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Deluxe Handcrafted 4 BR Oceanfront Treehouse w/ Prof Chef, Maids, Beach Staff

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 4,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Way cooler than a suite at the Four Seasons or a house in Playa!

Casa Vela is completely unlike any house you can rent in Playa del Carmen or a suite at the Four Seasons or Fairmont – much more fun! All of the amenities are included - airport transfers, gourmet chef preparing three meals daily, concierge, daily maid service - with none of the crowds. We look forward to hosting you if you are the right match for this experience.

Casa Vela is a handcrafted, all hardwood home accommodating four couples in luxurious privacy in four master suites, each with unobstructed views of the ocean on one side and the forest on the other. The white sand beach is at your feet. Hammocks and private lounge chairs downstairs, along with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, ping-pong, and your own beach bar make this your private club for the week you are in residence.

The master suite has a king size bed, living area, enormous dressing area, full bath with standalone marble tub, separate shower and toilet rooms, and outdoor deck with chaise lounges.

Another suite has a king size bed, living area, full bath with separate shower and toilet rooms, a comfortable futon for an extra person, and a sleeping loft with two single beds for families with children who might enjoy the adventure of climbing a ladder.

Two additional over-sized bedrooms each feature two queen size beds (four queen beds in total) and en-suite bathrooms. One of these bedrooms has a private deck with chaise lounges. All have handcrafted furniture and direct ocean views.

We have Wi-Fi, and every suite has a large flat panel television with Satellite TV service. Three rooms can stream Netflix.

This is a gourmet inclusive vacation with three meals per day prepared by our talented chef. You pay only for excursions, massages, and alcoholic beverages - send us a list and we'll stock the house with your choice at our cost plus 25%.

You may dine outside under the romantic three story palapa, or take a quick snack at the eat-in kitchen table.

As noted above, the bedrooms and the palapa are graced with lovely hardwood furniture custom-made in our workshops. Because of our preference and the fire hazard, we are strictly non-smoking throughout the villa, inside and out. Please do not book the villa if you are a smoker (or if you have pets).

We provide bottled water for drinking and cooking, and as an ecological resort, we collect rainwater for washing and flushing toilets. We encourage guests to conserve water and energy, turning off the ceiling fans, A/C, televisions, and lights when not in use.

The house is sited on our 100 acre property, with diverse eco-systems of forest, jungle, and mangrove, home to deer, spider monkeys, parrots, iguanas, butterflies, and tejones.

We have our own unheated 12' x 24' pool. For longer distance swimming, wade into the fresh water spring-fed rivers (“cenotes”) just 3 minutes walk to our north and swim against the refreshing current. However, the management of that hotel frowns on outside guests using their bridge or people swimming upstream.

Part of the experience at Casa Vela is the interaction with my partner and property manager, a noted breeder of rare birds, and his wife, a licensed biologist who works full-time as a consultant to various hotels and developers on environmental matters. You can reserve some time with them for a fishing trip or a snorkeling tour to the nearby reef or just invite them over for a beer and chat about the local flora and fauna.

They can suggest visits to the Mayan pyramids: Tulum less than an hour south, Coba an hour and a half southwest. Ek Balam just two hours north, and Chichen-Itza under three hours west, as well as an enjoyable excursion by boat through the canals of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, with the starting point just south of Tulum. After the pyramids, add a short visit to the cenotes (also called "grutas" or grottos) - walk down stairs (around 20 meters) for a refreshing swim in these marvelous underground caverns.

When you reserve the house, please pay by direct bank transfer or bank wire instead of credit cards, as the latter triggers a fee of 2.9% that we must pass on to you, and will deduct from your damage deposit. You can search for the bank transfer option via VRBO under payment methods.

We look forward to hosting you!

More Details

Bruce J. Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house on the water. Simple, but luxurious. Friendly and helpful team to care for the property. Lots of fun extras included too. Highly recommended~!

Traveling group: Young Children
Jan 2015
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Playa del Carmen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 7 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • all bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with separate shower and toilet rooms; two additional half-baths are adjacent to kitchen and palapa, and usually used by guests or as a changing room when coming from the beach.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , two twins in sleeping loft accessible via built-in ladder
  • lovely hardwood and marble floors, ceiling fans and AC in each bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Deluxe Handcrafted 4 BR Oceanfront Treehouse w/ Prof Chef, Maids, Beach Staff
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 26 reviews

Amazing property right on the beach.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying here over spring break. We stayed with our entire family, 13 people in all, and everyone was comfortable. Great bedrooms and bathrooms. The back deck is amazing with great breezes. Well appointed kitchen and open air dining were fantastic. Great outdoor seating and wonderful equipment for water sports. The staff and cooks took great care of us and food was fantastic!! I couldn't rank this place higher.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words - we're glad that Casa Vela worked out well for your family.! Our team really enjoyed you as guests and look forward to hosting you again next year if it fits into your plans. Bruce, Alberto and Gloria Co-owners, Casa Vela
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We had a wonderful week! It's really being on the beach and eco, but in a luxurious house.

  • 5 of 5

We woke up to the sunrise over the ocean, luxuriated all day on the beach, had wonderful meals by the property's chef, and this week, enjoyed the full moon over the ocean. The house is very comfortable. Everything is top drawer, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, TVs, etc. We didn't have to shop, cook, clean, anything! Some of us used the kayaks and paddle boards, right off the beach in front of the house. Everyone was sorry to leave and would love to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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spent a magical week in paradise. spoiled by two most talented chefs with amazing Mexical dishes.

  • 5 of 5

The house is beyond expectations. Alberto took care of every single detail. Organized a superb trip for us to visit mayan sites and cenotes. could not be more thrilled with our vacation. a very warm thank you for the entire staff, including Tomas, Rosario, Hannibal and all the others.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cristina - We're glad the stay worked out for you and your group. Our team really enjoyed hosting you and hope to see you back with us at Casa Vela in future years. All the best, Bruce, Alberto and the Casa Vela family
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Magnificent and so luxurious!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! From the moment we arrived at Casa Vela we we're treated to the utmost luxury and service. We arrived with our 3 small children (4, 2 and 4 months)... they were given fresh juice and we were given margaritas along with some guacamole and pico de Gallo! We sat on the swings under the house and took it all in! Alberto, the property manager had pack n plays and high chairs ready for use. He also helped me to arrange a surprise for my husband for his 50th birthday. Our friends flew in a few hours after us and Alberto sent me a text to let me know when they were on their way from the airport so I could get him in place! He also arranged for a birthday celebration one night. Everything we wanted was delivered promptly or ready for us when we got there.

My Spanish is atrocious so I spoke into my phone using Google translate so the staff knew exactly what we wanted, what we needed or how appreciative we were of their efforts. Oh... the maid service! Every day, the maid created some kind of animal or design in the rooms. My kids loved it and I have never seen such intricate designs with towels. It was truly impressive and a wonderful touch.

It was quite a humid time when we went but with the breeze at night, it was heaven on the large lanai. One afternoon it rained and the day staff gentleman promptly ran upstairs to lower the shades to block the rain. Oh... And the day staff grounds helper/do anything you need him to was super attentive. It seemed like every time we moved from an area, he would come tidy up without us even noticing.

The food... WOW WOW WOW! Absolutely incredible. The food was actually my favorite part. We had two chefs throughout the course of our week. They had different styles but both equally delectable. To say the food was sensational would be an understatement. We had different juice pairings with each meal, juices I had never even heard of before and they were so refreshing.

The beds were extremely comfortable, AC worked great, showers were so cool, rooms were spacious and had good wifi connection. The TVs could be turned to English which was great for occupying our children while we got ready for dinner.

We walked just north to the cenote and saw crabs, a barracuda and other local wildlife. It was beautiful. The kayaks and paddle boards were so fun too! If you paddle out you can see massive starfish!

I can't say enough good things about this place. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everything super clean!! Really nice house with beach front!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really glad you enjoyed your stay. You were terrific guests and we hope you will return soon. All the best, Bruce and Alberto and Gloria
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Great House ,False advertising ,bad service

  • 1 of 5

Ok , We booked for 13 people and arrived waited 30 min for a ride . We got there and was greated by owners son that said it was his summer job but just wanted to be back in NYC.He said there were events he could plan but only answered by text .Randomly

This was the last time he showed up till we had problems.It says it's close to Mayakoba ..nope 30 min away . Says cenote you can swim up .nope it's owned by hotel next door and you can't use.100acre property is all mangroves and not usable . Oceanfront is old mangroves spungey and a little smelly.

House is amazing and all would have still been ok if service wasn't completely terrible.

The cook made decent food but not worth the price. Chef was creepy and rude as possible only wanted to get out of there after each meal didn't speak much and would not do anything extra. 2nd chef it least smiled and was pleasant. Beach boys and cleaning staff don't smile don't help much at all and we're constantly late picking us up.

This place would be great if they had any service what so ever.

Cleaners go in rooms and shut off AC every time they go in .

On top of that hot water was enter-mitten.Even after they said it was fixed.

They did fedex a ring back my little girl left in the house unfortunately that was the best service of the trip.

Way better places for the price...

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our staff are warm and caring people, and respond to guests who are appreciative of their services. I understand that your spouse thought you were staying at or adjacent to Mayacoba, and took this disappointment out on our staff. They did their best to help you despite not feeling appreciated. To address specific comments, Mayacoba is just a five minute taxi ride, and they pick people up for free at our place if going there to play golf. It is also less than a 45 minute stroll up the beach, and we (and most of our guests) choose it as a destination for a morning walk to get some exercise. You can easily see each property on Google maps and decide if it is too far for you. Within our own property, we have nearly 3 miles of forested walking trails which you evidently did not explore. The adjacent river has been enjoyed by all of our guests and is lovely for swimming against the current, as we mention on our website. The mouth of the river (in the federal zone) is public property, while swimming further up river depends on whether anyone on their staff notices and feels like telling you to stop, so we do not promote it. The 30 minutes you waited at Xplor was because you did not phone the driver (as instructed) a few minutes before you were ready to leave the park, and in fact you called our manager instead, adding to the delay. Since not all guests have free international voice telephone plans, we often text them to see if they need anything. Our manager checked in with you but you said you said did not need anything. Once he learned of your complaints at the end of your stay, as at least partial compensation for your concerns, he did not charge you for the items you ordered (massage, beer, daily laundry service, and a driver to take you to Xplor) but you did not mention these gestures. Based on our 5-star reviews, you were also the only guest in four years who apparently did not enjoy their stay. Needless to stay, we regret it wasn't a great match of guest and environment, and hope you do better in future vacations.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cancun International Airport
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Playa del Carmen
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
El Camaleon at MayaKoba
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 307 (Carretera Cancun-Tulum)
Nearest Beach
2 Metres
on the beach
Car: not necessary

Mayan archeological sites like Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam and Chichen-Itza are a short drive from our property.

There are two spring-fed rivers next door, just a short walk from the house. Swimming is allowed at the rivers' entrance, and is terrifically refreshing, but the property owner's staff often stop people from going up river.

You can take one of our kayaks or stand-up paddle boards and paddle out to the reef early in the morning before the wind picks up at 9 AM. Extra fun is to bring masks and snorkels and swim around with the paddle board following you on the tether, then paddle home, downwind!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500

Rates are in US Dollars and assume you are using direct bank transfer rather than credit card. The latter triggers a 3% fee for US Credit cards and 5% for non-US credit cards we would need to deduct from your damage deposit.

We include: daily maid service and beach staff and 3 meals prepared by a talented chef for up to 8 guests; $100 per day for additional guests; We also include one airport pick-up and return. If your group members arrive at different times, our property manager will send extra vans and you can reimburse him during your stay. Wine/beer/liquor are extra; you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages or we can shop for you at cost plus 25%.

HomeAway charges a $1500 damage deposit and refunds it seven days after departure, assuming there is no damage to premises. This is quite efficient for both parties, and much better than purchasing the "Damage Protection" through CSA insurance. We're seeing bad reviews on-line, and not even sure it works overseas.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund