This area south of Cancun on the East Coast of Mexico is growing so fast it’s hard to keep track. One of the new All Inclusive resorts is Sandos Playacar Riviera Hotel & Spa. This is a sister resort of Playacar Beach Resort and Spa and guests have access to both resorts.
Sandos Resort has 400 junior and 2-room suites, many have large in-room hot tubs and all have balconies. Most rooms are in three story buildings containing a few dozen rooms each, but there are also two story hacienda villas which have 10 rooms each. These haciendas are popular for family reunions, weddings and other special events. Each has its own private plunge pool.
The property at Sandos is shaded with palm trees and other foliage and it is just a short walk between the 2 resorts. The sister properties share a new spa with 22 treatment rooms, each with a private shower. There is also a fitness center with spinning, yoga and aerobic classes – these facilities are free other than the actual spa treatments.
The Beach Resort also has a kids program. Once every week they take over the 600 seat theater performing in Disney character costumes and skits. The disco is for teens only until 10PM when it changes to adults only.
Each resort has several restaurants serving gourmet meals. For those of you who want the VIP treatment there is a hotel-within-a-hotel component called the Royal Club. For only $25 extra per day you can have features such as private check-in, a dedicated concierge and a private club room with free top-shelf brand liquors and Internet access.
While in the Riviera Maya there are a couple of things you shouldn’t miss. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving are fabulous here. The Mayan ruins of Tulum are close by. And the Dolphin Discovery where you have an opportunity to swim and play with the dolphins.