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Villa Encantada ~ Oceanfront Villa in Puerto Mio ~ Monto Cristo

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 10,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

10,000 SQFT 5 Bedroom ~ 6 Bathroom Topical Paridise

NEW SPRING RATES FOR 2018 Limited time offer: 7 nights for $4900 from 1/4/2018 thru 5/31/2018. Holy Week Holiday Excluded does not included taxes and service fee.

Traveling with friends is always exciting. Enjoying a private villa is sublime. This luxurious 10,000 square foot oceanfront villa that features 5 guest rooms, of which 4 have their own private terrace overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Zihuatanejo Bay.

Villa Encantada accommodates 10 guest in sublime luxury. Each guest room has its own ensuite bath. The Palma and Faro Suites feature oceanfront private terraces. The Oceano and Playa rooms have the amazing Sky Lounge over looking Zihuatanejo Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Jardin Suite is perfect for the late sleeper with a garden view.

Villa Encantada has a Grand Salon over looking a beautiful infinity edge pool. The Grand Dining Table seat 10 guest and is a few steps up next to the Grand Salon. The open air living / dining area is inviting and social.

Villa Encantada includes the services of both a full time chef and maid. Let our staff take care of your every need. We take making your vacation "the vacation of a lifetime" serious with our service. No visit to Zihuatanejo is complete until you have been to the local markets. Pick from the "Catch of the Day" and the fresh "Farm to Market" produce for an amazing meal personally perpared by our chef. Coconut Shrimps, Whole Grilled Red Snapper and Filet of Mahi Mahi are just a few of the specialties of the house.

Enjoy the privacy of a luxury resort all your own. Here you will vacation in paradise without forgoing the conveniences of modern technology. You may watch cable TV in your room and view CNN and other US stations. Relax by the pool and check your email via wireless Internet. Free calling to Canada and the USA to share your vacation with friends and family. Enjoy surround sound music poolside. All rooms are air conditioned and fully furnished, including TV, DVD/CD player, toiletries and mini-fridge. The oceanfront villa is gated and has 24 hour security.

Villa Encantada was designed by renowned architect Enrique Zozaya and beautifully blends modern and traditional Mexican style architecture.

More Details

Aharon or Jeannine Chen
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2018

About Aharon or Jeannine Chen

I am a fisherman at heart and fell in love with Zihuatanejo on a fishing trip over 20 years ago. The area is wonderful and I come down at least once a month. My villas are labors of love and I take great pride in the pleasure they provide myself, friends and family.

Aharon or Jeannine Chen purchased this villa in 2002

Why Aharon or Jeannine Chen chose Cerro del Almacén

I met Enrique Zozaya and began building Villa Encanatada in 2002. It took almost two years to complete. In the end what was created is a work of art. It is truly a little piece of heaven that was created here on earth.

What makes this villa unique

The fourth floor sundeck has amazing views and is a great place to have some private sun tanning time.


Cerro del Almacén Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main Level Bathroom - toilet , Pool level restroom
    Faro Suite - toilet , shower , Ensuite bath in the Faro Suite
    Playa Bath - toilet , shower , Ensuite private bath in Playa Room
    Palma Suite - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , jetted tub , bidet , Ensuite private bath in Palma Suite
    Jardin Suite - toilet , shower , Ensuite private bath in Jardin Suite
    Oceano Room - toilet , shower , Ensuite private bath in the Oceano room.
  • All bathroom have hairdryers and luxury imported towels. All room have private ensuite baths.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Playa Room - 1 king , Oceanfront with private bath and sundeck
    Palma Suite - 1 king , Oceanfront balcony with sitting area, private bath
    Jardin Suite - 1 king , Main level suite with garden patio
    Oceano Room - 1 king , Oceanfront balcony with private bath and sundeck
    Faro Suite - 1 king , Oceanfront balcony with sitting area, private bath.
  • Air conditioned and fully furnished, including TV, DVD/CD player, mini-fridge and toiletries. Two oceanview suites. Two oceanview rooms with sun deck. One garden suite on main level.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
My chef is included and will go over meal options before your group goes to the local markets. Food and drinks are not provided by the owner.


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Villa Encantada ~ Oceanfront Villa in Puerto Mio ~ Monto Cristo
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Not a 5 star stay for the top price we paid. House needs updating and staff description edited.

