We took a four-day weekend away from Dallas, and in just a short flight and quick bus trip, we were on white-sand beaches drinking Dos Equis beer and margaritas.
Food and all you can drink flow freely. The resorts multiple restaurants offer something for everyone---Asian, Italian, Seafood, and traditional cuisine. The breakfast buffets are amazing, with plenty of great food in any of these many restaurants.
Don’t let the adults-only rule turn you away---there is plenty of fun without the annoying high school and college spring breakers.
The luxurious pool with the swim-up bar is perfect in the afternoon. And for some private time, grab one of the teak canopy beds to lounge on with your partner.
They offer plenty of beach activities---volleyball, jet skiing, etc.---for those so inclined, but with beach-side bars and a lounge chairs, just relaxing with a book and a drink is perfect.
The resort grounds are beautiful, with winding pools and walkways line with tropical plants, and the occasional iguana and peacock hanging out.
For nightlife, the thatch-roofed Guacamayas bar is the place to be, with a live band, dancing, and even swings for you and your partner to sit on and, well, swing while the band plays on.
For more subdued nightlife, there is a martini bar inside the main building, and of course a walk along a moonlit beach is the perfect way to end the evening. With features like this, we never left the resort. It's a great all inclusive vacation spot in Mexico.
For example, staying at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen would situate you just south of Cancun, close enough to take advantage of the excitement there but far enough away to experience a truly relaxing atmosphere.
The resort has everything that you could want, from pools to restaurants. This destination was perfect for my family, as there was even a business center where I could escape to get some work done while my family enjoyed themselves.
But best of all was the location. If you rent a car, or if your all-inclusive vacation package includes the option for day trips, there are many incredible Mayan sites throughout the peninsula. Uxmal was my favorite; and Chichen Itza is a must.
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba was certainly not a place just for families, though. It is quite romantic as well, I got the impression it is also popular for honeymoon vacation ideas.
The first place I stayed at was the Riu Playacar. This was very inexpensive for an all-inclusive resort, but still has all of the amenities you would look for in a resort.
The second time I went I stayed at a more upscale resort which was called the Playacar Palace Wyndham Grand Resort and this place was fantastic! I would recommend it to anyone looking to vacation in Playa Del Carmen!
Both of the places offered many activities to do during the day with various options for entertainment at night, such as plays, comedians, Bingo nights, and other live performances.
They are both on private beaches so you don't have to worry about any peddlers coming up to you while you are trying to relax on the beach. We had great service at both with friendly, very energetic employees that want you to have a good time during your stay.
By Aimee from Minnesota - My husband and I were thrilled to hear that some good friends of ours had chosen to do a destination wedding. When we heard that their guests would be staying at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, we bought our plane tickets and returned the RSVP.
After flying into Cancun, we were transported to our resort, the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a very friendly staff, completed the check-in process, and were taken to our room.
We immediately found our way to the beach and ordered whatever we wished from the beach bar. The swim-up bar at the pool was equally as wonderful. We had a variety of options when it came to meals.
We often ate at a café-type restaurant which offered indoor and outdoor seating and had extended hours. Our trip was in October of 2010, we had great weather, and we felt extremely pampered the entire time. We would love to return to the NOW Sapphire Riviera Cancun again someday.
The water was bright blue and crystal clear, and it felt like we were at our own little piece of paradise. There were multiple pools, and one of them was right by the beach so you could look out over the ocean while in the pool, at the swim up bars .
We had an all-inclusive package with the Sun Palace so we could eat or drink whenever we wanted and not have to worry about paying, and that was a fabulous offer for us. While we were there, we ate breakfast every morning at a restaurant on the beach, and one morning when we were down there, we got to see that the giant native turtles had come on shore the night before to lay their eggs right there on our beach!
My favorite part of the whole trip though was when we all went snorkeling at this place where the fresh water and salt water meet. We saw so many exotic fish! We had a blast the entire time we were there, and it was a truly unforgettable vacation idea.