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Villas Del Mar
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“Adventures await!”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

We just arrived home yesterday so I'll write this review while it is still fresh in my mind! We rented C205 for nine nights and it was amazing. We are so glad we didn't do the all inclusive thing! The condo was perfect for our family vacation ( me, hubby, 2 daughters, ages11 and 14). Firstly, the place was spacious for all. It is so worth having our own bedrooms! And seperate bathrooms. The gourmet kitchen is new and fairly well equiped. I didn't let one gross cutting board ruin my experience ( there is another perfectly good cutting board there too FYI). We had house cleaning twice and that was a real treat. The ladies were super sweet and very thorough, a change in sheets and towels were done both times. I remembered to tip them and they were super appreciative. The king sized bed was very comfy and the sheets were high thread count soft. We barely used the air conditioner, kept the windows open for fresh ocean breezes, although we did have some cool nights where aircon was not required. The kids had a hot tub on
the balcony one night. We watched one movie on netflix but the rest of time, we barely watched TV. The whole complex was lovely, the pools and grounds are well maintained. Every morning I'dbe the first to get up and watch the sunrise with my coffee and by 7:30 am the pool guy was there to clean it and by 8:00am the beach and grounds keepers would show up to sweep and rake. The beach in front of the complex was the best of all resorts in PA. (although nothing can compare to the beaches in Veradero Cuba!). Our kids swam in both the pools and ocean equally, they pretty much went back and forth between the two. There were tons of families while we were there with lots of kids running around having fun. This was a great family place to stay. By 6:00 pm (sun is down by then) most people have returned to there condos or have gone out for dinner. We ate at a few places in PA, all were very good and a nice break from cooking. I would highly recommend the little farmers market that rolls into town Wed. And Saturdays starting at 8:00 am. There are fresh veggies, fruits and herbs. Prices are crazy good, stock up on avocadoes, limes, cucs and tomatotes. The watermelon was also delicious. We also favored a little bakery in town that sold fresh baguettes and pain au chocolats. Some of our highlights in PA included renting bikes and exploring around....found a secret authentic mayan ruin in a near by lagoon, Snorkeling, playing tennis at the tennis courts within the complex, and of course visiting the dolphins in the marina. We rented a car for 3 days ( have Jaime the manager help you with this). We paid $50 per day, including insurance. Jaime drove us to the rental spot across the highway to get the car. Actually, this was extremely interesting to see the other half of PA, where the locals live and work...authentic Mexico...good for the kids to see too. Having a car allowed to explore so much more, would highly recommend the cenotes Labnaha and Tulum ( pay for a guide, so worth it). Overall, our stay in Villas del Mar was awesome. I have a feeling we'll be back to the exact place and I would rent C205 again. The owner was enthusiastic and
great to work with.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

This is definitely the best condo complex in PA. We have traveled around many parts of Mexico and this by far was the place we felt safest with our kids (ages 12 and 10) wandering around (within reason, of course)
The beach area in front on villas del mar was very very nice and great for swimming and we could always find a beach chair.. However, the beach to the left and right was very rocky! I really missed the ability to take long walks on the sandy beach. The kids enjoyed exploring the rocks but it really was disappointing the lack of beach in this area. The Omni seriously needs to do something in front of their complex it is a mess!

We rented the C305 unit through Andrew at Sol Maya Vacation rentals. He was awesome to work with!I would definitely recommend anyone looking to rent at Villas Del Mar to use him to rent through. He was very responsive to anything we needed or had questions on. He will even help you book excursions.

C305 was a very nice unit. We had 8 staying there and never felt cramped and the unit was very clean. The master bedroom upstairs is very nice with a fantastic ocean view! The other bedroom upstairs also has a nice ocean view. The bedroom on the main floor does not have an ocean view but it still was nice. All bedrooms have their own bathrooms. There is also a half bath on the main floor where the washer and dryer are located. The Patio area was large and the kids loved the small tub located there. This unit overall was very nice for a group of 6 -8, if you want beachfront you will get it with this unit. We would use this unit again especially because you can see the beach and the pool very well.

The pool at the condo complex was big and we never had any issues finding chairs to lay on. The complex is a few blocks away the marina area where the restaurants, stores and dolphins are. It was so nice to be so close to all of those things!

This is a very family oriented resort! We met quite a few families that come back year after year. We would definitely consider coming back to this condo complex the next time we are in this area.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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West Linn, Oregon
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Reviewed 25 March 2013 via mobile

Gina at PAcondos.com did a great job finding us this unit right in the middle of spring break.

Spent a week in #C204 (Casa Pamela) with wife, daughter and sister-in-law, and couldn't be more pleased. Everything spic-and-span. Very solid construction, and so very quiet. Great view of Fatima Bay. The condo is set back though, so you only see half the bay, with wall of adjoining condo blocking the seaward half of the bay. But then again, condo came at a lower price than the full bay view.

The condo owners have thought of everything. New, very comfortable furniture; great beds, TV/DVD in living room, and master; medium sized patio with gas BBQ, and more than fully stocked kitchen . Dishes, cooking untencils, pots and pans, you name it and it's sure to be there.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Denison, Texas
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Stayed in unit C103 with three kids and a grandma during Spring Break. Located right next to the Omni. This complex has the best beach in PA. There is a breakwater that creates an ocean swimming pool that is calm, crystal clear, and great for small kids. Most of the other beach in the area is very, very rocky, but this part is sandy and nice.

