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Casa Estrella De Mar (Star Of The Sea)

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms 4 Baths, Infinity Pool, Gorgeous Views

Spectacular views from every room - Three guest rooms all with baths and A/C - Palapa style living room, dining room seat 12 people, gourmet kitchen overlooking the infinity swimming pool and Zihuatenejo Bay - Media room offers LCD TV and wireless internet - Daily maid service or as you wish - Property manager will pick you up at the airport. Zihuatanejo Fishing village offers many gorgeous beaches, shopping for silver, pewter, and Mexican artifacts, great restaurants all in typical Mexican style, and a traditional Mexican fish and fruit market for those who like to cook.. the fabulous Playa de Ropa Beach is just a 10 minute walk and has great swimming, kayaking. and more. Casa Estrella del Mar is located in a new development Cerro del Vigia which has tennis courts, bike and jogging trails. Our property manager will be able to assist you with anything you might want to do – from Salsa dancing to fishing!!! You may want to have a chef prepare your meals..just ask..

More Details

Laurie MacDonell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2017

About Laurie MacDonell

Two Canadians with a love of Mexico

Laurie MacDonell purchased this house in 2007

Why Laurie MacDonell chose Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo is our favorite place in Mexico and Cerro De Vigia is a wonderful secure development overlooking Playa la Ropa and Las Gatos Beaches. It has tennis courts,

bike trails, is 10 minute walk to the beach and a 10 minute taxi to the center of the fishing village

What makes this house unique

Delightful seclusion and privacy, yet minutes from all the activities of a Mexican resort. Home is 5 star with fabulous kitchen facilities, dining area for 14, media room with flat screen TV, internet, DVD and CD's. Daily house keeper, pool boy and more

Guestbook comments from the owner

This past May, we had the pleasure of staying at Casa Estrella for 7 nights. We chose this vacation rental because of the photos and reviews and our entire stay exceeded all expectations. We rented Casa Estrella for not only a vacation but as a place that we could get married. We were traveling with our 6-week old daughter and were looking for a beautiful villa that we could have a small ceremony at without having any of the stress of a traditional wedding. We couldn’t have picked a more perfect place. Laurie connected us with their house manager Jacquie via email before our trip and Jacquie helped us arrange our entire wedding (flowers, officiant, photographer, private chef and all the legal paperwork).

When we arrived, Jacquie met us at the airport and helped us get our luggage and then drove us to house where she gave us a private tour and introduced us to Lilliana (the private housekeeper for the week). We had arranged ahead of time for Jacquie to grocery shop for us and she had all the groceries put away and fresh salsa and guacamole with chips waiting for us on our arrival. When we walked into the home, we were speechless from the beautiful views (more amazing than the best photos could show). We knew right then we had picked the perfect place.

We had arranged with Jacquie to have a private chef cook us dinner our first night at the villa and on our wedding night a few days later. Both times, we were amazed by the delicious food prepared for us. We highly recommend using the chef if you book this rental.

The villa is in a beautiful neighborhood high on a hill overlooking the entire Zihuatanego Bay. The neighborhood is very safe and has wonderful roads to walk on (we even pushed our baby in a stroller). The chapel at the top of the hill is not to be missed as the views are spectacular. Within walking distance of the house, there are quite a few wonderful restaurants. Amuleto was one of our favorites. For restaurants or places that are farther than walking distance, they have two taxi drivers that speak English that you can call to arrange for pick-up.

Our favorite part of the house was the open air living room and kitchen that overlooked the pool and bay. The pool was the perfect temperature and kept very clean during our stay. We enjoyed evening swims with views of the sunset. The only bedroom we used was the master suite and the room was very large, air-conditioned and had a large bathroom with
May 2016
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Cerro del Vigia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Downtown
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 full baths all with showers
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • 2 lovely guest rooms both with queen size bedrooms, own baths, lots of closets, and security boxes: Master bedroom on top floor with views, open bath, and balcony
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Private chef, car rental, and massage available upon request.


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Casa Estrella De Mar (Star Of The Sea)
average rating of 4.96 based on 30 reviews

A little piece of paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow, what an incredible two weeks we had at Casa Estrella! As the other reviews have mentioned, this spot is really incredible. The views are amazing and it was such a treat to cook in the beautiful indoor-outdoor kitchen! Our kids absolutely loved it and we left feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. The house manager is delightful and helpful, but not intrusive. She seemed to have a wonderful sense of what we would enjoy and recommended a turtle release that was lovely and perfect for our family. The couple that do the house upkeep are wonderful and Lillia makes the most amazing guacamole and salsa! Laurie has a beautiful eye for detail so aesthetically the home is simple, but very cozy. Laurie was delightful to work with in making arrangements and providing lots of great recommendations while were there including Brian and his dad who are lovely people and can help get you to and from different parts of town and the surrounding area. Laurie and Lain even had a sombrero delivered for our daughters birthday dinner which was so thoughtful and a fun surprise (so thank you Laurie and Lain)! I almost pause when giving this review as a part of me would love to keep this spot a secret as it really is a special place!!! Enjoy! Hasta Pronto!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind comments. We were all so excited to have your family join us and especially since you wanted to practice your Spanish and cooking your Mexican recipes! We are so glad you got to experience a turtle release wonderful. We saw a whole nest hatch once on Playa La Ropa beach.. it was really quite amazing to see all those little turtles come out through the sand..Thank you too for your compliments about our staff and also our recommended taxi drivers. We adore them all too. We hope to have you back soon. Warm regards, Laurie and Iain
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing home! We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Casa Estrella De Mar! We hope to return in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to send us your comments. It is always appreciated. We look forward to having you return, and hopefully your friends can make it next time as well. Warm regards, Laurie
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Muy bonita casa

  • 4 of 5

La casa tiene excelentes instalaciones y una decoración muy bonita, en especial vale la pena mencionar las áreas comunes donde está la alberca, todas con espectaculares vistas a la bahía.

La habitación principal es muy amplia y con inmejorables panorámicas, las otras dos habitaciones son correctas.

El agua de la alberca estaba un poco fría ya que el calentador se apagaba, por lo que estuvimos solicitando en algunas ocasiones al personal que lo arreglara.

El servicio del personal que atiende la casa es bueno, pero limitado. Solicitamos una persona adicional que nos ayudara a cocinar los desayunos y botanas, la realidad es que para el precio pagado esperábamos mucho más.

En general considero que es una maravillosa casa, pero el servicio queda a deber un poco.

Agradezco mucho a Laurie, que desde Canadá estuvo muy atenta de nuestra estancia.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. It is very much appreciated. We are sorry to hear the pool was colder then you like.We had no guests for the week prior to your visit so the heater had been turned off. It only works when the pump is going so takes about 6 hours for it to be heated thoroughly. A good learning experience here for us. We will now have our staff turn the heater on the day before our guests arrive. Secondly, again we appreciate hearing about the staff and the chef. The chef is available by guest request and I will discuss with our manager your comments. Perhaps we need to better communicate your wishes for menus so we fulfill your expectations and then some. We are glad you enjoyed the house and hope to have you visit us once again. Thank you once again for your kind and constructive comments. Warm regards, Laurie
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Priceless !!!

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations! Really appreciated all the hot tips the owners gave us and the manuals for reference while we were there helped as well. Sunshine every day, what more could we ask for. Another slice of paradise. We will be back !

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you thank you for your kind enthusiastic words! It makes us so happy when our guests get to experience the home and town and Mexico we love so much. Come back anytime!
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Wow, incredible home - - we loved, loved it!! Views to die for!

  • 5 of 5

You walk through the front doors into the open air living space, gaze at the lovely infinity edge pool, and bam - the incredible views hit you right in the face! This home has views to die for, some of the best of the area in my opinion! Then you get to enjoy yummy homemade salsa, guacamole & chips…you crack open a cervaza, put your feet in the pool and begin to realize you are in vacation nirvana here!!

This home has everything you would ever need to enjoy your vacation. Big draws for us: fully equipped kitchen (we cooked daily), open air living under the big palapa, incredible private heated pool (we used every single day, love, loved it, big enough for laps), beautifully decorated in Mexican motif, lots of open & private space! There were four of us (two couples) and amount of space was perfect for us, but could easily accommodate another couple and still not feel crowded. Lovely & secure gated mountainside community. We thought it might be too far from town and La Ropa Beach, but wasn’t at all! We enjoyed the walk down several times and to La Ropa beach, but always took a taxi back up! With the location on the mountainside & openness of it all, you get such lovely breezes here where we never felt uncomfortable.

The house staff were friendly, efficient and provided great service. Lili, the housekeeper, (no English) so sweet, did a fantastic job of keeping everything clean, Jorge took care of the pool and lovely grounds and Jacquie (speaks English) the house manager, picked us up at the airport (great provided service BTW), pre-stocked groceries (per my very long list provided in advance), made dinner reservations and was available whenever we needed her or had issues (as were the owners).

Shout out to the recommended taxi team, father & son, Gustavo & Brian (English speaking). By the end of our visit we felt like we made two new friends!! We camped at La Perla on La Ropa beach twice, highly recommend, restaurants not to be missed: Bandido’s, Margaritas, Trattoria de Giami, Jungle Pizza, Carmelita’s Café, La Vita ‘e Bella, Coconuts (ask for Arturo).

Not to be forgotten, Laurie and Iain MacDonell, owners of this incredible home, who sincerely care about your vacation experience here. Laurie was a pleasure to deal with, from start of the reservation, payment, questions (and yes, there were many questions) to the very end, so very easy!

Laurie and Iain, many thanks, we hope to return to Zihua and to your Casa next year!!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review! Wow! It is very important for our guests to be happy with our home, our staff and our town! And I see you got to meet so many of our friends there too! We adore Mexico and are glad when others get to share our experience. You are welcome to come back anytime..the door is always open for you! Just let us know when. Warm regards, Laurie and Iain
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  • 5 of 5

This is the most amazing house, with the most spectacular view of Zihuatenajo. Staying at this house makes your vacation even more special! It is above Playa La Ropa. The house is equipped with everything you need. You can arrange a massage or chef prepared dinner, under the stars! The infinity pool is heated, so swim anytime. Clean and beautifully decorated with Mexican motif. Very easy to make your reservations with the lovely owner.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are happy this visit was just as wonderful as when you stayed with us last year. Next year we need to book sooner so you can stay longer! All the best to you both, Laurie and Iain
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
Playa La Ropa
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

$350-650 for minimum of three nights depending on # of guests and dates of visit
$2450-$4025 a week depending on # of guests and dates of visit: if just one room, send us your details...

Deposit upon confirmation of booking request:
Final payment 45 days prior to arrival: Non refundable

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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