Beautifully decorated, comfortable and clean in Gorgeous Mareazul Beachfront
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About Verna Stilwell
My husband and I live in Pennsylvania, USA and have two lovely grown up daughters. Rich and I are retired, he as an Engineer and me from working in rental properties management. I grew up in Guadalajara Mexico and still have family in that area so I consider myself to be a part time Mexican :) My sister who was born in Mexico, co-owns the condo with us. She also owns a business in Mexico; Dancefield, a dancewear manufacturer and retailer.
Verna Stilwell purchased this Condo in 2011
Why Verna Stilwell chose Playa del Carmen
Our family started vacationing in the Riviera Maya around 1999. Once we spent a week in the area, we were spoiled and no other beach would do. We tried everything from the hustle and bustle of Cancun to the most deserted areas near Tulum. We loved spending evenings walking around Playa del Carmen but did not like the idea of staying in town with the noise and the crowds. We searched virtually every mile of the Riviera Maya looking for the perfect combination of a sandy beach, a high end location, not too many crowds, cleanliness, safety, a beautiful pool, no loud blaring music with entertainers trying to get us to the the limbo and a short drive to the best dining opportunities. When we saw the property under construction we decided that this was the perfect spot for us. Having grown up in Guadalajara where you can find the finest Mexican artisans and designers, we decided to become heavily involved in the decorating and selection of furnishings for the apartment. My sister and I spent months viewing photos of custom and hand made furniture and then spent a couple of weeks walking around the towns of Tlaquepaque and Tonala visiting the various factories and design shops for our final selections. Our goal was to have a clean and contemporary look combined with both typical and modern Mexican touches. We hope to have achieved that.
What makes this Condo unique
Our renters matter to us. We recently spoke with condo owners who told us all about the “cheap stuff” they put out for renters and the “good stuff” they use for themselves. We want to put out the “good stuff” for our renters trusting that they will feel at home and care for our place as if it was their own and have found this to be the case. We change linen supplies about every 6 months and are constantly updating. Our home is your home. Mi casa es su casa. Verna Stilwell Vernast@comcast.net
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excellent condo as described and fabulous swimming pool complex
We stayed for 1 week at his condo during may. The host is excellent . Verna responded to all our queries rapidly. Instructions for the property were clear and all the appliances worked very well. A nice touch was the welcome snacks and soda on the day of arrival. The property is well maintained very good security. The beacj is walking 3-5 mins from the property. The balcony has a jacuzzi and the swimming pool complex is the best I have seen todate and probably the best in the playadel carmen area. We did visit some other local 5 star properties and their gardens and pools were nothing compared to this complex. The complex was sparsely populated when we went and had the pool complex to ourselves on most days. In addition the beach is very private and no teeming crowds, no jostle for the sun beds. Sunbeds are included in the hire of the propertyand drinks are served on the beach by the snack bar and all drinks are reasonably priced. The pool complex has several outdoor Jacuzzi's and plunge pools and hammocks to lounge around as well as well organised sun loungers. The flat is second floor well located not on the beach but has partial views of the sea from the property, Condo is very wellequipped with quality appliances and Netflix included along with DVD player and loungers in the balcony. Even dish washer tablets and washing machine tablets were provided for. The beds and pillows are very comfortable and there are blackout blinds in the bedroom which do the job very well. The complex itself has various other facilities including a small supermarket, gym, sauna and steam room. We could order takeaway from local restaurants and the reception staff was very helpful in getting cabs etc. All in all a great holiday rental well worth the price.
We stayed here for a week at the end of March 2019, and had a wonderful time. The condo is very clean and modern. The pool is huge, clean, and not crowded. The beach is amazing! We enjoyed playing tennis at night under the lights. We sent our grocery list ahead of our stay, and the kitchen was fully stocked with our requested food and drinks when we arrived. We would definitely stay here again next year!
Thank you so much for sending in a review. It was a pleasure to have your family at the condo and we would love to have you back soon. So glad that you enjoyed the property and took advantage of the grocery shopping service. We are soon going to have "chef at home" services available with the chef from my favorite restaurant so I am excited about adding that to the options for our renters. See you next year; as they say in Mexico, this is your home.
Relaxing in Playa del Carmen
We had a wonderful stay at Mareazul, Sol Danzante over the winter break. We are a family of 5 with 3 teenage kids. There is an extra futon/roll-away we used for our youngest and she slept comfortably. This is a family-friendly property that is well maintained. The pool(s) are huge and the beach is steps from the pool. There is a casual restaurant to order food or drinks while poolside. The condo is clean and well equipped. It has a large outdoor balcony we used all week. I would recommend a car while you stay here. It's close to all the restaurants and shops in Playa del Carmen and a short drive to Puerto Morales to the north or Tulum to the south. Verna was very helpful in recommending restaurants to try and things to do. We had a great time and would definitely stay at Sol Danzante again!
