We just came back from a week at Petit Lafitte. What a wonderful boutique hotel. We arrived and were treated like family....the staff was outstanding. The rooms are adequate but they also have bungalows...the bungalows just don't have phones or telephones in them.
The beach is beautiful and you don't have to rush down in the morning to get a palapa or chaise. The hotel is small and intimate with a great little bar overlooking the beach, where people wander up and have something to drink, or have lunch....where you get to meet the other people....that's if you want to be sociable. The breakfasts and dinners are included and were excellent - certainly better than other places I have stayed., My son has stayed there several times and recommended it, and he was dead on in his description. It's quiet and perfect for R&R. Many of the people have been returning there for 20 years since the staff have all been there forever. I look forward to returning.
If you like shopping, it's a taxi ride into Playa del Carmen. We went on a tour of two archaeological digs - Tulum and Coba, and the rest of the time roamed up and down the beach, checking out other hotels. They were soooo big and busy, so we would come back to Petit Lafitte and grateful that we weren't one of thousands of guests - but those hotels are for people with different needs.
Thank you to David, Luis, Jesus, Victor, Philippe, Javier, Martine, Giovanni, Antonio, etc.