Most Romantic Beach Resorts in Playa del Carmen


Looking to escape with just you and your significant other? Mexico’s Riviera Maya has beach towns setting the stage all along the coast, but Playa del Carmen stands out above the rest for lovers. A romantic getaway to Playa means dinners on the beach, awe-inspiring ruins and dreamy blue cenotes are all at your fingertips. Whether you want to stay in a robe all day and hit the spa or adventure out into Mexico’s vibrant culture, your beach hotel will make the arrangments. With accommodations from adults-only resorts to chic boutique establishments, Playa del Carmen is waiting to welcome you to its white-sand shores.


Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya – A Concept by Hyatt

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Enjoy the best in boutique luxury when you plan a stay at the Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya Resort in Playa del Carmen. Start each day with a complimentary breakfast buffet, but not before you take in the view from your spacious suite. Beachfront rooms comprise about half of the property’s accommodation options—and the view of the ocean is known to be breathtaking—while other rooms sport their own impressive views of serene lagoons and Playa del Carmen’s lush tropical greenery.

The four restaurants at the Andaz provide creative spins on traditional Latin American cuisine, offering flavors that are both accessible and adventurous while playing up local ingredients, like freshly caught seafood. While the hotel is large, guests are welcome to hop on a bike (no fee required) to get around. If you’re traveling here as a family, you won’t no one will miss out on fun or relaxation with the hotel’s luxurious Naum Wellness & Spa and the on-site kids program. Andaz Mayakoba Riviera Maya Resort is also an ideal location for large events—whether you’re hosting a business conference or destination wedding, the 14,000 square feet of event space is sure to wow guests. All these impressive features, plus access to the El Camaleón Golf Club and the Mayakoba Tennis Center, make this a great choice for your next beach getaway.

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Fairmont Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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A warm greeting, complimentary cocktail and all, welcomes guests to the sprawling Fairmont Mayakoba resort, located in Playa del Carmen. Here, romantic partners, families and even pet owners can easily customize the vacation of their dreams. There’s a stunning, private white-sand beach, where shaded lounge chairs offer guests the opportunity to look out at the crashing waves or, if they choose, the untamed jungle scenery that surrounds the property on either side. There’s also an impressive dining program, run by acclaimed Mexican chef Richard Sandovar, showcased across three impressive restaurants.

As far as accommodations go, 401 luxurious guest rooms, casitas and suites overlooking either jungle, lagoon or beach provide ample space for relaxation or as Fairmont Mayakoba puts it, “room to dream.” While this gated complex can be intimidating in its size, free boats, bikes and golf carts allow visitors easy, accessible transportation for freely roaming the grounds. And there’s certainly a lot to explore, including a whopping five pools and four bars. All-inclusive packages are optional but well worth it—it’s a great value and the best way to enjoy these exotic surroundings without opening your wallet.

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Hilton Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Smack-dab in the middle of the Mayan Riviera’s hottest tourist destination, Hilton Playa del Carmen provides exactly the kind of luxury you want on your Mexican beach getaway. All accommodations are suites, and all have private balconies or terraces as well as whirlpool tubs. Swim-up suites are available, as well as suites with beachfront walkouts.

Unwind at the beach or at one of the resort’s pools; find a spot at the Olympic-sized freshwater pool, tranquil relaxation pool or in-pool hot tubs. Then, once your stresses have melted away, there are plenty of activities to fill the sunshine-splashed days: volleyball, tennis, Pilates, snorkeling, culinary classes, dance lessons, scuba lessons, kayaking and ping pong are some of the many things you can do without ever leaving the property.

The resort’s seven restaurants offer cuisine for every taste and mood. Choose from Asian fusion, traditional Mexican, Mediterranean, Mexican-French fusion, Caribbean fusion, American and International cuisine. Sample tequila at the Tequileria & Cigar Club Bar, relax poolside at the Trade Winds Bar, catch your favorite game at the Lobby Bar, or enjoy a perfect cup of coffee at the Royal Coffee House, the resort’s European-style gourmet café.

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Platinum Yucatán Princess All Suites & Spa Resort

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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The Riviera Maya is known for its all-inclusive vacation experiences and the Platinum Yucatán Princess All Suites & Spa Resort continues this tradition. As the name suggests, the resort boasts its own spa and wellness center, which features saunas, fitness areas and a variety of beauty-treatment options. There are also six on-site restaurants, seven bars and a nightclub, all within a short walk from your suite.

As part of the Grand Princess family, staying at the Platinum Yucatán Princess provides you instant access to all the facilities at the Grand Riviera Princess and Grand Sunset Princess Hotels. For sports enthusiasts, the Casa Club and Sport Park offers endless opportunities for indoor and outdoor leisure activities, including table tennis, archery, baseball and paddle boarding. All these adventures take place surrounded by the majestic scenery for which the Riviera Maya is known.

Each of the hotel’s 472 rooms exudes luxury with crisp, clean decor and modern furnishings. Want to wake up and instantly hit the pool? There’s direct pool access available with each of the resort’s three room levels—Junior Suite, Platinum Deluxe and  Honeymoon Suite. Simply choose the Swimout variation of the style that suits your needs for the ultimate level of pool-side convenience.

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Royal Hideaway Playacar – Adults Only

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Courtesy of Barceló Hotel Group

For a quiet, romantic beach getaway, couples can’t do better than this adults-only resort on one of the most spectacular slices of white-sand beach in the Western hemisphere. It’s the best of both worlds, perfectly located near—but not in the center of—Playa del Carmen’s pulsing downtown and eclectic La Quinta Avenida. Royal Hideaway Playacar offers plenty of tranquility and solitude, and the fun, vivacious beach-town vibe of Playa is just a short drive away.

By the numbers, the resort boasts six swimming pools, six restaurants and 201 spacious rooms. Take advantage of the spa and state-of-the-art fitness center or sip on an island cocktail at the solarium while sinking into a luxurious Balinese bed. You don’t have to leave the premises for great outdoor activities: spend your day sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing or playing tennis. The Yucatán offers some of the best diving in the world, and the scuba diving center offers everything from A to Z: equipment sales and rental, lessons and classes for certification. If you want to hit the links, no problem—a great golf course is less than two miles away.

The Retreat, Royal Hideaway Playacar’s aptly named spa, deserves special mention. Couples and individuals can indulge in fit-for-royalty services, which include massages, facials, body wraps, aromatherapy, deep skin cleansing and revitalizing vitamin C therapy. Privacy and discretion are always given proper attention. And could anything be more romantic than a massage by candlelight, right on the seashore?

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Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Courtesy of Sandals Hotels & Resorts

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort offers a refreshing approach to all-inclusive accommodations by meeting the unique needs of both families and adult vacationers. For couples who want to enjoy a stress-free vacation, the Select Club provides access to adult-only sections of the resort—including exclusive access to a kid-free pool, spa, bar, restaurants and section of the beach.

Families, on the other hand, will enjoy access to the resort’s Kids and Teen clubs, both of which are supervised by trained staff. Parents can take a break with a spa visit or trip to the thermal areas before rejoining the rest of the family for a round of miniature golf. Everyone in the resort has access to eight pools, a hydromassage hot tub and water sports center. There is also a performance stage in the Main Plaza, which features nightly entertainment.

Sandos Playacar offers 819 rooms, and each is decorated to reflect local culture and style. There are multiple suite options in both family and adult sections of the resort, and some of them are available with ocean views. All rooms are equipped with an in-room safe, minibar and coffee maker.

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Thompson Beach House

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Courtesy of Thompson Hotels

With just three floors and 27 rooms, you can avoid the tourist crunch and overbearing salespeople that are all too common at large resorts. Thompson Beach House, built in 2016, is a chic little Bohemian getaway and an extension of Thompson Playa del Carmen hotel, located a couple blocks away. The best part of the Beach House is…well, the beach. You could almost throw a stone into the water from the balcony of your ocean-view room—it’s that close. Private daybeds, cabanas and an oceanfront lounge are exclusively for Beach House guests. Bicycles, yoga, paddleboards and other water sports are also available on site.

Guests of the Beach House can take the five-minute walk to the main hotel and enjoy the fantastic infinity pool right on the roof, with seating and private cabanas. The restaurants and bars at the hotel are also available to Beach House guests. This includes access to CATCH, the hotel’s spectacular rooftop restaurant with great seafood and a 360° view of Playa del Carmen from the turquoise Caribbean to the city’s western edge.

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Viceroy Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Courtesy of Viceroy Hotel Group

Offering idyllic views and high-end amenities, this resort creates the perfect atmosphere for a stress-free, private getaway. There are two on-site restaurants—the Coral Grill and La Marea. The Coral Grill & Bar offers a seaside dining experience, featuring an international dish selection and locally-sourced ingredients. The La Marea specializes in Mexican food with a modern spin.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya’s 41 villas are tucked away in the jaw-dropping beauty of the region. The resort’s award-winning Wayak Spa offers a pampering experience like none other. Couple’s massages are completed in the natural jungle landscape, featuring a waterfall. The spa also offers body treatments, facials and beauty services. Guests can also take advantage of the Viceroy’s many wellness activities, including private yoga, fitness and meditation classes.

At this seaside resort, couples experience the true sense of a getaway. Each villa boasts a private patio with a plunge pool, along with an outdoor shower. Inside, every edge of the room is designed with comfort in mind. The beds are fitted with down pillows and Egyptian cotton sheets for the highest quality sleep and relaxation. There are seven villa styles available, that allow visitors to choose ocean, jungle or mixed views.

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Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Courtesy of Melia Hotels & Resorts

Spacious rooms and suites provide the ultimate in luxury, and all-inclusive means you’ll be spoiled from the minute you walk through the door. Swim-up suites are available, and most rooms have a private hydromassage tub. Feel like royalty as you while the day away poolside on a Bali bed, or sink your toes in the soft sand and drink in the glorious vista of the spectacular turquoise Caribbean.

The resort’s 14 world-class restaurants have something to tease and please every palate. Latin, Mediterranean, Italian, Italian-Argentine, tapas, Asian fusion, International and Mexican cuisine are all available on-site, and Seven-Star Michelin Chef Martin Berasategui’s restaurant provides an elegant, adults-only dining experience that is second to none. For a quiet, intimate meal or cocktail, choose from the resort’s several adults-only restaurants and bars.

After getting a healthy dose of tropical sunshine at the beach or pool, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla offers lots of activities including sports, leisure, entertainment and cultural programs. Volleyball, stretching, meditation, Pilates, tennis, water aerobics and various workshops—like wine and tequila tastings—are all available onsite. Upgrade to Royal Service for a truly sumptuous beach getaway. A personal butler, private terrace whirlpool, private swimming pool and a water ritual at the YHI Spa are just a few of the extravagances that give “VIP” an entirely new meaning. Indulge yourself!

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