  • 3 of 5

I'll start by saying that this booking was made two weeks before our travel date because we had another 5 star house lost due to fraud. It was peak travel season so I knew we were going to be paying top $. I think that the property and staff were oversold to be a five star stay. When we arrived to the airport we had been told that Carlos would be there to pick us up. He was 2 hours late. When we finally arrived to the property the staff was frantically cleaning the house. It looked as though the house hadn't been stayed in a bit as televisions were off walls, mold was in the bedroom mini fridges, dirty pool, the deck had tons of ants and no hot water. We had visions of a friendly welcome to our vacation after a long day with cold drinks & snacks. The staff did their best getting the house ready and cooking us a late dinner even though it was New Years Eve. We found out they didn't know we were coming. Adrian was sweet to run down to the local market to get us a few cold drinks. Jeannine ended up giving us half of one nights stay refund. It was very nice not to have to cook or clean for a week and the food was good. We gave Carlos money and he did our grocery shopping. In the description of the house it says that Carlos would be available to drive us places and arrange excursions, but he wasn't very open to do this. He took us to the beach and he arranged/drove us to a fishing excursion. Other than that we walked or took the water taxi that was a short walk. Once, our kids took a Jacuzzi bath in one of the bedrooms because there wasn't a hot tub outside. They put the stopper in and filled it and then later all 10 of us took showers. We ended up getting "talked to" by Carlos about using so much water. We felt like we had done something wrong. Don't have a large soaker tub if you don't expect your guests to use it! Be careful getting to the "private beach" you have to trespass onto private property as no one showed us how else to get there. Be aware that most of the house is open to the outside. Each bedroom is fully enclosed and had locks but still a concern when you have kids. The air condition units in the rooms were a necessary amenity to a "5 star" house and once we replaced batteries in the remotes they worked. In the end, If you understand how things are in Mexico and ok with that, this is a nice house with a beautiful but over grown view. It needs updating and added touches to be considered a top $ luxury vacation.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was sorry to hear of your rental issue with another villa. However, I provided you a discount due to your "fraud" situation that Homeaway has no record of in their system off the holiday rental rate before booking. We allowed you to have more than the 10 people on your original reservation with us because you booked the ticket at the last minute. The house is not advertised with an outdoor hot tub, nor is it advertised with a full time driver for your use. Those features are noted in other renters reviews. I discussed in detail with you many of the features of the villa. It was explained to you that the villa was occupied by another rental and would be a tight turn to accommodate your last minute request. You requested my staff to take your children to the beach without you. This is not a service I provide. Furthermore, your unsupervised children left the gas oven on all night filling the villa with gas fumes. Maids discovered guest left water running in sinks and showers and A/C units on in unoccupied rooms. After many text and phone calls during your stay I am left to wonder if the other villa didn't cancel your rental.
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Amazing spot! Amazing house! Amazing staff! What a great Christmas vacation for the family!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The villa encantada was amazing.

5 big rooms, every room there own ensuite (shower + toilet)

4 of them with a amazing balcony a view over the bay.

The infinite pool ..... perfect.

Fun to walk to the fish market every morning for the catch of the day! We even got tuna for a big tartare!

The chef was good, we ask her specific stuff but most of the time it was classic Mexican food. Ask them to start the charcoal grill, fish filet on that is incredible!

Thanks for the amazing week!

We will be back

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Genevieve Thank you for the wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again at Villa Encantada. Happy New Year to you and your family. Happy Travels Jeannine
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Amazing location, villa, and staff

  • 5 of 5

Villa Encantada is a jewel perched on several levels on the cliff in Puerto Mio, a 20 minute walk from the north end of Zihua, and about 25 minutes from the market area. The photos are entirely accurate and yet cannot capture the actual breathtaking beauty of the rooms, the decks, the views to the sea, and that astonishing infinity pool.

Yet truly it is the staff that make this villa an outstanding and most memorable holiday. It was hard to consider going out for dinner when Socorro and Perla could make sumptuous meals including the famed coconut shrimp, excellent enchiladas con pollo, and puerco con salsa verde. Breakfast treats like soaps, chiliquales, huevos rancheros... Fresh ceviche for lunch, or quesadillas with guacamole and salsa fresca! We were spoiled all week long!

Carlos, the Manager, is likewise amazing. His helpful suggestions about massages in the villa, arranging for transport to and from the airport, picking up groceries on our first night, all these as well as arranging a fantastic birthday piñata celebration - he was always there when we needed him. Professional and warm, he was lovely. In sum, Carlos was over the top!!!

Adrian too was an excellent addition to the ease of our stay. The pool was well cared for, the grounds well kept, and maintenance attended to. Each of the staff were wonderfully present and available, yet never intrusive.

I hesitate to write such a positive review, because selfishly we want to come back to Villa Encantada. Yet when such amazing places filled with great people exist, it is also important to share that experience. Should you book this place, you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully maintained villa with a superb staff and a fantasic view.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Fabulous

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 couples looking to escape brutal weather in Chicago and couldn't have picked a better spot! We were nervous about sharing a house (have traveled together before, but always stayed at a resort) - but this was perfect! Every room had a view, private balcony and bathroom. The most wonderful outdoor living space that was just spectacularly relaxing and beautiful. But truly, what REALLY made our stay so heavenly, was the amazing staff. Truly, we are ruined for Mexican Food. Everything was so fresh and delicious. They were all so nice and friendly, but absolutely gave us our space, etc. We hated to leave. (And I almost don't want to give such a glowing review in order to keep it our secret, really was wonderful!). A close walk to town - not that we actually left very often and a beach to snorkel from right down the road! Cannot thank you enough for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome home and staff!

  • 4 of 5

The property was fantastic, every need was met by the fantastic staff. Carlos was our family's favorite! Unfortunately, eating in town one evening at Restuarante Any, I picked up Camplybactor (from mishandled or undercooked chicken). It was 12 days of horrible intestinal illness and I landed in the ER. :( But this home? Amazing!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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La Playa Principal
Car: not necessary

The beaches:

La playa principal, which is the public beach located in front of the town. The municipal pier is located at one end. The local fisherman beach their skiffs here during the day. They fish at night and in the morning display and sell their catch to the local market and restaurants.

Playa la madera “wood beach” gets it’s name from the spanish colony days when it was the shipping point for mahogany, oak, pine and cedar wood cut from the local forests. This beach is reached by walking along a narrow, seaside trail which you can pick up on the other side of the museo arquelógico.

Playa la ropa is the longest beach in the area. In the 16th century a spanish galleon called the nao made the mistake of entering the bay, which was then a den for british buccaneers. The pirates fired on the galleon without even having to pull up anchor and the galleon was scuttled. It’s cargo of chinese silk clothing washed up all over the beach, which is how “clothes beach” got its name. To reach this beach it is easiest to take bus from downtown zihuatanejo.

Playa de las gatas, which is at the extreme southern end of the bay, is accessible by water taxi from the municipal pier or a footpath along the rocky coast from la ropa. There is no road. According to local legend a tarascan king named iréhpan and his family used this beach as a winter vacation retreat. An invasion of man-eating sharks in the bay prevented his family from swimming. So iréhpan ordered his slaves to build a stone breakwater off of the beach to keep the sharks out. Today this breakwater is overgrown with coral and offers the finest snorkeling and diving in the area. This beach gets it’s name from a species of harmless, whiskery nurse sharks that used to be common in the area. Open air fresh seafood restaurants line the beach and lounge chairs are available for rent.


Palma real golf course:

Ranked as one of mexico’s finest golf courses, this 18-hole course was designed by robert trent jones, jr. And has spectacular scenery and natural wildlife.

Marina golf course

The marina golf course in ixtapa was designed by robert von hagge, renowned golf course designer. This exclusive 18 hole, par 72 course is 6,793 yards long and is situated on 55 hectars of land characterized by attractive landscaping and natural canals requiring 12 bridges.


Offshore ixtapa zihuatanejo is mexico’s newly discovered, exciting sport-fishing destination and is home to many big game fish such as pacific sailfish, dorado (mahi mahi), black and blue marlin,

Wahoo and yellowfin tuna. Inshore species such as roosterfish, grouper, snapper, spanish mackerel and yellowtail jacks are also available throughout the year.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 19.0%

Damage deposit may have special guest requested incidentals deducted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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