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Enchanting Beach Villa- Snorkeling, Fishing, Kayaking Costa Maya Reefs

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights


El Placer House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, sleeps 6, directly at Caribbean Beach, Coral Reef in front

For detailed information and for picture galleries with many additional photos please use the link to our Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas website.

Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas is a charming beach front villa located just 5 miles south of Mahahual. It is a tranquil place far from mainstream tourism and full of options for discovery, adventure and relaxation. Enjoy activities like swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, beach combing, or bird watching.

Our two-story vacation home has been tastefully decorated and furnished and is designed to accommodate up to six guests. It is rented as a single unit only. You never have to share our exceptionally wide private beach (210 feet) or its amenities with other guests! This is an eco-friendly, self-sustained house. Our water supply is maintained by rainwater collection and electricity is generated with a solar-electric power generation system.

The villa sits sea-side on an extraordinarily large (1.5 acre) and delightfully landscaped beach lot. It is very secluded and private. The caretaker casita, with the caretaker family providing assistance and 24/7 security, is in 150 feet distance from the main house and neighboring lots are not developed. For additional privacy and security access to the property has been restricted with lateral fences and a fence at the beach road. The beach road does not cut through, but is set behind the property in 200 feet distance from the main house.

The house has two full bathrooms with warm water showers. Downstairs the house features a large kitchen- living-dining area with a fully equipped kitchen. A beautiful catalox (a native hardwood) dining table and rustic spiral stairs around a hardwood tree trunk set special accents to this room. Custom-build very large arched mahogany windows open to the ocean side for unobstructed views and optimal ventilation. The tiled front porch is shaded by the balcony and is our favored breakfast spot. A seating area behind the house is accessible through the back door. Here you can fully enjoy the beauty of our lush tropical garden and jungle park and observe birds and other animals. It also provides tranquility and shade during exceptionally windy days.

Upstairs our villa features two cooling-fan equipped bedrooms, each with a double bed and a roll-out bed and one of the rooms with an additional couch. A small locker room for storage of suitcases and cloths also contains a security lock box for valuables. Independently from both bedrooms, you can step out onto our spacious shaded balcony, which is a favorite place for hanging out in hammocks and catching a fresh sea breeze during hot afternoon hours. It is also a great place for an unforgettable moonlight dinner and to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the Caribbean Sea. Stairs from the balcony lead to the tiled rooftop patio, which offers panoramic Caribbean views. It is ideal for tanning during the day (nude sun-bathing possible here) and for fantastic stargazing during the night (hence the name of the house).

Our private beach has many fruit-bearing coconut palms and for additional shade we build a palm-thatched hut for guests to recover from the intense rays of the Caribbean sun. You can string a hammock to one of our Sea-Grape trees and relax listening to the waves or reading a good book.

Instead of converting our beach into a sand desert– unfortunately the common practice at most beach properties– we landscaped our beach by retaining and planting native salt-tolerant plants that interlace in large patches open sand areas. These patches are not only much more beautiful, but also prevent erosion and provide diverse habitats for beach-dwelling animals.

The drop off at our beach is very good and in contrast to other Costa Maya beaches you don’t have to wade through very shallow water for hundreds of feet before you reach greater water depths, but you can swim and snorkel directly from the beach. The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in front of Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas is arguably the finest snorkeling site in the Mahahual region. Minimal tide action, the lack of currents and of high waves provide for safe swimming and kayaking conditions, even for beginners.

In addition to free bottled water, weekly changed fresh towels and linens, propane gas, board games, CD player, etc., we also offer special amenities to make a beach vacation enjoyable: These include the free use of kayaks, life vests and snorkeling gear, an outdoor grill and the availability of a large and diverse library that includes a comprehensive collection of Caribbean and Mexico nature guides.

