Tropical Retreat Minutes from Lively Playa del Carmen
Along the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, there are a number of deep, naturally formed pits called cenotes. Formed by collapsed bedrock, they’re filled with freshwater lakes that were once an important water source for the Mayans. Today, cenotes are a haven for divers and snorkelers. A large one is accessible via a short drive from the Azul Fives Hotel, which occupies a secluded spot just beyond the lively scene in Playa Del Carmen.
The shopping, restaurants, and nightlife of that resort city are just a 10-minute drive away, but you may find no good reason to leave the hotel. Among its offerings are five fine-dining restaurants and outdoor pools with swim-up bars. The 15,000-square-foot Vassa Spa administers soothing services such as holistic massages and fresh-fruit or chocolate body wraps. Should these ingredients whet your appetite, you can head to the Sea Olive for Mediterranean fare or Tsuki for sushi. Gauzy beachside cabanas offer good spots for relaxing and taking in the view.
In addition to a wealth of amenities for adults, the resort is also kid-friendly. Azulitos Play House keeps young ones occupied with trampolines, swings, slides, and arts-and-crafts projects. There are also beach-related activities such as a treasure hunt and seminars on refinancing sandcastle mortgages. Older kids, meanwhile, can busy themselves with video games in the arcade.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Popular White-Sands Beaches and Energetic Nightlife
Playa del Carmen's white-sands beaches stretch along the Caribbean Sea just south of Cancún. Once part of a quiet fishing town, the beaches now welcome thousands of tourists year-round, with average temperatures hovering near 80 degrees. Crystal-clear waters make it easy for scuba divers and snorkelers of all levels to take the plunge into underground cenotes or the Great Maya Reef, which is a hangout for turtles, lobsters, and whale sharks. Playa del Carmen's downtown buzzes with life. On Fifth Avenue, you’ll find an array of ethnic restaurants, retail stores that stay open late, and live music in the streets.