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Playa del Carmen's Best 5 Star Luxury Resorts

Playa del Carmen or just "Playa", as it is also commonly referred to by locals, is a resort town on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. It's approximately 45 minutes south of Cancun on the Mayan Riviera, and offers a more relaxed atmosphere engineered for lounging and beach frolic.

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Playa del Carmen's BEST Luxury Resort:

Fairmont Mayakoba

Hidden amid lagoons and white sandy beaches, the Fairmont Mayakoba lies eight kilometers north of Playa del Carmen.

The resort sits on 45 acres of a master-planned resort community and features four pools, including a 10,000-square-foot main pool with swim-up bar and an 18-hole, 2007 PGA-featured golf course designed by Greg Norman.

Fairmont Mayakoba's 401 Elegant Rooms including 34 Suites are located in a traditional low-rise hotel building and clustered throughout the property in 90 two-story Casitas with two to four rooms each.

Accomodations  categories range from generous Fairmont rooms to Presidential Suites.

With the ambiance of a gracious Mexican home, luxury amenities include comfortable Fairmont beds and expansive bathrooms, each with a soaker tub and a separate glass-walled shower stall. Large sliding doors open to furnished balconies or terraces, and all rooms offer both air conditioning and ceiling fans.

Hacienda Vista Real Villas and Spa

Adjacent to a golf course and located two kilometers from Playa del Carmen Beach, Hotel Hacienda Vista Real Villas & Spa offers a serene setting tucked away from beachside bustle. The property is 1.5 kilometers from the ferry to Cozumel Island. 

At first glance, guests are greeted by thatched- roofed buildings and an open-air lobby. The resort is comprised of 73 guest villas which feature exterior corridors. Breezy courtyards connect porticos, yielding the property much-desired shade.

The resort is well-known for its Vida Real Spa. At more than 36,000 square feet and four levels, this venue is the largest in Latin America and one of the biggest resort spas in the world. Frescos dominate the walls in an area that architecturally resembles a Mayan temple.

Tee-times are available next door at the Playacar Golf Club, or guests can enjoy the hotel's shuttle to its nearby private beach resort.

Guestrooms feature contemporary Mexican décor with marble and granite floors. 

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Banyan Tree Mayakoba brings Asian hospitality to the beautiful and idyllic Riviera Maya. The resort is situated within the private gated integrated resort development of Mayakoba.




Along the Riviera Maya coast, home to the second-largest coral reef in the world stretching from the Yucatán to Guatemala, Mayakoba offers a unique and carefully maintained ecosystem of dunes, mangroves and freshwater lagoons – home to a myriad indigenous species of fish and birds. Banyan Tree Mayakoba brings new heights of resort living, 40 minutes away from Cancun International Airport. 

Banyan Tree Mayakoba introduced an All-Pool villa resort concept infused with Asian hospitality and architecture. All 107 villas, Banyan Tree Spa, signature restaurants and Gallery will provide guests a sanctuary for the senses. All villas are freestanding units on land or above water.

Unique, Boutique, Extra-Ordinary!

The Basico Hotel Playa Del Carmen [usually better prices]

Basico Hotel [better photos - lots of them]

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