Le Reve Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Rate includes a welcome drink upon arrival
- The white sand Xcalacoco beach, within strolling distance of your room
- The top-notch cuisine at Merlot
- Riviera Maya location makes for easy access to ancient Mayan sites and nature parks
What To Know
- The hotel recently became family-friendly (it's no longer adults-only)
- Rooms are on the small side, but the beach is your backyard
- There is a $10/day fee for WiFi
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On Mexico’s Riviera Maya, between the megaresorts in Cancun and eco-villas in Tulum, Playa del Carmen is the beach town of choice for romance and relaxation — qualities taken to heart at honeymooner-favorite Le Rêve. Between the jungle and the gin-clear Caribbean Sea, the resort’s thatched-roof buildings, palm-dotted grounds and large pool evoke an appropriately beachy vibe while letting the region’s natural good looks take center stage.
Bed and Bath
Intimate and private, each of the resort’s 25 suites has a special flair: Colorful Mexican tiles play against dark wood, bright-white comforters are tossed with tropical flowers, and bathrooms get a beachy vibe from wicker accessories. No matter your suite’s aesthetic, the sparkling Caribbean is never far from view. Bump up the privacy factor by booking a thatched bungalow with your own personal pool. Greet the morning with a double dip: Acclimate with a splash in the plunge pool, then walk a dozen paces to the sea for a saltier swim.
The resort’s Merlot restaurant builds its menus around locally produced ingredients, which include tangy ceviche, grilled fish and salsas made with tropical fruits. For couples, the resort excels at wedding and honeymoon packages, with a full-time wedding coordinator and plenty of special services, like nighttime tiki torches and breakfast in bed.
How to Get There
We stayed November 3-10, 2018.
We were looking for a smaller boutique hotel, all-inclusive, right on the beach. This checked all the boxes. There are larger resorts north and south and as you cruise by those on the beach, you get the feeling that you made the right choice at Le Reve.
The trip from the airport is probably 30-40 minutes. Nora at the desk is great. We reserved a beachfront bungalow, which could be ground level or upstairs (9 rooms in that part of the resort). The day we checked in none of the downstairs with pool were available. Our first night was an upstairs room which is newer and had great views, still on the beach. Nora moved us downstairs the next day and we stayed there the rest of the week. There are 25 rooms at the resort and I'd say maybe 1/2 were used while we were there (?).
The rooms had a very nice layout. Marble tile flooring and ample space. The safe works great although we muffed up the code on our own and had to have security open it for us. We never had a problem at all, it was cleaned every day, the A/C chilled as much as we wanted. The only complaint, which has nothing to do with the resort, is extremely loud neighbors, especially in the morning. She would sit out on her back patio before sunrise and wake everyone up talking and laughing very loud. People, be mindful of others!
THERE WERE NONE! I asked around, it seems that November is a fantastic time to go to the Caribbean. We have travelled to many islands and Mexico but always Feb-May. My wife gets eaten up every time. But not this trip. It was fantastic as far as the critter department goes.
We wanted quiet, picturesque, right on the beach, plenty of shade. Folks, my butt actually hurt after several days because we did nothing but sit under a palapa and read/relax every day. There were plenty of palapas and lounge chairs for everyone although I'm not sure how that would go in a sold out week. There is plenty of room for the resort to add an additional 6-8 palapas. Some people would get out there early, stake their claim by setting out towels, but then never even appear. That's crappy in my book. Anyway, seating for everyone who wanted to be on the beach was not an issue. There is some foot traffic as adventurers from other resorts explore up and down the beach, and there are plenty of vendors selling goods or trips or massages (most do not bother you at all while you are sitting there). But holy crap, I have never seen so much activity around massages. If you walk North or South past neighboring resorts, all you see is massage tables and hoards of people trying to get you on one. I couldn't quite get that. Also, don't waste your time exploring - - the beaches on both sides of Le Reve are terrible. Before you get up the Le Reve beaches are already groomed and any debris, seaweed, etc. is cleared. Explore in either direction and you cannot say the same. We went to the south to Sandos and actually saw broken glass on the beach. To the north where the pier is there is also a public beach area. Lots of people all day and the water is crappy. The water is great at Le Reve but it is indeed very rocky all along. We took water shoes and waded out a bit but since it is rocky, sea urchins are absolutely everywhere. But for us it was mostly about sitting on the beach, and we loved it.
There are a la carte menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. NO BUFFETS. This is another appealing thing. No, the menus do not change through the week but there is quite a bit of selection. The downside is that there are some items that may not appeal to you to begin with. In that case you do end up sort of repeating some of the meals. For breakfast they'll basically make whatever you want, however you want it. If you got the all-inclusive like we did, it didn't hurt at all to explore the menu and try stuff because if it didn't quite work for you, you could order something else. There are appetizers, salads/soups, entrees, and desserts. There is plenty of food and we quickly found we could only order a couple of things and were full each meal (ie, a salad and entree for example). You can also get your food on the beach or in your room. And you can order snacks at any time. I found that the staff takes pride in what they make and how it is presented. Also, my Yeti cup I brought was hardly ever empty. I was always asked if I wanted a fill up (was drinking Dos XX - - you can see them tapping the kegs).
You will see the same people working all day long, into the evening, and then they will be serving you breakfast too. These are very hard working people who look like they take pride in what they do and work 6 days per week. Everyone was very friendly from security to groundskeeping/maintenance, to those serving food and drinks. To begin with, we didn't tip anyone, took a couple of days just to see how the service was and who stepped up. What we found was that everyone does, regardless if you tip or not. So then we just started tipping everyone. You can get in some great conversations and if you dust off your Spanish or try, that seems to be appreciated even more.
The only recommendations I have: get a little bit better cushions for the loungers on the beach, and replace the chairs on the balconies/porches (those fancy wooden ones look cool but you simply cannot sit in them very long at all). Oh, and the pillows in the room - - VERY BAD, lumpy and uncomfortable. Get some different ones so guests have a better night sleep. And finally, there is PLENTY of room to add some more palapas on the beach, do it! Take the anxiety away from people by letting them see that there is plenty of beach seating.
A couple of other comments: NO WRIST BANDS (which is definitely a plus for me). Even though we were all-inclusive we did sign a check after meals or at the end of the afternoon on the beach. The resort still wants to track their drinks and food which is fine. After a few days I realized that as I signed the check, I was not adding in tips (we paid cash directly to staff) but was also not entering a 'zero' and writing in the total. By the end of the week I was a little nervous that perpahs someone could have entered in some tip money on those checks on their own. Never happened. Again, you definitely get the feeling that everyone working there really does have your best interest at heart.
Thanks to Nora, Mani, Beni, Roberto, Oscar, and I apologize for forgetting other names at this moment. Great staff, great property, great scenery, great downtime while being pampered.
My wife and I and another couple a day for night stay at this lovely little hotel. The food and staff were excellent and always. Truly Gourmet dining each night as well as breakfast and lunch. If you're looking for multiple options for dining this would not be your hotel they have one restaurant but as stated before the food is amazing. There is an outdoor real for lunches and snacks throughout the day also. They have a beautiful well-kept private beach and one very nice pool. This is a great little quiet getaway in the midst of many Monsters resorts. The only negative that I can add are that the rooms are very small and minimal all in decor, there is not near enough drinking water or access to drinking water other than at the restaurant/bar. No bottled water provided in your rooms at all. There is also no access to morning coffee before 8 a.m.! You must get your coffee in the restaurant which doesn't open until 8 which is completely crazy for anyone that lives in the United States in my humble opinion. We had a wonderful yes short stay but there could be violence and people getting severely hurt when you're without caffeine until 8 a.m.
My husband and I were looking for a small resort in Playa Del Carmen and found the perfect hideaway.
From day 1, we were treated as special guest starting with Nora at the front desk. Excellent food and meals prepared by chef Daniel and his sous-chefs:Endwin,Francisco, Alberto and Daniel the baker with amazing deserts.
All the waiters had special attention for us, even without asking they would bring us treats right at the beach, and this. Thank you to Roberto, Manuel, Benavides, Freddy, Mateo and Elio.
Lastly a special thank you for Alma the massage therapist with magical hands! And so professional.
Thank you all for the excellent service in every way.
Danielle and Marc from Québec.
Overall I would say this is a lovely resort. Was small and nice for a honeymoon.
Lets start with the Pros :
-Small resort, so the staff knew what we liked.
- Rooms were nice, cleaned well everyday
-Food was good, We really enjoyed what they had for snacks ( in saying this, because it was the off seasons the menu didnt change so by the end we were eating the same things)
-Only 3 other couples were there when we were, we basically were the only people in the pool ever
- They will bring you your food anywhere on the resort, room, pool, beach
- beach had a great view
-we went for massages the first day over looking the beach, which was lovely and a great price.
-Staff was friendly
-Check in was easy.
- Our room was not ready when we got there ( which im not sure how has only 3 other rooms were being used) but we hung out by the pool and had some lunch. When the room was ready they came and told us. Our bags were moved to the room for us.
-No one hassled us on the beach to buy anything ( unless you walk down the beach to the little shop area)
- Little staff onsite, so if youre at the pool and need something sometimes they didnt have anyone at the pool bar and you had to go inside, which was pretty close.
- menu didnt change.
-they dont do wrist bands so when youre done you have to sign a bill, if you are on all inclusive its a bill for $0
- unless you left a large tip, they didnt seem at all excited for the money, and tipping didnt seem to change service unless it was large. Most time we just left $1 here and there, and then when we got our final bills you could add a tip that you pay when you leave, we left $30 one day and that was really the only time they seemed to care. ( dont get me wrong the staff was all very nice, its just different then going to somewhere in say cuba and they are extra grateful)
- No nightlife, the resort basically shuts down at 10:30pm when they finish dinner, if you want to dance, drink or anything past that they recommend going to town
- Very few staff members actually knew english, most knew the words to order food and if you wanted to change anything about your meal it didnt work out ( fries for mashed potatoes)
- The beach has a lot of coral
- Because we were the only couple that arrived that day, they didnt do a welcome meeting therefore we didnt learn about excursions or anything, we did ask at the desk but they just handed us a book and knew very little
All in all we enjoyed our time here, it was perfect for our honeymoon, private and lots of alone time. I do recommend it if you are looking for something like that but not if you are looking for late party nights.
We spent 4 nights in this fabulous hotel and I can tell you it has been the most fabulous location ever. The staff is very friendly, attentive and professional. The view and the food were just amazing!!!!!!! This small hotel is perfect to have good holidays. Thank you for everything.