Condo Castillo de Arena (Condo Sand Castle) boats breath taking views of the Caribbean Ocean. Located in The Elements Condos, it is just across the street from Coco Beach. Entering the well-manicured complex, take the elevator up one floor to reach this stunning Playa del Carmen condo.
The condo is laid out with an open floor plan, so as you walk through the front door you can see the kitchen, dining room, living room and terrace. It lends the rental a very spacious and inviting feeling. The owner is an artist and has adorned several walls with her hand-made stained glass.
As you walk in the front door, situated to the left is the guest bedroom with 2 twin beds and en-suite full bathroom. Straight ahead from the front door lies the full kitchen and separate laundry room with washer and dryer. After the kitchen lies the dining room with seating for 6 and the living room with a flat screen TV with Satellite.
Spanning two walls are floor to ceiling windows with unobstructed views of Coco Beach. The view is amazing and can be seen from the front door all the way to the terrace, which sits just off the living room. Few Playa del Carmen condo rentals have such a breathtaking view. There is literally nothing but a small beach access road between you and the beach.
Just off the living room through large sliding glass doors sits the ocean view terrace complete with lounge chairs and unobstructed views of the pool and ocean.
To the left of the dining room sits a separate hallway leading to the master bedroom with king bed, en suite bathroom and access to the same ocean view terrace.
The Elements boasts the largest infinity pool in Playa del Carmen, which is perfect for lap swimming, and is adorned with small shimmering glass balls along the pool floor. Lush vegetation and comfortable lounge chairs align the long pool which is perfect for families, or anyone looking to relax and have a little fun. Just past the pool and across the beach access road is the private Elements beach club, reserved for residents and guests of the Elements. There are lounge chairs at the club as well as beach chairs in the unit if you with to bring your own. Those looking for shade can plop next to one of the many palm trees dotting the club. Just next door to the Elements beach club is a public beach club, the Canibal Royal, with food and drink service, hammocks and lounge chairs. As far as you can walk, either north or south, the beach, with its cool white sand, stretches in front of you and the aqua water is safe, warm and inviting for swimming all year round.
The Elements also has a business center with computer terminals, wireless internet throughout the complex, a gym, rooftop terrace with Jacuzzi and massage tables. The Elements is ideally located right next to the activity in Playa but not right in the middle of it making it a tranquil spot to stay. You donâ€™t need a car as it is a short walk to everywhere.
Castillo de Arena also offers all the concierge services provided by their property manager, North American Standards. Take advantage of baby sitting, a personal chef, travel and transportation arrangements, grocery shopping, room service, laundry services, beauty at home, wedding planning, tour bookings, recommendations for restaurants, activities and nightlife, and more. All the expertise of Playa del Carmen residents is at your fingertips....Read more
The patio/deck is unbelievable. Hard to even go out sometimes
Left on 12/30/2010 for a stay in December 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Place was great. The patio was a relaxing joy to spend time on. We did not cook in and went out to eat only. More than once we skipped dinner to just relax on the patio with the ocean breeze and lucky for us a full moon dead ahead. The beach club next door was very handy and the food was great. We would go back again.
Left on 08/10/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We just got back from 10 days in Playa del Carmen and could not have ended up staying at a better place. This is a beautiful, spacious condo with a stunning view. This is one of the best units in the Elements condo complex: it's at the very front with a direct view onto the ocean and, as a corner unit, is very quiet. You can overlook the pool from the balcony, as well. We were able to pack very lightly and do most of our cooking in the unit because it was so well apportioned with kitchen and laundry amenities.
The elements pool is stunning: beautiful round-glass inlaid tile, multiple depths (but nothing too deep), and huge! Lots of families seemed to hang out at the pool, but it never felt crowded. For those traveling with kids it's great to have a pool and beach literally less than a minute away, giving you multiple options and a way to break up the day. The beach is small and secluded and far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Playa to get some peace and quiet, but close enough so you can easily walk down and do some people watching and enjoy the scene.
There are many great restaurants within walking distance to this unit, especially Cueva del Chango (excellent authentic Mexican food) and Piola (snazzy, modern Italian bar and restaurant). For day trips, we ended up going to Tulum three times (ruins, Paraiso beach club, Ana y Jose beach club) and visiting the spider monkey sanctuary outside of Chemuyil.
This unit comes with a great property management group and concierge service as well, which was able to help us out with transport, activities, and offer great restaurant and shopping advice. I highly recommend this unit to anyone looking for a stylish and affordable family getaway far from the crowds.
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