Embrace nature, wellness and local culture at Paradisus Playa Del Carmen

If you want to pack up after a Playa del Carmen vacation feeling so much better than when you arrived, check into Paradisus by Melia. The 501-room Playa del Carmen property is split into two parts, La Perla, which caters exclusively to adults, and Paradisus Playa Del Carmen, which is family-friendly. The sprawling property has added a slew of new programs to attract pandemic-era tourists, including a partnership with SUDA, a holistic wellness collective traveling to help properties improve their fitness offerings. With over 20 restaurants and bars, plus endless amenities, Paradisus is the perfect place to kick back and relax in Playa del Carmen.

Getting to Paradisus Playa Del Carmen

Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the closest and most efficient airport to Paradisus Playa Del Carmen. The establishment has a partnership with Otium International, for smooth transfers to and from the hotel. Drinking in the backseat is allowed, if you want to open a Corona for the 45-minute drive, and some drivers are willing to stop for roadside tacos on the way.

The property

Accommodations range from one-bedroom junior suites to more luxurious pool-access suites connected to shared pools. Reserve guests, who upgrade their experience to include access to a special pool, dedicated restaurant, and upscale bar, can also enjoy Reserve Suites, serviced by assigned concierges. The resort, which splits seamlessly into the Family Zone and the Adults Only Zone, is located on a wide sandy beach, with swimmable waters and a long stretch of walking between two public Playa del Carmen beaches. . As for the pool, the property offers private Balinese beds for relaxing in the shade, a louder “party pool,” and a water park for kids. Set in lush mangroves, Paradisus Playa del Carmen is also home to many local animals — iguanas and coati are frequently spotted in addition to turtles and koi fish kept at the hotel. The property itself is particularly clean and well-maintained, with friendly staff (currently all masked as a Covid precaution) and a site-specific app to help you navigate your stay.

Activities

A daily program of fully inclusive activities is designed to help guests relax, feel good and enjoy the beautiful jungle surroundings of Paradisus. A typical day might include Pilates, yoga, spinning, aquafitness, salsa classes, snorkeling, stretching, pole fitness, SUDA boot camps and more to keep you active between nacho orders. Those who need a break from the movement can also take part in daily craft classes, as well as cocktail workshops, tequila tastings, guacamole making and more. Shows and parties are also organized every evening.

SUDA activities are free for all guests staying at Paradisus resorts, including a new cenote excursion, where a small group will practice yoga beside clear blue water, swim in a cave and learn about Mayan culture at through a ceremony with a shaman. Call 929-207-1078 to pre-book small group activities.

The food

To refuel between activities, Paradisus offers seemingly endless dining venues, with plant-based and healthy options on every menu, as well as all-day and all-night room service. For breakfast, take a seat at one of three buffets, where you’ll find made-to-order quesadillas, a smoothie bar, and other great reasons to wake up. For lunch, poolside specials include cheese-soaked nachos, burgers, Caesar salad, and an international buffet. Reservations are recommended for dinner, though each restaurant has a themed bar and waiting area at its entrance, many of which are worth seeking out. At Mole, the property’s Mexican restaurant, treat yourself to infused tequilas and specialty margaritas. At Tohi, sip saketinis to accompany the restaurant’s Japanese cuisine. Fuego offers Latin American fusion cuisine, anchored in a ceviche bar where a chef concocts raw bar creations. Fresh produce and salad bars are plentiful throughout the property.

Rooms at Paradisus Playa del Carmen and Paradisus La Perla start at $430 per night. Book directly on melia.com.

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