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Romantic, Private Villa On Beautiful Zihuatanejo Bay - Mexican Riviera

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 Brs, 3 Ba, Gourmet Kitchen, Private Pool, Full-time Staff, Stunning Views

Casa del Platero sits at the south end of La Ropa Beach. Secluded and private, the house sits behind white adobe walls, offering privacy within as well as direct access to La Ropa Beach out our front gate. Our infinity pool is a lovely spot to watch the gorgeous sunsets over Zihua Bay. We have a full-time, on-site staff to advise and assist you 24/7, and daily maid service. First morning's breakfast is included in your rental. Other meals can be prepared upon request. The house can be rented in three configurations: Whole house (4 br/3 ba); Lower House (2 br/2/ba), or Upper House (2 br/1 ba). Each 'house' has a private entrance, complete kitchen, living area and access to the pool.


Property Manager
Melissa Hampton
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2017

About Melissa Hampton

Dave is a Professor at Emory Medical School, a bio-chemist, and has a research laboratory. He works on oxidative stress, and is widely-known in the research community for having discovered a group of enzymes that are important in cancer and heart disease. To prove he is not a total nerd, he also paints and plays finger-style guitar. Melissa is a TV/Video producer/director in Atlanta, works frequently with the Public Broadcasting Service and has an active business as a producer of web-site videos for corporations and non-profit organizations. She loves to cook, snow-ski (just not in Mexico) and is a classically trained pianist and violinist.

Melissa Hampton purchased this villa in 2005

Why Melissa Hampton chose Zihuatanejo

Dave grew up on the border between the U.S. and Mexico and has always loved the rich culture of the country and the generous, warm character of the people. He has also developed a passion for Aztec mythology and has enjoyed using these ancient stories as inspiration for his art; many of his original oils decorate the walls of Casa del Platero. Melissa was originally (and still is) a Francophile and hoped for retirement surrounded by vineyards of Provence but Mexico has won her over with its spectacular weather, scenery, and the loving kindness of our Mexican friends who have taught her to slow down and enjoy each day. Dave and Melissa are both foodies and have enjoyed learning to cook simple with fresh, local ingredients...like fresh fish which comes into the Marina daily, on local boats.

We love the rhythm of life in Zihuatanejo; our days center around walks on the beach, a trip to the market for fresh produce; an afternoon siesta in the hammock with a book, and our daily appointment with the sunset on our patio. Zihua has taught us how to enjoy and value each day.

What makes this villa unique

We offer a full-time, on-site staff to care just for you. They are awesome!

The house is very private, surrounded by white, adobe walls, and sits up on a small knoll providing a panoramic view of Zihuatanejo Bay. Access to the beach is right out our front gate. The house is decorated with original oils by Dave; native art from other parts of Mexico that we collect when we travel...masks; wood statues; terra cotta statues, etc. The downstairs kitchen underwent a complete renovation in summer of 2014 and offers all new appliances; granite counters; hand-painted native tiles and all the amenities you need. The house is open to the constant breeze off the Bay, has both a front and back patio, lush tropical garden and comfortable interiors.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We thought we were going to Zihua just to hang out and get some rays but what a treat to stay in a private home so beautifully decorated, and with a fantastic gourmet kitchen. And the staff of two, a husband and wife, couldn't do enough for us. My kids loved getting to practice their Spanish! But the language was no barrier at all. These two obviously love their job and take hospitality seriously. And the view of the bay is gorgeous. We'd love to come back next year.
Dec 2014
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Amenities

Playa Las Gatas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bath, Lower House - toilet , shower , Spacious bath with shelves and hanging area for clothes
    Small bath, Lower House - toilet , tub , shower , This is adjacent to twin bed room, Lower House
    Bath, Upper House - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - Lower House - 1 king , This room can be shuttered for use with A/C. En suite bath
    Twin bed room, Lower House - 2 twin/ single , This room is spacious with ceiling fan, en suite bath
    Master Bedroom Upper House - 1 king , This room can be closed for use with A/C
    Second bedroom, Upper House - 1 double , View of Bay; ceiling fan
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • festivals
  • marina
  • reefs
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Romantic, Private Villa On Beautiful Zihuatanejo Bay - Mexican Riviera
average rating of 4.857143 based on 17 reviews
5

Casa Del Platero: A Week in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a week in paradise at Casa Del Platero. This beautiful and well appointed home is located conveniently on La Ropa Beach in Zihuatanejo Bay. If you enjoy spectacular sunsets while sipping margaritas, Casa Del Platero is your next vacation spot. The recently renovated chef’s kitchen is well equipped for cooking fresh local fish from the market. Dining al fresco on the large family style table on the covered patio was perfect. Afternoons were spent snoozing in one of the two hammocks or sitting on the ledge in the infinity pool overlooking the bay, where there was a constant breeze. The beach is a very short walk out of the front gate where restaurants and seaside bars are located. The bedrooms are comfortable and have air conditioning in three of the four rooms. However, in early April we had no need to turn on the AC since the breezes and lull of the waves enabled comfortable sleeping. Casa Del Platero has beautiful furnishings and is decorated with original oil paintings. The bonus to our stay was the friendly and efficient on-site staff who kept things clean and running smoothly. For a nominal fee, they will cook meals as well. Lovely stay in a beautiful locale. We plan to return next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind and generous review. It is always gratifying when a guest loves Zihua and Casa del Platero as much as we do. Come back soon! Melissa and Dave
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Trip of a lifetime

  • 4 of 5

Having been to Zihua. 30+ years ago I was concerned about over development that might have ruined the magnificent bay and the quaint town, the laid-back La Ropa Beach vibe – when we first stepped in the gate, the feeling of "ahhh , it's perfect " told me we had made the right choice. The design of the house takes perfect advantage of the site and the views, with maximum privacy, but always open to views and the wonderful breezes. The pool is wonderful, the staff could not be more friendly and the food was delicious!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We agree that the combination of our magnificent bay and authentic local village charm make Zihua special. We enjoyed having you as guests!
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The perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredible time at Casa del Platero! The location made it easy for us to go back and forth between the beach and house, or grab a taxi to go into town. The view from almost any room in the house was breathtaking, and there were plenty of places for all 8 of us to sit and take it all in. Laco and Mireye were extremely accommodating- whether picking up beer or making dinner they weee always available and willing.

We will definitely be back again!

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at our Mexico home: it is a very special place to us and we love sharing it with wonderful families like yours. And thanks for the shout out about our staff. We agree, they are terrific and we know we are lucky to have them:) We look forward to seeing you again at Casa del Platero.
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Paradise overlooking La Ropa Beach

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 8 family and friends were looking for a house to stay on our first visit to Zihuatanejo. Casa del Platero was the perfect fit for us. The house is beautiful. We rented the entire house. Our days were spent enjoying coffee in the morning either on the upstairs patio or around the pool. Mireya cooked us a wonderful breakfast every morning. Every afternoon either after being on the beach or doing some excursion we would be back enjoying the infinity pool. Laco was so helpful with helping us with shopping, getting places, scheduling snorkeling trips and surf lessons not to mention the great margaritas he would make for us. Watching the sunset from the upstairs house with the huge living room windows open was great. There was plenty of room for us, the one bedroom upstairs is pretty open with not much privacy but that was not a problem for us. We felt like we were at home, Laco and Mireya were wonderful. The setting is beautiful and so peaceful. We loved it there and plan to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa del platero is truly a winner

  • 5 of 5

It feels like home! We wanted a place that slept 8 and this did. One bedroom in upper level is a little awkward with no closet and no door but not a problem if you are comfortable with who you are traveling with. The view from upper level is spectacular and where we spent early mornings with coffee and good book. Lower level has one bedroom and outside patio. Dining room has huge table and meals prepared by mureya (sp) were enjoyed by all. We had her do breakfast every am and also a couple of dinners. Her husband took care of the grounds, chauffeured us if we needed, provided valuable information on excursions and shopping as well as making us one darn good margarita almost every day!

The pool is small and perfect for hanging out with friends. sunsets from pool were fabulous. Just across the road is the southern end of La Ropa beach. It's about a mile before going up hill into town. Get a massage on the beach and have shrimp salad at Paty's. We will definitely try to stay at casa del platero on out next visit to Zihau.

only draw back would be for those that are not able to maneuver steps.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have your group stay with us. We love it when guests enjoy the same things about the house that we do...i.e. the awesome view, watching the Bay 'wake up', while sipping morning coffee and tea on the terrace. And thanks for your kind words about our hardworking staff. We agree they are fantastic. Thanks for being great guests. We'll look forward to your next visit. Melissa and Dave www.casadelplatero.net
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Charming Private Villa Overlooking Playa La Ropa

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home is tucked into a lush tropical garden on the hillside overlooking Playa La Ropa. It is spacious, immaculate, and well appointed. Handwoven Mexican fabrics, tiles, and furnishings (including several perfectly situated hammocks) enhance the warmth and authenticity of each room. An infinity pool overlooks the Pacific Ocean, where we could watch the sunsets while enjoying a delicious margarita! What a delight it was to stay there!, The gracious caretakers, Laco and his wife Mireya, tended to the house, our requests and questions, and prepared delicious dinners by special arrangement. Walking along the soft sand beach was a daily ritual. Taking the local bus to town was convenient, inexpensive, and fun. Our week long stay was a welcome respite from a long snowy winter!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (Code ZIH) 15 minutes by taxi
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Playa Las Gatas Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season:WHOLE HSE
May 1 2017 - Nov 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
$440
 
 
High Season:WHOLE HSE
Nov 19 2017 - Dec 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
$590
 
 
Christmas
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
$950
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$590
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
cleaning fee $25

House Rates: High Season Lower House: $320/night
High Season Upper House: $240/night
Low Season Lower House: $200/night
Low Season Upper House $150/night Christmas week priced at $900/night. WHole House Rentals Only

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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