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Royal Hideaway Playacar, Playa del Carmen

Editor's Pick
Riviera Maya, Mexico, North America: Royal Hideaway Playacar
Lote Hotelero No. 6, Desarollo Playacar
Playa del Carmen
Tel: 52 984 873 4500
Fax: 52 984 873 4506's insider take:

This pricey all-inclusive brings Maui to Mexico—minus the leis and mai tais. It was the first adults-only resort in Playacar and benefits from a generous 13-acre layout of lawns, streams and sand. Whirlpool bathtubs, walk-in closets, and couple-friendly king beds hit all the right marks for those seeking the optimum bang for their bucks. Lavish coffee and tea spreads, complimentary room service, mini-bar, beer, soda, and a DVD library up the all-inclusive ante. However, many rooms lack even a peak at the horizon pools, narrow beach, and aquamarine sea. Although dining options abound, management still clings to a closed-toe shoes for men rule in the Asian and Mediterranean restaurants. Excuse me? In flip-flop territory, even the priceiest of resorts nix dress codes. No matter—the beachside grill sports candlelight after sunset and serves hearty seafood and steaks. The all-inclusive nature makes this largely the province of weddings, honeymoons, and incentive groups, and Mexico neophytes find the comfort they crave in the gated Playacar setting.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 89.5
  • Activities: 84.3
  • Design: 92.2
  • Food: 86.2
  • Location: 90.5
  • Rooms: 90.5
  • Service: 93.1
The Spanish colonial beachfront all-inclusive resides on 13 acres near Playa del Carmen. Rooms, divided among villas named for flowers, provide Zen-like ambience with "dark wood furniture and Carrera marble." Guests rave about the "hibachi performance and sushi" at Azia, one of four restaurants. Club Royal is a dinner theater.

(200 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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