This is far and away the nicest AI in which I've stayed.
Firstly, anyone who freaks out because you have to drive through a less than desirable neighborhood probably doesn't deserve to have the rest of their review read. It's Mexico, and resorts aren't always right on top of the neighboring city.
The property is immaculate like many resorts in the area but the quality of materials used to build the resort is on another level. The flooring, bartops, seating & tables etc are all very aesthetically pleasing and comfortable but I'll start with the rooms. The suites (and it seems 75% of the units are the large suites) are incredible, perhaps excessive! The main room includes a wet bar, 6 seat dining table, two couches and a flat screen TV. The bed/bath side has a bathroom with a very nice steam shower with two shower heads as well as a sink. The sectioned off bathroom area between bedroom (which has another flat screen) includes a large jacuzzi tub as well as his/hers closets and another sink. Our balcony of course extends from end to end so it's quite large. A 2 person hot tub, 4 person dining table and loveseat make it a great area to relax when away from pool/beach.
As many have indicated, the beach is not very wide and there's a mangrove between resort and beach. There are ample beach chairs and cabanas on the beach but we never really used them. It is a about a 20-25 minute walk to Playa del Carmen. We did it three times and I recommend it. The pool area is large and there were countless beach chairs, cabanas and "in-pool" beds as well. The resort couldn't have been more than 35% full but even if close to full, I can't imagine having to play the "towel on chair game" here. Like many resorts there is a swim up bar that connects to the outdoor bar. The drinks and even pool food are very good but I'll get into the food/drink later. My only real complaint is that the pool was...well...too relaxing (for me!). There are some water aerobics around 11am but before and after that it's very tranquil. I realize that's what a lot of people like but I personally prefer a little more action with an activities crew to break the monotony of being at the pool and just constantly relaxing. I don't think Paradisus/Melia is oblivious to this, I think they prefer it this way. Oh, best bathrooms throughout the resort including pool area. It doesn't make or break a vacation but it's nice if you're downing beverages at the pool all day to walk to a very modern and clean restroom.
The restaurants were fantastic. Passion was extremely formal and very good, and while we don't regret trying it, the food at the other restaurants was very good so I didn't feel it was really necessary. Fuego was probably my favorite. I would be more apt to spend money there than at Passion to be honest. Between these two restaurants is the MBar. They make some fantastic/unique martinis/drinks using items like celery and cucumber. Bana was great and we went there twice (Cecilio is the man). Quality salmon and tuna sashimi as well as other items. The other part of this restaurant was three (I think) Japanese style Habachi grill rooms. We did this one night. It was good (pretty standard to what you'd get in the states but throwing shrimp in the guest's mouth is not allowed) and a good way to mingle with other guests. A small bar is located in this restaurant and serves hot Saki in addition to other items. Mole was good but I feel like you can get a lot of those items at the Market buffet during the day or at the pool. La Palapa was very good as well and open air. It's located across the pool from where we stayed and right at pool entrance to Royal Service. Small plates at Gabi club were unique and delicious.
The North and South Avenue bars were pretty cool. Fun setup but the resort wasn't very busy so there weren't many people at either bar most of the time but we went from time to time. Ample seating and a variety of seating options made all of the bars at this resort even more enjoyable. Gabi Club is where most of the action was. It's a very large horseshoe open air bar. There is seating under the high roof as well as out on the sand and patio just outside. The resort has a lot of great product. I believe they carried 6 different Mexican beers as well as Heineken. Oh, don't forget to bring an insulated mug/cup for your pool drinks. Makes a world of difference.
I'm bored of writing this so if you've continued, I'll wrap it up. The service was great at pretty much every restaurant/bar/pool area. We prefer to tip quite a bit but they don't discriminate either way. In short, picture perfect modern property with excellent food and drink as well as service. I like to have a little more fun during the day than this location will likely provide. If you need a big beach than this probably isn't your place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla is a hotel catering to the discerning all-inclusive traveler. With 58 swim-up suites, opulent furnishings, and international cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs, this adults-only hotel is a crowd pleaser. Rooms feature special touches like deep soaker tubs and rainfall showers. Marble floors, flat-screen TVs, Minibar, in-room safe, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, cable TV service and a DVD/CD player compliment the trendy interior design. Stay active with water sports like aqua aerobics, yoga, zumba and volleyball, or visit the spacious fitness facility. The Spa offers a wet and dry sauna($). Try a different menu every night with 14 restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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