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Penthouse, 3 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Perfect Family Oasis

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8 - housekeeping included

Casa de la Armonia is a very spacious 2,368 square feet penthouse with plenty of space for reading and relaxing. The complex has only 27 units which creates a very homey atmosphere, and quickly becomes a home away from home.

The condo is only a few minutes walk to the Santa Cruz beach where numerous restaurants allow you to spend a leisurely day on the beach under the umbrellas or palapas, eating ceviche or guacamole or fresh fish, or having a beverage - on breaks from playing in the ocean, swimming or snorkeling or looking for shells! Occasionally you can have a front row seat and watch the cruise ships pull in.

The condo is about 15 kilometers from the airport - and we can arrange a private transfers to and from if you like ... we strongly recommend it as we find it much easier - especially when it comes to getting luggage up and down the stairs! :)

The condo has 3 Bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (Two 3-piece bathrooms and Master bathroom with Jacuzzi bath/shower) and is perfect for families wanting to holiday together while still having plenty of opportunity to have their privacy and space. Bedding is 1 King (master), 1 Queen, and 1 double plus a double/twin bunk bed (perfect for kids, or couples).

The master bedroom has a private terrace (perfect for that quiet morning cup of coffee!) and a second terrace is off the spacious living room and dining room area.

There is a separate TV room for teens to game or anyone to watch movies (stocked with a bit of an assortment). Over the years we have found this perfect for allowing kids to mellow out at nap time, wind down at the end of the day, or allow us some quiet time once everyone else has gone to bed.

The dining room and kitchen are large and very open, and there is a separate wet bar.

We recommend heading out for meals instead of spending time in the kitchen ... as there are numerous restaurants in both Santa Cruz, Crucecita and Tangolunda to explore ... and the food is both amazing and reasonably priced. Use the kitchen for coffee and snacks and get out and explore :)

There is a service room with washer and drier, but don't worry about the major cleaning as our housekeeper is available at least 2x per week to assist you.

We highly recommend that you have us arrange transfers to and from the airport in advance. The cost will calculate on booking and can be deleted if not required.

VRBO will automatically calculate basic service including housekeeping every other day but NOT including daily breakfasts. If you would like we can arrange for daily breakfasts ... or even just a couple if you would like :)

Optional meals (Ana is a fabulous cook!), as well as excursions, can also be arranged with Ana once you arrive.

*Note* We have on occasion been able to arrange for groups of 14 to book into our unit and an adjoining one. Not easy ... but may be possible. Call to discuss dates and options.

More Details

Owner
Teras & Christine Cassidy
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german, Housekeeper English & Spanish. Daughter - French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2017

About Teras & Christine Cassidy

The condo is owned by Christine & Teras Cassidy, and Horst & Brigitte Bulda (Christine's parents). We live in Hinton, Alberta, Canada, where Horst & Brigitte moved in 1964 when they immigrated from Germany. Horst & Brigitte are now retired (from the local pulp mill and Harmony Insurance Ltd. respectively), Christine now owns Harmony, and Teras is focused on Geek Nation Tours after over 18 years running two Marlin Travel offices - in Hinton and Fairview.

We are always happy to chat about huatulco and things for you to see and do prior to your departure to our condo :)

Teras & Christine Cassidy purchased this condo in 2008

Why Teras & Christine Cassidy chose South East Mexico

We discovered the gem that is Huatulco mainly through friends who Teras met through the Marlin Travel network ... who knew of this 'secret wondrous place' at the time ... and had chosen Huatulco as their retirement home. We fell in love with the small town, safe feel of the area, the sense of community, the food and culture, and especially the cleanliness and environmental consciousness of this tourist destination.

What makes this condo unique

We head back to the condo as often as possible because for us it truly feels like a home away from home. Coming in the front door to the open space, vaulted ceilings and stocked bookshelves, to pulling out some games, to heading down to the pool in the center of the gated condo community, it is comfortable. It is incredibly spacious and provides a perfect base for a group of friends, or multiple generations. Early risers can have a coffee and head to the beach. When the little ones need to be tucked in, the teens can pop in a movie or pull a game like Pandemic or Jenga or Family Business out of the cupboard, and the adults can savor blender drinks in the living room ... or game or comandeer the movie room:)

Excursions to see turtles and crocodiles, or organic cosmetic production ... or taking a private boat to tour and swim in some of the many bays and beaches ... or to raft down the Copalita river ... or tour the archeological site ... or check out other beaches are all easy. There are so many things to see and explore.

