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Casa Pelicanos Tulum, luxury beachfront Villa, private virgin white sand beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Master Bedrooms, 1 Bunkroom, 4 Baths (Sleeps 2-12)


Escape the crowds in a luxury eco-chic beachfront villa located in the stunning Sian Ka'an bio-sphere nature reserve in Tulum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Set on a breathtaking 100 meter private virgin beach (with an additional 1000 meters of privately owned unoccupied beachfront) with pristine fine white sand and warm clear turquoise Caribbean ocean; amid lush tropical vegetation; and flanked to the west by the beautiful blue Campechen lagoon. The world's second largest barrier reef is just offshore.

Perfectly situated only 6km into the Sian Ka'an bio-sphere reserve - far away enough to feel like a secluded tropical paradise escape, yet close enough to Tulum's relaxed bohemian chic beach hotel zone where boutiques, cafes, Riviera Maya's best restaurants, and cold-press juices are only a 10-15 drive away, which attracts at thoughtful traveler.  This private community is accessible via the arch at the top of Tulum's beach strip


At Casa de los Pelicanos, full daily housekeeping and an off-site Villa Manager/Concierge are included.


Our in-house Chef Chari is a wonderful cook and has received numerous rave reviews praising her fresh, authentic, home style cuisine.

Uniquely, we charge differently than other villas, charging only a modest service fee service and you only pay for the actual food and drink you want. We provide all the services of an all-inclusive experience but also offer clients flexibility with with half-board, select meals, pre-stocking or do-it-yourself board basis options because one size doesn't fit all.

Our hosts, Felipe and Chari can shop, prepare, cook, and serve meals for you; freeing you for a relaxing and stress free vacation in paradise.


Our Villa Manager/Concierge can assist you in coordinating  transfers, any meals (including your welcome meal), activities and treatments.


The villa boasts three spacious, master bedrooms with king size beds in each and two of the suites have an extra daybed.

The two upper level master suites open to their own private terraces and enjoy expansive views of the Caribbean on one side and the lagoon on the other. The beach level bedroom opens onto the beachfront deck, just steps away from the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.

No one draws the short straw at Casa de los Pelicanos; each couple has a generous master suite to choose from. There is also a Maya style bunkroom with 2 queens & 2 twins (usually for overflow).


The house has separate areas indoors and outdoors where one can relax, read, sunbathe and dine. Curl up and read a book under the palapa roof beach deck while admiring the ocean view. Escape to the tropical jungle side with its outdoor seating. Have lunch brought to you while relaxing under the gazebo on the beach. Indulge with a sunset cocktail on the rooftop terrace with its adjoining viewing deck with 360 degree views of jungle, lagoon and Caribbean; with its wildlife such as pelicans diving into the crystal clear ocean, frigates gliding overhead, herons, egrets, manatees, sea turtles, and even an occasional spider monkey.


Casa de los Pelicanos is a totally self-sufficient ecologically friendly home generating its own electricity through wind and solar energy, a wetland septic system, and boasting a state-of -the-art water filtration system to provide you with unlimited purified drinking water. The Villa is testament that one can live consciously respecting one's surroundings yet still benefit from the modern conveniences that we have grown to expect from a luxury hotel. The house is has all the mod cons including air conditioning, WiFi internet access throughout, audio, satellite television, and more. Our on-site staff are there to ensure that you have everything that you need. Casa de los Pelicanos is the ultimate in eco-chic for the modern day environmentally conscious vacationer!


There is something for everyone and within easy reach.

Nearby activities include: scuba diving the world's second largest barrier reef (Mesoamerican Reef) just offshore from the villa; snorkeling the Maya Riviera's famous cenotes; world class water sports: kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking; world class fly fishing in the lagoons of Boca Paila that extend all the way to Punta Allen (over 30 miles of lagoon fishing known for the triple threat: Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish); local excursions like a nature tour by boat along the ancient Mayan canals, or exploring Punta Allen by the lagoon side; touring the ancient Cobá Ruins; hot air ballooning; or simply browse the boutiques and frequent the cafés and restaurants of Tulum's relaxed boho hotel zone... then chase it with a in-home massage.

Back on dry land at Casa de los Pelicanos, enjoy swaying palm trees, wonderful authentic home cooked cuisine on the beautiful, secluded, peaceful beaches of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

Our Villa Manager/Concierge can introduce you to our local guide that has years of experience and is great for both types of fishing (deep sea fishing and saltwater flat fishing); as well as guides for snorkeling and sightseeing in the lagoon.  

More Details

Michelle McErlean Nunez
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Michelle's spouse speaks Spanish.
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2018

About Michelle McErlean Nunez

Michelle, Fabian and Jesse all reside in Los Angeles. Michelle originally hails from London, England; Fabian is US born and of Mexican descent; and Jesse is Mexican. Jesse is a documentary maker and designer who travels the world and has a deep appreciation of nature. He was set to purchase land in the Amazonian rainforest to enjoy, preserve and protect... that is, until he discovered an unspoiled paradise in his very own homeland. He introduced his friends, couple Michelle and Fabian, to Tulum and they instantly fell for its magic, particularly the beauty of the remarkable and awe-inspiring Sian Ka'an nature reserve.  It is a dream come to true to have our very own two acres of eco-villa, virgin beach on the Caribbean, amid tropical jungle that borders a blue lagoon. We feel privileged to share our very own slice of paradise in the 1% of the reserve that is privately owned; a place we regard to be one of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth!

