Pros

  • Adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort on the Caribbean Sea
  • Gorgeous suites; some have kitchenettes, pool access, and partial ocean views
  • Clean and elaborate outdoor swimming pools -- with a swim-up bar
  • White sand beach has sun loungers, Bali-style beds, umbrellas, and water sports
  • Access to 14 restaurants and 11 bars, including buffet and gourmet options
  • Yhi Spa offers body treatments, outdoor pools, and a modern gym
  • Free parking and Wi-Fi throughout
  • Contemporary meeting rooms available
  • Nightly entertainment includes belly dancers and acrobatics
  • Royal Service upgrade includes personalized butler service and expedited check out
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Cons

  • The beach is on the narrow side and the water has seaweed
  • Some restaurants and facilities are located next door at the family-friendly sister property
  • A bit far from downtown Playa del Carmen
  • Reservations are required at some restaurants
  • Pools close early
  • Those who don't book the Royal Service don't have complete hotel access
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Bottom Line

Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla is one of the best adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resorts in Maya Riviera. This chic property is located directly on the Caribbean, but the patch of white sand is narrow and it's a bit far from downtown Playa Del Carmen. No kids allowed means the gorgeous swimming pools remain calm and serene; there's a swim-up bar and waiter service, but guests tend to be seeking peace and quiet rather than a rowdy party scene. Even the most affordable rooms have marble floors and free minibars stocked daily. An upgrade means access to a semi-private swim-up pool and/or butler service. A huge variety of all-inclusive restaurants and bars get high marks for quality and service. The spa is romantic, with a water ritual, sexy day beds, and an expansive treatment menu. Families should check rates next door at the all-inclusive Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda.

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Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Scene

Couples relax amid modern architecture

Guests enter the Paradisus La Perla under an attractive white gate that's patrolled by a security guard. They're then greeted under a porte cochere with a cold towel and chilled drink. The lobby is cool and dark, decorated with patterned carpet, marble walls, and brown paint. Wooden tables hold elaborate and modern floral displays near the reception desk. There's an enormous sitting area decorated with matching brown chaise loungers and a huge, abstract, gold chandelier. A small pool holds large statues of white female figures holding birds. Ornate metal sculptures line the hallways. Outdoors, the grounds are well-maintained and green with palm trees, lawns, and flowering bushes.

This is an adults-only property, so you won't find little ones. The overall vibe is sophisticated and relaxed -- definitely not the over-the-top party scene you find at some resorts in Playa del Carmen.

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Location

On the Caribbean in Playa Del Carmen

For vacationers looking to stay on the property (which is easy to do because of the beach, spa, pools, restaurants, and entertainment), the location on the Caribbean is relaxing and picturesque. Those looking to explore downtown Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or Cancun are going to need a car, as there's nothing within fast walking distance of La Esmeralda besides other resorts. The sister property, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda, is directly next door. On-site parking is free. Expect a solid 45-minute drive to Cancun International Airport.

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Rooms

Seven different types of luxurious suites

There are 394 suites at La Perla, ranging from Luxury Junior Suites to Master Suites with swim-up pools. An upgrade to Royal Service includes a personal butler. All rooms are luxuriously outfitted with marble floors, stocked minibars, and private terraces. Some have kitchenettes and sliding doors that make for open concepts that expand to the bathrooms and living rooms. Sensory tubs and rain showers are luxe perks. Pillow and aromatherapy menus (for an added charge) are available. Furniture ranges from slightly worn wooden furnishings to Ikea-style desks, but the overall vibe is sleek and tranquil, with a warm, neutral-toned color scheme. Flat-screen TVs include satellite channels in English, and Wi-Fi is both fast and free. Swim-up suites are available, though they're not entirely private as neighbors have access to the same body of water from their own terraces. Ocean views are distant and often obstructed.

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Features

Yhi spa, gym, and daily entertainment are highlights.

It's no surprise that features at this adults-only resort cater to couples. Yhi Spa offers an above average experience with an extensive array of treatment options, beauty services, and a water ritual. There are white outdoor beds for post-massage naps, along with hot tubs and heated pools for swimming. A luxe wooden deck with sun loungers offers another spot to relax near a refreshment center with tea and fresh fruit.

The carpeted gym is spacious and includes Technogym cardio equipment and strength-training machines. Bottled water and towels are provided. Group fitness classes are available.

Staff organizes entertainment that can include anything from tango lessons, to tequila tastings, to a belly dancer show. Wi-Fi is free and there's a sophisticated meeting room with leather chairs and a conference table. Laundry services are available for a fee.

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All-Inclusive / Food

Several restaurants, bars, and 24-hour room service -- tipping is included but still accepted

The all-inclusive package at La Perla really does include everything (except there's a charge for room service). Some restaurants require advanced reservations and are located next door at the family-friendly sister property, La Esmeralda. It's best to check in with a concierge member to sort out the almost overwhelming options. Those staying in Royal Service level rooms also have access to premium booze and snack presentations in the lounge.

Naos is the casual international buffet with show cooking, open from early in the morning until late at night. Fuego (which is adults-only) does Latin American-inspired grilled meats indoors and out. Vento offers Mediterranean food for the entire family. Passion by Martin Berasategui has a Michelin-rated chef and offers fine dining for adults; this option is also open to non-hotel guests. Bana is the Asian restaurant for the whole family, complete with sushi. Hadar is the adults-only international buffet, which offers nice options such as freshly squeezed juices. Mole is popular for fun Mexican food, while Gabi Beach Club specializes in tapas by the beach for lunch. The Market is popular for families with picky kids, as it serves pizza and salads on an outdoor terrace. La Palapa is probably the most romantic dining spot. All family-friendly spots are located at the sister property, as La Perla is adults-only.

For bars, Red Lounge has a sexy post-dinner vibe, while Toji employs mixologists and serves sake. Gabi Club Bar has a relaxed vibe by the beach, and Blue Agave caters to tequila lovers.

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Beach

A narrow stretch of white sand on clear blue water

The beach might be one of the resort's only weak spots. The sand is powdery white, but there isn't much of it, and sun loungers, Bali beds, and umbrellas are packed pretty tight. Fortunately, this makes drink service faster -- unfortunately, it's not that romantic. Past guests have complained that the red flag water is pretty to look at, but not entirely safe for swimming. The seaweed alone is enough of a deterrent for some. It's an easy enough walk to find more swimmable shores, and vendors offering water sports rentals are at the ready.

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Pools

Gorgeous outdoor swimming pools

Quiet swimming pools are one of the main reasons couples book adults-only resorts, and the pools at Paradisus Perla are right on the money. The outdoor complex is lined with palm trees, comfy sun loungers, umbrellas, flower beds, and thatch roof huts for respite from the sun. Pools are sparkling blue and accented with submerged loungers and a swim-up bar. Efficient waiter service means sun worshipers don't have to leave their spots to get a margarita refill.

Guests who book a Royal Service package get access to a private pool that offers the same features and services, but with fewer people and Bali-style beds. If you miss the sound of splashing children, guests can access the pools next door at La Esmeralda.

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Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

Scene

Couples relax amid modern architecture

Guests enter the Paradisus La Perla under an attractive white gate that's patrolled by a security guard. They're then greeted under a porte cochere with a cold towel and chilled drink. The lobby is cool and dark, decorated with patterned carpet, marble walls, and brown paint. Wooden tables hold elaborate and modern floral displays near the reception desk. There's an enormous sitting area decorated with matching brown chaise loungers and a huge, abstract, gold chandelier. A small pool holds large statues of white female figures holding birds. Ornate metal sculptures line the hallways. Outdoors, the grounds are well-maintained and green with palm trees, lawns, and flowering bushes.

This is an adults-only property, so you won't find little ones. The overall vibe is sophisticated and relaxed -- definitely not the over-the-top party scene you find at some resorts in Playa del Carmen.

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Location

On the Caribbean in Playa Del Carmen

For vacationers looking to stay on the property (which is easy to do because of the beach, spa, pools, restaurants, and entertainment), the location on the Caribbean is relaxing and picturesque. Those looking to explore downtown Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or Cancun are going to need a car, as there's nothing within fast walking distance of La Esmeralda besides other resorts. The sister property, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmerelda, is directly next door. On-site parking is free. Expect a solid 45-minute drive to Cancun International Airport.

