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):Read More >>
The big family vacation you’ve probably been counting down for months is finally here! Sure you are excited to spend time with your family without worrying about being late for work, school duties or home chores. A family vacation is all about balance and it’s important for parents to also have time for yourselves. Here are some ideal activities for the whole family including the kids, “We Time”, and some perfect “Me Time” activities just for mum and dad.
Are you spending Valentine’s Day with your loved one in Playa del Carmen? Here are some romantic ideas on what to do on this special day!
Start the day with French breakfast
Paris, not Playa del Carmen is the city of love. So get your piece of Paris in Playa del Carmen, more precisely at Chez Celine. Sitting on the patio of this cozy French restaurant will make you feel just as in a street cafe in Paris. In case you can’t get a table, make sure you buy one of their delicious french pastries to go!
The island of passion
Just off Cozumel’s shores lies Isla de la Pasión. The small island is the perfect romantic getaway. The Maya considered it a sacred place that is blessed with fertility and went there to worship Ixchel, the goddess of love, It’s said that if a wedding ceremony is celebrated on the island, the marriage will hold for all eternity. True or not, it’s white sandy beaches are a beautiful place to relax and enjoy your time together.
Dining at a magical place
Have you ever eaten in a natural cavern, surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites? That’s how you dine at the famous Alux Restaurante & Lounge. It sure is a magical experience, having dinner at an underground cenote. For the extra romance, reserve a table in one of the private vaults, you can even hire a violinist! Or just try an exotic Mayan cocktail at the Bar Lounge.
You are single or not spending this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart? Then show love to the most important person in your life – yourself! Treat yourself to a spa day, for example at the Maya Spa just around the corner of Hotel Playa Palms.
For more information ask at the front desk of Hotel Playa Palms or our concierge. We gladly explain you how to get to the different places, call a taxi, reserve a table or book a tour for you.
Rain? In the Caribbean paradise of Playa del Carmen? Yes, it happens. But that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your vacation, as there are plenty of activities to do when the weather strikes. Check out our suggestions below!
Head underground and visit one of the many cenotes. Even though outside it’s pouring, you won’t feel a bit of it while exploring underground rivers.
In Rio Secreto for example you can hike and swim through canals while admiring stalactites and stalagmites. The nature reserve forms the longest partially flooded cave system in the Yucatan peninsula. Expect a lot of awe and adventure!
Also very close to Playa del Carmen is the cenote Chaak Tun. Chaak being the Mayan god of rain – maybe while you are at it, ask him to calm the pouring down a bit? The cenote is only a short cab ride from downtown Playa del Carmen and definitely worth a visit.
If you don’t mind getting wet a little and are looking for fun and adventure, Xplor might be your choice. Fly on zip-lines over the trees and enjoy the view over the Mexican Caribbean! Or drive an amphibious vehicle through the jungle and caverns, and discover the underground rivers on a raft. For a very special experience, visit the park after sunset.
Definitely worth a visit, regardless of the weather, is Xcaret. The natural park is focused on Mexican culture and has a lot to do and see. Like a beautiful Mayan cemetery, an indoor-aquarium, or a hacienda. Make sure you don’t miss the epic show at night!
Just as epic is the Cirque Du Soleil’s Joya Show. Music, dancing, animals, planets, flavors and the Mexican culture are part of the show. It can be booked with or without dinner, and why not start the evening with drink at the cenote?
Shopping malls are a good choice too. You cannot only explore the stores there, but also go to the movies. About a ten minutes cab ride from downtown is Plaza las Américas, or visit the significantly bigger Plaza las Américas in Cancun. Both malls have a cinema, you can check online what movies they are showing and if they are shown in English.
For further information or to book a tour or transportation to one of the places mentioned, just ask Carlos, our concierge.
Most importantly, don’t let the rain get you down and make the best of it. Good news is, it probably won’t last for long.