 and 11 yrs old, the kids were able to swim and bogie board in the ocean. The water was so clear, with perfect waves and no strong current or under toe. The beach was great for making sand castles and going on long walks. The villa provided sand toys and bogie boards. The pool overlooked the ocean and had plenty of seating options. We had enjoyed the Welcome Dinner our first night and loved the salsa and guacamole. The transportation to and from the airport was very affordable, vans were clean and the drivers were very friendly. We stopped at a grocery store on our way to the villa to pick up groceries for the week. We cooked most of our meals at the villa and had our 2nd to last dinner catered in by the chef and had plenty of leftovers for our last night. The maids did the dishes every morning and there was plenty of bottled drinking water. We did the all day catamaran cruise to Isla Mujeres. The boat ride, spinnaker and getting to hold a nurse shark at the island were amazing. The snorkeling was a little disappointing because all of the boats came to the same place and the water was a little choppy, not great for inexperienced snorkelers. We also did the dolphin excursion, which was an amazing experience, we got to swim with dolphins and manatees, have lunch, go on a catamaran ride and snorkel. The only down side was the photographers try to charge more for the pictures than you pay for the dolphin experience. Wait to see the pictures before you buy them! Liza did a great job of booking our excursions and made it very easy on us!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
El Manglar Golf Course by Jack Nicklaus
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
main highway running from Cancun to Tulum

Golf: The Mayan Rivera is the fast becoming a world renowned golf destination. Some of the top golf course designers such as Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus have brought their resources to Mexico and have built some remarkable golf courses; both the PGA and the Canadian PGA both have annual tournaments here. The Secret Beach Villas are as close as Five to Twenty-Five minutes from these championship courses.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

THESE RATES INCLUDE TAX. (if you booked before with us taxes were included)
NOTE: We book Sat. to Sat. in high season or 10 nights
Rates are for up to 9 people of any age
Add $150 per Extra Person Charge
Max of 10 People in the Fish and Shell Villas – 3 if one is an infant
Max of 8 people in the Boat villa

NOTE: Holiday weeks can be a higher Request EXACT rates.
President Day Week/ School Break Week – Feb. 17-24, 2018
Easter/Good Friday Weeks – Mar. 24 - Apr. 7, 2018
Add 20% to Time Period Rate
Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day Weeks
Add 10% to Time Period Rate
Thanksgiving Week – Nov. 17 - 24, 2018
Add 20% to Time Period Rate

Looking for a 'Bargain'?
Here's a tip...Hard to book weeks are: May, last half of Aug., all of Sept. up till Nov.
Come on a short notice (less than 4 weeks)... we discount BIG if I have an opening inquire - these discounted rates don't show automatically.
We discount repeat customers..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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