This optimally located boutique hotel is perfectly positioned in between the beach and the buzzing Quinta Avenida that dominates the Playa del Carmen nightlife scene, making it an excellent option for both party lovers and families, and ensuring you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy all the culture Playa del Carmen has to offer. Inspired by Thai interior design, La Divina by Aldea Thai teams this sleek and classy finish with a relaxed Mexican Caribbean atmosphere for which the Riviera Maya is famed. The devil is in the detail, and beaded cushions, bamboo and ornate light fittings make this hotel feel truly luxurious.
Address & telephone number: Avenida Cozumel Mz. 81 Lt. 1, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 803 1491
Featured in a Guardian article about the best budget accommodations, Paamul is just that – depending on the room you opt for – but it is also a culturally interesting spot given its on-the-beach location and the abundance of interaction with local wildlife, and we’re not just talking about mosquitoes. Located in a private bay, Paamul offers cheaper rooms in the basic wood cabañas or slightly more expensive options in the small hotel block, but all have private facilities. However we primarily recommend Paamul due to its proximity to the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on the Riviera Maya, perfect for the explorer within, and the chance to observe marine turtles laying their eggs at night. The diving is also excellent.
Address & telephone number: Highway 307, 12 miles south of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 875 1050
Quiet and peaceful, this boutique hotel is the perfect place for those looking to relax and pamper themselves, as it has a gorgeous rooftop pool with spectacular ocean views, along with a relaxing spa and access to the gorgeous Indigo Beach Club. You can dine with the sand between your toes and soak up the relaxed Mexican Caribbean vibe, before returning to the spacious and simple bedrooms, which are based around a neutral cream and brown color palette, with vibrant orange accents. Smooth, glossy wood furniture is heavily featured too, only enhancing the quality vibe of Acanto Hotel and Suites.
Address & telephone number: 16 Norte Bis Mz. 27 Lote 18, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, +52 984 873 1252