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The Best Playa Del Carmen All Inclusive Resorts

10 Best All Inclusive Resorts in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Updated June 2024 ⋅ Written by Vanessa Howard ⋅ Edited by Laura Schulthies

The Best Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Resorts
Best Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Resorts: Playacar Palace

Welcome to Playa Del Carmen

Choosing the best Playa Del Carmen all inclusive resort for your needs can be challenging. Especially with more than 60 all inclusive resorts in the greater Playa Del Carmen area to pick from! Selecting the perfect resort depends on numerous factors, including who’s joining you on the vacation, location, price, amenities and more. For example, if you’re traveling with kids, searching through dozens of adults only resorts would be a huge waste of time. That’s where we come in.

In this article, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you and gone through all the resorts in the area to find you the best of the best. We’ll tell you our top choices for each type of vacation and help you plan the most fantastic holiday imaginable. We’ll look at who the resort is perfect for, the onsite restaurant offerings, unique entertainment options and, most importantly, proximity to the beach!

We’ve outlined our Top 10 picks below and given you some insight into why we love them. This includes our Best Playa Del Carmen Resort Overall, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, which brings beachfront relaxation to everyone by including both family and adults only areas. Our choice for the Best Budget Resort, Iberostar Tucan, has epic lagoon style swimming pools complete with a waterfall grotto. Our Best Resort For Families, Paradissus Playa Del Carmen, actually has a waterpark inside (though you should also check out the nearby Nickelodeon Resort in Puerto Morelos just north of Playa Del Carmen). Meanwhile, the Secrets Maroma is convincingly the Best Adults Only All inclusive Resort in Playa Del Carmen with its luxurious swim-up suites and more. Take a look below for more of our Top 10 all inclusive resorts in Playa Del Carmen.

Choosing the best Playa Del Carmen all inclusive resort for your needs can be challenging. Especially with more than 60 all inclusive resorts in the greater Playa Del Carmen area to pick from! Selecting the perfect resort depends on numerous factors, including who’s joining you on the vacation, location, price, amenities and more. For example, if you’re traveling with kids, searching through dozens of adults only resorts would be a huge waste of time. That’s where we come in.

In this article, we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you and gone through all the resorts in the area to find you the best of the best. We’ll tell you our top choices for each type of vacation and help you plan the most fantastic holiday imaginable. We’ll look at who the resort is perfect for, the onsite restaurant offerings, unique entertainment options and, most importantly, proximity to the beach!

We’ve outlined our Top 10 picks below and given you some insight into why we love them. This includes our Best Playa Del Carmen Resort Overall, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, which brings beachfront relaxation to everyone by including both family and adults only areas. Our choice for the Best Budget Resort, Iberostar Tucan, has epic lagoon style swimming pools complete with a waterfall grotto. Our Best Resort For Families, Paradissus Playa Del Carmen, actually has a waterpark inside (though you should also check out the nearby Nickelodeon Resort in Puerto Morelos just north of Playa Del Carmen). Meanwhile, the Secrets Maroma is convincingly the Best Adults Only All inclusive Resort in Playa Del Carmen with its luxurious swim-up suites and more. Take a look below for more of our Top 10 all inclusive resorts in Playa Del Carmen.

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Where to Stay in Playa Del Carmen

The Top Neighborhoods

  CENTRO

Centro is a can’t miss vital and lively tourist area in Playa del Carmen. Shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, and more dot the streets here. Everything is walkable, and the primary walking street is the broad La Quinta 5th Ave. It’s lined with vendors, tour shops, performers, tequila tasting rooms, and everything else you could imagine.

  THE NORTH END

Following the beach north from Centro, you’ll enter the North End after passing Ave. Constituyentes. This residential, Airbnb and condo area is quieter and has a more relaxed vibe but still provides easy walking access to Centro. If you’re renting a vacation home for a large group, this is a wonderful area as it’s on the rise. 

  PLAYACAR

Playacar is a large-scale residential development south of Centro. Great beaches, a few hotels and restaurants, and a quieter, more laid-back vibe. Golf courses, parks, and shopping centers define these “suburbs” of Playa del Carmen. It’s a fantastic area to stay in and if you’re looking for tranquility you’ll love the quiet and calm ambiance here.