You can swim out and snorkel, but the reef is in pretty bad shape. Some in our group did a quick dive right out from the property through the Omni dive shop and said the reef looked a little better at 60'.

All the restaurants in PA are within walking distance, and a couple have live music each night. It is a middle aged crowd, not too exciting for teens or young adults.

We fish a lot. Unimpressed with the results here out in the deep blue sea on multiple tries, multiple ways (big charter boat, panga, fishing from shore). We will stick to the flats of Ascension Bay from now on!

Pros for the unit itself: beautiful view, superior beach access, good beds, blackout drapes, big TVs, good bath/beach towels, huge laundry room, jacuzzi tub on patio.

Cons for the unit: small, strangely shaped kitchen, crummy stove/DW, no bathroom doors in the master suites.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

Owner has disclaimer for everything and no customer service - stayed there w/4 yr old & 8 month old. Arrived while they were tearing down windows in stairway in only entry to the unit. When brought to owners attention and complained unsafe for us to get in & out snd noise level too loud when trying put our kids down for nap. He emailed us back & noted that things like that he usually travels w/foam ear plugs. While they make have put in new kitchen - none of the kitchen utensils work including knives, the cutting boards a disgrace- and filthy. In his renters manual, while they may list in amenities they have dishwasher, he notes then we should wash our own dishes (providing no dish rack) the dishwasher doesn't work and freezer door doesn't close securely. He has caretaker, but makes it our responsibility to contact him prior (basically he just collects the money) and to notify him if we need anything. The high hair they provided was a joke and completely unsafe. We had to tie a belt around our child so he wouldn't slip through.
We ran into another family that have been going there for years and they too made mistake of renting from them.
While Villas del Mar condos has great beach & quiet town, we'll would never rent from this unit nor owner again.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Chicago, IL
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2013

My family and I (2 adults, 3 kids, ages 13,11,6) rented E-102 for New Years week 2012-2013. The condo itself is spacious and bright. The kitchen is modern and clean. Dishwasher was broken but fixed the same day I reported it broken. TV has enough channels to watch for those needing a "fix", even the kids. Lots of marble and granite in the unit and the a/c works very well. Towels and linens/pillows are definitely needing to be replaced; they are not in line with the rest of the unit and the pillows and sheets are especially bad. Beach towels are great though and plentiful. The patio is large and in a great location. We also loved the fact that we were so close to the town/marina area. The kids loved being able to run out to the pool and there is a nice view of the ocean as well. Housekeeping is adequate, 2 visits to the condo during the week. I do wish we knew which day/time they would be coming though. The hot tub is more of an outdoor bathtub as there is no heating mechanism for the tub; you simply fill it with hot water. Still, the kids enjoyed it. All in, we would return to Villas del Mar and consider E-102 again. Andrew at Sol Maya rentals was very easy to deal with, would definitely book with him again although reviewers said they received a welcome gift upon arrival and we didn't! :(
The beach in front of VDM is for sure the best beach in Puerto Aventuras. We walked and visited many other beaches and there is no comparison. The sand is like powdered sugar and the water is clear and very clean, not rocky at all. There are plenty of beach chairs which the beach attendant/guard will set up for you. They are slightly uncomfortable because there is no cushion but bring extra towels down. If you ask the guard, he will find the waiter from the Omni to come to you and provide drinks/food service from the Omni restaurant. He also rents out kayaks that belong to one of the owners.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Red Deer alberta canada
Level 5 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

My family and I stayed in the villas del Mar c205 for 2 weeks over Christmas and what a treat it was. I have rented many condos through out the Mayan and this is by far the best we have stayed in. We book through the owners Peggy and Dr. Baugmgartner which was great ! They were staying in their other condo for a few days while we were there, so we got to meet them, they are a delight. The condo has amazing views and I worked great for our family. The entire complex was excellent. The pool is big and although not heated was still warm, the beach is the best in all of PA. They have built a break in the water to keep the sand in and it works good. There is also excellent snorkeling just out from the condos. We went out any times and saw lots of beautiful fish. Jim and Peggy had done a complete renovation of their other condo and we got to see it, wow it was beautiful! I believe they are planning one for the upstairs condo as well in 2012 so I'm sure it will be just as amazing.
We had no problems at all with the condo but if there was Jaime (he looks after the condo)was only an email away.
Besides the beach and pool my favorite thing to do was everymornig i would go out by myself to the restraunts and cafes and by fresh made croissants and bread.... Delicious... there was also a fresh fruit market 3x a week. The walk to where the cafes are is only about 2 min and I felt as safe as I would in my home town in Canada. Definitely the safest of any condo I have rented( this was my 5th)
I would highly recommend this condo!!
Thank you Jim and Peggy for an amazing time, you are wonderful people ( sorry this took so long to write)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Villas Del Mar
Address: Condominio Qunita Luna | Calle Bahia Yanten, s/n, Puerto Aventuras 77750, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Puerto Aventuras
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Ranked #3 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Aventuras
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Villas Del Mar Hotel Puerto Aventuras
Villas Del Mar Riviera Maya, Mexico - Puerto Aventuras

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