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Deluxe Handcrafted 4 BR Oceanfront Treehouse W/ Prof Chef, Maids, Beach Staff

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Casa Vela - 4 bedroom home directly on the beach


Last updated: 04/23/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Sleeps:13
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:4.75
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Way cooler than a suite at the Four Seasons or a house in Playa!

Casa Vela is completely unlike any house you can rent in Playa del Carmen or a suite at the Four Seasons or Fairmont – much more fun! All of the amenities are included - airport transfers, gourmet chef preparing three meals daily, concierge, daily maid service - with none of the crowds. We look forward to hosting you if you are the right match for this experience.

Casa Vela is a handcrafted, all hardwood home accommodating four couples in luxurious privacy in four master suites, each with unobstructed views of the ocean on one side and the forest on the other. The white sand beach is at your feet. Hammocks and private lounge chairs downstairs, along with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, ping-pong, and your own beach bar make this your private club for the week you are in residence.

The master suite has a king size bed, living area, enormous dressing area, full bath with standalone marble tub, separate shower and toilet rooms, and outdoor deck with chaise lounges.
Another suite has a king size bed, living area, full bath with separate shower and toilet rooms, a comfortable futon for an extra person, and a sleeping loft with two single beds for families with children who might enjoy the adventure of climbing a ladder.

Two additional over-sized bedrooms each feature two queen size beds (four queen beds in total) and ensuite bathrooms. One of these bedrooms has a private deck with chaise lounges. All have handcrafted furniture and direct ocean views.

We have wireless Internet, Satellite TV, and large flat panel televisions in every suite.

This is a gourmet inclusive vacation with three meals per day prepared by our talented chef. You pay only for excursions, massages, and alcoholic beverages - send us a list and we'll stock the house with your choice at our cost plus 25%.

You may dine outside under the romantic three story palapa, or take a quick snack at the eat-in kitchen table.

As noted above, the bedrooms and the palapa are graced with lovely hardwood furniture custom-made in our workshops. Because of our preference and the fire hazard, we are strictly non-smoking throughout the villa, inside and out. Please do not book the villa if you are a smoker (or if you have pets).

As an ecological resort, we collect rainwater for washing and operate off solar panels, and encourage guests to conserve water and energy, turning off the ceiling fans, A/C, televisions, and lights when not in use. Our connection to the power grid ensures power around-the-clock if the batteries did not charge due to a rare cloudy day.

The house is sited on our 100 acre property, with walking and biking trails, where you will pass through diverse eco systems of forest, jungle, and mangrove, home to more than 20 deer.

We have our own 12' x 24' pool. For longer distance swimming, wade into the fresh water spring-fed rivers (“cenotes”) just 3 minutes walk to our north and swim or snorkel against the current. After you make it upstream, you can float back down, Indiana Jones style.

It is also a lot of fun to walk south. Once you pass a few hotels you arrive at our favorite beach in front of the Fairmont MayaKoba golf course. Bring your beach towel, and take a swim in the gentle surf.

Part of the experience at Casa Vela is the interaction with my partner and property manager, a noted breeder of rare birds, and his wife, a licensed biologist who works full-time as a consultant to various hotels and developers on environmental matters. You can reserve some time with them for a fishing trip or a snorkeling tour to the nearby reef on our fishing boat, or just invite them over for a beer and chat about the local flora and fauna, including our spider monkeys, parrots, iguanas, tejones and butterflies.

They can suggest visits to the Mayan pyramids: Tulum less than an hour south, Coba an hour and a half southwest. Ek Balam just two hours north, and Chichen-Itza under three hours west, as well as an enjoyable excursion by boat through the canals of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, with the starting point just south of Tulum.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 4500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 13
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price
  • Lunch - Included In Price
  • Dinner - Included In Price

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 11-13

  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 3: 2 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 2 queen


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    two twins in sleeping loft accessible via built-in ladder...moreless

  • lovely hardwood and marble floors, ceiling fans and AC in each bedroom

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 5: toilet


  • Bathroom 7: outdoor shower


  • Bathroom 6: toilet


  • all bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with separate shower and toilet rooms; two additional half-baths are adjacent to kitchen and palapa, and usually used by guests or as a changing room when coming from the beach....moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Ruins
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    outdoor dining under palapa roof; also, eat-in kitchen in case of inclement weather...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    2 Coffee grinders, electric kettle for boiling water; small and large French presses, Japanese Hario drip filters & cone for afficionados; boring Mr. Coffee for fans of cup o' joe...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    four kayaks and five stand-up paddleboards...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.9
from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer/Fall 2017
Apr 30 - Nov 25, 2017
5 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Christmas/New Year's
Dec 23 - Jan 6, 2018
5 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500


Rates are in US Dollars and assume you are using direct bank transfer rather than credit card. The latter triggers a 3% fee we would need to deduct from your damage deposit.

We include: daily maid service and beach staff and 3 meals prepared by a talented chef for up to 8 guests; $100 per day for additional guests; We also include one airport pick-up and return. If your group members arrive at different times, our property manager will send extra vans and you can reimburse him during your stay. Wine/beer/liquor are extra; you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages or we can shop for you at cost plus 25%.

HomeAway charges a $1500 damage deposit and refunds it seven days after departure, assuming there is no damage to premises. This is quite efficient for both parties, and much better than purchasing the "Damage Protection" through CSA insurance. We're seeing bad reviews on-line, and not even sure it works overseas.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 04/23/2017
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25 Miles
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Playa del Carmen
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
El Camaleon at MayaKoba
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 307 (Carretera Cancun-Tulum)
2 Metres
Nearest Beach
on the beach

Car: Not Necessary

Mayan archeological sites like Tulum, Coba, Ek Balam and Chichen-Itza are a short drive from our property.

There are three spring-fed rivers next door, just a short walk from the house. Swimming up the second river is a joy with mask, snorkel and fins…and you can take one of our kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and paddle out to the third river, near the point. It is hard to spot, but is really wonderful and close to the reef. Sort of like a Joseph Conrad experience.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1987

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Speaks: english, spanish
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/23/2017

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  • Casa Vela - 4 bedroom home directly on the beach

    Casa Vela - 4 bedroom home directly on the beach

  • private deck off of master suite

    private deck off of master suite

  • Swimming Pool at Casa Vela

    Swimming Pool at Casa Vela

  • eat-in kitchen and pass-through to bar

    eat-in kitchen and pass-through to bar

  • enormous king bedded suite

    enormous king bedded suite

  • king suite with upstairs sleeping loft for children

    king suite with upstairs sleeping loft for children

  • changing room for guests coming from the beach

    changing room for guests coming from the beach

  • ping pong, beach bar and lounge chairs

    ping pong, beach bar and lounge chairs

VRBO #576741

This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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