(Closed) how did you pick an all inclusive in carmen del playa, mexico?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
2874 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

which hotels are in your budget and ill see if i know them.Darling Husband and i tend to go to playa del carmen every so often as we’re a 90 min flight away and can do long weekends there

we did a few nights in excellence riviera cancun after our Destination Wedding in sandos playacar. it is expensive but it was lovely!

I think AI are worth it if you plan to be in the resort a lot. if you want to do a lot of all day tours – eg chichen itza ruins etc, then maybe a boutique hotle is better. i personally prefer paying the money upfront and then knowing its all included

Post # 18
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@virgomasala80:  my aunt is a local and she chose for use and we were soooo Happy we loved dreams and barcelo. Both great experiences but to be honest just enjoy they are all great. I would give preference to the newest one.

Post # 20
2 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

Look on trip central .ca  we booked at the Valentin Imperial Maya, and with taxes and whanot only cost us 3200.  Great place so excited to go!

Post # 21
188 posts
Blushing bee

We LOVED Excellence Riveria Cancun!!! It was awesome- all inclusive, food, service, and we met some other great people too. We went for 5 days since we could not afford to go for 7 plus days. 

Post # 23
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@virgomasala80:  Have you looked at http://www.cheapcaribbean.com ? They usually have really good deals on all-inclusive properties (including airfare and reviews..) I also cross reference any hotels with reviews on tripadvisor.com.


Playa del Carmen is about an hour away from the Cancun airport, but you can pre-book a shuttle (van) online. Some hotels offer shuttle transportation. Good luck and have fun!

Oh, and the first time I went to Playa del Carmen we found a great deal on a travel website (don’t remember which one) and just went for it. It was great! (Subsequent trips have been to my parent’s timeshare, Mayan Palace, which isn’t all inclusive, but is awesome)

Post # 24
45 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are going to Playacar Palace resort. We booked through a travel agent and got a good deal. I can’t wait!

Post # 25
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve loved both Iberostar resorts we’ve stayed at in the area (riviera maya)


Post # 27
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We didn’t want to spend a crapload on our AI honeymoon because we’re doing two trips next year to Iceland and Peru to trek that we’d rather splurge on and we are doing expensive excursions almost everyday in Mexico as we’d both get stir crazy just staying on property and the Yucatan has lots to see culturally. Allinclusiveoutlet.com, cheapcaribbean.com and bookit.com are great places to source deals. Your best bet for a deal is a hotel that’s been recently redone or an up and coming “new” place. Last year my Brother-In-Law and sister scored a deal at Live Aqua very very cheap. This year we are going to Ocean Maya Royale…it has very strong reviews on Tripadvisor, was recently redone etc. Another one I see good prices for that looked amazing was Grand Bahia Luxury Sian Kian…largely because even though it’s apparently a premium luxury hotel it’s built slightly into the jungle and they escort you out to the beach on their own private buses that run every few minutes. 

We are going over Thanksgiving break, the very last week before “high” season starts. The week before Thanksgiving is even cheaper. Going out to Chichen, Valladolid, Cozumel for diving, Xplor etc.. Pretty adventure packed 8D/7N…I think overall we will spend $3000ish with all the excursions and stuff. 


Post # 28
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’ve been to Excellence Riviera Cancun 3 times and it gets better every time!  We have been to Playa Mujeres also but liked Riviera Cancun better.  There is always something going on, from entertainment by the pool during the day to shows at night in the theater.  And one of the best things is that you do not need reservations at any restaurants.  We liked this part because you don’t have to plan your entire trip when you first arrive like you have to do at a lot of other all-inclusives.  I’m a little biased by this resort because its our favorite, but I’m sure where ever you choose you will have a wonderful time.  Good luck choosing!!

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