4.5-Star Luxury All-Inclusive Resort in Sunny Playa del Carmen
At Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, every Luxury Junior Suite Ocean View guestroom has a private terrace with endless views of the Caribbean Sea. The view here is endless—and so are the luxuries. There are bottomless premium, brand name drinks for the taking, all meals and snacks are included, and various daytime classes and nightly entertainment come standard with your stay. The property also offers an exclusive "family concierge" service for vacationing families. These perks helped Paradisus win TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 award.
There 11 restaurants and bars on site: Try sushi and Asian fusion at Bana, which has a martini bar, or, at Mole, there’s elegant a la carte Mexican cuisine and a wine and tequila cellar. At night, the party shifts to Gabi Club, where you can enjoy drinking and dancing on the beach.
There’s plenty to do during the day for kids and adults, from Pilates, merengue, and snorkeling lessons to cocktail and cigar workshops. Stop and relax at any of four pools, which are tailored for both families and adults—one lagoon-style pool features a swim-up bar. Massages and spa treatments are always available at the spa and health club, too.
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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 4 km from the hotel at the pier east of Calle 1. 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.
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