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  • #1
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    Grand Velas Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    This 85-acre, all-inclusive property approximately 5 miles northeast of central Playa del Carmen, Mexico, garners rave reviews from its guests. The accommodations impress with whirlpool tubs, 42-inch plasma-screen TVs and at least 1,100 square feet of space. Meanwhile, guests consistently praise the resort's excellent customer service, its gourmet cuisine and its revitalizing spa services. During your stay, you can sign up for invigorating treatments like the Mayan Jade Facial or the Coffee & Cocoa Experience. If you're more interested in staying active, consider breaking a sweat in the fitness center, signing up for a free fitness class or borrowing complimentary kayaks and boogie boards at the beach. The all-inclusive rates also cover meals at the property's eight restaurants and other privileges, such as kids and teens club activities, 24-hour concierge services and drinks. Plus, the hotel is part of the Preferred hotel group, so members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points and use free night certificates here.
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    Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    Sandwiched between the Asian-influenced Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the sensual Rosewood Mayakoba, this member of the AccorHotels family upholds its brand's standards along this luxurious stretch of sand just northeast of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The property houses 401 guest rooms and suites, all of which come outfitted with tropical-inspired decor, soaking tubs, LCD televisions and Wi-Fi access (which the daily $23 resort fee covers). Nestled within 240 acres of tropical forest, the resort also sits next to the El Camaleón golf course. Additionally, the property features the 37,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, as well as four eateries, two pool bars and a gourmet market. And if you're traveling with children, take them to the Discovery Club & Adventure Camp (for ages 5 to 11), where they can spend their days making piñatas or origami souvenirs. To make the most of your stay at this Fairmont outpost, consider booking one of the resort's promotional packages. But be careful: Some guests warn that the property's high food and drink prices can quickly raise your final bill. To help cut costs, use accrued AccorHotels loyalty program points to pay for your room.
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    Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    At this adults-only AMResorts outpost (located 12 miles north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico), guests can enjoy Secrets' Unlimited-Luxury benefits, which include free Wi-Fi access, limitless meals at the resort's eight eateries, 24-hour concierge service and complimentary green fees at the Grand Coral Golf Course, not to mention access to nonmotorized water sports equipment. Meanwhile, each of this Secrets resort's 412 suites comes outfitted with a four-poster bed, a Jacuzzi, a satellite TV, a Nespresso coffee machine and a furnished terrace or balcony. When you're not unwinding in your digs, head to the beach. Travelers say the sand is always clean, beach chairs abound and the staff could not have been more attentive to guests. Plus, the resort offers complimentary access to sailing, windsurfing and snorkeling gear. If you're not in the mood for enjoying some sand and surf, you'll still find plenty of places to unwind around the resort's two massive pools. For an extra dose of pampering, book an appointment at the 13,000-square-foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia. Though spa services cost extra, past visitors say the massages and body treatments, which include everything from Swedish massages to seaweed wraps, are well worth the price.
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    Mahekal Beach Resort
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    If a romantic getaway is what you're after, consider a stay at the Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa Del Carmen. Favored among couples for its intimate atmosphere, peaceful rooms and stellar staff, the Mahekal Beach Resort continually impresses twosomes – and many even plan repeat visits to the property. Those traveling sans significant other say much of the same, especially in regards to the size of the resort, which lodgers describe as not too big and not too small. But that's not to say the resort skimps on amenities: Mahekal offers five on-site restaurants and bars (not including its pool bars), four pools, a spa, a fitness center, direct beach access and the Vida Aquatica Dive Center, which provides water sport rentals, fishing trips and snorkel tours on top of scuba certification and excursions. Guests ate up the thatched-roof accommodations and the palm trees that surround them. Standard rooms feature private terraces with hammocks, complimentary Wi-Fi access, bathrooms with walk-in showers and organic, Mayan-inspired bath amenities. The only complaint among recent lodgers? Those who stayed at Mahekal Beach Resort during Playa Del Carmen's music festivals (which typically occur in December and January) said a relaxing vacation is not easy to come by thanks to all the extra noise and guests.
