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My Experience at Pardisus Playa del Carmen
by TA Barbara Vong
Paradisus Playa del Carmen really is PARADISE! It is one of those rare resorts that I could not find a single fault with, even when staying during a pandemic and after not one but two hurricanes had recently hit the area. It is a gorgeous, family-friendly all-inclusive resort just 45 min from the Cancun airport and 10 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen. The resort is beachfront while also surrounded by beautiful lush protected mangroves. Despite being so close to the bustle of Playa del Carmen, the hotel aesthetic makes it feel like an oasis miles and miles away. While a lot of the resort has a contemporary feel, the thatched roofs and wooden bridges through the mangroves remind you that you are in a tropical paradise.
Paradisus PDC is big enough where there is something for everyone while still feeling quaint. The resort is on a gorgeous stretch of beach that doesn't get the large crowds that some other PDC resorts get. The Reserve is an upgraded room category where you get extra perks and the The Reserve Beach area is perfection. Beach butlers will set up your chairs and there's even a smoothie bar set up there too!
If you're not a beach person, the resort also has more pools than you can count. There are several adults only pools, lots of swim up suite pools, a kids pool plus a completely separate kids' waterpark. What do I really love about the swim ups? They have stairs that lead out of the pool to the general areas so you don't always have to go through your room. It seems unimportant but when you stay at and see as many resorts as I do, you appreciate small details like this.
If you are wondering about food, all of it is phenomenal! I ordered bone marrow at two different restaurants which was extremely impressive as I have never previously seen it at an all-inclusive resort (with the exception of Grand Velas). There are lots of restaurant options and they are really good about special diets and allergies. Service in the restaurants is also amazing. For dinners, you always had two servers assigned to your table so you never encountered a server in the weeds and slacking on service. Waters were always filled and dishes always cleared immediately. At lunch one day, we just wanted some dessert for our daughter. It wasn't on the menu but the server said "No problem". The gorgeous platter below is what he came back with. Servers went above and beyond to make sure you were happy and the presentation of the food was always on point.
The wedding locations are aplenty and they are nothing short of dreamy. My two favorites were ones you don't see often. One ceremony location is the Gabi bridge. You have the gorgeous beach and ocean behind you while surrounded by the gorgeous mangroves. The best part -- it is totally private because they block off access to the bridge. Another bonus? You can wear heels!
The other location is the South Gazebo that feels like you are up in a beautiful treehouse. Located in the adults only area, it is perfect for those who do not plan on having any kids at the wedding events. These are just two of many beautiful ceremony and reception locations available!