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  • 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
  • Free WiFi
  • Free international calling from rooms


  • Some find the beach too rocky for swimming
  • Lacks shuttle to area airports
  • Some complaints of slow restaurant service

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

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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

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Key Features
Fitness Center
Kids Club
Hotel Services
Transport to / from Hotel
Dry Cleaning
Free Breakfast
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Kids Club
Supervised Kids Activities
Things to Do
Beauty Salon
Business Center
Fitness Center
Gameroom / Arcade
Located on the Beach
Tennis Court
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Full Kitchen
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
Predio El Limonar Fraccion 2, Xcalacoco, Municipio de Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen 77710, Mexico
Phone 52 (984) 877-2750
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