Non-motorized water sports are included in your rate
Some rooms have a private plunge pool
Chauffeured golf carts shuttle guests around the 36-acre property
Just 30 minutes from the Cancún airport, 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen
What To Know
Children 17 and under are not permitted
Citronella repellent is provided, but guests staying near lagoons, streams or the cenote should pack DEET
Restaurant opening times vary
Parking on site
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Sophisticated all-inclusive amid lagoons, mangroves and beachfront along Mexico's Riviera Maya
Covering 36 acres of mangrove, lagoon, and powdery beachfront, the adults-only Blue Diamond has a sophistication that belies its proximity to Cancún and Playa del Carmen. Minimalist Zen rooms (all clean lines, high-quality marble, limestone, and polished bamboo, and floor-to-ceiling windows that keep the interiors bright) and an indoor/outdoor spa set the mood for relaxation, while all-inclusive rates banish mark-up stress. Adding to the Zen feel, Asian touches such as sliding Japanese doors and rock gardens remain from the property’s former life as a Mandarin Oriental. But unlike the buffet-driven properties in the nearby tourist towns, the service here is highly individualized. Think à la carte dining, customized minibars, and golf cart chauffeurs at your beck and call to whisk you between the two oceanfront pools—one for floating, one for laps—and spa, which features his-and-hers hammams. Unlike many full-service hotels, which rely on mass buffets, Blue Diamond serves à la carte dishes at the three on-site restaurants. Ambar, named for its stunning amber chandelier, offers fine dining and an occasion to dress up, while the more casual Aguamarina and the beach tapas bar have Caribbean views.
In the Area
Thirty minutes from the resort, Xel-Ha is a natural water park of lagoons and cenotes where you can swim with dolphins and manatees or trek along the seabed in a retro diving helmet. While the vibe at the resort is decidedly mellow, downtown Playa del Carmen is ideal for club hopping. Start the night with cocktails and ocean views at the Blue Parrot Beach Club and work your way up to the Vegas-style variety show at Congo Bongo. For a change from the international fare at the resort, sample traditional Mayan dishes such as tamales with goat cheese at Yaxche. Read more about what to see, eat and do on the Riviera Maya.
Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Km. 298.8 Carretera #307
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico is Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.) - 41.2 km / 25.6 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.