|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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.
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
We had a great week at Casa Vela. We were 7 Adults and 8 teens. We never felt crowded. Starting with Bruce and Alberto helping us set up the trip, to Thomas and all the staff ensuring we had a great stay. High points: The house and rooms, the location, the staff! Some tips. Be as specific as you can about what you want to eat as well as dessert every night. If you like more then just beer and wine, make sure you make arrangement either to have a bar tender or be prepared to make them yourself. Also pre-book as many excursions as possible. We were last minute with massages and a snorkeling trip but Alberto pulled if off without a hitch. Would definetily come back!
We stayed at what we called the "tree house" for seven nights for Easter of 2016. I've waited awhile to write the review as I was very torn about giving this property 5-STARS as the house set-up and beach area were not ideal for our needs, but the house is EXTRAORDINARY! (4 adults, 2 children - 5yrs/9yrs)
Airport transfers and all staff were included in the booking fee. All of the staff on the property were polite and attentive. They work in the background and make the trip more enjoyable. The food was excellent, the cook took our input on the menu, and the grocery store order we placed was ready for our arrival.
The house and all of the rooms are truly 5-STAR. As nice, if not better than the photos. Each room is well appointed, clean, and artfully designed. The beds are excellent and the amenities are top-knotch. There are four bedrooms that don't connect. All of the bedroom doors open to the outside. The room set-up is a pro for multiple families that are traveling together and want privacy, but a con if you want to put your children in a room separate from yours. Someone could walk off the beach and up into the house and enter your child's room without you knowing. They do have a staff member present 24 hours who was very attentive and patrols beneath the house. However, in a foreign country I couldn't place my children in another room that was only accessible from the outside.
The house is truly oceanfront, however the beach in front of the house isn't swimmable. The water is mucky and the seaweed constantly bunches up on the shore. The staff diligently rakes it up, but you will have to walk down the beach to enjoy the ocean. The owner can arrange a boat to take you snorkeling and they pull up right in front of the house for a great price. He also arranged a massage therapist to come to the hose - fantastic!
Getting into town is a chore as you have to call for a cab, which is a process, as this is an isolated home a good mile from the highway behind unmarked gates. The staff calls a taxi for you, but it's something that has to be planned. If the room setup works for you, you don't mind walking down the beach to swim, and you plan on spending most of your time on the property this is really an amazing play to stay. A one of kind experience. From booking to departure the owner and staff are very easy to work with and aim to please.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.