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End cap* 2 king beds*True Beachfront-El Faro Reef 201- Susan Mattingly

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

Condo, 2 Bedrooms 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

LISTEN TO THE WAVES FROM EL FARO REEF 201, a premier oceanfront condo with wraparound beachfont terrace in the exclusive EL Faro Resort Villas and one of the few 'endcap' beachfront condos available for rent on Playa's main beach. These resort condos are set amidst Playa del Carmen’s mythical beach and vibrant international sidewalk scene. A mere block from EL FARO , Playa’s urbane Fifth Avenue pedestrian promenade beckons with relaxed cafes and gourmet restaurants, exclusive lounges, and al fresco bars, intriguing boutiques and local purveyors of all types and variety.

The kitchen, living room, and master bedroom enjoy panoramic views of the ocean.House keeping INCLUDED; 4 NIGHT MINIMUM.

Fully equipped chef's stainless kitchen with granite counter tops, and many other fine details are all there to provide impeccable quality and international style.

The common area courtyard has beautiful landscaping of palm trees, tropical plants, flowers, and a huge refreshing pool. Complementary outdoor tables and lounges are provided for relaxing and entertaining around the pool. Full Service Beach club and on site restaurant.

Make your reservations now and travel to Playa and enjoy the privacy of your personal palace, a spacious beach condo vacation property that is not just another of the many all inclusive, luxury hotels, or Cancun resorts. EL Faro is a prime Mexico beach rental real estate that is like an island in a sea of small town local charm. Ask about our travel deals, vacation packages, and seasonal specials. Luna Encantada is vacation lodging at its finest. Please take a tour of our website link below with pictures, maps, tours, and detailed info about your trip to the Mayan Riviera, home of the ancient Maya.

“Playa del Carmen is the style capital of the Riviera Maya” -Travel + Leisure

“Playa del Carmen is Mexico’s most fashionable getaway” --Conde Nast Traveler


• HOW DO WE GET THERE FROM CANCUN AIRPORT? Playa is a 45-minute drive south of the airport. We provide a private van service for $185 round trip, max 8 people, child seats available. Other options: Taxi $70 one-way, Rental car, Hourly Express bus.

• WHERE IS THE PROPERTY? EL FARO is located in the heart of Playa’s main tourist district at Calle 10 and the beach, 1 block from Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue is a world famous, 50+-block pedestrian promenade with relaxed cafes and gourmet restaurants, exclusive lounges, and al fresco bars, intriguing boutiques and local purveyors of all types and variety.

• IS EL FARO TRULY BEACHFRONT? Yes and all the condos that we represent in El Faro have stunning ocean views.

• CAN WE SWIM AND SNORKEL IN THE OCEAN IN FRONT OF EL FARO? Our beach is rated as one of the top beaches in Mexico because of it’s soft white sand and calm aqua blue water providing safe and enjoyable swimming conditions for people of all ages. The reef off our shore offers excellent snorkeling conditions with a multitude of colorful coral formations and exotic fish and marine life but you will need to hire a snorkeling guide with a boat to get there. We recommend the Hobie Cat guide that operates right from our beach.

• DO WE NEED A CAR? Not necessarily because Playa is pedestrian friendly and we are close to everything. We typically walk or cab around town and rent a car on an as needed basis for regional excursions. There are several car rental agencies within a few blocks.

• WHERE DO WE GROCERY SHOP? We have several small markets within one block and several full service grocery stores within 7 blocks.

• HOW OFTEN DO WE GET MAID SERVICE? We offer every other day house keeping that includes fresh linens, bath and beach towels, soap, shampoo, paper towels, bottled purified water, laundry detergent for the washer/dryer room, and trash removal.


• CAN YOU RECOMMEND ACTIVITIES AND RESTAURANTS? We visit Playa five times a year so we are constantly updating our list of favorite activities and restaurants that we send to all of our guests along with detailed arrival information.

• CAN YOU GIVE US SOME OPTIONS OF OTHER AVAILABLE CONDOS IN EL FARO? Yes, We manage a number or select villas so please contact us for more information.

• DO YOU OFFER CONCIERGE SERVICES? We offer Personal Assistance for transportation, grocery shopping, babysitting, in-house massage, tours & excursions, tee times, and emergency & medical assistance.

