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Private, Quiet, Secluded Villa -Panoramic Sea Views- South End

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Colorful, Modern, 2 BR 3 BA Secluded Villa on Tropical Island

Casa De Mariposas is one of the most private, quiet, colorful Villas on the Island paradise of Isla Mujeres. Off the main road on a barely known road , its away from traffic noise.The villa has two main bedrooms with private bathrooms, King size memory foam beds and two double sofa beds in the living room. It sleeps six but is most suitable for groups of four. The main bedrooms are on the ground floor, adjacent to the pool , and the upper floors have two open air dining terraces, spacious living room, guest bathroom, kitchen and very private roof top terrace with a Mayan wood shaded pergola. The villa enjoys wonderful views of sunrise over the Caribbean sea. Great attention to detail has been paid throughout the villa in order to make it a peaceful getaway. The decor is cool and calming and there are original artworks and fine linens to enhance your stay. Its your perfect Island retreat.

The location is quiet and somewhat remote, yet you are only minutes from the amenities of Garrafon Park, fine dining at superior restaurants or the luxuries of the Casa De Los Suenos Spa.

Casa De Mariposas is a true tropical getaway that can be all yours to enjoy with those you want to share it with.

Full kitchen with oven and stove, fridge freezer, microwave, coffee machine, blender, toaster, sandwich maker and crockery and cutlery for six.

Pool, Air conditioning.

Two flat screen televisions, two DVD players, DVD library, Stereo CD/Radio/MP3 system with CDs,WIFI Internet.

Hammock, fine linens, all towels provided, weekly maid service (additional on request - additional cost), chef (available on request - additional cost), hand made soaps and toiletries in all bathrooms.

Casa de Mariposas has an English speaking agent on the island to handle any requests and assist in booking excursions.

Within easy reach of Casa de Mariposas are fine snorkeling opportunities, the activities of Garrafon Park, scenic walks to the Mayan ruins and along the Caribbean coast.

There are several scuba dive centres on the island with daily trips to Manchones Reef, the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks and Cross of the Bay.

Bicycles are readily available to rent and are a great way to tour the island. For the less energetic the common form of transport is the golf cart - these are great fun and can be rented for $50 a day.

Area: Casa de Mariposas is located at the quiet and scenic south end of Isla Mujeres, a gem of an island in the Caribbean sea just a few miles by ferry from Cancun and the Yucatan mainland.

Originally a sacred site to the worship of the fertility Goddess Ixchel, there are still temple remains close to the villa.

Getting to Isla is easy with a fast ferry to the mainland and various transfer options from Cancun airport.

If you require we can arrange transfers for you at an additional cost.

The beaches of Isla have two different characters. The North and West beaches are shallow with white coral sand and very safe for bathing. The eastern coastline is more rugged with curling Caribbean swells and are ideal for walking and shelling.

Isla is known for it's laid back approach to life. Visitors to the island are independent and individual and making new friends is one of the joys of the island.

More Details

Dan and Michelle Gillette
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Dan and Michelle Gillette

Michelle and I 'stumbled' upon Isla Mujeres in February of 2005. Well, it was 'love at first sight'. Upon our return to our home town of Madison, WI we began a search for our vacation home. Within a few weeks we returned with our 3 week daughter, Bella, and bought our Island home. Over the last few years we have become immersed in the wonderful culture of the island and made many new friends. We've become active with the La Gloria English school that helps local people learn functional English, to help them obtain better paying work and to improve their standard of living. Having Isla as a second home has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of our lives. We hope if you choose to share our home, you enjoy the Island as much as we do.

Dan and Michelle Gillette purchased this villa in 2005

Why Dan and Michelle Gillette chose Quintana Roo

Islas wonderful local people and their exceptional culture make this a wonderful place to spend our 'down time'. International cuisine and top notch local food offer so many choices for relaxing meals. Being a few steps from the ocean no matter where you are on Isla makes for a unique experience for ocean lovers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Over the years I have stayed in many places on Isla. The casa was the most americanized and up to date yet. lights every where, fans and A/C worked great. It was really nice to open up from your bedroom to the beautiful pool. The bedrooms are separated by the entry way giving complete privacy. Feel secure and private with the eight foot wall all the way around the place. Mexico is always noisy....not at the house of the butterfly....not a sound to be heard except for, would you bring me another beer...please? You must say please or she will not get out of her hammock to do it and she lost her place in her book. I'm sorry. Oh, clean you talk about clean, hospital clean. Sun rise, oh yes from the east patio, a great view of the sun and the full moon coming over the Caribe. You must plan your trip during the full moon. West patio was great in the afternoon, cool breeze and over looking the pool. Sunset, yes! Bring your marg and mohito to the third story...fantastic.
Jun 2013
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Isla Mujeres Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Other - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , New Simmons memory foam mattresses
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , New Simmons memory foam mattresses
  • Air conditioning in all sleeping areas!
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Private, Quiet, Secluded Villa -Panoramic Sea Views- South End
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 42 reviews

Fair property, a bit pricey for the amenities...

  • 3 of 5

Casa Mariposas was a decent rental, though I feel a bit over priced for the level of amenities. The glassware was inadequate, pool ice cold, even though it was advertized as being in 'full sun' all day (it was not), there was no wi-fi for the entirety of our stay, though the neighbors all had it, perhaps the bill wasn't paid? The location was ok being close to The Joint and Garrafon. This was our 10th trip to Isla Mujeres and I feel that we will pass on this property moving forward, there are MANY others to choose from.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The most frustrating review for any homeowner is one where there isn't a chance to correct an issue until after the stay. "Inadequate glassware" ? Not enough? Didn't like the style? Could've been replaced or added to with a phone call, text , email. Same with the wifi. (The bill was paid.) Could've contacted us. And maybe the neighbors had a different provider. "Ice cold pool"? The sun shines on our pool from approx 9am to 4-5 pm( No misrepresentation) depending on the month. That's all day to us. March has cool nights and lots of wind. This affects the pool temp, not the amount of sun the pool gets. The groups before and after this one " enjoyed" the pool. "Ice cold" is subjective. I'm not aware of a heated pool on the island. We are pleased there are "many" other choices for this group. They couldve given us a chance to correct what issues they had. Other than the length of the day.
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One of the Best Places on Isla...A True Hidden Gem!

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at many places on Isla over the years...this one is truly one of the best for the price!! It's hidden back away from all the day tourists...and not in the middle of Centro...(a plus for us). The pool is actually big enough to swim in...not just cool off. Also, many properties that are right on the Carribean side...(the rough side) only get sun until around the pools never get to warm up. Not so with Mariposa's. Sun all day for me...and the bridge gave my husband the shade he seeks out. Lots of somfotable outside seating and views of the ocean...both sides!! (But not from ground level). The bathrooms are light and you can get close enough to see in the mirrors. Dan answered emails immediately and took care of a minor water issue as fast as could be expected. You will want a golf cart in this location if you plan to tour the island...but we always get one where ever we stay. BBQ grill was a huge plus for well as the kithcen having everything you'll need. We travel with backpacks a hair dryer would've been nice for me...and my husband likes American channels on the TV for news...but other than complaints! Hope to stay here again!!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Expectations met! Don't hesitate!!

  • 4 of 5

Excellent location for us. We were looking for a nice, safe, quiet retreat without the hustle n' bustle. House was clean, comfortable with all the showers, comfortable beds, cold AC-DC, full kitchen, nice pool and several decks. Very close to "The Joint", Garrafon de castielle and an awesome private beach at Maria's Kan was our 6th trip to Isla and we have stayed somewhere different each time...would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

My family loved this place! We have 2, 10-year-olds who really enjoyed the pool and the bedroom that they shared. Our bedrooms all had more than enough space for us.

The swimming pool is well cared for, the water was always sparkling clean, the property was well-kept and fun to hang out in.

The kitchen, family room and 3rd bathroom (and drinking water) are all located on the 2nd floor. This can be tiring to climb the stairs each time you want a drink but we had water bottles.

The views were simply amazing out of the back of the house. We love being able to see the ocean from the kitchen although in the morning you may need sunglasses to cook breakfast!

