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Petit Lafitte
Ranked #6 of 210 Hotels in Playa del Carmen
Certificate of Excellence
Austin
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“Going Home”
Reviewed 11 June 2010

If you are looking for a Disney cruise on the beach experience, then Petit Lafitte is not for you. If you are looking for a more genuine Mexican owned resort, then you should consider what is offered at Petit Lafitte. The low key/high alpha wave vibe of the old Capitan Lafitte survives here. For over 30 years, the owners, management and staff have successfully created a business model that emphasizes a relaxed, family oriented environment, personal service and great food. Each time my wife (sometimes family members) return it is like reuniting with old friends. Sometimes surprise reunions occur with returning guests such as us.

There are no excessive surroundings of glass, chrome and marble here. The facilities express more stucco, limestone and wood with tile and palapa style roofs. Numerous hammocks are slung between coconut trees and a hammock palapa is situated closer to the water. The grounds of Petit Lafitte provide lush vegetation and is well maintained. My wife and I actually saw staff sifting the sand in the cabana area to eliminate any small stones or shells. Perfect for the barefoot experience! Thank you Lafitte.

A small zoo is maintained to the rear of the property with an aviary, as well as having havelina, deer, and ostriches.

The resort has one nice pool that is approximately 4 feet deep and is cleaned on a daily basis. Petit Lafitte is divided into 2 sections. There is the hotel section and the cabana section. In the hotel section rooms may be considered somewhat Spartan, but spacious and clean with a large shower. Included are a TV, telephone, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, safe and a mini fridge. The cabana area consists of beach front, ocean view and garden view cabanas. The cabanas vary in terms of having king, or two double beds. All cabanas also have a loft bed over the bathroom. The cabanas all contain the same as the hotel rooms except for telephone and TV. All rooms have A/C and ceiling fans.

The restaurant is a treat. Two full meals (breakfast and dinner) are included in your daily rate. Breakfast is a menu choice of various offerings. Very good. Dinner is a choice of two specials for the evening, but a menu choice is an option if necessary. We never found the dinner menu necessary however. The meals are 3 to 4 courses and we found all to be delicious. Here is a tip. Whenever asked for salad or soup, always ask for soup, or both. Every type of soup made was fantastic. Waiters, Manuel and Martine are top notch and have a great sense of humor. Oh yes, a good wine selection exists here too. Also, our daughter-in-law is vegetarian, and all accommodations were made for her dietary requirements. A lunch grill is located at the pool/beach bar with a menu of affordable offerings.

The pool/beach bar is manned by Jesus and Victor – known on You-Tube as 2 of the best bartenders in Mexico! That they are. Both grow their own mint for the Mojitos that they make. As opposed to many all-inclusive mega resorts, top brands of alcohol may be found here.

I would describe the beach as being of two parts. The part in front of the hotel section is nice, but has exposed limestone bedrock off shore and can be rocky. It does serve as a good area for close-in snorkeling however. To the north end of the property is a gentle sloping beach with easy access to a swimming area.

New access from hwy. 307 now exists via the main entrance of the Grand Maya Princess resort that is adjacent to the Lafitte beach. Despite the size of this resort, it still offers many of same amenities found in larger resorts such as spa services, laundry service, tours, internet access, private transfers, snorkel trips, dive trips and fishing. When entering the lobby Felipe is there to check you in and answer questions. David serves as Concierge and will assist in making any special arrangements for your room or for tours – almost anything really. Ivan, the manager always inquires about your level of comfort or satisfaction.

My wife and I are proud to say that we know this remarkable staff and that we always meet guests there that are interesting people as well. Petit Lafitte continues to uphold the old motto of Capitan Lafitte, where they offer an environment that is “simply different.”

We hope to return again and see our old friends.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Crandall, Texas
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Reviewed 9 June 2010

This quaint little resort was wonderful. The beautiful beach and friendly, attentive staff made this vacation one of my favorites. The rooms were large and comfortable. The service was great and the food was excellent. I can't wait to return. Loved it!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled on business
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Grapevine, Texas
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Reviewed 9 June 2010

We had a wonderful time at Petit Lafitte. If you are looking for privacy, security, excellent food and a wait staff that truly cares about making your stay enjoyable and comfortable, this is the place to go. It is not touristy in any way. I highly recommend the bungalow accommodations-they are quiet, clean and comfortable.

