Dynamic Duo in Riviera Maya

By Jen Lewallen

On the turquoise coast near the town of Playa del Carmen lie two all-inclusive resorts of high repute. Paradisus La Perla and Paradisus La Esmerelda have made quite a name for themselves. Although they share a lobby and common area, they each offer a little something different to suit the needs of every type of traveler.


Pearl on the Riviera

For a luxury adults-only getaway with superior service, look no further than Paradisus La Perla. This resort truly is paradise with in-vogue design throughout the resort and in the suites, which are opulently equipped with rainfall showers, soaking tubs, and modern furnishings. While you can expect excellent service at La Perla, kick the experience up a notch with personal butler service, separate pool and beach area, and preferential reservations when you stay in a Royal Service suite. Guests staying on this side have full access to La Esmerelda and can escape back to their kid-free haven when they’ve had their fill. This makes La Perla the best choice for honeymooners or anyone just looking to escape from it all.


A Jewel on the Sand

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

For a resort that offers all of the luxury of La Perla but has family comfort in mind, Paradisus La Esmerelda is the spot for you. You can expect the same excellent quality of service and rooms at this property with the added benefit of activities designed to keep your kids and teens happy. They’ll love splashing around at the water playground pirate ship, playing games on the beach or in the game room, and participating in cookie classes. Teenagers will enjoy age appropriate excitement such as snorkeling, volleyball, and rock-climbing. While you’re being pampered at the YHI Spa, let the kids feel special too and book a mani/pedi at the YHI Spa for kids. Full babysitting services guarantee an evening of romance at one of the 14 restaurants. Although La Esmerelda doesn’t have Royal Service, you and your family can still surround yourselves in luxury in a Family Concierge suite which features personalized service, a butler pool, and special amenities for the kids like mini bathrobes and nightly milk and cookies.

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A Foodie Paradise-us



Award-winning restaurants and international delicacies are waiting for you at both hotels. From restaurants shared by both resorts to exclusive adults-only eateries, treat your taste buds to a trip around the world. The whole family can enjoy an authentic Mexican meal at Mole, winner of the “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. Be sure to order the Appetizer Sampler; trust us, it’s too hard to choose from the duck chimichanga with verde sauce, white tuna ceviche, and fresh house-made guacamole. Sit back and enjoy the tropical breezes and intimate atmosphere at the adults-only, open-air The Grill. Featuring Italian-Argentinian cuisine, the coal-fired pizza is a must try. For a truly exclusive dining experience, make a reservation at Passion by Martin Berasategui. This Seven Star Michelin Chef has brought his world famous cuisine to Riviera Maya for all Adult travelers in the region to try. For an extra charge you’ll sample the best Basque-French inspired cuisine, while the attentive staff make you feel like you’re in a private tasting.


Location! Location! Location!

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda

The Paradisus properties are in the perfect location for exploring all Riviera Maya has to offer. Hop in a cab for a quick 10 minute ride to 5th avenue Playa del Carmen for some souvenir shopping or catch the ferry for a day of exploring in Cozumel.  Escape to the past and visit one of the many Mayan ruin sites around the area. We recommend our Insider Experience to the famous Chichen Itza, which also includes a stop to swim in a sacred Cenote and the option to add a Mayan cooking class. Snorkeling through underground rivers, riding ATVs through the jungle, and deep sea fishing are all available experiences right from the resorts.


More for Your Time

Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla

As if you needed further persuasion, GOGO has found a way to make these attractive resorts extra appealing. Paradisus has become our exclusive My Time Select partner, which means elite insider benefits for you. Your VIP status includes expedited check-in/check-out, guaranteed access to your room by 3 p.m., and a surprise welcome gift from the resort. Enjoy up to $2000 in resort coupons when you book four nights or longer that can be used towards room upgrades, spa treatments, and shopping. We appreciate you booking with your local travel agent, so these luxuries are on us!

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Escape to Paradise

Paradisus La Esmerelda and La Perla are the perfect choice for a Riviera Maya experience like no other. With options to please every traveler, these luxurious properties put their guests at top priority. Talk with your local travel agent today and book your next trip with Paradisus.