We booked a 3 bedroom condo through Playacar Vacation rentals. Our group was composed of Hubby and Me, My parents, my 2 kids and a teenage nanny.
I booked this location because I was interested in transitioning from an all-inclusive to a more independent lodging in Playa. I was not disappointed!
The condo complex was very well maintained, and the unit was lovely. We were there just at the beginning of the high season, so they did do a bit of work at the bar around the pool while we were there. No big deal--the little footbridge was closed for one day. There was also a wedding party there during our stay. Not disruptive at all, and honestly, we were creepers a bit!
If you're willing to walk a bit, everything is within reach. There's a convenience store out at the corner with beer, snacks, etc. Prices weren't typical American jacked up 7-11 prices. You can also comfortably walk to either the Chaudrai (sp?) or Super Walmart if you're doing a serious grocery shop. We did this several times. Both stores have taxi stands, so you can get a ride back to the condo with your purchases for $6. Totally worth it! I'd say the Chaudrai was more reasonably priced.
We had 3 BR and 2 baths in our unit, plenty for our group. We were also lucky to have some beach umbrellas and blankets in the unit. It also featured wifi and voip phone services. On the downside, there was a Bosch washer/dryer combo that never did seem to dry the clothes--and the cycle was 4 hours plus. Also, we found out that the oven was not working, but the stovetop was. No biggie--we did eat most of our dinners out, and the condo did have the grill available by reservation if we chose to use it. When it's crowded, this might not be an option. In the 7 nights we were there, 2 were reserved by the wedding party.
The maid service made the condo feel much closer to an all inclusive. Even though she basically just swept up each day, straightened up, and brought fresh towels, it was an excellent level of service.
This condo is at the very end of Playa, so it's pretty quiet, yet close enough to walk to restaurants if you choose. The beach is wide open, and there are no palapas. There are chairs available to drag down to the beach, and the staff will help you pull them back at the end of the day. We had the opportunity to speak with several condo owners around the pool, and all were really positive about the property.
Would I buy a condo here? Probably not, (but only due to all the hoops I'd jump thru) but I'll certainly take advantage and rent here as often as possible. The prices for the high season here are cheaper than July at the Jersey Shore, and I'd much rather drop out in Playa than Ocean City, NJ
We arranged our own hotel transfer--not sure if the condo offers this, but it's not hard to arrange on your own. You could also hop the bus from Cancun airport to Playacar, and the walk would be minimal from the bus station. I think I paid about $150 for a private van. Would have done the $9US bus service if my mom were a bit steadier on her feet, but she has health issues, so the private transfer was totally worth it. They took us right to the Playacar Vacation Rentals office for check-in, and then even shuttled us the 1 block back to the property to drop us off with our luggage.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Xaman Ha is on the beach just a short walk (aprox. 300 meters) south of the ferry dock to Cozumel in Playa del Carmen (just south of the Continental Plaza Hotel). All the units in this deluxe building have AC, a view of the Caribbean and comfortable furnishings. The condos range in size from one to three bedrooms, ceiling fans, equipped kitchenette or the penthouse offers a chef's kitchen and an open dining and living room area. Each condo has TV with either cable or satellite reception. A balcony or porch off the living room offers a spectacular view to the Caribbean and a chance to enjoy the tropical breeze. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Xaman Ha Grand Penthouse Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico