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Playa Blanca Condominiums
Ranked #12 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Akumal
Alabama
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Love, love Akumal and Playa Blanca”
Reviewed 14 May 2010

Although this was our third trip to Akumal it was our first on Half Moon Bay. Choose this casitia based on its price during High Season. Pleasantly surprised. This unit is in a free standing building seperate from the Playa Blanca high rise. It is on the street side corner of the PB property and on the ground floor. The front door of the casita is on the road side but the sliding patio door faces the beach - which is about 20 yards away. Unit is set up basically like a double hotel room but with a small kitchenette. Not huge but fine for our family of four (kids 14 and 10) because we live on the beach and not in the room. It was quite comfortable for the six nights we were there. Property is very well maintained and staff was wonderful. This best feature of this casita is the beach side patio which has a table and seating for four. No cable/satellite tv but did have a DVD and pretty good Wifi. Unit is managed by a neighboring complex which has an on site office. Rented movies from the( Lol Ha) office several nights and bikes for the week, too. They even helped us place an order for pizza one night. Nice place, well maintain and all for a great Spring Break price. Onlyreal complaint - and I mean only - is that the landscaping lights shine DIRECTLY in the two large windows at night. However, I fixed this after the first night by unscrewing the bulbs. By the third night the grounds guys discovered my solution and tightened them so, not to cause problems, I'd unscrew them each night before bed (they really do make the grounds lovely) and then I'd tighten them in the morning.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2010

stayed in unit 10 and it was perfect for us. clean and plenty of room for a couple. pretty much on the beach and a 15 minute walk to plenty of restaurants.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Canada
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Reviewed 12 April 2010

Playa Blanca exceeded our expectations! The staff were AMAZING, the condo was lovely, and the views...simply breathtaking. Our favourite thing to do was to hang out on the balcony, in the great hammock, and watch the sunrises/sunsets or just watch the ocean during the day. What a picturesque spot Half Moon Bay is!
There was hot water every day and lots of great things in the kitchen for our cooking needs. We made pina coladas every day - go to Tulum and buy groceries at San Fransicos - it has the best prices! Also, the best food we had was at Ana y Jose Beach Club on the beach in Tulum. YUM!
They take really good care of the beach in front of the casa, but as other reviewers have said, the water is not for swimming - it's too shallow and rocky. Snorkeling was good on some days and kind of sparse on others. There was a large ray that ate near the beach almost every day that was lovely to watch. Some bright parrot fish another day too. Bring swim shoes and you'll be fine. If you want to swim in a sandy beach, walk over to Akumal Bay or drive to Tulum.
Walking around and into Akumal was fun and good exercise too! I wish we didn't have to leave! Would certainly stay here again! LOVED IT!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 18 March 2010

I just recently returned from 2 months in Akumal, QRoo -- the Riviera Maya. It is a beautiful spot in general and the Condo (Playa Blanca) was well equipped and well appointed and of particular significance, is situated on Half Moon Bay. I made my arrangements through Sol Maya Rentals (solmayarentals.com) who made it their business to understand my needs and preferences and did an excellent job of meeting them.

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Golden, Colorado
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Reviewed 8 January 2010

We stayed in #5, and greatly enjoyed our entire time here (4 days). Comfortable, spacious rooms, but with nothing extra - just a gorgeous view of the ocean. The beds are a bit hard for us, but still comfortable enough. Service was outstanding, and the room came with everything we needed for cooking. The murals in the rooms were beautiful. Wi-fi is also available. They delivered a paper to our room every day as well. Plus, the bay was great for snorkeling and relaxing on the beach. I wish the immediate shore wasn't quite so rocky, but wet shoes take care of that. Maintenance and cleaning staff was top-notch. Parking is also happily available. Gorgeous building. I would happily stay here again. Akumal is wonderful for a nice sense of privacy and security, as well as great views. The sunrises every morning were spectacular.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with family
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

Our family had a wonderful vacation at the Playa Blanca condominiums in Akumal. Our unit #3 was ground floor right on the beach only steps from beautiful Half Moon Bay. The water was great for snorkeling - we saw turtles, rays, many fish and beautiful coral only a short snorkle from our unit. Our kids loved to play in the sand just outside our condo, and we loved sitting on the patio enjoying the view and watching the kids play. The unit was clean and comfortable (the maids spent at least 2 hours a day cleaning our condo), and the high speed wireless internet was nice. It is not as "posh" as some of the area mega resorts, but the solitude, beauty of the beach and small town feel of Akumal were well worth what you may give up in terms of ammenities at those resorts.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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New Brighton, MN
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2009

We stayed in Playa Blanca last year for the first time, though we had been to Akumal for many years. I loved our condo unit. We stayed on the ground floor unit #3. It was great. Very clean. and the staff was great. The maintenance man (rakes the sand every morning, fixes anything you need) was great! He was so friendly and would greet my son and I every morning, since we were up before the sun to play on the beach. We were waiting for him. He also fixed our screen door after my other son tried to run through it! the cleaning ladies did a great job, would even wash our dishes. Though the staff does not always speak as much English as most of the other employees in the area, it was not an issue for me as I speak Spanish.

The beach is gorgeous in front. you could not ask for a better location. Great spot for families! Lots of stuff to do right out you front door! and even more to explore if you go off the beaten path!

Been going here for 13 years now, and I will continue to go forever!

  • Liked — The beachfront location and two seperate bedrooms with full kitchen!
  • Disliked — ...NOTHING!
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Playa Blanca Condominiums
Address: Half Moon Bay, Akumal, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Akumal
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Ranked #12 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Akumal
Number of rooms: 4
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