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The Tides Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At The Tides Riviera Maya

Rattan-and-wood villas set between the Caribbean Sea and a tropical forest in Mexico's Riviera Maya.

The Scoop

Set between the beach and a lush, tropical forest in Mexico's booming resort region on the Yucatán Peninsula, the Tides still retains a sense of exclusivity and seclusion. Flip-flop-wearing travelers unpack in one of 30 stand-alone villas (all of which are more than 1,000 square feet with marble bathrooms and outdoor terraces). But change is underfoot at this Yucatán standout, where an additional 11 oceanfront villas are under construction, as is a state-of-the-art indoor gym, boutique, and seaside restaurant and bar. The property's location in the village of Playa Xcalacoco near Playa del Carmen means that the Caribbean Sea is a draw; when visitors tire of snorkeling, boating, or scuba diving, yoga classes are available alongside the crashing surf and the property's palapa-roofed cabanas. For a different kind of relaxation, the resort's mayordomo can help arrange for a chocolate-and-mud massage, followed by grouper served with a crab-bisque sauce at the romantic seaside La Marea restaurant.

Insider Tips

Hunger pangs hit at 2 a.m.? No problem. The "dine anytime, anywhere" policy means butlers will deliver snacks and drinks wherever and whenever you desire.

If your tiny pooch is a constant traveling companion, you're in luck: dogs smaller than six pounds are permitted at the resort. The $50 daily charge includes a special bed (complete with turndown service) and gourmet stews packed with organic beef, turkey, or veal.

Awards and Recognitions

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500 World's Best Hotels
- Travel + Leisure

"One of the World's 100 Ultimate Escapes"
- Robb Report

"An intimate retreat."
- House and Garden

"For a rustic/elegant jungle hideaway, it's hard to beat The Tides Riviera Maya (Ikal del Mar)"
- USA Today

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 35 miles (45 minutes) away from the resort.

Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa on Property
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Laundry Service
  • Currency Exchange
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Limo Service
  • Beauty Salon
  • Activities
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Terraces
  • Private Pools
  • Hammocks
  • Indoor/Outdoor Showers
  • BOSE Sound Systems
  • CD Players
  • Dining Tables
  • Hair Dryers
  • In-Room Safe
  • Snorkels
Dining & Nightlife
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Pool Bar
  • Wine Cellar
  • Room Service
  • Cooking Classes
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Playa del Carmen

A European-chic vibe in the gorgeous Yucatán. Get cosmopolitan (with the white-sand coast in sight).

Don't Miss

Tee Time: El Camaleón Golf Course. Hit the links at nearby Mayakoba Resort's 18-hole El Camaleón golf course, designed by legend Greg Norman.

Where to Shop: Colors Collection Boutique. Located off the bustling main drag, Colors Collection Boutique offers fun, locally designed dresses and breezy shirts fit for lounging on the beach.

Where to Eat: Mosquito Blue. The see-and-be-seen Mosquito Blue restaurant, set within the namesake hotel, serves Mediterranean-inspired fare such as handmade linguini and gnocchi crowned with lobster, and first-rate meats including a chile-crusted leg of lamb. Dinner for two $100.

Best Nightclub: Alux Restaurant & Lounge. Head underground to Playa del Carmen's Alux Restaurant & Lounge, where the renovated cave—accented by stalactites and stalagmites—is the setting for performances by DJs, bands, and even belly dancers.
The crisp waters of The Caribbean in Mexico.

The crisp waters of The Caribbean in Mexico.

Why Go Now

June 21, 2011
Summer Solstice
Watch as the shadow of the Mayans' mystical feathered serpent, Kukulcan, appears on the Chichén Itzá

June 29, 2011
Festival of San Pedro and San Pablo
Catch the ferry to Cozumel for an evening carnival and fireworks show

August 17, 2011
Isla Mujeres Founding Day
An island-wide celebration featuring musicians and dancing

The Tides Riviera Maya

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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