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ON TOP of the Glorious Caribbean! In Playacar Phase 1 - New Villa sleeps 6-12.

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs2
Space 3,350 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

LOCATION!!!: New Villa 5 Beds/7 Baths. Steps to Beach & 5th Avenue!








Casa Alma is perfectly located In the exclusive Gated Community of Playacar Phase 1 within 200 yards of the beach and a 5 minute walk to "La Quinta" (5th Avenue).

Whether you seek relaxation or action, Casa Alma will serve as your haven or springboard! The route to town is via pretty Mayan Ruins (see our video: taken by “drone” of our location). We can accommodate 10-12 people in 5 Bedrooms, all with luxury en-suite Bathrooms BUT PLEASE NOTE that the basic rent is based on 6 SIX PERSONS. This allows us to offer a discounted price to smaller parties. Infants are free. YOU WILL STILL HAVE THE WHOLE HOUSE, POOL AND TERRACES TO YOURSELVES but will not have access to all bedrooms and they will not be occupied during your stay.


Come, chill and be pampered!

Casa Alma's minimalist architectural style and decor is simple and calming; no fuss. But the villa is loaded in a different way; with spaces inside and out to provide alternative places to chill out when sunbathing on the Solarium, reading a book on one of the terraces, watching a movie or gathering around the central kitchen table to play and eat! And the bedrooms with their en-suite bathrooms are super-luxurious, fully equipped and softened with lovely towels, shampoos and liquid soaps. Bottled water is provided and a Welcome food and beverage Package to get you started.

Casa Alma’s Highlights:

1) Location in the private gated, beachside community of Playacar Phase 1, conveniently situated yet in a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle.

2) Personal Service and Pampering! We are unique in Playacar Phase 1 in that we do not use a property manager or agency staff. Our housekeeper, Sara, has been with us for over 10 years and provides maid service, 6 days/week for your carefree relaxing stay. And Carlos provides our pool-cleaning service.

You will be welcomed at the villa and shown around and have the opportunity to ask your initial questions. During your stay, you will have access to us via text and we will be available to come to deal with anything that arises. We stock the fridge and fruit bowl with essential groceries and drinks but, if you wish (at net cost), we can provide your groceries to order for your arrival. Chef services are also available on request.

3) Spectacular Caribbean Sea views from the First Floor, Studio and Solarium.

4) Private lap pool: with terrace on the Ground Floor.

5) Accommodation: Spacious Family Room on the Ground Floor with super fully-equipped modern Kitchen, Bar, Dining and Lounge with TV. Separate TV salon on the First Floor. External terraces on the First, Second and Solarium levels.

6) 5 Bedrooms: for a maximum of 12 people (a mix of adults/children). At a pinch, an extra person can use the full-size single, day-bed in the 1st Floor TV salon. And a single inflatable bed is also available.

7) Luxury Specifications: Casa Alma is the 4th house built in Playacar Phase 1 by the Owner, to the highest specifications. From the luxury mattresses and bed linens, fitted closets, clean high-ceiling spaces all in a beautiful neutral colour scheme to complement the ultra-modern, design. Marble floors grace the interiors, throughout and protection is provided by hurricane resistant windows and all concrete construction.

8) Kitchen: Chef's Kitchen with “Teka” and "Whirlpool" appliances and Silestone counters; built-in fitted cabinets with auto-closing drawers; dishwasher, every small electrical appliance, wine fridge.

9) Technical stuff: High speed WiFi (FIBRA-OPTIC) seved by two separate dedicated modems, one on the Ground Floor, the other in the 2nd Floor Studio, for full-home coverage including terraces! The city water in Playa is very hard but we have a water-softening plant that serves the whole villa and a hot water circulating system to ensure immediate hot wáter everywhere. We have a/c units in all bedrooms and living areas, plus ceiling fans and all bathrooms have ceiling fans.