Or, as we most often do, you can head down to Santa Cruz beach, find our favourite waiter Calderon, and settle in for the day to sip and snack and swim and read and snooze. :) Then home for a shower and a nap and then out for a late supper and to see what is happening in the square in Crucecita ...

Amenities

Oaxaca Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Second bathroom - toilet , shower , can see the top of the cruise ship from this window :)
    Main bathroom - toilet , shower , w/beach towels & soap & sun lotion etc. to share
  • “But away from the tourist hangouts, and especially in private homes, you will encounter a small, covered, plastic or plastic-lined wastebasket near the toilet. If you see one, then be a polite guest and put your paper in there, not down the toilet.” From http://www.yucatanliving.com/yucatan-survivor/mexican-fosa-septica.htm
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , private deck and ensuite with walk in shower and Jacuzzi tub
    Second bedroom - 1 queen , Bathroom adjoining, can be personal use for 2nd bedroom
    Third bedroom - 2 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed has double below, twin up; second double separate
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We highly recommend having Ana come in to prepare one of her excellent breakfasts for you at least a couple of times a week. Or on days when you prefer to wake without a schedule and ease in with coffee, arrange with Ana the day before to leave behind a bowl of her amazing guacamole and homemade salsa after she cleans instead. (not included in price ... but wonderful!) Another experience we recommend is that you book Ana to make supper WITH you ... take you shopping, hit the market, select ingredients together .. and make a traditional Mexican meal. For the cooks in the family that wanted a holiday from the kitchen, make this your ONLY exception to being in the kitchen !!! :)

Reviews

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Penthouse, 3 Bedroom, Sleeps 8, Perfect Family Oasis
average rating of 4.4166665 based on 12 reviews
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Not as expected, dirty

  • 2 of 5

The place was dirty, there were 4 air conditioners and only one remote control for all it was a pain, no housekeeping at all

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry this guest was not satisfied ... more so that I was not able to remedy any concerns as I was not made aware of them until after their departure. The condo was cleaned prior to the guests arrival, concerns were not brought to my attention upon arrival, nor during the stay, and a request for a refund to compensate for the lack of cleaning mid-week was processed. From speaking with our housekeeper about this concern, there seems to have been a miscommunication between the guest and our housekeeper regarding calling to schedule cleaning. Batteries have been replaced in one a/c remote and we are investigating how to get a new remote for another unit. I will be at the condo prior to next season and plan to have the additional a/c remote situation resolved before I leave again. Please see other reviews to put this review in perspective, as I have. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions. Sincerely, Christine
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4

Great condo with a lovely pool and awesome location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Hacienda Real over Christmas and New Years th his past year. It is a lovely large condo in a great location. Walking distance to Scotia bank , a lovely beach and good shopping. A short taxi ride away was super che for groceries.

The house keeper Ana was great. Helped us with anything we needed and was our personal guide on many tours as she has her own taxi.

The restaurant right next door to the condo was amazing for dinners, but only open for dinner hours.

A few cons and not many. A toaaster as we are canadians and love our toast. Only a toaster oven so making toast took forever. The tv did not work. We were expecting to be able to watch some movies on down days as we were there for 2 weeks. So this was hard for my kids. Also told there was no amount of internet for streaminng netflix etc. But a week and a half in Ana found out and told us she had vhanged the provider and that this was possible. A lifessver for my kids after that. I would recommend some cable tv be added just for some relaxation time. Christine was very helpful prior to us going. This is an easy region to get to know. Lots to do and lots of fun.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and the comments! Regarding the TV, the old one worked in December when I was there, no idea why it chose the week of your visit to quit. Sorry for your inconvenience! I am happy to report a new TV is in place ... and it has SmartTV capabilities. The internet is definitely much better with the new provider ... but can still be finicky and I don't recommend counting on it for all communication and entertainment ;) Christine
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4

Spacious, colorful and comfortable accommodations-most enjoyable.

