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

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Half Baths2
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

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 en-suite bathrooms. One of these bedrooms has a private deck with chaise lounges. All have handcrafted furniture and direct ocean views.

Every suite has a large flat panel television with Satellite TV service. Two rooms have Netflix. We have rather slow WiFi as the signal is relayed from far away. Basic emails and Skype or WhatsApp calling work fine but please do not expect to download large attachments or stream video.

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 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 against the refreshing current. However, the management of that hotel frowns on outside guests using their bridge or people swimming upstream.

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.

Please pay by direct bank transfer or bank wire instead of credit cards, as the latter triggers a fee of 2.9% that we must pass on to you, and will deduct from your damage deposit. You can search for that option via VRBO under payment methods.

More Details

Owner
Bruce Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 8, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great house on the water. Simple, but luxurious. Friendly and helpful team to care for the property. Lots of fun extras included too. Highly recommended~!





Traveling group: Young Children
Jan 2015
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Amenities

Playa del Carmen Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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
  • lovely hardwood and marble floors, ceiling fans and AC in each bedroom
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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average rating of 4.75 based on 22 reviews
5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Everything super clean!! Really nice house with beach front!!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really glad you enjoyed your stay. You were terrific guests and we hope you will return soon. All the best, Bruce and Alberto and Gloria
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Great House ,False advertising ,bad service

  • 1 of 5

Ok , We booked for 13 people and arrived waited 30 min for a ride . We got there and was greated by owners son that said it was his summer job but just wanted to be back in NYC.He said there were events he could plan but only answered by text .Randomly

This was the last time he showed up till we had problems.It says it's close to Mayakoba ..nope 30 min away . Says cenote you can swim up .nope it's owned by hotel next door and you can't use.100acre property is all mangroves and not usable . Oceanfront is old mangroves spungey and a little smelly.

House is amazing and all would have still been ok if service wasn't completely terrible.

The cook made decent food but not worth the price. Chef was creepy and rude as possible only wanted to get out of there after each meal didn't speak much and would not do anything extra. 2nd chef it least smiled and was pleasant. Beach boys and cleaning staff don't smile don't help much at all and we're constantly late picking us up.

This place would be great if they had any service what so ever.

Cleaners go in rooms and shut off AC every time they go in .

On top of that hot water was enter-mitten.Even after they said it was fixed.

They did fedex a ring back my little girl left in the house unfortunately that was the best service of the trip.

Way better places for the price...

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our staff are warm and caring people, and respond to guests who are appreciative of their services. I understand that your spouse thought you were staying at or adjacent to Mayacoba, and took this disappointment out on our staff. They did their best to help you despite not feeling appreciated. To address specific comments, Mayacoba is just a five minute taxi ride, and they pick people up for free at our place if going there to play golf. It is also less than a 45 minute stroll up the beach, and we (and most of our guests) choose it as a destination for a morning walk to get some exercise. You can easily see each property on Google maps and decide if it is too far for you. Within our own property, we have nearly 3 miles of forested walking trails which you evidently did not explore. The adjacent river has been enjoyed by all of our guests and is lovely for swimming against the current, as we mention on our website. The mouth of the river (in the federal zone) is public property, while swimming further up river depends on whether anyone on their staff notices and feels like telling you to stop, so we do not promote it. The 30 minutes you waited at Xplor was because you did not phone the driver (as instructed) a few minutes before you were ready to leave the park, and in fact you called our manager instead, adding to the delay. Since not all guests have free international voice telephone plans, we often text them to see if they need anything. Our manager checked in with you but you said you said did not need anything. Once he learned of your complaints at the end of your stay, as at least partial compensation for your concerns, he did not charge you for the items you ordered (massage, beer, daily laundry service, and a driver to take you to Xplor) but you did not mention these gestures. Based on our 5-star reviews, you were also the only guest in four years who apparently did not enjoy their stay. Needless to stay, we regret it wasn't a great match of guest and environment, and hope you do better in future vacations.
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5

A Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival at Cancun airport,  two air-conditioned vans took our group of 10 to the lodge. The staff was waiting for us with delicious margaritas and a beautiful lunch. We had them prestock our alcohol of choice, which even with the 25% service charge was still cheaper than duty free airport shopping. Within minutes, I felt at home and was able to relax knowing we found paradise.

The open air lounge and dining room have a very spacious feel, great for socializing and planning the days ahead. This vibe was balanced with private suites, making it easy to sneak away for a moment of solitude and rest when needed.

The maid service ensured our rooms were kept clean, and the 24-hr security went above and beyond their duties to make sure we had everything we needed to enjoy the day.

The chefs are top-notch professionals and accomodate any dietary needs and restrictions their guests may have. They would stay after their shift to discuss future meal plans, curious to know what foods we enjoy most. They were flexible about what times we want to eat each day, which was convenient to keeping things flexible. I highly recommend trying the fajitas, ceviche, fish tacos, and cactus salad). The kitchen assistant, Sandra, was always working hard to make sure everything was prepped and ready for the chef.

Casa Vela lodge is only a few meters from the water, and is backed by lush jungle and some wildlife. I already miss the sound of the singing birds that added so much joy to our morning yoga practice.

There are plenty of chairs for lounging, so you don't have to go far if you want to bask in the hot sun. Although, just a five minute walk down the beach is a river that is great for swimming if you need to cool off. There are also paddleboards and kayaks, among other activities

Bruce, the owner was diligent with his communications leading up to the retreat. No questions were left unanswered. Upon arrival, the property manager, Alberto, greeted us warmly. He was very attentive, and helped coordinate the excursions during our stay. We took a day trip into Playa del Carmen to shop, another trip to a Cenote near Peurto Morales, with a visit to the beach for a delicious lunch after.

I would highly recommend Casa Vela to any group or family that is up for a unique, and magical trip to Mexico. My only regret is not staying longer. But I will be back. Again, and again.

Many thanks to the wonderful team at Casa Vela for making this trip an experience of a lifetime.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Our stay at Casa Vela was fantastic! It truly was the.best family vacation we have had!!!

  • 5 of 5

The property is impeccable, is beautiful and incredibly well cared for with the friendliest and most helpful of staff. The chef, Tomas, prepared one great meal after another and was totally attentive to our dietary needs and wishes. We felt totally and royally taken care of!!! The teenage boys loved the ping pong table! We took full advantage of the paddle boards and the kayaks, loved sitting under the beach umbrellas and making sand castles with the little ones. Each bedroom is beautiful and the common area is equipped with games and provided ample room for our family of 13. Casa Vela is a totally unique and spectacular property. We all give it Five +++++ stars!!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that everything worked out for you. You were great guests and our staff enjoyed your visit, and especially hosting your 75th birthday party. We look forward to hosting your 76th!
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5

Outstanding location, amazing chef, wonderful service

  • 5 of 5

8 of us (four couples) stayed here for Valentine's Week. We paddled every day using the kayaks and stand up paddle boards, snorkeled in the adjacent fresh water river and were welcomed by the chef serving healthy and tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner. He even made special variants for our gluten free guest ad or non-dairy guest. The hosts arranged tours to see the pyramids at Tulum and we spent an afternoon lounging at the beach just south of there while the driver waited for us. The best vacation for friends or a multi-generational family as there are extra beds in several of the suites for children. We'l be back again next year.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Casa Vela. We were 7 Adults and 8 teens. We never felt crowded. Starting with Bruce and Alberto helping us set up the trip, to Thomas and all the staff ensuring we had a great stay. High points: The house and rooms, the location, the staff! Some tips. Be as specific as you can about what you want to eat as well as dessert every night. If you like more then just beer and wine, make sure you make arrangement either to have a bar tender or be prepared to make them yourself. Also pre-book as many excursions as possible. We were last minute with massages and a snorkeling trip but Alberto pulled if off without a hitch. Would definetily come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad the trip worked out for you and that Alberto was able to schedule your last minute requests for massages and excursions. Regarding desserts, the chef does meet with you after he serves the first dinner to see what preferences you have for future meals. We've now reminded him to offer more choices even if you do not specify them...and upon request, one of his team can arrive earlier for a more extended cocktail hour. We look forward to hosting you again!
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Cancun International Airport
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Playa del Carmen
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
El Camaleon at MayaKoba
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 307 (Carretera Cancun-Tulum)
Nearest Beach
2 Metres
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 is allowed at the rivers' entrance, and is terrifically refreshing, but the property owner's staff often stop people from going up river. You can take one of our kayaks or stand-up paddle boards and paddle out to the third river, near the point. It is hard to spot, sometimes blocked by a sand bar, but is really wonderful and close to the reef. Sort of like a Joseph Conrad experience.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $125 per person per night
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 for US Credit cards and 5% for non-US credit cards 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

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund