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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Secluded Beach, Private 11acre Oasis- Best Views 2017

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Private House on 11acre Ocean/Beach Front Reserve - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath (sleeps 2)

Mar al Cielo is a private oceanfront vacation retreat near Lo de Marcos on 4.4 hectares (11 acres) of secluded jungle and beachfront paradise with accommodation just for two. Just a 50 minute drive north of the Puerto Vallarta Airport and 5 minutes from Lo de Marcos, it is easy to get to yet a world away. Unlike other oceanfront rentals, here at Mar al Cielo you alone are privileged to intimate interactions with nature and wildlife while being surrounded by unsurpassed serene beauty, secluded beaches, panoramic ocean views and pristine tropical jungle. Mar al Cielo has over 2 kilometers of private groomed jungle walking trails for guests that seek to explore the truly wild places that remain.

Dream of Whale Watching in Mexico?... Mar al Cielo sits along the seasonal migration route and breeding area of the great Humpback Whales. Here you can see and hear a spectacular show of the giant whales splash and breach right out in front of you!

Mar al Cielo and the local area is also renowned for its World Class Bird Watching ... with over 300 listed bird species in this region, whether you are an avid bird watcher or casual observer you can't help but be taken by the diversity of color, sights and sounds the tropical birds have to offer.

Walk down to the secluded beach or explore private jungle walking trails & hilltop vistas while capturing glimpses of armadillos or coatimundis wandering by, picnic on the beach, swim in the ocean, or simply relax & take in the natural surroundings of the soothing ocean breeze, tropical birds and butterflies. Enjoy the Oceanfront Palapa Lounge, another private space perfect for dining, swinging in hammocks, sunning in the sand, doing yoga or having an oceanfront massage. With a library, nature guide books, binoculars, additional kitchenette & dining area and stunning 180 degree ocean view with incredible year-round sunsets, the Palapa Lounge is the perfect place to pass the days away!

Accommodation at Mar al Cielo is unique and luxurious, drawing on regional architecture, design motifs, materials and artwork. Your casa at Mar al Cielo is a self-contained home with terraces on two levels, fully equipped kitchen with BBQ grill, 1-bedroom with king size bed and lush cotton linens, private outdoor shower & bath with ocean views and more stars than you could ever imagine!

Here at Mar al Cielo we are strongly committed to protecting our rare and precious bit of oceanfront paradise and to contributing in a positive way to the nearby community. Guests are encouraged to speak the language, savor the food and enjoy the beauty of Mexican living. Come to immerse yourself in a world where privacy, nature and relaxation become your reality.

To get to Mar al Cielo you can easily rent a car from the airport in Puerto Vallarta or we can arrange to have an Airport pick up and return trip (including a grocery stop on the way in). Taxis are available in Lo de Marcos and from Mar al Cielo on request. Daily or weekly car rentals are also available from Lo de Marcos.

Mar al Cielo offers an enchanting tropical experience, an awakening place where one can feel deeply connected rejuvenated & inspired. Your private oceanfront retreat awaits!

Featured in the following Magazines and Television Programs:

- Cosmopolitan UK, 2017 - World's Most Instagramable Places to Stay

- Riviera Nayarit Newsletter, 2017 - Best 10 Views of Riviera Nayarit

- Vanity Fair Magazine, 2016 - Hottest Spots in Mexico

- GQ Mexico Magazine, 2016 - Mexico para Sibaritas

- Western Living Magazine, 2016 - Places to stay in Riviera Nayarit

- Cosmopolitan UK Magazine, 2016 - Places to stay in Mexico

- Featured on Nikon's Birding Adventure TV, 2015

- Casas & Gente, 2010 - Eco-Tourism en el Pacifico

Keywords: Private Oceanfront Vacation Rental Lo de Marcos, Secluded Beach, Whale Watching, Bird Watching, Wildlife Viewing, Yoga, Ecological Reserve

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Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation estate rental in Lo De Marcos, Mexican Riviera

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • cell phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , outdoor shower
  • Outdoor shower and bath for 2, in total privacy, with ocean view. Additional bathrooms and outdoor shower with ocean view at Palapa Lounge.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed (1) with sitting terrace and ocean view
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Private Gated Property, Secluded Beach, 2 km of Private Jungle Walking Trails, Professional Bird Guide Available, Oceanfront Massage and Spa Services, Chef Available (serving garden fresh organic vegetables & locally sourced foods), Grocery Shopping Service Available, "Jungle Room Service" Restaurant Food Delivery, Cell Phone Provided - Free Calls to USA & Canada, Taxi Service; Airport Transportation Available


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Mar al Cielo Eco-Retreat: Secluded Beach, Private 11acre Oasis- Best Views 2017
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our 5 night stay with Carlos and Jodi was thoroughly enjoyable. The property is fun to explore - the trails were well established and the view from the top was awesome. What a gorgeous shoreline! The whales were delightful - every morning we sat on the upper lanai and drank coffee and quickly became champion whale watchers! Stunning animals - what a treat! Spent days on the beach, but also spent one whole day just hanging at the lower palapa and enjoyed that space immensely! Carlos is a wonderful chef and Jodi an amazing host! We enjoyed our conversations with Jodi, and learning about their unique property and how it has come into all its glory! Carlos booked us a boat trip to Isle de Corales. Just the boat ride would have been enough of an adventure, but we did a bit of paddle boarding once we docked at the island. Got there early to avoid the crowds that I’m sure arrived throughout the day! Skipped the snorkeling to get back on the water to chase some whales. They didn’t let us down - we followed, or were followed for about 15-20 minutes by a beautiful male. YAY FOR WHALES!. A great trip. Comfy bed for good nights of sleeping to all the jungle and ocean noises. Absolutely loved Mar al Cielo! Outdoor living is good for the soul. Get there! Oh yeah, the birds were always dropping by to give us serenades as well. What a great experience. We will definately be back - and I hope it is sooner, than later! A little piece of heaven on earth!

  • Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellentae !!

  • 5 of 5

Jodi and Carlos were the best hosts... ‘Privacy’ at it’s utmost unless you want them for the amazing meals they can provide. The property is stunning with jungle and nature trails. Beautiful scenery from your private house where you overlook the jungle and ocean. The lower living area is the best for whale watching as it is over 200 feet high. The large birds of prey are flying past at eye level with your chairs.. stunning! .. best beach of Los de Marcos next door, but your own private beach is below with the odd fishermen and oyster divers giving much enjoyment for curious. The kitchen is well stocked which we extremely appreciated. We have travelled alot and this property truly delivered and excelled our expections. Well done Mar al Cielo !!

Rick and Deana Ganger. BC Canada

  • Submitted: 8-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A must have experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was absolute heaven on earth. Even before we arrived at Mar al Cielo, Jodi was nothing but helpful and informative within a split second of sending her a message. Once we arrived we had such a warm welcome and couldn't believe our eyes at the place- pictures do NOT do it justice. This is quite literally the most amazing views you will ever see! It was completely private and you had the entire jungle to yourself (which sounded a bit scary to me at first but we couldn't have felt more safe). It was a ton of fun interacting with Raul and Jodi and learning more about the culture, food, surroundings etc. I would recommended having Carlos prepare (all) of your meals - he is phanomenal and its so nice to sit there and take in the views while having an amazing meal prepared for you. I would also recommend going on the trails whenever you can (preferably right in the morning) as the views at the top are absolutely unreal. Then head down to the palapa for some fresh mexican cuisine and off to the private beaches for kayaking, snorkelling, swimming, etc.

A small FYI that the wifi is a bit iffy- although its not necessary while here. I rarely got on it but my partner had a bit more luck. Jodi did provide an alternative if its not working but we didn't feel the need to try this out.

Jodi, Raul, and mystery chef Carlos made our say 10 stars. We stayed for 5 days but I think a week should be minimum- there was so much more to take in. We are already planning our return to our Mexico home away from home!

  • Submitted: 6-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

What a special, wonderful escape! All the reviews are true. In addition to the obvious natural beauty that surrounds Mar al Cielo, Carlos' skill as a carpenter and craftsman is embedded in all the manmade structures. The interior of the palapa has a style and beauty that is difficult to capture in a photo. The landscaping and housekeeping show meticulous care by Raul. Jodi made us feel like we could always reach her for help and treated us like royalty. In fact, thanks to Jodi we were able to take part in a sea turtle rescue release one evening, which we shall never forget. Although we explored nearby towns every day of our week-long stay, we were often tempted to just stay put - it is so relaxing and beautiful in the outdoor living room. At our request, Carlos prepared a very special dinner for our Thanksgiving meal and Jodi served it splendidly. Truly incredible and memorable. We really can't say enough about these very dear people and their magical casa. We hope to return soon and envy those who are already there!