  CENTRO

Centro is a can’t miss vital and lively tourist area in Playa del Carmen. Shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs, and more dot the streets here. Everything is walkable, and the primary walking street is the broad La Quinta 5th Ave. It’s lined with vendors, tour shops, performers, tequila tasting rooms, and everything else you could imagine.

  THE NORTH END

Following the beach north from Centro, you’ll enter the North End after passing Ave. Constituyentes. This residential, Airbnb and condo area is quieter and has a more relaxed vibe but still provides easy walking access to Centro. If you’re renting a vacation home for a large group, this is a wonderful area as it’s on the rise. 

  PLAYACAR

Playacar is a large-scale residential development south of Centro. Great beaches, a few hotels and restaurants, and a quieter, more laid-back vibe. Golf courses, parks, and shopping centers define these “suburbs” of Playa del Carmen. It’s a fantastic area to stay in and if you’re looking for tranquility you’ll love the quiet and calm ambiance here.

Playa Del Carmen Map

Playa Del Carmen Map

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

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Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Dubbed one of the most relaxing resorts in the Riveria Maya, this AAA Five Diamond Luxury resort is perfect for anyone and everyone. The Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers three unique accommodation options so you can find the perfect fit for your needs. For a romantic escape, book Grand Class rooms with private plunge pools, jacuzzis, and terraces. Traveling with the family? Ambassador suites are available with multiple rooms and convenient access to a kids club. If you need more peace and quiet, the Zen Grand collection of suites are nestled in the jungle a short shuttle ride away with their own restaurants, Koi pond and swimming pools.

Relax or play in the resort’s 3 swimming pools, or have fun kayaking or boogie boarding in the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes are available daily. Other amenities include a fitness center, a kids club, a teens club, and for adults, the SE Spa which offers a slate of treatments and 8 luxurious water experiences for your complete relaxation.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya has 8 restaurants and 6 bars, that offer plenty of dining and libation options. Try Azul for international cuisine and modern Mexican-inspired dishes with beautiful views of Playa del Carmen. Piaf offers fine French delicacies, while Luca has an extensive Italian menu and Sen Lien provides a wide variety of Asian-inspired choices. Make sure to check out Sky Bar, the rooftop lounge perfect for catching a beautiful sunset with a delicious cocktail in hand. With so many culinary options, it’s no wonder guests return time and time again.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Everyone! Whether you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway, a family wanting to make memories, or a group wanting to relax and soak in the island vibes, this resort has something for everyone.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: World-class SE Spa. Babysitting services for parents. Romance packages for couples.
  • Swimming Pools: 3 Swimming Pools.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a white sand beach with calm, gentle water perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Can’t Miss For Grown Ups: Authentic Mexican treatments at SE Spa, such as the Xkalim Mayan Gourd Massage, the signature Seven-Step Water Ceremony, and the Wellness Lunar Massage.
  • Can’t Miss For Kids: The Kids’ Club, where kids ages 4-12 can make friends while enjoying storytelling, arts & crafts, movies, board games, and a video area with gaming systems. The Teens’ Club, for teens aged 13 and up, has video games, a killer sound system, a disco floor and lights, karaoke, a cafe with teen-friendly drinks and snacks, foam parties and flag football games.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 8 Restaurants and 6 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: Advanced reservations are recommended at all restaurants, including Piaf, Azul, Frida, Bistro, Chaká, Sen Lin, Cocina de Autor, and Lucca. Reservations can be made here.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 32.4 miles (52.2 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free self and valet parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen

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Paradisus Playa Del Carmen

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen is an exotic gem in the middle of the Riviera Maya. This family friendly all inclusive resort is a little slice of paradise and even offers an adults only section called La Perla. The elegant suites offer rainfall showers and private terraces that are perfect for taking in the views. Select suites feature a Jacuzzi on the private terrace or direct access to a private pool. The family friendly Nikte suites offer a bit more luxury with perks like personalized concierge service, exclusive access to family friendly and adults only beach areas, restaurants, and kid-friendly amenities.

Enjoy 2 lagoon-style pools, a kid’s activity pool with waterslides and a pirate ship, and an adults only pool with a fun swim-up bar. Additional amenities include the Kidsdom kids club, where the little ones can enjoy fun games, science experiments, and special themed days. Adults can enjoy the YHI Spa, where they can get various designer body and facial treatments using Mexican honey, natural local ingredients, and essential oils.

