Sunny, white-sand beaches and the endless sight of the ocean are two of the main things people love when it comes to a vacation. Playa del Carmen is in not short supply of both those things. Located along the coast of the Caribbean Sea, Playa del Carmen is a city in Solidaridad in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Popular for tourists, Playa del Carmen is the one of the most perfect places to go when you’re craving a few days in the sun, with beaches and the ocean at your disposal.
Not to mention the authentic Mexican culture. Due to its location, Playa del Carmen is known for its hot summers and warm, mild winters, making it one of the best vacation destinations regardless of the time of year. If you’re a couple or honeymooners looking for a quiet, private place to spend time together, you’ll be sure to find an adults-only hotel tucked along a private stretch of beach.
Or, if you’re booking a family vacation, you’ll be able to find a large resort with plenty of pools and resort or nearby activities to make sure the whole family stays entertained. There’s so much to see and do in Playa del Carmen, but the first step is to make sure you have the resort that’s right for you.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Playa del Carmen:
1. Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Surrounded by beautiful sands, Mayan jungle gardens and mangroves, the Grand Velas Riviera is located along the Caribbean coast. Perfect for families and couples alike, this resort boasts 539 suites with both an adult-only tower and a tower for families as well. Grand Velas Riviera is an all-inclusive resort, ready to make your vacation an experience to remember.
All-inclusive meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner at any of the onsite restaurants, from international cuisine to fresh seafood. Or, for the couples who like to sneak away, you can also get 24-hour room service. For families, Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers a kids and teens club to keep your kids occupied while take a few hours to yourself at the onsite spa.
2. Fairmont Mayakoba Resort
This resort is truly a sight to behold. The Fairmont Mayakoba Resort is on 240 acres of property, surrounded by tropical forest and crisscrossed with clear, blue waterways and nestled right up against the shoreline of the Caribbean coast. With 401 rooms and suites at your disposal, guests can get a view of the stunning beach or the waterways that intersect the property.
With three on-site restaurants and four cafes and bars, the Fairmont Mayakoba Resort has plenty to choose from when it comes to cuisine. Guests can indulge in world class dining with tastes of modern Mexican and Latin flavors. Perfect for the whole family, this resort has a discovery and activity club for guests 4 to 12 which is both fun and educational.
3. Azul Hotels
The Azul Hotels is perfect for any type of traveler: couples, families with kids, groups of adults or honeymooners. Located on the beach with the Caribbean Sea stretching out in front of its doors, this resort boasts fun and adventure for everyone, alongside luxury treatment. Guests can choose from any number of exquisite one, two or three bedroom suites with personal concierge services.
Azul Hotels boasts ten fantastic dining establishments. Guests will be able to get a taste of all around the world, from French cuisine to the freshest sushi that the Riviera Maya has to offer. Along with activities for both kids and teens, this resort also offers exciting fun for the whole family including live music and magic shows.
4. The Royal Playa del Carmen
Located on Playa del Carmen’s famous Fifth Avenue, the Royal is an all-inclusive and luxury adults-only resort. This resort is perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for that exclusive adult experience. The Royal is a luxury all-suite resort, with private balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows so guests can enjoy every second of their ocean-view suites.
The Royal Playa del Carmen offers seven different dining venues for guests to choose from, as well as five different lounges, a lobby bar and a coffee house. Guests can get a taste of all over the world, with a range of flavors from Italian to local cuisine. Along with the on-site spa for couples who want to rejuvenate together there are also daily activities such a SCUBA lessons and salsa dancing.
5. Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort
Just like it says on the tin, the Royal Hideaway is really a royal experience hideaway. Another perfect resort for couples in all stages of life, the Royal Hideaway is an adult-only resort located on the beautiful white sand beach of Riviera Maya. There are 200 different rooms surrounded by the tropical gardens, with stunning views of the Caribbean.
For dining, there are 6 restaurants that serve all kinds of international dishes, for every guest with every type of craving. Guests can take their pick of any of the resort’s six swimming pools, or spend the day lounging on the beach. You can also take a scuba dive in the nearby reef, or spend the day out on the golf course.
6. Generations Riviera Maya
Generations Riviera Maya boasts themselves to be “the quintessential family resort”. This resort has all suite rooms, all butler service and all gourmet food. Guests will be able to enjoy personal butler service right to their rooms. Located on the magnificent beachfront, Generations Riviera Maya has 162 oceanfront suites where guests can stay with the whole family.
Generations Riviera Maya has a Gourmet Tower, with restaurants and lounges that will fulfill both the guests’ appetite and your desire for real, authentic cuisine and experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The all-inclusive experience at this resort offers kids and teens clubs, snorkeling equipment for those who want to explore the nearby waters, and even a library and reading area.
7. Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
Located on a private beach on the Playa del Carmen bay, Paradisus La Perla is an adult-only all-inclusive resort that makes the perfect getaway for every couple. Surrounded by the white sand private beach and the miles of Caribbean waters, Paradisus La Perla offers rooms and suites with both tropical garden views and windows and balconies that look out over the water.
With fourteen different restaurants for guests to choose from, Paradisus La Perla offers and large array of cuisine to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each restaurant also makes accommodations for vegetarians and food allergies. For the couples who are looking for a real relaxing experience, the Yhi Spa on-site is a full-service spa that will help guests rejuvenate from all the stresses of the outside world.
