Dining table for 6; open concept main floor with kitchen & living room. Bright open main floor.
Modern Playacar Villa/ Pool/ Walk to Beach

Entire home/flat

6 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/flat

6 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Bright airy open space and great location. The villa is a quiet secure well maintained property that is a short walk to a gorgeous beach and all the restaurants, shops and cafes on the famous 5th Avenue (without having to listen to music all night!). Shared pool on the property along with palapas, bbq and beautiful gardens. My guests may also access the Reef Playacar (4 people max. per day) and use their pools, loungers and beach as well.

The space
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Security Deposit: £402
Weekly Discount: 7%


The space

Modern bright 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath villa in the gated community of Playacar. Sleeps 6.

Wander through the beautifully manicured gardens or take a dip in the swimming pool. Too hot? A shaded palapas located next to the pool will provide all the relief you need. Sunbrella loungers and umbrellas are also available. Prefer salt water? The white sand beaches and waters of the Caribbean ocean are a 2-minute walk away. Beach chairs, towels, coolers and beach umbrella are provided.

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With everything from centralized air conditioning, ceiling fans, private televisions and high thread-count bed linen, the villa was designed with comfort in mind. It sleeps 6 with a King size, Queen size and 2 twin beds.

Villa Balam has a fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, blender, fridge, oven, stove, microwave, toaster and juicer. We also provide purified water, delivered right to your front door. Savour one of the local specialty drinks as you play at the many bars and lounges just minutes away, or stir up a margarita and relax on the upstairs terrace with seating for 6. Load up the cooler and head to a secluded beach.

You may be halfway across the world but that doesn't mean you can't stay in touch. A work desk, high speed Internet, wireless internet and private, secure e-mail access are available for you. Enjoy the Mac-mini computer, printer and flat screen monitor. The Villa is also equipped with a local cell phone. Load it up with minutes at any Telecel store and use it for long-distance outgoing or incoming calls. Local calls are free.

Tempt your taste buds with the flavours of Mexico at the many world-class restaurants and cafés in Playa, or relax at the Villa and cook a private dinner at home or on the BBQ. The villa is a beautiful and short walk to the famous 5th Avenue and a variety of nearby restaurants, bars and café’s.

A colour TV is in each bedroom and the living room. We have books, DVD player, Apple TV and an I-fusion stereo. Just plug in your I-pod and enjoy your favourite tunes. Looking for a new favourite movie? Find one from the nearby Blockbuster, the DVD library at the Villa or the Apple TV.

You're in the land of activity and recreation. Just minutes away from breathtaking beaches, picture perfect golf courses and ancient Mayan ruins. Enjoy some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world. The villa is also a short walk to the ferry landing to Cozumel, which can be great for a day trip! Cabs are plentiful and easy to get on the main road out front of the villa.

The villa is located in a secure gated residential neighbourhood. The villa has an off-street parking spot and there is security on-site. There is also an in-home safe available for our guests to use.

Owner / Host is highly responsive and a local bilingual property manager is easily available. You will be provided with housekeeping once during a one-week stay and again on the day you leave. Just pack up and head to the airport – we take care of the rest!

Guest access

Guests have private use of the entire villa.

Interaction with guests

I am available by email, text or telephone any time. There is also a local Property Manager who is available by telephone, text or email.

The neighbourhood

Villa is located in Playacar, an upscale gated residential community within Playa del Carmen (on the south end of the famous 5th avenue).

Getting around

Walking distance to everything. Cabs readily available and easy to catch on main street outside of villa. Collectivo's are also available and the bus station and ferry landing are a short walk from the Villa.

Other things to note

There is an Apple TV on the main floor as well as one on the 2nd floor (in room with queen bed). Guests must have their own account but it is available for your use.

There is a computer and printer available for guests as well as high-speed wireless internet.

There is a Nespresso machine for guests to use, however, you do need to bring your own coffee pods (haven't found anywhere local to purchase them).

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

No swimming after 10:00pm.

