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“Outstanding!!”
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Playa Caribe #2 looking south from patio
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Playa Caribe #2 looking south from patio
View looking north from patio Rear view of Unit #2 on right, #3 on left
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Playa Caribe #2 looking south from patio
View looking north from patio
Rear view of Unit #2 on right, #3 on left
Living area of Playa Caribe #2
Kitchen
View of master bedroom from living area
Master bedroom with slider to pool & ocean
Master bedroom shower
Second bedroom with sliding door to ocean/pool
Another view of second bedroom
Second bedroom shower (2 steps down)
View looking north from beach stairs
Sunrise from deck of Playa Caribe #2
Sunrise looking northeast from patio
Snorkeling in Yal-Ku Lagoon
Snorkeling in Yal-Ku Lagoon
Turtles beginning to come out of nest in front of condo in August, 2011
Eye to eye with turtle while snorkeling in Half Moon Bay
Snorkeling in Half Moon Bay in front of condo
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Akumal, Yucatan Peninsula

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steponeCa...
Calgary, Canada
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93 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Outstanding!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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Playa Caribe #2 exceeded our expectations, the unit was absoulutly beautiful.
The staff were extremely helpful and attentive to any request, although we didnt have many, as the unit has every amenity that you could ask for.
Tutles were swiming in the bay daily!
I will definitly be back.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Location to the beach
Liked least: Having to say adios until next time
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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FabriceBi...
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Not what I expected, and less...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012 for a stay in April 2012
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For us, it was a useless beach front. The place is a big chunk of concrete on a small and very rocky beach that we are trying to preserve for the Turtles !

From "beach level condo", after going down 4-5 cement stairs, you can't even enter the water because of the combined surf and rocks. Dangerous to even snorkel in the bay because of the water / rocks / surf ratio. Don't even think young kids, you will need to check them from a couple of feet all the time because of the general outdoor layout. Air conditioning should be cleaned. To complement the views, it includes a nice big house in ruins next to the dangerous pool. From inside the condo, you can't even see the bay. Also, even if we are very accustom with sharing are place with wildlife, I have to say it…way to many cockroaches.

The wifi and cable only works when no clouds nor wind...forget that in Akumal !

3 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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3 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 1 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
3 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The blender
Liked least: Contributing to the destruction of the beach + coackroaches
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
4 May 2012
Wow, what a shocker this was! After never receiving anything less than five stars on this unit and several personal emails lauding everything about it including the cleanliness, friendliness, and location, we don't know how to respond. For this person to title this "Not what I expected, and less . . ." seems very ingenuous to say the least! Please see the following bits of emails with photos provided, sent back and forth between us in answer to questions asked. The various things she 'did not expect' were clearly outlined to her in the emails long before they decided to book the unit for rental. We sincerely hope people will look at the various reviews on this unit and judge for themselves.

First of all, when this person originally requested information about the availability of the unit, part of what I sent her is as follows: "If you click on the picture in the ad in FlipKey, you will see additional pictures of the unit. Half Moon Bay is wonderful for snorkeling and is four or five steps down from the pool area." She responded back with questions, "If we get it right, #2 is practically beach level..." " We responded with, "Hi Fabrice, The beach is just below the pool about six or so steps, depending on how the wind or the waves move the sand around. Our chaise lounges are down on the beach directly beneath the pool and #2 unit. It is about 20 or 30 feet to the water from the steps. (Picture of family with steps in the background)

Now to respond to her negativeness. The 'rocks' she refers to are coral pieces broken off of the reef which is one of the largest in the world and nearly touches each end of the bay. The reef breaks up some of the larger waves on the other side of it and also provides wonderful snorkeling in Half Moon Bay.

To respond to her reference to "a small and rocky beach we are trying to preserve for the Turtles" I will reference a letter I received from a previous renter, "The condo we stayed in was amazing. The first night we got there we even saw a nest of sea turtles hatching, a once in a lifetime experience! The condo was very clean and it was nice having the filtered water system in the condo so I didn't have to worry about getting sick (like I did last time I was in Mexico)." We probably can't add to that?