I recommend this property for couples and business teams looking to get away from the rat race. We went into Cancun one day and couldn't wait to get back to Petit Lafitte where we felt safe and away from the fast pace you can find in Cancun.

We are going back!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled on business
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 8 June 2010

I have never actually written a review on here, but figured there was a first time for everything. This was my second stay at Petit Lafitte hotel which has about 30 rooms and 15 or so bungalows. This time I stayed in the hotel and last time I stayed in the bungalow. I found each experience unique and wonderful. I am not a fan of the oversized all-inclusive resorts that dot the Rivera Maya these days. I find them to be Stepford like and not at all an authentice experience. PL is quite the opposite. It is small, cultured, and the staff is very attentive and friendly. The hotel is right on the beach, so you can walk right out your door and onto the beach. The small bar is a enjoyable and the bartender Jesus is very kind. I would HIGHLY recommend this place!

We also took advantage of the massage in the palapa on the beach! Nothing like a massage with a natural soundtrack!

Breakfast and dinner are included in your rate as well and the food is amazing!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Indian Hills, Colorado
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

I had lost my Mom a week before arriving at Petit, and so was more in need of than usual of quiet time to unwind and heal. The great thing about this intimate resort is that you can retreat and socialize in any way that suits you: there is no pressure to join in activities if you don't feel like it. In my case, what I needed most was time to heal, think, and relax. The people at Petit were solicitous and helpful (several of them have become good friends over our years of staying at this wonderful resort) and every day was full of low-key pleasures. I had a great time, as always, and as always, wished I could have stayed a week longer!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

If you want to get away from it all and totally relax amongst palm tree's in front of the blue ocean, Petite Lafitte is for you. The spacious beach beats the massed ranks of sunbeds found in the large resorts.
Food, from the breakfast with a large helping of superb fruit to the 4 course evening meal was all excellent.
The staff learnt our names immediately and nothing was too much trouble. Manuel made his best effort to teach us Spanish, Jesus & Victor kept our glasses full at the bar & David made sure everything we needed was catered for.
If you want to take a trip into Playa for a busier day a taxi wll get you there in 10 minutes for 150 peso's. The taxi driver will also arrange to pick you up at a designated location to bring you back.
David arranged our car rental, through Hertz. We were picked up from the hotel to collect the car from the depot in Playa. We rented the car for 2 day's for about 2100 peso's. We drove down the coast to Akumal (about 50 minutes). The driving is easy apart from diversion's and hold up's in the centre of Playa as a new fly-over is built. Once this is in place driving up the coast will be no problem.
Akumal is a lovely bay area and is a great place to swim with turtles, stingrays and a host of fish on the coral reef.
Steve & Kim

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Indian Hills, Colorado
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Reviewed 7 June 2010

We have been going to Capitan Lafitte and Petit Lafitte for 15 years, which pretty much sums up how we feel about the staff, service, accommodations, food, etc. Petit Lafitte is truly a hidden treasure. It is a couple of miles off of the main road, but once you land in your destination, you've landed in paradise! It sits right on the beach and gorgeous Caribbean! The quaintness of it is very appealing to anybody who is looking to get away from it all. It is only a ten minute drive to Playa Del Carmen if you need to go into town for some shopping, or to take the Ferry to Cozumel.

The staff treats everybody with the utmost respect and the food is delicious and very fresh.

For the past six years, I've been taking a group there for a week of yoga. There are many students who have attended several times because they like the place so much, and of course doing yoga in paradise, it just doesn't get much better than that! If you have any kind of special meal needs, the staff is always willing to accommodate.

Melody Madonna

  • Stayed April 2010
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Property: Petit Lafitte
Address: Carretera Cancun - Chetumal km 296 + 2.1 | Xcalacoco, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
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Region: Mexico > Yucatan Peninsula > Quintana Roo > Riviera Maya > Playa del Carmen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#6 Family Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Playa del Carmen
#13 Romantic Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Petit Lafitte 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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