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Garden Guesthouse of a Beachfront Villa

Bedrooms Studio
Space 350 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

This the garden guesthouse of Villa Makax with the a/c Palapas


Our villa is located about 7-8 minutes by taxi outside of town on a peninsula with a lagoon on one side and a beach on the other side of our main house. On the lagoon side we have a dock that is easily accessible from the Puerto Isla Mujeres marina.

The luxury of our garden guesthouse is an air conditioned 9'foot ceiling studio with Mexicann artwork, a kingsize bed,fully equipped kitchette, television, internet and garden patio.

Unique and inviting, Casita Perla, named for the owners mother is just a short walk around the main house, past the outdoor shower, to the beach and infinity pool.

Inviting and private.

More Details

Steve Lehrer
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2017

About Steve Lehrer

We started our adventure here in 1972 and have continued to love our little piece of paradise for all these years.

Steve Lehrer purchased this cottage in 1975

What makes this cottage unique

You will know after 30 seconds exactly why we are still in love with our home, location and views when you arrive.


Isla Mujeres Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 350 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Attracive and functional Mexican tiled
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Garden Guesthouse of a Beachfront Villa
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

A return visit that delighted us.

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Villa Makax. We have stayed in Palapa Sam, Palapa Lee and Casita Perla. We were so happy to arrive, late in the evening, to a warm greeting from Juan, the caretaker, Lassie the wonder dog and all as laid-back but perfectly organized as we have come to expect. Steve and Lindell, as always, were perfect hosts.

Juan's son arranged for a great golf cart to be delivered to us the morning after our arrival. Excellent quality and service.

Once settled in we read under the private, beach-front palapa, had dog walks to the turtle sanctuary, swam in the quiet waters, paddle-boarded, watched sunsets and now and again ventured off the property for groceries, sight-seeing and occasionally margaritas at the Soggy Peso.

Looking so forward to next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the glowing comments. People like Andy and Mo are a pleasure to have as guests. It's fun to see them enjoy so much Steve
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Wonderful property!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two weeks on this beautiful property. It was exactly what we wanted, a traditional Isla experience. Everything we needed was available in the house and if we needed anything Juan was quick to assist. Our mornings were coffee on the beach and snorkeling, we loved the outdoor shower and grill. The Internet was very good too. We liked walking down the beach to Zama to swim in their pools. Many great places to eat nearby and having a rented golf cart allowed us to really experience the whole island. Finding fresh fish and lobster at the market down town was perfect for us and watching the locals bring in their catch of the day. This was the perfect place for us to relax, the property is quiet, safe and very clean. I have already shared with many people because I feel this place is a real gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very happy you had such a great time in our little piece of paradise. You deserved a good vacation. Thanks for the kind words. Steve
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Advance MO USA

Would LOVE to stay here again!, Probably will!!

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay tremendously. Steve and Lindell are great hosts. They are there if you need them but not intrusive. The cottage was very comfortable, clean, and just perfect for quiet time in a beautiful setting. Can't say enough about the landscaping, pristine. You can tell that much pride is taken and they really want you to feel at home. Rented a golf cart from the caretaker's family, fair price and delivered to us, no hassles. Met 3 other couples who were staying there also. They gave us some barracuda to cook in our little kitchen. Everything is there that you need to have a great time! All that is needed is you!! Lovely, just lovely!


  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always enjoy seeing people enjoying our little piece of paradise. Com'on back.
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Relaxing, refreshing, and fun

  • 5 of 5

We came for a few days at short notice and really stumbled on a gem; staying at Steve and Lindell's guest house. The photos don't do the place justice, and could not translate the warm and friendly welcome we received. It really feels like home away from home.

The palapa is just that - grass roofed structure that stays relatively cool even without the ac, although we did use the ac to sleep. There is everything you could need to cook simple meals although we mostly ate out other than breakfast. I had to work for an hour or so each day and the wireless was adequate to keep on touch via email, but didn't work for Skype (no biggy!). Water is provided, as are ice trays. There is a larger supermarket on the island - between the ferry and palapa - where you can stock up in essentials, and several tiny places that have other bits and pieces you might need.

The palapa is a ways out of town and somewhat off the beaten path which suited us really well. We rented a golf cart for our whole time, and loved the adventure of seeing different parts of the island on a whim. There are also taxis everywhere and within walking along the road for a couple of minutes there would be one by - but you might miss the little places along the way that you otherwise might stop into.

We enjoyed really great food - we love the local hole in the wall type restaurants serving the days catch on fresh corn tortillas, and didn't stray to much from that. For one afternoon we went to the Phoenix beach club on north beach and their green ceviche was incredible.

We would highly recommend sea hawk divers if you want to dive or snorkel - knowledgeable, friendly and fun.

The island feels very Mexican and authentic while also having a huge tourist presence - but when we took wrong turns on our golf cart (many of them!) there was not a moment I felt unsafe, even when I'd left the husband on a beach or getting his hair cut. The locals are consistently friendly and helpful and quick to return a smile.

This review would not be complete without mentioning the fabulous Carlos! He is a great massage therapist that came over and gave us massages on our little patio while we listened to the waves. Wonderful experience - and thank you so much to Steve and Lindell for setting that up and letting him use their massage table. Definitely ask for him if you come and stay - so relaxing and not expensive.

So tomorrow we say goodbye to this corner of paradise and it will be hard to leave.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's not a review, it's an article. Thanks. We are thrilled to see guests enjoying our little piece of paradise as much as we do. Steve
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Isla Mujeres Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
high 2017
Jan 5 2017 - Apr 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
low 2017
Apr 16 2017 - Dec 15 2017
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%

We ask for a deposit of 1/2 that is fully refundable with 8 weeks notice and 1/2 refundable with 6 weeks notice. A check for the deposit that's arrival will be confirmed and detailed directions to our home sent via email. The balance is paid on the island in Dollars or Pesos.

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