Neighborhood overview:

We are very well located within a very short walk of Mayan Ruins, the ferry to Cozumel and Playa's town with it's famous "La Quinta", (Fifth Avenue), lovely Mexican artisanal stores and modern international designer stores, bars and restaurants galore! A short walk away is Starbucks and a delightful small French cafe, "Cafe Antoinette", where you can get breakfast omelettes, pastries, baguettes, great coffee etc. The community tennis court is also just a 5 minute walk away and access is free to residents in Casa Alma.

Getting around:

A car is not necessary here. Walking is an easy way to get around because of Casa Alma's great location, but if you want to explore, bikes or scooters are available to rent and taxis abound within a 5 minute walk or on-call. Car rental agencies are also plentiful in Playa if you need to get away for the day.

Local Attractions:

'Playa' as Playa del Carmen is known, locally, has almost unlimited attractions: something for everyone! You'll run out of time here before you run out of things to do - if that's your inclination. But you can also just 'be', chill out, relax and enjoy the villa's quiet spaces or the beach, so close to the villa. For the active, Playa's surroundings offer a multitude of attractions, activities and water sports galore! Don't miss our family's favourites: Xel-Ha, Xcaret and Xplor! A day spent in either of these nearby water-parks includes multiple activities plus great eating in excellent-quality restaurants for outstanding vacation memories.

For local Playa restaurants, don't miss our favourites for great food at reasonable prices: Don Mario, Las Tapas, Sofia, Al Hummus, Carboncitos, Como Como, , El Mercado, Chez Celine, Elementos, Cueva del Chango and the Ah Cacao Mayan chocolate coffee shops. Our local equivalent to Starbucks, (of which there are also many); one within a 5 min walk of the villa.

If you like to fish, you can fish (early or late in the day) right off our local beach or for greater opportunities, local fishermen will pick you up on the beach near the villa, take you into the deep blue and bring you back with your next meal!

We could go on, but prefer to respond to specific questions that are more relevant to particular travellers' needs. So please ask! And please note that Casa Alma is not a typical rental property because we live here year-round and always spend more time here than guests who rent the property. When Casa Alma is rented, we live locally, on hand to provide an information resource and available for managing the property.

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Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018


We are a British/Mexican couple enjoying a wonderful lifestyle, here in Playa, where we have lived, mostly year-round, for the past 13 years. Casa Alma is dedicated to rental use so we are on-hand to respond to any of our guests' concerns and requests. As the ex-patriot, my love of Mexico goes back to when I was based in Washington DC, working for Marriott International and had the great good fortune to be responsible for the construction of two Marriott Hotels in Mexico: Cancun and Puerto Vallarta and to get to know this part of Mexico. I built Casa Alma and have built three other houses in Playacar Phase 1. These days I'm here to ensure that our guests have a carefree vacation and to provide them with any information or recommendations to help them achieve that.

From the time you arrive at the airport, we will be in touch by text or phone to be sure that you have been met by the limo driver. We'll greet you at Casa Alma, show you around and answer your initial questions. Thereafter, we are available, from a house nearby, to help with any questions or to deal promptly with any issue that might arise in response to your text or phone call.

DAVID BOWYER purchased this villa in 2015

Why DAVID BOWYER chose Playa del Carmen

Casa Alma is the 4th villa I've built in Playacar Phase 1, each time to live in myself. Along the way I've changed many things and the best elements are incorporated into Casa Alma, e.g. all-ensuite Bedrooms, terraces with Caribbean Sea views, Lap Pool, great kitchen and the floating staircase is unique! The villa is an excellent choice for a family vacation or for a large group of friends because of it's private spaces and luxury en-suite bedrooms. And it's location is perfect: just steps to the Beach (200 yards) and 10 minutes to Town!

What makes this villa unique

"Playa" is a fun place to be! It's all about the Mexican way of life, at the pace that suits you; and there's something for everyone! We've been living here for 16 years and love the people, area, climate and lifestyle. Our location is privileged and we treasure that above all. We've explored many towns and villages, beaches, cenotes (a must see and do!), theme parks etc along the coast and inland. Come, let us point you in the right direction for you......


