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Castillo de' Arena (translated means: Sandcastle) is our Dream Beach Vacation Home. We decorated it as a home, not a daily rental unit. We purchased only the best and you will benefit from the quality. Each and every room was decorated with love and care. Each piece hand selected. All the rooms are floored with beautiful tile. If you are looking for an UPSCALE retreat, to relax and enjoy, then we welcome you to our Sandcastle on the beach. Natural, undisturbed beaches stretch for miles. Rarely will you come across another person. The pace is slow and your days and nights are totally up to you. We are constantly adding new things to the house with every visit. While we wish we could be there full time, we can't and we decided to share our dream with you.
This luxurious home, with over 6500 square feet, is located on 5 private acres. Included in the 5 acres are 30 meters of private beach front. The lot is planted with over 100 coconut palm trees and various native vegetation. Many of the coconut trees have begun producing delicious coconuts. The house is built safely to American specifications.
When you arrive to Castillo de' Arena, you will immediately be greeted by the wonderful beach breezes blowing through the palms and the sound of the tranquil ocean. Depending on what time you arrive, you will see and hear different things. You will also get a wonderful first glimpse of the beach path and the gorgeous blue, green waters of the gulf of Mexico. You may have seen the wild, bright, pink flamingos that are across the road from the house. If not, you will have many opportunities to experience this wonderful, rare moment during your stay.
Open the door and enter the marble foyer and the beginning of the BEST VACATION HOLIDAY OF YOUR LIFE!!!! To your right is the living room, dining room and kitchen. Also the large sliding glass doors that open off the living room to the over sized, covered, soapstone patio. If you go to your left, you will encounter the only downstairs bedroom and bathroom.
The living room has 2 very comfortable leather coaches and an over sized leather chair and a coffee table.
The kitchen is oversized and has all the conveniences of home. There is an abundance of counter space and cupboard space. Plenty of room in the kitchen for more than one person without tripping over one another. The perfect place to try your hand with the local cuisine of fish and fruits and vegetables. While in the kitchen, you have beautiful views of the ocean, breathtaking sunsets through the coconut groves, various Yucatan Audubon recognized birds, and the constant intoxicating breezes of the ocean.
The large, marble dining room table seats up to 8 people comfortably. There are very large windows as not to obstruct the beautiful outdoor view while you eat. It overlooks the soapstone terrace, path to beach, and native plants and of course, the coconut trees. There is also an island/bar off the kitchen with stools.
The downstairs covered patio has several lounge chairs and places to hang a hammock. The view is hard to describe as anything less than perfect. The beautiful gulf waters, the vegetation, the various birds (flamingos, humming birds, pelicans, seagulls, cranes, sandpipers, mocking birds, owls, etc...). Fishing boats, sail boats, and dolphins will occasionally pass by in the distance.
The downstairs bedroom has a queen sized bed, dresser, hand made Armoire wardrobe, built in nightstands with three drawers each, a ceiling fan, built in corner cabinet, and a large window that faces east. Spectacular sunrises can be viewed from this room. The bathroom has a glass shower with seat, pedestal sink and toilet.
If you are about to go up the stairs, to your right is a small hallway and door that lead out to the back patio where the maids quarters is located.
Up the stairs, when you reach the first landing, you will be head level with the large window that faces the flamingo reserve. You will also see the second floor landing to the large sized patio that comes off the first bedroom on the second floor.
When you reach the second floor, to the immediate right is the first bedroom. This room faces east and south. Early sunrises and a constant, uninterrupted view of the flamingo reserve decorate this room. There is a queen sized bed, built in night stands, built in corner cabinet, and a mirrored closet. There is also a ceiling fan. There is an attached bathroom with glass shower with seat, sink, plenty of storage space, toilet, large mirror and another ceiling fan. There is a door that leads to the balcony facing the flamingo reserve. It is over sized and a perfect spot to use binoculars or a high powered zoom lens on a camera or camcorder to view the flamingos. The reserve is protected and completely natural. Early in the morning, you can hear their very distinct communication sounds.
Returning to the hallway, facing the ocean, there are two bedrooms that are side by side. There is also a hand crafted Armoire wardrobe in the hallway.
The bedroom to your left is the 'Master Bedroom'. It too has a queen sized bed, built in nightstands, built in dresser with 6 very large, cedar lined drawers. A large window facing the ocean and a door that leads to the second balcony. There are places to hang a hammock. The view from this balcony is pristine.
Endless blue skies, unobstructed view of the many colors of the Gulf of Mexico waters as far as the eye can see. Local fisherman frequently boat across in front of the house, pelicans soar overhead and skim the ocean water. We've seen dolphins and many fish jumping. Sunrises and sunsets are also viewed from this room. The starry night is inspiring. Since there aren't any city lights, the stars are so bright and seem so very close. Relaxing in a hammock and looking at the stars is the perfect way to end the day. You can still hear the ocean and feel the breeze. When there is a full moon, it is spectacular to see it bouncing off the ocean waters. Every day comes complete with a unique sunrise and sunset, never repeating itself.
There is a small, wooden desk that faces the ocean. I have sat there many times, writing letters, and keeping a journal.
The attached bathroom has a large walk in, glass shower with a bench seat. It is big enough for two. There are many drawers and cabinet space. It also houses an enormous walk in closet with mirrored doors. There is a ceiling fan, sink and toilet. In the closet you will find an iron, ironing board, and rubber containers that keep the towels and sheets and extra blankets for the entire house, clean and smelling freshly washed.
The bedroom to the right is very similar in size and has the same amenities as the 'Master Bedroom'. A queen size bed, built in night stands, a mirrored closet, attached bathroom and a large, sliding glass door that leads out to the shared balcony with the Master Bedroom, TV, built in corner cabinet and attached bathroom. There are also a set of windows that face East, allowing the Sunrise to greet and wake you. The bathroom has a glass shower with ceiling fan, seat, sink, toilet and plenty of drawer space.
The apartment/maid's quarter, located separately outside the main house and apart from the first floor, facing west. This room is a mini apartment, with it's own refrigerator, shower and bathroom. This would be a perfect spot for the hired cook, nanny, or for a hired housekeeper. We can recommend a great local cook for you if you would like.
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