Last but not least, our very friendly caretaker will be always happy to assist with your problems, questions and special needs and to help making your visit at Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas an unforgettable pleasant vacation.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rudolf Jung
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, german, spanish, russian
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About Rudolf Jung

We are two families from Germany (by profession a biologist, an artist and medical doctors) who previously have been travelling widely. Almost 20 years ago we discovered the enchanting beaches of south Quintana Roo, the area which is now called the Costa Maya. We came back to Mahahual every year ever since. In 1994 we purchased our beach property. After experimenting a few years with living on the beach in simple palm-thatched huts (palapas), we decided to build the house in 1999. Our experience with the local climatic conditions helped us to design a house that is enjoyable year-round and that can withstand strong tropical storms. Since 2001 we have been opening our villa for guests to rent.

Rudolf Jung purchased this house in 1994

Why Rudolf Jung chose Quintana Roo

First of all- we choose the Costa Maya, because we wanted a beautiful place that is as far as possible away from mainstream tourism, yet reachable from the US or from Europe within a reasonable amount of travel time. Within the Costa Maya area we looked for a property with good elevation, a good water depth at the beach that allows swimming, and a beach which has the barrier reef close to it and protecting it from high waves and currents. We choose our particular 210-feet wide and 300-feet deep lot for it mostly intact beach- and coastal jungle vegetation, because this gave us the opportunity to create -through careful landscaping- a lush tropical garden-park by maintaining native plants. Finally, this sparsely populated location 5 miles south of Mahahual attracted to us because it is close enough to town for easy grocery shopping and restaurant access, but far enough to avoid town tourist activities.

What makes this house unique

Our house is very secluded and private. The beach road is 200 feet behind the house, the property is 210 feet wide and neighboring properties are not developed. Since we never rent the house to a second party, guests will always exclusively enjoy our entire beach and our other amenities. The natural environment our property offers is without peers. A lush garden-park surrounds the house and is home to countless tropical animals and birds that can be observed. A freshwater pond is a special feature of our garden, providing drinking water for birds during the dry season and a breeding place for tree frogs. We maintain about one third of our 1.5 acres as a private coastal jungle reserve. Our land is therefore one of the few places in the Costa Maya with over 50 old-growth Chi’it palms (a protected palm, elsewhere almost extinct). Also our beach-area has been carefully landscaped by us and therefore retains beautiful patches of native salt-tolerant plants and flowers that not only prevent wind- and water erosion, but are also an invaluable habitat for beach-dwelling animals. The barrier reef in our area (5 miles south of Mahahual) is considered the best snorkeling site in the Mahahual area. Healthy coral gardens with huge brain and elk-horn corals and a large quantity of colorful fish and other marine life can be explored on the wave-protected side of this reef. Snorkel enthusiasts will appreciate our artificial reef, which can be visited in just 50 feet from the shore. While this site is easily accessible even by children or not so firm swimmers, it is teaming with almost all the same fish species that can be found in the barrier reef.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for a quiet getaway, without the hustle and bustle of anyone else. The house is gorgeous, and the sea just outside of your door is even more beautiful. We spent a week here snorkeling and lazying around, trying to warm up midway through a Canadian winter.

The snorkeling here is great, although you need to get out to the reef to really enjoy it. The sea floor is littered with giant conches, while around you swim giant rays and colorful fishes. All of this in warm, turquoise waters just outside of your front door.

It should be noted, that the last couple of kilometers are a bit rough in a tiny rental car, but the slow drive really sets the pace your upcoming stay. You wind your way through a tiny village and then follow the coast with amazing views of the Caribbean, while freshly fallen coconuts litter the sides of the road. I think it just adds to the charm of the place, a truly quiet and remote getaway on the Caribbean.
Nov 2012
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Enchanting Beach Villa- Snorkeling, Fishing, Kayaking Costa Maya Reefs
average rating of 4.882353 based on 28 reviews
Salt Lake City, UT

