La Chaya the perfect Playa home base
I was lucky enough to stay at Villa La Chaya on a wonderful vacation/reuniting with college girl friends and their spouses. I see other reviews cover Ricardo he is perfect.From the charming front gate of La Chaya, to the perfect plunge pool, I found the decor so clean and calming, I wish I could have stayed more than the week. Beautiful, gardens, fabulous bed rooms, a block from the beach. I felt so safe everywhere we went. We all love to cook and found the fish market and grocery store, the well equipt kitchen was a pleasure to work in and the fresh seafood and fruit and veg were inspiring as ingredients. One night we had the grilled chickens that can be bought in town, it was delicious, and an easy alternative to going out. We did two day trips, one to Cozumel, we did rent a car there and drove to the beautiful far side of the island, we like to explore. The ferry price and the car were reasonable and all the vendors were friendly and gave us good information. Another day we rented a car and drove to the maya ruin Ek Balam, and stopped in the quaint town of Valladolid, where we had a wonderful lunch of local specialties. A bit of night life in town, the Cuban dance club is vibrant and fun to watch even if you don't dance. One friend bought a wonderful painting from an artist on the main drag. Everyday sunrise walks on the beach, a cooler of snacks and beer under the umbrella on the beach till sun set. Villa La Chaya, is the perfect setting,tropical outside, sleek and sophisticated interiors. In a development of beautiful homes. A quick walk to beach or into town, I highly recommend. Villa La Chaya is a Playa gem to be savored.
Stayed: March 2015 Submitted: June 15, 2015 Source: VRBO
A great place to experience Playa
My family (kids 21 and 17) were met by Ricardo at the airport. He runs a car service recommended by the owners and is a great way to get there and back. There is a Hertz within walking distance for the one day we rented a car to go to Tulum. Loved the house and decor, the proximity to the beach and the quiet, safe streets. The beach is managed so that there are no vendors or salespeople to bother you. Very peacefull and a perfect beach for kids. The kitchen was great for preparing the wonderful produce available in town. Need another kilo of limes? of course you do! take a bike and run to the fruit shop, or stuff your backpack with some of the best grilled whole chickens I have had and bring them back still piping hot. You can chose your own adventure or just relax on the beach. This was our first trip to this part of Mexico and we will be back. If it is available, we will return to Villa la Chaya and would recommend it to you.
Stayed: March 2015 Submitted: April 3, 2015 Source: VRBO
From the time that Ricardo picked us up at the till our departure we had a great time. Ricardo even took us grocery shopping on the way to the house. It was my wife, myself, 21 year old daughter and her friend. The girls felt very safe at the clubs and running about town. Very safe place. One block to a stunning beach that stretches for miles. Fifteen minute walk into town or take the bikes provided with the house. We very seldom went out to eat, as it was more fun to make wonderfully fresh meals in the well appointed kitchen. Great staff. Will return again.
Stayed: January 2015 Submitted: March 23, 2015 Source: VRBO
"One Kings Lane" in Playa Del Carmen
Very well decorated home in Playa del Carmen, a block from private beach in Playcar and a bike ride away (house has bikes) from town, yoga and adventuring. Loved the house, great for families.
Stayed: January 2015 Submitted: January 14, 2015 Source: VRBO
Wonderful Family Vacation
My family stayed at La Chaya for a week in October. The home is beautiful, very clean, has all of the everyday essentials. The housekeeper, Jo was wonderful, keeping the home beautiful, she even did our laundry and for a family of 6 that is no small task. The gardener and the pool guy maintained the outdoor area every other day. Ricardo our driver to and from the airport was prompt and full of information about the area. Claudia, the property manager kept in regular contact with us, making sure that we had everything that we needed. Claudia arranged for a chef to come and cook us a meal one night which was absolutely fabulous. The beach is a block away. The beach has white sand, blue water that is 80 degrees. The beach is very shallow for a long ways out which was very nice for our 10, 7 and two 5 year old children. The market is probably a mile away the kids walked it with no problem. We visited xcaret while there, which is only a 10 minute taxi ride. Xcaret was very impressive, the whole family had fun. Our vacation was wonderful. Thank you Steve for being available and answering any questions that I had and thank you for your wonderful staff of people that maintain the beautiful La Chaya!!
Stayed: October 2014 Submitted: October 20, 2014 Source: VRBO
Excellent house to rent
We really enjoyed our stay at La Chaya, the house is beautiful and very well kept and the location is perfect. You are 2 short blocks to the amazing beach that is between the hotels so it's very quiet and very close to downtown Playa/5th Ave. The house has everything you need to enjoy your stay including beach accessories, bikes to get around, BBQ, 50" TV and a private pool. Rent with confidence.
Stayed: June 2014 Submitted: July 22, 2014 Source: VRBO
Winter escape from Des Moines, IA
. La Chaya was every bit of stunning! Never, have we felt so comfortable as we did while guest at this villa! The fresh local markets, golf courses, shopping, entertainment and international flare made this experience second to none when comparing to previous trips to Mexico. The private beach is exceptional with no vendors, booking agents or loud music so commonly found at the local resorts. Steve & Jane, your home is a beautiful and we cannot wait to book our next family vacation at villa La Chaya! Best regards, The Malmborgs Des Moines, IA
. Stayed: April 2014 Submitted: May 12, 2014 Source: VRBO Recommended
Fabulous stay, amazing home and beach!
We stayed at the LaChaya in April while we were in the area for a work rewards trip. We had been at an all inclusive the first part of our stay and then moved to the beautiful gated beach community - Playa Car Phase 1. This was by far the high point of our visit. The home was spectacular! We have rented vaction homes before and this one was by far the best. It did not feel like a "rental" the decor and ammenities were fantastic and it truly felt like home. We were greeted with ice cold Mexican cervezas and limes in the fridge which we immediatly grabbed and walked down to the beach, which was undter 200 steps. The beach and sand was pristine and not crowded like the all inclusive. It was the most beautiful beach I have seen in my lifetime. Mellow waves, warm aqua marine blue water.... you could float out there all day! There were many options of actvities while we were there, the home came equipt with beach cruisers so we were a quick ride to get fresh grocery / seafood or just cruise through town. We walked the beach every morning for sunrise. It's a quick beach walk as well to town and all kinds of shopping/dining for everyone. The home had everything we needed from a gourmet kitchen, swimming pool to new TV ( netflix) which we only turned on once. I plan to return not only for a girls weekend but also to bring my children as this location and home is perfect for any occasion. Whether you want to hit the town and eat out or just chill on the beach, make dinner and have a few margaritas; it's a perfect getaway!
Stayed: April 2014 Submitted: May 12, 2014 Source: VRBO
Beautiful 3 story house just steps from the beach
We stayed for a week in March '14 for a family trip and loved it! The house was huge and as described in the description/pictures. Great size kitchen with everything you needed. Short walk to the beach and quiet neighborhood. The shed had bikes which were nice to ride into town on. We would definitly stay here again!
Stayed: March 2014 Submitted: May 11, 2014 Source: VRBO
Paradise in the Jungle
La Chaya is the perfect place to wind-down and feel completely soothed by the Mexican breezes blowing off of the ocean. One does not even feel the need for air conditioning because of that and it's perfectly lovely & poetic to see the curtains swaying softly in the wind. The kitchen & outside grill makes one want to cook every night and the beds are so comfortable it's hard not to take too many siestas. There are wonderful ocean and jungle views from the varying terraces and poolside lounging. The sound of birds welcomes one and the animal life is beautiful (and safe). A pleasant 3 minute walk to the beach makes carrying a picnic easy and the town itself is wonderfully Mexican. Playa del Carmen has lots of good quality artisanal shops, authentic Mexican & European restaurants and a great Cuban dance place. I want to go back every year. Just bring your swimsuit.
Stayed: January 2014 Submitted: May 9, 2014 Source: VRBO