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

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Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas. Spacious balcony and terrace face the beach.

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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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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Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    must be 24 years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    This is a great place for a family vacation. Children life vests are available. Consider that heat and intense sun can be problematic for very small children. Children should be supervised when accessing balcony and roof top terrace. Please discuss any concerns with us....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    queen bed sleeps 2; roll-out bed for 1 sm. adult or child...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    queen bed sleeps 2; roll-out bed f. one sm adult or child...moreless

  • downstairs sofa: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    downstairs sofa can be set up for sleeping...moreless

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • outdoor shower: outdoor shower

    outdoor shower for washing off salt and sand...moreless

  • full bathrooms with warm water shower

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    large and diverse library with a good collection of Mexico nature and travel guides...moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    several board game sets available for guests...moreless

  • Music Library:

    CD player/radio with a library of music CDs, including Caribbean music...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    house sits on its own private beach 100 feet from the Caribbean Sea...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    100 feet from the Caribbean Sea...moreless

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

Dining

  • Dining:

    Inside Dining area; dining also possible on sea-side terrace and sea-side balcony...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    No air conditioning, but both bedrooms with ceiling fans...moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    Internet connection provided via microwave antenna from Mahahual (currently about 1MB/s). You can use Skype for free PC-PC calls and for cheap international calls....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    outside BBQ on beach and behind house...moreless

  • Internet:

    WiFi...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    One set fresh linens and towels changed weekly....moreless

  • Living Room:

    combined dining -living area downstairs...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    cell phone service (TelCel) is available; check in advance if your phone will work in this part of Mexico. If you have a computer, you can use Skype for free PC-PC calls and for cheap international calls. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    parking off the road inside our fenced property...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    parking off the road inside our fenced property...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    one set of towels per week included with rent...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    No washing mashine, but laundry services are available in Mahahual...moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Please inquire in advance for restaurants that currently cater; also the wive of our caretaker can prepare great Mexican dishes and is happy to take orders. Speak directly to our caretaker....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    French Press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    kitchen contains all utensils necessary for cooking; mechanical orange press to prepare fresh orange juice...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and silverware for 6 guests...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    full kitchen with 2 burner LP gas range and all table and kitchen ware...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Bottled water ('Agua purificada') provided in 4 gallon bottles. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    full-sized fridge; if needed ice box can be provided for additional cold storage...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Very large 200 sq. feet sea-side balcony with hammocks, table and chairs; shaded with palm-thatched roof and independently accessible from both bedrooms...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    large covered sea-side terrace, tiled with 2 tables; tiled roof top patio for private tanning and spectacular Caribbean views and star gazing in the night; wind-protected seating area behind the house; sun shelters (palapas) on beach...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    use of ocean kayaks included in rent; life vests of several sizes available...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    beautiful lush tropical jungle-garden and landscaped beach surround the house...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    2 outdoor grills; one in the beach area and one behind the house (for windy days)...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    some complimentary snorkeling equipment available for guests...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2015 mid season1
May 1 - Aug 15, 2015
3 night min stay
$145
$1,015 $3,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2015 low season
Aug 16 - Oct 17, 2015
3 night min stay
$110
$770 $2,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2015 mid season2
Oct 18 - Nov 14, 2015
3 night min stay
$145
$1,015 $3,000

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2015 high season2
Nov 15 - Dec 19, 2015
3 night min stay
$165
$1,155 $4,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2015 Dec Holiday
Dec 20 - Jan 3, 2016
5 night min stay
$195
$1,365

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2016 high season1
Jan 4 - Mar 18, 2016
3 night min stay
$165
$1,155 $4,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2016 Easter
Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2016
5 night min stay
$180

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

2016 high season2
Mar 28 - Apr 30, 2016
3 night min stay
$165
$3,500
2016 mid season 1
May 1 - Aug 14, 2016
3 night min stay
$145
2016 low season
Aug 15 - Oct 15, 2016
3 night min stay
$110
$2,000
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$110
$3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $125
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Tax Rate 14%

Notes:

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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Location

200 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cancun
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Bar 'Fusion' at Kabah-Na Cabanas
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 307 Cancun-Chetumal
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Travel In' Beach restaurant
3000 Miles
Nearest Ski
far, far away
0.01 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1994

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Mahahual:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.


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Speaks: english, german, spanish, russian

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Photos

  • Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas. Spacious balcony and terrace face the beach.

    Casa del Cielo de las Estrellas. Spacious balcony and terrace face the beach.

  • Dining area. Custom made arched windows for optimal ventilation and beachview.

    Dining area. Custom made arched windows for optimal ventilation and beachview.

  • Downstairs bathroom w. Talavera sink. This is a complete bathroom w. hot shower.

    Downstairs bathroom w. Talavera sink. This is a complete bathroom w. hot shower.

  • Bedroom #2. Both bedrooms with queen beds and roll-out bed for 1 person.

    Bedroom #2. Both bedrooms with queen beds and roll-out bed for 1 person.

  • The spectacular sunrise over the Caribbean Sea can be enjoyed from our balcony.

    The spectacular sunrise over the Caribbean Sea can be enjoyed from our balcony.

  • Ground level terrace. Our favored breakfast spot.

    Ground level terrace. Our favored breakfast spot.

  • Grill on the beach. Fresh coconuts are available in abundance.

    Grill on the beach. Fresh coconuts are available in abundance.

  • Our reef protected waters have no currents and provide safe kayaking conditions.

    Our reef protected waters have no currents and provide safe kayaking conditions.

  • Downstairs kitchen area. Equipped with all necessary cooking utensils.

    Downstairs kitchen area. Equipped with all necessary cooking utensils.

  • Downstairs living area extends from the dining area.

    Downstairs living area extends from the dining area.

  • Upstairs bedroom #1. Fresh sea breeze or ceiling fan for comfortable sleep.

    Upstairs bedroom #1. Fresh sea breeze or ceiling fan for comfortable sleep.

  • Sunrise over the Caribbean Sea from bed. 6 am. No wakeup call needed...

    Sunrise over the Caribbean Sea from bed. 6 am. No wakeup call needed...

  • Roof-top patio. Ideal for private tanning and stargazing during the night.

    Roof-top patio. Ideal for private tanning and stargazing during the night.

  • Morning view from the water line. Our landscaped beach integrates native plants.

    Morning view from the water line. Our landscaped beach integrates native plants.

  • Hammocks on the beach- a great way to relax after a day of snorkeling.

    Hammocks on the beach- a great way to relax after a day of snorkeling.

  • Our area is arguably the finest snorkeling site in the Mahahual region.

    Our area is arguably the finest snorkeling site in the Mahahual region.

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