Private detached w/ "clothing optional" pool

view of back property..cabana shows pool privacy
view of back property..cabana shows pool privacyolder pic but too much foliage to show groundsup the bar steps to pool at night Jan 2011large tiled pool deckpool is pristine - almost 6' deeppool area with 1/2 pool above groundbar steps to pool deckanother deck pic facing rentalshower/toilet/Midway Tiki Bar from pool deckMidway Tiki swing bar3rd central cabana patio - pool privacyFrom bar/banos toward cabana and central patioshaded patio table on other side of outdoor kitoutdoor patio centraloutdoor kitchen - eating area just in frontFrom bar towards apartmentapt...lots of privacyguest patio rt front - patio table behind treeyour patio doorfrom pool steps at barCentral patio towards houseyour patio table at night - way backPrivate guest patio eating areacactus garden at dusk outside your windowbeyond the house, veranda,  4 patios is the rentalour street - the "real" Mexico!This is us - fun loving Canadiansamber in pool floating...look at the crystal waterpart of our main square in Meridaour very economical fish restaurant close byfresh daily pork & ckn market 1 1/2 blocks awayAmber's chicken pot pies for guestsoutside bano sign for showers & toiletWaterfall at nightTreeXmas 2011House veranda Dec 2011Central patio Apr 2012Central Patios towards main househappy hour at MidwayMidway Bar Jan 2010King sized, hand carved & painted - has 4 drawersComputer station; blankets; pool towels; housecoatstereo & player; drawers filled with informationBathroom off bedroom - large shower - pressurizedTrack lighting above sink plus 2 chandlier dimmersMedicine cabinet - shower to immediate rightLarge shower - pressurized water system2 of 3 ceiling fans and LOTS of different lightingSatellite; DVD/VCR; cold water on arrivalyour French doorsComfy conversation pitEverything is immaculate!!kit2janPantry is fully loaded for your conveniencePantry back has cooking utensils, heat mats, etcEverything is here - ask if you need something elsGas stove with 4 burner stove top w/splatter guarddishes/bowls/frying pans/much much moreLarge freezer compartment - ice upon arrivalInside cooler is a thermo jug and a 6-pack miniBeer run - a "fun" place to vacation!!!Guests joining us for dinner (Amber, Guest, John)drinks around poolBBQ at Midway Tiki BarGuest patio table - not seen from bar areaGuest yard July 2011Steps to pool from guest patio July 2011Madascar Palm July 2011Guests touring bikesTiki Swing BarPool deck from apt roof July 2011Come and join us at Casa del Cielo Grande!!Amber with 3 of the childrenLarge, clean & beautifulFrom under shaded pool tableZoo - very close bySuperstore - 7 min walk away
“ Excellent ”
12 Reviews
550A 57, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico



Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Sleeps 2
Per week $392
Per month $1,290
Type: Apartment
Description of the Merida vacation apartment rental
Why not try something different and experience a vacation rental that is unique and very affordable for Merida. We offer a more liberated thought scheme that is usually only available in the much larger resorts here in Mexico - the freedom of a "clothing-optional" pool area. Combine this with your private little house, nestled away in its own patio palm garden, beside a succulent cactus garden, and you have a truly tropical paradise vacation spot, free from encumbrances of the outside world. Let the sounds of Mexico welcome you as you drift away to slumber land and beautiful dreams. Now this is the REAL reason for this "Mini Paradise"