There are 14 restaurants and bars at Paradisus Playa del Carmen, including some that are adults only. Award-winning Mole serves delicious and contemporary Mexican cuisine, while Vento offers an intriguing combination of Turkish, Moroccan, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines. Be sure to make a reservation in advance at popular eateries Fuego, Capella, Olio, and Sal Steak Cave.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Families looking to spend quality time together in paradise. Adults and couples looking for a tranquil and luxurious escape.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Themed family parties. Nursery service for children from 12 months to 4 years of age (open 9 am to 10 pm). Cigar making classes, couples massage classes, and adults only evening entertainment.
  • Swimming Pools: 2 Lagoon Style Swimming Pools and additional private pools.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a beautiful white sand beach.
  • Can’t Miss For Grown Ups: Flower arranging and fruit design classes, musical tribute acts, live bands, Mexican folklore with mariachis, traditional dances and Mayan shows.
  • Can’t Miss For Kids: Kidsdom, a kids club where children can learn a different craft each day, including piñata, mask and kite making. They can also enjoy games on the beach and in the pool, mini-Olympics, and treasure hunts. Other experiences include cookie and pizza workshops.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 14 Restaurants and Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: Reservations are required at specialty eateries Fuego, Capella, Vento, Olio, and Sal Steak Cave. All other restaurants at Paradisus Playa Del Carmen are on a first come first serve basis.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 33.4 miles (53.8 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free self parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera

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Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera

Widely considered one of the best adults only resorts in Playa Del Carmen, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera is the definition of unlimited luxury. This all-inclusive, AAA Five Diamond Resort, sits on 500 acres of pristine white sand beaches, providing endless relaxation and recreation options. Relax in one of the many private nooks throughout the property, with comfortable outdoor living spaces to unwind in. Swim-out suites are available and offer private terraces with direct pool access!

Pamper yourself at the Pevonia Spa or sunbathe by the sparkling blue ocean. Additional amenities include 2 sprawling swimming pools, one of which is a beautiful infinity pool, 2 hot tubs, a full fitness center, beach yoga, and more. If adventure is what you seek, the tour desk can set you up to explore local attractions, including deep-sea fishing and must see sites of the Yucatan and Riviera Cancun region.

This location is ideal for a romantic getaway and is perfect for creating lasting memories. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera offers 6 a la carte gourmet restaurants, a buffet, a grill, and a cafe. Try the Barefoot Grill for a light lunch, or check out El Patio for old world ambiance and delicious Mexican fare. Himitsu offers Asian cuisine, including teppanyaki, Portofino has Italian classics such as pizza and pasta, and Oceana is an excellent choice for fresh seafood.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Couples looking for relaxation and romance.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Theme nights and beach parties. The Papaya-Pineapple Creme Fraiche Body Wrap at the Spa by Pevonia.
  • Swimming Pools: 2 Swimming Pools and 2 outdoor hot tubs by the water.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to Maroma Beach, one of Mexico’s most pristine and beautiful beaches.
  • Can’t Miss: Concert projections under the stars, live musical performances, and spectacular shows. There are also beach yoga classes, a giant chess board, and wine and painting classes.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 9 Restaurants and Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: Reservations are never required at the a la carte restaurants at Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera. There may be a short wait at popular restaurants like Portofino, Seaside Grill, and Oceana.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 23.6 miles (38 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Iberostar Tucan

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Iberostar Tucan

Iberostar Tucan is an excellent family friendly resort to get a taste of Mexico while living in perfect harmony with nature. This resort is surrounded by a natural ecosystem that creates a truly serene escape, allowing guests to go off the beaten path. In their extensive jungle gardens, guests might spot monkeys, peacocks, coati, birds, and even flamingos! A tropical paradise designed with local culture in mind, Iberostar Tucan sits along the stunning beaches of the Riviera Maya. Rooms offer gorgeous garden or jungle views.

Splash around with the whole family in the 4 swimming pools or enjoy a plethora of entertainment options each day. Additional amenities include magic shows, musical acts, and comedy for all ages. The resort also offers an innovative and unique camp for kids from 4-17, Camp Star. While the kids are taken care of at camp, adults can relax at the full service spa and get an indulgent massage or facial.

