Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique – All Inclusive – Adults Only
What We Love
- 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
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
First and foremost, the location and setting is amazing. It feels as though you have your own private jungle just outside your room. It's quiet, private, and bustling with wildlife. The beach is excellent and they work tirelessly to remove the incoming seaweed. Though it's clearly a losing battle...
The staff are all amazing and very helpful. Most spoke English impeccably and truly want you to enjoy your time. The food was mostly amazing--just stay away from the American touristy items like pizza.
My two biggest issues were: mildew and housekeeping. The room absolutely stinks of mildew and I discovered significant black mold in the closet. The scent was so bad that after two washings and several days after returning, every single piece of clothing that was in the room with us still stinks very strongly of mildew. While hard to eliminate at a tropical resort, nearly every space we entered had this overpowering smell. It saturates everything, including your hair. This is enough reason for us not to return.
The other issue is constantly not having the minibar restocked with basics like water and coffee. I had to call several times to get these items. Also, since there doesn't seem to be a do not disturb sign, housekeeping tried 3 times in one day to enter the room to clean. If I say no to housekeeping I don't want them to keep trying all day. Same with turn down service.
Where do I begin?! There is so much to rave about this resort! For starters, we were greeted with a lovely drink and dark chocolate upon arrival. We arrived at 0630 when check in is at 3pm. They were so nice and stored our luggage for us until our room was available. In the meantime, they allowed us to enjoy the entire resort at our leisure! We were able to eat, enjoy beverages on the beach and lounge in the meantime! They even offered to bring us our luggage so we could shower and change in the spa if necessary. Eduardo, the bell boy was amazing in keeping us updated on the status of our room! He transported us to our room and gave us a tour of the facility.
Room: Upon arriving to the room, we were surprised at how big the room is! We stayed in what we thought would be the most basic room (cheapest one), but to our surprise it was so large & spacious! The bed was a cal king, filled with comfortable pillows! The bathroom had two standing showers that were great! The showers even had a door that led into the outdoor tub that could be filled by staff upon request. It also had a nice closet with storage drawers. Not to mention the outdoor patio had two lounge chairs next to the outdoor tub and a table with seating. Given the heat and humidity, the room was cool and comfortable the whole time!
Food: Despite there only being 3 restaurants at the resort, the food was AMAZING! Literally everything I ate was a party in my mouth every time! All three restaurants offered a variety of options, from meat to veggie options. Aquamarina offered great breakfast, lunch and dinner! The service was awesome too! Pedro, Ernesto Dagoberto were amazing at Aquamarina! They were so polite and kind! Literally made us feel at home. Always so courteous! Ambar offered amazing cuisine for dinner as well! My boyfriend and I loved everything we ate there! Can't go without saying that Luis our server was amazing! Despite us being indecisive, he was so patient and helpful! He went out of his way to make our evening at Ambar memorable! Very attentive to detail as well! Lastly the Ceviche bar was our hangout spot! We were eating there almost every day! So many options, from ceviche (multiple kinds) to pizza! They had it all! Not to mention the amazing service by Jose David! He went above and beyond on my birthday and every day for that matter, to make sure were happy with our food. Offering us drinks, checking on us consistently and he even noticed that I love tequila and served me drinks on my birthday without asking me, showing his attention to detail! Jose David even followed up on the next day to see how my birthday went. This gentleman is the epitome of hospitality!
We can't forget Ivan at the pool bar! I can't go without saying that he is amazing! He was always so courteous and attentive! Provided amazing service and such a great attitude! Always smiling and sharing his positive vibes! He always tried to make us drinks we would enjoy and caught on to our likings quickly! Not to mention, he listened to our shenanigans after having a few drinks!
Extras: Can't go on without saying that the ladies at the spa were also so nice & kind! Helped us get into the steam room and offered water as well. Not to mention the best part of our stay was the Temazcal. The shaman and her assistant are amazing: Adela and Laura! They made us feel comfortable as we had never experienced a Temazcal. They were explained the ritual well and walked us through it, making sure we were comfortable. Needless to say, it's a must try when attending the resort!
Furthermore, the all inclusive is amazing! The spa includes many things that are often at charge in other so called all inclusive hotels. The spa offers the temazcal, steam room and heated pool at no extra charge.
Adela at the concierge went above and beyond in making sure that I was surprised with rose petals, balloons and a birthday card! She was so kind and helpful in scheduling our activities! I even observed her ensuring a fellow client made it to her room safely after having too many drinks! She even scheduled the bikes to be delivered to our rooms.
Lastly, I can't finish without saying that the groundskeepers, gardeners and the individuals cleaning up beach were all polite and diligent in keeping the facility impeccable! The facility needs a lot of maintenance as it's in the middle of the jungle. Every day we observed them cleaning up the facility, sanitizing the walk ways & all! As we all know, the sargassum (seaweed) problem is all along the coast, but upon walking up and down the beach we noticed that Blue Diamond had the cleanest beach! They were working around the clock! Sunrise to sunset! They are the real MVPs!
