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Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
Spacious, airy, light-filled, and beachfront: these are the most important characteristics of Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, which opened in this popular Mexican resort town in June 2015. Guests who've had their daily allotment of vitamin D can slip away from the sand and take a walk along La Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, which like its New York counterpart is known for its shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Guests with children are well served by this hotel, which has a fee-based kids club for ages 4 to 11 and an arcade for older kids. The hotel concierge is happy to assist with information and reservations for the abundance of off-site activities, including diving excursions and visits to Maya sites. Of course, the option to hang around the hotel isn't discouraged, and with beach chic furnishings and decor, as well as deep soaking tubs, the temptation to stick around is strong.
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Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort is in a perfect location, with the gorgeous beach, but also easy access by foot to Quinta Avenida, the shopping, restaurant, and entertainment hub of Playa del Carmen. For guests who enjoy shopping, it's just a three-block walk to the newest mall, Quinta Alegría; along the way are dozens more boutiques with both local and internationally made goods. The area is particularly vibrant at night, when locals and guests from other resorts descend upon this part of Playa del Carmen for dancing and drinking. The hotel makes an ideal home base for day trips, too, including to Maya sites and other points of interest, such as eco-parks.
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Rooms: 314 rooms, including 36 suites. From $235. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Grill at 126 is a steak and seafood restaurant. La Cocina is inspired by Mexican and Caribbean cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And the more casual El Paseo “re-creates” the experience of Mexican street food stalls. Spa and gym details: The hotel's Cenote Spa is named for and inspired by the many cenotes—or natural pools—of the Yucatán Peninsula. Cenotes have long been believed by the Maya to have special healing properties. Many of the spa's treatments are based on Mayan healing techniques or incorporate locally sourced ingredients, such as avocado, roses, maguey sap, and aloe. The hotel also has an on-site fitness center with cardio machines and weights, as well as a lap pool.
Who it's for: Couples and families who want service and convenience without splurging. Our favorite rooms: The swim-up kings are pretty fantastic, with mangrove views through floor-to-ceiling windows and access to a private pool. Special perks: Hyatt members receive lots of complimentary extras, including continental breakfast and daily hors d'oeuvres, as well as a dedicated check-in and check-out service, a private concierge, and Grand Club lounge access.