Iberostar Tucan has 8 restaurants and 7 bars. Try Smoke House La Hacienda for the best cuts of meat cooked in Texas BBQ style. Don’t miss the brisket! La Góndola Italian Restaurant is a guest favorite for pizza and pasta. Check out Bonsai for sushi and other Japanese favorites. For a refreshing treat on a hot day, head to the Ice Cream Parlor and have a scoop of one of your favorite flavors.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Families who want to share memorable moments and have plenty of activities for everyone.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: PADI-certified dive center on-site. Green Globe Certified resort that focuses on sustainable practices and the environment. Catamaran sailing. Babysitting service for parents.
  • Swimming Pools: 4 Swimming Pools.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a wide white sand area of Playacar Beach with luxurious beach palapas.
  • Can’t Miss For Grown Ups: Adults only pool. Archery and target shooting. The Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Course (additional green fees apply). SPA Sensations for massages surrounded by the jungle or on the beach. Nightly entertainment.
  • Can’t Miss For Kids: Star Camp, where kids can play fun outdoor games and engage in fun educational activities. The Aqua Fun water park with water slides, an activity pool, and a playground.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 8 Restaurants and 7 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required? Reservations are recommended for specialty restaurants, including La Góndola, La Hacienda, La Marimba, Tropical, and Bonsai. All ala carte restaurants are included in the all inclusive packages and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes included.
  • Distance To Airport: 36 miles (58 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Platinum Yucatan Princess

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Platinum Yucatan Princess

This adults only all inclusive resort has an unbeatable location in the heart of the Riviera Maya on the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Platinum Yucatan Princess is a newer resort that offers an air of sophistication with its bright, contemporary, and spacious rooms. Each room is a suite and provides luxury at its finest, including private terraces and balconies, as well as comfy bathrobes and slippers to lounge in. There are also swim-up rooms available.

One of the highlights of Platinum Yucatan Princess is the Princess Spa where you can treat yourself to a hydrotherapy circuit, enjoy a couples massage, or head to the beauty salon to be pampered. Additional amenities include 13 beautiful and sprawling swimming pools and a private beach. Tennis courts, batting cages, a golf driving range, and a full fitness center can keep you active. Nightly live music and entertainment are a mainstay at this resort, including karaoke, casino nights, and a plethora of musical performances.

There are 6 restaurants and 9 bars at the Platinum Yucatan Princess that provide exceptional cuisine and a variety of flavors. Don’t miss Koytatsu for fine Asian cuisine from Pad Thai to Teppanyaki.  Rodeo Grill offers amazing Tex-Mex such as BBQ Ribs and Grilled Salmon.  Bruschetta serves Italian favorites such as Bolognese Lasagna and Snapper Putanesca. For an additional fee, you can enjoy a meal at the onsite gourmet restaurant, Skylights, where you can savor Mediterranean flavors including Wagyu Beef, Norwegian Salmon and more.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Couples and friend groups looking for an exciting yet relaxing getaway in the heart of the Riviera Maya.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 4
  • Unique Amenities: Live music, including Latin American music, mariachi bands, and Cuban musicians. Each weekend kicks off with a Friday Night Mexican Market and a Casino Night, followed by a party in the central plaza with reggae music and ending with a fantastic fire show.
  • Swimming Pools: 13 Swimming Pools.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a private beach with beachside restaurant La Parrilla.
  • Can’t Miss: Archery, stand-up paddleboarding, or water polo. Daily yoga and pilates classes. Relaxing couples massages at Spa Princess or treatments at the beauty salon.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 6 Restaurants and 9 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: Reservations are only required at Skylights Restaurant. You can make reservations with the concierge upon arrival at the Platinum Yucatan Princess. All other restaurants and buffets do not require a reservation.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes included.
  • Distance To Airport: 29.8 miles (48 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya

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Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya

How does unlimited luxury on a secluded bay in a charming marina village sound? Just down the road from Playa Del Carmen, the family friendly Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya boasts luxurious guest rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge service. Each room offers a private terrace or balcony for breathtaking views of the ocean, lush gardens, or romantic sunsets.

Amenities at the Dreams Aventuras are all about luxury, with the tranquil Pevonia Spa offering a full menu of relaxing body treatments, rejuvenating therapies, and a hydrotherapy circuit. 2 outdoor pools, 2 hot tubs, a saltwater pool on the beach, and a kids waterpark will keep you cool in the sun all day long. At night, big screen movie nights on the beach and live music will keep the whole family entertained. Snorkeling, Pickleball, Beach Volleyball, and more are available for guests as well. A bonus for parents: the Kids Club provides both kids and teens with their own adventure and entertainment.

