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Top 25 Best Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels

The best hotels in Playa del Carmen all take advantage of great access to the beach and warm waters of the Caribbean. Tourists looking to enjoy a holiday on this wonderful stretch of coastline have plenty of choices when it comes to quality hotels.

This popular resort In Yucatan, Mexico has continued to grow in recent years. It offers an escape to people who may be suffering cold winter weather in North America. For a few days anyway, that poor weather is forgotten. Those crossing the Atlantic on long-haul flights will always be looking for a longer stay so the decision on where to stay maybe even more important.

Tips for choosing Hotels in Playa del Carmen

There are several considerations when it comes to selecting accommodation for a holiday in Playa del Carmen. Single travelers on a budget obviously have different priorities from a family with young children. Some couples want a quiet time while others seek plenty of activities by day and a well-developed nightlife. The facilities that the younger generation wants may be different from those required by elderly tourists.

All inclusive accommodation has become increasingly popular in recent years, and increasingly available. Playa del Carmen has plenty to choose from in each of its five main areas. Boutique hotels with good personal service are often the choice for couples while family hotels obviously need to have made provision for children. A location on the beach makes definite sense and kid-friendly hotels are found right on the beach.

Young adults may well look at party hotels and they are suitable for singles as well. There are affordable hotels in Playa del Carmen although they are not found in the most exclusive parts of the resort such as those near 5th Avenue which is the resort’s equivalent of the famous Manhattan thoroughfare.

Beach locations are popular as a venue for a wedding and what better place to then spend a honeymoon than luxury hotels such as those found in Playa del Carmen. If you find the nicest hotel you have stayed in for a while, it will appreciate your review;  rated hotels which have offered great service are delighted to get positive reviews.

The 25 Best Luxury Hotels in Playa del Carmen

Based on my research, and overall customer reviews, here are my top 25 choices on the best Playa del Carmen Hotels.

1. Hotel Xcaret Mexico – All Parks & Tours / All Inclusive – South Riviera Maya

This all inclusive resort is located on the beach within South Riviera but offers far more than just the sea and the sand. It is set in a location that provides the best of the local environment with caves, rivers, and jungles to explore.

Guests have transport and free access to the parks which gives a new dimension to luxury hotels. You will get transfers to and from the airport and while at Xcaret can expect fine cuisine, comfortable rooms, health and spa facilities and a great climate.

There are 900 rooms to choose from including a range of top quality suites for the ultimate luxury.

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Hotel Xcaret Mexico
Hotel Xcaret Mexico @Leonora (Ellie) Enking

2. Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Mayakoba

When it comes to luxury hotels, this resort will pass the sternest test. It is a private gated resort that blends well with the natural environment. The new beachfront suites make an ideal holiday for couples and indeed why not spend a honeymoon there?

The Banyan Tree also merits inclusion amongst kids friendly hotels with its new club so those looking for family hotels should look here. 

You can dine in the open air and the sunsets that you will see make it a great experience. 

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Banyan Tree Mayakoba @Noticaribe

3. Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt – Mayakoba

With 240 rooms, including 41 suites, Andaz Mayakoba is part of the Hyatt Group and as such, you can expect quality service and fine dining. It is a gated complex situated right on the beach and a great location for a wedding.

Guests will love the surroundings of lagoons and walking trails if they take a break from sunbathing. After the sun sets, dining at Andaz is a delight. 

If you are interested in playing golf, this is a resort for you. El Camaleon Golf Course was designed by Australian major winner Greg Norman and presents a good challenge. The kids club makes Andaz one of Playa del Carmen’s family hotels. You can play golf knowing that kid-friendly hotels will keep them occupied.

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Andaz Mayakoba - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Mayakoba – a concept by Hyatt

4. Marquee Playa Hotel – Downtown 

There is plenty of accommodation in Downtown and Marquee Playa Hotel is one of the places to consider. When it comes to luxury boutique hotels, this 20 room establishment certainly qualifies. It is located close to the best of Playa del Carmen’s shopping and nightlife with its facilities all you would expect from the nicest hotels.

Health and spa treatments provide the ultimate in relaxation. The rooftop bar and pool are a popular place for guests, providing great panoramas over the immediate area and the Caribbean.

