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Vanesa Fernandez

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

Hollywood Star House, Unparalleled Property Grounds, Famous Architect

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Mozimba Villa Rental Photos and Description

An island for yourself, ocean almost all around, 7 double bedrooms

The only building in a small penninsula, it is like having an island of your own in a 4 acres property. The house has a private swimming pool, 2 dining tables/areas (outdoors and on the terrace) a garden, 2 terrace living rooms and one interior living room. Private patios, gardens, palm forest, freshwater creek, 2 ocean fronts (1 sandy seasonal and 1 rock cliff) and the most amazing views framed by 1945 beautiful architecture. Free wi fi. The house's previous owner was Dolores del Rio, Hollywood star, partner of Orson Wells. Stunning architecture by awarded architect Enrique del Moral. It is conveniently situated 10 minutes away from the active acapulco bay near the yacht club, la quebrada and the peaceful pie de la cuesta and Coyuca lagoon.


In the main area:

* 3 double bedrooms with private bathroom and private terrace each room.

* 2 double bedrooms with 1 shared bathroom and a common terrace for both.

In the back area:

* 2 double bedrooms with private bathrooms each but one shared terrace for both. (generally used for children and nannies)


* butler / chofer

* maid

(cook and masseuse can be hired)

services such as massage, manicure, pedicure, hair stylist, live musicians, etc. available at the house if desired for reasonable prices. For example, the extraordinary masseuse can come to the house and the massage is only 40 usd.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Vanesa Fernandez (Owner)
Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, french, spanish

About Vanesa Fernandez

I am an art critic, curator and collector. Studied my Master's degree on Contemporary Art in London at Sotheby's Institute. Work in the art world, currently based in Mexico City

Vanesa Fernandez purchased this villa in 1970

Why Vanesa Fernandez chose Acapulco

I am mostly interested in beauty and historical values of really important art pieces and architecture, such as this property. The reason for renting it is because it is a holiday home, so it can be rented the resto of the time.

What makes this villa unique

There is no other property like it in the country. It has been featured in Purple Magazine in France, Wallpaper Magazine in London, and Celeste Magazine in Mexico, amongst many other architecture books and magazines. The butler's salary is included in the rental price.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)
Hollywood Star House, Unparalleled Property Grounds, Famous Architect
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Acapulco´s Best Kept Secret

  • 5 of 5

The location is stunning, the house is magnificent (beautiful decoration, top quality service, lots of space, beautiful rooms, top bathrooms, the private beach, the history and architecture of the house) and the view is just beyond! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in discovering Acapulco and Mexico. You won't find a better place to stay. I have been spending time in Acapulco for the last 30 years and this house is definitely one of the best kept secrets in town.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A truly heavenly house

  • 5 of 5

Pool, amazing ocean views , very comfortable and very clean, huge open dining room : the ideal place to spend the best vacation of your life.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

Our experience in this house during a five day vacations on new year’s eve was crappy, because the things that are offered here are a lie, the house has been without an appropriate maintenance for a long time, doors and windows are falling, there are a lot of bugs in the rooms, cleaning in the house is extremely poor, the kitchen in general is disgusting, there is not hot water to take a shower, if you are planning to take children or elders into the house is terrible for them.

the pool is in terrible conditions because it didn’t have its proper daily maintenance that is required, the Jacuzzi is unusable, it didn’t work (for what we saw it has been like that for a lot of years) and it’s not easy to reach, it’s at the border of the canyon and its dangerous, it’s a shame that you cheat on people with these lies.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sigrid A. y José M., I had never rented my home to a family with so little upbringing. I had to throw away a new martes (that I was pleased to announce all 14 materias were brand new when you entered my home) due to you family urinating on it. You destroyed a full window and I had to throw away some towels because the butler saw you use on you pet. On top of it all you tricked the butler and did not pay for the damages and did not pay for the deposit (which doesen't surprise me because in years of renting the house it is the first time I find myself in the need of asking for payment for damages). I am truly sorry I rented you my home and having been forced to have dealt with your family, it was indeed a very unpleasant experience and to be honest, I am not used this kind of lack of decency and education. I will warn all of my friends with niece houses for rent at beaches as mine about your family to avoid them renting their house to you. I am truly not surprised you make use of this splendid media to tell lies.
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Feel like a movie star!

  • 5 of 5

To echo an earlier reviewer, this is by far the most beautiful house I've ever stayed in. I felt glamorous just being there! Everything is five-star here: the architecture, the pool, the staff-- don't miss out on massages, pedicures, and the best chilaquiles ever!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most gorgeous place in Acapulco

  • 5 of 5

I went with my family to La Canada and we had a blast. There is no better setting in the vicinity of Acapulco to enjoy such classic beach spot. This is a beautiful open house; the main space is all wide open and still completely isolated from any neighbour. Perched on a risk, the house is full of history and full of fine and comfortable local design furniture. Guests are taken care by Ricardo in a magnificent way, fresh coconuts and beer at hand. This is a place to quit the noisy Acapulco bay and to enjoy solely the best part of it. I would comeback anytime without hesitation. And Vanessa is a fantastic host to deal with!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Without exaggerating, I'd say that this is the most beautiful house I've ever had the fortune to stay in. The infinity pool at the cliff's edge and the original furniture, (even the rugs have been preserved!) jettison you back to luxurious 1940s Acapulco, when the stars all sought refuge and some peace and quiet in this part of the world... The indoor/outdoor main living and dining areas are beautiful - you can read in a a hammock or have a formal meal in rain or shine and still have the sensation of being outdoors, listening to the waves. We had a masseuse come in who set up her table down on the lowest deck so that we could be outside and close to the ocean while still completely private. We did a day sailing trip from the harbour in Acapulco and also a day trip down to Pie de la Cuesta (about 20 minutes away) where we ate fish at a tiny puesto on the beach and took a boat to 'mud island' where we had mud treatments (while drinkng fresh coconut water!) ... We also headed down to the newly restored Boca Chica, a stunning art deco hotel at the edge of Acapulco, for cocktails. But mostly we stayed at the house, relaxing, reading and eating the divine ceviches (I think we had four or five different types) that the cook prepared daily. The kidshad a blast - this was a realhome away from home. Vanesa had everything perfectly organized for us and couldn't have been nicer. Our arrival and stay went off smoothly. This secluded spot is truly heavenly, We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
16 Kilometres
Acapulco International Airport
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Club de Golf Acapulco
Nearest Ski
9 Kilometres
pie de la cuesta
Nearest Beach
9 Kilometres
nearest public beach: pie de la cuesta

