Akumal is a quiet, very private, residential community of low-rise condos and private villas generously spaced out along the beach
Inside, the rooms are light and airy, brightly color coordinated with Mexican Caribbean charm. There are open views of the water from the living room, dining room, kitchen, and Master bedroom suite .The unit has an open floor plan with a step down living room opening onto a beach level patio large enough for dining or relaxing in a Mayan hammock.
Both ceiling fans and air conditioning are available for your comfort. Most of the time the gentle breezes make air conditioning unnecessary. We now have 2 TVs with DVD players,
and you can borrow DVDs from our very accommodating guest office staff. we will also have satellite TV available. Your US cell phone should work from here,
and you can access e-mail and the Internet through our high speed wireless and Ethernet connection. An iPod speaker deck enables you to enjoy high fidelity music from your own iPod. Access to an ATM in town is available. Rental of bicycles and golf carts along with frequent mini buses plying the highway connecting Akumal to the other coastal communities make renting a car optional during your stay.
Akumal has two mini-supermarkets, with a good selection of American products. A small market suitable for last minute items, is just a minute walk from the condo. Several large American-style supermarkets are nearby in Playa del Carmen. Laundry service is available in Akumal as are local cooks to prepare regional cuisine right in your kitchen. Ask at the front desk.
The Maya Riviera is replete with gorgeous natural attractions centered around water. Akumal has two dive shops and excellent snorkeling and swimming are right out the door in Half Moon Bay, in Akumal Bay, or in Yal-ku Lagoon. Numerous cenotes and beaches
all within 12 miles of Akumal include Tankah, Aktun Chen Caves, Xpu-Ha, Paradise and Dos Ojos. Xel-Ha (10 miles away) is a wonderful snorkeling park and Xcaret (18 miles) combines water sports, snorkeling, Mayan culture, and history. Both have swim with the dolphins.
Programs. Other area sports include deep sea fishing, beach horseback riding, golf, and tennis. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere, a beautiful reserve with wildlife and miles of deserted beaches is south of Akumal and Tulum.
There are numerous Mayan Ruins nearby including Tulum, only 15 miles away, Coba (25 miles), and Chitzen Itza, a long day's trip via the new Tulum road. There are many shopping options, including charming shops in Akumal, shops near Akumal at the Hacienda, in Puerta Aventuras, and extensive options in Playa del Carmen (22 miles). Playa is a large town with great shopping, great restaurants, and night life.
From here board a boat for an all day trip to Cozumel, another great spot for diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing. Playacar (21 miles away) is a Resort development with an 18 hole golf course, tennis and swimming. Puerto Aventuras (ten miles away) offers tennis, golf, swim with the dolphins, and restaurants.
very nice experience, everything was really good, and also if we've had some problems, Mercedes has been always ready to help us.
condo and depa are really cool !
we'll come back soon
The condo was better than we could have hoped for. The size and rooms were perfect. There were 8 of us staying there and we had other friends come over as well. The condo provided water and came to clean several times during the week. The location of the condo is perfect in relation to the beach and restaurants, bars. We definitely recommend going to Coco Bongo and The Roof Bar. Restaurants off the strip are good too. The only thing you'll want to be sure of are the cross streets where the condo is located. When you get there, you'll need to have an understanding of how to get to the condo because it is hidden off the road without signage. Mercedes was very accommodating helping us find it and everything was perfect. Thanks so much!
Can't say enough good things about the condo we stayed at in Playa del Carmen and what excellent service we got from Playa Paradise!! Mercedes and staff were always a call or quick email away with immediate responses. The condo was beautiful and well maintained. Everything was as pictured on airbnb site and the transaction was very smooth and secure. I would stay here and use their service again and hopefully that will be next year!!
We had a wonderful experience in this condo. The location is fantastic - about a block between 5th avenue and the beach (right at Mamita's & Kool beach clubs). The condo looks like the pictures. Mercedes was very helpful and responsive. We would definitely stay here again.
This was a great place to stay. Friendly and helpful staff. Mercedes was very professional and always responded to my questions in a timely manor.
We chose this property for a number of reasons. Mercedes and her quick response were high among them! Her team was fantastic and even helped arrange flowers for my girlfriend in advance to our arrival being that it was a Valentine's weekend trip.
The only note that I would mention is that it is one block to 12th and although the pedestrian traffic is very quiet, you can hear the music sometimes in the distance.
It is a great place to stay and I highly recommend this property and the management team!
My husband, two children and I just stayed at this condo for a week - we loved it! It is a beautiful condo - in great shape. The pool was perfect for afternoons while my youngest napped, and the beach was a very short walk away. The gas grill was nice for lunch and dinner (seriously, we BBQ'd just about every meal). We rented a car, and it was great to have a spot in the garage - very secure and convenient. As others have said, the condo is nicely situated - just off 5th Avenue, but on the quiet end, which was quite nice. The maid came every other day, and I felt like the condo was very clean. I am a bit of a neat freak, and felt in my element (which is saying a lot)!
For our anniversary, we asked Mercedes for a sitter - she sent over a wonderful sitter who was great with our kids while we had a nice dinner out on 5th.
We left the condo to go to the Beloved Mujeres for the last few nights. We both agreed that we should have stayed at the condo longer - it was really, really great. We will absolutely be coming again.
Second time staying at this same place. Everything was amazing, everything was perfect. Excellent host, excellent place!
We had a super time. The location can't be beat, only two blocks from 5th Avenue. The apartment is comfortable, spic-n-clean, roomy, well-outfitted and has the added advantage of a rooftop patio for sunbathing and grilling. And a speedy Wi-Fi connection. The only challenge was getting our rental car up the steep driveway from the basement lot, but Tony at the rental office did it for us. Five stars!
Howard & Diana, Maryland
Mercedes and the Playa Paradise team are exceptional hosts and go above and beyond the norm to ensure all guests have a fantastic time.
The unit itself was as promised; clean, great location, and very safe.... I'd say almost too safe, given the amount of security procedures to get in and out of the unit !!!! The neighborhood is quiet, and the little balcony affords a great breakfast spot in the mornings.
Mercedes herself was very kind, and provided up some fabulous food recommendations off the beaten path that we all enjoyed and (email hidden) someone who has visited Riviera Maya a few times, we appreciated not being directed to the typical "tourista" locales on 5th Ave, and fell in love with Aguachilles and el Fogon during our stay.
Mercedes was always available via email, text or phone and the small gestures made by Play Paradise staff, such as leaving a bottle of wine in our unit on one of our birthdays did not go unnoticed :-)
We fully intend to re-book with Playa Paradise on our next visit down to Playa Del Carmen, and are missing our recent visit already.