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Exquisite, Moorish/Spanish Hilltop Villa ,huge pool, 360 views & amazing chef!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Romantic get away in Paradise with farm to table food, great spas, shopping etc.

5000 square ft, walled and gated indoor/ outdoor living villa with unparalleled,extraordinary views. Romantic cozy home filled with 18th and 19th Century antiques, paintings and textiles. Huge stone swimmer's pool with Mayan lion spouts in tropical backyard setting. Cook's kitchen with every amenity. Very large exquisitely furnished bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. The master suite is 1500 square feet inclusive of a large sitting room/library. Robes in every room. Amazing hand carved stone, tile and woodwork. Seven hand carved stone and wood fireplaces. Wi-fi and televisions throughout the house, roof top garden with 360 degree views. There are many places throughout the house to relax and enjoy. We are lucky to have the most accommodating staff in SMA. Our cook/housekeeper is there 6 days per week to prepare breakfast and lunch. She is so talented and will create delicious meals to fit any dietary needs. A few of her specialties are: mole

chicken, chili Nogales, homemade healthy soups, white fish with garlic, guacamole, home made chips, margaritas, pasta with shrimp and quiche to name a few.

For the sinful, her desserts are superb.

More Details

Property Manager
Paula Doherty
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Paula Doherty

I have worked in Hollywood designing DVD and BD special packaging for years. Some of the films I worked on include: Star Wars, Star Trek, Batman, Harry Potter and the Hobbit to name a few. I have been a designer all my life and my husband and I built this home as a living art project. Our goal was to make it elegant yet comfortable. We hope you enjoy our Treasure House.

Paula Doherty purchased this villa in 2007

Why Paula Doherty chose Zona Centro

We saw the lot and fell in love with the view, air quality and array of birds. There is always a gentle breeze so it never gets too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.

What makes this villa unique

Magnificent views, Flowers and birds everywhere. An eagle actually came and sat

beside me when I was on my outdoir sala. Incredible, large pool with lion head fountains.

Shamans, art, antiques and good vibes. Our staff

Is full of love and generosity.


Zona Centro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Huge Turkish Bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , large with double sinks
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Very large with double sinks
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , gorgeous powder room
  • Beautiful queen size bedroom with amazing antique textiles , a large private patio and bathroom. TV in room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Big gorgeous bedroom that overlooks the pool.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master takes up entire floor.
  • Master is huge with King bed and spectacular views. It has a private sitting room, out door sala and huge Turkish bath with master closet and dressing room. TV in sitting room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Sarita is an amazing cook and will prepare breakfast and comida (sumptuous mid day meal) daily. You must provide grocery list and pay for groceries.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Exquisite, Moorish/Spanish Hilltop Villa ,huge pool, 360 views & amazing chef!
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 19 reviews

Magical home in San Miguel with spectacular views and an amazing cook!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous time in San Miguel and staying in this wonderful home made it so special. Our experience was consistent with the other great reviews for this property. The house is beautiful and filled with interesting art and gorgeous light fixtures. The grounds are lovely with pots of lavender and vines with beautiful flowers attracting hummingbirds and bumble bees. Elvia is an amazing cook - her meals were the best we had on the trip. We will definitely stay here when we return to San Miguel.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our home and your time in SMA. We look forward to your return.
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Paradise with a view.

  • 5 of 5

Charming villa with exquisite antique interior, and dynamite views, perched atop our favorite San Miguel colonial, Ojo de Agua. The chef was unbelievably gourmet.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for 10 days with our four older children. It was perfection. Comfortable and beautiful. The decorating and space could not have been better, very special. We hope to stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your 5 star review. Please come again!
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  • 5 of 5

My family of 6 stayed for 5 nights in mid-July at Casa Tesoro and I can't begin to describe how beautiful it is and how much we enjoyed our stay. We had so much room to spread out on several patios, and multiple inside and outside living areas. The antiques and furnishings are opulent and comfortable. The views from every room were amazing. Loved the pool- it was huge! We loved dining outside and enjoyed Alvia's cooking on a few occasions but we mostly ate at some wonderful restaurants. The house is clean and it was great to have our laundry done. You can minimize your packing with this great service that is provided. The walk down the hill took about 15-20 minutes because I was slower on the stones than my family was. It is close to the center of town and the beautiful park, though the stones didn't make it easy to navigate. Ditch the heels. Sturdy shoes are a must here. We mostly ubered home but a few of us walked up the hill to the house a few times. Great exercise- there was no need for the gym. We loved the colonial feel of the town, went to the hot springs one day (by uber) and enjoyed the beautiful sunsets from the patios. A braying donkey close by added to the charm but he was very considerate of our sleep. Paula, the owner is exceptionally communicative and helpful. She is the perfect VRBO host. We had nothing to worry about. She arranged drivers for us which was very helpful. The house accommodated our family very well but would be great for several couples traveling together. We would love to return and plan on it.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best of the Best! Pampered by an Angel...

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for a glorious week in this stunningly beautiful home. We arrived to the cheerful greeting by Elvia, our pampering angel. She had margaritas and guacamole with homemade chips waiting. The presentation was world class...complete with rose garnish made from tomatoes! Elvia's smile is radiant! We enjoyed her so much that we arranged to have her cook breakfast for us each morning. What a treat...sitting out on the patio with sweet Elvia pampering us with a delicious breakfast, surrounded by the beauty of the garden and pool area. The home sits up on a hill overlooking the city so the views are spectacular and the setting is peaceful. Many mornings we watched as hot air balloons drifted above the city, our curtains fluttering in the breeze. Heaven. Celebrations abound in San Miguel and we watched the fireworks from the rooftop deck at night. It was great being able to walk to the city but come home to the peaceful, stunningly beautiful home at night. The owner, Paula, was fantastic to work with and made some world class recommendations for transportation, restaurants and things to do.The home is a short walk from the world class Rosewood so we spent several magical evenings on their rooftop restaurant overlooking the magnificent cathedral. Paula's eye for beauty and design is unmatched. My husband is an art collector and we travel extensively. This was his favorite vacation home of all time! Thank you, Paula, for sharing your gorgeous home with us!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful, positive review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our labor of love, our terrific staff and magical San Miguel! You were perfect guests. Please come again.
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Peaceful Beauty in a setting dreams are made of. Watch your stress melt away.

  • 5 of 5

Just WOW ! I really had no idea how beautiful and peaceful a property could be, but I found it here, at Paula's beautiful home in San Miguel.

From the moment we arrived our visit was nothing short of "Amazing"

The Property itself is lush in landscaping with floral, bougainvillea cascading from the high walls surrounding the property gave us the most intimate privacy. A full sized pool which we enjoyed each day was a sanctuary within it's own. The house was adorned in the most beautiful procured artwork. Clearly Paula has spent a great deal of time curating the contents, everywhere you looked there was another beautiful piece which just added to it's beauty. If you consider staying anywhere in San Miguel, stay here, it is the only property with a 360 degree view of San Miguel. I promise this property will bring you peace and wash your stress away.

Alvea, the housekeeper was nothing short of a god send, helpful, an amazing cook ( she cooked most days for us breakfast and lunch ) but overall she's just a joy to have around, she did our laundry, cooked meals and cleaned the house...and boy is she quick and loves what she does and it shows.

Paula was just fantastic, made the booking process easy, offered up favorite places to eat and see and I could tell how much she loved this home, If I only had the skills she did I might be able to make my place in San Francisco as peaceful as hers.

The walk into town is quick, mostly downhill (wear comfortable shoes) those cobblestone streets throughout the city are tough, skip walking back up and take a cab (cost $4 U.S).

Notes: Plenty of room/alcoves and places to nap - try all of them, I did the first day there, I slept more than I've been able to in years..yup, it's like that ! COMFORTABLE & PEACEFUL !

Let Alvea take care of you, it's what she love's most, we left her a big tip when it was all said and done and shared a couple tears....we felt spoiled.

Immerse yourself in the surroundings of the property and let it take your stress away, it's impossible not to let that happen, this property evokes peace and beauty.

Thank you Paula !!! We'll be back !



  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave, What can I say? Your review is so complimentary! We are very pleased that you enjoyed our home, it's relaxing environment, our artwork and the lovely Elvia. You and your friends were exemplary guests. Please come visit us again! All the best, Paula D
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $250

The pool is solar heated but if you like it really hot you may pay our house manager $400 to heat it per week. Our housekeeper,
Cook and Gardner are amazing! You can order groceries prior to arrival and they will be waiting for you with a receipt. Please
pay for groceries upon arrival. We can arrange a car service to take you to and from the airport. Our home is in a gorgeous location 12 minutes by foot to the center of the town. The air and views are breathtaking! Please tip our staff appropriately. Enjoy your stay!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.