Playa del Carmen is a great place to spend New Year. There’s something for every taste, no matter if you’re traveling with your family or if you’re a party animal. And the best of all might be waking up in a Caribbean paradise. Here are Playa Palms‘ hot tips on where to spend New Year’s Eve 2018:
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Who follows our blog, knows that one of our favorite repetitive guests is Santa Claus. He usually stays at Playa Palms Beach Hotel a few days in December. This year he is visiting together with his wife, Mary Christmas. While last year we wanted to know what he likes most about Playa del Carmen, now we asked more intimate questions and learned who really manages his business and that he had to go in therapy.
PP: Hi Santa, hi Miss Santa! It’s so nice to welcome you two back again!
Santa Claus: Hi, I’m glad to be back too. It’s always nice to relax a little before all the Christmas stress.
Mary Christmas: Hi, thank you, we really like to come to Playa del Carmen, especially to Playa Palms Beach Hotel. It’s nice to see familiar faces every year, it feels like coming home.
PP: That makes us really happy, Miss Santa! Santa, I see you’re wearing a Corona shirt. We thought you love certain black-colored soda with a red label.
Santa: Well, I do. But you know, the contract I signed with them says I have to appear in public a certain amount of times, drinking their soda. We had a financial shortage some 100 years ago and they sponsored our uniforms. Unfortunately, we didn’t read the small print. And, just between us, I’m a bit sick of the beverage. I really try to eat healthily and lose some pounds, but drinking so much sugary soda makes it nearly impossible. Right now, I’m negotiating that I am at least allowed to drink the light version. But anyway, as I’m on holiday now, I also take a break from the black soda. And I really like Corona! But, of course, to be enjoyed with moderation.
PP: Very responsible attitude, Santa. And good luck with your negotiations! Talking about healthy food, you might love to hear that we are going to extend our breakfast options at Playa Palms, youwill soon be able to order eggs.
Santa: That sure will make our annual stay at Playa Palms Beach Hotel even better!
PP: Out of curiosity, what do you think of people who don’t believe in Santa?
Santa: Well, I am standing here now, in front of you, how can you say I don’t exist? It’s so upsetting when people tell you that you don’t exist. I actually went to therapy during few summer seasons, because I had a deep existential crisis. You know, it starts to get to you, when so many people tell you that you aren’t real. I started to doubt my own existence!
Mary: Yes, it was a very hard time for us. Luckily, the therapy really helped.
Santa: Yes, I now know that I am real, unlike unicorns for example. But they have a huge fan base and even had their own drink at Starbucks!
Mary: Ssh, don’t upset yourself. Think of all the children who are eagerly awaiting to see you in a few days.
PP: Ehm… let’s change the subject. All of us have one doubt. Isn’t this supposed to be the busiest time of the year now for you?
Santa: Nah, that’s what the elves are for. Or little people, how they prefer to be called nowadays. Busy time for me is Christmas Day.
PP: Oh ok, I see. And what about you, Miss Santa, are you involved in the business or what do you do?
Mary: Only a few people know that the business actually used to be mine, but a few hundred years ago it was difficult owning a business as a woman, so I transferred it to my husband. I’m still the one in charge actually, doing all the organizing. Santa is responsible for delivery. Which continues to be a good way to handle business, since for some reason people want me to deliver the presents in ridiculously sexy outfits. As if anyone would wear a negligee outside in winter! But they’re completely fine with my husband wearing normal winter clothes. No one seems to want to see his hairy belly!
PP: Oh wow, I really didn’t know that! I bet organizing Christmas must be a lot of work.
Miss Santa: Yes, it is. That’s why I really appreciate getting some time off to relax here in Playa Palms Beach Hotel. I really just want to lie in the hammock on our balcony and enjoy the gorgeous ocean view all day. Since we’re still a bit jetlagged, we use to wake up early and love watching the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea.
PP: That sure is an amazing view! And we will do everything so the both of you will have a great vacation.
If you want to ask Santa any questions as long as he’s staying with us, write them in the comment section below.
Do you want to reserve the same room Santa and his wife stayed in? reserve an ocean front room!
A day spa is a perfect way to relax and recharge energy after exploring the Riviera Maya. Here’s Playa Palms’ selection of the top day spas in Playa del Carmen for your ultimate pampering (in no particular order):
1 Maya Spa
This spa just around the corner of Playa Palms Beach Hotel provides custom treatments based on your personal needs and preferences. Mayan Spa offers everything from classic beauty treatments, to deep tissue massage, chocolate body wrap, wedding packages and for those of you who enjoyed too much sun on Playa del Carmen’s beaches, even a repairing sunburn relief treatment. You will walk out of there feeling brand new!
Where: 1st Avenue between Streets 14 and 16
2 Botica Spa
Inspired by nature, Bótica Spa in Playacar focusses on traditional medicine and uses solely natural products. It’s a center for alternative healing and relaxation. They offer personalized treatment to give your body and mind exactly what it needs to restore. Besides of enjoying different massage you can indulge in aromatherapy or enjoy a facial cleansing, manicure, and pedicure.
Where: Plaza Paseo Coba in Playacar
What began as a place to practice yoga, now offers a holistic healing room for your physical and mental wellbeing, including a spa. As they put it: whatever your yoga practice doesn’t deliver, their massage therapist certainly will. The bodywork options include deep tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, acupuncture and they have an in-house Chiropractor.
Where: 10th Street between 10th and 15th Avenue
4 Bric Spa
This small place, only a few walking minutes from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, is a favorite among locals and tourists, not only because of the reasonable prices. Their holistic therapists use 100% natural products and the massage oils are infused with fresh herbs from their very own garden. Bric Spa specializes in ancient Mayan techniques, but they also offer traditional massages such as deep tissue or Shirodhara head massage.
Where: 28th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue
5 Xpa Xcaret
It’s impossible to visit the Riviera Maya without hearing about Xcaret. But did you know they also have their own spa? You need to pay entrance to Xcaret to access it, but why not make an amazing Mayan day of it? Through a short boat ride, you reach this spectacular spa that’s inside a cenote, with a water-covered floor that makes the massage tables seem to be floating. But Xpa is more than just a visual treat. There is a selection of massages to choose from and you can refresh under a natural waterfall. Xpa Xcaret will truly restore the goddess in you!
Ask at the front desk of Playa Palms Beach Hotel for reservations or tickets to Xcaret.
Being abroad on important national holidays sometimes isn’t easy. So, for the Americans who want to celebrate Thanksgiving, we have good news: it is not an unknown holiday in Playa del Carmen, and actually quite popular, with many restaurants offering special menus for this occasion. Here are Playa Palms’ favorite places for your Thanksgiving dinner:
Enjoy a traditionally served holiday buffet just around the corner from Playa Palms Beach Hotel. With a gourmet turkey and delicious sides such as creamy pumpkin soup, potato soufflé, and traditional pumpkin pie. If their Thanksgiving dinner is just half as good as what they use to serve on normal days, you will feel in gourmet heaven.
Price: 700 Pesos
La Casa del Agua
One more year, La Casa del Agua, famous for its “casual fine dining”, prepares a special Thanksgiving menu. Their turkey comes with specialties such as pumpkin risotto and mashed sweet potatoes.
Price: 650 Pesos
This is the ideal location for you if you’re looking for some party after the dinner. Because if you pay a little more you are invited to the Jack Daniels Open Bar. Cheers! But also the turkey itself is quite irresistible, and they probably offer the widest array of side dishes. Among them a variety of salads, antipasti, cold cuts, soups, and homemade bread. And last but not least, you might fall in love with the ocean view…
Price: 790 Pesos (Open Bar: 450 Pesos)
How about Thanksgiving right at the beach? After all, there’s a reason why you traveled all the way to Playa del Carmen. C-Grill, just about 2 blocks from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, invites you to a yummy 3-course menu with a complimentary welcome drink. You start the evening with a sweet potato and cinnamon spiced soup, the turkey comes with traditional stuffing and creamy mashed potatoes among other yummy sides, and the pumpkin cheesecake as a dessert already makes our mouths start to water.
Price: 750 Pesos
It doesn’t always have to be overly fancy to be delicious – and we are sure that Carboncitos will proof this one more time. They will be serving a cream soup, roasted stuffed turkey and of course a dessert this Thanksgiving. Their convenient location right on the 5th Avenue makes it an ideal spot if you want to go to a sports bar, later on, to watch a little football. (For example here).
Price: 420 Pesos
Whatever your plans are this Thanksgiving, and wherever you are from, let’s just all be thankful for sunshine, no snow, warm weather, beautiful beaches, and Tequila!
Contact us or ask our staff at Playa Palms Beach Hotel if you need help with your Thanksgiving dinner reservation.
Do the sun-worshipper in you a favor and plan your winter holiday in sunny Playa del Carmen!
The clocks are changing again and the days are getting shorter – winter is upon us! For some a bliss, for others a reason to look up warmer destinations. To the latter, don’t look any further! Always sunny Playa del Carmen is a winter escape that doesn’t break the bank. Plus, it is an ideal sun destination as well for a longer vacation or for shorter getaways.
Swap the snow for gorgeous beaches
You can’t cancel winter, but escaping to a Caribbean paradise is the next best option. The call of Playa del Carmen’s beautiful beaches and the turquoise Caribbean Sea is hard to ignore.
But there are so much more things to do then just sunbathing: swim in underground rivers, climb pyramids in the jungle, or snorkel in colorful coral reefs and don’t even get us started with the culinary highlights and fun places the famous 5th Avenue has to offer.
Stay at the heart of Playa del Carmen
Playa Palms Beach Hotel, just around the corner of the 5th Avenue, offers everything you need to stay comfortable during your winter holiday. Unwind at a peaceful atmosphere in the very heart of Playa del Carmen, right on the beach with gorgeous views.
A particular highlight is a private balcony all our studios feature, with a hammock for you to relax in. Imagine waking up to having your breakfast served to your room. Enjoy it on your balcony while overlooking the breathtaking Caribbean Sea! If that’s what your inner sun-worshipper is looking for, Playa Palms’ special deals for your sunny winter holiday might be good news for you.
And one thing is for sure, whether you stay at Playa Palms Beach Hotel in winter or in summer, you will spend an unforgettable time! So, pack your bathing suit and sunglasses and get ready to soak up the Caribbean Sun!