The resort has 8 restaurants and 4 bars to choose from. Enjoy El Patio for authentic Mexican cuisine or try Oceana for an adults only night out with fresh seafood and amazing ambiance. The Gohan sushi bar offers Japanese delights with a twist. Head to the Barracuda Bar for tropical drinks on the beach.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Families looking for fun activities on a beautiful secluded bay.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Beachfront natural pool. Daily and nightly activities for the whole family, including beach games, water sports, and live performances and shows.
  • Swimming Pools: Adults Only Swimming Pool + Kids Swimming Pool
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a cove beach with crystal clear calm waters.
  • Can’t Miss For Grown Ups: Cooking Classes, dance classes, movies on the beach and romantic dining options. Theme Parties and nightly entertainment.
  • Can’t Miss For Kids: Explorers Kids Club for ages 3-12 offers video treasure hunts, a Mayan rock climbing wall, and weekly camping adventures. Core Zone Teens Club for ages 13-17 features various sports and games, weekly bonfires, and mixers.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 8 Restaurants and 4 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: At Dreams Aventuras Riviera Maya, reservations are never required.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 46 miles (75 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free parking for guests
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique

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Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique

If you’re searching for a romantic getaway with a laidback atmosphere, Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique more than fits the bill. This adults only resort sits on 36 acres of jungle, beaches, and gardens. Each suite is uniquely crafted with gorgeous limestone, hand finished wood, and natural accents. Each space also has its own special features, like a private river dock, views of a magical cenote, a private plunge pool, private terraces, and exceptional views that will leave you feeling like royalty.

Be sure to spend time relaxing at the Blue Diamond Spa where they incorporate Mayan philosophy with Asian healing practices for true inner and outer wellness. Take a traditional steam bath in the Mayan Temezcal or get a little exercise in the fitness center or swimming pool. Additional amenities include wine tastings, snorkeling and more.

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique has 5 restaurants and bars to choose from. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Aguamarina for panoramic beach views and international cuisine. Or have a romantic night at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, Ambar.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Sophisticated travelers searching for tranquility in Playa del Carmen.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: The Blue Diamond Spa. Mayan Themed Dinners, and other themed dinners combine excellent cuisine with captivating live performances.
  • Swimming Pools: Oceanfront Swimming Pool.
  • Beach Access: Easy beach access with oceanside cabanas and hammocks perfect for relaxing.
  • Can’t Miss: A traditional Temazcal ceremony featuring a steam bath divided into stages, each accompanied by the sound of drums, rattles, rain sticks and maracas. Wine tastings, beach yoga classes, and protected mangrove trails on the resort grounds. Horseback riding on the beach, scuba diving clinic, and snorkeling on site.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 5 Restaurants and Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: No reservations required at Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique. All restaurants are al la carte and on a first-come first-serve basis. You may have a short wait for popular dinner restaurants like Ceviche and Ambar.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 29.8 miles (48 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

The Reef 28

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The Reef 28

The Reef 28 is an adults only resort that is perfect for couples, friends, and singles alike. Located in the heart of it all, The Reef 28 is nestled between the sugary white sand beaches of Playa del Carmen and bustling 5th avenue. All rooms are suites and guests can choose between an all inclusive stay or a bed and breakfast option. All suites have a chic, boutique style that screams luxury and relaxation with a private terrace and beautiful ocean views.

Enjoy the rooftop infinity pool and hot tubs or relax at the luxurious indoor pool and spa. Other amenities include an Indulgent full service spa with a free hydrotherapy session included with your all inclusive stay. You’ll also have access to Reef 28’s sister resorts The Reef Playacar & The Reef Coco Beach. There are plenty of options to keep you busy!

