I hope I can finally make a decision from some of your recommedations. My husband and I are in need of a relaxing, hassle-free vacation and are torn between these 2 places. I have never been to Playa del Carmen, but, i have been to Cancun 3 times. We would prefer to stay in an AI while in Cancun, but, not sure an AI is the right thing for Playa del Carmen. I checked out Secrets Maroma and even though it isnt open yet, it looks gorgeous. However, i also heard that Playa del Carmen is something not to be missed. Has anyone been to both locations? If so, can you tell me which you prefer and why? Is travel to either of these places from Cancun airport a hassle or long ride? Thank you for any or all of your feedback in advance.