About This Listing
Imagine living just a couple blocks from the beautiful, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Playa del Carmen. You walk home from a day of snorkeling at the nearby reef to relax in your private, roof top jetted tub. Your significant other is grilling on your rooftop BBQ some fresh grouper you bought earlier from a local fisherman. You jump out out of the tub to catch the last bit of sun while you lounge about with a soft ocean breeze blowing though your hair and gently drying your skin. Sounds like paradise?
Well, if you can imagine it, it can be yours! Right here at Aqua Terra you have found your perfect vacation home.
This condo has been upgraded from top to bottom. The penthouse is the jewel. It is like no other in Playa. It has been designed with all the luxuries in mind...from the tasteful Mayan Artwork, to the shaded lounging areas, to the full BBQ with preparation area and sink, to another social/eating area, to the Jacuzzi, and finally the bathroom w/shower. The terreace overlooks the park across the street, so you always have a pleasant view.
In the main living area, there are terraces on both sides of the condo. You can enjoy breakfast out on the patio with a cooling cross breeze.
The condo has split ac units which means that you can control the air conditioning temperature in each of the rooms for your comfort.
There living area has ample seating. You can enjoy satellite TV and watch some of your favorite shows from the US or Europe. Many of the programs are in English. All of the artwork and artifacts are original in the condo. So enjoy some of the interesting pieces!
Thinking of a dinner party? The dining table seats six and the kitchen is fully stocked with all you will need to prepare a gourmet meal. If coffee in the morning and frozen drinks on the roof top are more you style, don't worry...we have a coffee maker and blender for you! We have upgraded the lighting and faucets for your cooking pleasure!
Both of the bedrooms have king size beds and the linens have been imported. There is a TV in one of the bedrooms for you added comfort. Both closets are ample and there is additional storage in handy seating benches. All you really need here in Playa is your bathing suit and some comfortable casual clothes. Ladies, no need for high heels as 5th Ave is full of interlocking bricks! There are terraces off of each of the bedrooms. The bedrooms are situated on separate sides of the condo, so you have a sense of privacy. The master bedroom has an en suite bath.
Finally, relax while the water from your rain shower cools you down. We have added these shower heads to give you this luxurious experience as well as added additional cabinetry for storage.
Another sanctuary is the pool at Aqua Terra. It runs the length of the building and is beautifully landscaped with a covered lounging area. One part of the pool is very shallow and great for young kids to play in or for adults to cool off in.
We have WIFI inside the condo. We also provide you with a local Mexico cell phone. Bottled water is provided upon arrival. Maid service is once a week but can be more frequent if requested. Upon request, we also have 50% off passes at The Gym.
You home-away-from-home is located on 34th Street and 20 th Ave. This is the area where many expats live and socialize.
There is a bit of a more upscale, yet local vibe where we are. Not so many tourist shops selling t shirts. There are many great restaurants at reasonable prices here versus further South.
You are close to Mamitas Beach Club, Kool Beach Club, Coco beach, Sangra Li Beach, And Canibal Royal Beach Club. The beaches on this end of town are much nicer as well and have not experienced the beach eroision which you find South of 16th Street. The hidden gem that most people do not know about is the nearby reef. No need to take a tour, just walk right out and start snorkeling!
You may want to reconsider cooking when two blocks away is 5th Ave, a walking pedestrian mall, with hundreds of restaurants at your disposal. we are located on 34th Street and 20th Ave, across from the park. There has been a tremendous amount of growth in restaurants over the past few months just at the end of our street and the next block, including La Bodeguita del Medio (Cuban), Chez Celine (French Bakery), Como Como (Mediterranean), Da Gigi (Italian), Aqua Chilies (fresh seafood tacos at great prices),Coffee Cafe (coffee and desserts), Xocolatier (coffees, desserts, salads, and sandwiches), La Portena (Argentinian),Mille Voglie (Italian), Michelandia Sport Bar, Chocolotier Niugatier (French Chocolate Shop), Sala Rosa (Lounge), Dios de la Arena (Bar), Season Bistro (Mediterranean), Club de Cerveza (Bar), Maya Luna (upscale Mexican), Bare Mar (seafood),Luna Maya (upscale Mexican),Drupas 38 (Mediterranean), The Winery (wine shop and restaurant), Reva (juices, healthy options), Origenes (upscale Mexican), Pummarola (Italian), a Juice Bar, Pacha Mama (Mexican),Quinto Cantina (bar), Green Box (bagels, fruit juices, salads), Chitepin (economical Mexican), Disfruita (Juice Bar), Dello Sport (Italian), Patty Putines (pastries), Nikkori (sushi), Aloha Grill (Mexican), Mexican-Biergarden (beer garden), Banana Pizza (pizza), Cava Veintess (wine bar), and several more. It seems that every week there is something new to discover to eat! These are just the ones that are with in 2 blocks!
