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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).

Listing moved to #HA 4951477


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

Property Manager
Michelle McErlean Nunez
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, Michelle's spouse speaks Spanish.
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Tulum Municipality, Yucatan / Mayan Riviera

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
  • soap
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stove
  • 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. From June 2018, guest will receive complimentary welcome Malin & Goetz toiletries.
  • 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 - kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • sand pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 8 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • 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
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.


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Casa Pelicanos Tulum, luxury beachfront Villa, private virgin white sand beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic vacation with family

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I invited our three sons and one daugther-in-law to spend a week of family time here in Tulum. We absolutely loved the villa. We opened the door and were impressed with the spaciousness and openness of the living area, dining, and kitchen. Perfect for a big group. The indooor furniture was comfy. Our family loves to be outdoors so we loved the covered deck. It had a dining table, another table, and a variety of seating options including Adirondeck chairs, sofas, and chaisses. There are some special lighting options indoors and out. There was no need for air conditioning except for the downstairs room. The fans and wind made for comfortable tropical temps.

The bedrooms were equipped with lots of closet /storage space, excellent lines and mattresses,and views, The view from our shower was incredible---a palm tree and ocean or looking the other way, a deserted beach. Shampoo and soap provided. Each bedroom was private and if one family member got up early, the others didn't hear a sound. The road is close to the house. At night, i estimate two or three vehicles passed by between ten and six. Birds will start chirping at six am prividng a natural alarm clock.

Beach: gorgeous. The water is warm, sometimes with waves, sometimes calm. Most days, we could look up and down without seeing another person. We never needed the beach towels provided by the villa. The staff rakes the seaweed off the beach. If you walk either north or south, you will see lots of weed and plastic garbage. When the wind died down, we snorkeled off the beach and saw turtles, rays, fish.

Highly recommend having Chari and Felipe cook for you. Their meals are better than what you would get at a restaurant. We enjoyed their dinnners every night. On their night off, we went into the hotel zone and had a mediocre dinner.

We rented a car, mainly because there were six of us, we had luggage, and we went into town several times a week for scuba diving. I would have been happy staying at the villa without leaving the entire week.

Bottom line, we would not hesitate to rent this villa again.

  • Review Submitted: 01/05/2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Luxury in paradise

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful home and setting more than met our expectations. The home was spacious and comfortable with many amenities. We had meals prepared by the caretakers on three of our nights there and all were delicious. The guacamole with every meal was a favorite. But the outdoor space is truly breathtaking. We felt like we had a private beach that went on for miles and spent many hours both on the veranda and on the beach. We hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 19/04/2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oakland, CA

Stunning house, stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place to celebrate my wife's 40th with our closest friends. It's a stunning property. Standing on the roof viewing porch, we could catch both sunrises and sunsets over water. Each of the three masters is excellent, and the fourth bedroom with the single beds has a lot of space.

This stretch of beach is very private, only a few houses every coupe hundred yards or so. The house also has sea kayaks, boogie boards, etc that makes ocean time super fun.

On the homefront, the in-house chef is the best chef of Mexican cuisine any of us had encountered. All around a great choice for a group or family.

  • Review Submitted: 23/02/2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Casa Pelicanos was exactly what we were looking for in a villa in Sian Ka'an. Close enough for us to do what we wanted in Tulum, but far enough to be able to enjoy and relax on a beautiful, quiet beach. The staff was attentive and provided for all our needs. We would certainly recommend Casa Pelicanos.

  • Review Submitted: 21/01/2013
  • Date of Stay: January 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kernersville, NC

And 1 yr Later

  • 5 of 5

Again gets better and better. The new Beach Shade is awesome!! The size of it creates so much shade for so many people it is amazing! It allows just enough sun in to keep that tan just right!!

The food this year was better than last!! Chari and Felipe out did themselves again!!

It just can't be any easier to stay here!! If you don't want to do anything you don't have to. If you want to go up to the beach road and bar/restaurant hop you can and it is so easy to do if you have a car.

The new Cheruadi grocery store is so nice. They have everything!

Read my past reviews for more info, but again, this place is where it is at if you want to rest and enjoy a great beach and have all that you would at home.

Alan and Valorie are so easy to work with and want to make sure you have the best vacation possible!

  • Review Submitted: 29/11/2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear you had a great time yet again. If you choose to return again, we have a couple of exciting new projects we are undertaking! We are building custom outdoor seating area on our main terrace and also building a palapa shade structure over our beachfront deck so that our guests can enjoy even more outdoor living on the shores of the Caribbean.
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  • 5 of 5

Casa de los Pelicanos!!!! This home just keeps getting better and better. The owners are great people and go out of their way to make sure you have everything there to make your vacation perfect. Chari and Felipe are awesome people who take care of the place I think better than if it was their own. The food they cook is amazing. So much better than last year and I didn't think that could happen. They keep the floors so clean we never had any issue with sand anywhere in the house and as much as you come in and out I don't know how they do it. The ammenities of this home just makes everything while you are there so easy and stress free. The road to the home was grated and smoothed while we were there. It took 7 mins to get from the Arch on the beach road to Pelicanos. Got to see and hold some turtles this year,that was great. The beach canopy is great in size and can fit lots of people under it. New beach lounge chairs are so nice for taking a nap in. Got a rental car thru Easyway and it was a great experience. Very cheap and they drove us to Tulum for $30 and then back to Airport from Tulum for $30. We thought what a deal so we wouldn't have to worry about driving on the highway and they go faster than the speed limit unlike what I would have to drive, so we got to Tulum super fast to get on the beach sooner. Fun times up and down the Tulum Beach Hotel Zone. El Pariaso, Ziggy's, La Zebra, OM and more. Great Food, Cold Beers, Great new Friends! Met a lot of people from Had a dinner party. The new downstairs bunk room is really nice. Kids would love this room, they could play and be kids during the day or night. New added day bed in the downstairs bedroom,gives you one more spot for a companion. Recently added alarm system that you can activate and deactive in all the rooms in the house informs you of activity around the property with voice notifications---awesome addition! There is a new added outdoor shower for rinsing off after swimming in the ocean. It has full body shower head as well as just a foot wash. Casa de los Pelicanos is the perfect spot for an awesome vacation. Away from it all for privacy, but close enough to have the beach bars/clubs and night life. The option to have homemade authentic Mexican cuisine is a money saving option to eating out on the beach road. Go you will love it, single or with others.

  • Review Submitted: 30/09/2011
  • Date of Stay: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from 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. 


Rates & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season Early 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 2018
5 May 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
High Season Late 2018
17 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
Holiday Season 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
High Season Early 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season 2019
4 May 2019 - 15 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest
High Season Late 2019
16 Nov 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Season 2019
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest
High Season 2020
4 Jan 2020 - 1 May 2020
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$193 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$75.75
Tax Rate 11.0%

Sales Tax: 11%

Other Fees: 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. No charge for children age two and under.

Check-in and check-out day: Saturday (unless alternative day authorized by the owner).

Guests will be asked to sign a simple rental agreement prior to booking which outlines our rental terms (and house rules) to review and sign.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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