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Rooms

Seven different types of luxurious suites

There are 394 suites at La Perla, ranging from Luxury Junior Suites to Master Suites with swim-up pools. An upgrade to Royal Service includes a personal butler. All rooms are luxuriously outfitted with marble floors, stocked minibars, and private terraces. Some have kitchenettes and sliding doors that make for open concepts that expand to the bathrooms and living rooms. Sensory tubs and rain showers are luxe perks. Pillow and aromatherapy menus (for an added charge) are available. Furniture ranges from slightly worn wooden furnishings to Ikea-style desks, but the overall vibe is sleek and tranquil, with a warm, neutral-toned color scheme. Flat-screen TVs include satellite channels in English, and Wi-Fi is both fast and free. Swim-up suites are available, though they're not entirely private as neighbors have access to the same body of water from their own terraces. Ocean views are distant and often obstructed.

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Features

Yhi spa, gym, and daily entertainment are highlights.

It's no surprise that features at this adults-only resort cater to couples. Yhi Spa offers an above average experience with an extensive array of treatment options, beauty services, and a water ritual. There are white outdoor beds for post-massage naps, along with hot tubs and heated pools for swimming. A luxe wooden deck with sun loungers offers another spot to relax near a refreshment center with tea and fresh fruit.

The carpeted gym is spacious and includes Technogym cardio equipment and strength-training machines. Bottled water and towels are provided. Group fitness classes are available.

Staff organizes entertainment that can include anything from tango lessons, to tequila tastings, to a belly dancer show. Wi-Fi is free and there's a sophisticated meeting room with leather chairs and a conference table. Laundry services are available for a fee.

See More Features

All-Inclusive / Food

Several restaurants, bars, and 24-hour room service -- tipping is included but still accepted

The all-inclusive package at La Perla really does include everything (except there's a charge for room service). Some restaurants require advanced reservations and are located next door at the family-friendly sister property, La Esmeralda. It's best to check in with a concierge member to sort out the almost overwhelming options. Those staying in Royal Service level rooms also have access to premium booze and snack presentations in the lounge.

Naos is the casual international buffet with show cooking, open from early in the morning until late at night. Fuego (which is adults-only) does Latin American-inspired grilled meats indoors and out. Vento offers Mediterranean food for the entire family. Passion by Martin Berasategui has a Michelin-rated chef and offers fine dining for adults; this option is also open to non-hotel guests. Bana is the Asian restaurant for the whole family, complete with sushi. Hadar is the adults-only international buffet, which offers nice options such as freshly squeezed juices. Mole is popular for fun Mexican food, while Gabi Beach Club specializes in tapas by the beach for lunch. The Market is popular for families with picky kids, as it serves pizza and salads on an outdoor terrace. La Palapa is probably the most romantic dining spot. All family-friendly spots are located at the sister property, as La Perla is adults-only.

For bars, Red Lounge has a sexy post-dinner vibe, while Toji employs mixologists and serves sake. Gabi Club Bar has a relaxed vibe by the beach, and Blue Agave caters to tequila lovers.

See More All-Inclusive / Food

Beach

A narrow stretch of white sand on clear blue water

The beach might be one of the resort's only weak spots. The sand is powdery white, but there isn't much of it, and sun loungers, Bali beds, and umbrellas are packed pretty tight. Fortunately, this makes drink service faster -- unfortunately, it's not that romantic. Past guests have complained that the red flag water is pretty to look at, but not entirely safe for swimming. The seaweed alone is enough of a deterrent for some. It's an easy enough walk to find more swimmable shores, and vendors offering water sports rentals are at the ready.

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Pools

Gorgeous outdoor swimming pools

Quiet swimming pools are one of the main reasons couples book adults-only resorts, and the pools at Paradisus Perla are right on the money. The outdoor complex is lined with palm trees, comfy sun loungers, umbrellas, flower beds, and thatch roof huts for respite from the sun. Pools are sparkling blue and accented with submerged loungers and a swim-up bar. Efficient waiter service means sun worshipers don't have to leave their spots to get a margarita refill.

Guests who book a Royal Service package get access to a private pool that offers the same features and services, but with fewer people and Bali-style beds. If you miss the sound of splashing children, guests can access the pools next door at La Esmeralda.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Beach

  • Concierge

  • Fitness Center

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Tennis Court

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