1) Utilities
2) Air Conditioning (mini-split) (EXTRA CHARGE per week)
3) Satellite TV (Sky Platinum package)
4) Wireless Internet
5) Good pressurized water system
6) DVD player
7) Lots of Windows, fully screened w/protectors and curtains
8) Towels, linens and bedding (including place mats and napkins) - 4th day change for bedding, towels as required within reason
9) 2 Cotton bathrobes and 1 pool sarong; hair dryer
10) Dishes, bowls, serving platters, cookware, kitchen utensils and flatware (ask if you need something more)
11) Microwave, toaster, coffee maker
12) Rice/Veggie steamer and a Crock pot
13) Electric (w/crock insert) frying pan
14) Large Coleman cooler w/jug and 6-pack cooler included in apartment
15) 4 burner stove top, with new gas oven
16) Full sized refrigerator with large freezer compartment
17) Water cooler (Purified water available by 5 gal jugs @ $22 MP...approx $2.00 CDN) First jug is free.
18) King sized bed with a great Sealy Posturepedic pillow-top mattress and anti-allergenic pillows
19) Choice of either Matrimonial or Double "sisal" hamacas - for indoor use only
20) Hair dryer
21) 3 ceiling fans (one above bed, and 2 in the open concept kitchen / living room
22) Different types of lighting and dimmers throughout
23) Use of In-house Library (books & movies)
24) Steam Iron and ironing board
25) Access to BBQ's - carbon or gas
26) Access to the outside bar and seating/dance area
27) Access to pool and decks
28) Access to outdoor shower and bano
29) In-yard parking is available, but street safe
30) Secure steel, burglar-proof reinforced bin for valuables if required
31) Two tour bikes for your use

NOTE: For the benefit of "smoke-free guests" smoking is NOT permitted in the guest house, but feel free to smoke in the outdoor patios, bar area, etc.

First Night Only:
Welcome drink and snacks at the "Midway Bar"
Fresh flowers upon arrival

Rates are in CDN dollars:
$1290.00 per month (2 persons)
$1008.00 per 3 week stay (2 persons)
$728.00 per 2 week stay (2 persons)
$392.00 per 1 week stay (2 persons)

Air Conditioning is an additional $50.00 / week for A/C. Electricity is VERY expensive and constant use gets too costly.

NOTE: No damage deposit required, but we will expect you to REPLACE WHAT YOU BREAK.

One week minimum stay. Please try for full weeks instead of half weeks when booking. If booked for longer than one month, the rate will remain the same for the duration of your stay.

There is a DISCOUNT of 10% for 3rd time guests for that stay

The "Midway Tiki Bar" is a common area, and happy hour is usually from 2:30 or 3:00PM - 6:00PM. (approx.) At this time, there is usually music of all types being played.

IF you are looking for a totally quiet, studious environment to vacation - with no music etc. happening, then this is probably not a place that you would enjoy. Evenings around the bar area, there may be music, and possibly dancing. This will depend on the renters though.

NOTE: Deposits or transfers into our Canadian account would be the preferred method of payment OR e-mail transfers that are free to both parties, but only available from Canadian banks at this point. Details will be sent to interested parties via e-mail. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any further information.

Please note: Rates are subject to change

Amber & John Klonteig

Area Information
Casa del Cielo Grande is located in Merida Centro, in the subdivision of Santiago on Calle 59A (entre 82 y 84). A very well situated area with everything you may need close at hand.

A short walking distance from Clinica Merida (the home of some of the best medical specialists in Mexico, and a favorite for plastic surgery) Specialists treat you immediately - no referral from a GP required. The IMSS (Mx Medical Plan), a large AKI superstore is only 1 ½ blocks away from the casa, but if you prefer, Wal-Mart is a $27 MP taxi ride away.

There are 5 cocina economicas (inexpensive eateries for take out or, in some cases, eat in...they also deliver to the casa), all these within 2 blocks of the casa - 2 are on the same block!, 2 hair dressers/ beauticians within 1 block, A seafood patio bar/restaurant is no further than one block from here. There are at least 3 Chinese restaurants within a five minute walk.

Copy shops, Internet facilities/faxes, hardware / paint stores, carpentry shops, and upholstery and metal shops are all within one block.

It is only 1 ½ (long) blocks to the Zoo, which is as much an "adult" experience as it is a child's. The Zoo has trains that circumferences the area every few minutes, many vendors' stalls, and lots of different types of eating areas. There is even free internet wireless in the park area of the Zoo. It hosts free stage shows, public dancing and entertainment throughout the week. We were amazed at how clean and beautiful this landmark is. There are now two zoos in Merida.

Merida offers many many free events throughout the week. Lots of open air music and dancing - ethnic, as well as public participation. Loads of fun and no expenditure required...

