The Mexican Caribbean holds a mysterious power over those who grace its sandy shores. Once seduced by her beauty, you are forever under her spell. The hypnotic motion of turquoise waves rolling in to kiss palm-fringed shores. The way the rising sun sets the sky ablaze with color bursts of orange and pink. The illusion of a thousand glistening diamonds dancing upon the water as the moon shines on the sea’s glassy surface come nightfall. These images make a lasting impression and become permanent residents in the hearts and minds of anyone who is fortunate enough to witness their grandeur.
Since too many people live a hectic lifestyle overflowing with social and professional obligations, the easy-going pace of the Caribbean life is more appealing than ever. Scientists are proving that spending time at the beach is good for the mind and body. Hearing the rhythmic waves de-stimulates the brain. These soothing sounds along with the visuals of the sand and surf, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which settles us into a relaxed state (also known as tropical bliss around these parts.)
If you have a special occasion coming up and are looking for a memorable destination, your search should begin and end in Playa del Carmen. Recently awarded for Leading City Break Destination in Mexico and Central America, this slow-paced, yet cosmopolitan city showcases extraordinary white-sand beaches, a high-end gastronomy and nightlife scene as well as phenomenal natural surroundings.
Are you ready to disconnect from a constant stream of incoming emails and phone calls? Or leave behind soccer practices and homework in exchange for some dreamy downtime with your family or your best pals? Does the idea of spending a string of stress-free sunny days and good times with your favourite people in the world light you up? What better environment to encourage connectedness and a sense of playfulness than on a relaxed beach vacation?
Recently we welcomed a group of guests who had reunited in Playa del Carmen forty years after graduating from college. Under a blanket of blue skies and coconut palms, the fellow alumni had a blast catching up for a week and rekindling their friendships.
Flying in from different cities, families convene in the Riviera Maya for some uninterrupted, quality time in paradise with the grandparents, cousins and other cherished relatives. The Caribbean coastline, cenote swimming holes, and eco-parks offer the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure for travellers of every age.
Before their upcoming nuptials, brides and grooms-to-be flock to Playa del Carmen with their closest friends and family to officially say farewell to their freedom, uh hum, their single status. The fabulous casual, yet metropolitan vibe of the city is ideal for those who want to soak up the Caribbean sun by day then dine at posh eateries and hit the dance floor by night.
When celebrating an important occasion with people who are dear to you, it’s nice to be able to unite in an intimate and comfortable setting. Furthermore, if you decide to mark a momentous time in your life in an exotic vacation destination, it’s befitting that you be wowed by the accommodations and services you have spent your hard-earned money on.
We have put together a list of Top 15 vacation rental properties in Playa del Carmen to celebrate a meaningful event. These homes away from home offer plenty of space to gather together and heavenly ocean views that will make it hard for you to leave.
El Faro Surf 205
If you are wondering what to get the child who has everything for Christmas or a milestone birthday, forget the latest smart phone and instead, gift him/her with an experience all of you will never forget.
This luxury, 2-bedroom vacation home is perched at the water’s front at El Faro, meaning ‘The Lighthouse.’ Dine al fresco on the balcony, which overlooks the property’s glorious pool and grounds. Most importantly, you have the opportunity to absorb Mother’s Nature’s most awe-inspiring handiwork from one of the best seats in the house.
Apart from being a few feet from the Caribbean Sea, you will appreciate the downtown location, which is near fantastic beach clubs and just around the corner from a variety of excellent eateries like Maison Pierre, Patio 8, and Frida Kahlo.
The Elements Penthouse 14
This spacious, top floor condo overlooks the tremendous no-edge pool and features a turquoise vista that most people only dream of waking up to. Your group will rest well in the three ample bedrooms and can kick back with drinks and a plunge in the cool water Jacuzzi just off the master bedroom on the upper floor terrace.
By day, the crew can catch some sun around the pool or take advantage of the food and beverage service at The Elements exclusive beach club. At night, there are several exquisite eateries nearby to choose from. Casual brick-oven pizzerias, mouth-watering Mexican restaurants and succulent seafood options are within a ten-minute walk from the property.
On the south end of Playa del Carmen, is the elegant villa, Casa Paraiso. Featuring four bedrooms and a rooftop with a jaw-dropping Caribbean view, this too is an ideal option for a family reunion or getaway with friends.
The private pool is engulfed by a vibrant, tropical garden. On the roof terrace is the perfect place to relax with a bottle of wine as you listen to the melodic lull of the waves under a star-filled night sky.
The beach is one block from your front door, so you can count on some memorable moments spent in the sand and surf. Have your Bric ambassador arrange for your own private chef for the week or explore 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s lively dining and shopping district, about a 20-minute walk from the divine property.
Aldea Thai Penthouse 306
Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, this magnificent penthouse sits looking straight onto the Caribbean. Honeymooners, you will love having the large, private roof terrace and plunge pool all to yourselves. The striking, panoramic ocean views will literally stop you in your tracks.
Aldea Thai presents one of the most sophisticated communal pool areas in town with loungers and day beds as well as a fantastic palapa pool bar serving top-notch mezcals and other premium liquors. A half block away is the famous Mamitas Beach Club where some of the best DJs on the planet have played. Find a sunbed along the white sand beach and cool off in the crystal clear waters. For a ultra-cool vibe where the fun lasts all day, Mamitas Beach is a top choice.
The Elements Penthouse 21
This spectacular 2-level penthouse presents 3 spacious bedrooms to accommodate 8 guests comfortably. Strike up the barbecue and enjoy Playa del Carmen’s endless summer climate 365 days a year. Enjoy a happy hour around the pool or select your teams for a volleyball match at The Elements fabulous beach club, reserved for guests only.
The prime, north end location gives you convenient access to the sublime white shoreline, as well as a host of tantalizing restaurants just a block or two from the property. With the upscale amenities and incredible blue-green vistas from this vacation home, it is probable that you will want to stay close to home and relish every moment in this pristine paradise.
Abrazo del Mar
This 2900 square foot penthouse stunner offers 2 floors of fantastic indoor and outdoor living space. Imagine gathering together for breakfast on the wide terrace and taking in the million-dollar view at the start of each day.
The lush 1-acre property of Magia Playa is just a half block from the picture-perfect Indigo Beach Club, which is open for breakfast through to dinner. Also within a 5-minute walk is 5th Avenue, a pedestrian-only street lined with exceptional restaurants, dive centers, galleries, pubs brand name stores and boutique shops.
If it is even possible to tire of the beach, you can choose to lounge by Magia’s two pristine pools or on your private roof terrace with its cool water Jacuzzi. This incredible ocean view home has everything needed for a comfortable stay including a fully appointed kitchen, 3 king size beds, a massive outdoor sitting area with wet bar off of the master suite, an elevator, parking and a central location.
El Presidente at The Elements
From this prime piece of Caribbean real estate, it seems as though your balcony sits immediately over the sea. The vast, turquoise views will render you speechless and can be enjoyed from the master bedroom, open living area and private roof terrace. The custom-designed rooftop features a bar, Jacuzzi and plush seating area.
If you plan to commemorate an anniversary, this immaculate vacation home exudes romance. Have your Bric ambassador stock your fridge with champagne or arrange for a couple’s massage in the comfort of your own space.
Across the street is The Elements exclusive beach club where you can begin a morning stroll along the powdery-soft shore and admire the magnificent sunrise. Nearby are quaint coffee shops, French bakeries and a dozens of artisan and jewellery shops where you can choose a memento of your special trip together.
Casa Pescada Blanca
With 2 private pools and an expansive, ocean view roof terrace, you would not have to set foot off the property for an entire week to enjoy complete and utter bliss. However, the beach is too close that it would be a shame to miss out on some fun in the sun and sand.