  • Submitted: 2-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Return to Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time to stay at Mar Al Cielo. We had a great experience the first time and even better this time. Carlos and Jodi cooked for us breakfast and dinner for 10 days. Carlos' cooking skills are exquisite and Jodi's attention to details made us feel like we were at a 10 star resort. Be sure to try the breakfast tamales and leave the menu open to Carlos as he will not disappoint. We also scheduled a shuttle to and from the airport rather than renting a car. This took the stress out of us driving and Pepe was very helpful at the grocery store. Our shopping experience was much easier! This trip I was able to see an emerald humming bird which from what I understand is quite rare. There are many wildlife opportunities, viewing unique humming birds, butterflies and tropical birds. It's in the jungle so you can just imagine what you may see or hear on any given day. Our normal lives are such a rat race and we forget to stop and smell the flowers. This place allows us to find that again. It helps us find some peace and tranquility in the jungle by listening and seeing the birds, lizards and the ocean whether it be night or morning or the middle of the day. Be sure to ask Jodi about the noise or sightings you hear and see. She will more than likely be able to tell you what you heard or even saw. She is a great resource to your experience here, and I think she enjoys sharing as much as Carlos enjoys the cooking! We can't wait to book our next visit!

  • Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A true getaway

  • 5 of 5

Nowadays, true getaways are hard to come by. Most vacations I had been on before with families and friends were always fun, but always a commercial experience. Mar Al Cielo was not one of those experiences. It's original, genuine, and breathtaking. Jodi and Carlos and the team were unbelievably accommodating, and really appreciated just how blown away my wife and I were on our honeymoon. And although this place is secluded and private and nested up on a mountain (feeling a million miles from civilization), there was never a dull moment. My wife and I spent a week here, and we could have spent 51 more weeks there no problem. Mar Al Cielo has a lot to offer, it was tough to choose what to do even with a completely open agenda. You could spend days hiking around your 11 acres of hilly and junglesome land, or walk down to the beach with a 6-pack, chips and guacamole. You could go snorkeling or horseback riding, or even on a whale tour to name a few easily accessible activities. Every night we had no problem taking in a real Pacific sunset as it dipped into an ocean with no end which was essentially our front yard for the week. One night we decided to get a sunset dinner made by Chef Carlos himself (which I highly recommend, no offense to my wife's cooking which was phenomenal as well *cough *cough) which came with the whole 9 yards of margaritas, a beautifully obscure cut of steak paired with a sauce (which my wife and I tried to replicate and came nowhere close, she is still a great cook though) that was to die for, an amazing desert, and wine, sorry I am going off about it but it was unbelievable. In the city of Lo De Marcos, you can feel welcome while amongst true locals. There was no such thing as a tourist there because everyone who came from out of town was truly accepted. The lodge itself was worth the whole stay, feeling just enough outside allowing you to enjoy the weather, with the comfort of being indoors, enjoying the beautiful views and a bed that might as well have been made out of clouds. We enjoyed many star-filled nights in the outdoor bathtub, and shared too many laughs situated in the outdoor kitchen and lounge which is also solely yours through-out your stay. The second we left was also the second we were trying to figure when we could come back.

  • Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Privacy, Secluded Beaches, 2km Private Jungle Trails, Incredible Whale Watching from Every View, Stunning 180degree Ocean View with Year-round Sunset, World Class Bird Watching, Professional Bird Guide Available, Yoga, Professional Yoga Instructor Available, On-site Massage, Cooking with the Freshest Local Ingredients or Delicious Mexican Fusion Dishes prepared just for you, Visit Traditional Local Markets, Turtle Release Expeditions, Snorkel Gear Available


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation estate rental in Lo De Marcos, Mexican Riviera

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High Season
Jan 16 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Nightly Rate
May 2 2018 - May 12 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$251.16

50% of Rental Total Plus the $200 Deposit required to confirm reservations. If arrival is less than 30 days in advance - Total Balance Plus $200 Deposit due within 7 days of booking. If arrival is greater than 30 days in advance - Final balance due within 30 days of Reservation date. Paypal & Interac-e Transfer accepted.

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.
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