Main attraction:

The beauty and story of the house

The house belonged to dolores del rio, the mexican hollywood actress that left her acting carreer to become the partner of orson wells. She was with him when he filmed citizen cane. It is an historic house, the first modern architectural work in mexico, built in acapulco in 1945, by renowned mexican architect enrique del moral (best known for his unam building, universidad autonoma de méxico). 'el gringo' del moral, as he was called, was very influential mostly in the way he incorporated vernacular architecture into modern buildings. So nature: the rainforest and ocean around, are beautifully incorportated into the house architecture in its terraces. As this house is considered one of his matespieces, the house is featured in most books on mexican architecture, as well as contemporary international magazines such as wallpaper, purple magazine and celeste magazines, amongst others.

What the house offers:

The house has a private swimming pool, 2 dining rooms (outdoors and on the terrace) a garden, a palmtree forest, a freshwater creeek, 2 beaches (1 sandy and 1 rock cliff) and the most amazing views framed by beautiful architecture. It has free wifi and a sound system with speakers to hear music. Most guests hardly ever leave the property grounds and enjoy spending their holidays inside the property grounds. If you are the stay-in kind, there is no better place than this on earth. Groceries, food, etc. Is arranged by the butler of the house. The butler's salary is included in the rental price. A cook can be hired for 20 usd per day. There is also a masseuse manicure pedicure hair stylist and makeup stylist available upon request that comes to the house. rates vary but can be requested. they are quite inexpensive.

Unparalleled attraction: location

The house is the only building in a penninsula, so it is almost like living in an island of your own. But it is wonderfully located in the original 1940s residential acapulco area where, for instance, the elvis presley films were made. It is conveniently right between the bay of acapulco and pie de la cuesta only 10 to 15 minutes drive to either beach.

1) acapulco bay: offers all kinds of sea related attractions such as skiing, fishing, and diving, that can be booked from the house. It also offers very good restaurants, famous bars and fantastic nightlife.

2) pie de la cuesta: is more relaxed from heavy tourism, yet very pintoresque. It is pet friendly, has very little tourists, and few hotels. Pie de la cuesta offers an enormous sandy beach with waves for surfers, as well as a lagoon. You can water ski at the lagoon and have wonderful food in the small design hotels owned by europeans mostly.

3) transportation: there is an air conditioned van for 12 people available in the house with a driver. The tariffs for rides in the van run from 10 usd to 80 usd depending on the distance. pick up from airport is 50 usd.


Rates & Availability

Mozimba Villa Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 16.0%

The rental price includes the butler's salary, who can be sent out to buy groceries at the supermarket at no extra cost. A cook can be hired for 20 usd. She is a great cook with a very wide variety of recipes you can choose from, dishes from cuisines all around the world. The food is one of the big attractions of the house. A masseuse can also be hired to come to the house, price varies, around 25 usd per massage.

traveles have to pay 50% deposit in advance, and 50% on arrival

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Mozimba Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1000 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Excusive for room 1
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Exclusive for room 2
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Shared by rooms 3 and 4
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , For visitors, in living room area
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Exclusive to room 5. Has 2 showers: indoors and outdoors
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Exclusive to room 6. Bathroom outside bedroom.
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathtub has an extraordinary view of the ocean
  • only one bedroom shares the bathroom with another bedroom. All of the other bedrooms have their own private bathroom. One of the bedrooms in the south terrace has a bathtub, the rest of the bathrooms have a shower. All of the bathrooms have a sink and towels. They were all recently renovated, with marble floors. The master bedroom, in addition to the bathrooms, it has an outdoors shower in its private terrace. There are towels, toilet paper and soap needed for 2 people in every bathroom.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Small private terrace with ocean view. Exclusive to room 2.
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Private very large terrace. Exclusive to room 1.ocean view.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Shares bathroom and private ocean viewterrace with bedroom 3
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Air conditionined.Private oceanview room adjacent
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , Private very large terrace.shared with room 6.
  • In the main area: * 3 double bedrooms with private bathroom and private terrace each room. * 2 double bedrooms with 1 shared bathroom and terrace for both. In the second terrace area to the south: * 2 double bedrooms with private bathrooms each but one shared terrace for both. (generally used for children and nannies)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You will be received with a light meal of your choice either ceviche with tostadas or chicken tostadas. There will be coca-colas beers and fresh coconut water for your arrival. After that, you can decide from the fabulous recipes in the house what you will want to eat the rest of your stay. You can hire a cook for 20 usd per day, and you can ask the butler (butler's salary included in rental price) to go shop for groceries for you. He will not charge for the service of going to the supermarket and providing the groceries you request, only the money for the groceries requested and he will bring back the receipts of everything bought so that you can check the price of everything you sent him out to shop. The butler is also a great cocktails bar tender. He can do fabulous margaritas, pisco sour, and mojitos.

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