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Gina P wrote a review Yesterday
Brooklyn, New York7 contributions
Booked this place based on the name and the reviews but tbh it did not surpass my expectations and I was quite unimpressed. Upon check in, we didn’t feel so welcome. We felt like we had to ask for directions and employees saw us looking lost and didn’t do much to help us find our way. I’ve been to resorts where you feel like royalty as soon as you step foot on the premise! Check in: The check in staff was nice but they didn’t honor our “free romantic dinner” which was a perk that was included in our vacation package - and made me go through the hassle of calling up my travel agency. Food: Second, for dinner reservations - they are impossible to book. When we first arrived at the hotel and attempted to book our reservations, they said they were closed and made us walk to the other side of the resort to book reservations (which ended up being closed too). The employee at the guest services desk isn’t too amicable and we got stuck with dinner reservations at 9 pm every night. Also, the food options are okay. I wasn’t too impressed. I did like the little coffee shop tho which was convenient. The private dinner at fuego was nice and I give it a 5/5 (that was probably our favorite part of the trip). We didn’t even get a chance to try the other food places on the restaurant for lunch because the lines were super long! Entertainment/Activities: We enjoyed 7 am yoga! The instructor was so sweet. As for the pool vibe, there is a live DJ but the vibe didn’t seem too catering to a younger crowd. I feel like the adults only section caters more to individuals 30+. Also the water was cold!!!! The Spa also was tiny. And I was unimpressed. Rooms: Very clean and spacious. Service: overall everyone was nice, however the staff didn’t seem too attentive (with some exceptions ofc). Overall I recommend you try a different resort and don’t spend so much money on this one!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ShaneAndLisa wrote a review Jul 2022
Chicago, Illinois12 contributions128 helpful votes
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I’m writing this review of the Paradisus La Esmeralda family all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico through the lens of a veteran Paradisus La Esmeralda family. We are a family of three – myself, my wife and our 15-year-old daughter. We know there are many others out there who have visited this resort multiple times over the years and may be wondering what’s changed since COVID, how the resort in doing in general and what the difference between the old Family Concierge and the more recent “Reserve” status is. For those of you who haven’t been here before, it will hopefully give you a better picture as well. This was our fifth trip to the Paradisus in ten years. We came here first in 2012, returned in 2013, then 2015, and then 2017. After, we hit a few other resorts and – voila – COVID, derailing a planned 2020 trip. Fast forward to 2022, and we are back! We had a short visit here, arriving on June 29th and departing on July 3rd. IN SUMMARY The Paradisus remains our favorite resort in the Riviera Maya. The combination of exceptional service, gorgeous grounds incorporated into the existing natural landscape, four-star restaurants with enough variety to make even long stays not become monotonous, plenty of fun for both adults and children, and comparatively reasonable prices make this place a real gem. WHAT’S CHANGED Since it has been five years from our last visit, we have some insight into changes sparked by time and by COVID. We’ll get into The Reserve in a moment, but the top line there is that you can pretty much expect the same thing you got if you chose Family Concierge a few years ago, with a few notable changes. Mainly, the Paradisus is working its way through the tidal wave that has been COVID, and it’s clear that the challenges the resort industry faces are like many others in the form of staffing challenges, controlling costs without reducing the customer experience, and the like. In other words, the “changes” from 2017 are most prominently changes that are at a level above the Paradisus’ ability to have direct control. That said, backed by the strength of Melia, they seem to have figuratively weathered the storm quite well. Other changes to be discussed include updates to the mix of restaurants and an overall reduction in evening entertainment that was such a prominent and enticing feature of the resort. Finally, the resort in recent years has doubled down on its commitment to being more eco-friendly, which manifests itself in a reduction of plastic bottles in favor of glass, reusable plastic cups at the pool, the removal of the heavy flow option button functionality on toilets, and most notably, the introduction of towel cards to enforce a one-per-person usage. On that last point, this ends up reducing laundry service, presumably, which is also good for the environment. Those of you who don’t believe climate change is real may be disappointed in these changes, but you’ll still have plenty of down-home, old-fashioned fun here, so please don’t cry in your beer – take a shot of mezcal instead and stiffen that upper lip! WEATHER Really quickly, the weather was ridiculously awesome. You honestly never know what you’re going to get there this time of year. In 2015 we stayed for two weeks and the entire first week was literally a wash as a massive tropical storm rolled