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Viceroy Riviera Maya
Ranked #14 of 215 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Everything about this hotel is outstanding. The service was truly exceptional and flawless; every staff member in the hotel was eager to help you in making your stay special from the moment you walked in.

The villas were quite spacious, private and simply beautiful. You get the feeling you are secluded in the middle of the jungle; a breathtaking scenery.

The food was incredible, I highly recommend to try the spa. Viceroy Riviera Maya is by far the perfect place to relax.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

It has been 4months since my friends and I visited the wonderful Viceroy Riviera Maya (VRM) - not one day goes by where i don't reminisce about the amazing experience, service and location of this resort.
VRM is the epitomy of luxury that holds true to the traditional Mayan culture. With only 41 private Villas, the feel is intimate and it does not take long before you feel the warmth of the friendly and attentive staff - Alfredo, Oscar, Fernando, Pepe and Tacito...just to name a few!!
From the greeting received at the reception with the local welcome beverage, the scent of 'Chopal' in the air when walking throughout the junglesque paths of the resort to the incredible Villa's dressed in an understated elegance that did not take away from the natural surrounding beauty...i would recommend VRM to anyone looking for a taste of true Mehicano Paraiso!
There are endless activites that the staff at VRM are happy to arrange if lying on the resorts incredible reserved playa enjoying a freshly picked 'Coco-loco' becomes too heavinly.
A particular mention and thank you needs to go to Hector who assisted in arranging all our fantastic day trips to the various islands and sights. From his introduction on day one, Hector's professionalism and sincere passion meant that we could entrust him in organising our entire stay. The service was phenomenal - We enjoyed it so much that we extended our stay at VRM by 3nights!
...I would definately return!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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VRMManagement, General Manager at Viceroy Riviera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Dear StefiG_05,

It is always nice to hear from our guests. I thank you for your comments about your recent stay.
Is not only through our service and our amenities that we try to make our guest enjoy their stay, is our staff the one that makes always a difference.

We try to open our guest’s senses to the natural surroundings, the reminiscences of the Mayan Culture that we have tried to incorporate in our Wayak Spa and local ingredients into our Menus at the Coral Grill and La Marea Restaurants where you will find a variety and combination of flavors. The entire atmosphere surrounded by the unique and characteristic “copal”.

I am very happy to hear that you have enjoyed so much your stay and not only taking advantage of our butler recommendations but also the different activities that you can enjoy on site and the best of all, just relaxing and doing whatever that you feel like.

Thank you again for your valuable feedback and I hope that we can have the opportunity to host you again in our jungle paradise.

Sincerely,

Pedro Lara
General Manager
Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I just returned from a 5 day vacation at this beautiful resort. As many have stated, the service is absolutely phenomenal, the food, and staff are wonderful. Unfortunately, I will not return or recommend this resort for two reasons 1.) the mosquitoes are extremely aggressive, and very abundant. My girlfriend and I where attacked throughout the week, despite repellants, candles, even electric zappers (provided by the resort). 2.) The beach is very, very rocky. You have to enter the beach (if you dare) by way of a man made pier that extends into the ocean. It's a shame, because without the hungry mosquitoes, and a beach that unfortunately we were unable to enjoy, this place would be paradise.

Room Tip: The jungle villas offer more privacy, but are overrun by mosquitoes. The beach front/ocean view vill...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank dirkjc
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VRMManagement, General Manager at Viceroy Riviera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear dirkjc,

While we’re pleased that you found the service “phenomenal” and the food and staff wonderful, we were sorry that your visit was less than perfect. It’s unusual for mosquitos to be such a challenge. As for the beach, most guests enjoy it tremendously and find our pier to be the perfect place for jumping into the crystal-clear water – and a great spot from which to take a snorkeling trip. In fact, as the only resort on the Riviera Maya with a pier of our own, many visitors appreciate the convenience and many uses – the picturesque pier is a place where we hold private dinners for two and host morning yoga, too. We greatly appreciate your visit, and appreciate your comments.

With best regards,

Pedro Lara
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Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Arriving at the Viceroy Riviera Maya is a distinctly unique experience.

From the main highway, you'll be driven down roads so narrow only one car can pass, taken over some deeply rutted sections and, if it weren't for the occasional VICEROY blue directional signs, you'll be convinced your driver is lost. But then you arrive at what feels like a back entrance to a high-end private residence. Don't expect the usual registration desk. While you're looking for it, you're guest will likely be being guided toward your Villa. Catch up.