Laundry services (for personal needs) are close at hand and items can be delivered for a small fee. Phone cards for your cells are available across the street from the casa.

We have lots and lots of information in a guest binder that show tours, prices, places of interest, doctors, dentists, night clubs, restaurants etc. and so much moremanicures, pedicures and massages are available in your apt or poolside, with some notice.

We are also listed on Trip Advisor...Property ID # 240741 and have been offered two badges for our 5 star standing.


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2016 Dec 31 2016 - - $392 $1,290 1 Week
Check In: 11 a.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: pending
Deposits: 50% of rent -5 days after confirm. remaining 50% due 3 weeks prior to arrival. For a month or less, the full amount is due upon confirmation. NO Security deposit is required but we will expect you to pay for any breakage. $200 cancellation fee, if canceling 60 days prior to occupancy. BUT if not rented by the check-in date, then the tenant will be liable for 50% of the rental costs. e-mail for further details as not sufficient room here...
Payment Options: Cashier's Check
Other Fees: Extra fees for guest daily/weekly cleaning in the apartment if worker available. Extra charge of $50 CDN/ for A/C as electricity is VERY expensive here, and this does not cover our costs (i.e. don't leave the a/c or fans on when not in the house...make sure all windows are closed while using the a/c. Set the hot water to pilot when not in use) Will update for lodging tax if it is required NOTE: One week minimum stay. If you break something, REPLACE IT PLEASE!


Reviews for this vacation apartment rental in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Virginia Boschee Jans

Virginia Boschee Jans

Edmonton, Alberta

Home away from home

July 14, 2011

This was a fantastic stay! The guesthouse was cozy, quiet, clean, private and stocked with everything we needed. The pool and deck were excellent. The hosts were warm and welcoming, never tired of our questions and were more than willing to help with anything we needed. They gave us guidance, directions, suggestions and even showed us some of the special places in Merida. Can't wait to go back and see our new friends and discover more in this wonderful city! We highly recommend this accomodation but of course only when we aren't there.

Justin Orgeron

Justin Orgeron


This is the place to stay in Merida!

May 29, 2011

I originally found Casa de Cielo Grande on the internet. I was going to be in Merida for a few months, but wanted a friendly and comfortable place to get my bearings before finding an apartment. After doing some more research and contacting Amber and John via Email, I decided that my first week was going to be spent at their lovely home. I am so glad that I decided to do so! First of all, this type of listing is made or broken on the owners. John and Amber definitely make Casa de Cielo Grande a wonderful place to be! Both of them have spent the last three years in Merida and have an intimate knowledge of the area and people that they are more than happy to share. For someone like myself who was planning to stay in Merida, this information was worth its weight in gold. They were both extremely helpful in this regard and walking with John on his morning walk showed me a side of Merida that I would have otherwise missed. The apartment itself is outstanding. As mentioned in the description, it's located in the very back of the property behind the pool, giving the resident(s) complete privacy and even comes with it's own tables and hammocks. The water is hot and pressurized more than any other place I've found so far. The apartment itself comes with all the amenities you could want and there were many times when I put something on the shopping list only to find that Amber and John had already thoughtfully provided it. High speed internet is available and blazing fast, the TV has the platinum package of channels, and the air conditioner works flawlessly. In terms of apartments/houses in Merida, it doesn't get much better than that! :P The surrounding area is outstanding. There is a supermarket only a 5 minute walk away and there are plenty of cocina economicas (small diners) in the neighborhood where a good (and cheap!) meal can be had. Speaking of meals... Let's talk about dinners at Casa del Cielo Grande. Every night, John and Amber cook an absolutely great meal. For a small fee to help with groceries, the guests can join them and I highly, highly recommend they do so. I can't think of the last time I had so many great meals in such a short time. They both love to cook and it shows. Running out of space here, but if it isn't evident, let me just say that Casa de Cielo Grande comes with my highest recommendation if you're planning to stay in Merida. You won't be disappointed with John and Amber's lovely company and accommodations!

