Casa Encanto

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Todos los Santos for restaurants and shops: 5 mins walk
    Endless sandy beach: In walking distance
    Caribbean-like beaches in La Paz: 80km (1h drive)
  • San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD): 90km (2h drive)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Casa Encanto

How would you describe Casa Encanto in a nutshell?

Casa Encanto is a luxury 4-bedroom villa rental in Todos los Santos, Baja California, Mexico. A hacienda on five acres of land, it is comprised of five buildings and a lap pool. We love the built-in furniture, made of cement and brought to perfection with custom-made pillows and mattresses. The beach is only a 10-minute walk from the villa, it’s great for surfing.

What was your inspiration to build Casa Encanto in Todos los Santos?

I kept hearing about this village Todos los Santos in Mexico in many conversations, so I checked it out to see what it was like. I don’t know why I bought land there because I didn’t know anybody, but it has a really special feeling. It’s right under the Tropic of Cancer, so it has a strong energy about it. I stayed three days and left having bought this piece of land.

It’s an hour away from Cabo San Lucas, which can be really hot. But here it’s like a micro climate. It’s never too hot or too cold, it’s the perfect temperature.

When you bought the land, did you already know what you wanted to do with it?

Actually, I started building on it two years after I had bought the land because I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I was considering doing more of a Greek style house, but then it started to become more like a hacienda with some Moroccan styling.

I liked all those different styles, but decided to do the main room and bedroom only first, adding other rooms later. And I can still add rooms because there’s plenty of space, but four bedrooms is enough for now.

The size and layout of the villa are nice for groups or families renting out the place. They all have their own privacy but are also able to hang out in the main room together.

Tell us a bit about the interior design of your vacation villa.

When I was building the villa, I was tearing pages from decoration magazines like Marie Claire House and Architectural Digest, and putting them all together, getting ideas here and there. The house has a lot of Mexican details, but also Balinese, Moroccan, and even Greek and Spanish. It’s a mixture with a very casual, laid-back feeling, but it’s also very personal. The house was not designed as a vacation rental, but for me personally.

The ‘style’ is just a reflection of my personality. It’s just things I like. I would call it Bohemian chic, if you like. The house was published in a German decoration magazine called Living just last year.

Most of the furniture is built-in. There’s a couch in the living room, the kitchen counter, the beds, all of which are made of cement with custom-made pillows and mattresses on them.

What would a perfect vacation day look like for your guests?

Start with yoga in the morning, and then go to the beach to surf or swim, have lunch on the beach, then come back to Casa Encanto to take a nap in a hammock or read a book, and then start getting ready for dinner at home or going out to one of the restaurants.

I could stay here a month and not get bored, and that’s even too short.

What has been the biggest reward to you renting out Casa Encanto to vacation guests?

I didn’t build the villa to rent it to vacation guests, but after a couple of years, I realised renting it could help pay for expenses. I was bit reluctant because I was afraid people wouldn’t be respectful of my things in the house, personal items I don’t put away, like collector’s items that add to the atmosphere. But people have been very respectful and I’ve never had any problems.

So far every guest has been very appreciative and happy, sending emails to thank me, stating what a wonderful time they had. They mention how the house is better in real life than in the pictures. I keep those emails for my own pleasure.

Casa Encanto living area
Bathroom
Inside and outside living area
Casa Encanto terrace
Casa Encanto terrace
Casa Encanto exterior
Pool and bedroom
Bedroom
Bedroom and bathroom
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Casa Encanto rooms & rates

The land is five acres and used to be a plantation of mangos, avocados and sugar cane. There are also cocoa and orange trees.

The villa was built six years ago and is composed of five different buildings, so every room is a separate building. The main building is a living room, kitchen and dining room under a palapa roof — a palm leaf roof. It has a very high ceiling with a sunken couch and windows all around.

The four bedrooms are all separate. The master has its own private bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower. On a little path further down are two other guest rooms that share a bathroom. One of the rooms has a king-sized bed and the other two queen beds. Then the fourth bedroom sits by the pool. It’s small with a queen-sized bed.

We also have a caretaker at the house. The caretaker manages the property and shows the guests around. He’s also an experienced chef.

  • Casa Encanto for 8 people / 250 m²
    400 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 2 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
Included in the rates
Villa rental rates are per week and do not include taxes (currently at 13%).
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. A baby cot is available at no extra charge.
Minimum stay
5 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Music system
  • Movies/DVDs
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

We have a 15-meter-long lap pool at the villa, good for swimming. There are a couple of TVs, one in the master bedroom, but you can only watch movies.

Otherwise, it’s kind of wild with lots of fruit trees. The beach is a 10-minute walk away and is perfect for surfing. There are three other beaches that you can also swim at that are about five mins to drive to.

Things to do in Baja California & Todos los Santos

  • Shopping / Markets
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

If our guests stay for a week’s vacation, they mostly stay around town, or go horseback riding at the beach and things like that.

If guests are here for more than a week, I always recommend that they go to La Paz because it’s only an hour drive away and it’s on the Sea of Cortez. It’s a completely different feeling. The beaches are more Caribbean-like, very shallow with transparent water. La Paz used to be the capital of Baja California, so it’s quite big. It’s a nice experience.

There’s also an island called Isla Espirito Santo which is a national park, so there are no houses. You can rent a boat with a guide and go around the island and swim with the sea lions and dolphins. It’s an amazing trip.

The other towns would be San José del Cabo which is where the Airport is. There are a lot of stores there with old buildings painted in South American bright colours, and lots of galleries.

Casa Encanto reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Aplusplus! we recently stayed at Casa Encanto in todos santos mexico. it was amazing! the quietude and coolness of the property and casitas was exactly what we required for our third and final Babymoon. the caretaker Julian was available and very helpful. the rest of the house staff (gardener, housecleaners) did a wonderful job checking up on the home without being intrusive. I am glad that he helped guide us to the casa since the serious road construction in Todos makes getting around very confusing. ! yoga sessions by the pool with the morning flock of dragonflies was a highlight. as was the hand-picked citrus that cooled our iced beverages and the well-stocked kitchen. ! there were a few things not working optimally (kitchen fan, dishwasher was a bit musty, pool was almost too warm) but overall an Aplusplus for quiet, relaxation, and privacy.
Laura + Jason M. (USA)
stayed at Casa Encanto in September 2015

The location of Casa Encanto

There are no neighbours so it’s very private, yet you are only five mins from the centre of Todos los Santos. It’s very convenient because if you’re with a group, not everyone needs a car as you can walk to town.

Todos Santos is a very quiet village. You don’t come here if you want to party all night long. You come here if you like to be in nature, to go surfing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking or fishing. And there are a lot of places to do yoga here too, on the beach and in town. Or we can arrange for the instructors to come to the house.

We do have some very good art galleries and restaurants as well — Italian, French, Japanese, and Mexican, of course. And a few bars to hang out and have margaritas and listen to live music.

When is the best time to visit Baja California?

I love June, July and November. The weather is perfect. November is a magical month. Christmas is great too, but the days are shorter. It’s really warm and you can swim during the day, but it’s a little cooler at night.