through. This time around, it was nearly cloudless sun and 90-degree Fahrenheit temperatures with literally no rain. It misted once for about 30 seconds. Not kidding. My southern Italian wife is so dark she will have tan lines for the next twelve months. My white northern European skin survived by the grace of Hawaiian Tropics Silk Hydration 50 SPF and 30 SPF applied liberally, and Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Face Mist 55 SPF. No paid endorsements here – these products are gold. ROOM In recent years, we’ve chosen swim-up suites for an extra layer of convenience and family togetherness, and because as our daughter entered her teen years, the appeal of her own space/room was more appealing. At a fair number of resorts, Paradisus included, a portion of those one BR suites have a swim out option. We chose this for the first time at the Paradisus. We chose the Reserve One-Bedroom Deluxe Swim-Up Suite – the smaller of the one-bedroom swim out options. You can choose the larger “Master” version for about $150 US more per night. You’ll get about 250 square feet more of room in the main area for that. We didn’t see it as necessary with only three people, but I can see a case for the larger version if you have more people. Our room number was 2024 and we were located basically at a corner of a swim-up section to the southwest of the main pool. The location was incredible – because there were no occupants of any swim-ups within five rooms of us in either direction, we essentially had a large private pool and wing of the resort to ourselves. We had full sun in the morning outside the unit until the hottest part of the day, around 2pm, when the shade was welcomed. And, we were adjacent to a foot bridge connecting the main pool area to the room complex, meaning that we had overhead shade within feet of our swim-up. We brought the UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker along and a deep cut playlist of a combination of Jens Buchert spa music and Martin Denny cocktail tracks, and essentially created our very own beach club environ. The tunes blended with the environment from an “I’d expect to be hearing that being pumped around a resort’s music system” so no complaints from anyone passing by. Pro tip  In terms of living quarters, it’s what you would expect from the Paradisus. Comfy beds and soft linens in the bedroom, a decent sized bathroom that could be accessed through either the bedroom or the main room, and a kitchenette area, kitchen sink, circular dining table and chairs and sofa bed. I will say, these sofa beds are different than the pull-out sofa beds in the other Reserve rooms we’ve stayed in. They don’t fold out into an actual pull-out bed with a real mattress – it feels more like a futon in its firmness when pulled out and my daughter commented on that aspect. Yet, she did survive. The resort has subtly cut back on a few things in the room, notably that it appears you no longer are supplied with slippers in the room. That said, I bet if you asked for them, they would bring them. The amenities like body wash, shampoo and conditioner also appear to have been downgraded from premium products, though they all still functioned as expected! Overall, the room showed a little of the wear and tear that comes with time, but the resort seems to be on top of routine maintenance to keep the aesthetic to a high standard. I guarantee you that the Paradisus repaints rooms far more frequently than any of us do in our own homes. One other notable thing was a lack of nightly turndown service. This, again, is probably a staffing issue and by no means a must-have. THE RESERVE Let’s talk about The Reserve. This was our first time with this new incarnation of Family Concierge, and we knew some of what to expect but weren’t entirely sure it would be the same experience. One thing to note here is that this was the first time we had a room that wasn’t located in the actual Reserve block of rooms section. That section is the block directly north of the Reserve pool and Reserve lobby. In our opinion, it didn’t matter. It was a short walk to the Reserve lobby, and honestly, we didn’t really need to do that during our stay. What this does allow the resort to do is offer Reserve-level service to a particular class of room without requiring that the room be physically connected to the Reserve section. From the standpoint of service, the Reserve works the same way Family Concierge did – you receive a personal staffer who is with you for your entire visit and can act as liaison to the many services of the hotel, including restaurant reservations, room service, The Kid’s Club, maintenance, etc. Yes, you could do these all yourself, and there are resources through the Melia app to do so but having someone with an inside track is invaluable – feels like you’re being expedited to the head of the line every time. What’s awesome as an update for us since 2017 is that the Reserve has moved from proprietary digital communications systems like Telcel cell phones given to guests, to the use of What’s App for communication. We were able to communicate in real time throughout our stay. At this point it’s important to give a major shout out to our Reserve concierge, Jonathan, who was easily the best concierge we’ve had in all five of our stays. He was almost immediately accessible every time we had an inquiry or request, and never was unable to accommodate. A sampling of our requests and the turnaround on them: “Can we have a bottle of the house cabernet delivered