We are nature lovers but being city folk, we also appreciate the wide variety of activities available (should we be inclined to do anything here other than watch the palms trees sway, listen to the waves and enjoy Chari's wonderful cooking) and the proximity Tulum's relaxed bohemian beach zone with its chic restaurants, boutiques and cafes just a 10-15 drive away, which attracts a thoughtful traveler.

Now you can share in this amazing experience in Tulum and specifically Sian Ka’an, Mayan for "where the sky is born".

Michelle McErlean Nunez purchased this villa in 2009

Why Michelle McErlean Nunez chose Tulum Municipality

It's paradise. Need we say more?

What makes this villa unique

The beach is private and secluded. Clothing is optional.

Just a short distance from the house is a Mayan lighthouse. This lighthouse was used for night fishing hundreds of years ago to exactly pinpoint the location of a cenote in the lagoon where bountiful fish awaited. The Mayans would light a small fire in the lighthouse and when lined up directly in the line of sight of the fire, they would be directly over the cenote.

Our live-in staff, Filipe and Chari, are there to cater to your every need! If pre-arranged, they will await your arrival with a welcome meal. Our staff live in separate quarters on the property (affording you privacy) and provide 24 hour security.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fue una sorpresa el encontrarnos en un lugar tan magico, el estar en una de las mejores playas del mundo, completamente solos y aislados fue una experiencia increible. El tener una playa paradisiaca para nosotros solos fue una experiencia que no olvidaremos y hizo de la vacación algo unico, desde las nadadas en el mar, las caminadas en la noche con la luna llena hasta las tortugas que ponen sus huevos. Adicional, el servicio y la forma de cocinar que de Chari y Chucho, complementan la experiencia. Al despedirnos de la casa, estabamos ya planeando el regresar al año siguiente.
Jul 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Tulum Municipality in Quintana Roo

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Every bedroom has its own bathroom stocked with soap, shampoo, and hair dryers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Mayan bunk room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • 3 spacious master style bedrooms with a king size bed in each and their own private bathrooms. The two upper level master suites open on to their own terraces that connect to the main terrace and have expansive views of the Caribbean and the Campeche lagoon. The lower bedroom views the Caribbean and opens onto the large beach deck and is just a few steps to the beautiful white sand beach of the Sian Ka'an. All three rooms are so spacious that they have plenty of space for two additional queen size beds in any one of the three. We now have a newly completed bunkroom with 2 queens and 2 twins.
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Sand Pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Decking
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
MEAL SERVICE: Chef service available with full-board, half-board, select meals and do-it-yourself options! Our hosts only charge a small fee for service and you pay only for the actual food and alcohol you want. SHOPPING/PRE-STOCK Shopping service to pre-stock also available for a nominal fee. WATER SPORTS EQUIPMENT For your enjoyment we have kayaks, two singles and one double, two stand up paddle boards, boogie boards, snorkeling sets for both adults and children, and sand toys. PRIVATE BEACH Casa de los Pelicanos is secluded and clothing can be optional. CONCIERGE TYPE SERVICES Our Villa Manager can help co-ordinate your airport transfers or you book activities (fishing, diving/snorkeling, tours, massages etc).


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Casa Pelicanos Tulum, luxury beachfront Villa, private virgin white sand beach
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 53 reviews
La Jolla, CA. Madison WI

Casa de los Pelicanos - Wonderful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location just inside the Sian Ka’an reserve south of Tulum and the Tulum strip. Arrangement and booking was easy and plenty of info from the owner. Easy drive from Cancun passing through Tulum where you can stock up at the local Chedurai supermarket, pass through the Tulum strip with some great restaurants and into the reserve. Three generations and 9 of us spent the Christmas vacation and it could not have been better. Weather was fantastic, beaches unbelievable and the house was perfect with beautiful furnishings and plenty of room inside and out. The on-site staff looked after many of our culinary needs and cooked some wonderful meals, kept the house tidy and provided endless supply of beach towels.

Enjoyed fishing and snorkeling trips as well as snorkeling and diving in the cenotes.

Perfect place to watch sunrise over the sea and sunset over the lagoon and the stars at night!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What an incredible experience we had staying at Casa de los Pelicanos! We totally loved our stay in this spacious beautiful home. The beach was especially fantastic. The grounds keeper kept it so nice for us and we enjoyed the nice shade structure provided by the owners. Truly a tropical experience unparalleled by no other. We had no trouble booking and the website pictures were so accurate. Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible, Paradise like stay in Tulum. Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was a family trip to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The house was spacious and met our needs perfectly. Loved the private beach and grounds! Bedrooms very nice. The house staff kept up with us and our needs with 5 children. They prepared a delicious breakfast and a perfect dinner that we thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated. We felt taken care of everyday. Made sure we got to our fun excursions. His recommendations for activities were spot on! Always smiling!

