We spent 8 days and 7 nights at the Paradisus La Perla at the end of February and it was truly incredible! We traveled as a couple (we’re in our late 20’s) and also were part of a large corporate group staying at the resort, but arrived early so that we could extend our stay.
We stayed in a 1st floor Royal Service Junior Luxury Suite. The rooms are huge! There are his and hers closets with drawers in between and a large bathroom area. The shower is awesome, it is really large and there are two rainfall shower heads. There’s also a really large tub (maybe a bit too large, it takes a long time to fill and drain), which made for nice relaxing baths. The beds were comfortable and there is a large living area. Additionally, most of the rooms have a private Jacuzzi tub on the patio/balcony area. Only top floor rooms have an ocean view, but we didn’t spend much time in the room so it didn’t matter much to us.
The Royal Service area was great, we didn’t use the Butler as much as some of the other guests but we did have them book dinner reservations, exchange currency, answer questions about the property, etc. There is also an open bar area in the Royal Service lounge with top shelf liquor that is accessible all day/evening, along with hors derves. You can also request that they bring you a bottle of liquor to your room daily (by request and only certain brands).
There are two main pool areas (as well as several smaller ones), one for all guests and one for Royal Service. The Royal Service pool is heated and both pools have swim up bars. There is music playing at both pools, the Royal Service pool has calmer music and the main pool has top 40 style music, and DJ on Saturday for their pool party. The service by the Royal Service pool was definitely better, but if you tip the server or bartender early in the day they are very attentive. Be sure to specify what brand of liquor you want if you want top shelf.
One of the best perks of Royal Service was being able to eat at La Palapa for breakfast and lunch (it’s exclusively for Royal Service except for dinner, where it opens to other resort guests as well). The food is WAY better than the other lunch options. For breakfast I definitely recommend the almond croissant from the bread basket that they bring around. For lunch, the asparagus and cerviche appetizers are awesome and the chicken pita and croque monsieur were great. The best thing about La Palapa was the service- we were truly treated like royalty! From being greeted by name by Roxana on every visit to the outstanding service from Renau and Ivan at breakfast and lunch. Be sure to tip all of them, they deserve it!
The other restaurants on the property are amazing as well, especially Passion! The 9 course tasting menu is incredible (our favorites were the scallop dish and the foie gras). We got to eat there 1 night free since we stayed 7 nights, but I would recommend that others pay the additional $45 per person and experience Passion! The only restaurant we were not crazy about was The Market, Brazilian meat just isn’t our thing, but our server at The Market (Reyes) was fantastic! Other dinner favorites were Bana (the teppanyaki), La Palapa, Fuego and Vento. We actually didn’t eat at a buffet once on our trip, there were so many restaurants to choose from! The Sunset Grill by the main pool also has amazing white cerviche, if you want a snack. We ended up making later dinner reservations most nights (between 8 and 9) so that we could head to the bars after eating. There are ample after dinner drink options, both outdoors and indoors. We also took advantage of the late night room service!
The beach area was also nice, although it was narrow, we never had a problem finding a bed/chair and the service on the beach was great as well. Others mentioned the beach being rocky and to have seaweed, which we didn’t experience during our stay (aside from a few rocks here and there in the water), we found it to be really nice!
The hotel also offers free non-motorized sports, like kayaking and you can rent jet ski’s onsite for a relatively affordable rate.
A few very minor cons: I know that there were multiple people on our trip who did get sick, luckily I escaped that! Since bottled water is free, I advise asking for it at each meal. If you don’t ask, they pour you a glass of water. Also, our room smelled sort of musty and wasn’t all that soundproof, you can hear people walking by and can hear people walking above you as well.
Overall our stay was incredible and we cannot wait to return to La Perla!
- 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
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