Perfect Base Operation for our Fishing Adventure

  • 4 of 5

I wanted to take my son on a fly fishing adventure for his high school graduation and I had selected the Mahahual/Xcalak area for that adventure. This home was a perfect base for our daily excursions whether to the North exploring the beaches and ocean side flats or to the South to the Chetumal Bay area. We had inflatable stand up paddle boards and there was a wonderful patio area to stage our gear for each days adventure. The home has the most beautiful garden beach area that I have seen outside of a commercial setting and with no other homes around us we felt like we were all alone in the Mayan jungle. The design of the home with is thatched roof also added to that natural setting. Darby, the caretaker, was just wonderful and we felt very secure in leaving our gear out on the patio while we were away each day because the area is gated and Darby and his great dogs keep an eye on things. The only reason I have not given this home a 5 star review is that the kitchen area just has a two burner stove and some of the supplies for cooking and cleaning need to be updated a bit and the breezes from the ocean did not flow through the home as well as they could I believe because of the great garden trees and or perhaps the thatched roof over the 2nd floor deck. Both great features but perhaps cut down on the breeze that might keep things cooler but for a couple of fishermen neither of those situations hindered our visit at all. I would recommend this beautiful spot to anyone who wants to be a bit off on their own but close enough to a cute town to get to a restaurant once in a while.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What an amazing home to spend your time. , spotlessly clean , Darvey the caretaker keeps the house , garden and beach immaculate. It is so quiet and you can totally relax and chill out. The kayaks were a great bonus as you can go to the reef and see some wonderful fish and corals. Ventured to the Travel Inn a couple of times which is approx. 2 km away but the house was so inviting that we spent most of the time with a cold beer on the beach with the dogs watching the stars and didn't really want to go out. Would recommend this property without hesitation and will be returning as soon as we can. So much time and thought has gone into the garden landscape with all the conch shells , palms and other plants , it was a joy to sit and watch all the wildlife darting around.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brilliant peaceful Caribbean holiday location

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous 2 weeks spent at this comfortable house in the most perfect beach side location set in the loveliest tropical garden. Extensive, friendly support from both Rudolf, the owner giving helpful pre-trip advice and assisting in obtaining the loan of a rod for sea fishing whilst we were there and from Darvey, Rudolf's caretaker who lives on site with his lovely family. He was ever helpful but never intrusive, together with the friendliest & well behaved guard dogs you could hope to meet - not that the place ever felt unsafe.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saint Simons Island, GA USA

a little bit of paradise

  • 5 of 5

The house, beach and town offer a wonderful setting for getting away from it all and to experience a part of Quintana Roo that has yet to be compromised. Spending most of our days either lounging by the beach, snorkeling the reef, enjoying the gardens (which showed great care and planning). Our trips to town were to a couple of small markets, bakery, some of the best char-grilled chicken I've ever had, and other vendors provided for an enjoyable experience. The malecon was plenty of restaurants, and the rest of the Mahahual has a great feel to it. The locals are wonderful people with an easy going attitude. The location of the house provides easy access for many other things to do in the area, if you can pry yourself away from the beach. I hope to stay at Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas again, my family had a wonderful time there.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquil Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The coastal town of Mahahaul has grown over the past couple of years from an isolated wide spot in the road to a quaint village with excellent beaches, hotels, restaurants and skin/scuba diving. Plenty to do but not overrun with tourists and at a fraction of the cost of Cancun/Playa del Carmen.

Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas puts you within 10 minutes of the town yet offers a serene and tranquil respite from civilization if you just want to lie on the beach and read. The property itself is beautiful and well-maintained by the friendly and responsive caretaker. The house offers three levels of terraces and balconies from which one can see the ocean and enjoy the soothing sound of the surf. The main level offers ample living space and the upstairs bedrooms are large and well-appointed. (Caution: The narrow spiral staircase presents a challenge for larger bodies. I'm 6'4", weigh 250 lbs, and made it without difficulty, albeit slowly and ducking to avoid kabonging my head. It terrified our Labrador.) The kitchen offers only two burners, no stove, but the two outside grills compensate.