This area of Tulum is amazing-so much to enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from the most enjoyable vacation we've ever had! The house had everything we could ask for and more! The beach was incredible soft sand and the water was crystal clear and warm. We have a ten and twelve year old and our friends have two children close in age and they kayaked and SUP'd (stand up paddle boarded) for hours every day! Chari's cooking was absolutely delicious and we ended up having six of her dinners and went out for only one. Once we had her cooking, we didn't want to go anywhere else! We ended up having Chari cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and the price was very reasonable, only about $1100 for eight of us for a week. I would highly recommend this villa to my friends and we will definitely be coming back soon. Thank you so much to the owners for hosting and helping us have such a memorable experience! 

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Weston FL

Check for seaweed first...If no seaweed at all, I would give a 5 stars review...

  • 3 of 5

To be honest, this is one of the more difficult reviews to write.

The house is beautiful, isolated, but really well equipped.

Housekeepers are the most valuable point, by far...(unfortunately, Chucho's car was stolen in the area a few days before we arrived, so we needed to drive for groceries most of the time)

The owner is always reachable and friendly, and the property manager too.

Our experience...

The seaweed was present from day one until the end of the stay (9 days).

And let me tell you this, its not just "some seaweed"... its a lot ! If you are the unlucky guy that have to experience this, forget about the wonderful pictures you see in the website and try to find some other beach to stay for vacations.

Again, this has nothing to do with the house, or the owners but....be aware...really aware...if you book really in advance, you will take a risk.

This house is paradise but only if the ocean stays as you see in the pictures, because if the Sargassum is present...any other place will be better for you. Think that this guy, Chucho, spent more than 3 hours a day trying to clean the beach...which is impossible...

I have some photos I'd like to share with anyone interested.

I want to also say that the owner (he was not obligated to do it) gave us a kind of compensation (equivalent to less than one night of the 9 nights we stayed) but we could not agree as this is kind of legal interpretation vs common sense. Anyway, no hard feelings.

Conclusion: The house is awesome and if Mother Nature is with you, you will have a blast, you will experience real paradise (try to avoid the hottest season) and have fun at the beach...If you see seaweed is present, avoid the area, save some money and postpone the trip. May be its just a bad season and the cristal clear waters are now back again and will stay most of the time ..who knows the global warming effect, right?

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. Yes, all our guests agree that Chucho and Chari are amazing hosts. They did everything possible to make your stay an enjoyable experience. Also, it was nice to hear that you felt that the house was awesome and well equipped! Unfortunately you experienced some bad seaweed during your stay. As a matter of course, our beaches are pristine white sand. Scientists agree that the problem with seaweed has been an anomaly and not the norm for the eastern seaboard and all of the Caribbean. We have never had a problem with seaweed until two and a half years ago for a period of about three months and then this past August and September. The seaweed has already cleared up significantly and has not been a problem for the last few weeks. Seaweed has not been a problem exclusive to us by any means so one cannot just go somewhere else in the Caribbean to avoid it. The entire Caribbean and eastern seaboard of the U.S. has experienced some bad times with seaweed but we do everything we can to keep our beach clean and clear daily. Rest assured that we will continue to do everything within our control to make our guests' vacations a wonderful experience. Alan and Valorie Owners of Casa de los Pelicanos Tulum, Mexico
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Beautiful property!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked this location for our honeymoon. Driving in to the property you go through a cute little part of town with inviting restaurants and boutiques and beautiful ocean views. When we arrived the friendly staff had a delicious dinner prepared and the house itself is breathtaking! The view from each window was serene and the interior is well kept and homey. You can watch the sun rise over the ocean and set over the lagoon from the roof top! We spent some lazy days at the private beach and other days filled with adventure from fishing, kayaking, zip lining, and scuba diving. The staff made up fresh ceviche with the fish we caught! We had such a wonderful experience staying at this property and will definitely be returning! Thank you Casa De Los Pelicanos!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Perfectly situated only 6km into the Sian Ka'an bio-sphere reserve - far away enough to feel like a secluded tropical paradise escape, yet close enough to Tulum's relaxed bohemian chic beach zone where boutiques, cafes, Riviera Maya's best restaurants, and cold-press juices, banks, ATMs, grocery stores are only a 10-15 drive away.  This private community is accessible via the arch at the top of Tulum's beach strip

The inland town of Tulum Pueblo itself is only a 20 minute drive. 

Cancun Airport is a 120 minute drive.

Our Villa Manager/Concierge is on-hand to help you arrange your airport transfers, or we can direct you to transfer and car rental companies preferred by our guests. 


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Tulum Municipality, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season Early 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 2018
5 May 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season Late 2018
17 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Holiday Season 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season Early 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 2019
4 May 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest
High Season Late 2019
16 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2020
4 Jan 2020 - 1 May 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £120 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.6
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates based on occupancy of six guests. Additional guests charged at $250/week for age nine or over and $150/week for children under age nine.

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