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“Highly recommended for those staying in Akumal”
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View of pool/ocean from patio of Unit #3
View of pool/ocean from Unit #3
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Master bedroom
Second bedroom
Outside location by pool (on right)
Northern view from pool area
Sunrise on Half Moon Bay
Dorado caught while fishing with one of the local fishermen in ocean in front of condo.
Snorkeling in YalKu Lagoon
Snorkeling in YalKu Lagoon
Baby turtles coming out of nest in front of Playa Caribe in August, 2011 - 111 babies
Coming eye to eye with a turtle in Half Moon Bay
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Akumal, Yucatan Peninsula

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Rusty S
Plano, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Highly recommended for those staying in Akumal”
Reviewed 29 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This condo represents an excellent value and location for those wishing to visit Akumal. The owners were very prompt in answering emails. Arrival was very easy...if you arrive after the office closes, the room is simply unlocked with the key on the kitchen counter. The condo is right on the water, which is called Half Moon Bay. This has become a better place to swim and snorkel than in Akumal proper (called Akumal Bay), because the latter has become very crowded and commercialized. The beachfront on Half Moon Bay is very quiet and uncrowded. It takes about 15 minutes on foot to walk into Akumal Playa if you care to go down there, but there are several nearby restaurants and a convenience store only 100 feet from the condo, so we avoided Akumal itself as much as possible. I recommend eating at Los 3 Acapulqenas just across the street...just two tables, but the food is cooked to order and I enjoyed it more than more expensive places like La Buena Vida (also nearby...about 100 yards). There is also a good dive shop within easy walking distance....very convenient for a quick dive in the morning and then have the rest of the day free. OK, the condo itself was immaculately clean and is cleaned every day by Hilda. (Don't forget to tip her!) The entire condo is air conditioned and it works great. Plenty of hot water. Satellite LCD TV in the main room also works great and has many English channels. The WiFi always worked and was speedy enough to watch video...I was getting about 3 Mbs. One minor negative surprise was we brought home a frozen pizza to heat up one evening when we didn't feel like going out....oh, there's not an oven! Hopefully Hilda ate the pizza. The condo has a nice cooktop, microwave, fridge and all the other cooking utensils you might need. Be aware, as you can see from the photos, that the unit is right next to the pool, about 10 feet away. For the most part it was quiet, but if you happen to be there when guests with children are in residence, you're going to hear them very clearly. The mattresses and the bed are very hard, for good or ill. Although technically you have a private patio, there is no half wall or rail so sometimes people are walking by while you're drinking your morning coffee and they are, like, 3 or 4 feet away from you. Not a problem, maybe a virtue, if you're an extrovert. Lots of owners were in residence, and they were very friendly, informative and always happy to be of assistance. Also be aware that one of the bedrooms is separated from the main room only by shutters, so if you are in that bedroom sounds from the main room (or vice versa) are transmitted in an unobstructed fashion.
In summary, I would be happy to rent this property in the future when visiting Akumal and if the caveats I have listed are acceptable to you, you should be very pleased as well. Thank you, Joyce, for a wonderful stay.

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Liked best: Clean, cool and convenient.
Liked least: The noise from the pool.
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
30 Aug 2014
Hi John, Thank you for the great review. I laughed when you mentioned the pizza and no oven. With the moisture and salt air, anything that isn't made plastic or glass, rusts very quickly. We have to replace our refrigerators, toasters and anything with metal every two to four years. We bought a countertop toaster-oven once for a guest that wanted to have roast chicken and it lasted less than a year. On the privacy issue, I know it is a problem. When guests inquire to rent, if there are only two or three in the party and if they don't have children, we recommend our Unit #2 which is to the side of the pool and has more privacy since it is not on the path to the pool from the upper-level condos. It is smaller but has all the amenities Unit #3 has. Obviously, when you inquired about renting, that one may have been already occupied. I am happy you enjoyed Akumal, we love it. We hope you will return soon. Thank you again. Joyce
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DCPaul1
Washington DC
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Winning combination of location, accomodation and service.”
Reviewed 3 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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I took my two children, one 13 and one 11 with my girlfriend for a short trip to Akumal. We stayed at Playa Caribe #3. Joyce was super responsive, easy to deal with and helpful setting up the trip. Once there the staff, Augustin and Roseleah were great to deal with for everything we needed: such nice people.

The place is a lovely first floor condo with a small pool right out the door. It is a beach house, so it is all hard-surfaces. But it is well appointed comfortable and quite large. We spent a lot of time out on the deck, or in the water or out on day trips so we don’t know from experience, but it felt like an easy place to be stuck if the weather was really bad. Even if you are a homebody, with the pool and the view this is a pretty great place to just hang out. 5 steps down to Half Moon Bay: really great snorkeling. The bay has a rocky entry (it is corral really) so not the perfect beach for swimming but plenty of that is close by if that is your thing. We happened to be there during a quiet time and for only a few days, so it felt like we had our own private pool (though it is not) and our own private bay and reef. I can imagine if the place was really hopping it might be a little "busy" for my taste having our door right off the pool.

Both rooms and bathrooms are very large and very comfortable. The master bedroom can be opened up to the whole living room and a the great view, which can be great but note, it is a moveable screen and doesn't offer a ton of privacy.

Recommend Yal-kul lagoon (close up the road), Akumal beach, turtles off Akumal beach (close down the road), the beach at Tulum ruins is spectacular, Gran Cenote is great for snorkeling or cave diving, La Lunita (short walk) our best meal, Buena Vista (short walk the other way) decent dinner, Lol-Ha in Akumal town our second best meal.

There was a cool local cat that befriended us which we thought was very nice.

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Liked least: pool and view
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Shari W
Boulder, Colorado
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27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Amost perfect”
Reviewed 22 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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Just returned from a week at Playa Caribe in Akumal. I waffled between giving this 4 or 5 stars and decided it's really 4 1/2 for us. There are some outstanding things about Playa Caribe that make it 5 stars and some things that could have made it just a bit better. I have no regrets at all about choosing to stay here and overall we had a wonderful stay.

The good stuff:
**In this case, beachfront really means beachfront. Step out the door, cross the patio, go down a few stairs, and it's beach.
**Staff are friendly, helpful, competent.
**Condo is well-equipped for any stay. Kitchen has a toaster, blender, microwave, coffee maker, almost everything. Almost. More on that later.
**Incredibly roomy and spacious, great value. I'm not sure my own home is this big.
**Clean, clean, clean. Incredible housekeeper (Rosalia); please tip her well.
**Stuff to borrow to make slow days better (movies, books, some snorkel gear, games).
**Someone else commented on the beach having too much seaweed or something, and it does have a lot of seaweed. The beach is attached to the ocean and seaweed grows in the ocean. Trash washes up on the beach. Playa Caribe staff clean the beach in front of the property but the rest of the beach isn't their problem. My observation was that the private homes don't clean up the trash at all but the resorts do. Yes it's disheartening to see but that's the way it is.

The "could improve" stuff:
**There was a cooktop and microwave in our place but no oven. And we wanted to bake some chicken for dinner one night. I was a bit flummoxed.
**On more than one occasion, we needed to ask the property manager (Agustin) about something but couldn't find him. Office hours seemed random. Posted hours or a note about where to find staff would be really helpful.

Things we didn't like:
**We stayed in #3 because it's ground floor with instant beach access. If I go back, I won't stay in that unit because it has the least amount of privacy. Because the building's pool is mere steps from unit 3's patio door, people seemed to think it was appropriate to go from the pool to looking into our living room. This happened more than once with more than one person. We resorted to closing the patio door curtains during our entire stay, which was a bummer because we couldn't see the beach. There has to be a way to get people to understand that is so not-cool!
**Similarly to the above, we were awakened at 12:24 one morning by a drunken party arriving. They were there for the Akumal Comedy Festival. I had to get up and talk to them because they were not going to shut up. I told them it was 12:30 in the morning and they replied that it was only 10:30 in their time zone. Ok...Maybe incoming guests need to be given some common-sense rules on quiet hours or something. I don't know, but it was a bummer to have the whole family awakened. Not Playa Caribe's fault of course, just a drag for us.
**We had elephants upstairs. No idea who they were, but they were up at 6 every morning doing what sounded like furniture moving. You know that shrieking sound a chair makes when you drag it across tile? That was it, multiple times every morning, for 15 minutes or so.

Some of this may sound nitpicky, and it may be, but perhaps it can be improved. Adults shouldn't need it, but quiet hours/times emailed with reservation confirmations might work. We wondered if a short, partial wall, even the height of a single concrete block, could keep people in the pool area from coming up to the windows and looking in. (I have no problem with noisy children or crying babies; I was there with my own kid. These problems were all from adults who should know better.)

Unit 3 is definitely beautiful and well-equipped and perfect in so many ways. If we return, we'll stay at the top and get a bit more privacy. Drunken partiers are a bit harder to fix...

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Liked best: Location, beautiful condo
Liked least: Noisy, intrusive guests
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
22 Apr 2012
As far as privacy, you did ask about that when you inquired about Unit #2. That unit does have more privacy, however, it was already booked. Your request came only one month in advance of your vacation dates and probably most of the units in the complex were already booked or I might have suggested a different unit. As the ad says, "family friendly", we usually try to put people in Unit #3 who have children. They often need to see what is going on in the pool and to watch their children if they had to dash into the condo for something. From the pool, the reflection on the window keeps anyone from seeing into the condo except at night. I cannot address why anyone was looking in the sliding door unless they thought the unit was empty and was interested in it for a future stay.

Now to address some of your 'negatives' about the unit.
There is no oven in any of the units because of limited space and because the salt air is very hard on appliances. We left a fan there once and when we returned it was a pile of rust. Refrigerators have to be replaced often for the same reason. We left a toaster oven once for a guest who liked roasted chicken, it also lasted only a few months. We now have an electric George Forman BBQ in the bedroom by the sliding door which should take the place of an oven for some things.

The 'things to borrow' to make slow days go better:
In the buffet by the TV there are many books left by past guests. There are also several decks of cards, a chess board and other games. In the office there are shelves and shelves of books that have been left behind. In one of the bedrooms there are some DVDs. They are limited because I used to provide all the newest and best but would find when I returned that the DVD case was there but the DVD was gone! We used to provide a limited amount of snorkel gear also but if it is not properly taken care, it disintegrated from the salt air, or gets left on the beach, or ??? There usually is some gear in the office to borrow that was left by previous guests. It is also possible to find snorkel equipment at the grocery stores at a reasonable price or it can be rented at the dive shop.

As to not being able to find Augustin, I can't answer to that at this time. We are a small complex and have a limited amount of employees in order to keep our prices reasonable. If someone in one of the units needs something, Augustin usually goes there to assist. If the maintenance men and the maids get overwhelmed with work, Augustin will often help out (fold towels and sheets, rake the gravel in the front area). This is not a hotel, so having someone at the front desk at all times isn't necessary so he tries to assure things are done in a timely manner by helping. His wife also comes once in a while to assist with laundry during our high season when all the units are full. In many years this is the first complaint we have ever had about Augustin! Usually, people rave about him helping them out with something. We will bring it up at the annual meeting.

As far as the noisy guests who are there to party, the 'common sense' rules are posted in all units outlining the quiet hours, and if people choose to ignore that, we have no way of knowing in advance.
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