Mayan-inspired treatments at the 26,000-square-foot spa
Caribbean views at nearly every turn, from your private balcony to a lounger on the 1,937-foot beach
Location: The beachfront resort is a 20-minute drive from the bar-lined streets of Playa del Carmen
What To Know
Popular spot for groups, weddings and Spring Breakers — not ideal for romancing couples or seclusion seekers
Beach is small and suffering from some erosion
The resort is enormous (984 rooms) but trolley and golf cart services are available
Bring plenty of bug spray — the surrounding mangroves mean lots of mosquitos
Some rooms and the pool area are showing the natural wear and tear of a year-round resort
Meals are hearty and varied, but don't expect gourmet dining
Parking on site
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All-inclusive enclave with three pools, six restaurants and a stand-out spa near Playa del Carmen
The all-inclusive BlueBay Grand Esmeralda hugs a private palm-fringed swath of sand just 20 minutes north of downtown Playa del Carmen. Hand-carved wooden headboards and cream- and earth-toned furnishings add Mayan inspiration to the simple decor in the 984 rooms, equipped with private balconies and terraces. Days here are spent windsurfing, scuba diving, playing on the two tennis courts, teeing off at the on-site golf course or simply reclining in a lounger (go early to secure yours!) on the small beach. You can watch the sunset from a private catamaran or unwind with a chocolate body wrap at the spa, followed by a dinner of international and traditional Mexican cuisine at one of the six enormous restaurants. Popular with Spring Breakers and wedding groups, this is a destination for sun seekers, fans of the all-inclusive set up and travelers content to laze by the big pools and interact with fellow guests.
In the Area
The resort is located on an intimate beach just 20 minutes north of the restaurant- and bar-lined streets of downtown Playa del Carmen. Don’t miss the shrimp tacos with the spicy verde sauce at La Floresta (between Constituentes and Juarez streets) on the southbound service road just underneath the Highway 307 bypass. For traditional Mexican, try Carboncitos (4 Norte, between 5th and 10th avenues), where the people-watching is as good as the flank steak burrito and $6 jumbo margaritas. Must-orders at the Italian-owned Piola (Calle 38 between 5th and 1st avenues) include the wood-oven fired pizzas and basil martinis, served in an intimate garden two blocks from the beach. A trip to the Riviera Maya is not complete without seeing the Mayan Ruins of Chitzen Itza, the seaside structures of Tulum and the jungle-fringed peaks of Coba. Need to escape from the sun? Book an afternoon with Protec Diving for a tour of Quintana Roo’s majestic cenotes, underwater cave systems that reach 100 to 200 feet in depth.
Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda All Inclusive
Carretera Federal Chetumal
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda All Inclusive is Cancun, Quintana Roo (CUN-Cancun Intl.) - 45.5 km / 28.3 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.