8. Hacienda Tres Rios
If you’re looking for something a little unique from all the beach resorts, check out Hacienda Tres Rios. This luxury resort is both a beachfront resort, and located in 326 acres of a nature park, surrounding you with tropical, local nature while being beach accessible. There are 257 suites that are inspired by traditional Spanish estates with views of the Caribbean Sea and the encompassing Mayan Jungle.
Take advantage of the Hacienda Tres Rios all-inclusive packages, and get unlimited meals and snacks from all of their on-site restaurants and bars. Guests can also enjoy 24-hour room service. All-inclusive guests can also get exclusive access to the Tres Rios Nature Park tours, along with evening entertainment and daily activities for kids and teenagers.
9. Hotel Valentin Imperial Maya
Nestled between exquisite gardens and a half-mile white sand beach called Playa del Secreto, the Hotel Valentin Imperial Maya is an all-inclusive resort for adults only. Hotel Valentin offers an array of accommodations for guests, with 524 luxurious suites and two or three-story villas, overlooking the Caribbean and the surrounding gardens.
Guests can get a taste of a range of cuisines at the on-site restaurants, including buffet and a ‘la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. No matter if you’re in the mood of French, Italian and local Mexican dishes, you can find your craving here. The Hotel Valentin Imperial Maya is perfectly located so guests can easily reach Cancun for a day trip, or explore the Mayan archaeological sites.
10. Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda
Perfect for families of all sizes and age-ranges, the Paradisus La Esmeralda is located on a private bay, surrounded by lush gardens and the white sand beaches that lead down to the Caribbean Sea. A paradise for all ages, this resort is all-inclusive, with luxury rooms and suites for guests to enjoy.
There are 14 restaurants and 16 bars onsite, with all-inclusive meal plans for guests to get the best and most out of all the cuisine offered here, from Japanese to French to local Mexican affairs. Due to its location, the Paradisus La Esmeralda is located perfectly for adventures through the Mayan historical sites. Or, stay at the resort and enjoy a day on the beach with a snorkel and a paddleboard.
11. Playacar Palace
Surrounded by both the beautiful beaches of Playa del Carmen as well as all excitement and bustle of the famous Fifth Avenue, Playacar Palace is a perfect place for guests to stay who want to be in the middle of all the action. There are 201 luxury suites for guests to choose from, with stunning views of the Caribbean and the white sands of the beaches.
Playacar Palace boasts world-class chefs and cuisine at their on-site restaurants and bars, with a range of international fine-dining as well as more casual dishes for any kind of palate. Along with the shopping, restaurants and entertainment that can be found on Fifth Avenue, Playacar Palace also boasts a paradise spa where guests can come to relax after a day of excitement exploring all the Playa del Carmen has to offer.
12. Hotel Riu Palace Mexico
Just a short drive from Playa del Carmen, sits the Hotel Riu Palace, with elegant and traditional Mexican estate architecture and design. This resort is the perfect place to escape from the rest of the world, while still being close enough to enjoy it. Hotel Riu Palace has 434 guests’ rooms or suites that include living areas and private balconies and terraces.
This all-inclusive resort offers guests delicious Mexican cuisine, or international, Mesoamerican and European dishes with a hint of local flavor. The entertainment here at Hotel Riu is all inclusive as well, and offers guests daily entertainment for both adults and children, as well as live music and shows. Guests can also enjoy a day on the beachfront, with windsurfing and kayaking through the waters.
13. Platinum Yucatan Princess
Surrounded by the lush, tropical vegetation and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Platinum Yucatan Princess resort is an all-inclusive, adults-only beachfront property. Perfect for couples and honeymooners, this resort has 472 rooms designed for maximum comfort and privacy. This is just the place for couples looking for an unforgettable, tropical romantic getaway.
All-inclusive guest will be able to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at any one of the resort’s delicious themed restaurants and bars. In addition to the resort offering a “sport park” where guests can paddleboard or play tennis, there are also daytime and evening entertainment activities.
14. Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique
Another adults-only luxury resort, the Blue Diamond is an upscale resort that is built alongside riverways and the Caribbean Sea. As it is a smaller, more exclusive resort, the Blue Diamond offers guests a choice of 128 suites, with a property that’s spread over 26 acres of tropical jungle and beautiful gardens.
Authentic Mexican cuisine can be found at the restaurants on site, from both casual meals to elegant fine-dining. Guests can also have pool-side meals or enjoy the cigar lounge with a variety of wine and drinks available. With the all-inclusive package, guests can get an ocean dive or snorkeling tour, a Mayan Temazcal spa session, a free round of golf and many more offered activities.
15. The Royal Haciendas
If you’re seeking an all-inclusive resort that’s perfect for families, the Royal Haciendas is just what you’re looking for when you’re getting ready to book your family vacation. Located in a sheltered bay in Playa Del Carmen, the Royal Haciendas is family-friendly and offers spacious suites that will fit the whole family.
Delicious seafood, steak and other Cancun favorites and flavors can be found at any of the onsite restaurants at the Royal Haciendas. Guests can choose between casual meals and fine-dining, with breakfast, lunch and dinner options available. Parents can enjoy a day relaxing by the pool while the kids have fun with daily activities at the supervised kids club, or spend the day together with watersports at the beach.