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

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Playa del Carmen Villa Rental Photos and Description

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, bocce 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 ensuite bathrooms. One of these bedrooms has a private deck with chaise lounges. All have handcrafted furniture and direct ocean views.

We have wireless Internet, Satellite TV, and large flat panel televisions in every suite.

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).

As an ecological resort, we collect rainwater for washing and operate off solar panels, and encourage guests to conserve water and energy, turning off the ceiling fans, A/C, televisions, and lights when not in use. Our connection to the power grid ensures power around-the-clock if the batteries did not charge due to a rare cloudy day.

The house is sited on our 100 acre property, with walking and biking trails, where you will pass through diverse eco systems of forest, jungle, and mangrove, home to more than 20 deer.

We have our own 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 or snorkel against the current. After you make it upstream, you can float back down, Indiana Jones style.

It is also a lot of fun to walk south. Once you pass a few hotels you arrive at our favorite beach in front of the Fairmont MayaKoba golf course. Bring your beach towel, and take a swim in the gentle surf.

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 on our fishing boat, or just invite them over for a beer and chat about the local flora and fauna, including our spider monkeys, parrots, iguanas, tejones and butterflies.

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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Bruce Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
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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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Deluxe Handcrafted 4 BR Oceanfront Treehouse w/ Prof Chef, Maids, Beach Staff
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Amazing house and amazing staff.

  • 5 of 5

This is one of if not the best vacation I've had.

The house is beautiful. Roomy. Comfortable. Great views right on the ocean. Perfect pool to relax in that overlooks the beach and water. Hammocks. Paddle boards kayaks and more. You can do as much you'd like or as little as you'd like. Relaxing was the main ingredient. This house is perfect for that. Clean large comfortable rooms and bathrooms. Super open space for gathering and meals. The chef was 5 star. Every meal was different unique and flavorful The entire staff was so accommodating to everyone's needs yet very unobtrusive. They were always there when needed. The excursion suggestions were perfect and nice to have them take care of everything without any worries. Would HIGHLY recommend this for a perfect vacation retreat. Will definitely make this a regular place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Casa Vela is a special place!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Vela is a gem on an otherwise crowded coastline! It is beautifully constructed of georgious woods throughout. Every detail is efficiently and creatively executed. Our family of five thoroughly enjoyed this incredible home which could easily house twice the crowd or more. With separate bedrooms accessed from outside along either the front or back of the building, everyone could easily come and go from their private suites to join in the main room, an outdoor living room palapa style. We had a lot of wind and rain during our stay but could happily sit outside under cover reading or socializing. The staff was very professional and friendly and the meals were excellent.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Houston, TX, USA

Perfect Getaway Destination

  • 5 of 5

A group of six of us enjoyed a perfect five day break here. The house is made completely of wood and is absolutely beautiful. It sits oceanfront and has kayaks and paddle boards ready to use whenever you would like. Under the house, we were able to relax in the hammocks and lounge chairs for hours without being crowded by other guests or worrying whether there were going to be enough chairs for all of us. The house also has a ping pong table and a pool that add to the variety of activities available. Each room has a full bathroom in it which was so convenient when we were all getting ready at the same time. We were transported to and from the airport which took away any stress of navigating an unfamiliar city. I recommend this house to anyone looking for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful house.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Real life paradise!

  • 5 of 5

I came here with seven of my friends to have an adventurous and relaxing getaway vacation. This house is absolutely gorgeous! The natural architectural design is definitely unique and becomes part of the scenery. The house is spacious with lots of places to lounge. My friends and I enjoyed the bar, pool table, and swimming pool. The house comes with plenty of paddle boards and kayaks for us all to go out on the water together. They supplied us with snorkeling gear and arranged for a guide to take us out to the coral reef! Alberto, the manager, was very accommodating and the staff were wonderful. The airport pick up and drop off was convenient and seamless. The chef made a variety of delicious meals and made sure there was a special vegetarian dish for my friend. Playa Del Carmen/Casa Vela is beautiful and offers plenty of beaches and outdoor activities without feeling crowded like some resorts. Very highly recommend for families and groups of friends looking for a relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, California, United States

Stunning Beach House!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Vela was absolutely amazing! The oceanfront house is beautiful, made from all natural wood and materials. The house comes equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, table tennis, a pool, hammocks, snorkeling gear, etc., which made our stay extremely convenient. The chef's cooking was excellent. The car service to and from the airport made our stay convenient as well. Definitely recommend Casa Vela to others!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolute Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The house was wonderful getaway for our family. There were 14 of us and had plenty of room. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who has a large group. The chef, Alberto, was amazing and very professional. The staff on hand was also amazing. The kayaks and paddle boards that came with the house were very fun. Would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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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 three spring-fed rivers next door, just a short walk from the house. Swimming up the second river is a joy with mask, snorkel and fins…and you can take one of our kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and paddle out to the third river, near the point. It is hard to spot, but is really wonderful and close to the reef. Sort of like a Joseph Conrad experience.


Rates & Availability

Playa del Carmen Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Aug 6 2016 - Nov 5 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Winter Holiday
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

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 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.

If you pay by credit card, we will deduct HomeAway's 2.9% credit card fee from the damage deposit. There is no fee if you pay by direct bank transfer.

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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.
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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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