Azul Fives by Karisma Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Pros

  • Located 15 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen
  • Gorgeous pool with swim-up bar and infinity edge
  • Beautiful private beach area
  • 5 restaurants serving international cuisine, and various bars
  • Amenities include a fitness center, tennis court, spa, and salon
  • All rooms come with a balcony or terrace, and a Jacuzzi tub
  • Property feels luxurious and sophisticated from all angles
  • Choose from an all-inclusive plan or a flexible meal plan
  • Caters to families with children with an excellent kids' club

Cons

  • Ocean isn't suitable for swimming
  • Lacks shuttle to area airports
  • Some complaints of slow restaurant service
  • Internet access for a fee

Bottom Line

Azul Fives by Karisma is a 360-room hotel located about 15 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen. It seems well suited for all occasions (weddings, reunions, honeymoons), but caters especially to families with children -- there’s even a loan program for baby toys and equipment, as well as a great kids' club. Outside, the property is well kept with lovely grounds, and inside the hotel’s furnishings are modern and luxurious. All chicly decorated guest rooms come with a balcony or terrace, dining table, iPod dock, and Jacuzzi tub, but the suites are particularly spacious and include features such as living rooms with sleeper sofas, powder rooms, and kitchens. The private beach is lovely and great for relaxing, but the water is too rocky for swimming. The hotel has five restaurants, three beautiful pools, and outdoor seating that offers a little slice of paradise. Unlike most resorts, though, Azul Fives does not have its own shuttle to Cancun International Airport, which is 45 minutes away.

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 Location

Located on the beach and about 10 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen (named for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patron saint of Cancun) is a beautiful, charming resort town and the third largest city in Quintana Roo on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. About 70 km south of Cancun and 20 km west of Cozumel, it's centrally located in the center of the Mayan Riviera and is quickly becoming one of the most hip vacation spots (though more relaxing and less wild than Cancun). It used to be the home of the ancient Mayans and after that a small fishing village, but now Playa del Carmen -- or "Playa," as the locals call it -- is full of exciting nightclubs, popular restaurants, cute boutiques, and resort hotels that sit on lovely white sand beaches. Because many of the businesses are European-run, the rest of the town retains a hint of European flair. The main tourist thoroughfare of Playa is the cobblestone-lined, pedestrian street Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue), but there are plenty of fun outdoor activities for visitors, too, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and sailing. The offshore reef is part of the second largest reef system in the world, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

  • 45-minute drive to Cancun International Airport
  • 14-minute drive to Playa del Carmen
  • 16-minute drive to Quinta Avenida
  • 18-minute drive to El Camaleon Golf Club
  • 19-minute drive to Xaman Ha Aviary
  • 21-minute drive to Xcaret Eco Theme Park
  • 44-minute drive to Xel-Ha
  • 54-minute drive to Cancun
  • 1-hour drive to Tulum
  • 2-hour drive to Coba
  • 3-hour drive to Chichen Itza

 Bottom Line

Azul Fives by Karisma is a 360-room hotel located about 15 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen. It seems well suited for all occasions (weddings, reunions, honeymoons), but caters especially to families with children -- there’s even a loan program for baby toys and equipment, as well as a great kids' club. Outside, the property is well kept with lovely grounds, and inside the hotel’s furnishings are modern and luxurious. All chicly decorated guest rooms come with a balcony or terrace, dining table, iPod dock, and Jacuzzi tub, but the suites are particularly spacious and include features such as living rooms with sleeper sofas, powder rooms, and kitchens. The private beach is lovely and great for relaxing, but the water is too rocky for swimming. The hotel has five restaurants, three beautiful pools, and outdoor seating that offers a little slice of paradise. Unlike most resorts, though, Azul Fives does not have its own shuttle to Cancun International Airport, which is 45 minutes away.

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Address

  • Predio El Limonar Fraccion 2, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Room Types

  • Deluxe Pool View Room
  • Deluxe Pool Walkout Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Fisher-Price One Bedroom Suite
  • One Bedroom Penthouse
  • One Bedroom Pool View Suite
  • One Bedroom Pool Walkout Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Three Bedroom Penthouse
  • Three Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Penthouse
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 360
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya
Address: Predio El Limonar Fraccion 2, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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