We went as a couple- both 42, both adventure travelers/partiers. So we get to this gorgeous place and it blew us away. New, fresh, clean, beautiful. Well thought out, from lighting to layout to eco - engineering. Love the sustainability aspect of it in the Mexican emerging marketplace. We really enjoyed the pools (no swim-up bars, just ask a passing service-staffer to bring you drinks and snacks) and we did almost every activity except taking the Hobie cat out and the Bike and Segway tours. Sneakers are required for the bike tour, and we didn't have time for Hobie. We went into Playacar for the beach two days, and both times went to Playa Del Carmen to hang out. PDC is all about the night life- loved it, and Playacar is gorgeous for the beach...perfect sand and water. The food at HTR is maybe a 6 or 7 out of 10. The Mexican restaurant was awesome- we spent A LOT of time enjoying some amazing tequilas, poured by my fave bartender, Theophil. He was amazing. Find him as soon as you can. All the guys in the Mexican restaurant were wonderful- Eloi, Jose and David were the life of the party upthere. We didn't go to the Italian restaurant. Ate at the buffet for dinner once. Ate breakfast buffet every day- it was awesome- fresh, varied and healthy (most of it was healthy.) He was on top of his game, and basically had our coffee and juice detox stuff down before we could sit. He was awesome. We skipped lunch or found something poolside- there is a cracker-thin crust, brick oven (wood-fired) pizza place tucked away behind the first pool called Al Forno- great place for a beer and a small bite. Hacienda Grill was all about the meat and cocktails. Nothing for vegetarians like me, but he dug it for the most part. Find Benjamin under the small palapas at the beach-side pool. He's a great dive instructor and snorkel tour guide. Enjoyed the dives- shallow reefs with some decent stuff to see. There is a sort of wasted space inside the lobby of HTR, the only bar open late. It's called The Sports Bar, and it's open until 1 am. Gustavo and Consuelo were behind the bar and always made good drinks, but the place needs music or something. It was always dead, with people zoned out to the footie on the TVs. We shot pool once, but the atmosphere was so weird and low key, it brought the vibe down too much. We used it as a last resort for drinks. We would make our way up to the room with drinks and then order room service when we wanted to get into the hot tub at night on our balcony. What can I say? We were spoiled rotten at HTR. Again, everything was awesome except for the lack of nightlife. We went in the beginning of the summer season, so I get that it was slow, but it was REALLY dead. Lots of families, a couple of weddings, some honeymooners. Go to Playa Del Carmen for the bar scene and the awesome walking promenade at night. Total fun. In the mornings, head to the small coffee shop, and no matter how banged up you got the night before, Alejandra Esparza would make sure I had a giant espresso to get us going again before we headed out to Chichen Itza, Diving and snorkeling with Benjamin, snorkeling and kayaking in the cenote and the sea (be careful when you wander on the sea kayak- we saw a big gator jump into the water three feet off our bow as we ventured into a sketchy lagoon- the northern most cenote outlet.) All in all, we had a fantastic trip all the way around. I hope you enjoy this place as much as we did. :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury and sustainability create unforgettable vacation experiences at Hacienda Tres Rios, an all-inclusive resort located in the heart of the Riviera Maya. Nestled in a 326 acre pristine nature park, this natural paradise boasts three fresh water rivers and 10 cenotes (natural occurring sinkholes) and is home to over 90 species of fauna and 120 species of flora. Hacienda Tres Rios resort brings together luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining and a wealth of activities on the shores of the spectacular Caribbean Sea in the Riviera Maya.The resort's 273 spacious suites feature a modern design inspired by the Mexican hacienda style. Each suite features 300 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, extra thick luxury mattresses and a pillow menu. Most suites also have a Jacuzzi for two and spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Designed to ensure you never run out of dining choices, Hacienda Tres Ríos resort offers countless options; private dining alternatives, a sommelier (wine steward), 24-hour room service and a variety of specialty restaurants ranging in taste from Italian and Mexican to French and Asian cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Tres Rios Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Hacienda Tres Rios Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico