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'7 Shades of Blue Caribbean' SANDCASTLE!

Carla Brieman

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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'7 Shades of Blue Caribbean' SANDCASTLE!

Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Playa del Carmen Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Elements is on the quieter north end of Playa del Carmen yet close to everything offered in this vacation destination. You can walk anywhere to shops, trendy nightclubs, happening beach clubs, and ethnic restaurants ( Italian, German, Swedish, and everything in between!) But you can also enjoy the peaceful pool and quiet Coco Beach if you want to get away from all the activity. You don't need to rent a car, since inexpensive transportation is available everywhere. You will hear many different languages spoken and the locals who enjoy practicing their language skills with vacationers are very respectful, sweet, and charming.

Our pool is an infinity pool and is the largest in Playa, and our decks are very large, 300 sq ft, terrazzo with glass railings. The condo is contemporary, upscale, and bright with floor to ceiling windows along the living room facing the deep turquoise Caribbean Sea!

Our screen door allows refreshing ocean breezes to sweep through the condo and extra light to filter inside. It adds a nice beachy ambiance and enables you to hear the birds and ocean waves.

All the amenities of home are here including full kitchen, drinking water, washer and dryer, ironing board, and great managers who will help you in any way during your stay. You are entitled to use all amenities at The Elements and our free concierge contacts all of our guests before their stay to help with anything they need as well as answering any questions they might have.

There is a business center with free computer access and a fitness center with Jacuzzi on the rooftop overlooking the ocean! Just give us a call or e mail if you have questions. We'd be happy to help in any way.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Carla Brieman (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish
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About Carla Brieman

Hello from from North Carolina! If you're looking for a relaxing, or fun filled adventure tour type of vacation, either one is available in Playa del Carmen. I would love to share my dream condo with you and I know you will want to go back again and again to this magical place!

Carla Brieman purchased this condo in 2008

Why Carla Brieman chose Playa del Carmen

Playa is such a unique place with friendly people everywhere, no road rage, and a 'Don't worry, Be Happy' attitude! I wanted a piece of this place, so stress free with the beautiful Caribbean at the front door!

What makes this condo unique

On Coco Beach you find more of a peaceful, get-away-from-it-all feeling, unlike an all-inclusive where you have to put a towel on a chair to reserve it for later. We are close enough to everything you want to see and do, and you can walk anywhere.

Why not try a condo rather than an All-Inclusive this time? You will experience more of the culture in a very safe environment, and have a much more interesting vacation!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a wonderful time at the Elements! First few days busy with tours to Tulum, Akumel, Cenotes, Horseback riding, Chichen Itza---last 3 days relaxing at wonderful porch, pool and beach. Walks to town for great Mexican and Argentinian meals. Little shopping. Paradise!!!

Back to reality- Minnesota--36 at night--aagh!

Thanks for a great time and lovely place to stay!
Apr 2013
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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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'7 Shades of Blue Caribbean' SANDCASTLE!
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 16 reviews

3rd Time's A Charm!! So Were The Other 2, By The Way!!

  • 5 of 5

Just spent a relaxing week at the Sandcastle condo, my 3rd stay there over the years. I keep returning because the place just cannot be beat. The Elements are very well maintained & constantly being upgraded. They added a second outdoor jacuzzi since my last stay. The location is perfect for my taste. Close to downtown PDC (a short walk or a 5 minute taxi ride), but far enough away to be quiet & tranquil. The unit itself has to die for views & is clean & well appointed. Fell asleep to the sound of the waves...very relaxing!! We had massages at the private beach club, took hikes & swam in the pool & ocean. I enjoy staying at condos because there is plenty of room & you have your own kitchen. I highly recommend The Sandcastle!!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Aurora, Colorado

Great for Couples and Families - Maravilloso!

  • 4 of 5


The Sandcastle is on the 2nd Floor (101) with the best view of the ocean – a corner unit. Very spacious and comfortable. Fabulous view of the ocean and wonderful “patio” to hear the waves and a great outdoor gas grill that we used on multiple occasions. The beds are not too firm or soft. Great A/C and very comfortable in the unit.

Kitchen - the appliances (dishwasher/cooktop) are somewhat dated (old). The dishwasher did not work while we were at the Condo. The management company (Matt) was very responsive. The head of maintenance, Issac, came by earlier to fix the air conditioning in the main bedroom and he tried to fix the dishwasher but to no avail. Not a big problem as we had maid service and did the dishes ourselves.

Washer/Dryer - - what a great benefit! Especially the dryer. And it has a separate door to keep the noise and heat away.

Refrigerator – nice, large refrigerator. Not like the small “dorm room” units that you see in other places.


Best pool in Playa del Carmen – hands down. Especially if it is too windy or if the ocean is too rough - - a great option and we spent many days enjoying the sun, pool and hot tub. Outdoor showers to clean up the sand from your feet. If it’s cloudy, just head back to your room and back to the pool in no time!

Very attentive staff at the Elements. Always helpful and willing to make your vacation enjoyable. I did a large shopping trip with bags of groceries & they had a cart for me to take it to our room. Elevator is close to the unit.

The outdoor gas grill – great steaks and chicken were prepared on this grill. Really wonderful to cook a meal, save money and eat like a King! All while enjoying the views from the patio.


Close proximity to Canibal Royal Beach Club and loud music. One of the reasons in selecting the Sandcastle was to get away from the noise off Quinta Avenida (in town) and the incessant, loud music from the beach clubs. When the patio door are closed - - you can barely hear the music.

The private beach club is very close to the boats (gas & oil smells) and I wish they could move the boats to a separate area. The ocean is muddy and rocky on the bottom when you go out on the water. Tenga cuidado! (Take care!) You can always walk down a little ways to the right (towards town) and find a better beach area.


Great place for couples and families. Best restaurant - Oh Lala and La Cueva del Chango. Shop Megamart and save $$$

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: SO pleased to hear you enjoyed my Piece of Heaven! We are going to get that dishwasher repaired pronto and I totally appreciate your feedback both positive and negative. As anybody who has ever been to Mexico knows, the pace of life is slow and relaxed, and so is everything else...such as obtaining parts to fix things! But if one learns to appreciate the kind and amiable culture, small inconveniences are accepted as part of life, and we can let it slide off our shoulders and dwell on the wonderful and happy times enjoyed! I know you were able to do just that ... and that you arrived in snowy Colorado dreaming of returning to Playa del Carmen again very soon!

Very relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Our party consisted of 2 couples and we enjoyed our stay very much. The property is exactly as pictured. The area is quiet and safe. We especially liked the balcony for coffee in the morning and drinks before and after dinner. In the morning you can see the joggers on the beach and cruise ships arriving at Cozumel. In the evening the lights from Cozumel illuminate in the distance. The guests range from fun-loving retirees to families with young children. Everyone was very friendly and helpful with recommendations for dinner and shopping. We had breakfast and lunch every day at the condo and used the grill 1 evening for dinner (wish we had done that more). The location is within walking distance of many restaurants but wear comfortable shoes. Cabs are right there so no waiting for them. We went to Mega for groceries and purchased liquor from a store on 5th Ave that was about a 5 min walk. We only have a couple of things that we were unhappy with. 1st the AC in the master bedroom was not working when we arrived on Saturday and when maintence did get it was working we could not adjust the temp without it shutting down again and we were unable to reset. So we had to call maintence on Monday (they do not work Sunday) and Wednesday. Friday night we had no air again but we chose to just deal with it. The problem was only with the thermostat in the master bedroom and we did not have the patio doors open. The other complaint is really more an annoyance...the condo description says the twin beds can be made into a king. They only thing they did was push the beds together. So if you rolled to the middle you fell into the "crack". Perhaps purchasing a "king-maker" like the cruise lines use would be a good investment. The only reason we did not give 5 stars was the AC problem which seems to be on going based on other reviews.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review of my Sandcastle. I am so happy that you enjoyed this little piece of Paradise! We always have provided a King Maker but somehow it disappeared...misplaced by the maids? :( A new one will be arriving next week. ( I'm hoping the sun and surf during the day allowed for a good night's sleep, in spite of the missing King Maker :) Gosh, I had been informed the Master Air Conditioner had been repaired, so it will be looked at carefully. I will always continue to take the comfort of my guests very seriously, with the goal of providing treasured memories. There is nothing more precious than that. Warm regards, Carla


  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to stay at Sandcastle for the month of February 2014. The

condo is well equipped with a georgeous view of the beach. The Element's is

in the North end so it is quiet with a private beach club Do not miss having a

massage for just $30 USD Vicky was wonderful. A very safe neighborhood and within a short walk to many of Playa's best restuarants. The weather was just perfect every single day.

Thanks Carla for the helpful restaurant info. Hope to come back next year

Frannie and Family


  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Frannie, I am so pleased to hear your vacation was everything you had hoped for! Sandcastle will be awaiting your return! Hasta luego, Carla

WOW - Heaven on Earth !!

  • 5 of 5

We had the absolute PLEASSURE of staying in this unit 2 weeks ago and as the title implies – “WOW – Heaven on earth!!” To begin, the unit was VERY reasonably priced compared to the many available to choose and by comparison.

The cleaning team had just completed preparing the unit and it was spotless and frankly appeared in new condition. As advertised, it was well furnished with everything that was expected; furniture, pots, pans, utensils, etc. However there were very welcomes bonuses, bogie boards, rafts, pong paddles, and an array of available water worthy toys that complimented the time in and near the water. We would have spent over ½ day shopping to acquire these items if they had not been available – VERY nice touch.

The units view was STUNNING; over a 180 degree view both inside and outside the unit of most beautiful beach setting of multi-toned aqua blue Caribbean inviting water one will ever want to experience - AGAIN “Heaven on Earth.”

The real treat is the fact that after viewing the afore mentioned water and beach, we were able for 6 glorious days to enjoy the beach and the dedicated club area providing overly comfortable lounge chairs, Mexican straw umbrellas, on-beach massage service, and only steps from the unit – Again “Heaven on Earth.”

We could people watch, join the people we watched, and were steps away from boating, parasailing, and jet-skiing which were all available. Gander across the ocean and were able to see Cozumel standing proudly in the sun while daily cruise ships entered and departed the city.

The pool was a huge, stone marble based construction, clean as the skies were blue and the perfect temperature every day. Aside the pool was rows of chairs for lounging accommodating our daily nap and to complete the experience was a sauna pool side to enjoy at will. A commons area was offered to all residents including a business center, party room, workout facility, and rooftop sauna – Again – Heaven on Earth.”

The other residents/renters were absolutely the best; friendly, informative, and inviting to the extent that Scottie invited us to her monthly full moon party also attended by 50 other wonderful participants –Daily beach walks, both AM and PM were always on the agenda as we were able to walk south to beautiful 5th Ave. with its amazing restaurants, shopping, and sights as well as north for a views of the openness and other resorts - .AGAIN "Heaven on Earth"

Special thank you to Carla the owner who provided insight.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Can't be better than this!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time visiting Sand Castle at the Elements and will keep coming back as long as Carla let us, every body has been very professional included reception offering help bringing groceries, with a very warm welcoming.

Allan and Matt are very professional, very charming and knowledgeable of the area, will fix any problems if any.

The pool area and the jacuzzi are very well kept and clean, as the private beach are always pristine clean, fantastic restaurants and stores are close by. Lots of activities to do around, or just relax by the "pinch me now what a view deck ". The best of 5th Avenue just a few steps away. An Amazing vacation!

I will rate this place an A+++++ and will recommend this condo to any one. thank you Carla again, will come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Car: not necessary

Mayan Ruins, Xel-Ha and X-Caret adventure parks, along with Cenotes and underground rivers such as Rio Secreto to explore.


Rates & Availability

From $200 Per night

Playa del Carmen Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season 2015
Apr 28 2015 - Dec 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
Dec 16 2015 - Jan 4 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season 2016
Jan 5 2016 - Apr 15 2016
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 19.0%
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Playa del Carmen Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Spacious and marble floors and showers. Hair dryers in condo.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2) Twins can be comfortably converted into one king bed with a special conversion 'king maker', Baby Cribs (1) Available if needed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Elevator access is only 10 steps away. This condo is very private at the end of the hallway since it is the very first tower toward the ocean! Some of the condos at the Elements are quite far from the elevators and we are very close for convenience.

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