Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda All Inclusive
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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Great vacation! Nice resort! Great service! Delicious food! Fun entertainment every night! Fun pool activities. Very relaxing! Lovely spa experience! Great selection of excursions! This was my second trip and I will go back!
The blue bay is a bit dated but the rooms are clean, the food is fantastic
And the people are terrific. We had the best housekeepers in the Tulum building.the air conditioning worked all the time and the shower always had hot water. The very best restaurant service was in the beach Buffett by Ruperta and candido, these two are a true asset to the blue bay, very welcoming and made our stay even better.
The beach was really good, lots of seaweed but they have no control on that and guys like Miguel worked very hard to keep it cleaned up. We attended Cozumel on the ferry which was a great self made tour lol and also we went to the Joya cirque de solie which was really worth the price we paid 340.00 us for tickets with apps. They bring in artisans to sell their wares once a week which is good.
We found that the black and white was far to hot with little to no air movement so we didn’t go to the entertainment at all, this should be something that is changed to make it more comfortable for the guests just a few we’ll placed windows would help! Overall I would come back to this resort.
The check-in process was quick and welcoming. We were greeted with a bottle of champagne , bottle of tequila. And chocolate covered strawberries. Our rooms were large and our housekeeper kept our refrigerator full with our favorite beverages and a different towel animal and flowers each night.
The bartenders made our drinks just as we asked and they were plentiful. The buffet by the pool had wonderful service and our waiter, Augustin remembered our drink preferences and we never had to wait for refills.
The entertainment staff had a full lineup of activities. We enjoyed volleyball, water aroebics, a foam party, dance lessons, and the carnival. We used the hobie cat sailboat and the kayaks as well.
Only downsides-not enough chairs because people saved them and there were many empty with towels all day. The entertainment staff were talented, but the sound system and acoustics were not good, so the production was loud and muddled.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience and we would definitely stay there again.
The room I stayed in was very simple, not a lot of décor but it was fine for the amount of time you are in there. Bathroom shower was very spacious. We stayed in building 5 which is very close to the beach and pool. This property is spread out. I did time myself from my room to the lobby I walked about 7 minutes. Always missed the shuttle. Beach was disappointing because of the seaweed problem. It was dirty and rocky. They crews tried very hard to keep up on it, but there was a lot.
One word, TREMENDOUS! This resort was out of this world! My birthday celebration couldn't have been at a better place! The resort is immaculate! It was so spotless on the outside you could almost eat off the ground! I didn't even see a brown patch of grass on the premises!
The restaurants were great. You had to make reservations to get your into the restaurant of your choice. I had reservations for the seafood, French, and Mexican restaurants. The other nights, the buffet was the choice. The French was EXCELLENT! There were plenty pools and bars to quench you thirst and soak up the sun. Since the property is on the beach, getting a few rays was easy. I'm looking forward to experiencing their other properties across the world!