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BlueBay Grand Esmeralda

Carretera Federal Chetumal- Puerto Juarez km 300 Camino a la Pileta | Playa del Carmen 77710  [SEE MAP]Playa del Carmen  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Private beach and three pools
Some guests say the rooms are starting to show their age
Sitting next to its sister property – the adults-only Blue Diamond Riviera Maya – along secluded sands just a few miles north of Playa del Carmen, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda caters to guests of all ages. The resort's 979 rooms are particularly comfortable for families, with ample space for parents and kids, as well as flat-screen TVs, minibars and Wi-Fi access (for an additional charge). BlueBay Grand Esmeralda also makes a great home base for beachcombers looking to sprawl along the sand, while the three on-site pools (one of which was created especially for kids) provide an idyllic setting for sunbathing. For more active travelers, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda features tennis courts and pool volleyball. And for those in need of a little extra R&R, the on-site BlueBay Spa boasts a wide range of soothing treatments. Meanwhile, the resort's seven restaurants ensure that everyone's palate is pleased. While a spectrum of cuisine options is a plus for many guests, the highlight of a stay this property is the excellent customer service. However, a few outspoken guests do caution that the guest rooms are starting to show their age.
Playa del Carmen
Hotel Class
Property Type
All-inclusive resort, 979 rooms
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  • 4.0Hotel Class
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Critic Reviews


The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda isn't the most luxurious or over-the-top all-inclusive property in the Riviera Maya district, but the upper-middle-range hotel has a lot to offer for families and couples who are looking for a low-maintenance beach vacation at a good price.

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 12449 have reviewed the BlueBay Grand Esmeralda, giving it a rating of 4, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 12449 reviews 4.0 (based on 12449 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms are decorated in a neutral color palette and feature with traditional furnishings and views of either the ocean or gardens. The property's standard Deluxe Garden View rooms feature flat-screen TVs, alarm clock radios, stocked minibars, coffee makers, remote-controlled lights and private balconies or terraces.
  • Safes available for an extra fee

Standard room size377 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda is located about 8 miles north of Playa Del Carmen. The more than 400-acre oceanfront property is nestled among jungles and mangrove swamps and comes equipped with a private, white-sand beach. If guests want to explore downtown Playa Del Carmen or other area attractions, they will have to rent a car.
  • Car rentals can be arranged
  • Located about 30 miles southwest of Cancun International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The all-inclusive resort offers a buffet and six a la carte restaurants, with a variety of cuisine types including Mexican, seafood, Asian, Italian, French and American. There are snacks and beverages available all day, and there is a 24-hour sports bar on-site.
  • Buffet open for breakfast and lunch

Number of restaurants7

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, Italian, American, Mexican, French

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda Resort has three swimming pools. All pools feature sundecks with shaded areas and lounge chairs set in and around the pool. There's also a white-sand beach with complimentary palapas and lounge chairs.
  • Water sports equipment available for an additional fee
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The resort has a full-service spa with massages, facials and body treatments available.
  • Hairdressers on-site

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The resort offers a kids club with supervised activities. There are also a variety of family-friendly activities including a giant chess board and Aquagym.
  • Babysitting available for an extra fee
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs


The resort has a fitness center with cardio machines and strength-training equipment. There's also in-pool volleyball, along with water activities and table tennis.
  • Water sports equipment available for an additional fee
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda Resort has event space for up to 650 people. There are three meeting spaces, as well as a theater that can host meetings, conferences and conventions.
  • Audiovisual equipment available for an extra fee
  • Translation services available

Number of meeting rooms3

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The hotel can host wedding ceremonies and receptions. The property offers event coordination as well as packages which include a Champagne check-in, location setup, reception and wedding cake. There are beachfront locations available, and the property offers three indoor venues along with a theater space for banquet style events with up to 360 guests.

    Maximum wedding guest capacity360

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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