This was our second visit to Blue Diamond and we stayed in a Cenote Deluxe Junior Suite. The previous time we stayed in a Patio Junior Suite - both were very spacious and nicely appointed and would stay in either one. My thoughts on all aspects of the resort are broken down below:
Check In: Nice touch to offer a welcome drink and chocolate and check in was relatively swift which was much appreciated since we arrived after 9 pm and wanted to make sure we could still make dinner in the restaurant. I was a little surprised after mentioning that this was our second stay that we didn't receive some sort of recognition for that (not that the hotel was obligated).
Room: Incredibly spacious - I think the bathroom was bigger than my apartment in Manhattan. A/C was perfectly functional - did not adjust at all, bed was relatively comfortable with extra pillows. It was a little strange that there was only one chair outside around the table but we just dragged out the chair from inside. In room mini bar is great though not really "personalized". [At least that was our experience last time...we didn't even bother this time]. My husband made various cocktails from the rum and vodka on offer though we didn't touch the whisky and tequila. You also get two different nut snacks as well as soft drinks, beer, mineral water and juice. I was bummed when I noticed upon check out that one of the juices was mango which I'm sure would have been great mixed with cava.
Pool/Beach: Amazing views and comfortable chairs. This time it was quite busy (as opposed to late October), so was not so easy getting chairs that had shade by the pool. The two pools and whirlpool were great - the bigger pool a bit chilly but was refreshing. I only dipped my feet in the ocean water, but it was nice. The beach does have rocks here and there but I wouldn't let that deter anyone. The service by the pool was very swift and friendly...the service on the beach was a little more slow but I think there was only one server for all of the beach area...can't really fault him for that. Shout out to Federico for bringing me a whole bottle of cava on our last day around the pool :)
Restaurants: We're not breakfast people so can't speak for that but we did Ceviche for lunch and toggled back and forth between Aguamarina and Ambar for dinner. Everything we ordered was great - the short ribs and lamb at Ambar over the top...chili poppers and chicken wings at Ceviche, not so much...but I should have expected that. I have never been to a "buffet" all inclusive resort, but I cam imagine that the a la carte experience is much better.
Fitness Room/Spa: Fitness room is spacious especially for a hotel with not so many rooms (compared to monster resorts) but I personally would have liked upgraded ellipticals. Maybe it's just because I wanted to make sure I got in a great workout in order to indulge in the all inclusive and not feel so guilty. We didn't partake in any spa activities, but the pool area looked very relaxing...wonder if they would serve drinks?
Grounds, etc.: Our room was about a half mile from the beach which was not an issue for us as it was just a way to get extra exercise before engaging in a day of hedonism. We asked for bikes upon check-in but did not receive until day 3. I couldn't adjust my seat, so opted just to stay walking. The golf carts do go up and down frequently, but we just didn't feel the need to wait around (we live in Manhattan so walking is pretty much a fact of life). Staff overall was so very friendly and there for anything you wanted.
All in all, I think the Blue Diamond is a great, relaxing resort for just chilling by the pool/beach and enjoying good, Mexican food in a great atmosphere. I'm sure we will be back and have already lauded the resort to friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the pristine coast of the world famous Riviera Maya, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty and peace, surrounded by nature mixed with luxury. This exclusive hideaway is set in 36 acres of lush tropical jungle, well manicured gardens and a spectacular palm filled white sandy beaches along the turquoise – colored Caribbean Sea, offering unparalleled pampering and rejuvenation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico