Cancun

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • One of the top 30 resorts in Cancun, according to Condé Nast Traveler readers
  • This adult-only resort is low key and quiet, but only 10 minutes’ drive from Playa del Carmen
  • All-inclusive facilities include free Wi-Fi (even on the beach), premium alcohol and bike rental
  • A Temazcal spa ritual and an ocean diving/snorkeling session are all included

Map & Directions

The hotel is 40 minutes from the airport by taxi.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

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

Amenities

General

  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Nightlife / entertainment
  • No pets allowed

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Bike rental
  • Butler service
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station

Internet

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

Bathroom

  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service

Accessibility

  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.

Policies

Check-in: 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.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Children and additional guests: This hotel is adults-only; children are not allowed.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Fees: 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.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: 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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Customer Service available 24 hours

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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