I've been going round and round trying to find a place to stay for our honeymoon. We are going in late September for 10 days, the first 5 of which we would like to stay in Playa del Carmen area. (The next 4 nights will be at Papaya Playa Project in Tulum.) I am looking for an all-inclusive for this part of the trip, adults-only, small or at least small feel, with good food/drinks, and at least some night-time entertainment. We basically want to soak up the sun, hang out by/in the pool and on the beach during the day.
I initially picked El Dorado Maroma for the great beach, beach beds, nice looking rooms with views, and high rated food/drink. After seeing that the activites are limited to small entertainment at Rick's, water aerobics, and bingo, I don't think this is the place for us.
I then came across The Royal Hideaway Playacar and my only con is that the "beach beds" are not actually on the beach. I'm not in love with the style of the hotel overall, but that wouldn't steer me away. I like that it's a relaxing vibe, but close to downtown Playa del Carmen so that we would have the option for night entertainment if we got bored. Just from reading things on travelocity we already know we would like to go see a fire show in town one night!
I LOVE the look of Mahekal Resort, but it looks like kids are allowed there? That and it's not actually all inclusive.
Can someone that's been to these places tell me what you think? Would it be worth staying at EDM and going into Playa if we got bored there, or better to stay at Royal Hideaway which is closer?