Tax 11% and Processing Fee 4%
A Lease is required
The apartment was simply fantastic, it exceeded our expectations. Not only it was perfectly located, 5 mins away from Mamita's, but also away from the noise, fully equipped, and it felt like home. The rooftop was awesome, we even had a barbecue there, and it was a great surprise to have that as a given. Lucy the host was great as well, she was always available and ready to help us with all details. I have stayed in other apartments in Playa but this is now my first choice, highly recommendable!
Very nice area on the border of condos & where 'real' people live, with quite a few gems of restaurants.
Management company did everything correct(ly), but renters be prepared for quite a few people involved; owner, mgmt company, flat mgmt, janitor, ...
Thank you Pili for being a terrific guest. As we have a personal concierge service for you we try to be attentive to your needs and give you a personalized check in and check out and explain how to work everything in the condo. Also to help you know your bearing and where important things are located. We do have a full time repairman on staff because we feel if there are any issues which come up, we want them to be taken care of right away. The condo is 2 blocks off of 5th Ave, and is ideally located because 4 blocks away you have access to two major grocery stores and 3 blocks to public transportation. We would love to have you back again.
The condo was quite nice and in a very convenient location, just a couple blocks back from the busy tourist streets with several local restaurants on the block. The rooftop was especially nice. Jamais and Ruben were so thoughtful to send us a tip sheet on things to do and places to dine, I wish we had time to try all their recommendations. The management agent, Lucy, was very helpful and flexible about check in/out times. There was a problem with the air conditioner when we checked in, and the owner was there immediately (literally like 5 minutes) to fix it.
A few things that should be noted, there was construction in the building next to the unit from 7am to 5pm weekdays which should be considered if you are going to be around. Also, there is a charge for electricity usage over a specified allowance; we did not incur any additional charges but were not aware of this until check in.
All in all, a very convenient and comfortable home to stay in after 5 pm.
Hi Suzanne, we are glad you enjoyed the location and rooftop. We hope that you will return again. Thank you for being wonderful guests! We do have an electricity clause in all of our leases (which is very common so guests make sure not to keep ac running when out or with the doors open). We hope to have you back again.
We had a great time and the house was fantastic.
Everything was just great. The location couldn't be better: just blocks from the 5th Av. The building is safe and nice. The apt is VERY spacious and comfortable. It is nicely decorated and was very clean. The apliances are high quality and the apt has everything you may need. The best is the rooftop space. I'm sorry we didn't spend much time in the apt, but there's so many things to do in Playa del Carmen...
Jamais and Ruben gave us some usefil tips. Lucy was very kind on our arrival and departure. If i'm back someday to Playa del Carmen I'd stay there again.
Todo estuvo simplemente genial. La ubicación, a cuadras de la Quinta Avenida, no podría ser mejor. El edificio es seguro y bien mantenido. El departamento es muy espacioso y cómodo, limpio, bien decorado, con electrodomésticos de primera calidad y todo lo que puedas necesitar.
Lo mejor de todo es la terraza. Es una lástima que no pasaramos más tiempo en el departamento, pero hay tanto que hacer en Playa del Carmen.
Jamais y Rubén nos dieron consejos útiles sobre qué hacer en Playa. Lucy fue muy amable todo el tiempo. Si vuelvo a Playa del Carmen algún día, definitivamente volvería a hospedarme en este lugar.
We hired this apartment during a very busy time for playa with bpm festival going on. We didn't have a great deal of choice with our late decision to attend so this far outweighed my expectations for what seemed like being one of the last properties to go. We were more than pleasantly surprised.