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Playa del Carmen in Solidaridad

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Noise curfew: the Playacar Phase 1 Community has a curfew on loud music etc after 11pm
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite to Bedroom 1, with Double Vanity
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , On Second Floor serving Terrace and Solarium
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite to Bedroom 2, First Floor (2nd level)
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Bidet , Ensuite to Bedroom 3, First Floor (2nd level)
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite to Bedroom 4, First Floor (2nd level)
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite to Bedroom 5, Ground Floor
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , On the Ground Floor near the Family Room/Kitchen
  • All full bathrooms have marble floors, walk-in showers with overhead rain-shower and hand-held "telephone" shower, (except bathroom 4 which has a tub). The vanities are white Italian marble and the brightware and accessories are all top quality 'Helvex'. Towels and soaps are provided.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , First Floor (2nd level) with Balcony & Ocean Views
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Double Bed , First Floor (2nd level) with Balcony & Ocean Views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , First Floor (2nd level)
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Ground Floor (1st level)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large Penthouse Studio with Wet Bar, Terrace, Ocean Views
  • TV Studio has a "Day-Bed" full single (3' x 6' 6") for an extra person if necessary.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay was incredible. The highlights:

1. David, the owner, has a gift for hospitality. He arranges transportation from the airport, stocks the kitchen with your favorite wine, beer, fruit and lunch items and is attentive to any concern or need you might have during your stay.

2. The home is large and is situated in a neighborhood that was built around Mayan ruins. Yes, you can visit the ruins on your walks around the area and on your way into town. The home is a lovely 10 minute walk into the heart of Playa and 3 minutes from the ocean beach. It is nestled in a quiet, safe collection of other homes.

3. Playa itself has grown up considerably in the last few years. You can shop old world Mexican street vendors or you can go to "western" chain stores that have emerged in the area. The same is true for restaurants. Classic older Mexican restaurants still exist as well as newer up and coming places featuring French cuisine, sushi, steak or fine Italian. There is something for everyone.

4. Our trip is best summed up by my 16 yr. old son who, when we returned to the states said, "Dad, I'm a little scared after that trip. That trip was so perfect I'm afraid I'll never have another vacation like that again". I told him not to worry. We'd be back at the same place next year trying to have an even more perfect vacation.

David and his home are the best!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Mark, for taking the time to write your generous and thorough review. It's great to know that you all had such a good time. And thank you for providing an informative insight, for future travellers, into staying here in Playa. It was a pleasure to host you and your family and we hope to see you again, next year, when we can do our best to make your stay even better! With kind regards, David
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Everything we hoped for and then some.

  • 5 of 5

Our party of 8 were pleasantly surprised with everything about Casa Alma. David and Sara attended to our every need.

The home is beautiful and equipped with everything you need or want. David found us a wonderful chef on short notice. She prepared a tuna and 2 mahi mahi that we had caught. It was the best meal that we had the whole trip. We also enjoyed Rilandos for some italian food and steaks.

