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

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's2
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


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

We have wireless Internet, Satellite TV, and large flat panel televisions in every suite.

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 walking and biking trails, where you will pass through 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 or snorkel against the current. After you make it upstream, you can float back down, Indiana Jones style.

It is also a lot of fun to walk south. Once you pass a few hotels you arrive at our favorite beach in front of the Fairmont MayaKoba golf course. Bring your beach towel, and take a swim in the gentle surf.

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.

More Details

Bruce Stone
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 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
  • 1 of 2


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Playa del Carmen in Solidaridad

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Included in Price
  • Dinner - Included in Price
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , two twins in sleeping loft accessible via built-in ladder
  • lovely hardwood and marble floors, ceiling fans and AC in each bedroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

Deluxe Handcrafted 4 BR Oceanfront Treehouse w/ Prof Chef, Maids, Beach Staff
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 20 reviews

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.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: 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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San Francisco

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.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: 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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One of A Kind Property

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at what we called the "tree house" for seven nights for Easter of 2016. I've waited awhile to write the review as I was very torn about giving this property 5-STARS as the house set-up and beach area were not ideal for our needs, but the house is EXTRAORDINARY! (4 adults, 2 children - 5yrs/9yrs)

Airport transfers and all staff were included in the booking fee. All of the staff on the property were polite and attentive. They work in the background and make the trip more enjoyable. The food was excellent, the cook took our input on the menu, and the grocery store order we placed was ready for our arrival.

The house and all of the rooms are truly 5-STAR. As nice, if not better than the photos. Each room is well appointed, clean, and artfully designed. The beds are excellent and the amenities are top-knotch. There are four bedrooms that don't connect. All of the bedroom doors open to the outside. The room set-up is a pro for multiple families that are traveling together and want privacy, but a con if you want to put your children in a room separate from yours. Someone could walk off the beach and up into the house and enter your child's room without you knowing. They do have a staff member present 24 hours who was very attentive and patrols beneath the house. However, in a foreign country I couldn't place my children in another room that was only accessible from the outside.

The house is truly oceanfront, however the beach in front of the house isn't swimmable. The water is mucky and the seaweed constantly bunches up on the shore. The staff diligently rakes it up, but you will have to walk down the beach to enjoy the ocean. The owner can arrange a boat to take you snorkeling and they pull up right in front of the house for a great price. He also arranged a massage therapist to come to the hose - fantastic!

Getting into town is a chore as you have to call for a cab, which is a process, as this is an isolated home a good mile from the highway behind unmarked gates. The staff calls a taxi for you, but it's something that has to be planned. If the room setup works for you, you don't mind walking down the beach to swim, and you plan on spending most of your time on the property this is really an amazing play to stay. A one of kind experience. From booking to departure the owner and staff are very easy to work with and aim to please.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house and amazing staff.

  • 5 of 5

This is one of if not the best vacation I've had.

The house is beautiful. Roomy. Comfortable. Great views right on the ocean. Perfect pool to relax in that overlooks the beach and water. Hammocks. Paddle boards kayaks and more. You can do as much you'd like or as little as you'd like. Relaxing was the main ingredient. This house is perfect for that. Clean large comfortable rooms and bathrooms. Super open space for gathering and meals. The chef was 5 star. Every meal was different unique and flavorful The entire staff was so accommodating to everyone's needs yet very unobtrusive. They were always there when needed. The excursion suggestions were perfect and nice to have them take care of everything without any worries. Would HIGHLY recommend this for a perfect vacation retreat. Will definitely make this a regular place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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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 up the second river is a joy with mask, snorkel and fins…and you can take one of our kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and paddle out to the third river, near the point. It is hard to spot, but is really wonderful and close to the reef. Sort of like a Joseph Conrad experience.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Playa del Carmen, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £78 per night, per additional guest
Summer/Fall 2017
30 Apr 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £78 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Year's
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £78 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £78 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £1,173.51

Rates are in US Dollars and assume you are using direct bank transfer rather than credit card. The latter triggers a 3% fee 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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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