Where to start? This all-inclusive private resort was just what we needed. Though we initially were going to upgrade upon arrival, we chose to stay in one of the Laguna Junior Suites and loved it! From the bamboo hardwood to marble flooring from the dual rainforest showers to private loft overlooking the laguna, it was just perfect. The only thing to note is that the private outdoor tub in the Laguna Suites (cant speak to the others) can only be filled by the staff and they don't fill it with hot water, so make sure you are ok with showers only or come when it is very hot, so a cool bath will feel great. For us the showers were just fine. The Laguna Suites were only about 1/4 mile walk from the beach, which was great for us to talk and walk through this garden of eden. The landscaping on the stone/paver path to the beach and throughout the resort made everything feel so private and lush. A daily stocked minibar with beverages and snacks were a nice touch, but honestly we didn't use them much as we would take advantage of all the inclusive meals and beverages at the restaurants and at the beach. There was just the right selection of menu items between the different restaurants for a week stay and the food was never boring; we enjoyed the artistry and taste of it all.
Some unexpected things: even though checkout was at noon, the concierge stored our luggage and let us eat one final "inclusive" meal and enjoy the beach till our taxi arrived to take us to the airport. We were never harassed by vendors on the beach (only saw 2) and the staff always kept the beach clean and available for activities. We walked up and down the beach and found Blue Diamond's beach to be the best...I wonder why Trip Advisor rated Mayakoba's higher? We had the most sand, the cleanest beachfront, and a private dock. We never had anyone try to pitch a timeshare with us though I did see others visiting Blue Diamond that were looking at timeshares.
Items to note: if you want to save some money, pick up a taxi outside the resort...just tell security at the gate (not the front desk) where you are going and walk across the road. We spent $50 pesos for a taxi to take us to Playa Del Carmen. However, because we didn't tell the taxi driver that took us back to the resort that he could drop us off outside the gate, it cost $15USD and he dropped us off inside the resort at the front desk. I think the resort collects a portion of all fares that depart from or arrive within the resort, hence the higher price. I think that is the same with any resort in the Cancun area. We also arranged for the taxi driver that took us to Playa to take us to the airport for our departure. Rather than pay $100USD, we only paid $400 pesos. Also, we came at the end of November and mosquitos were not that bad at all. The resort includes bug spray with your room if that is a concern. Also, be sure to book snorkeling and kayaking for earlier in the day if there is a breeze, so you can do it. The couples that were booked after us could not go due to the breeze. Lastly, even though it was an all-inclusive, we made sure to tip and saw others do the same. Just by waiter response $50 pesos for a meal tip seemed to be the right amount to get priority service. That said, all the staff seemed to be willing to provide great service whether you tipped them or not.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the pristine coast of the world famous Riviera Maya, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty and peace, surrounded by nature mixed with luxury. This exclusive hideaway is set in 36 acres of lush tropical jungle, well manicured gardens and a spectacular palm filled white sandy beaches along the turquoise – colored Caribbean Sea, offering unparalleled pampering and rejuvenation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Diamond Luxury Boutique Hotel Mexico/Riviera Maya - Playa Del Carmen