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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula

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Nharrison...
Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
“When can I retire and move in?”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful 10-day stay in this unit at The Elements -- and in this beautifully serene area of Playa Del Carmen!

The unit is located on the second floor at the southern front of the high-rise condo structure and has a wonderful view of both the beach and the swimming pool from the balcony. There is a nice comfy couch, coffee table, and two big chairs on the balcony as well. It was no problem, but we were surprised by the fact that there is a small frontage road that separates the complex from the beach/ beach club, but there are only a few cars using it and there were no noise issues. There are also a number of unsightly chain link fences that surround the beach property SOUTH of The Elements structure. Without those, the view would be absolutely stunning and hopefully they will be removed in the future if there are further developments in the area?

We traveled as a family of four (two adults, two kids) and we loved the layout of the unit as the master bedroom is at one side and the second bedroom (with two beds) is separated by the main living space. The condo was very clean and attractive, although our only complaint was not enough shelving/surfaces to put our own items (particularly in the bathrooms where there was no place to rest cosmetics, etc). The couch and chair in the living room are a bit small and not super cozy/comfy, but we were there during The World Cup and it didn't seem to prevent a fair amount of TV watching.

We like to cook and found the kitchen fairly well appointed, although the knives definitely need a good sharpening! :) Refrigerator is large and it was very nice to have big jugs of drinking water provided in the unit. A couple of excellent supermarkets are a short 10 minute drive from the condo.

The Elements facility was spectacular. The swimming pool is without a doubt one of the greatest features here. The water was so perfectly warm it was difficult to pull yourself out! There are fantastic lounge chairs within the pool that rest on shallow water surfaces and very nice lounge chairs with big umbrellas outside of the pool. The beach club is also stellar! We particularly loved the restaurant situated just north of the club (Canibal Royal) which you can access via the beach or frontage road to grab some wonderful tacos and beer for lunch (they aren't open for dinner, unfortunately).

We also loved this area of PDC, located at the far north end of the central hub of massive hotels and 5th Ave, but certainly close enough that you could walk to many restaurants (great ones on 38th Street!), or even further down to the central action. We had a car (which was very easy to park outside of the unit), but we never needed it at night to go to restaurants or to shops, unless we wanted to drive down to 10th Avenue for incredible tacos at El Fogon! :)

Overall we had a delightful stay and enjoyed the wonderful people, beaches and cuisine of the Yucatan. Without a doubt we will be returning and will definitely book this unit again in the future. Thank you Elements and Castillo for the hospitality!

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Liked best: The view and light in the condo is stunning. One of the best swimming pools we've ever had the pleasure of dunking in!
Liked least: The living area surfaces and furniture are minimalist. Not a particularly comfortable living room and not enough shelving spaces to put gear and personal items (in the bathrooms and in the living room area).
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Richmond, Texas
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“Fabulous Unit Right on the Beach. Excellent View! Quiet Property! Fantastic!”
Reviewed 22 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011

We have been to Playa del Carmen many times and used to love spending time on Coco Beach before it was developed. We wanted to stay in a unit on Coco so I did a lot of research of the area. The Elements property is by far the nicest condo building in the area. It has a beach club reserved for guests, a gorgeous pool with comfortable chairs and beautiful cobalt blue glass embedded in the concrete on the "floor" of the pool. The building is well-designed where every unit has an ocean and pool view. Unit #101 is right on the end of the building closest to the beach. The balcony is enclosed with glass walls affording a fabulous view of the ocean. The building is secure, quiet, well maintained and the unit was very clean and equipped with everything we needed. North American Standards is very professional and handled everything promptly for us. The Elements is in a good location where one can either walk or drive to town. We could not have been more pleased with The Elements and with Unit #101 - Castillo de Arena. We would most definitely stay there again without hesitation! I want to tell all my friends about this unit so they can have the pleasure of staying in this condo on their vacation!

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Liked best: The ocean view and the wall to ceiling glass windows.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Vancouver
Reviewed 30 December 2010 for a stay in December 2010

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Jalisco. Mexico
Reviewed 10 September 2010 for a stay in August 2010

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Reviewed 10 August 2010 for a stay in July 2010

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