Visited on a business trip with over 100 of my co-working friends and spouses. We had several meetings during the day but ample time to enjoy the food, the pools, and spa in-between.
We enjoyed our One Bedroom Swim-up Suite directly across from the main pool bar. If you have the option, swim-up is certainly the way to go. So nice to change into your suit, step out to your patio and down into the pool. Not all swim-up rooms have access to the main pool, but ours did. Be sure to ask if you want access.
Jacuzzi tub on the patio was nice. It does take 15-20 minutes to fill and will empty just as quickly if you leave it not running. So, plan accordingly if you're wanting to enjoy the tub.
We were part of a very large group, at least 200 of us in total. I'm over 40, but it felt like a high school trip or spring break - we already knew just about everyone in the pool.
The restaurants were fine. Probably not places I would go out of my way for, but considering they were all-inclusive the quantity more than made up for the average quality.
Regardless if you have reservations for services or not, do take advantage of the Yhi Spa. On our last day, we had to check out at noon but our bus didn't pick us up until 2PM. So, my wife and I had lunch by the pool, then visited the spa to swim in the bubble pool and relax in the hot tubs. After an hour or so of relaxing, we were able to shower in the comfortable changing rooms and change into clean clothes for the trip home. A great ending to a wonderful stay.
If you need a tourist-fix to feel like you're actually spending time in Mexico, we also highly recommend the Selvatica zip-line / cenote trip, and taking a $10 taxi ride down to 5th Ave and Constitution in Playa del Carmen. There you'll find all the shops and nightspots in town, as well as the public beaches that have an amazing view of Cozumel and the Caribbean Sea.
Folks complaining about the road in probably haven't been to Mexico before. The neighborhood is not the same standard of living that guests at La Perla are accustomed to, but they are not horrible slums either. It's a working-class area that's actually showing signs of growth and improvement with new residences being built surrounding the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla is a hotel catering to the discerning all-inclusive traveler. With 58 swim-up suites, opulent furnishings, and international cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs, this adults-only hotel is a crowd pleaser. Rooms feature special touches like deep soaker tubs and rainfall showers. Marble floors, flat-screen TVs, Minibar, in-room safe, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, cable TV service and a DVD/CD player compliment the trendy interior design. Stay active with water sports like aqua aerobics, yoga, zumba and volleyball, or visit the spacious fitness facility. The Spa offers a wet and dry sauna($). Try a different menu every night with 14 restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla Riviera Maya, Mexico