In short, it's a wonderful place, we (two adults, 14 year old daughter) enjoyed ourselves tremendously, will return and can recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy the Mexican Riviera without Cancun's congestion, loud bars and high prices.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Saiint-Jude, Québec, Canada

Loved it !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Case del cielo y de las estrallas for 11 days. The place was enchanting and private. The caretakers are very nice and the property is large and well managed with beautiful plants. The view on the ocean is breath taking and the snorkelling is excellent.

The distance to Mahaual is about 5-10 minutes by car and the village is authentic and very tourist friendly. Use used the third story for private sunbathing and sunset watching. The private bedrooms were well appreciated since we were on a family vacation and private rooms at a certain moment of a trip are always beneficial for family harmony. We just loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
200 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bar 'Fusion' at Kabah-Na Cabanas
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Hwy 307 Cancun-Chetumal
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Travel In' Beach restaurant
Nearest Ski
3000 Miles
far, far away
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
your own private Caribbean beach
Car: recommended

Snorkel, swim, fish and kayak right from our beach. We offer kayaks, some snorkel equipment and swim vests for free. Our spectacular reef is in swimming distance. Mahahual has a number of reputable dive shops that offer Banco Chinchorro diving. The XTC dive center in Xcalak offers trips to Ambegris Caye in Belize. The beaches south of Mahahual are a sea bean collector paradise! Ask us questions for the best sea bean beaches. Fly fishing tours to the famous flats of Chetumal bay can be arranged. From June- October many sea turtles build nest on our beaches. Please bring a red light if you are interested in turtle excursions. Costa Maya offers many opportunities for Nature tours and observations- see our website for specific suggestions. The Mayan archeological sites of South Quintana Roo are all reachable from Mahahual within a 2-4 hour drive by car. Chacchoben is only 45 minutes away. North Q. Roo sites: Tulum 3 hours. Chichen Itza 4 hours.

Rates & Availability

El Placer House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 high season2
Nov 21 2016 - Dec 23 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2016 year end holiday
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 high season1
Jan 3 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 mid season1
May 1 2017 - Aug 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 low season
Aug 14 2017 - Oct 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 mid season2
Oct 15 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 high season2
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
2017 holiday
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $125
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 14.0%

Rates shown are for an occupancy of up to 4 persons. For each person in addition to 4 add 15$ per night.
Daily maid service or house cleaning can be provided for a fee.

Refundable $125 deposit due upon reservation.

Full rent due 60 days before arrival.

Payments using PayPal preferred. Credit card payments via PayPal accepted.

Wire transfers accepted, but extra fees might apply

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El Placer House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    outdoor shower - outdoor shower , outdoor shower for washing off salt and sand
  • full bathrooms with warm water shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen bed sleeps 2; roll-out bed for 1 sm. adult or child
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen bed sleeps 2; roll-out bed f. one sm adult or child
    downstairs sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon , downstairs sofa can be set up for sleeping
  • Queen size Beds (2): both bedrooms with one queen bed and below each bed a roll-out bed (single matress). Twin or Single Beds (2): As roll-out beds below queen-size bed; one per bedroom. Roll-out beds suitable for children and smaller adults. Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) sofa in one of the bedrooms and in downstairs living area can be converted into a bed for sm. adults or children. Both bedrooms equipped with ceiling fans.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Kayaks and live vests available for free. For occasional snorkelers there are 3-4 snorkel sets (masks, snorkels, fins). If you are an avid snorkeler- we recommend bringing your own well-fitting mask and equipment. Security lock box available for storing valuables. Property is fenced at 3 sides for additional security. Hammocks and beach lounge chairs can be set up as you wish anywhere on the property. Our large library contains some very readable books about the ancient Maya and a comprehensive collection of nature guide books for local animals, plants and marine life. Our coconut trees have year-round an abundance of nuts. Ask our caretaker to open you coconuts for refreshing coconut milk. The roof-top terrace is very private because it can not be observed from the beach or downstairs. Nude tanning is therefore here allowed. Please refrain from nude tanning directly on our beach because this might offend occasional bypassers that walk along the beach.

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