Located in the serene beach community of Playacar Phase 1, this 4-bedroom villa can comfortably accommodate 12 guests. Just one block from Playa del Carmen’s best and least crowded stretch of beach, you will be in awe of the marvellous views and the sweet smell of the sea air. Nearby, are centuries-old Mayan remnants worth exploring and the city’s main dining and shopping district is a leisurely walk from Casa Pescada Blanca.
This spacious vacation home provides plenty of options to gather together with your fellow guests. The open living area features a fully equipped kitchen, oversized dining table and space at the breakfast bar for 4. Up on the third level is the partially covered roof terrace. Take a dip in the plunge pool, which looks directly onto the Caribbean and offers a view that spans to the island of Cozumel. Take advantage the infinite summer climate and throw some steaks or fresh seafood on the grill. There is little left to be desired when you choose to stay at Casa Pescada Blanca.
Embassy Penthouse at The Elements
There is much to love about this exquisite 3-bedroom penthouse that rests upon one of the most fetching properties in Playa del Carmen. An entire wall of windows on the main floor frames the captivating turquoise vista. On the upper level, is an ample third bedroom with 2 king beds and another spectacular sea view.
The owners have spared no expense in creating a cosy atmosphere for their guests. Custom furnishings, high thread count sheets, and abundant indoor and outdoor seating mean that you will have no trouble settling in and succumbing to vacation sedation. Enjoy meals together, snacks and drinks at the exclusive beach club, or lie by the pool with a pitcher of margaritas.
At night, you will love the prime location, just two blocks from a plethora of excellent options for dining and entertainment. In the quiet neighbourhood of your home away from home you will find amazing fresh juice bars, spas, pizzerias and lovely, Playa-esque eateries. The Embassy penthouse makes an ideal base for enjoying the many wonderful aspects of this laid-back city by the sea.
El Marine at La Brisa
La Brisa is an excellent option for a family trip to Playa del Carmen. Two adjoining condos each have their own kitchen and master bedroom. Between both vacation homes, six adults and two children can sleep comfortably. This roomy combination gives you privacy, while still allowing your group to stay together.
On the fantastic, communal roof terrace, you can soak up the warm Mexican sun and savour the 180-degree view of the spectacular turquoise seascape. Or nestle into a shaded day bed with a good read as the kids entertain themselves in the glistening pool.
El Marine is only a half block from the renowned white sand shoreline of the Riviera Maya. Also within a 5-minute walk is Playa del Carmen’s famed 5th Avenue, bursting with dining, shopping and entertainment options.
Penthouse 24 at The Elements
Each of the thirty-plus homes by Bric Vacation Rentals in The Elements features luxury finishes and top-notch workmanship. However, the owners of Penthouse 24 recently remodeled their vacation home and the result was extraordinary. Accent brick walls, a custom kitchen with an extended granite counter and superior quality furnishings are just some of the exquisite details that stand out within this handsome penthouse.
Even more impressive than the elegant upgrades is the exceptional, unobstructed view from the open living space and two ample terraces. Imagine sipping on your favourite Caribbean-inspired cocktail and watching the fishing boats in the harbour from your private Jacuzzi.
Take the group down the road for a sunrise paddleboard session with Compass SUP Club on Calle 28 and the beach to start a magical day in Playa del Carmen. Continue the fun at The Elements exclusive beach club with cold beers and margaritas under the shade of a thatched-roof palapa. Walk along the magnificent shoreline and make your own footprints in the alabaster sand. Or go out and explore the beauty of the region by visiting one of the area’s many nature and adventure parks or cenote swimming holes. Enjoy the best of the Riviera Maya, while staying in one of the best vacation homes Playa del Carmen has to offer.
Magia Playa Penthouse 2A
If you can get two other couples together for an escape to paradise, this high-end vacation home offers not only intoxicating Caribbean views, but also an impeccable location. The luxury property sits between the awe-inspiring beaches of the Heart of the Riviera Maya and the city’s vibrant dining and shopping district.
Spend some time sunbathing poolside on the immaculate 1-acre Magia Playa grounds or bury your toes in the sand and unwind as you relish the enchanting sights and smells of nearby sea.
The three commodious bedrooms present plush mattresses draped in high thread count linens. The kitchen is replete with cooking essentials and there is underground parking should your group decide to rent a car and explore a neighboring island or colonial town. Moreover, a Bric ambassador is available day or night to arrange for services like grocery and water delivery, airport transfers, or dinner reservations. This desirable condo along with the incredible amenities and services set the stage for a vacation of a lifetime.
Casa Soleada at Pueblito Escondido
If you are looking for a laid-back spring break getaway, this 2-bedroom condo in Pueblito Escondito is a just a minute walk to the beach and boasts one of the city’s most incredible rooftop pools. The expansive property has a family pool on the ground level and a spectacular infinity pool on the roof terrace. There are 2 bar areas and several seating areas to choose from to have your own semi-private party.
The ultra-comfortable home is located in one of the most desirable communities in the city. On Calle 38, you will discover long-standing local favorites like La Piola Pizzeria, La Cueva del Chango, Las Hijas de la Tostada and several chic lounge restaurants tucked amidst lush jungle settings.
Penthouse 5 at The Elements
Professionally decorated and boasting a unique design from the standard style of vacation homes in The Elements, this gorgeous penthouse is a showstopper. Overlooking the grand no-edge pool and tropical gardens, the sensational vista continues on towards the blue-green Caribbean.
Three spacious bedrooms accommodate 8 guests. When you awake, you’ll think you have died and gone to heaven. Out every window is either a view of the sea or of palm trees and blue skies. Tropical bliss is inevitable for those fortunate enough to stay in Penthouse 5.
Perfectly situated just a stone’s throw from the silky shore and some of Playa del Carmen’s top restaurants, the property also boasts an ocean view fitness facility, adult-only Jacuzzi area and exclusive beach club with snack bar and beverage service. One week at this exotic haven is never enough.
One Last Home Worth Mentioning…
Photo credit to designer - MW Designs
Casa Blanca is located in the gated community of Playacar Phase 1 and although it does not offer an ocean view, it is merely a few cobblestones from the seashore. The home has been remodeled and features a luxurious beach theme, 4 ample bedrooms and a private pool enveloped by tropical blooms.
Designer furnishings, plush bedding and a kitchen that any professional chef would be delighted to cook in, make this home a top accommodation option for a momentous occasion in Playa del Carmen.
The magazine-worthy vacation property is also only a 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal to Cozumel, as well as Parque Fundadores, the home of daily cultural performances and the site of the most photographed sculpture in Playa del Carmen, the Portal Maya statue.
With each reservation through Bric Vacation Rentals, a designated ambassador will greet you upon arrival to facilitate a hassle-free check-in process. Along with the keys to your rental home, you will receive a local cell phone with your ambassador’s direct contact information.
Our representatives will coordinate grocery and bottled drinking water deliveries, arrange for airport transfers, excursions for your party, schedule chef, spa or child minding services and can recommend the best options in town for dinner and entertainment. The Bric team is dedicated to creating a vacation experience that surpasses all of your expectations.
May this list of superb vacation homes give you inspiration when you are planning your special occasion in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. For more information on these or any other home in Bric’s catalogue of properties, please contact our reservation specialists at 1(800) 519-2486 / +52(984) 803-3191 or book online 24/7 here.
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About the Author
Juanita grew up in a small town in the middle of Canada. Having experienced twenty years of ruggedly cold climate, she had seen enough snow to last her a lifetime. After moving to and working in Vancouver for thirteen years (where she was ecstatic to see the odd palm tree) she jumped at the opportunity to move with her husband and three children to Playa del Carmen. She calls it a ‘dreamy existence’ and cherishes year-round, backyard barbecues with friends, road trips and watching the sunrise over the Caribbean. She writes for Bric Vacation Rentals.