Finding a Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen – Paradisus La Esmeralda for Family

As a mom, when I’ve looked for a luxury resort in Playa del Carmen, I’ve found very few which cater specifically to children. It’s important I find this in a property. I want my son to have just as much of an incredible experience as myself. And while others offer a kid’s club and playground, none quite compare to the family concierge service at Paradisus La Esmeralda.

Recently I had the absolute delight of visiting Paradisus La Esmeralda during the Festival of the Dead at Xcaret. I have, over the years, been to quite a few resorts along the Riviera Maya so, I was pretty eager to see what this luxury resort in Playa del Carmen had to offer.

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Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen – Paradisus La Esmeralda

Per my usual, I had done little research on Paradisus La Esmeralda before our arrival. I do this with a purpose. I want to be completely surprised in my experience. What I did know is that we were staying at an all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen and that they had a special family side to the resort (there’s an adult only side as well).

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Our Arrival

Upon arrival, we were greeted with cold towels and refreshing drinks. The concierge took our bags and made us comfortable while we waited for a driver to escort us to the family concierge side of the property. Simply put, from the moment our feet touched the ground we were taken care of. Gauge enjoyed playing with the turtles while I had a much-needed adult beverage. Before we knew it we were on a golf cart cruising over to meet our butler and tour the family side of the resort.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

The Family Side of Paradisus La Esmeralda

The family side of Paradisus La Esmeralda, in my opinion, is an ever better experience than being without the kids. When you enter the family concierge, you’re given actual bracelets to wear and keep which act as your validation to be on property. Gauge was given a kid’s backpack with a hat and T-shirt as well. Here we met our butler Leonardo who greeted us with a warm smile and really made us feel like he was there for our every need.

Leonardo toured us around the family side of the resort and even took us to have a late lunch (we were pretty hungry by this point). After a spectacular lunch, he brought us to our room, and this is where we about fell over.

Our One Bedroom Suite

You know that commercial on Hotels.com where the family opens the door and flips out because the room is freaking amazing? Yeah, that was us. When Leo opened the door we about hit the floor. A huge dining room table stood beyond the foyer alongside a small kitchen complete with a Nespresso maker and mini fridge. Our mini fridge was filled with snacks, drinks and beers and of course, it was all included.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Beyond the dining room was a full sized living room with a flat screen TV and sliding doors leading to the huge outdoor private balcony. The balcony had a full-size table and chairs and, wait for it, a full-size hot tub!

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

A second set of sliding doors led us into the king bedroom which was complete with a flat screen TV as well. I would later find that the bed was quite comfortable.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Off the bedroom were two bathrooms. The first with a double sink and full-sized kid’s amenities (which I thought was an awesome touch), to include toothpaste, toothbrush, sunblock and lotion. The adult amenities suited every need you could have as a guest.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Also in this space was a built in closet, where we found both an adult sized and kid-sized robe and slippers, and a huge jetted bathtub. The second bathroom is where the vanity, toilet and rain shower were found.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

We were pretty stoked to have so much room but having a butler and an all inclusive experience really made us feel like we were royalty.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

The Property Paradisus La Esmeralda

After we scoped out our digs, we were eager to check out the property. So, we set out to see what Paradisus looked like after the sun set. The property was well designed with the most beautiful landscape and tropical zen-like decor.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

To one side we had the lazy river which met first floor guests with private pool entry and wrapped around a kid’s pool with a massive pirate ship. To the other side, we had a common courtyard type area lined with stone canals that were home to hundreds of turtles and fish. Between these canals were little boutique experiences like espresso and sweets, whiskey tasting, champagne tasting and a few other cool spots. Beyond this, we found restaurants and the beach.

The All Inclusive Experience

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

When you stay at an all-inclusive resort, everything you eat and drink is included in the price. This means restaurants, cocktails and even room service. I love this type of property because it allows you to stick to a budget and really enjoy everything.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Many luxury resorts that offer this type of experience are known for having poor food quality or being overcrowded. I can honestly say that Paradisus is not one of these. The food was exceptional and I never felt like I was in a cattle drive. It had all the dynamics of a luxury resort without the shuffle of the all-inclusive crowd.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

 

The Kid’s Club

I don’t usually check Gauge into a kid’s club when it’s just he and I traveling alone, but I really wanted the full experience. So, I called my butler Leonardo to pick Gauge up at a specified time so I could do a little work.

The kids club was super cool and filled with lots of games like air hockey, computers, video games and board games. It also had a mini buffet just for kids and scheduled outings to do things like go swimming and exploring. Gauge had a blast in there and honestly didn’t want to leave!

Special Highlights

We really enjoyed all the activities offered at the resort. While we were not able to experience any of them first hand, we were impressed with the variety and offerings.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

There was also a few times when our butler really made a lasting impression on us. Like one day when we came home from a long day with Xcaret, my son was surprised with a special bubble bath filled with balloons. On another day he was surprised with a treasure hunt in our suite. I especially loved having our morning room service.

Luxury Resort in Playa del Carmen, Paradisus La Esmeralda

Overall I had not one complaint or area where something could have been done better. Our experience at Paradisus La Esmeralda proved that it was the best luxury resort in all of Playa del Carmen. We enjoyed our stay here so much that we actually considered buying a timeshare. We’ll have to do some more research on timeshare exiting before we do that though.

For more information on Paradisus La Esmeralda or other Melia properties, check out their website here. Special thanks to Experiencias Xcaret for inviting us to the Festival of the Dead and providing us with this comfortable accommodation.

About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

3 Comments on this post

  1. […] all about things being super easy, especially when my child is involved. Last year I stayed at the Paradisus La Esmeralda Hotel and Resort for the Day of the Dead festival at Xcaret which you can find my entire review on in the above […]

  2. This is super awesome! That’s why it’s a luxury resort, so beautiful and luxury~

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  3. It is so really great. Resort is so convenient and luxury place. I wish i can came here
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