Only complaint: hire the music band for the weekends too! Makes great ambiance!
I have never been to an all-inclusive before so I was so hesitant for this 5-night trip, but within the first hour I was glad my partner convinced us to come to one. It was so relaxing to not have to many any decisions about which beach to check out or where to eat. The minute we arrived, concierge placed a drink in our hand and we head straight to the pool and beach. I don't think we left the cabana there for the entire duration of the trip. Our favorite aspect of the trip was getting to know the staff there. David, waiter from the restaurant, was always a fun person to interact with at the end of the day. Gustavo was incredibly helpful carting us around, offering tips, and had fun explaining all the animals located at the hotel. Ivan from the bar was GREAT! He was our favorite part of the day. He surprised us with so many tropical drinks and fun fruit concoctions and we loved chatting with him. I'm actually so sad that I couldn't say goodbye our last night there! At the end of our trip, we had the pleasure of meeting Eduardo who was super attentive to making sure our check-out was as smooth as possible and then the wonderful lady at the desk whose name starts with an A (Acescily? I'm really terrible with names, sorry!). The hotel staff all knew how to make us feel at home and on a fun, relaxing vacation and I'm sure had I met more the staff, they would be on the list too.
The hotel rooms are mini villas. So spacious and they make you feel like your royalty. Loved the two showers with large windows to enjoy the tropical rain forest.
Food was really great and we weren't tired of the restaurants after spending 5 days there.
We would be so happy to come back.
We have been to this resort twice and will continue to come for years! Jose David at the Pool Bar & Gilberto at the beach are amazing!! All the staff is so friendly, I have never been to a resort with such great staff! The food is to die for too!
We stayed at the Blue Diamond Resort for 2 weeks in May for our wedding anniversary.
Upon arrival we were greeted and given a cold drink and cold towel. The checking in was very smooth with no issues. The first thing that struck us was how peaceful and quiet the resort was. The main reception gave a very chilled out impression which was thankfully reflected in the rest of our stay.
Our room was a lagoon view suite, which was very clean and spacious. The pool outdoor was a little grubby and unfortunately you had to book a time for this to be filled - you were unable to fill it yourself which sadly took the spontanuity out of it. The room itself, however, was very luxurious and cleaned and maintained throughout our stay to a very high standard. It looked out on to a lagoon, where we spotted turtles, crocodiles and peacocks!
The pool area was the main attraction
of our stay. The pool was a good size and had a 2nd infinity pool looking out to the sea. The pool area was very quiet and peaceful which is very unique on holiday, but just what we were looking for, and we didn't have to reserve a lounger or cabana as there were plenty to go around, both pool area and beach with ample fresh beach towels supplied. The pool was next to a bar where we were attentively served any beverage you could imagine, your glass would rarely be empty. A huge shout out to our waiters at the pool bar, Salvador, Manuel and a special mention to Ivan who worked in the evenings and always gave exceptional service and took a genuine interest in us.
The food was of a very high standard for an all inclusive resort. As previous reviews have mentioned, it is an a la carte and made fresh on your request. This did not mean there were any limits on quantity or extras. All you needed to do was ask and the waiters did their utmost to meet your requests. There were 2 main restaurants that we ate at, Aquamarina and Ambar. There was no choice where to eat as each night it was only one or the other open, however the food was outstanding. Our waiters made the dining experience unlike an all inclusive and more like a Michelin restaurant dining experience, under the excellent direction of Rosalinda, who was very attentive and ensured we were always looked after. We would like to recognise Ernesto, Leo, Pedro and Dagoberto. A special mention to Herminio who would always go out of his way to speak with us and ensured we had a lovely anniversary dinner.
The resort itself was beautifully maintained by the hard working gardeners and we often cycled around on the bikes supplied, and took in the lovely views of the gardens and lagoons, occasionally passing a hard working colleague who would always stop what they were doing to give you a friendly greeting and ask how your day was. The beach was always kept clear of seaweed and was lovely to walk along or sunbathe on.
On our anniversary, our bedroom was beautifully decorated with rose petals and our dinner table was also decorated to celebrate. We were give a special decorated drink also at the bar by Ivan. Thank you so much to Adela our Concierge for arranging our room decorations and being on hand, Herminio for the lovely anniversary meal and Ivan for our special drinks on our anniversary and throughout our stay.
If we were to draw any opportunities it would be that Ambar restaurant badly needs better air conditioning, both for residents and the hard working colleagues. Also, the Cigar Lounge disappointingly was never open. However, the amazing colleagues in this resort really made our stay exceptional and we will definitely come back in the future.
Muchas Gracias x