Cozumel offers many options to its visitors, but nothing compared to this private residence already famous among the islanders for its façade, distinctive decoration and its main gate with mirrors that originated its popular name of “La Casa de los Espejos” or “The House of Mirrors”. Located downtown only 200 yards from the sea, it allows you to experience the way natives live, the real Mexican cuisine and the music and sounds that permeate the atmosphere every day and night.
The house was built in 1989 by Brazilian architect Douglas Cerqueira Gonçalves, who lived on the island for a few years and actually in the house while building it, having therefore the time to detail everything to a “state of the art” level. The property is just two small blocks away from the sea and from Punta Langosta, the main international pier in town and just three minute away from the town hall and the main square; also walking distance to the bars, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping strip.
The property consists of a beautiful tropical garden with pool and waterfall. It has two unique living spaces, a large two story house at the far end of the property and a totally independent bungalow in the pool area. Each of the three rooms has its own private bathroom and terrace, is fully air conditioned, has ceiling fans, TV/DVD/Sky TV, variety of pillows and high quality cotton linens. You can enjoy the large adjoining terrace to sunbath, morning coffee or afternoon Margaritas.
The garden and pool deserve a special mention, there’s no other garden in Cozumel that offers such a unique atmosphere; it is basically a palm garden with different palm trees, air plants, bromeliad, orchids and other unique plants that can’t be easily found elsewhere in town, combined with beautiful Mayan stone steles and various wood, stone and metal modern sculptures. There are also large trees that create shaded areas for private ambiances. The swimming pool is composed by two tanks, the large one with an extraordinary venetian tile sculpture representing the sacred Mayan serpent and a cascade that falls into the second tank where children or non swimmers can enjoy the fresh water. In case of need there’s also a wheel chair ramp.
Cozumel is known worldwide for its crystal clear waters and rich underwater reefs and wildlife, but it also has superb white sand beaches and a unique ecosystem full of wetlands and lagoons where you can see a large number of protected species both endemic and migratory. The geographical position of the island together with its surface and underwater wealth couldn’t be ignored by the ancient astrologists and priests who chose it to erect the sanctuary to Ix-Chel, the most important female deity of the Mayan pantheon, goddess of the loom, the earth and fertility, making of Cozumel the most important pilgrimage destination for over a thousand years.
Cozumel has an heterogeneous and diverse community formed by the original locals and people from all over Mexico, the U.S., Canada, several European countries and also from Central and South America, all contributing with their own heritage and best efforts and resources to improve the tourist, human and cultural offer to place the island as one of the most attractive destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.
In 1956, Mexican film director René Cardona shot the movie Un Mundo Nuevo under the waters of Cozumel at what is now known as “Cardona Reef”. In 1957, the film was translated into English and broadcasted over the American television as A New World. Cardona’s movie is often confused with Jacque Yves Cousteau’s 1956 documentary Monde du Silence, but Cousteau’s film was shot entirely in the Eastern Hemisphere, therefore it was Cardona’s film that brought the crystal waters of Cozumel to the attention of the American divers. Cousteau did not visit the island for the first time until the late 1960’s, years after Cozumel’s dive industry was well established. .
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Rates & Booking:
The House of Mirrors is rented as a whole house, can host up to 6, maximum 7 guests and offers a basic rent of US$200 per night with a minimum stay of three nights. The rent changes during the various high season peaks of the year, please refer to our "Rates" section. Should you require space for a shorter period of time, please contact us at (email hidden) or by telephone.
For up to one week accomodation, the rooms are cleaned twice a week with a change of towels and linens; should you require fresh towels and linens every day, you will be requested an additional payment of US$10,00 per person per change.
Payment must be made as follows; 50% of the total stay amount when booking the room through (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) or bank transfer and the remaining 50% upon arrival in cash.
In case of cancellation or change, it must be communicated at least two weeks before the arrival date and the owner maintains the right to retain 50% of the deposit amount. If we have available rooms for the new dates, the deposit will cover the new reservation. In case of late cancellation, the deposit is forfeited.
We will help you with all the special requirements you might need during your stay. We recommend that you contact us in advance, at least with your basic requirements like car or motorcycle rental, diving tours and courses, cooking courses, fishing boat, catering, etc., in order to have enough time to get everything organized.
The services you might wish to consider are:
- Car, motorcycle or bicycle rental
- Car driver or private guide.
- Certified Diving Courses
- Fishing boat
- Golf, Tennis, Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, Gym
- Archeological site tours visiting the sanctuary for Ix-Chel, goddess of fertility, the most important pilgrimage centers of the Mayan for over a thousand years.
- Tours to the national parks Punta Sur (mandatory!!) and Chankanaab, both in the island
- Horseback riding in the beach or in the jungle
- Off the road naturalistic trips to visit, by canoe, isolated areas in the wetlands
- Swimming with dolphins
- Tours to the various beach clubs around the island
- Massage; medical and holistic therapies; chiropractic; hyperbaric chamber; temascal (ritual pre-Colombian steam bath); reiki (Japanese art of healing)
- First class dental services with the most up to date techniques for all purposes and needs; for further information please link to (website hidden)
- Special events like business lunch/dinners, weddings, private parties, etc.
- Private cook or catering service
- Mexican and Italian cuisine cooking lessons
- Dancing lessons (Salsa)
- Tours to the Yucatan peninsula to visit Playa del Carmen, Ix-Caret, Tulum, Chichen Itza, Cancun, Mérida, Uxmal, Izamal, Holbox, etc.
Servicios y zonas comunes
To the supermarkets, shops, restaurants, night life, churches, gyms, the sea ...., everything there's downtown; the ferry terminal is also walking distance.
I have worked as a businessman in Europe for 33 years and now retired in this beautiful island where I had built this house in 1989. Living in Cozumel is a privilege and though I intend to go back to "the road", for the time being I'm enjoying the healthy living in the island and I'm quite excited about putting in practice my experience as a world traveller and offer my guests a great stay in Cozumel and the Yucatan peninsula.