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Oh, Maya heavens

Maya Villa, Room 414, Bedroom 1
Maya Villa, Room 414, Bedroom 1
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When we turned the doorknob to Room 414 at Maya Villa, I’m not sure that I had a picture of what to expect.
 
Since I’ve covered tourism for many years, I’ve found hotels each have a unique spin on hospitality, décor, and ambiance.
 
Maya Villa in Playa del Carmen is truly unlike any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. It felt like a palace – practically marble everything, clean and inviting, quiet, and complete with way more space than I was prepared for.
 
Boyfriend and I walked into a two-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-patio suite, and it had a fully equipped kitchen – blender, microwave, toaster oven, full set of knives, dishes, stainless steel appliances, dark wood cabinetry, and tons of kitchen space – I wanted to move in!
 
That’s precisely the point.
 
Maya Villa has 17 luxury condominiums. These one-, two-, and three-bedroom units come with rich Mayan-style décor, gourmet kitchens, flat-screen televisions, and a bunch of extras, including the center garden courtyard with a gecko-shaped pool and Jacuzzi, maid service, and underground parking. The property also features six penthouses.
 
And this is only one of the four properties owned by Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen. The vision of real estate developer and New York native Jack Perlman, Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen has a collection of properties: Villas Sacbe (12 condos), Porto Playa (21 condos), El Taj (16 condos), and Maya Villa.
 
A fifth property, El Taj Beachfront Condominium, currently is being built. It’s expected to be delivered Jan. 2010 and will feature a beach club, dive shop, and restaurant. Condos there will sell from $415,000 to $2 million.
 
As it turns out, Maya Villa’s Room 414 is for sale. Pricetag: $430,000. (I did the math, and I technically don’t have the 10 percent down to take possession of the property.)
 
Depending on the type of room and the time of year, a rental in Maya Villa can go from $195 a night for a one-bedroom unit to $740 a night for a three-bedroom, three-floor penthouse. (Tip: Summer here is their slow season. Better room deals to be had there.)
 
When Room 414 is bought and the homeowner is in town, the condo will not be available to rent. When the homeowner is away, Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen will manage its rental.
 
Sales manager Sandra Lee-Champagne said it’s a set up that homeowners have come to appreciate when they’re buying the properties – they trust Condo Hotels will take care of their homes while they are away, and these folks have kept tabs on new projects to “follow” the company to further investments.
 
After Boyfriend and I ran through our temporary digs, we wandered over to the 5th Avenue shopping district and grabbed some sugar (specifically, gelato).
 
Then we went to the beach. Because that’s what you do when you’re in Playa.
 
(Up next: We tackle Tulum, our first cenote, and snorkeling in Cozumel. Missed yesterday’s post? Here you go.)
 

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