Best Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Marquee Playa Hotel
Marquee Playa Hotel

5. Magic Blue Spa Boutique Hotel Adults Only – Downtown 

Another of Downtown’s boutique hotels is Magic Blue Spa. It is an adult-only hotel near 5th avenue, ideal for couples. It comes into the affordable hotels category yet offers fine dining and excellent health and spa facilities. 

While you may want a beachside location for your wedding, your honeymoon here makes good sense. It is certainly a romantic setting with a hammock on the balcony and a candlelit dinner just two of the things you will enjoy.

There is a range of rooms with the best being the Master Suite. 

Best Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Magic Blue Spa Boutique Hotel Adults Only
Magic Blue Spa Boutique Hotel Adults Only

6. The Reef 28 – Adults Only – All Suites – Optional Gourmet All Inclusive – Downtown 

Downtown does have all inclusive accommodation and Reef 28 is one of them, adult only and ideal for couples. It is also a good choice for singles. One popular place for guests to meet is the rooftop where they can relax, dine, and enjoy lovely panoramic views.

Reef 28 is Downtown but it owns two properties on the beachfront with free transport taking guests down in just a minute. There, they will find a range of water sports, non-motorized with refreshments available at both. 

The Reef 28 does offer bed and breakfast bookings as well as all inclusive incidentally. Airport transfers are included as required.

Best Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: The Reef 28 – Adults Only – All Suites – Optional Gourmet All Inclusive
The Reef 28 – Adults Only – All Suites – Optional Gourmet All Inclusive

7. Royal Hideaway Playacar All-Inclusive Adults Only Resort – Downtown 

Another  Downtown all inclusive, the Royal Hideaway Playacar, is a 201 room hotel. It is adult-only and therefore suitable for couples. With the beach nearby and a choice of 6 restaurants, you might be tempted never to set foot outside the resort if all you want to do is relax.

Add 6 pools and a great spa and fitness center and you can keep occupied by day unless you simply want to sunbathe. Water sports and adventure trips are all part of the features offered by the Royal Hideaway. As the sun sets, it is time for fine cuisine in one of the restaurants.

The honeymoon suite is on two stories with several other room alternatives available at keen prices.

Best Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Royal Hideaway Playacar All-Inclusive
Royal Hideaway Playacar All-Inclusive

8. El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel – Downtown

If you are looking for luxury hotels in Playa del Carmen, the El Taj deserves your investigation. It is a regular award winner in the US media and has 57 in the two properties, the Oceanfront and the Beachside Condo.

You can pick from one bedroom to four bedroom units so it is an ideal option within the range of family hotels in Playa del Carmen. Several of the units have private jacuzzis on the terrace.

The health and fitness facilities are excellent, including a spa, yoga classes, and a beauty salon. Three restaurants cater to the guests who do not wish to cater for themselves. 

Best Playa del Carmen Hotel: El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel
El Taj Oceanfront and Beachside Condo Hotel

9. The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa – North Playa

If you want to stay in North Playa the Royal Haciendas is somewhere to consider. It is suitable for couples as well as family with a range of accommodation options including all inclusive, bed and breakfast, and just room only.

You have the choice of 6 pools as well as the dive center and tennis courts. The fitness facilities are excellent and at night, choose from several different restaurants. It is one of Playa Del Carmen’s kid-friendly hotels with a club where they can meet new friends. 

The tour desk will make all your arrangements for you and there is a mini-market on-site for all your needs.

Best Playa del Carmen Hotel:  The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa
The Royal Haciendas Resort & Spa

10. The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton  – Downtown

This accommodation is part of the Hilton Group and is found in Downtown. Luxury hotels like the Fives Downtown have all the facilities you could ask for but if you want to go out to enjoy the Resort’s nightlife, it is on your doorstep. Near 5th Avenue, the best shopping, bars and restaurants are a short walk away.

The beach and all its attractions is just a minute away. The spa and pool on the rooftop is a popular spot and if you are looking for a place suitable for singles, try the Fives.

Best Playa del Carmen Hotel: The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

11. Fairmont Mayakoba – Mayakoba

This 401 room hotel set in a lovely tropical forest is a place where you can enjoy the lovely beaches and lagoons. You can kayak, snorkel or simply swim while the nearby El Camaleon is an 18 hole test in a great setting.