Our transportation to and from the airport and welcome food package was the cherry on top. It was extremely nice to have that in the package. We used taxis quite a bit and they worked great for us on longer trips. We got a van for 8 and sometimes a car for just a few. We consider our overall experience at Casa Alma was worth every penny. We plan on returning.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kay and Alan, Many thanks for writing your wonderful review of your stay here at Casa Alma. It was a pleasure to host your stay. We're delighted that you had such a good time and, now that you are familiar with living here, we look forward to welcoming you back for an even more enjoyable time! Very best wishes, David & Sara.
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Excellent Playa del Carmen vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful and comfortable home in a gated community just a couple of blocks off the beach (not really blocks, very short walk) with great second, third floor and rooftop views of the Caribbean. We had more than ample room for seven guests (teens and above) and every amenity we needed was provided. It's a great place to relax and unwind. David, the owner, was amazing with his support, including providing fresh fruit and other food and drinks, arranging airport shuttles, taxi providers, restaurant and activity recommendations, coordination of a private chef for a wonderful dinner at home, and more. It is situated just outside of Playa such that it is a quick walk to almost anything you need in town and near taxis or rental car offices if you want to go on tours nearby--yet away from the busy town. We felt very safe both at Casa Alma and walking in the neighborhood, on the beach and in town. The ride from Cancun Int'l Airport was less than an hour after arriving on a Friday afternoon and evening and only 45 minutes going back each time on each of three trips leaving at different times on three different week days. It is also less than an hour drive to Tulum and very close (e.g., 15 minutes) to activities such as Rio Secreto (cave) and several cenotes. We loved the open living room/kitchen and patio and the teens loved the second floor "TV den". Daily housekeeping by Sara was great to have and very unobtrusive. Wonderful vacation and great rental with a superb owner/host attentive to all details.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Susan and Pat, Many thanks for coming to stay at Casa Alma; you were the perfect guests and much appreciated by both Sara and me. It's gratifying to read about what a good time you had, as reflected in your glowing review; thank you very much! I really appreciate you having taken the time to write such a thoughtful and detailed report of living in Casa Alma and experiencing it's local environment: Playa and beyond. Your attention to detail will be very helpful to future potential guests, whose many questions and concerns you have preconceived! We truly hope to see you back here as favoured guests....... Kind regards, David
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Great House and Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of seven stayed at Casa Alma over Spring Break and had a wonderful time! There was plenty of space, beautiful decor, fresh flowers in the bathrooms, and constant contact from David and his stepson, Eddie. Quick walk to Fifth Street and the beach. We have stayed in three other homes in Playacar Phase One and this was by far the best! We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Meredith, Many thanks for your glowing review! We are delighted that you had such a good time and would love to have you return to Casa Alma. We’ll show our appreciation by discounting your next stay. Best wishes, David, Eddie and Sarita
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Lovely Villa and Fabulous Location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you David for being right on top of any question or concern. The property was perfect for our family of nine. The kitchen is a well equipped with every item needed to cook meals at home. The beds are comfortable and Villa is cleaned daily. Playa was a five minute walk and the beach is one block away. One note to tennis players the court is in rough shape but the view from the area is gorgeous. We would book the property again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Machell and Mike for your positive review. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the villa and your stay in Playa, so much. it was a treat to host you and I’d love to see you all return. We will be waiting and will be happy to discount your stay. Best wishes, David.
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Gorgeous villa, amazing views, beach quick walk

  • 5 of 5

We'd like to thank David for his hospitality during our recent weeks stay at Casa Alma.

The villa is fully equipped with more of anything you could even think of.

The location to both 5th Avenue and the beach is perfect.

Our Morning walks were so doable,as the entrance to the expansive beach is only a short minute from the house. Walk either direction for as long as you desire.

The spacious rooftop deck with its multiple seating was our favourite spot to hang out.

With incredible views of the water, the cruise and ferry ships, as well as Cozumel.

Enjoying the soft breezes, listening to the waves, birds, and sopping up the sunshine, while enjoying our glasses of wine, reading and using the Internet up there, to still rescue dogs in the USA made this perfect.

The kitchen is fully loaded for cooking. An ice maker in the fridge for our drinks. Wonderful European pop up cabinets and self closing drawers. Sara is the maid who does a fantastic job.

The maintained pool is just off the main area to enjoy, and easy to keep an eye on children.

David's recommendations of restaurants and activities was extremely helpful.

A worry free accommodation,with all the amenities of home, wrapped up in turquoise blue waters

And crystal non hot white sand on the beach.

We did rent a car online from the villa, at Dollar rental. We walked a very short distance to pick it up.Just $100 with third party liability and airport drop off included for three days. We had our own CDW printout from home. A car is not needed at this home, but for sight seeing it's great. Parking at the villa.

From Vancouver BC

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tanya, Thank you for your thorough and positive review of your stay at Casa Alma. I'm delighted that you enjoyed our location and the amenities that Casa Alma offers, so much. And your appreciation of Sara's housekeeping is well received. We'll be looking for your return rental request and will be happy to discount your stay! With best regards, David
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
750 Metres
Nearest Ferry
800 Metres
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Playacar Phase 2
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
750 Metres
Roland's, Aguachiles,
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Playacar Phase 1
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £22.88 per person per night
Property Damage Insurance £45

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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