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Casa Pelicanos Tulum, luxury beachfront Villa, private virgin white sand beach

Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Villa4200 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

3 Master Bedrooms, 1 Bunkroom, 4 Baths (Sleeps 2-12).

Listing moved to #HA 4951477


Escape the crowds in a luxury eco-chic beachfront villa located in the stunning Sian Ka'an bio-sphere nature reserve in Tulum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Set on a breathtaking 100 meter private virgin beach (with an additional 1000 meters of privately owned unoccupied beachfront) with pristine fine white sand and warm clear turquoise Caribbean ocean; amid lush tropical vegetation; and flanked to the west by the beautiful blue Campechen lagoon. The world's second largest barrier reef is just offshore.

Perfectly situated only 6km into the Sian Ka'an bio-sphere reserve - far away enough to feel like a secluded tropical paradise escape, yet close enough to Tulum's relaxed bohemian chic beach hotel zone where boutiques, cafes, Riviera Maya's best restaurants, and cold-press juices are only a 10-15 drive away, which attracts at thoughtful traveler.  This private community is accessible via the arch at the top of Tulum's beach strip


At Casa de los Pelicanos, full daily housekeeping and an off-site Villa Manager/Concierge are included.


Our in-house Chef Chari is a wonderful cook and has received numerous rave reviews praising her fresh, authentic, home style cuisine.

Uniquely, we charge differently than other villas, charging only a modest service fee service and you only pay for the actual food and drink you want. We provide all the services of an all-inclusive experience but also offer clients flexibility with with half-board, select meals, pre-stocking or do-it-yourself board basis options because one size doesn't fit all.

Our hosts, Felipe and Chari can shop, prepare, cook, and serve meals for you; freeing you for a relaxing and stress free vacation in paradise.


Our Villa Manager/Concierge can assist you in coordinating  transfers, any meals (including your welcome meal), activities and treatments.


The villa boasts three spacious, master bedrooms with king size beds in each and two of the suites have an extra daybed.

The two upper level master suites open to their own private terraces and enjoy expansive views of the Caribbean on one side and the lagoon on the other. The beach level bedroom opens onto the beachfront deck, just steps away from the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.

No one draws the short straw at Casa de los Pelicanos; each couple has a generous master suite to choose from. There is also a Maya style bunkroom with 2 queens & 2 twins (usually for overflow).


The house has separate areas indoors and outdoors where one can relax, read, sunbathe and dine. Curl up and read a book under the palapa roof beach deck while admiring the ocean view. Escape to the tropical jungle side with its outdoor seating. Have lunch brought to you while relaxing under the gazebo on the beach. Indulge with a sunset cocktail on the rooftop terrace with its adjoining viewing deck with 360 degree views of jungle, lagoon and Caribbean; with its wildlife such as pelicans diving into the crystal clear ocean, frigates gliding overhead, herons, egrets, manatees, sea turtles, and even an occasional spider monkey.


Casa de los Pelicanos is a totally self-sufficient ecologically friendly home generating its own electricity through wind and solar energy, a wetland septic system, and boasting a state-of -the-art water filtration system to provide you with unlimited purified drinking water. The Villa is testament that one can live consciously respecting one's surroundings yet still benefit from the modern conveniences that we have grown to expect from a luxury hotel. The house is has all the mod cons including air conditioning, WiFi internet access throughout, audio, satellite television, and more. Our on-site staff are there to ensure that you have everything that you need. Casa de los Pelicanos is the ultimate in eco-chic for the modern day environmentally conscious vacationer!


There is something for everyone and within easy reach.

Nearby activities include: scuba diving the world's second largest barrier reef (Mesoamerican Reef) just offshore from the villa; snorkeling the Maya Riviera's famous cenotes; world class water sports: kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking; world class fly fishing in the lagoons of Boca Paila that extend all the way to Punta Allen (over 30 miles of lagoon fishing known for the triple threat: Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish); local excursions like a nature tour by boat along the ancient Mayan canals, or exploring Punta Allen by the lagoon side; touring the ancient Cobá Ruins; hot air ballooning; or simply browse the boutiques and frequent the cafés and restaurants of Tulum's relaxed boho hotel zone... then chase it with a in-home massage.

Back on dry land at Casa de los Pelicanos, enjoy swaying palm trees, wonderful authentic home cooked cuisine on the beautiful, secluded, peaceful beaches of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Our Villa Manager/Concierge can introduce you to our local guide that has years of experience and is great for both types of fishing (deep sea fishing and saltwater flat fishing); as well as guides for snorkeling and sightseeing in the lagoon.  

Property Manager

Michelle McErlean Nunez

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
english, Michelle's spouse speaks Spanish.
Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Michelle McErlean Nunez

Michelle, Fabian and Jesse all reside in Los Angeles. Michelle originally hails from London, England; Fabian is US born and of Mexican descent; and Jesse is Mexican. Jesse is a documentary maker and designer who travels the world and has a deep appreciation of nature. He was set to purchase land in the Amazonian rainforest to enjoy, preserve and protect... that is, until he discovered an unspoiled paradise in his very own homeland. He introduced his friends, couple Michelle and Fabian, to Tulum and they instantly fell for its magic, particularly the beauty of the remarkable and awe-inspiring Sian Ka'an nature reserve.  It is a dream come to true to have our very own two acres of eco-villa, virgin beach on the Caribbean, amid tropical jungle that borders a blue lagoon. We feel privileged to share our very own slice of paradise in the 1% of the reserve that is privately owned; a place we regard to be one of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth! We are nature lovers but being city folk, we also appreciate the wide variety of activities available (should we be inclined to do anything here other than watch the palms trees sway, listen to the waves and enjoy Chari's wonderful cooking) and the proximity Tulum's relaxed bohemian beach zone with its chic restaurants, boutiques and cafes just a 10-15 drive away, which attracts a thoughtful traveler. Now you can share in this amazing experience in Tulum and specifically Sian Ka’an, Mayan for "where the sky is born".

Michelle McErlean Nunez purchased this Villa in 2009

Why Michelle McErlean Nunez chose Tulum Municipality

It's paradise. Need we say more?

What makes this Villa unique

The beach is private and secluded. Clothing is optional. Just a short distance from the house is a Mayan lighthouse. This lighthouse was used for night fishing hundreds of years ago to exactly pinpoint the location of a cenote in the lagoon where bountiful fish awaited. The Mayans would light a small fire in the lighthouse and when lined up directly in the line of sight of the fire, they would be directly over the cenote. Our live-in staff, Filipe and Chari, are there to cater to your every need! If pre-arranged, they will await your arrival with a welcome meal. Our staff live in separate quarters on the property (affording you privacy) and provide 24 hour security.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 king, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 4
        2 queen, 2 twin/ single, Mayan bunk room
      • 3 spacious master style bedrooms with a king size bed in each and their own private bathrooms. The two upper level master suites open on to their own terraces that connect to the main terrace and have expansive views of the Caribbean and the Campeche lagoon. The lower bedroom views the Caribbean and opens onto the large beach deck and is just a few steps to the beautiful white sand beach of the Sian Ka'an. All three rooms are so spacious that they have plenty of space for two additional queen size beds in any one of the three. We now have a newly completed bunkroom with 2 queens and 2 twins.


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Every bedroom has its own bathroom stocked with soap, shampoo, and hair dryers. From June 2018, guest will receive complimentary welcome Malin & Goetz toiletries.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Incredible deep, soft, white sand beach is just a few steps from the villa's oceanfront deck.
        • Beach View
          Panoramic views from our master suites.
        • Beachfront
          Breathtaking virgin beach with pristine white sand and clear turquoise Caribbean ocean in the Sian Ka'an bio-sphere nature reserve. Over 100m of private beach and 1,000m unoccupied.
        • Lake View
          Casa de los Pelicanos is on the beach and also has 360 degree views of both the Caribbean and Campechen lagoon.
        • Ocean View
        • Oceanfront
          On the shores of the Caribbean.
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Local Maps
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Wash, dry, & folding service available for a nominal fee.
                    • Computer Available
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      A spacious living room and in addition, outdoor terrace seating and outdoor palapa seating.
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Casa de los Pelicanos has a state-of-the-art electrical generation system utilizing wind and solar. However a/c still requires use of the generator and must therefore be used sparingly, turned off when not in the house or individual rooms. Excessive use of a/c will be charge.
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • PC
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                      The property is fenced, gated, and private.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Safe
                    • Security System
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                      Skype or internet calls are available.
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      Wash, dry, & folding service available for a nominal fee.
                    • Water Cooler
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                          Gourmet kitchen.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Catering Available
                          Our hosts will cook any meals you desire.
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basic pantry items stocked.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Both indoor and outdoor dining.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                • Video Library


