If you want to pack up from a Playa del Carmen vacation feeling so much better than when you arrived, check in to Paradisus by Melia. The 501-room Playa del Carmen property is split into two sides, La Perla, which caters exclusively to adults, and Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, which is family-friendly. The expansive property has added a slew of new programming to appeal to pandemic-era tourists, including a partnership with SUDA, a holistic wellness collective traveling to help properties enhance their fitness offerings. With over 20 restaurants and bars, plus endless amenities, Paradisus is the place to unpack and unwind in Playa del Carmen.
Getting To Paradisus Playa Del Carmen
Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the closest and most efficient airport to Paradisus Playa Del Carmen. The property has a partnership with Otium International, for seamless transfers to and from the hotel. Drinking in the backseat is allowed, should you want to crack open a Corona for the 45 minute drive, and some drivers are amenable to pulling over for roadside tacos on the way.
Accommodations range from one bedroom junior suites to more luxe swim-up suites connecting to shared lap pools. Reserve guests, who upgrade their experience to include access to a special pool, dedicated restaurant and top shelf bar, can also enjoy Reserve suites, attended to by assigned concierges. The resort, which seamlessly splits between the family and adults only area, is set on a wide sandy beach, with swimmable waters and a long stretch to walk on between two public Playa del Carmen beaches. Pool-wise, the property offers private Bali beds for shady relaxation, a louder “party pool” and a water park for kids. Located in lush mangroves, Paradisus Playa del Carmen is also home to plenty of local animals — iguanas and coati are frequently spotted in addition to the turtles and koi fish kept in the hotel. The property itself is notably clean and well maintained, with friendly staff (currently all in masks as a Covid precaution), and a site-specific app to help you navigate your stay.
A daily schedule of fully included activities is designed to help guests unwind, feel well, and embrace Paradisus beautiful jungle setting. A typical day may include Pilates, yoga, spinning, aqua fitness, salsa lessons, snorkeling, stretching, pole fitness, SUDA boot camps and more to keep you active between orders of nachos. Those who need a break from movement can also engage in daily craft classes, plus cocktail workshops, tequila tastings, guacamole making and more. Performances and parties are also hosted nightly.
SUDA activities are free of charge for all guests staying Paradisus resorts, including a new excursion to a cenote, where a small group will practice yoga by the clear blue water, swim in a cave and learn about Mayan culture through a ceremony with a shaman. Call 929-207-1078 to reserve small group activities in advance.
To fuel up between activities, Paradisus offers seemingly endless dining venues, with plant-based and healthy options on every menu, plus all-day and night room service. For breakfast, settle into one of three buffets, where you’ll find made-to-order quesadillas, a smoothie bar, and more tasty reasons to wake up. For lunch, poolside specialties include cheese-soaked nachos, burgers, Caesar salad, and an international buffet. Reservations are recommended for dinner, though each restaurant has a themed bar and waiting area at its entryway, many of which are worth seeking out. At Mole, the property’s Mexican restaurant, indulge in infused tequilas and specialty margaritas. At Tohi, sip saketinis to complement the restaurant’s Japanese fare. Fuego offers fusion Latin American fare, anchored by a ceviche bar where a chef whips up raw bar creations. Fresh produce and salad bars are abundant throughout the property.
Rooms at Paradisus Playa del Carmen and Paradisus La Perla start at $430 per night. Book directly at melia.com.