This is a very large resort, with the advantages and disadvantages that come with the size. Public areas can be noisy and crowded, but there are still plenty of places of quiet. The advantage is the variety of choices, not only poolside, but particularly the dining options—there are so many restaurants to enjoy.
The resort’s strongest point is the food. Evening meals offer excellent restaurants and buffets. Lunches are less formal, with buffet, sit-down and poolside options. We are experienced travelers and restaurant-goers, and found the sit-down restaurants delivered fine-dining experiences. The dishes were imaginative, well-prepared and nicely served. We never had a bad meal and were rarely served a dish that was not more than satisfactory. We were sorry that we could not stay longer to sample all the restaurants. We particularly enjoyed Mole, the Mexican restaurant and the la Palapa, the gourmet restaurant. There were also Latin, Japanese and Mediterranean restaurants and a grill and buffets, so there is plenty of variety.
Staff was very willing and helpful.
The rooms were spacious and clean (physically and in décor). Unfortunately, it is a bit noisy. Neighboring doors slam closed and you can hear shoes clicking and clacking on the stone floor in rooms above.
There is entertainment and activities throughout the day. A lot going on poolside, and variety shows at night.
Drinks were always available with meals and at the many bars. Our margaritas were as good as any we’ve had. The house wines available with meals were only so-so. You could order better bottles for a charge. I did note that la Palapa restaurant carried an extraordinary number of Mexican and Latin-American wines on its extra-charge wine list, the most I have ever seen.
The hotel is divided into two zones, and each zone has two levels of rooms. On the kid side, there are lots of water slides and kids’ activities, plus day-care and kid food. Unless you are travelling with kids, you definitely want to be in the adult-only la Perla. The concierge-level rooms in both areas give you admission to the quieter, more exclusive pool areas. Only the concierge-level pools are heated. Other than in the exclusive areas, the pools are too cold for most people. For that reason, we rarely saw anyone use the unheated pools—they remained empty throughout the day. The ocean was warmer, but the beach is narrow. There were ample beach lounges, nevertheless.
The resort seemed to be built so as to preserve some natural and wetland areas.
We enjoyed our stay and looked forward to the excellent meals at this near-luxury resort.
- 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:
- Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla Riviera Maya, Mexico