Private House on 11acre Ocean/Beach Front Reserve - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (sleeps 2)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
My husband and I spend three magical days at Mar al Cielo. We both agreed that it was, hands down, our favorite of ALL the hotels and vacation rentals we have stayed in. The view is amazing, the space is totally private yet open to the air, view, and surrounding jungle. The bed is very comfortable, the Palapa Lounge living room is peaceful (and the perfect spot for yoga and meditation). I highly recommend, as other reviewers did, to have Jodi and Carlos prepare some meals for you - the food was delicious and healthy. (I am still trying to recreate the jicima hors d'ouvre recipe at home - it was perfect with a margarita!)
I will say that the hike down to the beach is a little steep, but we were totally prepared for that, and it was SO worth it. The beach is private and pristine!!
Jodi was an excellent communicator- she thought of everything that someone might need, including a cell phone to use while there, a complete guide book, excellent birding tips!
We debated renting a car ahead of time, but once we were there, we only left once to check out the town of Lo de Marcos, which could have easily been done by taxi.
We are sure that we will return! Thank you Jodi and Carlos for a wonderful stay.
It was by far the most amazing experience of our lives. Quiet & Peaceful, Truely Paradise!
This place is like poetry yet I am at a loss for words, Solitude, Peace Comfort ~ so much more than we expected. Incredible views, sounds of nature like music to the soul all night long , a peaceful lullaby. The view leaves you speechless. Sunrise viewing from your bed, Sunset from multiple places on property will blow your mind.
Secluded beach front shades in the early hours with afternoon sun ~ healing land, every step is an adventure.
Healing body mind soul.
We walked the trails daily & saw many varieties of birds, praying mantis’, crabs, lizards, and more, so delightful
We are very thankful for the hosts who are willing to share their paradise, we will be back for sure.
Carlos & Jodi are great special people who put together amazing meals that we are now only dreaming about.
Forever Thankful for such a wonderful experience!
Incredible time in paradise
Jodi and Carlos have truly created a paradise at Mar a Cielo. My boyfriend and I came down from the PNW to escape the cold and felt lucky to have stumbled upon Jodi and Carlos' little slice of heaven. The property is immaculate and filled with loving little touches - chairs facing perfect views with binoculars at the ready, comfy couches and hammocks to relax and read in, and a full kit of chairs, cooler, and umbrella for you perfect beach set-up. We also took advantage of Carlos's incredible cooking, which featured local products and herbs from their garden. The whole experience was simply magical.
A couple of things we learned from our trip: don't rent a car! There are a couple of options for transportation in Lo de Marcos and taxis are easily arranged. Bring your hiking shoes! The bungalow and palapa are great to hang out in, but the property offers great trails too. Definitely have Jodi/Carlos make you a few meals. So glad we took advantage of that! And finally, get out and check the surrounding areas and Lo de Marcos. We loved the markets and local beach restaurants in town.
Thank you Jodi and Carlos!
This place was exactly what we needed and were looking for. From the beginning of our drive up to this little piece of heaven until our time for departure, we could want for nothing. We chose to rent a car and were concerned about the drive to the top of the property. It is rutted and there are rocks on the drive up to the top. We were contemplating getting a Jeep or something with good clearance, but found with patience and cautious driving, it wasn't needed. We came in later in the evening and were promptly greeted by Joni and Carlos. What a warm couple! She showed us around the property with flash lights as it DARK at night (which only highlights the amazing star show), The property is completely private and no amenity is unaddressed. From the huge palapa with couch, table and chairs, hammock and kitchen to the impressive windowed bedroom and second open aired kitchen. I also don't want to leave out the double bath tub with fabulous hot water and ocean view. This place is amazing. You may find the only time you use your vehicle is when you have to leave. We like to meander to different towns, but if you're not like us you probably won't need one. If you're looking for a place to unwind, read, relax, perhaps get a massage under the palapa and stargaze at night, this is the place. Throw in short walk to your own beach or a hike up the property...you've found your place. No amount of words can truly describe this Eco-Retreat. Thank you, Joni and Carlos. We will see you again.
Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed the beauty and nature of Mar al Cielo. As of June 2019 we have redone our private driveway to a lovely smooth road through the palms, suitable for any style of vehicle or car. Please see the photos attached and we hope to see you again at Mar al Cielo!
Incredible property and extremely wonderful owners
Mar al Cielo exceeded our expectations on our first ever trip to Mexico. The property was exceptionally clean, private and quiet. Looking out to the west at sunset and at night toward the ocean, not one light was visible. Upon arrival, Jodi gave us a complete and sensitive orientation to the property. She was an amazing host, generous with her time and information. Upon arrival, she gave us a cell phone so that we could call her easily any time of the day or night.
We had two dinners prepared by Carlos that Jodi served us under the wonderful palapa overlooking the ocean. Awesome and the price was very affordable to retirees like us. The kitchen was fully equipped; we lacked for nothing and used the provided grill on multiple nights. They provide mask, snorkels and fins, beach chairs and umbrella, small cooler and even water shoes for days at the beach.
We failed to take in advance the advice from Carlos that we wouldn't need a rental car. He was RIGHT! We had to pay $625 for a one week rental, 2/3's of which was insurance. Mar el Cielo will pick you up at the airport and even let you grocery shop on the way "home". Between Raul, their man Friday, and local taxi services, you will NOT need a rental car!
Jodi arranged massages for both of us by a woman named Tamara - pure ecstasy under the palapa. The two outdoor showers were to die for. We hiked most of the trails that Jodi has established in their tropical 11 acres of property.
It was interesting walking the small village streets of Lo de Marcos. We resolved early on to learn some basic Spanish before future visits. Our experience would have been richer if we could have communicated more in Spanish. Our only disappointment, which had nothing to do with Jodi and Carlos, was the lack locally of activities that we perhaps would have tried. Forget the nearest golf course - it's a cow pasture. I took a 1/2 day "bottom fishing" trip, but all we were targeting I'd call "panfish".
Bottom line. We loved just being at, cooking, relaxing and just hanging out at Mar al Cielo. We felt that we didn't need to go anywhere or do anything else. Carlos and Jodi are incredible people and hosts. If you want peace, quiet, and privacy, stay at Mar al Cielo!
Truly a hidden GEM!!!
Mar al Cielo was a vacation dream come true! A SURREAL experience!
My only disappointment was not booking a longer stay. My husband and I booked this beautiful private retreat for our honeymoon. Having just left a busy hotel resort in PV, with family and friends, Mar al Cielo was the perfect place to experience much needed rest and relaxation. Upon arriving, Jodi provided us with a very warm welcome, showed us around the premises, and provided us with excellent suggestions for food and activities. We instantly felt comfortable and at home. The feeling of serenity was with us during our entire stay. Everything about Mar al Cielo was BREATHTAKING! The views, the wildlife, the jungle surroundings, our casita roja...all amazing. We highly recommend specially prepared meals provided by Carlos. Dinner in the palapa while watching the sunset and hearing the tejones sip water from the pond was definitely one of the many favorite moments at Mar al Cielo.
All the positive feedback that was mentioned in previous reviews is 100% accurate!!!
Thank you Jodi, Carlos and Raul for your hospitality and kindness. My husband and I are certain we will be returning to Mar al Cielo in the near future:)
-Melissa & Joe
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