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

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Last updated: 05/13/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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 recent 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

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Member since: 2006

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/13/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 4-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Other (See Description)


  • King size beds (1) in the master suite. There is also a down featherbed on the mattress for your comfort., Queen size Beds (1) in the guest suite. It is a comfy mattress too, which is rare for Mexico! Two additional queen-size airbeds are also available for your extra guests....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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!...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library:

    Bring your Ipod or MP3 Player! We have a new stereo tower with beautiful sound on which to play your own music library....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Multiple televisions are located throughout the house including in the living area, guest suite and the master suite (which can be enjoyed separately from the home theater). ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a 96", remote-controlled projection home theater with surround sound in the master suite (see photo)! The picture quality is just beautiful. Now there are stunning views both night and day! There are a few dvds available, but you will want to bring your favorites! There is also a dvd player and flat screen in the guest suite....moreless


  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront:

    There are times you will feel like you are floating on a ship inside the villa because the water appears to be all around you! Follow the nearby path down to beautiful tide pools and rocky/sandy shoreline. This secluded area boasts thousands of conch shells for collecting....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Circular windowed dining room offering lovely views of the water while you enjoy your catered or home cooked meals....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Enjoy cool air throughout the villa!...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    Drive into our gated property and park your golf cart or scooter out of the sun or rain....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided:

    There are luxurious linens for the master and guest suites- as well as extra linens for the air beds....moreless

  • Living Room:

    A large, lovely open living area offers extended views of the pool area an and the Caribbean beyond....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    A guest cell phone is available for use and even has convenient numbers in it you may need (taxi, local fishermen, divemasters, etc)... all tried and true. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    There is additional room at the side and rear of the villa for your rented vehicles....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    You will find the full-size, stacked washer and dryer so convenient!...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    High-speed, wireless internet available throughout the villa. We personally use our "Slingbox" on the wifi and enjoy our own (yep, our OWN home in the states) cable and dvr service- highly recommend you look into it!!!!...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Catered gourmet meals are also available to our guests. More information is available upon request....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    A full kitchen with a lovely island stovetop and breakfast bar....moreless

  • Microwave:

    A large microwave is located in the full kitchen and a second microwave in the master suite also has a toaster to make breakfast in your master suite a snap....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    The large refrigerator makes your stay at the villa more enjoyable. A smaller refrigerator in the master suite keeps your wine, juice and cream chilled for your convenience....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    A balcony off the master suite is ideal for serene mornings with coffee or watching the waves come in from your lounge chair....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    (3) There are patio areas at the front and rear of the villa as well as on the rooftop retreat for dining, lounging, and sunning. A pergola on the rooftop provides a shady respite from the sun....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    A grand, fully-tiled pool in the front area of the villa awaits you!...moreless

  • Jetted Tub:

    A beautiful, large canopied tub to relax in....moreless



from 16 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall Rate (my favorite season)
Sep 8 - Oct 13, 2017
2 night min stay
$1,798 $7,998
Holiday Season
Dec 15 - Jan 11, 2019
5 night min stay
$2,798 $8,998
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$2,298 $6,998
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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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.

We are happy to accept a personal or bank check. We are also able to accept a credit card payment via PayPal. Please let us know your preference and we'll send you either our business address or the email address we use for the PayPal service. To make the reservation, we request a 50% deposit and normally request the balance about 30 days prior to your arrival.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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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 will have 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.


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  • WOW


  • View from the Stairs

    View from the Stairs

  • Fully Tile Pool (3ft, 5ft, 7ft depths)

    Fully Tile Pool (3ft, 5ft, 7ft depths)

  • Master suite- beautiful views all around (notice the 96 inch home theater)

    Master suite- beautiful views all around (notice the 96 inch home theater)

  • "Her" Jacuzzi

    "Her" Jacuzzi

  • Her side

    Her side

  • Relaxing retreat. There are views of the whole island from up here :)

    Relaxing retreat. There are views of the whole island from up here :)

  • Casa Cristal

    Casa Cristal

  • Living Area

    Living Area

  • back yard BBQ  area

    back yard BBQ area

  • Guest Suite

    Guest Suite

  • View from rooftop retreat

    View from rooftop retreat

  • Art in spiral staircase

    Art in spiral staircase

  • Back view from rooftop (cancun and all of Isla mujeres)

    Back view from rooftop (cancun and all of Isla mujeres)

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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