Four-Star Boutique Hotel Steps from Caribbean Sea
You won’t see a car driving down Playa del Carmen’s main thoroughfare, Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue. Cars are off-limits here. Instead, live marimba musicians, pedestrians, fire-breathers, and vendors hawking handmade goods and Cuban cigars flood the cobblestone street. Less than a block from this lively street, the 4-star Acanto Boutique Hotel puts you in prime position for exploring Playa del Carmen’s Mayan architecture, checking out its hip nightlife, and kicking back on the Caribbean beaches that are just steps away.
Tropical trees shade the hotel, which resembles a hacienda with wrought-iron terraces, arched windows, and an adobe façade. Walk down to the grotto-like courtyard to take a dip in a swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and stone siding, or head up to a rooftop hot tub to find ocean views. Marble bathrooms, a balcony or terrace, and a full kitchen make Acanto’s artfully designed one-bedroom villas feel luxurious yet contemporary.
If you want to pick up the pace, the concierge can set up various eco tours. Go scuba diving along Playa del Carmen’s massive barrier reef or swim with dolphins and teach them to whistle Creedence Clearwater Revival songs through their blowholes. You can also opt for horseback riding, ziplining through the jungle, or a day trip to the Mayan pyramid at Chichén Itzá.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Trendy Beach Area and Diving Destination
Just across the sea from the island of Cozumel, Playa del Carmen has been called “the hippest city in all of the Yucatán Peninsula” by Lonely Planet. The laid-back beach bars and cafés have a way of converting vacationers into expats, but Playa’s most compelling draw might be its cenotes—cavernous sinkholes filled with turquoise pools. The water in the cenotes is crystal clear, particularly at the lily-pad-dotted Xlacah cenote, where you can snorkel among schools of colorful fish.
To the south, you’ll find preserved ruins of pre-Columbian cities. Tulum’s crumbling temples are situated above a dramatic ocean bluff, and Coba’s enormous pyramid rises between two lagoons. For a fun day trip, hop aboard the ferry to Cozumel, which docks at the pier east of Calle 1 (about a 15-minute walk from the hotel). There are about a dozen dive shops on Cozumel, and they offer trips offshore to the reefs that Jacques Cousteau declared some of the world’s most beautiful.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? A shuttle from Cancún International Airport (CUN) is available for $140 roundtrip, for up to six people.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? The Groupon covers two guests. One-bedroom villas have a maximum occupancy of three. An additional guest 13 or older may stay for $55 per night, and an additional guest 12 or younger may stay for $35 per night.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Groupon customers are never obligated to attend a sales presentation. If you are approached and decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? No resort credits are included in this Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? There are no on-site restaurants.