Amazing place for a family vacation
Everything was as good as or better than we had hoped when we read the description and looked at the pictures of this property. It was very clean and we were attentively taken care of by the owner and people on site, adddressing any queries we had more or less immediately. We went needing a place to kick back and relax and we could not have chosen better.
I am so glad to know that you enjoyed your stay and that we were able to exceed your expectations. We take a personal interest in our renters and knowing that you had a wonderful time is important to us. Thank you for your review and for mentioning that the place is even nicer than the photos show it to be. We took our own photos so there are no enhancements. What you get is even better than what you see. You were great renters and we hope to have you back soon!
Wonderful Place with AMAZING Pool
The condo is beautiful. It is wonderfully appointed with everything you could need. The decor is perfect and feels very cool, comfy, etc. Plenty of towels, dishes, soaps, beach toys, iron, washer/dryer, etc...perfect for families. The AC is wonderful as this is important to me when traveling to Mexico in August (hot). The only thing that is needed is a new hair dryer as that one barely blew any air out. Also, it would be nice to have a BBQ or grill but that might not be allowed in the complex or it is too risky for a rental. So in all the condo is perfect and the Netflix option of the TV was great for nights when our daughter had to go to bed at 8:00.
We did have one issue while there (some loud construction which was no fault of the owner) but Verna was all over it and managed (with her building manager Fernando, who is also great) to have it shutdown while we were in the apartment! It was pretty amazing as I did not see that happening. Verna is very quick to answer any questions (restaurants, things to do, etc.). It is like she is there. That was great.
So the POOL!! It is unreal. The pictures don't do it justice. It is like a quarter mile long with islands, layout pads, bridges, steps...it is crazy and very clean. When were there is it was the end of the season so super quiet. Tons of chairs and cool "tents" to layout on. We do wish the snack place was open more but understand it was the end of the season so really can't complain. Lots of security walking around so we always felt safe. Cameras too. The grounds are also beautiful with lots of pretty plants and statues. Loved all of the iguanas!
Only complaint (which has really nothing to do with the condo) was the beach. It was (at this time of the year) unswimmable. There was a lot of seaweed which made it impossible to enter. My suggestion is have Pure Mareazul clear out the seaweed each day as we have seen other resorts do. Maybe it was the time of the year but we didn't go to the beach. Not I am a pool person so not a big deal to me but my husband does like the beach so it was disappointing for me. That is why I gave it a 4 star instead of 5.
Close to town. Get a car and park in the new "mall" parking structure (only 30 pesos) and then easy walk down 5th Avenue. We ate dinner there a few nights and ate at home as well. This is a great place for families or large groups. Quiet but lots of space for both the condo and the complex. We would definitely go again
Thank you so much for your lovely and thorough review. I so wish that the beach would have been as beautiful as usual in order to rate a five star review ;-) but I fully understand your disappointment with the sargasso. The good news is that I heard from Fernando that it is starting to clear up so we are really hopeful that the change in seasons will bring back our beautiful beach. Seeing this effect really makes you believe in the effects of global warming. Anyway, I am so glad that you had the perfect vacation that you were hoping for and that you loved the apartment. We loved having you as renters and hope that you will be back again soon and consider this your home in Playa del Carmen. Our very best wishes to your family. Verna
Another great holiday at Mareazul
Our second time at this condo ... it was absolutely fabulous. We have 4 kids (13,11,10,9).. The condo is spacious , bright , spotless & has everything you would need . The kids spent hours in the HUGE pool , the beach was just steps away & always kept beautifully ... Staff at the complex were friendly & efficient. It’s only a 10 min drive to the busy 5th ave or $10 taxi ride .. many thanks to Fernando
( property manager ) & Verna for taking such great care of us again ....
We will definitely be coming back :)
Located just outside the town of Playa del Carmen on a private beach and golf Club community. Five minutes from the 5th Avenue area, known for its great variety of restaurants ranging from award winning gourmet to street side eateries, high-end shopping, open-air markets, artisan shops and abundant nightlife. Sol Danzante is in the luxurious Mareazul development at Grand Coral. Nestled between a beautiful 600' private white sand beach, natural jungle and the Nick Price Golf Course and Country Club. Playa del Carmen is right in the heart of the Riviera Maya. This region is filled with ecological reserves, jungles, lost cities of the Mayan civilization, small towns, cultural centers, shopping and, of course, the incomparable turquoise blue sea. Choose from hundreds of things to do 24/7 or do nothing but lounge on a quiet beach