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A gorgeous, private residence overlooking its own beautiful pool and the Caribbean Ocean awaits you with access to a small, quiet shelling beach below where you can put your toes in the azure sea or explore tidal pools.
Labeled "an architectural marvel" by delighted guests, this home has the light, cool decor and lovely design you dream of in your Caribbean paradise. The vast array of windows in this home offers you constant, breathtaking views of the Caribbean's aqua-colored water.
The entire second story is a plush master suite with a king-size, feather-topped bed and "his" and "her" vanity areas- an ideal retreat for romantics! Stunning views of a heavenly turquoise ocean fill the suite- watch the waves come in from your pillows!
Amenities in the master retreat include a new 96" projection screen theater! Honestly, the best theater experience, you may never leave your suite... so we added a "morning kitchen" for your convenience. It includes a microwave, toaster, small fridge and water tower. The suite has a breakfast nook overlooking gorgeous scenery and a walk-in closet for storage- no hotel "sprawl".
There is a lovely guestroom on the main level with a comfy queen-size bed and bath. Airbeds are available for extra guests and there is a pretty rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the island.
Many of our guests request a chef to cook special meals during their stay and dine in the beauty of the "glass" dining room. The chef even enjoys beautiful views and the breakfast bar is great for less formal lunches or snacks. Of course there's a dishwasher and a stacked washer and dryer- the height of convenience while on holiday!
And a great location to boot- at the ocean edge of a popular colonia where you will find great, inexpensive restaurants for authentic Mexican food, roasted chicken, slow-cooked bbq ribs, handmade tortillas, and more! There are also small tiendas (shops) nearby. The home is the spot for convenience to all you will want to see and do on this tiny, charming island! Also, the "Caribe" side location is ideal for cooling breezes that are so welcome under the Caribbean sun. Our corner lot location adds distance from neighbors but easy access to taxis. It's an easy drive from the home to Garrafon Reef Park with its zip lines and beautiful snorkling area for fun in the water, to the western beach clubs and spas for relaxation, to the north beach bars or to the "downtown" area for shopping.
Check out these recent entries we found in our guest book: "Willie and Michelle- what a pleasure it has been to deal with you- I could feel your kindness over the phone- no small feat!"; "You have created such a tranquil retreat! Everything reflects the beauty of the water and the island."; "We loved every moment in your beautiful home."; "Its MTV Cribs @ Cristal! Cristal Isla Rocks!"; "Casa Cristal was magnificent!"; "Casa Cristal is a beautiful home with stunning views."; "The house has amazing views and so many places to enjoy them. We found so many quaint shops and wonderful places to eat. One of our favorite things to do was watch a movie before we went to bed... thank you Will & Michelle for sharing your gorgeous home with us. We couldn't imagine a better place to spend our honeymoon"; "We loved staying here and everything about the house. "Beautiful home in a beautiful setting- just what we needed"; What a wonderful place to spend our 15th wedding anniversary! Casa Cristal was perfect! "The house is just spectacular. Love the movie screen upstairs and all the beautiful windows overlooking the ocean. You can't get this at home! "Wow, how fast 10 days go by. What a great house to rent. We enjoyed everything... found it hard to leave our retreat here. I will miss the house... thank you for sharing your home... it was a fantastic experience!"
Comments sent to us from our most recent guests: "We had a wonderful time. By far it was our most treasured Christmas with our kids and your home and the locale made it a huge hit... Your home is stunning. We loved the layout, the amazing movie screen upstairs (we watched a movie every night with our kids which we haven't done since they were little), and the pool was perfect. The terrace was another favorite spot. The kids actually slept up there a couple times. The kitchen was great...We loved being away from town and our ride to and from home was nice and easy in the golf cart." Gary and Cindy
"Michelle...we love Cristal, and hope to come back again next year!! Your home... is truly amazing. Thank you again for sharing it with us...we felt like a king and queen in our own private kingdom!! The view is to die for, we could have sat upstairs in the master and looked out at the sea for hours on end. That blue green water.......ahhhhhh!! Cristal has every creature comfort one could ask for (and more!) The refrigerator was so well stocked, the only beverage we needed to buy (besides some tequila!), was the delicious orange juice we bought from the grocer. We slept up on the roof several nights (thanks to Will for suggesting that possibility to us!). It was so comfy and cool-and with the sound of the waves crashing, we slept like babies. Jorge cooked a gourmet 3 course meal for us one night, complete with flowers and candlelight. Driving around the island by golfcart was a fun activity in itself- and Val never got enough of shelling, she'd risk life and limb for that perfect conch!!! We had a fabulous vacation on Isla- at Cristal. As we said, we'd like to bring the family back for spring break '09. Thanks for everything!!!" Val and Bob
"Your Casa was both beautiful and well appointed. We spent a few days at the Ixchel Hotel & Condos at Playa Norte which was very nice but the accommodations could not compare...I would highly recommend your wonderful Casa to anyone visiting Isla Mujeres and we do hope someday to return." Ray
King size beds (1) in the master suite. There is also a down featherbed on the mattress for your comfort., Queen size Beds (1) in the guest suite. It is a comfy mattress too, which is rare for Mexico! Two additional queen-size airbeds are also available for your extra guests....moreless
We have been adding more and more items including a lovely, soft alpaca rug in the living area, new art pieces, white curtains in all the windows, jute blinds in his and her dressing areas, and much more! There are ceiling fans, weekly maid service with mid-week services available, transportation services to the casa, spa/salon services and gourmet services are also available to the villa upon request. Imagine a professional massage and exquisite cuisine in your Caribbean home away from home!...moreless
Bring your Ipod or MP3 Player! We have a new stereo tower with beautiful sound on which to play your own music library....moreless
There is a 96", remote-controlled projection home theater with surround sound in the master suite (see photo)! The picture quality is just beautiful. Now there are stunning views both night and day! There are a few dvds available, but you will want to bring your favorites! There is also a dvd player and flat screen in the guest suite....moreless
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There are times you will feel like you are floating on a ship inside the villa because the water appears to be all around you! Follow the nearby path down to beautiful tide pools and rocky/sandy shoreline. This secluded area boasts thousands of conch shells for collecting....moreless
Your rented vehicle may be parked behind a locked, sliding gate in the palapa-covered carport....moreless
There are luxurious linens for the master and guest suites- as well as extra linens for the air beds....moreless
A guest cell phone is available for use and even has convenient numbers in it you may need (taxi, local fishermen, divemasters, etc)... all tried and true. ...moreless
Parking Off Street:
There is additional room at the side and rear of the villa for your rented vehicles....moreless
You will find the full-size, stacked washer and dryer so convenient!...moreless
High-speed, wireless internet available throughout the villa. We personally use our "Slingbox" on the wifi and enjoy our own (yep, our OWN home in the states) cable and dvr service- highly recommend you look into it!!!!...moreless
Catered gourmet meals are also available to our guests. More information is available upon request....moreless
with a lovely island stovetop and breakfast bar....moreless
A large microwave is located in the full kitchen and a second microwave in the master suite also has a toaster to make breakfast in your master suite a snap....moreless
The large refrigerator makes your stay at the villa more enjoyable. A smaller refrigerator in the master suite keeps your wine, juice and cream chilled for your convenience....moreless
A balcony off the master suite is ideal for serene mornings with coffee or watching the waves come in from your lounge chair....moreless
Deck / Patio:
(3) There are patio areas at the front and rear of the villa as well as on the rooftop retreat for dining, lounging, and sunning. A pergola on the rooftop provides a shady respite from the sun....moreless
Pool / Spa
A grand, fully-tiled pool in the front area of the villa awaits you!...moreless
A beautiful, large canopied tub to relax in....moreless
.. Regular Rates ..
March 01-Dec 15 .. $350/night .. $2350/week with $100 discount
.. Holiday Rates ..
Dec 16-Feb 29 .. $425/night .. $2899/week with $75 discount
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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The property has a twin-engine, 29' boat available to rent for sightseeing and snorkeling excursions with a wonderful local guide. In addition, there are diving opportunities around the Great Mayan Reef, a malecon (sea wall), Mayan ruins, shark and dolphin experiences, a turtle farm, special tours to Isla Contoy Reserve and the famous excursions to swim with whale sharks (The boat and crew are certified for these special tours!) You will have a wonderful, unforgettable experience.