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Fabulous Oceanfront Villa w pool/staff affordable luxury, pure paradise!

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

Ocean front Villa, on beach, sleeps 14 , affordable rates, perfect vacation

Villa Lumina

Experience paradise and total relaxation at Villa Lumina, nestled in the exotic beauty of Costa Cumana, an ecological beach resort on the outskirts located just 10 minutes south of Puerto Escondido. Enjoy the calm of living in a villa that is right on a secluded beach.

Villa Lumina is simply and elegantly designed in an unmistakably tropical Mexican beachside setting. Where else can you watch pelicans fly by or view dolphins swimming while relaxing in a villa framed by palm trees?

Escape from the noise and hustle of life and enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets while walking on the beach, enjoying the ocean vista while soaking in the jacuzzi or simply relaxing in a hammock under the palm roof and listen to the surf!

No noise but the sea, just the occasional fisherman walking by - Villa Lumina is an unbeatable tropical getaway. An eco-friendly home, Villa Lumina is the perfect choice for enjoying the beauty of nature for people with criteria and taste.

Our beautifully designed beachfront villa has five lovely bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Our spacious kitchen allows large parties to cook together or just hang out at the bar while enjoying a glass of wine or an evening cocktail! You can hire a cook to prepare all three meals and totally relax!

Villa Lumina is perfect for reunions and retreats with friends and family - enjoy our spacious living areas with comfortable sofas to chat, read and savour the beautiful views of kilometres of pure white sandy beach while listening to it’s rhythmical and relaxing waves.

Villa Lumina is ideal for time with friendretreats. This is the space for your group! Our enormous shady, social area affords enough room for any class. Our villa is designed with a large central area covered by a vaulted palm roof that provides ample space for large groups, movement classes and of course, festive parties and events.


'Villa Lumina was the perfect retreat for our family. We could walk for hours on the beach, swim, do yoga, cook, read or just hang in the hammock and listen to the surf. The spaciousness of this seaside villa allowed each of us to enjoy our vacation and truly relax! So much better than a hotel!' Shoshana Shadow USA.

'The house is a spectacular open air villa that has a simple but very elegant design that makes you feel from the moment you step onto the impressive entrance, that you are sleeping on the beach in pure luxury. Noone actually wanted to leave the house and go into town because we had everything in our mini paradise.' Lauren Beam USA.

'We had an absolutely fantastic time. really really perfect. All of our friends were thrilled and we felt like heroes for finding it.' Bray Poor USA.

Keywords: Beach, villa, family, reunion, surfing, Puerto Escondido, relax, retreat cumana, Semana Santa, playa

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Catherine Kumar
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, patchy Italian!
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

About Catherine Kumar

This is our family beach home – we are lucky enough to visit often. It has been an amazing place to watch the kids grow up and share incredible experiences with them. My youngest daughter was only three when we built our home, she learned to swim and dive in our pool, as have many of her friends over the years. We have watched turtles lay their eggs on our beach, watched the eggs hatch, seen dolphins swim and play, made sand castles, gone snorkeling and learned to surf. We have walked our dogs on the beach at sunrise and sunset. My favorite birthdays and celebrations have been here. It is truly wonderful and we are blessed to have this home and share it with others.

Catherine Kumar purchased this villa in 2005

Why Catherine Kumar chose Mexico

It is close to Puerto Escondido airport and only a beautiful hour's drive from Huatulco International airport. Puerto has fantastic food shops, surf shops and amenities. There are delicious restaurants and bars with live music in the evenings.And of course, it is home to Mexico´s premier surfing beach, Zicatela. There are also great beaches to learn surfing (and wonderful instructors), deep sea fishing, eco-tours and a huge variety of daytime activities. Cumana offered us the chance to enjoy an unspoilt beach and live on the sea. It has been an incredible experience for my family to see whales, dolphins, turtles all from our own home. We have spent incredible vacations there with friends and family, we always have magical times!

What makes this villa unique

Puerto Escondido has been a firm family favorite for vacations and we absolutely LOVE the area.

Once we saw Costa Cumaná’s perfect, unspoilt beaches we knew it was THE vacation spot for family and friends -kids and adults swim in the pool, enjoy the beach, snorkel, surf and watch dolphins, pelicans and turtles. Our beautiful home, which is right on the beach, sleeps 14,and is a wonderful place to relax and have fun with the people close to you.

Guestbook comments from the owner


mis hijos y nietos quedaron fascinados, todo muy bien, el señor Lupe una finísima persona

Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santa María Colotepec in Oaxaca

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom (master bedroom) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , The bathroom has a large shower and mirrors
    coco and mariposa - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shared by the rooms a large vanity area connects them
    Colibri - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Brightly coiored handmade tiles echo tropical colors
    Dining area - Toilet
    Palmeras - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite bathroom, towels provided for all rooms
  • The 5 bedrooms sleep 14 people. Each has an en suite bathroom. The living spaces are ample and cool, the whole villa gives a sense of relaxation and space. The décor is elegant and tropical, taking color cues from the surrounding nature. Beautiful Indian mirrors reflect sea views and colorful African figures decorate the rooms. Buddhas and Asian deities give the home a calm feel, perfect for kicking back and taking it easy. There is a cd player with aux connection for i pods so that you can take advantage of our large open living room and dance the night away if you want to. Alternatively, grab a coconut and head down to the beach, the moon and stars are spectacular and be prepared to see the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see... You won't want to go home!
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The master bedroom has ocean views and en suite bathroom.
    Palmeras - 2 Large Double Bed , Eco-ventilation and fans keeps guests cool in all rooms
    Colibrí - 1 Large Double Bed , With a day bed and a sofa, enjoy our book and dvd library
    Cocos - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed , Coco and Mariposa connect, perfect if you have small kids
    Mariposa - 2 Large Double Bed , Connects via the bathroom with Cocos, perfect for families!
  • All our rooms are cooled by an eco-friendly ventilation system and ceiling fans. The simple décor is relaxing and complemented by dark wood finishes; we showcase art pieces from across the world and renowned Oaxacan artists. The master bedroom has sublime views of the beach, you can literally see it from the bed. The afternoon sun streaks through the slatted wood screens creating patterns on the sand colored floors as you listen to the waves. Beachy tones are found throughout Villa Lumina, but the en suite bathrooms are explosions of tropical color! The master bedroom has a king sized bed with a comfortable orthopedic mattress. Each of the other rooms has queen beds with comfortable orthopedic mattresses. Additional beds can be added if needed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Kick back and relax while our wonderful staff pamper you! If you need a babysitter, a ride into town, a massage or some shopping, ask Lupe, Carmen or Flora, they will take care of you!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

Fabulous Oceanfront Villa w pool/staff affordable luxury, pure paradise!
average rating of 4.909091 based on 24 reviews

Understated Luxury Just Outside of Puerto Escondido

  • 5 of 5

This is a knock your socks off property. From the outdoor kitchen and dining area to the infinity pool falling off almost literally to the ocean, you won't be disappointed here! With three bedrooms with their own bathrooms and two bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bath, this is a wonderful property for small groups or family reunions.

However, there are two caveats.

1. It is not in, or near the center of Puerto Escondido. If you are going to town, or even to a store, you will need a car/driver, or will have a long walk to the main road and then about a 12 KM bus ride.

2. At night, the big outdoor room does not light up like it is in the picture. This makes group time around the table difficult once the sun goes down. That means if you are a couple, family or group that likes playing games at night, it's gonna be pretty dark.

Neither of those should be deal breakers for you though.

The owner is super quick to respond if need be, the staff is incredibly helpful and trust me, you're gonna love this house.

Would I return? For me this is always the rubber meets the road question. The answer... Yes! Of course.

Notes... the bus ride to Puerto is about 20 pesos. A taxi ride to the house is currently 300 pesos. A van, seating 10 people, is 700 pesos. the ride takes about 20 minutes.

Mazunte will cost you about 30 pesos on the bus, plus 20 pesos for a local colectivo to get you near the beach and/or Turtle Museum.

While the water heater is not huge, all of had mostly hot water all week. A welcome experience compared to some rentals in other parts of Mexico.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review! The lighting information is really helpful, we just changed the lamps and I was debating whether to put lamps above the table, I definitely will now! I'll also check on the water heater, not sure why it wasn't working daily, 24 hours. I look forward to hosting you again! All the Best Catherine
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sherbrooke qc canada

one of the best outside set up

  • 4 of 5

this is the fourth villa that i rent and it was wonderfull once again. the set up of the kitchen,living room and the pool is perfect with a great wiew of the dolphins and whales. the staff do a very good job.the roof fan in the bedroom are perfect to sleep.The only things that have bothered me is there was a lot of ants and somebody come during the night and stole the toaster ,blender, my telescope,my laser light,some cell cable. anyway it was a great trip we saw a turtle lay eggs in the sand. i recommend villa lumina

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Eric Thanks for your review and for letting Lupe know you would like to return to our beautiful home. I am very sorry you had items stolen, as the main area is open we provide locks to each bedroom and a small safe in each of those to prevent thefts. Ants, I am afraid are a problem in tropical gardens, Lupe let me know that you had found some and told me he dealt with the issue immediately, I hope that that was the case. The natural views from our home are incredible! I am so glad you were able to see dolphins, whales and turtles, what a gift! All the Best Catherine
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Wonderful vacations on worderful place, Hermosas vacaciones en un hermoso lugar!!

  • 5 of 5

Fuimos por una semana a esta maraviloso lugar en familia.

Ubicando en la costa de Oaxaca, cercana a Puerto escondido, se encuentra Villa Lumina, una casa a la orilla de la playa, con todo lo indispensable para pasar unas buenas vacaciones de descanso.

Jardín con un par de hamacas, en el centro una piscina de muy buen tamaño, por un lado una zona de asador y todo esto con el mar de frente, caminas unos 15 pasos y ya tienes arena en tus pies, lo más impresionante es que es una zona poco turística, por lo que la playa era completamente para nosotros.

Dentro de la casa una zona de estar muy amplia, eramos 12 personas y todos cabíamos perfectamente, lo mismo el comedor.

Aunque estabamos lejos de la ciudad, no nos hizo falta nada, ya que Lupe el vigilante día a día se encargaba de llenar la alacena y cualquier otro pedido. Por otro lado Gloría la cocinera nos deleitó con su amplio conocimiento de la gastronomía típica de la costa Oaxaqueña.

Por el traslado del Aeropuerto a la Casa (aprox 40 min) o a cualquier otro sitio, nosotros fuimos a Mazunte, Zipolite, Puerto Escondido no hay que preocuparse ya que esta disponible una camioneta de 14 pasajeros.

Toda la familia quedó fascinada con el lugar y prometimos volver, muy recomendable!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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increíble casa en frente al mar

  • 5 of 5

Si buscas un lugar tranquilo, bonito y frente al mar, la casa de Cath es el lugar ideal. Pasamos unos días en familia y estuvo increíble : jugando en la alberca con vista al pacifico, paseando en la playa sin nadie alrededor, cocinando rico en un espacio abierto, descansando en el hamaca. Los cuartos están limpios, amplios, todos equipados de mosquitera en las ventanas y puertas para dormir sin que te molesten los mosquitos. Una casa altamente recomendable ! regresaremos-

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous beach holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful beach home outside of Puerto Escondido. I spent a week celebrating my 60th birthday with family and friends. We were in paradise! So relaxing, quiet and beautiful. The caretaker was wonderful and responsive. The place incredibly clean. Lovely uncrowded beach for long walks- We hired the cook which I would recommend. Her food was beyond expectation! We shared our meal preferences- everything else taken care of, even the shopping if we wished. It made for a truly relaxing, heavenly get away with little effort on our part. Would definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful family getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Villa Lumina is a beautiful, clean, open air home right off the beach/ocean. We arrived in the early evening, and were greeted by the very friendly caretaker, Lupe, and the cook, Gloria. We had hired Gloria to cook our arrival meal for us, which proved to be delicious.

Our first impression of the house was wonderful. We are a family of ten....my husband and myself, our four grown children, and three grandchildren, and the accommodations were perfect. There was plenty of sleeping room and also, open space for us to be together as family. Lucia, the daily housekeeper, kept everything nicely cleaned. The pool was cleaned daily by Lupe, and always so inviting to just jump into.

The beach is a quiet one. You can walk for hours, and not run into anyone. It is so lovely.