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate early check-in or late-checkout during high season, nor are we able to store luggage. Please plan accordingly.

Security deposit of $500 USD is required.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Safety card

2 nights minimum stay

40 Reviews

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Wendy User Profile
March 2017
What a great place to stay. Playacar is right next to Playa del Carmen. SO is superbly located for peace and quiet and also any nightlife you might want. The townhouse is in a small, quiet development of about 20 similar houses. It is all beautifully manicured and maintained, spotlessly clean too. There are a few friendly stray cats that Donna left us food to feed to them. Oldest daughter loved that. Pool is lovely, lots of loungers etc. We found we could easily walk to many things. There is a 5.4k road that loops around Playacar, great for runners and bikers, safe and very quiet. Beautiful too. We also walked 5k to the Chedraui for groceries and took a taxi ride back. Got to see more of the city that way. Also shows that you do not need a car rental to enjoy the house. The Ado turistica station is a short taxi ride or walk away. The beach is stunning, probably one of the nicest beaches on the Riviera Maya, wide, sandy, flat and no rocks in the water or on the beach. You can walk for miles on it. The closest access to the beach is a few minutes pleasant walk. Brings you to a wide stretch where you can set up for the day. Donna provides lots of beach gear, chairs, coolers, umbrellas and even kids toys. We did find a way to drive our van down too, lots of free parking right by the beach. Helped us take a ton of stuff down for the day, including lunch. The house is lovely, three floors, the top has a beautiful master suite, middle two large bedrooms and a nice bathroom. Kitchen was very well stocked, we managed to cook meals etc. Big washer dryer, took us a bit to fathom it out, but totally awesome to have. Air conditioning was great, but mostly we opened the windows and let the breezes come through. Totally would recommend this place for family and friends.
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.
Response from Donna:
Wendy - thanks so much for staying and taking such wonderful care of the villa. Hope your return home wasn't too chilly! :) You are welcome back any time!
March 2017

Rupert User Profile
March 2017
We stayed in Donna's spacious, beautifully furnished and ideally located villa for 4 nights - I'd argue it wasn't long enough! Not only had she left us with comprehensive notes on restaurants, recommendations &generally very useful tips, she was also the perfect host in terms of communication and generosity. There were also 2 visiting cats, which provided ample entertainment for our son. Our stay at Villa Balam was faultless, I would not hesitate to recommend it &we will most certainly be visiting again. Thanks Donna!
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.
Response from Donna:
Thank you for your wonderful review! Such a pleasure hosting you and your family - you are welcome back any time!
March 2017

Karl User Profile
February 2017
Great townhome perfect for families who want to stay in a place with bedrooms on multiple levels for privacy. Master suite is on top floor up a long flight of stairs so ideal for a family with older kids or family members, not ideal for families with infants. Bedrooms are split floor plan on 2nd floor with a bath separating them.,17 unit townhome complex has cute little pool great for a dip. Pool backs up to golf course. Kinda hard to find if you've not been there before but it's next to a big hotel called Paseo Del Sol that all the taxi drivers know. This is a great condo for privacy, space, and quiet. Also being able to use the guest card for The Reef hotel pools and beach made the price of this condo worth it for us.
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.
Response from Donna:
Thanks so much for staying and for the great and thorough review. Hope you are able to return!
February 2017

Brendan User Profile
February 2017
Beautiful place and very true to the posted photos. Reasonably close walk to the beach with a provided shortcut (about 10 minutes but with slow kids). The kitchen is very well equipped: awesome gas stove and cooking pans/utensils, a great blender which we used a lot to make our own refreshing smoothies. The patio off the 3rd floor is gorgeous with beautiful plants and comfortable furniture- only issue was that it had full sun all afternoon which we didn't enjoy- though evenings were perfect! gorgeous night sky! We loved the quiet neighbourhood and felt extremely safe in Playacar. There were lots of towels and bedding. The combo washer-drier worked well! We were very pleased with the quick response from both Donna and the property manager. There's a good supply of pool and beach equipment. The pool at the villa is lovely and refreshing with nice lounger chairs and umbrellas. We enjoyed the pool facilities at the reef too- great for kids with shallow areas! We appreciated the playa del carmen guide from donna and tried out a bunch of the recommended restaurants! highly recommend Alux (the cave restaurant)- very unique!
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.
Response from Donna:
Thank you for the wonderful review Brendan. It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your family. Come back any time!
February 2017

Oscar User Profile
February 2017
Donna is a star! She was fast in responding to questions regarding transfer from and to the airport and further request to change dates. The house is very well kept, decorated with good taste and has all the equipment required to spend quality family time in one of the most beautiful beaches of Mexico. We highly recommend this place and would love to come back.
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.
Response from Donna:
Oscar - thank you for such a nice review! It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and your family. You are welcome back any time!
February 2017

Ralph User Profile
February 2017
4 of us , all active retirees, stayed in Villa Balam for 14 days in late January 2017. We were all very satisfied with the Unit and our stay. We would recommend it and would happily return. Our Host was fantastic; 5 star rated. she was very attentive to see that we were happy with our stay. she is an excellent communicator. She regularly checked in to see how our stay was going and asked if there was anything she could do. there were two times we needed/requested her help and she promptly got back to us and solved the problem and then subsequently followed up to be sure it was not recurring. She provides many amenities. Villa Balam was very clean and comfortable. the beds and linens were great. the bedrooms are spacious. Showers are very nice. there is a comfortable meeting/sitting area on the 1st floor and 3rd floor deck. We used these to watch TV, read, and or talk and relax. the dining area comfortably seats 4. We generally went to the beach and or the pool each day. We Host provided some nice quality beach equipment to use. Generally we ate one meal out per day. Most of the remaining meals we prepared at the Unit. The kitchen and dining area worked well for us. There are very nice TVs throughout. there are a number of cable stations in English including some news, movies, and sports. WiFi worked great. Our cellular coverage inside the Unit depended on carrier; two were fine and one not good ( but even the poor one worked fine by just walking a few steps outside the Unit ). Villa Balam is one of @ 15 units in the Villa Santa Fe complex. Villa Balam and the complex common area is very nicely landscaped with tropical plants . the complex has a spacious pool with lounge chairs and an adjoining "palapa" with chairs. the pool is well cared for. The Unit has a combination washer-dryer. the controls are in Spanish, but after a bit of study, we had no problem using. Villa Balam is well located. Playacar II is a beautiful upper end gated residential area including some hotels. the Unit is @ 15 minute walk to the South end of the 5th Ave or to the nearest public beach. We often took cabs to or from restaurants or to the grocery; depending on the distance the price varied between $3 and $7. We felt safe at all times in Playacar II and in all the places in Playcar where we visited. Villa Balam worked well for us and our purpose and the Host is fantastic. We would recommend if the space works for you.
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.
Response from Donna:
Ralph - thank you for such a nice and detailed review!! It was such a pleasure hosting you and your group and hope you are able to return to Playa! All the best.
February 2017

Matthew User ProfileMatthew is a superhost.
January 2017
Donna was a wonderful host. This was our second time to PLaya, and with Donnas help, our group had a wonderful time. The space was clean and modern and looked brand new. The area is the higher end of the city with security and cleanliness all around. The house has everything you need, and donna is great at helping you locate it with her emails and texts. We didnt get to meet her but felt like we have been friends for years. We would definitely stay here again, and advise anyone else to. thanks Donna

Calgary, Canada · Joined in July 2013
Donna User ProfileDonna is a superhost.

I have been travelling to Playa del Carmen for more than 15 years when it was just a small fishing village. Now it is an incredibly hip beach town in Mexico with fabulous shopping, bars, restaurants and beaches! I have owned this villa for 6 years and we travel to the area as often as possible. If you haven't been to Playa del Carmen (Playa for short) - I can guarantee you will love it! I wanted a villa close enough to everything so I can walk, without hearing the music pounding all night long - this was the perfect place!

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