The locaction was excellent, very close to 5th ave and the beach parties at mamitas and kool but far enough from it that the parties and crowds couldn't be heard allowing for a good reprieve from the madness. Taxis were easily found on 10th and there were some great local spots nearby: laundry, cell phone shop and restaurants if 5th got too much.
The place was very clean and well maintained, however we did have a plumbing issue that rendered one of the toilets unusable but there was one in the ensuite so we didn't mind so much. The rooftop got a bit of a workout but we had average weather for the most part. The complex was very secure and quiet which was great but the rooftop access security was poor due to a lock which didn't function. It's on the third floor tho so we weren't too worried this. WiFi was terrible and this was put down to poor signal right across playa due to elevated level of activity the festival brought, Funny WiFi everywhere else in playa was excellent.
We were 3 single travellers and the spare bed promised wasn't available so had to use a couch for third bed. Linen and towels were provided however we were warned about additional cleaning fees if these were too dirty. Hot water tank was tiny and was useless for 3 ppl with barely enough for one and a half showers.
This is a 3rd party managed property so expect minimal contact with the owners during your stay but the local staff they have On hand were great to deal with, friendly and punctual. Expect very firm rules and regs due to these third party managers. Power is closely monitored, with excess consumption charged, a USD CASH deposit is required rather than the usual airbnb credit card security and check out and check ins need multiple confirmations. I will say this tho, they were very understanding of our situation w bond and made special provisions for us which helped a great deal.
This place is an ideal retreat from the madness of 5th avenue well located and appointed. Don't expect a local flavour with suggestions of good food or activities it is very much a self managed dwelling. Minor maintenance issues weren't a problem for us but could have been for some. Overall very happy with our stay but we were quite easy to please others may not be so accommodating. Wouldn't suggest anymore than 2 single travellers or possibly a couple and an additional guest would be comfortable here due to minimal power and hot water and sleeping facilities. Not ur typical airbnb local experience.
We are glad to hear that Tim enjoyed his stay and some of the very positive aspects of his visit and our condo. He was very nice to work with during the booking process. I gave him a very nice review. We were on vacation for Christmas so we did not personally greet him, but Lucy, his personal concierge did. Upon arrival, we provide our guests with a local cell phone with her number (as well as ours and emails) for convenience. We also have a welcome letter with the condo info and services including banks and our favorite restaurants, maps, and guide books to help our guests acquaint themselves with Playa del Carmen. At his arrival, Lucy pointed out that there are different sets of towels for use - one for the beach and one for the bath and to please not bring the bath towels to the beach. She also asked for the refundable security deposit - as per the lease and the Airbnb House Rules. At that time, Tim refused to pay. After a bit a struggle which included having to contact us on vacation, he gave her some of the deposit and the remainder later. We believe that he must have still been upset about this as he never mentioned any of his other concerns during his stay to Lucy or to us. Our property management has a full-time handyman on staff who could have immediately assisted. The condo sleeps 4 guests on 2 kings size beds and we have an air mattress and couch, in case someone cares to use them for additional sleeping. That is their option but we do not market it that way. It seems like some of the items in the lease are being blow out of proportion a bit but actually had no impact on his stay. As a result, we are a bit puzzled by this review. We will be sure to check with our other guests to make sure they are not experiencing these same issues. We hope that in spite of these things, Tim and his friends enjoyed their trip.
Stayed there with my brother and two friends. The apartment is really nice and the location is perfect! Jamais and Ruben were super helpful with all kind of tips and recommendations.
I will definitely stay there again if i go to playa del carmen :)
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About the Host, Jamais McCullough
We have been living and working in Playa del Carmen for the past 6 years and created our rental company, LetsGoPDC to offer select vacation properties to the world! Ruben Trujillo and Jamais McCullough Trujillo showcase over 600 luxury vacation rental properties including vacation rental condos and villas in Playa del Carmen, Mexico featuring Sabbia, El Taj, Porto Playa, Aldea Thai, The Elements, Via 38, and many others. Some of these units are featured here on Airbnb. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey...LetsGoPDC!