If you want to stay in luxury condo in a fun, beach resort area, near all the action, right on the beach, I would recommend a condominium at the Corto Maltes Condo Hotel.
First time in a condo. Booked with Trip Central (thanks for the last minute booking !) / Air Transat in late May 2012. Flight was great, nice meal, movie and were soon landing in Cancun. Easy transfer from airport to Corto Maltes / El Faro Condo.
We stayed in Suite 205 in the Corto Maltes Condo. Very spacious beautiful, fully furnished Condo overlooking the beach and the ocean. This was a home away from home with tv, satellite wi fi, (didn't watch tv really, but nice to have) marble floors, floor to ceiling glass doors and windows in the living room dining area, cozy living room, open kitchen, massive balcony facing east and south towards the ocean, and 3 smaller balconies on the south side. All overlooking palm trees, the sandy beach and turquoise waters. At night, the lights of Cozumel can be seen in the distance.
Stayed in Suite 205, which has two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms, suitable for 2 couples or more, which makes it very affordable. Standing on the huge balcony I couldn't help but feel special. I could have spent the whole weekend at the Condo, on the beach, or swimming at the shared pool at El Faro, but there was so much more to see.
I snorkelled in Akumal with sea turtles, a Barracuda (they are friendly) and saw many colourful fish and coral reefs. Climbed the Mayan ruins at Cobo, and spent a full day at Xcaret (don't miss the amazing show at 7 pm! If you can't get good seats in the lower level, I found the seats at the north or south end had a great view of the action.
After my delicious meals at Wicky's restaurant (next door at El Faro) I would usually walk the beach or 5th Avenue, the north / south pedestrian street, to people watch, listen to live entertainment or just work off my meal. Wicky's had a full selection of excellent meals, my favourites being the white fish, salmon, steak tartar appetizer, and of course the desserts. Compliments to the Chef !
All service at the restaurant / beach / front desk was excellent. I was having trouble with my hand held and was given access to a laptop to book and print out some information.
The nights come alive in Playa along 5th Avenue and side streets, with live music, cafés, and party dance clubs. Being older, I enjoyed just sitting and watching everyone have a good time, while listening to various types of music from many, many clubs . There are so many tourists around at all hours, along with a police presence, that safety was never a concern. I walked during the day along some of the popular streets away from the touristy areas, to see the real Mexican flavour of the people and stores. I found most locals to be relaxed, friendly and helpful, l wished I could be relaxed like them. Most can speak some English and appreciate when you try to speak some Spanish.
Overall a great experience in Playa Del Carmen. Being right in the heart of the town by the beach was an exciting experience I'll never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Corto Maltes is a luxury, privately owned condominium complex directly on the beach in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Each unit is individually decorated by the owner and no two are alike. There is a bar and restaurant downstairs. The Homeowners Association provides a business center with a computer, printer, internet and Vonage phone service. Typical services and amenities are provided by companies that manage the individual units. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Corto Maltes Ocean Front Luxury Vacation Condos Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen