Playa del Carmen – or Playa- is a city in Eastern Mexico that started from being a small fishing town. Today, it is a popular tourist destination that is rich in culture, natural wonders and Mayan ruins. Considered to be the hippest city in the Yutacan Peninsula, Playa has grown tremendously and offers unique tourist attractions. Playa is situated in the middle of the Riviera Maya, makingi t a popular stop-over for cruise ships. The growing number of tourists visiting the city annually has paved the way for the establishment of a number of interesting activities for all ages.

To ensure the best stay in the city, Best Resort in Playa del Carmen lists down some popular resorts you may want to check out before going to the city. Hope you find this useful!!!

1. Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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Location: Carretera Federal, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Banyan Tree Maykoba is a luxury resort that offers a unique ecosystem with dunes, mangroves, lagoons and indigenous species of fish and birds. Its accommodations range from villas to a two-bedroom townhouse. Facilities and activities includes yoga, golf club, ballroom, meeting rooms and many more.

2. Esencia

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Location: Carretera Tulum-Cancun KM, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Esencia is a luxury resort situated on a 50-acre private estate. Resort accommodations include rooms with ocean or garden view and cottages complete with state-of-the-art equipment. Services at the hotel are room service, nightly turn down, concierge, valet service, nannies and many more.

3. Fairmont Mayakoba

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Location: Carretera Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
The Fairmont Mayakoba is a luxury resort with distinct ecosystem that includes dune, water canals, tropical forest and mangroves. Its 401 guestrooms are designated each with its own view of the lagoon and jungle and the beach. Services at the resort includes spa, restaurant, two mineral pools and steam rooms, Discovery Club & Adventure Camp to name a few.

4. Grand Velas Riviera Maya

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Location: Carretera Cancun Tulum Km. 62 | Municipio de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an all-inclusive luxury resort situated on a 80 acres of protected mangroves, jungle and natural freshwater. Resort accommodations are mostly suites and are divided into 3 areas: Grand Class adult-only area, Ambassador family-friendly area and the Zen Grand Section. The all-inclusive amenities include meals, 24-hour Butler-Concierge Service, fitness center, mini-bar, recreational activities program and pools.

5. Rosewood Mayakoba

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Location: Ctra. Federal Cancun, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
The Rosewood Mayakoba is a luxury resort in Mexico on a mile-long arc of white Caribbean sand. Its 1,600-acre resort projects a serene and beautiful vacation paradise. Aside from its suites, the resort offers several activities and amenities for its guests. This includes golf, pools, spa, snorkeling and diving excursion, concierge and valet service, 24-hour in-room dining and daily housekeeping.

6. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

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Location: Carretera Federal Cancun – Puerto Juarez | Km 306.5 S/N Punta Maroma, Playa Maroma, Playa del Carmen CP 77710, Mexico
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun is an AAA Five Diamond Resort with 412 elegant accommodations. Its activities and services offered are complimentary greens fees at the Grand Coral Golf Course, fitness center, pool, sea kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, outdoor Jacuzzi and an open-air theater.

7. Viceroy Riviera Maya

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Location: Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico (Formerly The Tides Riviera Maya)
The Viceroy Riviera Maya is 41-villa Mexico Luxury resort located in a small village of Playa Xcalacoco. Amenities at the resort includes swimming pool with sundeck, seaside spa, concierge services, room service, currency exchange, bar/lounge, restaurant and many more.Guests can also enjoy the following activities: deep seawater fishing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, jungle tours, to name a few.

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