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    Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Catching up on some quality rest and relaxation comes naturally to guests staying at the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya. This relatively small adults-only resort – which has just 128 rooms and suites – sprawls across beige sands and sits roughly 6 miles north of central Playa del Carmen. Blue Diamond Riviera Maya keeps things simple and classy – guest suites come outfitted in crisp, white decor with rich wood accents, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace or garden, not to mention high-end amenities like outdoor bathtubs, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, and in some rooms, private plunge pools. Guests love the look and feel of Blue Diamond Riviera Maya, but they're even more impressed by all that's included in the room rate. A stay at this all-inclusive resort covers not only access to three pools, three restaurants and beachfront concierge services, but also includes access to an 18-hole golf course, yoga classes and a fitness center. What's more, the property features the Spa by Blue Diamond, which offers unique therapies like seaweed wraps and hot stone massages.
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    Generations Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Generations Riviera Maya is an all-suite, all-inclusive resort that sits about halfway between Playa del Carmen and Cancun on the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The beachfront resort offers 162 suites, all with large balconies or terraces. Some larger suites are equipped with swim-up balconies that connect to the infinity pool. Guests are complimentary of the spacious accommodations and also praise the customer service and variety of food found at the on-site restaurants. Generations Riviera Maya boasts five dining spots that serve Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Asian and international cuisine, as well as several bars – one of which is a swim-up bar. The resort welcomes children, and the property's Eko Kids Club offers supervised games and enrichment activities for guests ages 4 to 12. Both kids and adults will enjoy the resort's infinity pool that stretches along the length of the property, as well as the Jacuzzis available in every suite. Although guests heap praise on the resort's pools and restaurants, some lament the property's small, rocky beach. Next to the resort are two of Karisma's other Riviera Maya properties, El Dorado Casitas Royale and El Dorado Royale, and guests ages 18 and older can use the facilities at both of these locations.
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    Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Stretched across northern Playa del Carmen's sands alongside its sister resort, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda earns high praise from guests for its prime beach access, family-friendly atmosphere and elegant appearance. The resort's 488 suites each feature separate bedroom and living areas, as well as 40-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars, 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi access. If you're traveling with kids, stay in a Family Concierge suite, which comes appointed with extras like children's bed and bath amenities and video game consoles (upon request) – not to mention a private Jacuzzi. The kids club is also a hit with previous visitors: While adults relax at the YHI Spa or indulge in a poolside cocktail at the swim-up bar, kids can enjoy some fun on the beach or make new friends in the Kids Zone. Introduced in December 2018, the Splash Water Park is another diversion your young ones will love. And at the end of the day, 14 restaurants and plethora of bars and lounges will satisfy a wide variety of cravings.
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    Hilton Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Thanks to its downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico, location, this Hilton outpost grants guests easy access to both the beach and area bars. Travelers can walk to the Riviera Maya's soft sands for some sun and then stroll over to Playa del Carmen's Fifth Avenue, home to the city's most-loved shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. But that's not the only reason why travelers rave about this adults-only resort: Guests compliment the hospitable staff, the quality of the food at the resort's seven restaurants and the variety of amenities the property's all-inclusive room rates cover. When nighttime rolls around, you'll bed down in spacious accommodations outfitted with two-person Jacuzzis, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi access and private terraces, balconies or patios. Some suites also boast direct beach or swim-up pool access. To save some coin, Hilton Honors rewards program members can cash in points here.
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    Playacar Palace
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Located in the upscale Playacar neighborhood of southern Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Playacar Palace earns rave reviews from past guests for its quality customer service. Many travelers credit the all-inclusive resort's friendly employees with making Playacar Palace feel truly palatial. The 201 guest rooms and suites feature Smart TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, liquor cabinets, and, in some cases, personal Jacuzzi tubs. But travelers don't need to spend much time in their rooms: Playacar Palace cozies up to an expansive stretch of Riviera Maya shoreline and tempts guests out of their abodes with a large pool, three restaurants and soothing spa treatments at the Awe Spa.
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    Royal Service at Paradisus La Perla
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Royal Service at Paradisus La Perla is the crème de la crème of resort experiences. Here, you are treated like a VIP throughout your stay thanks to the all-inclusive Royal Service package. This includes butler service, as well as a private pool, beach and check-in area that other guests of the larger Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla resort complex cannot access. Suites also come with additional conveniences. Each only permits adults and is outfitted with a flat-screen TV, a Nespresso coffee maker and a terrace with a private whirlpool. And when it's time to eat, you'll have access to priority dining reservations at all of the resort's a la carte restaurants and the private Royal Service eatery, La Palapa. Other on-site amenities include a private fitness center and a salon. Though lodgers admit that stays in suites with Royal Service perks will put a dent in your wallet, many say that the indulgence is worth the extra expense.
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    Royal Hideaway Playacar – Adults Only
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    With unique privileges like exclusive villa concierge service and fresh fruit upon arrival, Royal Hideaway Playacar – Adults Only takes extra steps to ensure a memorable experience, and past guests said it delivers. Those who have stayed at this all-inclusive resort cite the excellent customer service as a reason to return. With more than 200 accommodations, Royal Hideaway is smaller than other resorts set in Playa del Carmen's Playacar neighborhood. However, each guest room and suite is appointed with traditional Mexican design elements, a satellite television, a coffee maker and a private balcony or terrace. Royal Hideaway's room rates also include access to six pools, two tennis courts, a variety of land activities and water sports (including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing), a fitness center and evening entertainment. Plus, meals, drinks and snacks at the resort's six a la carte restaurants won't rack up your tab. Royal Hideaway also houses a full-service spa, though treatments are not covered in the all-inclusive rate.
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    Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Sharing Playa del Carmen's northern fringes with fellow Paradisus property La Esmeralda, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla provides R&R-seeking adults with respite from the family-centric atmosphere found on the other side of the resort complex. As for dining, La Perla offers 14 restaurants and countless bars. And should you want to relax by the pool without the risk of getting splashed, you can reserve a swim-up suite, all of which include minibars, free Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TVs. For an extra dose of luxury, previous visitors highly recommend splurging on a Royal Service suite. Guests who stay in a Royal Service suite are treated to a terrace furnished with a Jacuzzi and exclusive access to a private beach area as well as personal butler service and preferential reservations at the resort's restaurants and YHI Spa.
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    Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Encompassing 71 acres of seafront property a few miles north of Playa del Carmen, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun provides a serene environment for a couple's escape. At this adults-only member of the AMResorts family, guests are treated to Secrets' Unlimited-Luxury privileges, which include 24-hour private concierge services and limitless drinks and meals at the resort's six restaurants, four bars and lounges and in-house cafe. Past guests especially rave about the hospitable and helpful hotel staff, claiming staff members go above and beyond to cater to guests' needs. Each room is appointed with an elegant four-poster bed, a Mediterranean-inspired color scheme and a private balcony or terrace. Secrets Capri's nightly rates also include access to on-site recreation facilities, such as the 16,000-square-foot swimming pool, a wide swath of Riviera Maya beachfront and a variety of activities like yoga, tequila tastings and Spanish lessons. Plus, guests of Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun can enjoy complimentary use of the nearby Grand Coral Riviera Maya golf course. You can also indulge in a massage at the 14,000-square-foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia, but treatments are not covered in the all-inclusive package.
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    Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    If you're looking to take advantage of Riviera Maya's party-hard reputation, this probably isn't the right resort for you. But if you're craving a relaxing escape, the atmosphere at Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort will suit you well. Surrounded by 326 acres of parkland (150 acres of which is a nature preserve) just about 8 miles north of Playa del Carmen, this resort boasts guest rooms outfitted in modern Mexican decor. In fact, Hacienda Tres Ríos's mahogany furnishings and marble floors are just one of the reasons behind the resort's eco-friendly status. Plus, the property's sustainable air conditioning and water filtering systems help protect the 131 animal species and 120 types of flora that call this area home. Accommodations feature flat-screen satellite TVs, and most are appointed with a Jacuzzi. What's more, the all-inclusive resort grants access to two swimming pools, a private beach, fitness classes and unlimited food at the seven on-site restaurants at no additional fee. And though it will cost you extra, the Ya’ax Che Spa offers traveler-approved body treatments and massages. Keep in mind, though, that recent travelers thought the sales presentation and staff were a bit aggressive, and many were disappointed with the on-site beach.
