Staying at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda resembles a plunge into the true heart of Mayan Mexico. Hidden away in a private bay from the din of Cancun and close to archaeological treasures like Chichén Itzá and Tulum, the property occupies a stretch of mangrove-rimmed beachfront whose shores are lapped by crystal clear waters. Bali beds and palapas beckoning you to relax and soak up the sun ring the lagoon-style outdoor pools. La Esmeralda is family-centric with special kid-friendly touches ranging from the Family Concierge children's pool with a built in obstacle course to tear-free bath products. The 510 oversized suites are sleekly designed with dark wood furnishings and marble floors. Wireless Internet access is complimentary, 40-inch flat-screen televisions grace the walls, and expansive LED-lit tubs and rainfall showers will make you want to linger in the bathroom.
2014 Travelers' Choice Awards - #3 Top Hotels for Families - Mexico Trip Advisor