to the room so we can have a drink after dinner at 7pm?” RESPONSE: “Yes, absolutely! It will be arriving around 7pm.” RESULT: The bottle, a corkscrew and two wine glasses were waiting for us when we returned from dinner. “Jonathan, we are back at the room swimming and our pool towels were removed during the maid’s visit – can you arrange for new towels. RESPONSE: “I’ll gladly bring.” RESULT: he walked them over personally five minutes later. “Jonathan, we think the air conditioner in the main room isn’t working – could someone from maintenance come by and check?” RESPONSE: “Can I send them now or after 11am?” RESULT: maintenance arrived within 30 minutes and fixed the A/C. Originally, Jonathan made dinner reservations for us for all four nights with some of our choices, among them a teppanyaki table at Bana. Unfortunately, the only time he could get for us was 9pm, which is a bit late for us when we are on vacation. But we really wanted to go and didn’t express any disappointment to him. On the morning of, he noticed that an 8pm reservation for teppanyaki had been cancelled, and he reached out immediately to ask us if we’d like the earlier time slot. YES, we do! That’s proactivity at its finest! SERVICE If you’ve been here before, you’re familiar with the phrase “It’s my pleasure” in response to any staff request. We noticed less of this than in the past, and the only thing I can think of to explain it is that it’s so hard for anyone to find staff and retain right now, and as a result, training is way more complicated. That said, the lack of that phrase didn’t diminish the service level in any way. It’s more of a brand issue than anything – it was a simple but memorable point of differentiation for the Paradisus. I say this as someone who works in corporate and product branding. POOLS Really no changes here. Same pools, same service level, same progression of activities as before. Just fine. Again, shout-out to the swim-ups – I think I prefer them to the main pools now. BEACH What’s to say that hasn’t been said. If you’ve been following the sargassum issue in the Caribbean in the past six or so years you know what’s going on. I blame Brazil, the deforestation of the Amazon and massive increases of agricultural runoff. If you don’t believe me, Google “sargassum Caribbean Brazil to blame amazon runoff nola.com” and you’ll get the skinny on it. And it’s no longer just Mexico and the Caribbean suffering. These blooms have now made their way to Miami and other parts of Florida, wreaking havoc on the tourist scene there and ironically drawing the ire of the same public officials who deny climate change or the right of governments to regulate corporations, so they don’t ruin the environment. Karma’s a bitch, eh? The Paradisus has installed a barrier about 300 meters offshore to protect the beach, but it ain’t perfect. It does stop most of the big blooms from making their way to shore, however what appears to be happening is that it pulverizes a lot of the sargassum from the blooms being crashed against the fences by the currents and so what comes through is a fine, red particulate. It’s swimmable but not particularly enjoyable. It’s just not what it used to be, but again, not the fault of the resort. One thing they have made available are hobie crafts piloted by beach staff that will take you and family out to a very clear area of water near the fences where you can swim around. It’s a novel solve for a persistent problem. RESTAURANTS This is still some of the best food we’ve encountered at a resort in its class. Notable changes: gone is Bento, in is Capella, an Italian delight that makes some of the best pastas we’ve had out to eat. My wife is Sicilian, she makes her own pasta and commented that all three pastas we ordered were outstanding. This is a great addition to the resort. Bana, which I’d describe as pan-Asian with private teppanyaki rooms, has expanded from just the adults only side to the family side as well, as Bana Family. Word has it that there were so many complaints from adults only guests of kids coming over to the adults only side to get to Bana in years past (that was allowed as the one exception to the adults only side) that they decided to create Bana Family to shut them up and offer more teppanyaki tables. Our experience at Bana Family was not what it has been at Bana. First, the teppanyaki tables aren’t private so it’s less of an intimate experience. Second, because there are four open air teppanyaki tables in a room space dominated by them, the temperature inside the restaurant on a hot night is pretty unbearable. We were dying for more water to be brought to the table. Third, there was little show cooking to be had. Gone are the parlor tricks like the onion volcano and the like. It honestly felt like we were being moved in and out rapidly. I remember the private tables being at least 90 minutes. This was over - start to finish - in less than 45 minutes. It was a bit of a disappointment to be honest. ENTERTAINMENT COVID has clearly decimated the entertainment industry. The Paradisus excelled at nightly entertainment at the outdoor North Avenue Bar, with Mayan-themed acrobats and routines, honestly stellar Michael Jackson impersonators, Americana performances and the like. The choreographic was tight, the performances were fresh, the performers were uber-sexy, and the content was still (mostly) family-friendly. Most of that is gone for now. It’s a challenge I’m sure the entire resort industry is facing, and I cannot imagine what most of the folks who used this as their livelihood are doing for work right now – it’s definitely a setback for that performance industry as it lost a whole segment of talented performers who probably stopped the rigorous training needed to perform at that level. On the flip side, I’m sure that the Circe du Sole companies in Cancun are having no problem finding high quality talent, as there are probably still a ton of people capable and not working. We look forward to seeing this make its return up and down the Riviera Maya and wish the best for all in the circus industry who are struggling to get back into the game. ROOM S RATING I’m still going to give this trip a five-star rating, and here’s why. Most of the challenges I’ve described are industry level or beyond – not the fault of the Paradisus. I’ll overlook the subpar experience at Bana family for the unexpectedly awesome new experience at Capella and give the resort credit for creating Bana Family to make everyone happy. There is no question we will return to the Paradisus, we will do another swim-up, and we will ask for Jonathan at The Reserve!
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Responded 12 Jul 2022
Dear ShaneAndLisa, Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice and honest review, and for having your holidays in our hotel. We are very glad that you enjoyed your holidays so much. It was such a pleasure reading your pleasant and positive comments. Without a doubt, reviews like yours encourage us to continue working harder and better for our guests’ experiences at our hotels are always enjoyable and great. Definitely, we will share your comments with the staff, they will be so happy to read it. We look forward to meeting you again in the near future. We will do everything possible you have a great and memorable holiday next time. We hope to see you as soon as possible in Playa del Carmen. Thank you very much for stay with us and for your comments again. Sincerely, Guest service center management
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mclaughlinjk wrote a review 20 Feb
Fredericton, Canada1 contribution
Overall a great experience had abreast tome were well received android the amenities were great. The food was very good and we had a lot to choose from The staff was friendly, professional and very accommodating.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear Mclaughlinjk, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. We are thrilled to hear that our sophisticated design and array of dining options hit the mark for you, offering both a luxury experience and a taste of the authentic Caribbean. Your accolades for our friendly and professional team are deeply appreciated, and they reflect our commitment to providing a stay that is both elegant and inviting. It is fantastic to know that the clean, elegant comfort of our rooms provided a harmonious backdrop to your relaxation. We are sorry to hear there were aspects that didn't quite meet your expectations. Rest assured, we are always mindful of our guest’s experiences and strive to provide the most carefree and enjoyable stay possible. We are delighted that the overall vibe and amenities of our resort contributed to an inspiring vacation for your family. It is always our goal to create a relaxed atmosphere where guests can feel truly immersed in the natural beauty of Playa del Carmen. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes, Guest Service Center Management
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bill83c4 wrote a review 19 Feb
Doylestown, PA1 contribution
The facility was beautiful with ponds with fish and turtles and large marble hallways. Food and service was lacking To get a reservation at a reasonable time for the restaurants you need to be at the reservation desk when they open, otherwise you’ll be eating at 9pm. The food itself wasn’t great. Dry fish at the Italian restaurant turned me off and everyone in our party agreed that it wasn’t good.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear Bill83c4, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are thrilled to hear that our lush grounds, complete with serene fish ponds and turtles, alongside our grand marble hallways, left a positive impression on you. It is always inspiring to know guests appreciate the harmonious nature that our resort is immersed in. We regret to hear that your dining experience did not meet the luxurious and sophisticated standards we strive for. While our reservation system is designed to accommodate our guests' needs, we understand it can be quite popular, and we are mindful of looking into ways to make this process as carefree and inviting as possible. As for the culinary offerings, our diverse range of restaurants aims to deliver authentic and elegant flavors, and we are sorry to hear that we fell short of expectations on this occasion. Your feedback is valuable to us, and we are respectful of your dining experience, ensuring that your insights contribute to our continuous improvement. We hope you will consider staying with us again in the future. Best regards, Guest Service Center Management
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alimcknight wrote a review 18 Feb
Arlington, Massachusetts1 contribution
Great food, great service, lots to do. Our only complaint was the constant music playing from 8am to 8pm. If you are looking for peace and quiet make it known when you are booking and make sure you get a room that is not facing towards the inner courtyard/garden.
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Dear Alimcknight, Thank you for leaving us this review of your recent stay. We are thrilled to hear that you found our food to be great and our service excellent, truly reflecting the sophisticated and carefree atmosphere we strive to provide. The variety of activities available at our resort is something we take pride in, aiming to offer an inviting and inspiring experience for all ages. It is wonderful to know that your family enjoyed these aspects of your stay. We take note of your feedback regarding the music played in the resort. While our aim is to create a harmonious and lively environment, we respect your preference for tranquility. We are mindful of our guest's needs and would be happy to accommodate a more relaxed room location upon request in the future. Again, thank you for appreciating our efforts to provide a luxury vacation immersed in nature, and we're glad that the cleanliness and overall service met your expectations, contributing to a memorable stay. We hope to welcome you back on another stay. Best wishes, Guest Service Center Management
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Lynda S wrote a review 18 Feb
Carleton Place, Canada6 contributions1 helpful vote
For what we paid to come here I expected more....Booking for a la carte meals is nearly impossible. One employee taking bookings for the entire resort. Twice i stood in line for 45 minutes to be told nothing till 9:30 at night...they suggested i go to the different restaurants and see if someone has cancelled. Not what I thought i was getting when we came here. Morning coffee...there is literally no coffee other than at a restaurant till 'sometime after 7am when they set up the stations' Nothing in the room, and again...maybe i want to relax in the room i paid for with a coffee - that has been a challenge. There is a nespresso coffee bar open before 7 but that is near the lobby...which for us is quite a far walk. They also dont offer a shuttle of any kind here to get into Playa del Carmen - i found that surprising. The water park is nice, the buffet is okay. Overall this place has been a huge let down. I am not sure what customer they cater to but it wasnt us. This is definitely our last stay with any Melia chain resort. We stayed at one in Jamaica that was worse that this one. I thought by paying more we would get more...apparently not the case.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear MrsBeasely_99, Thank you for providing us with your feedback about your recent stay. We are delighted to hear you found our water park enjoyable and our buffet satisfactory, embodying the carefree and tropical spirit we strive for. Our resort aims to offer a harmonious blend of nature and luxury, and we appreciate your recognition of these elements. We regret to hear about the challenges you faced with a la carte bookings and morning coffee accessibility. While we aim for a seamless experience, it seems we fell short in these areas. We hope the inviting atmosphere of our Nespresso corner, despite the distance, provided some comfort. Regarding transportation, our concierge would be happy to assist with arranging travel to Playa del Carmen, ensuring a relaxed and inspiring experience for our guests. Your feedback is valuable to us and we are always looking for ways to enhance our guest experience, mindful of the sophisticated and elegant environment we aspire to maintain. We'll be pleased to welcome you back. Best regards, Guest Service Center Management
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DLeung92 wrote a review 18 Feb
New York, New York, United States3 contributions11 helpful votes
Javier Calviche was our Nikte Concierge during our stay. He took care of us and knew we were celebrating our son’s birthday! He decorated our swim up junior suite room and surprised our son for his birthday and brought a lot of candies and a stuffed animal toy. He brung free stuff to him from Kidsdom (hat, shirt, Mexican knit bag) which was neat and free beach toys for him to play with. Overall, our stay was enjoyable and wonderful! He made sure all of our dinner reservations was completed and reserved. Javier did an excellent job and will continue to excel upwards! Wishing him all the best! Thanks Javier for taking care of us and ensuring our stay was comfortable! Eva Ciau, Angel Colli, Neftali Morales served us excellent service at the Nao’s Restaurant. Jesus and Natan - (Bartenders outside of Bana Family) are the best of the best. Look out for them if you want to have a great drinking night. They will take care of you! Thanks Jesus and Natan!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Dear DLeung92, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. We are thrilled to hear that Javier provided such exceptional care during your stay, especially for your son's birthday celebration. It is our aim to create inspiring and unforgettable moments for our guests, and it sounds like Javier did just that! Your appreciation for the attentive service at Nao’s Restaurant and the delightful evenings with our bartenders Jesus and Natan truly reflects the harmonious atmosphere we strive for. We are mindful of creating a carefree environment where luxury and relaxation are at the forefront, and it is wonderful to know that our team members contributed to this. Guest Service Center Management
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Krzysztof S wrote a review 17 Feb
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Moisés from Mole was fantastic. Did not keep us waiting and was always attentive. Was also very helpful in giving recommendations about the fantastic food at the restaurant. Truly one of a kind human being. The food at Mole was also very good.