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    Family Concierge at Paradisus La Esmeralda
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The all-inclusive Family Concierge at Paradisus La Esmeralda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, has everything families need to keep them entertained for days on end. Parents praise multiple aspects of the property, including the spacious suites, the exceptional customer service and, of course, the many conveniences available to children. Kids here can enjoy a range of standard and specialized amenities, from a kids club and a children's pool area with a pirate ship climbing structure to an in-room kids aromatherapy menu and a "bathtime" whirlpool setup service. Meanwhile, adults have access to their own pool with a swim-up bar and in-water lounge chairs, as well as spa treatments, fitness classes and enrichment classes, such as wine tastings and sushi making. After working up an appetite, travelers can dine at one of 13 on-site restaurants, which serve everything from Latin American-inspired cuisine to Asian fusion fare to Basque-French dishes concocted by Michelin-starred chef Martín Berasategui. Then, families can unwind in their suites. All feature private terraces, flat-screen TVs, turndown service with milk and cookies and minibars stocked with alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.
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    The Royal Haciendas
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Easily recognized by its bright yellow exterior, The Royal Haciendas all-inclusive resort overlooks the Caribbean Sea from its seat on the north end of Playa del Carmen. Guests are consistently impressed by the accommodations here; visitors have their choice of a junior, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite, although previous guests recommend opting for more space in order to have access to a private whirlpool tub and full kitchen. All suites feature a private balcony overlooking the ocean, ample living space and TVs with DVD players. Meanwhile, The Royal Haciendas all-inclusive package grants unlimited access to the resort's two restaurants, bars and ample on-site facilities (like six pools, whirlpools, three tennis courts and nonmotorized water sports equipment). However, the customer service receives mixed reviews from past visitors; some say the customer service was not on par with other resorts in the area, while others describe the staff as pleasant and accommodating.
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    Hotel Riu Palace Mexico
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Nestled in the upscale Playacar area just south of downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Mexico boasts all of the key ingredients for a relaxing Mexican escape. The expansive, palm-lined property – which also encompasses the Hotel Riu Palace Mexico's sister property, the Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya – features a variety of amenities, including four pools, six restaurants, the Renova Spa and the RiuLand kids program. Plus the Hotel Riu Palace Mexico complex sits just steps from 18 holes of golf and soft sands that lead to the Caribbean Sea. What's more, this RIU property's suites earn high marks from recent visitors. All 434 accommodations come equipped with satellite TVs, minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi access, beverage dispensers, bathtubs and private balconies or terraces.
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    Iberostar Selection Paraíso Maya
    Playa Paraiso
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    For beach access, an abundance of amenities and proximity to bustling Playa del Carmen, stay at Iberostar Selection Paraíso Maya in Punta Maroma, Mexico. This GRUPO IBEROSTAR outpost sits less than 14 miles northeast of the famous nightlife destination. At this all-inclusive property, you'll find Mexico-inspired touches like a lobby bar with a replica Chichén Itzá pyramid and a lazy river surrounded by lush vegetation. You can also take a dip in one of eight pools, including a wave pool and a pool with waterslides. If you're traveling with little ones, drop them off at the supervised Star Camp for age-appropriate activities (which your all-inclusive room rate covers) while you tee off at the golf course or unwind with a treatment at the spa (charges apply). When you work up an appetite, grab a bite to eat in one of six on-site restaurants, two of which are buffets. Then, enjoy an evening of dancing at the Galaxy Nightclub or relax in your suite. Past guests loved the spacious accommodations – which offer minibars, free Wi-Fi access and outdoor spaces – although a few suggested light sleepers ask for a suite on a higher floor and away from the main pool to avoid excessive noise.
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    Iberostar Paraíso Del Mar
    Playa Paraiso
    • Free WiFi

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    If your perfect Mexico vacation consists of lounging on a beach, savoring gourmet cuisine and participating in countless activities – all without straying far from your hotel room – then consider staying at Iberostar Paraíso Del Mar. This 388-room GRUPO IBEROSTAR resort, which sits 13 miles northeast of downtown Playa del Carmen, Mexico, covers a multitude of activities and amenities in its all-inclusive rates. You'll have access to four pools, tennis courts, a nightclub and a kids camp. Plus, you can partake in water sports like kayaking and windsurfing at the beach, though previous travelers warned that seaweed might be prevalent. You can also pamper yourself at the on-site spa or hit the links at the 18-hole golf course, which sits adjacent to the property at Iberostar Paraíso Beach, for an additional fee. When your stomach starts to grumble, treat yourself to a snack at the ice cream parlor or grab-and-go beach grill. Or, head to one of the resort's six restaurants for a more substantial meal. Past diners rave about all of the on-site dining options, especially the international and Mexican buffets. Many were equally impressed with the property's clean accommodations, which offer minibars, complimentary Wi-Fi access and balconies or terraces.
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    Hidden Beach, Au Naturel Resort by Karisma
    Kantenah
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    In case the "Au Naturel" in its name didn't tip you off, this adults-only all-inclusive is a nudist resort. If this is the type of vacation you've been searching for, you're in luck because you can do just about anything in the nude here. Everything from activities to dining can be enjoyed without clothes. And with just 43 suites, past guests said the property is intimate enough that you won't feel self-conscious embracing the nudist concept. Plus, the resort is shaded by a mangrove jungle and protected by 24-hour security to deter any interlopers. Rooms are outfitted with Jacuzzis for two, minibars, iPod docking stations and 42-inch plasma TVs. Recent visitors recommended booking a first-floor swim-up suite, where you'll have access to the pool right outside your terrace. When you're not relaxing by the pool or getting a massage at the beach, sign up for morning yoga or the resort's evening theme parties. If you're in the mood to venture off the property, you can head next door to the El Dorado Seaside Suites, but keep in mind that you must be clothed once you're off Hidden Beach property. At the neighboring hotel, you'll have access to El Dorado's 10 restaurants. But if you prefer to dine sans clothes, head back to Hidden Beach. Past guests say the food at the La Vista Restaurant is delicious, especially the breakfast and lunch menu. You'll find Hidden Beach on Kantenah Bay, about 19 miles south of Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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    Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    If you value a resort's pool as much as its location and service, then Playa del Carmen, Mexico's Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya won't disappoint: This adults-only, all-inclusive property boasts one of the largest swimming pools in Mexico. However, the pool's mammoth size also means it's pretty popular with guests. In fact, recent visitors suggest setting a morning alarm to reserve your lounge chair, as the most coveted poolside and beachside seats are occupied by mid-morning. Think they're exaggerating? Take one look at the chalky sands of the adjacent Playa Del Secreto (The Secret Beach) and you'll see why lodgers forgo the extra sleep. If you can't stake out a primo spot, head to the spa for more secluded relaxation and enjoy facials, massages and body treatments. After a healthy dose of pampering, soak up the Caribbean Sea or pool views from your private furnished balcony or terrace. Accommodations also come equipped with free Wi-Fi access, stocked minibars, flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs. And if all the relaxation leaves you feeling famished, enjoy unlimited meals and drinks at one of seven on-site restaurants, which offer a range of international cuisines. Travelers especially recommend L'Olivo, the Italian-American eatery, and Ginger, a teppanyaki spot that dishes up Japanese-inspired dishes. An additional dining venue, The Corner, is also available, but keep in mind that charges apply for meals here.
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    Azul Beach Resort The Fives Playa del Carmen
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    With roughly 5 miles separating The Fives Azul Beach Resort Playa del Carmen from Playa del Carmen's busy downtown area, this property lures travelers with the promise of seclusion. Although Azul Beach Resort rubs elbows with esteemed competitors – such as the Banyan Tree Mayakoba and the Fairmont Mayakoba – along the resort town's northern shoreline, this property can easily rest on its own laurels. Housing 571 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites (all equipped with flat-screen TVs, spacious bathrooms and private balconies or terraces), Azul Beach Resort makes a great home base for group travelers. More active vacationers can take advantage of the resort's organized scuba diving, horseback riding or golf packages, and those in need of some R&R can relax with a beachfront massage or a private yoga session (for an additional fee). For even more pampering, guests can indulge in a treatment at Vassa Spa, which offers therapies like aromatherapy massages and facials. Meanwhile, guests say that the resort's swimming pools, My Gym play area at Azulitos Playhouse and Extreme Breeze Teens Club activities meet family expectations. Plus, with nine restaurants serving globally inspired fare, this property caters to just about any palate.
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    Ocean Riviera Paradise
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    For ample activities and facilities, consider staying at the Ocean Riviera Paradise. This resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, boasts a shopping center, a spa, a bowling alley, a nightclub, 10 restaurants and 13 meeting rooms, among other amenities. Parents were especially impressed with the variety of activities in the Daisy Club (for kids ages 4 to 12) and the Teen Club (for teens between 13 and 17). If you'd rather spend your vacation soaking up some sun, lounge by one of five outdoor pools or rent water sports equipment (for an extra fee) at the beach. When you're ready to retire for the evening, make your way to your spacious suite. Housed in four areas – Daisy (for families), Privilege (a VIP section), Edén (which is by the beach) and El Beso (an adults-only spot) – all accommodations feature seating areas with sleeper sofas, bathrooms with rain showers and whirlpool tubs, and balconies or terraces. What's more, suite rates are all-inclusive, covering conveniences like daily parking, Wi-Fi access, butler service and all meals and drinks. But despite the resort's positives, some previous visitors bemoaned the musty smells in their suites, as well as the beach's rocky surface.
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    Platinum Yucatán Princess All Suites & Spa Resort Adults Only
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    4.5-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Those unwilling to share their precious vacation space with families can rejoice: the Platinum Yucatán Princess is strictly an adults-only property. Even if it did allow children, families may not find this all-inclusive resort appealing. The property features an ultra-contemporary design, has more bars than restaurants (eight bars compared to six eateries), and a nightclub. Not to mention, most in-room bathrooms are separated by not-so-private frosted glass. Couples, however, love this property, so much so that there's a class of rooms called the honeymoon suites, which come with a bottle of sparkling wine and feature hydromassage tubs on the terraces. Standard suites are still spacious, outfitted with sofa beds and iPod docking stations, as well as coffee makers, flat-screen TVs, minibars stocked daily and a balcony or terrace of their own. Some guests, however, recommend splurging for a swim-up room, which offers terraces connected to one of the property's pools. Others say if you're looking for a quiet experience, book away from the noisy main pool. The resort is also steps away from the beach, but some travelers suggest venturing to other nearby beaches, as they said the one in front of the hotel is loaded with seaweed. You can find the Platinum Yucatan Princess in Playa del Carmen, about 31 miles south of Cancun International Airport.
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    Grand Sunset Princess
    Playa del Carmen
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free Breakfast

    • Free Parking

    • Free WiFi

    Rubbing elbows with its sister property, the Grand Riviera Princess, the all-inclusive Grand Sunset Princess makes a great choice for families and larger groups because of its lofty accommodations. And thanks to the property's Princess Resort ties, guests can take advantage of seven a la carte restaurants, two buffets, 10 bars, 12 swimming pools (including four specifically designed for children) and a spa complex housed on the Grand Princess property before bedding down in spacious suites. Travelers who have previously hung their hats in Sunset's suites compliment the resort's atmosphere, describing the decor as elegant. Separate living areas and terraces provide plenty of space to stretch out, while amenities like minibars, satellite TVs and – in some suites –Jacuzzi tubs add an extra dose of luxury. (Just be aware that the larger Laguna Villa Suite and Platinum Suite require a four-night minimum stay and the Junior Suite Deluxe Swimout and the Yucatan Platinum suites are for adults only.)

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