The spa and fitness facilities are excellent and services include babysitting so it is a great choice for young adults with a baby who want some free time. The trails leading from the Resort are certainly worth exploring if you enjoy walking. 

There is a good choice of bar and restaurant with an in-room dining service also available.

Best Playa del Carmen Hotel: Fairmont Mayakoba
Fairmont Mayakoba @Everett

12. Hilton Playa del Carmen an All Inclusive Resort-Formerly The Royal – Downtown

This Downtown all inclusive hotel is adults only. It is near 5th Avenue yet offers great views over the beach and the Caribbean. There are 500 suites in the Hilton, some of which are beachfront and some where you can swim up to your accommodation.

With 10 bar and restaurant alternatives, you have little reason to leave the Resort. Water sports are plenty, there is an Olympic-size pool, while tennis courts are there if you want to stay active. The fitness center is another alternative Hilton provides.

Hilton Playa del Carmen an All Inclusive Resort-Formerly The Royal
Hilton Playa del Carmen an All Inclusive Resort-Formerly The Royal

13. IT Boutique Hotel & Restaurant – Downtown

If you are interested in boutique hotels, the IT in Downtown merits attention. It is just a short walk from the beach and facilities on offer include free parking, pool, bar and restaurant. Shopping facilities are nearby and the 24 hour front desk will help with any questions.

When it comes to affordable hotels, IT ticks the boxes. You can get your transfers arranged to and from the airport. 

14. Grand Velas Riviera Maya – All Inclusive

This all inclusive hotel in Mayakoba takes full advantage of the immediate environment; the Caribbean and the Yucatan jungle. When it comes to rated hotels, it is a match for most. You can book a suite with a private terrace, plunge pool and great views.

Spa and health amenities, gourmet dining and the chance to visit nearby Mayan ruins are a few of the reasons why you should look closely at Grand Velas. You can even explore underwater caves if you feel comfortable in the water.

 Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Grand Velas Riviera Maya
 Grand Velas Riviera Maya @Grand Velas Riviera Maya

15. Palmaïa – The House of AïA Wellness Enclave All Inclusive  – South Riviera Maya

South Riviera has an all inclusive, the Palmaia, where you can rent beachfront accommodation and gaze out onto white sand and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. If you are considering a destination for a honeymoon, look no further.

The extensive menus include many vegetarian and vegan dishes while the freshest of seafood is also on offer. The food is designed specifically to give you healthy alternatives with the amenities including much more to give you a healthy break. It is not compulsory to join in the programs but you may regret it if you don’t. 

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Palmaïa – The House of AïA Wellness Enclave All Inclusive
Palmaïa – The House of AïA Wellness Enclave All Inclusive

16. Playa Moon Dream – Downtown

If you want the independence that apartment accommodation provides, Playa Moon Dream is a place that will satisfy your wishes. The location is Downtown so you will be in the midst of a district full of bars and restaurants, a well-developed nightlife and good shopping.

You will still be close to the beach with a golf course nearby. There is free parking, on site dining facilities and 24 hour services. There is a play area for children and plenty of water sports close to the apartment.A swimming pool and tennis court are there for the use of guests and horse riding can also be arranged so you will not lack for daytime activities

17. Serenity Hotel Boutique – Downtown

Another of Downtown’s boutique hotels is Serenity. You can book one of 30 elegant suites at Serenity which prides itself on the fine Mexican cuisine. You are near 5th Avenue with its great shopping while bars and restaurants surround you. The Roof Club and pool are impressive and the place to be at sunset.

Local entertainment also includes amusement parks, Mayan ruins, and the concierge is happy to assist guests with any tours they may wish to book. 

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Serenity Hotel Boutique
Serenity Hotel Boutique

18. Luxury Condo Boutique – Downtown

This boutique accommodation is ideal for couples. It is located on 38th and 5th Avenue in a busy part of Playa del Carmen. However, it is also just a very short walk to the beach.

Each unit has satellite TV, with a terrace on the ground floor or balcony above. The well-equipped kitchens have a microwave if you are looking for a quick meal.

Amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant, and free parking. Guests inevitably enjoy the hot tub after a busy day.

Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Luxury Condo Boutique
Luxury Condo Boutique

19. Viceroy Riviera Maya – Luxury Resort

One of the luxury hotels in Playa del Carmen, Viceroy is located in North Playa. It is a complex of 41 private villas set in a wonderful natural environment and each with a private plunge pool.

The restaurant and bar have been redesigned and try relaxing on one of the hammocks hanging above the water. You can hike in the jungle, play golf, go horse riding, or head for the sea for swimming, diving, or fishing. There is plenty to do if you want to do more than relax with fine dining a feature of the complex.

If you want a great break for couples, this may just be the place for you. 

Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Viceroy Riviera Maya - Luxury Resort
Viceroy Riviera Maya – Luxury Resort

20. El Dorado Maroma, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma  – North Riviera Maya

This all inclusive resort in North Riviera certainly qualifies as one of Playa del Carmen’s luxury hotels. This 5-star resort comprises a number of beachfront suites so you just step out onto the white sand each day. 

The fine dining at El Dorado is a feature that every review mentions. After a day using the swim up bars, the menu for dinner offers the best of Mexican and Latin cuisine using locally sourced fresh produce.

The spa amenities are also top quality. A break at El Dorado will refresh you and make you ready for anything.

Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: El Dorado Maroma, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma
El Dorado Maroma, Gourmet All Inclusive by Karisma

21. Grand Riviera Princess – All Inclusive – Riviera Maya

If you are looking at family hotels, this 5-star hotel with over 650 rooms is worth considering. It is just 10 minutes down to the center of Playa del Carmen but you are likely to find all you need on site with all inclusive deals.

You can book a room close to the pool or get a suite with exclusive access to the beach. The Family Club offers a chance for children to make new friends. There are plenty of activities for kids including mini disco and craft lessons.

The choice of restaurants is extensive. Obviously try the Mexican cuisine but another night why not go for international alternatives? Swiss or Italian anyone?

Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Grand Riviera Princess - All Inclusive
Grand Riviera Princess – All Inclusive

22. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun – Adults only  – North Riviera Maya

This imaginatively designed all inclusive resort in the north is set away from any crowds. It is surrounded by jungle on three sides with the white sand and Caribbean straight ahead. If you want an exotic location for a wedding, your guests will love.

If you decide on just a honeymoon at Playa del Carmen, Secrets is the place for a romantic holiday. Amenities include health and spa treatments, huge pool areas with waiter service, water sports and fine dining after the sun sets, with refreshments available all day.

Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Secrets Maroma Aldult
Secrets Maroma

23. Occidental at Xcaret Destination – All Inclusive   – South Riviera Maya

This all inclusive resort in the  South Riviera with 765 rooms and suites has an exclusive cove for guests to enjoy. An impressive eco-archaeological park next door is an interesting diversion if you decide to take a break from the white sand and warm waters.

Beautiful gardens surround the buildings and every room comes with either a terrace or a balcony. Natural river formations as well as 7 pools make the setting even more impressive while the dolphinarium is open daily.

You need not worry about whether they are too many crowds; the Resort has a nightclub, 10 bars and 11 restaurants!

Playa del Carmen Luxury Hotels: Occidental at Xcaret Destination – All Inclusive
Occidental at Xcaret Destination – All Inclusive

24. Sandos Playacar Select Club Adults Only- All inclusive  – South Riviera Maya

Sandos is an all inclusive resort found in South Riviera, an ideal choice for couples. It is located on the beach and is a good choice for all holidaymakers. A new water park has been added to the activities available here. 

Hammocks hang from the palm trees with cooling breezes a regular feature. If you just want to relax with a cold drink or cocktail, you are welcome to do so. After fine dining, a nightly show ensures there is plenty to do each evening if you want entertainment.

Hotels in Playa del Carmen: Sandos Playacar
Sandos Playacar @Mycatkins

25. Ocean Maya Royale – Adults Only  – North Riviera Maya

This adults only resort in North Riviera is suitable for young adults as well as those of middle age and beyond. It is not too far from the center of Playa del Carmen although with the many dining options, guests may not be looking for Downtown restaurants.

The Spa Center is a great place to relax after enjoying the wide range of activities available by day. Beach volleyball is popular with 3 tennis courts on site if you fancy a game. The Dive Center gives guests a chance to see what is below the surface of that lovely warm water.