Heavy vegetation canopies a meandering walkway toward to your Villa, past the spa, and eventually, the Ocean. You check-in within your Villa. Ours was pool side with view of the Coral Grill, the bar, and the ocean beyond. Thoughtfully appointed, the large bedroom and equally generous bathroom area both open to the outdoors. The bathroom opens to an large enclosed outdoor shower, the bedroom to a patio, small pool, and hammock. Incense was burning upon our arrival.

The staff is remarkably and consistently exceptional. We were referred to by name during our entire visit and the staff seemed genuinely concerned that our experience would be pleasant. They made sure we were well taken care of whether at the dinner table, bar, poolside, or with concierge services.

With an adults only policy, couples were generally together and happily enjoying their stay without distraction. Their attentiveness to each other created a positive backdrop for our own experience. No cannonballing or solitary drunks at the bar make for a nice couple's vacation. We guessed that at least half of the guests were on their honeymoon and, those that weren't, acted as if they were.

Nightlife was a bit more difficult. If you need it, plan on the 200 peso/15 minute cab drive to Playa del Carmen. We decided that we didn't need it and took full advantage of the two supremely satisfying restaurants at the Viceroy as well as the competent, friendly bartenders.

A side trip to Cozumel involves the 15 min taxi to Playa del Carmen and then a 45 minute ferry to the island. An excellent guided tour and private car trip to Chichen Itza, arranged by Hector (remember that name - he is a remarkable host), was a 9 hour affair - and a highlight of our vacation.

Running on the beach was safe in either direction but we'd recommend traveling north toward the Princess and beyond. Sunrises are not to be missed.

If you seek quiet privacy, luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, beach access, professional staff, and to be surrounded by like minded lovers, sign up for the Viceroy. Enjoy.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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VRMManagement, General Manager at Viceroy Riviera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Dear KT,

Thank you for provide us your feedback regarding your recent stay. As you are approaching to the resort you might feel some uncertainty but once that you set up the first step as you express, and begin walking along the path amidst the vegetation, passing the waterfall and jungle that surround our villas, a new experience begins. At your villa you relax and enjoy our signature outdoor-moon shower, feeling in contact with the nature and in total privacy.
Our staff is always available to respond to any small request, so you always feel pampered at any time. This is our goal to make sure that you enjoy your stay and relax either in your Villa, our Main pool area, when you seat at the end of the pier while you see the sunset our just by relaxing in one of our beach palapas.

We hope that you can give us the opportunity to host you again in your next visit to the Riviera Maya.

Cordially,

Pedro Lara
General Manager
Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

What a charming place. We went to celebrate our anniversary and you can’t improve it. Just 41 super cozy villas and an extraordinary personal service. It is exclusive so expect to pay for it. Everyone has a smile and a way to make you at home. The environment is just breath taking...walking along those beautiful paths is a natural jungle like experience. The dinners on the beach are unbeatable. The only thing is the breakfast; the menu is short and not the traditional Mexican buffet, which normally is a culinary in experience in Mexico. Luxury, service, exclusivity and relaxation

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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VRMManagement, General Manager at Viceroy Riviera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Dear Robprad,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. I am really glad that you have enjoyed the unique setting that offer our property, the special location of our villas amidst the nature offers not only privacy but a scenario with nature, vegetation and total relaxation. I would like to thank you for your comments about our food. We are actually in the process of doing an update in our Coral Grill Menu that is going to have more variety for our guests.

I hope that you can give us the opportunity to host you again in the near future.

Sincerely,

Pedro Lara
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Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Having experienced many hotels of a similar level before, it was refreshing to arrive at a hotel where a smile felt genuine, and service was effortless and faultless as it was at the Viceroy Riviera Maya. The hotel is set amongst a maze of lush jungle foliage which makes your villa seem isolated and hidden, as if it was the only one at the hotel. The staff here work as a synergistic team, each one aware of your name and where you are, as they communicate with upmost discretion amongst each other to make sure every request is handled quickly. Before you even sit down by the beautiful pool or sea, it's as if they know exactly what you desire.

Two members of note are Pepe and Hector, who both in turn looked after the majority of our requests during our stay, although there wasn't one member of staff who weren't a credit to the team.

We were lucky enough to stay in a Jungle villa and a Premium villa during our stay, and whilst both offer the privacy, the premium villa is worth the upgrade if you can afford it, as they sit on the quieter side of the resort, with many premium amenities that really make the experience that much more special.

Things to try include the Wayak Spa, with outdoor treatment rooms and with lethally hot steam room, perfect for cleansing out the tequila based cocktails; the chef's table, that offers the best of mexican cuisine and wines; and try to stay on an evening when there is a beach barbecue (was on a Friday for us) as the experience was really beautiful and romantic. We had the opportunity to swim with turtles and visit Chichen Itza, as organised by the hotel, both wonderful memorable experiences.

Bar the slightly expensive food, drink and spa services of the hotel, the Viceroy Riviera Maya is probably one of the best hotels in the area, a true gem amongst a plethora of forgettable experiences that line the shores of the Riviera Maya.

Room Tip: We stayed in suite 64. A great room closer to the spa, and further from the beach, but fairly quiet...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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VRMManagement, General Manager at Viceroy Riviera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Dear Jonnyclarkoxford,

Thank for sharing your comments about your recent stay. I am really happy to hear that you enjoy so much not only our hotel facilities but every single aspect that surrounded us, from the privacy of our Villas to the Wayak Spa as well as the culinary experience at either Coral Grill or La Marea Restaurants.
I agree with you about the staff, that is our gem and more valuable asset. We continuously try to surprise our guest with small details through their stay.
I hope that you can give us the honor to host you again in your next visit to the Riviera Maya.
Cordially,

Pedro Lara
General Manager
Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Last October I stayed with my husband and my parents at the Viceroy Riviera Maya.
I have been several time to Riviera Maya in the last 10 years and returning again I wanted to make sure to stay in a very special place.
The arrival was magical, we were welcome from a wonderful and very attentive staff, which explained us all the facilities and services of the hotel.
Room are beautiful, cleaned and located in a tropical lush where you can hear and smell the beauty of the nature.
The beach is just perfect, very long beach with a turquoise water and at the Viceroy you can relax under the palapas while sipping an amazing margarita. Beach service is great , staff is always present to help you with your needs.
Both of the restaurants are very good, my favourite was that one on the beach with a spectacular view. Food was also very good. The restaurant staff was great , very efficient, always making sure you have all what you need.
The butler service also was fantastic, very useful and helpful. Our butler gave us very good advice regarding the excursions and restaurants in Playa del Carmen. Any needs you have ask them because they are great with lots of knowledge and experience.
What I can say... everything was perfect and we had a wonderful family holiday at the Viceroy Riviera May, definitely I will recommend to everyone and I will go back for sure!
Very big thank you to all the staff from Isabella , Paolo, Alina & Franco.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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VRMManagement, General Manager at Viceroy Riviera Maya, responded to this reviewResponded November 23, 2012

Dear Isabella,
Thank you very much for such great comments about our staff and our property. I am very glad that you have found us to celebrate such a special occasion.
The impression and experience that you had is the one that we want that our guest take back home. We try to make you enjoy the resort and facilities through the service provide by our staff.
We all look forward to your next visit.
Sincerely,
Pedro Lara
General Manager
Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Additional Information about Viceroy Riviera Maya

Address: Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly The Tides Riviera Maya)
Location: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#12 Luxury Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#23 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range: $509 - $1,378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Viceroy Riviera Maya 5*
Number of rooms: 41
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport and three miles from popular Playa del Carmen, Viceroy Riviera Maya is a serene hideaway set on the turquoise Caribbean amid a lush jungle ambiance. As Riviera Maya’s #1 resort in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, Viceroy offers world-class amenities, personalized pampering, exquisitely appointed villa accommodations with private patio and plunge pool, refined Mexican cuisine accented with international touches at La Marea and Mexican-Mediterranean fare at the seaside Coral Grill. Mayan influences abound, from the Mayan Blessing performed on arrival by the resort’s Shaman to the Mayan healing techniques offered at the award-winning spa. A Lagoon Pool, private pier, fitness center and traditional temazcal sweatlodge are among the resort’s many other pleasures. ... more   less 
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Viceroy Riviera Maya Hotel Playa Del Carmen
Tides Riviera Maya Hotel
Tides Riviera Maya Resort
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