                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Gated Community
                                    • Gazebo
                                      Beach gazebo provides shade for enjoying the beach.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Sand Box
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Walkway to Water
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Daily Maid Service
                                            • Massage
                                            • Private Chef
                                            • Staff


                                                • rain forests
                                                • caves
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • nude beach
                                                • churches
                                                • reefs
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • water parks
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • shelling
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • WATER SPORTS EQUIPMENT For your enjoyment we have kayaks, two singles and one double, two stand up paddle boards, boogie boards, snorkeling sets for both adults and children, and sand toys. PRIVATE BEACH Casa de los Pelicanos is secluded and clothing can be optional.

                                                                  8 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Fantastic vacation with family

                                                                  Lynn H.

                                                                  My husband and I invited our three sons and one daugther-in-law to spend a week of family time here in Tulum. We absolutely loved the villa. We opened the door and were impressed with the spaciousness and openness of the living area, dining, and kitchen. Perfect for a big group. The indooor furniture was comfy. Our family loves to be outdoors so we loved the covered deck. It had a dining table, another table, and a variety of seating options including Adirondeck chairs, sofas, and chaisses. There are some special lighting options indoors and out. There was no need for air conditioning except for the downstairs room. The fans and wind made for comfortable tropical temps.

                                                                  The bedrooms were equipped with lots of closet /storage space, excellent lines and mattresses,and views, The view from our shower was incredible---a palm tree and ocean or looking the other way, a deserted beach. Shampoo and soap provided. Each bedroom was private and if one family member got up early, the others didn't hear a sound. The road is close to the house. At night, i estimate two or three vehicles passed by between ten and six. Birds will start chirping at six am prividng a natural alarm clock.

                                                                  Beach: gorgeous. The water is warm, sometimes with waves, sometimes calm. Most days, we could look up and down without seeing another person. We never needed the beach towels provided by the villa. The staff rakes the seaweed off the beach. If you walk either north or south, you will see lots of weed and plastic garbage. When the wind died down, we snorkeled off the beach and saw turtles, rays, fish.

                                                                  Highly recommend having Chari and Felipe cook for you. Their meals are better than what you would get at a restaurant. We enjoyed their dinnners every night. On their night off, we went into the hotel zone and had a mediocre dinner.

                                                                  We rented a car, mainly because there were six of us, we had luggage, and we went into town several times a week for scuba diving. I would have been happy staying at the villa without leaving the entire week.

                                                                  Bottom line, we would not hesitate to rent this villa again.

                                                                  Luxury in paradise

                                                                  Elizabeth M.Macomber

                                                                  This beautiful home and setting more than met our expectations. The home was spacious and comfortable with many amenities. We had meals prepared by the caretakers on three of our nights there and all were delicious. The guacamole with every meal was a favorite. But the outdoor space is truly breathtaking. We felt like we had a private beach that went on for miles and spent many hours both on the veranda and on the beach. We hope to return!

                                                                  Stunning house, stunning location!

                                                                  Mason B.Oakland, CA

                                                                  This was the perfect place to celebrate my wife's 40th with our closest friends. It's a stunning property. Standing on the roof viewing porch, we could catch both sunrises and sunsets over water. Each of the three masters is excellent, and the fourth bedroom with the single beds has a lot of space.

                                                                  This stretch of beach is very private, only a few houses every coupe hundred yards or so. The house also has sea kayaks, boogie boards, etc that makes ocean time super fun.

                                                                  On the homefront, the in-house chef is the best chef of Mexican cuisine any of us had encountered. All around a great choice for a group or family.


                                                                  matt b.

                                                                  Casa Pelicanos was exactly what we were looking for in a villa in Sian Ka'an. Close enough for us to do what we wanted in Tulum, but far enough to be able to enjoy and relax on a beautiful, quiet beach. The staff was attentive and provided for all our needs. We would certainly recommend Casa Pelicanos.

                                                                  And 1 yr Later

                                                                  Again gets better and better. The new Beach Shade is awesome!! The size of it creates so much shade for so many people it is amazing! It allows just enough sun in to keep that tan just right!!

                                                                  The food this year was better than last!! Chari and Felipe out did themselves again!!

                                                                  It just can't be any easier to stay here!! If you don't want to do anything you don't have to. If you want to go up to the beach road and bar/restaurant hop you can and it is so easy to do if you have a car.

                                                                  The new Cheruadi grocery store is so nice. They have everything!

                                                                  Read my past reviews for more info, but again, this place is where it is at if you want to rest and enjoy a great beach and have all that you would at home.

                                                                  Alan and Valorie are so easy to work with and want to make sure you have the best vacation possible!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are so happy to hear you had a great time yet again. If you choose to return again, we have a couple of exciting new projects we are undertaking! We are building custom outdoor seating area on our main terrace and also building a palapa shade structure over our beachfront deck so that our guests can enjoy even more outdoor living on the shores of the Caribbean.


                                                                  Casa de los Pelicanos!!!! This home just keeps getting better and better. The owners are great people and go out of their way to make sure you have everything there to make your vacation perfect. Chari and Felipe are awesome people who take care of the place I think better than if it was their own. The food they cook is amazing. So much better than last year and I didn't think that could happen. They keep the floors so clean we never had any issue with sand anywhere in the house and as much as you come in and out I don't know how they do it. The ammenities of this home just makes everything while you are there so easy and stress free. The road to the home was grated and smoothed while we were there. It took 7 mins to get from the Arch on the beach road to Pelicanos. Got to see and hold some turtles this year,that was great. The beach canopy is great in size and can fit lots of people under it. New beach lounge chairs are so nice for taking a nap in. Got a rental car thru Easyway and it was a great experience. Very cheap and they drove us to Tulum for $30 and then back to Airport from Tulum for $30. We thought what a deal so we wouldn't have to worry about driving on the highway and they go faster than the speed limit unlike what I would have to drive, so we got to Tulum super fast to get on the beach sooner. Fun times up and down the Tulum Beach Hotel Zone. El Pariaso, Ziggy's, La Zebra, OM and more. Great Food, Cold Beers, Great new Friends! Met a lot of people from tulum.info. Had a dinner party. The new downstairs bunk room is really nice. Kids would love this room, they could play and be kids during the day or night. New added day bed in the downstairs bedroom,gives you one more spot for a companion. Recently added alarm system that you can activate and deactive in all the rooms in the house informs you of activity around the property with voice notifications---awesome addition! There is a new added outdoor shower for rinsing off after swimming in the ocean. It has full body shower head as well as just a foot wash. Casa de los Pelicanos is the perfect spot for an awesome vacation. Away from it all for privacy, but close enough to have the beach bars/clubs and night life. The option to have homemade authentic Mexican cuisine is a money saving option to eating out on the beach road. Go you will love it, single or with others.


                                                                  Tulum Municipality, Quintana Roo, Mexico

                                                                  Perfectly situated only 6km into the Sian Ka'an bio-sphere reserve - far away enough to feel like a secluded tropical paradise escape, yet close enough to Tulum's relaxed bohemian chic beach zone where boutiques, cafes, Riviera Maya's best restaurants, and cold-press juices, banks, ATMs, grocery stores are only a 10-15 drive away.  This private community is accessible via the arch at the top of Tulum's beach strip The inland town of Tulum Pueblo itself is only a 20 minute drive.  Cancun Airport is a 120 minute drive. Our Villa Manager/Concierge is on-hand to help you arrange your airport transfers, or we can direct you to transfer and car rental companies preferred by our guests. 

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  Sales Tax: 11% Other Fees: Rates based on occupancy of six guests. Additional guests charged at $250/week for age nine or over and $150/week for children under age nine. No charge for children age two and under. Check-in and check-out day: Saturday (unless alternative day authorized by the owner). Guests will be asked to sign a simple rental agreement prior to booking which outlines our rental terms (and house rules) to review and sign.

                                                                  8 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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