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Dear KrzysztofsO7990FO, Thank you for such a great review. We are thrilled to hear that Moisés from Mole provided you with such attentive and helpful service, ensuring a carefree and harmonious dining experience. Our team takes pride in offering elegant and sophisticated flavors, and it is delightful to know that the food at Mole met your expectations, immersing you in the richness of contemporary Mexican cuisine. Your appreciation of the luxurious and inviting atmosphere we strive for is truly inspiring to us. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best regards, Guest Service Center Management
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Lyz N wrote a review 17 Feb
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Currently staying at Paradisus Playa del Carmen which is billed as a “family friendly” resort. We ran out of our 3 bottles of sunscreen and needed to purchase sunscreen from the hotel shop (which we confirmed is owners and managed by the hotel). Sunscreen is $50….at a family resort. I can understand a moderate mark up but this is extreme price gouging is disgusting at a resort for families. $50 is way over the line. Also worth mentioning that they do not carry a single sanitizing product (wipe, hand gel) in a post-covid world. I really could not be more disgusted by this hotel taking full advantage of parents trying to do their best to protest their children from harmful rays. Be advised, management does not care about your children
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nigel wrote a review 16 Feb
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I just want to take a minute to commend the service staff. The staff at the beach were great. They were lead by a man named ‘Julio’ and he single handedly made our trip fantastic. Julio is a SUPERSTAR! I will continue to tell all my friends and family about how great his service was and how he was responsible for us enjoying our trip as much as we did. I really hope he gets the recognition he deserves.
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Response from Hotel- cmanager, Owner at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya
Responded 3 days ago
Dear Doydge, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. We are thrilled to hear that our team, led by the remarkable 'Julio', provided you with service that truly made your trip fantastic. It is inspiring to know that his dedication contributed to your enjoyment of our little corner of paradise, where we aim to deliver a harmonious blend of luxury and nature. Our commitment to a sophisticated yet carefree atmosphere is something we take pride in, and it is wonderful to see it reflected in your 100% satisfaction with our rooms and service. We're grateful for your appreciation of the elegant surroundings and the mindful attention to detail that our staff provides. Should you decide to visit us again, we look forward to offering you another stay immersed in the tropical beauty of the Riviera Maya. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards, Guest Service Center Management
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PRICE RANGE
RM 2,094 - RM 3,446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
paradisus playa del carmen la esmeralda hotel playa del carmen
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda
LOCATION
MexicoYucatan PeninsulaQuintana RooRiviera MayaPlaya del Carmen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
488
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Frequently Asked Questions about Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya
Which popular attractions are close to Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Nearby attractions include Playa Punta Esmeralda (0.6 km), Galeria Luis Sottil (0.4 km), and Playa Publica 88 (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sotavento, Sal. Steak - Cave, and Bana Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a sauna, and fitness classes during their stay.
Does Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya have airport transportation?
Yes, Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Paradisus Playa del Carmen - Riviera Maya?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.