Low key and adults only, the Blue Diamond Riviera Maya was recently voted one of the Top 30 Resorts in Cancun and the Yucatán by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2013. This sleek hotel has an enormous 25,000-square-foot spa, leafy gardens and Asian-style décor. It feels very remote, even though Playa del Carmen -- "touted as the next Miami Beach" (Rough Guides) -- and its late-night clubs, lively beach bars and open-air parties are just 10 minutes’ taxi drive away.
There’s plenty to do here, and much of it is part of the all-inclusive package. Complimentary with your stay, try a Temazcal Mayan ritual (healing heat treatment) and one free ocean diving or snorkeling session. A free round of golf is also included, though some extra fees apply. There’s also a beautiful, if short, private beach (with free Wi-Fi access) and a pier, which stretches out over the water.
Breakfast and lunch is taken next to the Caribbean at the Ceviche Bar (specialities include ceviche, tapas and fresh seafood), and it’s open again from 10pm for late night snacks. For an upscale dinner, head down to Ambar by the lagoon (open 6-10pm), where fusion food is accompanied by live jazz. The rooftop cigar bar (open 9am-1am) is a sophisticated spot for a nightcap.
The rooms here are all suites, which are spacious and very modern. Think bamboo floors, natural linens and floor-to-ceiling windows. Most face the gardens or the lagoon, but the best overlook the beach (including the 3-bedroom presidential suite), and some have private outdoor pools. Alcohol in the mini bars is included and, rather pleasingly, the bottles are full sized. There is also a personalization service so you can request all your favorites.
From the press:
"Since this property was originally designed (and recently sold) by Mandarin Oriental, it doesn't have a typical all-inclusive feel often associated with large resorts in this area" -- Fodor's
"Of the activities at Blue Diamond, the Temescal spiritual cleansing ritual, conducted by a Mayan guide under a steamy stone dome, is our favorite" -- Food and Wine
Newspaper / magazines
Extra beds / roll away beds
Gym / fitness center
Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
Sauna / Steam Room
Nightlife / entertainment
No pets allowed
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Airport transfer (fees apply)
Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
Currency exchange / ATM
Express check-in / checkout
Hair salon (fees apply)
Laundry / dry cleaning
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Outdoor space for some rooms
DVD / CD player & library
iPod/iPhone docking station
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
Bathrobes and slippers
Complimentary valet service
Accessible pool area
ADA compliant rooms
Facilities for guests with special needs
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.
For security purposes, the credit card used to secure your reservation and a photo ID must be presented at check-in.
Standard checkout time: 12pm
Children and additional guests
This hotel is adults-only; children are not allowed.
No pets allowed.
There is a $20 room service fee for those ordering room service (although the food itself is included under the all inclusive package). This fee is waived for those guests booking the Travelzoo VIP rate.
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Extra bed available on request in the Patio Junior Suite and Patio Suite only. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.
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