There are 2 swimming pools, 4 bars and 6 restaurants. After dinner, you can enjoy a show to round off the evening.

 Best hotels in Playa del carmen Ocean Maya Royale
Ocean Maya Royale @Mario Riojas

Best Hotels in Downtown Playa del Carmen

There are a number of rated hotels in Downtown, Playa del Carmen. Whether you are looking for party hotels, something for singles, luxury hotels, or boutique hotels, you are certain to find something.

You will not actually be on the beach but you will never be far away. Downtown is a number of districts where there is plenty in the way of bars, restaurants, and nightlife. In addition, you will be near 5th Avenue where you will find the best shopping in Playa del Carmen.

Best Hotels in North Playa del Carmen

North Playa has rightly earned a reputation for luxury and quality. In the luxury hotels on the beach, you can expect to find all inclusive hotels suitable for couples, even those who choose Playa del Carmen for their wedding with the intention of then spending their honeymoon in a lovely beach resort. Few places can claim to be so romantic with white sand and warm blue seas.

Some visitors to Playa del Carmen want the independence of an apartment or villa. However, you can be sure that the hotels in North Playa provide the privacy you seek, and the quality service you would otherwise be missing.

Many restaurants line the white sands and you can relax with a drink before sampling the cuisine using the region’s freshest products, including the day’s catch. 

These are two options for you to consider in North Playa

Best Hotels in North Riviera Maya

All-inclusive resorts are common in North Riviera on the road up to the airport in Cancun, around 40 miles away. Smaller resorts are here also and guests in each of the places in North Riviera are likely to find the beaches very quiet because locals tend to head for beaches nearer the heart of Playa del Carmen.

If you enjoy meeting the locals and getting some experience of local life while you are on holiday, this may be the area for you. There are two villages within North Riviera. 

Puerto Morelos has a crocodile conservation center, a zoo and beautiful botanical gardens. Punta Maroma has a tiny population and is known for its coral reef and a coconut plantation. There has been no hotel development here although some hotels use its name.

Look at these alternatives if you want to stay in North Riviera

Best Hotels in South Riviera Maya

The Mayan ruins at Tulum to the south of Playa del Carmen are one reason to stay to the south of the heart of the Resort. If you are interested in history, the ruins deserve a day of your time.

South Riviera has a lovely natural environment which visitors should see even if they pick an all inclusive resort for their stay. The Island of Cozumel, itself a thriving tourist destination, is directly offshore and has its own international airport. There is ferry access for those wanting to see it.

Water sports are very popular here with kid-friendly hotels also a feature because of adventure parks.

Best Hotels in Mayakoba

The most luxurious area in Playa del Carmen is set in a wonderful natural setting to the northeast of North Playa. Water taxis and footpaths take guests to the lovely white sand but what is different in Mayakoba is the proximity of the jungle, mangrove forest, and lovely lagoons none of which have been harmed by tourists development.

Exotic fauna include monkeys, iguanas and a range of colorful tropical birds. Those interested in an active holiday have plenty to occupy their time. There are many trails with bikes for hire, a championship golf course, yacht charters, water sports as well as a dive center.

However, if all you want to do is relax, then that is no problem either. More leisure activities include visiting the farmers market or attending a cookery class.

Final Thought of Best Playa del Carmen Hotels

When it comes to choosing accommodation in Playa del Carmen, so much depends upon personal circumstances. You may be looking for family hotels and the resort will not disappoint you.

The beaches and warm waters are the obvious attraction on this stretch of the Mexican Coast. Accommodation for singles is more readily available in Downtown which is also the area for the most affordable hotels. 

Plenty of all inclusive resorts are found along this stretch of coastline, many of them on the beach. Some, but not all, are adult-only. Certainly, if you are looking for a romantic break, luxury hotels for couples are plentiful. 

You may decide that Playa del Carmen is a great place for a wedding and honeymoon. You are not wrong and several rated hotels have plenty of experience in arranging special events such as those.

The lovely climate of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast provides a memorable holiday whether you are traveling alone, as a couple or as a family with kids of any age. Hopefully, you now have a flavor for the Resort and can move ahead with your plans.

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