On the comment, "From 'beach level condo' after going down 4-5 cement stairs", we refer you to the original two emails sent to her outlining" about six or so steps depending on how the wind or the waves move the sand around". It should not have come as a surprise to her about the stairs!!

On the comment, "Air conditioning should be cleaned". We have daily maid service and deep cleaning between guests. Possibly what she is referring to is in the area where the air conditioner is, the ceiling tile gets discolored. It is from the condensation when the weather is hot and the conditioner is running at capacity. We include another statement from a previous guest: "Our stay at Playa Caribe exceeded all expectations. The maid service is excellent, everything was so cclean and I can be a bit of a neat freak. One word to describe Akumal and this condo, OUTSTANDING!". Enough said on the air conditioner?

As for the comment "To complement the views, it includes a nice big house in ruins". We have no control over the house. It is not owned by us and we have spent thousands of dollars trying to get something done about it. The best we have been able to do is paint, at our own expense, the side of the house facing us.

"From inside the condo, you can't see the bay." We have plantings in a garden area by the patio that provide a nice respite during the summer months when the sun is hot and there is no shade available! It is always nice to sit on the patio and cool off. By the way, it is clearly visible in the web ad picture, it is not a "did not expect" occasion.

As to the "dangerous pool". We have brought our grandchildren down to Akumal, two since they were babies (they are now 4 and 6), and four of our grandchildren have been coming for twelve years, they are now teens. The pool was always special to them and we took the time to teach them to respect the pool and the ocean and not go near unless a parent was present. Even our six-year-old now snorkels in the ocean with her parents.


Following are a few sentences from various emails received from past tenants. It's hard to imagine they are talking about the same condo as referred to in the "Review: Not as I expected, and less. . ."?

"We had a wonderful time at your lovely place. We liked it so much, I am thinking about a girls trip for my mother's 80th with my sisters. She is a real beach lover. Thanks much."

"Wow, We could not have been happier with this discovery. This unit has everything and is in the perfect location for the perfect Mayan vacation. Nothing is better than the pool out your door, the sand beyond that and then the Caribbean only footsteps away."

"The condo was perfect for our family. The pool was a delight and most of the time we had it to ourselves. The waves were high in Half Moon Bay. My husband and kids loved it. I snorkeled every day either in the lagoon or in Akumal Bay. We saw lots of turtles and so many fish I cannot name."

"We all had a great time. The beds were all very comfortable. My father-in-law kept up with us and had a great time too. We loved listening to the ocean at night and grilling and eating dinner on the patio by the ocean. Our favorite restaurant in Akumal was a little mom-and-pop place in town - we loved the food there. Also, there was a ton of seaweed this year, but there's not much you can do about that. Thanks."
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MichaelJe...
Townsville, Australia
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gorgeous place overlooking Half Moon Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012 for a stay in April 2012

Akumal is a delightful village to catch some R&R. Restaurants within walking distance on the beach.Our accommodation was fully equipped with everything you can need. I loved the view from the shower overlooking the bay.Don't miss the snorkelling out the front, great diversity of marine life. A short walk up the road is the Yal Ku lagoon - like snorkelling in an aquarium. We were a little too early for the sea turtle nesting which we were told happened just outside our unit last year. We spent the days on the sunlounges on the sand - very relaxing. There is a manger on site, Augustine who was a wonderful help, even giving us a lift up the road. We were sorry to leave Akumal and hope to be back soon. Thank you Joyce for sharing your wonderful condominium.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The view over the bay
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Kevin & Jennie
England
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012 for a stay in March 2012
5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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I love to snorkel
Michigan
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2012 for a stay in February 2012
5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check-in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Luxury-minded travelers Rugged travelers
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Management Response
29 Feb 2012
Thank you for the review. It's nice to know people enjoy!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
noblearle...
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Spacious comfortable villa Flamingo-loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012 for a stay in December 2011

We had room for a whole family in our villa with full kitchen, swimming pool, beach beds right on the ocean. Love being in Akumal-nice restaurants, snorkeling out the door and dive sights 5 minutes away.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
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5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: everything
Liked least: no problems
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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