I'm Barbara Choux and I live here in Playa since March 2010. I was living in France before.
I work since then in Real Estate doing rentals and sales. I Initially worked renting Sabbia and Pueblito Escondido condos in Playa del Carmen and then decided to work on my own because it was the best thing to do at that moment. That was a very positive experience because it allowed me to meet a lot of people in Real Estate business and that led me to start professionnally in sales with Go Vacation Maya where I stayed a year and a half. I left my boss in order to move forward selling developments. That means, to sell condos that are under construction or will be under construction soon.
Before working with Go Vacation Maya, I used Airbnb to rent few condos and had the terrible experience with one of the owners. He cancelled my reservations because he started a procedure of divorce. One of my reservations was through Airbnb and the client with his lovely family were almost on their way to Playa. OMG. That was scary for the family and a nightmare for me. They came for Christmas or New Year's Eve vacations, when all Playa was overbooked. I've found them a nice place to stay and made them come anyway. The condo cost the same price for them (Not for me thou). Of course there was deception on their side because they wanted a condo with old mexican fashion style and got a modern condo instead. They were very nice and can give an excellent review for them if they rent through Airbnb elsewhere. I do have Abdel (the name of the client) as a friend on Mark Zuckerberg's social network by the way. All cool then. He and his family were happy after all. Ouf!
Because of that terrible event I stopped renting places where I had no control at all because my reputation is above all. I'm back to Airbnb because the condos I do have now are managed by me and my ex husband. The rooms are managed only by me as I am the owner (I will put them online next week end and all are available).
I speak French, English and Spanish but still trying to get rid of my slight and unrecognizable accent on each language. lol.
I recomend you not to take the services online if you want to pay for those directly and at a local cost like the maid service and if you need transportation I can arrange that too.
I hope we will meet very soon. I'm sure that at the end of your vacation in Playa del Carmen you will be sad to leave but happy to have experienced amazing days in the Mexican Caribbean.
Barbara Choux, people lover, party lover, life lover.