Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most popular getaways.  Located just an hour south of Cancun ~ Playa (as it’s known by locals) gives you beautiful turquoise waters, loads of nightlife & restaurants, & more adventures than you’ll be able to handle in one trip!  It also has a bevy of all-inclusive hotels: my friend Whitney just visited the mega-resort Xcaret & said they never left the property…there was too much to do there!  In this article, the “Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen,” we’ll find the best hotels for all categories: families, couples, luxury-seekers, & for singles!

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Paddle board or kayak right in the calm lagoons surrounding Hotel Xcaret. My friend Whitney calls it a “near-ideal family resort…with a great spa too!”

Best All-Inclusive Hotels in Playa del Carmen, Girl Who Travels the World, Hotel XCaret

Whitney took this shot from her room at XCaret: both ocean AND lagoon views!

Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique

Royal Hideaway Playacar

Hotel XCaret

Belmond Maroma

Secrets Maroma

Rosewood Mayakoba

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen

Hotel Xcaret Arte

Playacar Palace

Newport House Playa del Carmen

Overview of Playa All-Inclusives

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen, Girl Who Travels the World

The Grand Velas fits nearly every category: it’s great for singles, couples, & families will enjoy their Kid’s Club & Teen Club. It’s often rated the #1 resort in Playa.

Best Adults-Only All-Inclusives in Playa

 The following hotels are perfect for couples seeking a relaxed, romantic getaway in Playa del Carmen: the secluded Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel ($378+) is located about 10 miles north of Playa, with a lovely jungle-beachfront setting.  Airy suites come with separate living rooms & private outdoor soaking tubs (great for couples); request an upgraded suite for a deck with beach views.  There are three restaurants, two bars, marina & beach access, three indoor/outdoor pools, & room service is available.

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The Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel is ideal for couples: its secluded beachfront location gives you plenty of opportunity for late-night beach strolls…

The Royal Hideaway Playacar ($347+) is another adults-only option located on popular Playacar Beach, just south of Playa del Carmen’s main town.  All rooms have either terraces or balconies, & room service is offered; upgraded rooms offer private hot tubs.  There are six restaurants here & six outdoor pools to lounge by, as well as a spa.

Best Adults-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen, Girl Who Travels the World

Another beachfront option, the Royal Hideaway Playacar also has SIX outdoor pools to choose from.

Best All-Inclusives for Families in Playa

 The “family” category is the most crowded for all-inclusives in Playa.  First up is the Iberostar Tucan ($225+), one of the most reasonably-priced, family-friendly options you’ll find here.  Enjoy the beachfront location with its many thatched-roof palapas, as well as an easy walk to town & the Cozumel ferry.  All rooms have balconies, & some suites offer direct beach access.  There are four restaurants here & six bars, plus an outdoor lagoon pool, Kid’s Clubs, & live entertainment for the folks.  

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen for Families, Girl WHo Travels the World

The Iberostar Tucan not only has a beachfront location ~ but it also offers “Kid’s Clubs,” making it a great option for families.

Next up is my top pick for family fun in Playa: the massive Hotel XCaret ($682+).  This is more than just a hotel: your room fee includes access to numerous adventure & water parks on the property; you can kayak or paddle board right in XCaret’s gorgeous, turquoise lagoons ~ plus they have a spa, tennis courts, ten restaurants, eight bars, & multiple outdoor pools.  As my friend said about her recent trip to XCaret: “We didn’t ever have to leave the resort ~ there was so much to do!”

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Hotel Xcaret Mexico is MORE than a hotel: it’s an EXperience! If you don’t ever want to leave your hotel: this is the perfect option for you.

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My friend Whitney took this photo from her room at XCaret ~ a “River Suite.”

My final picks for families is the RIU Palace Riviera Maya ($275+).  A less expensive option than XCaret, all rooms have balconies or terraces, & all come with either a whirlpool tub or hot tub ~ a welcome surprise at this price point.  Parking is included in the price (rare), room service is 24/7, they have six restaurants, four bars, & a nightclub for those looking to dance & mingle.  Two outdoor pools, water slides, beautiful beachfront access, & a kid’s club will keep the young ones busy & happy.

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen for Families, Girl WHo Travels the World

Fun slides for kids at the RIU Palace Riviera Maya.

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Rooms at the RIU Palace are modern & clean, & ALL come with whirlpool or hot tubs.

Best Luxury All-Inclusives in Playa

 The Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun ($665+) is UPSCALE UPSCALE!!  Set on 500 prime acres between Cancun & Playa del Carmen, this is a AAA Five Diamond, adult’s-only paradise with its own sandy beach & ultra-sophisticated vibe.  You’ll have eight restaurants to choose from here, a casual cafe, & six bars.  All rooms have either balconies or terraces, & these rooms are some of the prettiest on the list ~ but it’s the personalized attention & service that sets Secrets apart…

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A room with a private hot tub at Secrets Maroma.

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Upscale & refined with a Balinese twist, at Secrets.

 Finally, we come to the ultra-chic Rosewood Mayakoba ($1,595+).  Located just north of Playa del Carmen, within the Mayakoba complex (which has several other hotels, such as the Banyan Tree Mayakoba), the Rosewood gives you beautiful beachfront combined with lush jungle surroundings.  Suites have an open, tropical feel with private plunge pools & separate living areas; the in-room Bose sound systems allow you to set the musical tone.  There’s an Italian restaurant here, sushi, & a tequila bar ~ plus three outdoor pools, highly-luxe spa, & 24/7 room service.  Kayaking & snorkeling also offered.

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Sleek, chic, open & airy ~ yet totally private, at the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen.

Best Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen, Girl Who Travels the World

Private plunge pools come with all suites at the Rosewood.

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Playa del Carmen

 That’s it for all-inclusive resorts in Playa!  If you’re looking for adventures close to Playa del Carmen, check out the nearest cenote: Chaak Tun, or take the ferry over to Cozumel for an epic day of snorkeling.  Further afield, you’ve got the ancient ruins of Chichen Itza, or the incredible natural wonder that is the Pink Sea.

xoxo Noelia 

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