My husband and I stayed at the Petit Lafitte for five nights in late April 2009. Our experience completely surpassed what we had expected based on the reviews on this site. First, I will address the only two potential “cons” people may see in staying here. One, there is no technology in the bungalows. If you absolutely need a TV, phone, etc., you will be unhappy. There is a computer in the lobby that has Internet access, though, so you won’t be entirely disconnected. Two, this place is remote and very quiet. Frankly, my husband and I found this to be a plus. The place was practically deserted other than the guests and staff, and it is far off the beaten path. We never had to fight for service or beach space, and there were very few people or things going on. Again, if you need entertainment to be provided for you by a mega-resort, Petit Lafitte is not for you. But we were happy to sit on the beach, read books, hang out together, swim, eat, and drink.
The bungalows are beautiful and so well worth the cost. I found the beds to be very comfortable, the space large and clean, and the view spectacular. In under a minute’s walk, you’re on the beach. The beach was amazing. While there weren’t always enough palapas for us, there were plenty of palm trees or hammocks for shade. The water directly in front of the beach was a bit rocky, but a 30-second walk in either direction promised clear, rock-free swimming. The bar does not have waiters directly bringing drinks to the beach, but it is only a few hundred feet away from the farthest chairs.
The food included was excellent. We were worried about not having enough to eat, but we ended up with WAY too much food. The breakfast buffet was perfect every morning, but you can always order off the menu if you want something more. Dinners were outstanding. There were two options every night, and we were never disappointed. I’m a vegetarian who only eats fish, and when I informed the head chef, Martin, he was happy to accommodate and made me delicious alternatives on nights that only offered meat. The bar also served lunch every day (extra, but very cheap). We did this a few times, and it was again very good.
Perhaps the best part of staying at Petit Lafitte was the service. Yes, it is remote, and the road there is scary. We had the private airport transfer (worth every penny), but were then concerned about leaving and not finding our way back. There was no need to worry; when we wanted to go into Playa del Carmen for a few hours, Felipe at the front desk got us a cab for $10 that the resort knows well. The driver, Eddie, arranged a time and place to pick us up and he promptly returned us safely. The highlight of our trip off-site was a private trip to Chichen Itza and various other Mayan sites with Cesar, another taxi driver that Felipe set us up with. Cesar took us everywhere we wanted to go and brought us to see things we never would have imagined seeing or planning for ourselves. Everyone affiliated with the resort went the extra mile to make our visit perfect and hassle free.
This resort experience was phenomenal. If you want a vacation where you’ll meet tons of people, party all night, have loud bands or performances, and go back to the TV every night, then you will not be happy at the Petit Lafitte. However, if you are like me and my husband, you will love the beautiful atmosphere, the amazing service, and the quality time just relaxing in paradise.
P.S. Check out the crazy animal menagerie behind the bungalows…Wild birds, native pigs and deer, and an adorable capybara are there for you to visit!
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- Also Known As:
- Petit Lafitte Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Petit Lafitte Playa Del Carmen
- Petit Lafitte Riviera Maya/Playa Del Carmen, Mexico