The Reef 28 has 2 fine dining restaurants in addition to its amazing rooftop lounge, lobby bar, and buffet restaurantCachito is the resort’s signature restaurant where you can expect a romantic atmosphere with delicious fare that embodies the Mexican culture. Try the Tzic Duck Tostadas and the Lamb Mixiote. Asiatico Restaurant offers delicious Asian cuisine including Stir Fry, Sashimi, Poke Bowls, and Thai Curries. Don’t miss Roof 28, the resort’s rooftop bar where music, a full bar, delicious food, and fun await you.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Couples and groups looking to relax in luxury in a central location close to Fifth Avenue.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Rooftop 28, a special rooftop oasis with a pool and bar overlooking the Caribbean, DJ nights, and The Reef 28’s Spa Okom.
  • Swimming Pools: Rooftop Infinity Pool & Hot Tubs. Indoor Spa Pool.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to beautiful Mamita’s Beach.
  • Can’t Miss: Hydrotherapy circuit and traditional Mayan therapies at Spa Okom. Rooftop 28 pool bar where you can take in amazing views with music, a full bar, and delicious food.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 3 Restaurants and 3 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required? Reservations are not required at any of the restaurants at The Reef 28, but they are recommended at certain eateries. If you have a group of more than 6 people, you can make reservations at Cachito, Veintiocho, Astiatico, and Roof 28. Reservations can be made at Guest Services at the front desk.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 32.9 miles (53 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free private parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Rosewood Mayakoba

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Rosewood Mayakoba

Out of all the Playa Del Carmen all inclusive resorts, Rosewood Mayakoba stands out due to its unique property. Covering many small islands, the property is surrounded by emerald lagoons, lush jungles, and sparkling beaches. Reach your private residence via boat and enjoy the personalized butler service that ensures your stay is even more comfortable. Suites offer private decks, lagoon or ocean views, and heated plunge pools.

The true highlight of luxury, the chic Sense Spa is located on its own private island and offers hydrotherapy experiences, massages and body treatments, a meditation garden and yoga studio, wellness courses, and more. Other amenities include 4 stunning swimming pools each with its own theme and feel. You can also take an eco-tour to learn about the resort’s sustainability practices as well as the local flora and fauna. This is also one of the few resorts that offers pet-friendly amenities, so you won’t have to leave your furry family member behind.

There are 9 restaurants and bars at the Rosewood Mayakoba that flawlessly combine traditional Mexican fare with international cuisine. Try Aqui Me Quedo for an adults only location with a fresh street food feel. Agave Azul offers Northern Baja flavors fused with pan Asian influences. Don’t miss Pan Dulce a traditional Mexican bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth. The resort also offers numerous culinary experiences, including beach barbecues and garden dinners.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Everyone! With plenty of family-friendly activities and an adults only section, the Rosewood Mayakoba offers something for everyone.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Special culinary experiences for guests including  Chef’s Garden Dinners, Beach Food Fests, Mexican Grills, and Martes de Locales. Childcare is available for an additional fee.
  • Swimming Pools: 4 Stunning Swimming Pools.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a private beach with crystal clear turquoise water and soft white sand.
  • Can’t Miss For Grown Ups: Pan Dulce, the resort’s traditional Mexican bakery. Adults cooking class at La Ceiba. Mayakoba’s El Camaleón 18-hole Golf Course, Jim Mclean Golf School, and scuba diving courses.
  • Can’t Miss For Kids: Kids can enjoy pizza-making and cookie-making classes. Themed family nights include Pirate Night, Pajama Party, and Mexican Nights. Mayan Celebration nights include Mayan storytelling and scavenger hunts.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 8 Restaurants And Bars
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required? Reservations are required at Agave Azul, Zapote Bar, and Aqui Me Quedo, and they can be made using Open Table. All other restaurants at the resort operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 28 miles (45 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows

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Palafitos Overwater Bungalows

The ultimate adult-only experience for tropical bliss is found at Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma. Offering guests unique exclusivity in private bungalows sitting directly over the turquoise waters of Maroma Beach, each bungalow features a private infinity pool, direct ladder access to the ocean, a private outdoor shower and glass bottom floors.

The resort has an amazing pool perfect for relaxing, and the world-class Naay Spa where you can get a couples massage and other treatments. Additional amenities include a full fitness center, full butler service, and indulgent beach beds exclusive to El Dorado Maroma. They also offer ultra-luxurious customizable beach picnics, dressing service before dinner, and in-bungalow full breakfast daily.

There are 6 restaurants and 5 bars on-site at the Palafitos Overwater Bungalows. Make sure to swim up to Bar 24 during your time at the pool and then get dressed up for fresh seafood at the Caribbean Grill. Be sure to grab dinner at Lima Limon Restaurant for Peruvian cuisine or head to Mio Cuccina Italiana to indulge in all your Italian favorites.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Couples looking for privacy, relaxation, and romantic luxury in the beautiful Caribbean.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Opulent overwater bungalows with full butler service and glass bottom floors. Direct ladder access to the ocean below. Customizable beach picnics.
  • Swimming Pools: Luxurious Swimming Pool.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to the beautiful Maroma Beach. The bungalows sit right over the stunning Caribbean Sea.
  • Can’t Miss: Couples massage classes, romantic outdoor rainfall showers, exclusive beach beds, and in-bungalow full breakfast service available daily.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 6 Restaurants and 5 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: Reservations are not required at any Palafitos Overwater Bungalows restaurants. Parties over 6 people can make reservations with the concierge.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 27 miles (43.4 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: Free valet and self parking for guests.
  • WiFi: Free high-speed WiFi

Wyndham Alltra Playa Del Carmen

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Wyndham Alltra Playa Del Carmen

Just steps away from lively and vibrant Fifth Avenue, the adults only Wyndham Alltra Playa del Carmen welcomes guests to recharge and relax. Rooms at the Wyndham Alltra feature plush bedding, floor to ceiling windows, and private balconies or terraces with bistro tables and chairs. Many rooms feature fabulous ocean views and a few select suites are walk-out ocean rooms.

The Wyndham Alltra offers several pool options, including a rooftop pool perfect for taking in picturesque Playa del Carmen. And a sprawling oceanfront pool by the beach. Additional amenities include the Aura Spa, where couples can experience tranquility with treatments such as chocolate body wraps. Try your hand at snorkeling or diving, or enjoy games and nightly entertainment options, including live music and dance performances. If you want to take your personal workouts to a new level, make sure to visit the fully equipped world-class fitness center. Yoga and aerobics classes are offered daily.

There are 6 restaurants and 5 bars at Wyndham Alltra that will delight you with numerous cuisine options and delicious tropical cocktails. Grab lunch at Off The Hook, a fun rooftop hotspot known for fresh sushi rolls and a variety of raw seafood. For authentic Mexican cuisine, you can’t do better than Zarape. Guests can also enjoy a tropical drink right on the beach at Las Olas Bar.

Details

  • Who This Resort Is Perfect For: Couples or groups looking to recharge amid the authentic culture and coastal charm of the Riviera Maya.
  • Tripadvisor Rating: 5
  • Unique Amenities: Great location close to Fifth Avenue. The Aura Spa‘s body ritual treatments include unique “spiritual relaxation” experiences.
  • Swimming Pools: Beachfront Pool & Rooftop Pool.
  • Beach Access: Easy access to a white sand beach with luxurious beach cabanas (for an extra fee).
  • Can’t Miss: Salsa class, nightly live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and a game room with billiards and ping-pong. Aura Spa’s “Indulgence Couples” package which includes a 90-minute tailor-made couples massage and more.
  • How Many Restaurants and Bars?: 6 Restaurants and 5 Bars.
  • Are Restaurant Reservations Required?: Reservations are required at Bella, Brasas, and Ventanas. You can make your reservation with the resort’s Food Concierge.
  • Gratuities Included: Gratuities and taxes are included.
  • Distance To Airport: 34 miles (55 km) from the airport.
  • Parking: There is no free parking at the resort. However, offsite parking is available on adjacent streets.
  • WiFi: Free WiFi

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Shayne Andrews says:

    Grand Velas really is the best resort in Playa. We went there for our honeymoon last year and had the most amazing time. The service was outstanding.

  2. James Holster says:

    Playacar is still our favorite place to stay in the area, but we’ll have to check out some of these other places.

  3. Allie Lavelle says:

    This list makes it really hard to just choose one! Thank you for providing this.

    1. Daniel says:

      Happy to help!

  4. Anna T. says:

    I wish I could stay at all of these…they all look amazing. I’m going to try to convince my husband to book us at the Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera for our next anniversary. Thank you for this great list!

  5. Mirta Mendez says:

    I would like to have information about all inclusive resorts in Playa del Carmen, please and thanks.

    1. Daniel says:

      Take a look at our wonderful guide above.

  6. Donna says:

    Incredible list! So glad we found this. We’ve stayed at the Secrets Aura in Cozumel but the one in Playa looks even better. Can’t wait to visit this winter!

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