"Our party of 10 (2 families, 8 kids ages 4-17) just had the best vacation at Casa Playa Maya (CPM) and an adjacent casita. We will definitely be back! Over the years I've rented a home in Playacar (now hyper expensive and crowded), a condo on Half Moon Bay (N Akumal, now also very crowded and beach access can be difficult, IF you want to fight the seaweed invasion), and a home on Jade Bay (S Akumal, very pricey and the rocky beach access means you have to go elsewhere to enjoy that); CPM outshines them all.
First, location, location, location... Casa Playa Maya is in an ideal spot on Soliman Bay--right in the center with direct access to calm, clear, warm turquoise water and incredible snorkeling. We saw turtles, rays, eels, and too many species of colorful fish to count. We were in the water or on it the whole time. The seaweed invasion plaguing the area this year is barely noticeable at CPM, while the mansions at the ends of the bay (particularly south) are inundated with the stinky stuff. Hardworking caretakers raking and hauling simply can't keep up.
Second, you couldn't ask for more diligent, attentive, and kind caretakers. Pedro meticulously cleaned the beach and grounds early each morning, and cut coconuts from the trees for the kids to enjoy. Lidia's cooking is incredible--don't miss her mixed seafood ceviche and guacamole. We enjoyed it with dinner on arrival after a long travel day, and had her prepare it again a couple days later for our happy hour. She also does dishes and makes beds, cleans baths, and most importantly, gets the sand out of the house daily. Bill, the owner, is SO helpful, laid back, and accommodating--his one-page rental agreement is a true testament to his nature to keep things simple, as well as the trust he has in his visitors.
The home is cozy, comfortable, clean, and well maintained. It's a beach bungalow, not fancy by any means but has everything one needs for a comfortable stay that provides the optimal beach experience. I love the local architecture and how the home blends in with the area; our kids thought it was SO cool to sleep in the loft right under the palapa. Kitchen is well equipped. Internet is mostly reliable. The bedrooms are air conditioned and HUGE, with great patios and fridges. Inflatables available to accommodate any sleeping arrangement. There is no "common" bath though, so everyone has to use the ones in the bedrooms.
We simply loved it and can't wait to return. Highly recommended!"
Guest: anna v.
Date of Stay: March 2015
Review Submitted: March 23, 2015