There were birds nesting also right outside the front of the house, in the bamboo trees. The kids loved watching them and the iguanas outside.

All of the appliances worked. My kids loved making smoothies. We were spoiled with maid service that came 2 times while we were there (for 7 days). We didn't run out of clean dishes but we didn't use the kitchen a lot either. Plus we can always wash our own.

We really missed not having a washer and dryer since our beach towels can get pretty nasty and we didn't have enough time to really search out a laundry service, so having a laundry service on the recommendation list at the house would be awesome.

Our only complaint (and why 4 out 5 stars) is the water pressure in the house is really poor. I understand this is true for most of the south side of the island, and expected it to a degree... but were we glad to shower when we got home to the states!!

All in all, we would stay there again and recommend it to anyone who knows the island and it's quirks and don't forget to plan to have a golf cart!

PS- we named the big Iguana living by the golf cart Carl. Carl the Iguana.. LOL

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa on hill overlooking Caribbean

  • 5 of 5

Once again a delightful place to stay. August 27 - September 3. My first time at Casa Mariposa was August 2010. Been a few more times to other casa's but this time was a Mother/Daughter trip. The AC option was what I thought she might need but Mom acclimate very well, without AC. (Mom did very, very well at 83. Many were surprised at that, she kept sharing that tid bit off and on so I know she was comfortable visiting Isla.) Casa is near Punta Sur so I suggest a golf cart. Walking distance to rugged but safe scenic shore hikes...or a walk on a sidewalk lined roads on either side of casa. Breezes, sunrises and a view of iconic shell house off one patio that I often found my Mom enjoying. We got groceries and had dinner inside but also out on the patio deck with a six person table. Only one odd issue and Dan helped us take care of that. Cleaning and pool guy good. It is a compound with walls all the way around. We had evenings looking towards Caribbean that we saw fireflies in the surrounding vegetation. Love the pool bridge...unique to property in general but a great place to hang, out of the sun, and enjoy still enjoy the pool on a hot day. We met Richart who created the floating bottle island, also the turtle farm on same road. Took cell but did not use. Wifi great so ipad was a way to keep in touch as needed and share pics of our adventure. Dined on North beach area at several places. Last evening, wanted it special. Casa Mariposa does not have a full sunset view. I was going to take Mom to Zama Beach Club for dinner but something pulled me toward a nearby spot on the way there. Turned around and after checking menu at Casa Suenos a small hotel but open to public dining. Note: can even reserve private dining at the end of the pier...we saw a couple doing that who arrived when we did. A good place that we has our South Point sunset and dinner. Good food and service. To sum it up: Still Smiling.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Isla several times and this is the third villa that we have rented. Each of the villas has strengths. What we enjoyed most about Casa Mariposa was the privacy. Other trips we have been with family or friends but this time it was just my wife and I. We liked the location in that it was away from noisy streets and yet a great home base to go and do all of the great things that Isla has to offer. The villa was everything that it claimed to be. A lady came by to clean a few times but always when we were gone. A man cleaned the pool a few times but was inconspicuous as well. There were many birds and beautiful flowers and trees to enjoy while soaking up the sun. We paid to go to a beach one day but hurried back to the villa because it was just much more relaxing quiet. Isla has some of the best restaurants of all the places we have been to in the Caribbean. That is why we keep coming back. It is easily accessed from Cancun and a fun and safe place to enjoy the sun. I wish I was there right now! A perfect day would be Mango Cafe for breakfast, The Soggy Peso for lunch and afternoon margaritas and then supper at Limon's.

I highly recommend Isla Mujeres and Casa Mariposa. Go for it and have a great time!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Car: not necessary

Sport Fishing, Dolphin Discovery 'swim with dolphins' program, Spa, Beach clubs, Turtle Farm, Mayan ruins, Tyrolean Zip Line at Garrafon Park, boat tours, Just 20 minutes by ferry from Cancun


Rates & Availability

Isla Mujeres Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Xmas 2017/18
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 1 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $55

All rates include taxes and maid service. AC is additional $20/day.
50% Deposit is payable on booking, balance due 60 days prior to travel.
See website for full terms and conditions.
Paypal and CC accepted

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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