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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Secluded Beach, Private 11acre Oasis- Best Views 2017

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Private House on 11acre Ocean/Beach Front Reserve - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (sleeps 2)

Mar al Cielo is a private oceanfront vacation retreat near Lo de Marcos on 4.4 hectares (11 acres) of secluded jungle and beachfront paradise with accommodation just for two. Just a 50 minute drive north of the Puerto Vallarta Airport and 5 minutes from Lo de Marcos, it is easy to get to yet a world away. Unlike other oceanfront rentals, here at Mar al Cielo you alone are privileged to intimate interactions with nature and wildlife while being surrounded by unsurpassed serene beauty, secluded beaches, panoramic ocean views and pristine tropical jungle. Mar al Cielo has over 2 kilometers of private groomed jungle walking trails for guests that seek to explore the truly wild places that remain.

Dream of Whale Watching in Mexico?... Mar al Cielo sits along the seasonal migration route and breeding area of the great Humpback Whales. Here you can see and hear a spectacular show of the giant whales splash and breach right out in front of you!

Mar al Cielo and the local area is also renowned for its World Class Bird Watching ... with over 300 listed bird species in this region, whether you are an avid bird watcher or casual observer you can't help but be taken by the diversity of color, sights and sounds the tropical birds have to offer.

Walk down to the secluded beach or explore private jungle walking trails & hilltop vistas while capturing glimpses of armadillos or coatimundis wandering by, picnic on the beach, swim in the ocean, or simply relax & take in the natural surroundings of the soothing ocean breeze, tropical birds and butterflies. Enjoy the Oceanfront Palapa Lounge, another private space perfect for dining, swinging in hammocks, sunning in the sand, doing yoga or having an oceanfront massage. With a library, nature guide books, binoculars, additional kitchenette & dining area and stunning 180 degree ocean view with incredible year-round sunsets, the Palapa Lounge is the perfect place to pass the days away!

Accommodation at Mar al Cielo is unique and luxurious, drawing on regional architecture, design motifs, materials and artwork. Your casa at Mar al Cielo is a self-contained home with terraces on two levels, fully equipped kitchen with BBQ grill, 1-bedroom with king size bed and lush cotton linens, private outdoor shower & bath with ocean views and more stars than you could ever imagine!

Here at Mar al Cielo we are strongly committed to protecting our rare and precious bit of oceanfront paradise and to contributing in a positive way to the nearby community. Guests are encouraged to speak the language, savor the food and enjoy the beauty of Mexican living. Come to immerse yourself in a world where privacy, nature and relaxation become your reality.

To get to Mar al Cielo you can easily rent a car from the airport in Puerto Vallarta or we can arrange to have an Airport pick up and return trip (including a grocery stop on the way in). Taxis are available in Lo de Marcos and from Mar al Cielo on request. Daily or weekly car rentals are also available from Lo de Marcos.

Mar al Cielo offers an enchanting tropical experience, an awakening place where one can feel deeply connected rejuvenated & inspired. Your private oceanfront retreat awaits!

Featured in the following Magazines and Television Programs:

- Cosmopolitan UK, 2017 - World's Most Instagramable Places to Stay

- Riviera Nayarit Newsletter, 2017 - Best 10 Views of Riviera Nayarit

- Vanity Fair Magazine, 2016 - Hottest Spots in Mexico

- GQ Mexico Magazine, 2016 - Mexico para Sibaritas

- Western Living Magazine, 2016 - Places to stay in Riviera Nayarit

- Cosmopolitan UK Magazine, 2016 - Places to stay in Mexico

- Featured on Nikon's Birding Adventure TV, 2015

- Casas & Gente, 2010 - Eco-Tourism en el Pacifico

Keywords: Private Oceanfront Vacation Rental Lo de Marcos, Secluded Beach, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Yoga, Ecological Reserve

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017


Lo De Marcos Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • Outdoor shower and bath for 2, in total privacy, with ocean view. Additional bathrooms and outdoor shower with ocean view at Palapa Lounge.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed (1) with sitting terrace and ocean view
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Private Gated Property, Secluded Beach, 2 km of Private Jungle Walking Trails, Professional Bird Guide Available, Oceanfront Massage and Spa Services, Chef Available (serving garden fresh organic vegetables & locally sourced foods), Grocery Shopping Service Available, "Jungle Room Service" Restaurant Food Delivery, Cell Phone Provided - Free Calls to USA & Canada, Taxi Service; Airport Transportation Available


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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Secluded Beach, Private 11acre Oasis- Best Views 2017
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Return to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time to stay at Mar Al Cielo. We had a great experience the first time and even better this time. Carlos and Jodi cooked for us breakfast and dinner for 10 days. Carlos' cooking skills are exquisite and Jodi's attention to details made us feel like we were at a 10 star resort. Be sure to try the breakfast tamales and leave the menu open to Carlos as he will not disappoint. We also scheduled a shuttle to and from the airport rather than renting a car. This took the stress out of us driving and Pepe was very helpful at the grocery store. Our shopping experience was much easier! This trip I was able to see an emerald humming bird which from what I understand is quite rare. There are many wildlife opportunities, viewing unique humming birds, butterflies and tropical birds. It's in the jungle so you can just imagine what you may see or hear on any given day. Our normal lives are such a rat race and we forget to stop and smell the flowers. This place allows us to find that again. It helps us find some peace and tranquility in the jungle by listening and seeing the birds, lizards and the ocean whether it be night or morning or the middle of the day. Be sure to ask Jodi about the noise or sightings you hear and see. She will more than likely be able to tell you what you heard or even saw. She is a great resource to your experience here, and I think she enjoys sharing as much as Carlos enjoys the cooking! We can't wait to book our next visit!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true getaway

  • 5 of 5

Nowadays, true getaways are hard to come by. Most vacations I had been on before with families and friends were always fun, but always a commercial experience. Mar Al Cielo was not one of those experiences. It's original, genuine, and breathtaking. Jodi and Carlos and the team were unbelievably accommodating, and really appreciated just how blown away my wife and I were on our honeymoon. And although this place is secluded and private and nested up on a mountain (feeling a million miles from civilization), there was never a dull moment. My wife and I spent a week here, and we could have spent 51 more weeks there no problem. Mar Al Cielo has a lot to offer, it was tough to choose what to do even with a completely open agenda. You could spend days hiking around your 11 acres of hilly and junglesome land, or walk down to the beach with a 6-pack, chips and guacamole. You could go snorkeling or horseback riding, or even on a whale tour to name a few easily accessible activities. Every night we had no problem taking in a real Pacific sunset as it dipped into an ocean with no end which was essentially our front yard for the week. One night we decided to get a sunset dinner made by Chef Carlos himself (which I highly recommend, no offense to my wife's cooking which was phenomenal as well *cough *cough) which came with the whole 9 yards of margaritas, a beautifully obscure cut of steak paired with a sauce (which my wife and I tried to replicate and came nowhere close, she is still a great cook though) that was to die for, an amazing desert, and wine, sorry I am going off about it but it was unbelievable. In the city of Lo De Marcos, you can feel welcome while amongst true locals. There was no such thing as a tourist there because everyone who came from out of town was truly accepted. The lodge itself was worth the whole stay, feeling just enough outside allowing you to enjoy the weather, with the comfort of being indoors, enjoying the beautiful views and a bed that might as well have been made out of clouds. We enjoyed many star-filled nights in the outdoor bathtub, and shared too many laughs situated in the outdoor kitchen and lounge which is also solely yours through-out your stay. The second we left was also the second we were trying to figure when we could come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievable! A hidden gem where nature and beauty are your companions at every step!

  • 5 of 5

The property cannot be more special and spectacular. Jodi and Carlos are amazing hosts that have thought of every detail to make our stay unforgettable. We felt at home immediately. You basically have an entire mountain/forest/beach to enjoy. The place has such a beautiful energy. Perfect for active people that likes to explore and be surprised by the power of nature. The only hard part was leaving. We will be back. No doubt.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If like us, you looked for some peace and tranquility, look no more. Mar al Cielo surpassed my expectations.