The staff is Spanish speaking only, so it was good that we had our Spanish speaking daughter with us. She was able to communicate with them easily, and was given the house phone when we went into town, so that we had the ability to call a cab when we needed one. We ended up with a favorite, who was "on call" with us when we were traveling back and forth to the Villa Lumina. Town is about 9 miles away. The cost of a van cab ride for ten of us was $30 USD. each way.

I think it would be helpful to have a house book, that gives information about the area and about the house. We had no difficulty when we arrived, getting into the locked gates, but the following nights when our driver beeped his horn, there was no one on the other side of the gate to the "secure" area. We ended up climbing out of the van, walked around the gate, and walked down the dark road back to our residence. We found out later from Lupe that there is a code to get into the gates if no one is there to greet you. It would have been beneficial to know this upon arrival, or to be able to read about it in a house book.

All in all, we had a lovely family vacation....

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Great bars in Puerto and La Punta, some v close
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Great restaurants in Puerto and closer
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

We (an anglo- american couple) built our home in Cumaná for a variety of reasons. It is an eco- condominium and all owners have to work towards preserving local flora and fauna. The beach is spectacular and the views stunning. The local cactuses provide a gorgeous contrast to the palm trees and pools, reminding us we are in Mexico :) The mountain range behind frames the view and truly makes it majestic. The homes are all carefully built and in harmony with the environment providing an incredibly attractive high-end but totally relaxed destination.

Cumaná is a beautiful condominium, located outside Puerto Escondido. It is truly paradise. Our home is located right on the beach, one of my favorite times of the day is the early morning - taking a cup of coffee and sitting and watching the birds, fish and sometimes dolphins go by. Sunset walks are a must and it is a gorgeous walk down to the lagoon towards Tomatal. I can never get enough of it!

You can also just hang out in the pool and watch the sea and the beach from there, it is truly, truly relaxing. I like nothing better to collapse in the seating area of the pool with a glass of white wine and a book, perfect!

Puerto Escondido itself is a bustling seaside town that has a lot going for it.

It has a fantastic surf scene and is home to the Mexpipe, consequently there are great opportunities for surf lessons with experienced teachers. My kids have taken them, the youngest was only 5 or 6 years old when she started. It's a wonderful way to get loads of exercise and really enjoy the sea.

There is great fishing for those who like to go out to see and many varieties of local and big fish, such as marlin and tuna can be caught here. There are several companies offering fishing trips and these can be booked on site.

You can waterski in the nearby Manialtepec lagoon and kayak there too, perfect for an afternoon trip!

If you like snorkelling there are many opportunities in Puerto's bays, one of my favourites is Manzanillo which has an amazing array of colourful fish.

Vespas and other mopeds or bikes can be rented and a couple of companies offer eco tours including horseback riding and white water rafting. In high season a company from Mexico City arrives and offers parachute jumping for the braver amongst us. Personally, I prefer going to the beach and looking for shells with the kids, or watching for dolphins!

There is a great music scene in Puerto with live music every single weekend.

I love the restaurant and bar scene in Puerto and I love to leave it and come back to our beautiful home and enjoy the sounds of nature and the sea!

There are so many different restaurants, it's amazing. Traditional Mexican food, amazing pizzas and pastas, pan asian, new Mexican, slow food, you name it, you can find it there.

The bars are too many to mention and go from the upscale to the beach disco 'el tubo' with a myriad in between. Cocktails are delicious with fresh fruit and the beers always cold. A popular option is a fresh coconut with rum added, fantastic!

If you like cooking and want to take advantage of our great bbq area, you could check out the market. Well-stocked with super fresh local fish, meats, fruit and vegetables, all delicious and inexpensive. The spices are varied and their aroma wonderful.

You could also wander down to the Marina, a slightly elegant term for the area where the fishing boats unload their wares, and buy freshly caught fish, straight from the fisherman!

All in all Cumaná and Puerto Escondido really are the perfect holiday destination. There is something for every age and kids, teens and adults love the Pacific beach vibe and all the amenities available.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santa María Colotepec, North America

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
20 Dec 2017 - 26 Dec 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
New Year
27 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £310.35

Damage Deposit 400 USD to be paid in cash on arrival. Please accept terms and conditions to be found on www.villalumina.com.mx and send confirmation email if this is omitted acceptance is implicit. Check in as at 3 pm and check out at 10 am. Please send an email request if you would like to arrive earlier/leave later. Thanks!

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