7 Airbnb Rentals In Playa del Carmen Fit For The Royal Family Without The Extravagant Price Tag

Juanita Rodriguez Juanita Rodriguez 10-01-2018

Top Airbnb rentals in Playa del Carmen

While finding happiness in the present moment is a noble and worthwhile goal, I’m like an excited kid counting down the days until a birthday or Christmas day. Last week, I booked an upcoming stay at a restored colonial home on Airbnb in Merida, one of my top five cities in Mexico.

This platform has become my go-to booking site as, if you have more than two children like I do, it can be difficult to find a single hotel room that can accommodate five guests. Our family has enjoyed countless memorable stays thanks to incredible hosts and charming vacation rentals we’ve had the pleasure of staying in.

Besides having the benefit of more space and sleeping in a room that is separate from our sleep-talking son (bless his heart), we love exploring new neighborhoods. Staying away from a city’s hotel zone, gives us a full-on immersion into the local culture and lifestyle.

That being said, no matter how thoroughly you research the area and read through the reviews, what might be the ideal lodgings for one traveler, just doesn’t hit the mark for others. In the past, we have opted to stay in vibrant communities that were walking distance to everything, but happened to be behind a nightclub that thumped base music until the roosters crowed at dawn.

On another occasion, we rented a beach house, only to discover upon arrival, that it was already occupied – by a legion of cockroaches! You win some and you lose some. But from personal experience, the magical stays have far outnumbered the sordid encounters.

If you are planning on visiting Playa del Carmen, you can quickly become overwhelmed by the staggering amount of rental options on Airbnb. In order to simplify your search process, here are seven vacation rentals fit for royalty that won’t cost you the price of Queen Elizabeth’s crown jewels.


El Presidente Penthouse at The Elements

Elements Penthouse Airbnb Rental Playa del Carmen

This property receives a lot of fanfare for its exceptional ocean views and multiple custom designed outdoor living spaces. If you are coming from the cold country, the private roof terrace and ample balcony off of the main floor are ideal spots for soaking up the sun and expelling winter blues. Heck, these divine spaces and the Caribbean views they offer are enticing no matter what season it is!

Imagine putting your feet up in the evening and sharing a bottle of fine wine with your partner, or stepping behind the bar to concoct a batch of minty mojitos for your best pals. As you lounge together under a star-filled sky, all stress is washed away by the sounds of waves breaking along the nearby shore and the cascading waterfall in the plunge pool you have all to yourselves.

In the morning, take a front-row seat on the terrace to one of the greatest shows on earth – the Playa del Carmen sunrise. The explosion of colors over the turquoise seascape will beckon you to the silky, white sand. Before long, you’ll be perched under a palm tree at The Elements exclusive beach club, enjoying signature cocktails and more of the million-dollar view.

The two-level penthouse also features an exquisitely tailored kitchen to suit the needs of any top chef and includes ambassador service should you require assistance with scheduling transportation or dinner reservations. The alluring taste of upscale Caribbean lifestyle is one of the major reasons this top achiever sits at numero uno on the list.

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Oceana 122

Oceana Airbnb Playa del Carmen

This spectacular two-bedroom plus den offers over eleven hundred square feet of luxurious finishes and fantastic amenities including direct access to the sophisticated pool area. Sitting in a secluded corner of the property, you will love relaxing on the tranquil terrace in the oversized lounge furniture.

An entire wall of noise canceling sliding doors allows the sun to filter in and saturate the dapper interior space, highlighting pieces collected from local Mexican artists. Each room has been equipped with contemporary furnishings, a Smart television, and plush bedding providing a level of comfort satisfactory for any king or queen.

A half block away is Playa del Carmen’s most desirable beach club, Mamitas, which boasts posh sun beds and an elegant infinity pool typically occupied by stylish trendsetters from around the world. As well as attracting posh travelers, Mamitas Beach Club is famous for hosting the planet’s most elite DJs.

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Paseo del Sol Reef 301

Paseo del Sol Playa del Carmen Airbnb Rental

Nothing quite screams palatial residence like Paseo del Sol’s Reef 301 penthouse. The master bedroom, or the ‘north wing’ of the grand, 2-level home presents a massive walk-in closet, 2 balconies, a spacious en-suite, seating area and office space. The closet alone is larger than most apartments in Paris.

The home’s umpteen windows impeccably frame the tropical gardens of Paseo del Sol and offer an incredible vista of the property’s ninety-five-meter pool. The kitchen is fully appointed and this is one of the few homes in the city that possesses a soaker tub.

But the pearl of this penthouse is its extensive private roof terrace. The magnificent outdoor living space appears to be as vast as the blue sky above it. The amount of space in which to relax, dine, entertain or take a breezy siesta is unlike any other in the Riviera Maya. The view from the top is certainly a majestic one from this impressive vacation home.

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Kuxtal 402

Kuxtal Airbnb Rental in Playa del Carmen

You would never guess once you’re inside this serene, three-level oasis that it sits in the bustling heart of Playa del Carmen. Perched atop your royal getaway residence, you can admire the turquoise views by day and the moonlit sky by night from your private rooftop, which boasts its own plunge pool and entertainment area.

Gather together a group of six of your favorite travel companions and spend a divine week at this contemporarily designed building, which is located just a five-minute walk from Playa del Carmen’s renowned beaches. The elegant home is furnished to the nine’s and even includes your own personal concierge who can assist with all travel arrangements. In-house massages? Chef service? Yacht rental for the day? No problem; your wish is his command.

No matter if you spend your days with your toes in the sand, roaming the Riviera Maya’s exceptional natural wonders, or by the gorgeous communal roof pool, it will be hard to leave your kingdom after a week at Kuxtal.

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Aldea Thai 305

Aldea Thai luxury Airbnb Rental in Playa del Carmen

The private roof terrace at Aldea Thai 305 is by far, one of the most spectacular your highness will encounter in all of Playa del Carmen. Don’t be fooled by its immense size – it would appear that it is a large as a communal area, but it belongs to you and your party alone. The pristine plunge pool –yours! The jaw-dropping blue-green view – all yours!

As intriguing as relaxing up on that regal terrace is for the entire week, you will want to pay a visit to the fabulous Aldea Thai pool. No need to haul a heavy cooler down. A mixologist is on hand daily under the thatched roof pool bar to create some of the finest cocktails you will taste in the city.

Within your not-so-humble abode, you’ll rest well on the luxurious bedding and have plenty of room to unwind and awe over more splendid sea views. Just steps from the grandiose entrance of the Aldea Thai property, is Mamitas Beach Club. You can dine seaside or put your feet up on a curtained day bed to shade yourself from the midday sun. Big name DJs from around the world get the party started around the ultra-chic infinity pool area.

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The Elements Penthouse 21

Elements Penthouse Luxury Airbnb Rental in Playa del Carmen

The immaculate Penthouse at The Elements is one of those stellar properties that you might find gracing the pages of magazines showcasing exotic getaways. The glistening Caribbean water views and superior service included in your stay make this residence the ideal fit for a VIP guest.

As you set foot within this impressive three-bedroom penthouse, you cannot help but get the sense that it will be a vacation to remember. Its superb position at the front of the property, and complete wall of windows give you a glorious introduction to the Caribbean view. The marvelous tropical setting beckons you outdoors to enjoy Playa del Carmen’s endless summer climate to the fullest.

The pinkish-orange hued sunrise bursting over the vibrant teal seascape will take your breath away and the image of the fishing boats bobbing on the water is a remarkable painting come to life.

The exquisite two-level vacation home features a cool water Jacuzzi overlooking the majestic garden and no-edge pool. From the vantage point of either of the exterior living spaces, you can enjoy unobstructed turquoise scenes that dreams are made of.

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Abrazo del Mar at Magia Playa

Abrazo del Mar at Magia Playa Airbnb Rental

This majestic three-bedroom vacation home rounds out the list of impressive properties available for a high-end stay in Playa del Carmen, without the hefty price tag. Abrazo del Mar, meaning ‘A Hug from the Sea’ does just that. As you stand on your stately terrace off the second-level master bedroom, you feel the ocean breeze embrace your soul and transport you to vacation bliss.

The panoramic Caribbean views from the pair of ample terraces are as outstanding as they get. Two stunning pools sit amidst the perfectly manicured one-acre green space, which is located a half block away from the picturesque Riviera Maya coastline.

Not only does Magia Playa present every superior amenity you would expect of a lavish property, but also it is primely situated a stone’s throw from a preferred local beach club, Indigo, and one block from a plethora of fine dining establishments, boutique stores and galleries.

A one-week’s stay at any one of these extraordinary properties is sure to be a highlight of your year, if not your lifetime. Paradise is more affordable than you think, and just a click away.

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