  • 4 of 5

The accommodations were clean, bright and spacious. AC kept us comfortable. (A few repairs needed in second bedroom washroom and kitchen tap otherwise everything worked beautifully).The pool was refreshing, and the grounds were meticulously kept and relaxing. Ana made our stay extra special by sharing her knowledge of the area as well as her driving and cooking skills. We found the people of Huatulco to be genuine, patient with our lack of Spanish, and always willing to accommodate. Every day was sunny and hot. The beaches spectacular and clean. Would recommend!!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

we liked it, is big and clean .Great location a few blocks from the beach.

  • 4 of 5

The pool was just for us there's not a lot of tenants on the complex . Stores and restaurants were next to us.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

Great condo; great location; would stay here again. Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Anna, whose service is provided when you rent the condo, is a true gem. She is all you would want and hope for in a local guide. Christine (the owner) was very accommodating to our requests for additional cooking implements.

The condo is spacious, clean, well maintained, and well equipped for basic/regular cooking. The pool (and poolside area) is a pleasant place to hang out if you don’t want to do the beach.

There are many beautiful beaches close by, but the best for swimming and relaxing, regardless of the wave action, is Santa Cruz beach which is an easy 7 – 10 minute walk.

Santa Cruz is a very small town with several great places to eat close to the Condo. One is next door to the Condo complex; the other, Oro Negro, a wonderful little pizza joint, is a few blocks away; and Mercader, a Thai/Mexican place, is on the way to Santa Cruz beach; and then there are all the beach restaurants. Ask for Alejandro at Frente Al Mar, one of the beach restaurants.

If you want to head into La Cruceita, this is a 30 minute walk into the centre of town along the new tourist walkway, or a 25 peso taxi ride of less than 10 minutes. There are many good restaurants in La Cruceita. Our two favourites were El Sabor de Oaxaca and Onix, located above Los Portales.

Huatulco in February was blistering hot and very dry, so if are seeking heat, this is the place to go.

This is a perfect condo unit for a family or two three couples.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The owners of the condo are so thoughtful! Beach towels, groceries, even aloe vera gel in the freezer in case you get a sunburn! The place is beautiful, the beds were comfortable and the pool was refreshing. I really appreciated having all the space. It was very nice to have WiFi to be able to keep in touch with our family via WiFi calling/texting instead of using data. The kids enjoyed the TV room and we enjoyed being able to have people over and not be crowded! We had Ana make us breakfast and it was very DELICIOUS! I truly appreciated all the thoughtful touches! It made traveling with a family with young children very easy! The location is great as well. I highly recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Bahias de Huatulco International Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Various hotel bars, restaurants and lounges
Nearest Golf
5.5 Kilometres
in Tangolunda
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
intersection with Hwy 200 Acapulco-Salina Cruz
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
La Terraza - EXCELLENT food, fine dining
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Playa Santa Cruz
Car: not necessary

There are numerous beaches for you to explore ... all easily reached with the assistance of a local taxi driver or even public transport if you wish. Check out La Bocana, Entrega or Maguey or Chahue, the resort area around Tangolunda, or venture further away to San Augustin or Puerto Angel or Puerto Escondido to watch the surfers.

Tours can be arranged in advance or with the assistance of Ana, our housekeeper. We have used STS tours for years and can recommend their guides and tours. Whether you are interested in an eco tour up into the Sierra Madres or a couple of days to Oaxaca City to see the pyramids and the historic old city, or 4 wheeling through the jungle, checking out the turtle and crocodile sanctuary, or checking out the local nightlife, they have something for you.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $4.05 per person per night
Damage Deposit $202.74

We have had very few service interruptions over the years but it is possible for water or power to be limited or off on rare occasions. We have never experienced any earth movement although it does occur in the Huatulco area and friends have experienced them. Our housekeeper and condo management are available to assist if necessary.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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