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Hidden Jewel

Joya Escondida is designed by it's brilliant Canadian owner/Designer Edward Ledson. Every detail has been thought out - from the talavera tiled vanities to the found art wall art, Joya Escondida is a hidden jewel that celebrates the color of Mexico.

Joya Escondida is located on Sapphire beach, 22.5 km North of Mahahual. Sapphire arguably may be one of the most beautiful beaches on the Mexican Caribbean, getting its name from the clear blue caribbean water.

This "off the grid" house may be rented in its entirety, as a studio apartment with small kitchen (The Sapphire Suite) or a single bedroom (The Jade Suite). Confused? A plan of the house is included below. Mayan Beach Garden restaurant is only 2 km South, so going out for dinner, lunch or breakfast is nearby. You can make reservations at

Ala-Carte (Rent what you would like) details:

Quick Facts about Joya Escondida:

NOTE: Joya Escondida can be rented in its entirety with 3 bedrooms, or the house includes a studio apartment and one individual room that may be rented if you don't need the entire house. (Details below)

Bedrooms: 3 - Ruby Master Bedroom with Queen-size bed, Green Bedroom Queen-size bed, and Blue Bedroom 3 with Queen-size bed with kitchenette.
Sleeps: 8 (entire house with optional Sofa Bed)
Baths: 3 1/2
Kitchen: Yes, fully equipped for 10 persons and enough dinner ware for guests
Kitchenette in Sapphire Suite: equipped for 4
Power: Solar with Generator backup.
Ceiling Fans: Yes - throughout
Air-conditioning: No
Wireless: Yes for use with your laptop
Security safe
: Yes
Window screens: Yes
Linens and Towels: Included
Purified Water: Yes
Smoking allowed: Outdoors only -- OK on porches
Hot water:
Pets: No

Location: in Placer, 22.5 km. North of Mahahual

More Facts, Pictures, Rates
To see the House Plan, click on the image below


Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach

Joya Escondida sits 100 feet from the Caribbean's crystal clear water, with unobstructed views of white sand from the house to the beach. Joya Escondida's sandy beach is great for swimming and is minutes from Punta Placer where you will find snorkeling.

Jungle in the rear and on the south, and with no other rentals near by, Joya Escondida is quiet and private. Mayan Beach Garden is the closest Restaurant at 2 km away and Visitors to Joya Escondida are always welcome.

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Rent what you like at Joya Escondida

Joya Escondida is unique in that you can rent whatever part of the house you want. The entire residence has 3 bedrooms with its beautifully designed Red Bedroom and glass tiled kitchen. Optionally, you may rent just 1 bedroom or a studio apartment with kitchenette. All rooms have access to the beach, rooftop and beach bathroom. House plan

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More Pictures below of the Jade Suite , Sapphire Suite and entire house with it's Ruby bedroom.

Entire house and Ruby Master Bedroom

Living Room Salon

Breathtaking vistas from the living and dining room area with custom crafted local hardwood dining tables and sectional sofa
Ruby Red Master Bedroom

El Placer :Joya Escondida is located in Placer - 22 km north of Mahahual and the Costa Maya Port. Placer is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Maya. El Placer, which translates to "the Pleasure" in Spanish lives up to its name with spectacular beaches, pleasant breezes and temperate climate when compared to other areas of the Caribbean.


Ruby Master Bedroom
The Ruby Master Bedroom includes walk-in closet, large shower with glass blocks and talavera tile, spectacular views and private deck.

Ruby Bathroom


Joya Escondida's large kitchen is just they type of place that people like to hang out in. The kitchen comes equipped with:

  • Custom talavera tiled peninsula/bar for kitchen eating or drinks with the chef.
  • Refrigerator and Ice chest
  • Coffee maker, blender
  • Custom made local hardwood cabinets
  • Enough dinner ware for 8 guests
  • Gas stove
  • Talavera tiled dining table

Dining Table and view
Jade Suite (2nd Story)
Jade Suite

Jade Suite includes:

  • Private entrance
  • Private bathroom
  • Use of common areas and rooftop
  • Ocean-front deck
  • Queen-size pillow top bed
  • Writing desk, walk-in closet with shelves
  • Wireless internet
  • Laundry Service: clean linens every three days
  • Purified Drinking water
  • Recycled art by Canadian Designer Edward Ledson
  • Ceiling Fan

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Jade Suite

Jade Suite deck

Sit out on your terrace to view the breath taking Sapphire Beach Sea. This beach extends for several miles in both directions. South to Placer and North to Uvero. It's a beachcombers delight. On calm days perfect for swimming and on rougher days perfect for body surfing and boogie boarding. Always stunning views, however.

Recycled art

Jade Suite Bathroom
Sapphire Suite (Beach level)
Sapphire Suite
Sapphire Suite
  • Private entrance
  • Private bathroom
  • Use of common area
  • Beach level
  • Queen -size pillow top beds
  • Kitchenette
  • Under Bar fridge
  • Wireless internet
  • Hand painted talavera tile countertops and details
  • Flexible Beach level "Studio" room can be used as a guest bedroom for overflow.

May be rented separately or as part of the entire house. This spacious room is priced for two persons but with optional Sofa bed (not pictured) will fit 4. See pricing grid for rates.
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Sapphire Suite Kitchen Sapphire bathroom

Rates for Joya Escondida
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Low Season -
(May 6 - Dec. 17)
Please ask
High Season -
(Jan 6 - April 31)
Please ask
Holiday Season
(Dec 18 - Jan 7)
  • When renting the entire house, Joya Escondida requires a $500 security deposit . The security deposit will be mailed to you within 15 days of your departure. Ask about security deposits for individual rooms.
  • For each additional person over 6 (when renting the entire house) there is a $15 charge per person per day. There is a limit of 2 extra persons when using the Sofa bed. The Sofa Bed may also be used with the Sapphire Suite.
  • When renting Jade Suite ask about using the kitchen (extra fee may apply).
  • IVA tax of 14% will be added to cost of each room.

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Additional Photos
Jewels houseplan

Joya Escondida House Plan
The floor plan to the left shows the layout of the 2nd floor. AS you can see, private entrance is from the beach for the Jade Suite via the wrap-around staircase. The entrance to the main house is via the kitchen. The stairwell on the right side of the Jade Suite leads to the rooftop.

Below the Jade Suite and it's patio, is the Sapphire Suite (the 1st floor drawing is not included here).

The Sapphire Suite (on the beach level) encompasses all of the house on the right side including the deck. A privacy wall keeps all balcony's private from each other if you want to rent separately. Stairs go up to a spectacular view from the rooftop.


Below, glass blocks allow light to enter the kitchen. This was especially designed so someone entering the room does not have to view dirty dishes!

Living Room

Kitchen - Living room

Breakfast on the Terrace

From the Ruby Master Bedroom, enjoy a sunny Breakfast on this private deck. Shaded in the afternoon, it offers a great place to relax and enjoy the view.

The beaches in front and both north and south of Joya Escondida are pure white sand, great for swimming or just beach combing. The beach is unobstructed by Mangroves or other items enabling you to walk for hours in either direction.

Joya Escondida , although secluded is only a 20 minute walk from Mayan Beach Garden restaurant.

The villa includes an outdoor shower and powder room so that you can enjoy the sand and sea in your front yard without having to track the sand into your room.

The powder room has a lovely shell mirror with shell accents. And yes, all of these shells were found on the beaches near Joya Escondida.

Exterior Bathroom


The kitchen in the main house includes a large refrigerator and chest freezer to store all the fish you might catch when you are spear fishing.

In the photo at the left, you can see the majestic 12 foot high ceilings with fans.

Recycled ARt


Recycled artwork can be found throughout the house. This guitar pictured on the left is made primarily from bottle caps found washed up on the beach.

The close-up image above shows how beautiful found art can be. Look close and you will see plastic forks and spoons.

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