Fay Terry-Sandhar

Fay Terry-Sandhar

Penticton, BC, Canada


March 21, 2011

5 of 5 All that and a can of corn!!! Just got back the other day and miss amber, John, and "the kids" already. Beautiful apt. containing absolutely all the amenities and more! Spotlessly clean, crystal clear pool and immaculate grounds. Privacy and/or partying at its best. Superb food and mean margaritas. Cannot thank you guys enough for everything. A wonderful vacation and priceless new friends, what more could a person ask for :) More... · By Fay & Deb from Penticton, BC, Canada on 3/19/2011 for a stay in 3/1/2011

Dave Webster

Dave Webster

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Loved it!

March 13, 2011

John and Amber are the best host and hostess ever! We had a wonderful time. It was a good location and easy to get around. John and Amber were patient with directions and full of local knowledge, it also helped that they can speak Spanish. The accommodations were very comfortable. The pups are great company too.

Carol Kane

Carol Kane

Silver City, NM USA

An absolute gem!!

March 2, 2011

Amber and John have created an absolute oasis for guests. From the moment we arrived - at almost 11 pm when they greeted us with dinner!! - until the moment we checked out 8 days later, they were the ideal hosts. They are kind, gracious, welcoming, and warm. The casita is a little jewel, fully equipped, and absolutely private. And no worries if you're not a 'clothing optional' guest - optional is the operative word. We chose to stay clothed and it was never an issue. Amber, a fabulous baker, brought us fresh from the oven cinnamon rolls that were heavenly. In addition to our welcome dinner, John and Amber invited us for dinner on the eve of our departure - a delicious meal (and they insisted we take some leftovers to our next place!) This was a truly five star experience and we would recommend this, without reservation, to anyone.

Karl B. Koth

Karl B. Koth

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Shangrila in Merida

January 23, 2011

This is one of the best vacations we have ever had. Amber and John go out of their way to make their guests feel at home. Everything for one's comfort and even more is to be found in the apartment, including needles and thread. Our hosts are laid back, interesting and kind people, who did all they could to make our stay worthwhile, even to inviting us to share their Christmas and New Year's Eve fetes with their friends. We were absolutely relaxed, and so able to enjoy this interesting city and its surroundings. We would love to return. What more can we say? Thank you amber, John and "children" for a superior holiday.

Randy and Shirley Nagel

Randy and Shirley Nagel

BC Canada

Great place to stay!!!

November 26, 2010

We recently returned from a weekend stay at Casa del Cielo Grande. in (the Santiago neighbourhood) Merida. We were impressed with the fresh appearance and cleanliness of the front entrance and throughout the facility. Expats Canadians, John & Amber Klontieg have owned the property since 2008 and spent considerable time and money constantly upgrading. The pool and deck area was cleaned and maintained daily as was the common area. Palms and greenery have added some coolness to Merida's hot sun. The apartment, which was our home for the weekend, was unbelievably equipped with everything imaginable including a veggie steamer! We soon began to relax and fell under the charm of our hosts and their beautiful setting. Casa del Cielo Grande is well located withinin walking distance of Santiago park, grocery stores and local bakeries.We also enjoyed listening to the stories of moving to and living in Mexico. Although attentative to our needs and requests they also gave us our space and we never felt we were intruding. The pool was refreshingly welcome in Merida's November heat. The apt/guesthouse is advertised as clothing optional and we were never made to feel uncomfortable about our choice of attire or otherwise. We hightly recommend staying here and look forward to a longer stay next time. Some notable hi-lites are: outside grills for cooking; bar stool swing seats at the Tiki Bar; local birds; cactus garden; several eating areas; poolsde showers and washroom,our hosts good taste.

Chuck Watkinson

Chuck Watkinson

Kelowna BC Canada

I'd rather keep this a secret!

November 2, 2010

I am sooooo impressed! This place is a mimi resort and was simply awesome! I've been to many 5 star resorts in Mexico and others in various places around the world that cook up Chilli Relenos, but none compared to Johns! Invited to diner by our hosts & treated to an outstanding meal, I had them again the next day for breakfast & lunch! Such great hospitality! This was THE most relaxed vacation I have ever had and didn't mind exposing parts that haven't seen the sun. We found the relaxed atmostphere & our perfect accomodations absolutley great with a pool right outside the door, & fun visits with our hosts at the bar, & occasional Mexican stop in friends of theirs, made our visit much more interesting that our normal semi annual vacations elsewhere. I would kinda like to keep this place a secret but I understand that the secret is getting out so I'd best get my next visit booked as I've been dreaming about going back and shouldn't procrastinate. We loved having our own special "Casita" & the hospitality was 2nd to none! We WILL be back! Gracias Amigo & Amiga! Chuck (Carlito) & his little redhead

Ed & Susana

Ed & Susana

Laramie, WY

Second Honeymoon!

August 25, 2010

It's been about 3 months since our one month stay at Mi Cielo Grande and we are STILL talking about our wonderful experience. We stayed in an amazing guest house that had all the amenities that we could ever need. John and Amber were gracious hosts and treated us like family. We will always treasure our friendship that emerged from the many happy hour and dinner conversations we had. We were a little apprehensive about the "clothing optional" pool at first since both of us had never experienced such an option before. It turned out to be an AWESOME experience for us and we felt completely comfortable. What started out to be a working vacation, evolved into a second honeymoon for us. We are looking forward to the next time we visit our friends in beautiful Merida. We 100% recommend Mi Cielo Grande to anyone who is looking for a tranquil and relaxing oasis in the middle of a busy city like Merida.

Fred Filer

Fred Filer

Prescott, Az

Awesome Place!

May 17, 2010

This is by far the best place we have ever stayed at anywhere. It is impecably clean and has everything you would ever need. John keeps the pool and grounds absoultly neat and clean. It is also within walking distance of all the markets as well as the plaza. John and Amber are the most wesome people on the face of the earth making sure that everything is just right for your stay. They both went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable and are two people I now consider my good friends and will keep in touch with. My wife raved about the margaritas John made and I cant wait to go back to get the great RUM drinks he is famous for! If you stay at their place I gaurentee to will be thrilled with the great casita they have and be even more thrilled meeting two of the beat people on this earth. They are also a great source of information on Merida and anything you need to know about the area. I will be back every chance I get. Muchas gracias John and Amber for the best week of vacation ever!

Bev Watkinson

Bev Watkinson

Kelowna BC Canada

No Beach Needed!

May 6, 2010

John and Amber have designed their property so you have complete privacy if you wish even with an outdoor lounge area. The pool is very private and clean as well as the grounds. Location is awesome, walking distance to food and drink, even to a central area for night entertainment. The guesthouse has everything you need and much more. Amber has tastefully finished it herself. John and Amber are so helpful with ideas on getting around and what's happening in this beautiful city they live in. Watch out for "the bar" outside, it's just too much fun with great music and margaritas. If you don't like problemo, they'll just shut it down. This is your safe home while you visit Merida. We enjoyed ourselves and it was thanks to John and Amber. Have a great stay!

Bill & Debbie

Bill & Debbie

St. Louis, MO

Amazing Rental

March 14, 2010

Upon arriving we were welcomed by John & Amber. This casa is amazing! We would HIGHLY recommend a stay here. The apartment had absolutely everything you could want to be comfortable. Very Clean. Good Bed. Cooking was not a problem the market is within walking distance as well as restaurants, park and zoo. John helped us get taxis and both Amber & John were very informative about Merida and its sights. The pool area was wonderful as well as beautiful...nothing left to want here everything was provided, towels, rafts, lotions you name it and Amber had thought of it. We cannot say enough good things about our stay...maybe the best vacation yet!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please make sure your e-mail address for contact purposes is correct. I have had a few inquiries that I could not respond to due to an incorrect e-mail address. Thank you.

Family, but they travel extensively (3-4 mo each year for the last 40 years) in Barbados. They said the guesthouse far surpasses what they have rented in the West Indies, and in Mexico in between.

I will leave the rest of the testimonials up to the guests that have stayed here.:)

We are friendly, accommodating and helpful. We really enjoy people in general, and it's important to us that our guests feel at home and comfortable. We want you to enjoy yourselves during your stay with us.

We will and do respect people at all times and will be considerate to your wishes - We look forward to many "return" visitors :)

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