• DO WE NEED TO GET PESOS? Not necessarily. All stores and restaurants in Playa will take dollars and Euros. There are ATMs nearby and places to change money. We usually take about 100 dollars in ones, fives, and tens, which are very handy for tipping, and short cab rides around town.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Property Manager
Susan Mattingly
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018


Gonzalo Guerrero Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 bathrooms with shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Including Ice Maker, Stove and All Appliances, Walk-in Closets, Washer/Dryer, Central a/C, Uniformed Maid Service, Pool, Swimmable Beaches, Towels/Linens, Wireless Internet, Guest Services


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End cap* 2 king beds*True Beachfront-El Faro Reef 201- Susan Mattingly
average rating of 4.7 based on 10 reviews

Reef 201

  • 5 of 5

The condo was everything we wanted. Second floor balcony overlooking pool and beach was outstanding. So close to the water you felt you were part of the action. Location one block from the walking street and in center of town makes going North or South very convenient. Ate out each evening and had great food. Will certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at El Faro Reef 201. Reef 201 is such a prime location on the beach and easy walk to town. Sounds like you really did Playa right. Please come visit again anytime. Susan Mattingly Playa Luxury Rentals
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Property location was perfect, beach was a failure.

  • 2 of 5

The condo and the grounds were well maintained. The staff was helpful and friendly at all times. The beach was a mess. The sargassum seaweed was piled up on the beach until there was only a narrow walkway in the sand. No attempt at any time was made by the El Farro to clean the mess up and after four days the smell was not good. I now have done online research and found that the sargassum seaweed has been an issue since 2015. This should be disclosed to potential renters as it has a big impact on the quality of their vacation. To get into the ocean you had to muck through two to three feet of the smelly mess. We feel that the owners/managers of this condo should disclose the beach situation up front. We will not return to Playa del Carmen nor to the El Faro. The white sandy beach shown in the picture is not the beach we experienced and should be removed from the property profile as it is totally misleading. I have pictures that show the piles of seaweed, most are three to four feet high, but one was a massive 12 feet high where a backhoe had deposited some of the cleanup effort. I think VRBO also has a responsibility to disclose this situation.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry the seaweed was such a problem for you during your stay in Playa del Carmen. The entire Caribbean ocean has experienced intermittent bouts of seaweed over the last few years. Some days its worse than others and sometimes there is none at all (like today). Although we can not control mother nature, what we CAN control is the the experience, our staff and maintenance of the CONDO YOU RENTED. We are so pleased that the condo itself (Reef 201), our staff and the building grounds were up to your expectations. It means a lot to us to deliver what we represent. We also hope you enjoyed the many things that the charming town of Playa del Carmen and the surrounding area has to offer. Again, what mother nature decides to do is not in our control -she has a mind of her own. Susan Mattingly Playa Luxury Rentals
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Wonderful location and property. Management was very helpful. We would do it again.

  • 5 of 5

View amazing.

Condo was clean and well kept.

Thanks Susan for helping us have a great time in Playa.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at El Faro Reef 201. One pf Playas premier beachfront condos. It was a pleasure to help be a part of your trip. Please be our guest anytime!. Thanks again Susan Mattingly Playa Luxury Rentals
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Great property

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay at this property. The location was perfect with a beautiful ocean view. The condo was an easy walk to the downtown pedestrian area of Playa, numerous shops and restaurants and walmart for groceries. While being in the center of the action, when you were in the condo, it was quiet and relaxing. The condo was clean and spacious, very comfortable for hanging out. We made dinner twice in the condo and enjoyed eating on the balcony listening to the waves. The pool area was nice and we never had to worry about getting a chair. While relaxing poolside, you had a perfect view of the beach and did not have to worry about people constantly trying to sell you something as they do when you walk along the water or are in town. We would definitely recommend this location for a wonderful stay in Playadel Carmen.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed Reef 201. It is a great location not only within proximity to the beach and building but such a great location within the town. We love having repeat guests so please reach out again whenever you feel like some "beach time"! Thanks again, Susan Mattingly Playa Luxury Rentals
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Great vacation. Perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend. No issues whatsoever ever. Staff was super friendly. Walk 2 mns to shopping and restaurants. Condo was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your awesome response. We appreciate your taking the time so others can get a review from you. Please come back again soon. Susan Mattingly Playa Luxury Rentals
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Great Girl's Week

  • 5 of 5

Wow, the location could not be better, this was well-stocked condo steps from the beach. Super comfy beds, cool A/C, and a beautiful pool (with awesome poolside massage) will bring us back! The friendly staff quickly attended to our minor light bulb issue, and checked with us to see how our stay was going. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

Activities During the Day - Shopping, Scuba Diving, Jet-Skis, Swim with Dolphins, Eco-Parks (Xcaret and Xel-Ha), Jeep Tours, Cozumel Activities (Just 45 Minutes By Ferry), Zip Lines, and Many More, Do not Forget Laying on the Beach with a Cold Beer! Activities at Night - Playa's Famous Fifth Avenue Features an Endless Choice of Cafe's, Bars, and Night Clubs


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 19.0%

Rates Do not include fees and taxes.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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