There are things here that could be improved or changed but... The feeling, surroundings, nature and vistas that you will experience will make these issues non important.

Internet was the only thing that we missed since we need it for business. The whole area of Lo De Marcos is having the same issue so just be ready to deal with it if you need the internet.

Great place, magnificent views and such a nice and peacefull place to connect with nature and yourself.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review...One thing that was neglected to mention was that when the Internet is slow we provide a 3G Hotspot for our Clients. We were pleased that you told us you were able to send your large work files without a problem. So glad you enjoyed the nature of Mar al Cielo. Saludos!
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  • 5 of 5

I am very fortunate to travel to amazing places for my work in the travel business. This was one of my favorite places on Earth. I had amazing sleep, it's nearly silent (with no dogs and roosters that tormented me in neighboring towns). I booked very quickly and did not fully process that Carlos is a terrific chef and that he could prepare lovely dinners on site!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Mar al Cielo for nine days and each one was perfect. Jodi and Carlos (and Raul!) are super nice/helpful and their property is gorgeous, peaceful, clean and private. We spent most days hanging out in (under?) the clifftop palapa, reading, playing cards and eating chips and guac. When we did manage to pull ourselves away from whale watching and lounging, we enjoyed a couple of mornings in Sayulita (stay away from the main beach and head north), the Tianguis Market in La Peñita (like a local flea market, not a ton in terms of unique arts & crafts, but definitely worth the morning trip) and an evening in Lo de Marcos (great tacos at the place Jodi and Carlos recommend for Friday and Saturday nights). Carlos cooked for us two nights and his food was delicious.

Some tips, in no particular order:

// Stay at least a week. We could have easily stayed another five days (on top of our nine).

// We liked the flexibility renting a car allowed us. We ended up paying around US $275 for our whole stay, which was definitely worth it.

// Carlos can get fresh oysters, shrimp and fish. He can also do Mexican food (which is not really featured on the menu). Definitely ask for off-menu preparations. And if you're an adventurous eater, tell him!

// Bring hiking shoes – nothing heavy duty, even Keen sandals will do, but you’ll want them for hiking around the property and for walking into town. Also bring water shoes for a better time in the surf.

// Get a bunch of empanadas at La Empanaderia Sayulita. They kept well in the fridge and made for an easy and yummy toaster oven breakfast.

// You’ll definitely want long pants and long sleeve shirts at night (in December for sure, not sure about the other months). Would NOT recommend jeans – loose cotton pants would be best. I was glad to have a cotton long sleeve t-shirt with me, but wished I had some cotton pajama bottoms and a light flannel shirt.

// Bring a reusable water bottle for each person to avoid plastic bottles!

// There is WiFi, but it’s very slow. Recommend downloading movies, books and music at home before you arrive.

// Don’t hesitate to ask Jodi for recommendations for paddle boarding, boat trips, bird watching, restaurants, etc. She’s really helpful and it’s nice to get info from a local.

This is the perfect place for getting away from it all. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Privacy, Secluded Beaches, 2km Private Jungle Trails, Incredible Whale Watching from Every View, Stunning 180degree Ocean View with Year-round Sunset, World Class Bird Watching, Professional Bird Guide Available, Yoga, Professional Yoga Instructor Available, On-site Massage, Cooking with the Freshest Local Ingredients or Delicious Mexican Fusion Dishes prepared just for you, Visit Traditional Local Markets, Turtle Release Expeditions, Snorkel Gear Available


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200

50% of Rental Total Plus the $200 Deposit required to confirm reservations. If arrival is less than 30 days in advance - Total Balance Plus $200 Deposit due within 7 days of booking. If arrival is greater than 30 days in advance - Final balance due within 30 days of Reservation date. Paypal & Interac-e Transfer accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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