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Cool, Dreamy Oceanfront Villa... "Cristal" Famously Beautiful

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

A gorgeous, private residence overlooking its own beautiful pool and the Caribbean Ocean awaits you with access to a small, quiet shelling beach below where you can put your toes in the azure sea or explore tidal pools.

Labeled "an architectural marvel" by delighted guests, this home has the light, cool decor and lovely design you dream of in your Caribbean paradise. The vast array of windows in this home offers you constant, breathtaking views of the Caribbean's aqua-colored water.

The entire second story is a plush master suite with a king-size, feather-topped bed and "his" and "her" vanity areas- an ideal retreat for romantics! Stunning views of a heavenly turquoise ocean fill the suite- watch the waves come in from your pillows!

Amenities in the master retreat include a new 96" projection screen theater. Honestly, the best theater experience! You may never leave your suite ... so we added a "morning kitchen" for your convenience. It includes a microwave, toaster, small fridge and water tower. The suite has a breakfast nook overlooking gorgeous scenery and a walk-in closet for storage- no hotel "sprawl".

There is a lovely guestroom on the main level with a comfy queen-size bed and bath. Airbeds are available for extra guests and there is a pretty rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the island.

Many of our guests request a chef to cook special meals during their stay and dine in the beauty of the "glass" dining room. The chef even enjoys beautiful views and the breakfast bar is great for less formal lunches or snacks. Of course there's a dishwasher and a stacked washer and dryer- the height of convenience while on holiday!

And a great location to boot! Cristal sits the ocean edge of a popular colonia where you will find great, inexpensive restaurants for authentic Mexican food, roasted chicken, slow-cooked bbq ribs, handmade tortillas, and more! There are also small tiendas and a nice grocery store nearby. We are thrilled in the last few years to see some delightful bakeries and eateries sprouting up in and around our wonderful colonia. #1, Limon', is right around the corner and is such a favorite with our guests that some have eaten there every single night of their getaway. *spoiled with goodness*

The home is *the* spot for convenience to all you will want to see and do on this tiny, charming island! Also, the "Caribe" side location is ideal for cooling breezes that are so welcome under the Caribbean sun.

And speaking more about location, our corner lot adds distance from neighbors but easy access to taxis for convenience access to all parts of the island. Or, it's a fun and easy drive in your own golf cart or scooters (we prefer scooters) from the home to the south end of Isla with its surreal water (would it be weird to say I felt like I was swimming in watercolors?) for snorkeling and zip lines, or to the western beach clubs and spas for relaxation, to the north beach's swing seat bars or to the "downtown" area for shopping and dancing.

However, the best part for us, was coming home to watch the ships going by under the moon as they passed in the shipping lanes and listening to the waves. or putting down the theater screen and creating the greatest cinema experience on Earth.


Check out these entries we found in our guest book: "Willie and Michelle- what a pleasure it has been to deal with you- I could feel your kindness over the phone- no small feat!"; "You have created such a tranquil retreat! Everything reflects the beauty of the water and the island."; "We loved every moment in your beautiful home."; "Its MTV Cribs @ Cristal! Cristal Isla Rocks!"; "Casa Cristal was magnificent!"; "Casa Cristal is a beautiful home with stunning views."; "The house has amazing views and so many places to enjoy them. We found so many quaint shops and wonderful places to eat. One of our favorite things to do was watch a movie before we went to bed... thank you Will & Michelle for sharing your gorgeous home with us. We couldn't imagine a better place to spend our honeymoon"; "We loved staying here and everything about the house. "Beautiful home in a beautiful setting- just what we needed"; What a wonderful place to spend our 15th wedding anniversary! Casa Cristal was perfect! "The house is just spectacular. Love the movie screen upstairs and all the beautiful windows overlooking the ocean. You can't get this at home! "Wow, how fast 10 days go by. What a great house to rent. We enjoyed everything... found it hard to leave our retreat here. I will miss the house... thank you for sharing your home... it was a fantastic experience!"

Comments sent to us from our most recent guests:

"We had a wonderful time. By far it was our most treasured Christmas with our kids and your home and the locale made it a huge hit... Your home is stunning. We loved the layout, the amazing movie screen upstairs (we watched a movie every night with our kids which we haven't done since they were little), and the pool was perfect. The terrace was another favorite spot. The kids actually slept up there a couple times. The kitchen was great...We loved being away from town and our ride to and from home was nice and easy in the golf cart." Gary and Cindy

"Michelle...we love Cristal, and hope to come back again next year!! Your home... is truly amazing. Thank you again for sharing it with us...we felt like a king and queen in our own private kingdom!! The view is to die for, we could have sat upstairs in the master and looked out at the sea for hours on end. That blue green water.......ahhhhhh!! Cristal has every creature comfort one could ask for (and more!) The refrigerator was so well stocked, the only beverage we needed to buy (besides some tequila!), was the delicious orange juice we bought from the grocer. We slept up on the roof several nights (thanks to Will for suggesting that possibility to us!). It was so comfy and cool-and with the sound of the waves crashing, we slept like babies. Jorge cooked a gourmet 3 course meal for us one night, complete with flowers and candlelight. Driving around the island by golfcart was a fun activity in itself- and Val never got enough of shelling, she'd risk life and limb for that perfect conch!!! We had a fabulous vacation on Isla- at Cristal. As we said, we'd like to bring the family back for spring break '09. Thanks for everything!!!" Val and Bob

"Your Casa was both beautiful and well appointed. We spent a few days at the Ixchel Hotel & Condos at Playa Norte which was very nice but the accommodations could not compare...I would highly recommend your wonderful Casa to anyone visiting Isla Mujeres and we do hope someday to return." Ray

And here's some unique info you might like from a guest who stayed in May 2015:

"Casa Cristal was as beautiful as the pictures represented. We had a fabulous time in Isla Mujeres and returned very relaxed ... the rooftop is amazing and probably the best place for cool island breezes no matter what time of day. We actually slept there the very first night. Additionally, the pool water remained refreshingly cool the entire week despite mid 90' temperatures. I am guessing that cold water is constantly circulated into the pool. Finally, the convenience of the bar at Villa la Bella and breakfast at Caribe Brisas / Mango was fantastic and great for morning/evening walks. Dining offers great diversification in both taste and ambience. Two of our favorites were La Lomita at the outer edges of Centro offering some of the most authentic Mexican dishes and extremely good chile rellenos. Limon was also a great experience with a fantastic presentation of the beef carpaccio and succulent caribbean lobster. Although we arrived at 7:30 pm, our meal was paced according to our schedule with subsequent courses not fired until the prior course was cleared. The owner personally served and attended to all tables while grilling entrees. At the end of the meal, we lingered with a snifter of aged rum and the owner sat with us for a long time eventually driving us home despite the short walk. Finally, we could not have been in a better place for sashimi as the black grouper and red snapper were impeccably fresh and plated with flare utilizing local spices and herbs. Two recommended sashimi spots are Villa Rollandi in the Secrets resort on the West side of the Island and Asian Caribe in Centro (although the sushi rolls are less impressive).

For the tequila lover - Adelita's is unbeatable. I sampled 10 tequilas that I had not seen in the US (including repesados and anejos) and my wife sampled 10 mezcals. She did not expect to find such a diverse variety in one location but found three new mezcal's that she enjoyed.

Thank you again! By the way - Cancun Valet was very professional and strongly recommended." Robert Babst

Keywords: Luxury House

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Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018


Isla Mujeres House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Reservation cancelled 60 days or more prior to your arrival date, we will refund your deposit less a 25% service fee.
  • Cancellations 59 days prior to your arrival date, we do not offer a refund, but we are happy to rebook within a year from original travel dates.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bath -
    Guest bath -
    Rooftop retreat -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Guest Suite - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1) in the master suite and a queen size bed (1) in the guest suite. Both are comfy mattresses, which is rare for Mexico! Two additional queen-size airbeds are also available for your extra guests.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We have been adding more and more items including a lovely, soft alpaca rug in the living area, new art pieces, white curtains in all the windows, jute blinds in his and her dressing areas, and much more! There are ceiling fans, weekly maid service with mid-week services available, transportation services to the casa, spa/salon services and gourmet services are also available to the villa upon request. Imagine a professional massage and exquisite cuisine in your Caribbean home away from home!


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Cool, Dreamy Oceanfront Villa... "Cristal" Famously Beautiful
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 22 reviews

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Let me start out by saying our family of 4 undeniably thought this was one of THE best vacation we have taken together!! Prior to arrival and upon arrival, Beto, the house manager was phenomenal. He had a golf cart ready and waiting for us, scheduled our snorkeling, deep sea fishing and our private chef to come and cook right at Casa Cristal! Beto was full of information about the island and was able to get us great deals directly through people he personally knew on the island, as well as recommendations on restaurants and sites.

Casa Cristal itself was very spacious and accommodating. All the wonderful reviews about the house were spot on! It's truly one of the most beautiful homes on the island. We enjoyed having our own kitchen to cook in and our own pool to come back and relax in. The view of the island and water are amazing from all angles just as the reviews say!

We're a family from Minnesota and were well aware there maybe an insect or two (we have plenty in MN), but NEVER encountered anything like some of the previous reviews that stated it was "ant infested". If you keep your food properly stored you should have no problems with insects!

Would definitely visit Cristal again, beautiful place! Beto made our experience top notch, big KUDOS to him!

Thanks again for a wonderful trip!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived and Alex met us to help us figure out where to go, it took our breathe away and made us not want to leave. This place was perfect for us and centrally located. It was close to restaurants and stores to make everything quick to get to. We ate at Topaz, Mango, Carribean Brisas, Limon, Bastos Grill and Valentinia to mention a few and they all were spectacular. Everyone loved the food! We enjoyed the walking path right in front of the house and felt safe the entire time while visiting. We loved Casa Cristal and hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and views yet some problems

  • 3 of 5

This home was one that had really high hopes for and the location and views were fantastic for us. Alex, the caretaker, was really fantastic. We loved him. The layout of the home is nice, the projector screen in the master is great yet here are the things we ran into. In the kitchen the dishwasher has water sitting in the bottom of it and does not work properly. We did tell Alex about that and he said yes, they were having problems and they were going to replaced it with a stove. We didn’t figure that out at that time yet when we went to cook on the cooktop, it would not work. We never did use it as it was not functional. The couch is not reupholstered, it has a cover on it that really needs to be cleaned. If you hit the couch, dust flies up. There is a strong sewer smell in the bath on the main level that is attached to the bedroom that our children stayed in and we finally figured out that there has to be a plastic cover on the shower drain when you are not using it or the smell is unbearable. The washer and dryer worked ok yet the fabric softener will not drain into it so don’t waste your money on that. The 2nd level was nice yet it has this huge tub that the drain does not work correctly on and there is not enough hot water to fill it up even 1/4 of the way. If you like cold baths, it is perfect. They have put in some new sinks yet the one in the “male” side of the bathroom has to be turned sideways or the water flies out of it. Also, the toilet seat doesn’t even fit the toilet on the 2nd level. The headboard of the master bedroom is not attached to the bed and falls forward while you are sleeping. Annoying. Also, someone spoke of an ant problem and I will say, that there were a lot of ants and we did not leave food out or leave dishes in the sink. Yes, there were many things not right yet Alex was great and we absoluetly were not going to let it ruin our trip. Alex said they were doing some remodeling. I am in hopes they get that done and it becomes as great as they say. Again, location was fantastic and we had a great trip just was not all we thought it would be and the fact that we were not able to use the cooktop wasted groceries we bought to cook and save a few bucks. That part was frustrating. For the price, all of that should have been working.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful view but many amenities were lacking

  • 1 of 5

This was our fourth visit to Isla Mujeres and we love the island as a vacation destination. This is a beautiful house but it needs some work and we were inconvenienced during the vacation by several issues. The owner was responsive when contacted but issues overall were not easily resolved. We experienced two days without water and were told by the caretaker that it was due to the water being disconnected by the pool maintenance person. He told the owner however that all the water was off on the island those days. He was unresponsive when I emailed him or texted and when I did get him on the phone. He told us he would be over in 15 minutes to resolve the issue. An hour and a half later he showed up. The downstairs bathroom toilet had a leak that caused it to flood the bathroom when you flushed a toilet.... which left the house smelling like raw sewage at times. We told the caretaker the first day but no one fixed it. We had to use towels to soak up overflow on the floor.... leaving us with no towels 🙁?We also had difficulties with electricity. Apparently if you use the microwave it causes fuses to flip and need to be reset and the tv in the main areas works intermittently. We also rented a golf cart from them .... on the second day it stopped working and the caretaker said he would be over to have a mechanic fix it. He showed up two days after that to attempt to fix it himself. Overall, the owner was polite and responsive but I believe for the amount that was paid that it was not a good value. I consider water to be a basic amenity that I can expect to have. Also, the price does not include a housekeeper which is something that most other rentals on Isla provide.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This guest's first contact with us was the day prior to her departure. She was understandably upset the water was off for the 2nd time during her stay (affecting showers & toilets, not drinking water). I panicked that her message sounded like they hadn't had any water in 2 days (which wasn't the case). My husband reminded me we have a backup tank, so when we checked with Alex, he explained the island was having outages & that day their water had been off for approx 4 hrs with no backup because the pool guy had accidentally switched it off when cleaning. Alex flipped it back on when he returned from Merida (he had informed us of his trip & that his brother would be covering his duties). It's terrible that our guest did not have water for any amount of time. I can imagine the panic & immediate sense of needing to make other arrangements, so we didn't take it lightly & reached out about ways we could make it right & to offer add'l amenities/compensation, but didn't receive any response to our outreach. Alex saw that the toilet was leaking on the 2nd day (he asked if he could fix it the next day even if they weren't home & they said yes), so he put in a new hose on the 3rd day (we have receipts). Maybe they didn't realize he'd been there? Having "raw sewage" in the house sounds horrifying, Please be assured, the house sits high & nothing has or ever will come up from sewage pipes (short of the apocolypse). Re TV: We have 4 of them w cable & recently added a ton of American channels. Accessing those may have been confusing for this guest. Alex said he showed them how to use that remote twice but apparently they had trouble with it (we arrived just after they left & it worked for us). Alex is a handyman, electrician, tech guy who can fix almost anything, so you're in good hands. Re the golf cart, apparently this guest used it for most of their stay, but stiffed Alex the entire payment. He said they didn't have the fee on arrival, so he stopped by the next day when they informed him it was running "too slow". He said it did run & they still used it but he offered to have mechanic check it out. Alex again requested the fee & twice they gave him a time but were gone when he arrived. We've been driving the golf cart around while here & it runs great! Lastly, there is a free, mid-week cleaning & add'l cleanings available, but we aren't aware of any full time housekeepers at our price level. Oh, & the m/w is popping the breaker so we're moving the plug.
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Gorgeous oceanfront villa!

  • 5 of 5

It was very beautiful and relaxing! Wonderful rental!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House and Great Pool

  • 5 of 5

The house is great. The caretaker is quickly available if anything is needed. Would defiantly stay here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Although you never have to leave the house to see wonderful sights such as turtles returning to the island to lay eggs and schools of dolphins playing in front of the house, many guests explore the island and enjoy a different excursion each day such as relaxing at Zama Beach Club on the west side, zipping and snorkeling at Garoffon Reef Park on the south end, swinging on the seats at North Beach bars then sightseeing and snorkeling around the island to see the Underwater Museum and Cross of the Bay.

There are other fabulous diving and fishing opportunities around the Great Mayan Reef, a malecon (sea wall), Mayan ruins, shark and dolphin experiences, a turtle farm, special tours to Isla Contoy Reserve and the famous excursions to swim with whale sharks (local guides and crew are certified for these special tours!)

You'll have so many wonderful, unforgettable experiences during your stay!

The house is in the ideal location for enjoying the whole island then luxuriating in a peaceful respite at "home" watching the moonlit shipping lanes and listening to the waves from your pillows. Ahhhh, the good life.




Additional information about rental rates

Let us know your interest in reserving the house and we will send you some info about our favorite restaurants on Isla as well as grocery stores and random info we think you might like. We'll also send you a little blurb regarding the cancellation terms that will show up on the formal agreement (they are very standard). We've actually been quite flexible in the past, so I won't post that discussion here, but please ask me about it if that's a concern for you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.