Aside from resorts, we have stayed in a number of condos in the area. The location of Xaman Ha is absolutely the best. There are other very nice properties in Playa Del Carmen, but the beach here is superior to all, without sacrificing close proximity to center of town (5-10 minute walk). it is less crowded, much wider, cleaner and has a private beach volleyball and more than enough loungers.
The property is very nice and safe. It is within a private compound separate from the rest of Playacar, which is a gated community itself. The security guards are very helpful and friendly. The pool area has a swim-up bar and a snack bar, both are very reasonably priced. Wifi works great in the lobby and pool area but not in all condos - ours did not have a router, but others did. On the other hand, our condo had beach umbrellas to use, but many others did not. As the condos individually owned, it is a good idea to make sure everything you need is there before going.
The views from every condo at Xaman Ha are breathtaking, and cost hundreds extra if we would upgrade to that at any resort. The quiet nights on the balcony with sounds of the sea rather than drunk laughter and animacion teams are priceless.
Cleaning staff is brilliant. It is much harder to take care of a 3 bedroom (dishes, garbage and all that) than a resort room, but the ladies were absolutely awesome and deserved extra gratuity for their work.
Another great perk was a free long distance telephone (US/Canada/Mexico only) in the lobby.
Our unit was a 3 bedroom, 3 bath but a bit basic compared to others, but was just fine for our needs. Master bedroom has its own private balcony. Very comfortable beds, big dining room table.
There are some great beach restaurants 10 minutes along the beach, and 5th avenue starts within 5 minute walk, so is Juarez street with many local shops and eateries at a fraction of 5th Ave. prices. There is an OXXO ( a 7/11 type store) just 3 minutes away, with Walmart is less than 20 minute walk. Cozumel ferry is just steps from Xaman Ha.
THINGS TO BE AWARE OF. This is not a hotel. There is no 24/7 front desk or after-hours service, except security. There are several unrelated agencies and private owners that run things. If you arrive/depart off business hours, make sure that everything you need - keys, extra bedding, cot or crib, etc - is arranged for and you get clear instructions. I have seen a few frustrated people that arrived at night or Sunday being unable to reach their contacts until next business day. Again, this is not a hotel or resort, so please plan accordingly.
This property may not be the most luxurious we have stayed at, but has an edge over all others in location, gorgeous pool area, ambiance and the beautiful beach. Most definitely we will come back.
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- Also Known As:
- Xaman-Ha Luxury Condominiums Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Xaman Ha Condominiums
- Xaman-Ha Luxury Condominiums Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico