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Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort 4 Star (scale of 5) rated All-Inclusive resort is a very good value with an attractive Playacar location, just a few minutes from the excitement of Playa del Carmen, and on one of the best beaches in the area. ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION has been familiar with this resort since well before Sandos took it over. We are happy to see the commitment Sandos has made to upgrading the resort and even adding the newly built Riviera Junior Suite section. We not only understand this large, sometimes complicated resort, we have an outstanding relationship with Sandos which has a positive impact on our mutual guest’s vacation experience here.

Playacar is about 45 minutes south of the Cancun Airport and really only a few minutes from the town of Playa del Carmen where you can shop, eat, drink, and party all night long on fabulous 5th Avenue. Plus Playa del Carmen is your gateway to the island of Cozumel by ferry from the pier. Playacar itself is a private complex of several hotels, a fair number of shops, and an 18-hole golf course.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is divided into three main sections: the original Playacar Beach Resort, which is the closest to the beach; the Hacienda Junior Suites, which are located behind the original section; and the newest section, built in 2008, the Riviera Junior Suites, which overlook the golf course. The Riviera Junior Suites are quite a hike from the beach - guests here prefer to take the golf cart tram to the beach. Each of these sections has an upgrade option available – the Sandos Select Club, which provides a number of upgrade amenities which really add to the pleasure of your vacation, and for the modest price ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION recommends it.

The Sandos Select Club includes special room locations. In the case of the more standard Playacar Beach Resort you are upgraded to the only Ocean View rooms on site – well worth the upgrade alone. Junior Suites do not upgrade to Ocean View, but they upgrade to a preferred location within their section. Also included are private registration; Concierge Service; 3pm check-out time; VIP Guest ID; Guaranteed reservations at a la carte restaurants – very important!; Welcome bottle of wine; Reserved private beach area with upgraded lounge chairs, upgraded drinks, towels and pampering drink service; Pillow menu; access to the Sandos Select Club Lounge with drinks and canapés from 7am until 11pm; Turn down service with petit fours.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is large with 856 rooms and is quite spread out. However, it does have golf cart service available to get folks around who may prefer not to walk so much and has enough facilities to accommodate a full house. There is so much to do here with 7 pools including an adult-only pool, two Sandos Select Club pool areas; fully equipped gym; tennis courts with lights; courts for volleyball and basketball; Water Sports Center for diving (additional); snorkeling equipment, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailing; a Disco, theater with nightly shows accommodating 800; Kids club; Teens club; Arcade room; and more. There are 4 a la carte specialty restaurants in addition to 4 buffets, 2 snack bars, and 5 bars, including one swim-up bar, plus 2 bars for Sandos Select Club guests.


Kids will enjoy all the entertainment options at the Sandos Kids Club - with complimentary enrollment during supervised, age-specific activities. The Kids Club features two pool aeras, a playground, a mini theater and a cafeteria. While the kids are off being well cared for and thoroughly entertained, parents can get back to being grown ups at the private beach area reserved exclusively for adults.

ULTIMATE CRUISE & VACATION recommends Sandos Playacar Beach Resort for folks looking for a good value with high standards at a 4 Star moderate resort price. Many of the junior suites accommodate 5 in a room, something we all know is a challenge to find among Riviera Maya all-inclusive resorts. The upgrade to Select Service, which we recommend, will have you believing you are getting better than 4 Star service.


All-Inclusive Features
• 856 rooms and junior suites
• 7 pools including one for adults-only
• Fully equipped Fitness Center
• 4 International a la carte restaurants, 4 Buffets, 2 Snack Bars and 5 bars
• SCUBA introductory lesson, snorkeling equipment and many other water sports
• Nightly entertainment including live music
• Complimentary use of bicycles 

Additional Facilities & Features
• 4 Star Rating
• 24-Hour Rooms Service
• Unlimited liquor, wine & domestic beers
• Spa
• Select Club Service upgrade available
• Tours available
• Jewelry and gift shops

Meeting Facilities
There are facilities here.


The modern Sandos Spa facility has 22 treatment rooms, a wellness program, thermal circuit, hydrotherapy zone, beauty salon on two levels, and an eco-massage area in an outdoor palm shelter. Treatments are available at an additional cost.



Land Sports:

Beach Volleyball      Basketball      Dance Lessons      Tennis     Billiards/Pool Table


Water Sports:

Scuba Diving          Snorkeling      Sailing            Windsurfing      Kayaking


Fitness Center:

The fitness center is fully equipped with Nautilius, Life Cycles, Stairmasters, aerobics classes, yoga and more. Swimming Pools: 7 swimming pools including an adult-only pool, two Sandos Select Club pool area, and a separate pool area for children.


Beach: The beach at Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is actually quite nice, and better than most in the Playacar area. Select Club guests enjoy their own private area with upgraded services and amenities.


Entertainment: Nightly Shows with live entertainment Disco


There are 4 a la carte specialty restaurants, 4 buffets, and 2 snack bars. Reservations are required for all specialty restaurants and can be made upon check-in with the resort concierge.


Mediterranean cuisine.


Italian restaurant.


Los Alcatraces

Mexican restaurant.

Steak House
Steak specialties



There are 5 unique bars serving unlimited liquors, domestic beers, wine and soft drinks, including a Disco which is open until 2am. There are 2 additional bars exclusively for Sandos Select Club guests.


Guestrooms: 856 suites in 4 categories

All rooms are air conditioned and decorated with colorful tropical details.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort: 245 rooms
Accommodate 3 adults and 1 child; or 2 adults and 2 children.
Two double beds or one King Size bed. Private marble bathroom with shower including marble bench, hair dryer, AC satellite TV, telephone, mini-bar stocked with mineral water, soft drinks, and beer. Connecting rooms are available on request, based on availability.

Hacienda Junior Suite Section: 160 junior suites
Accommodates 3 adults and 1 child; or 2 adults and 3 children.

Spacious junior suites with 2 double beds or 1 King Size bed, living area with 1 double sofa bed. A balcony overlooks the native forest. Spacious bathroom with shower including marble bench, hair dryer, AC, satellite TV, telephone, safety deposit box, mini-bar stocked with mineral water, soft drinks, and beer. Connecting rooms on request, based on availability.

Riviera Maya Junior Suite Section: 400 junior suites
Accommodates 2 adults and 3 children; or 3 adults and only 1 child.

These Junior Suites are located in the new section of Sandos Playacar called Riviera Maya. All rooms have 2 double beds or 1 King Size bed, full bathroom, double vanity mirrors, hair dryer, Jacuzzi bath and separate shower, air conditioning, plasma satellite TV, telephone, ceiling fan, radio alarm, Internet, coffee-maker, iron and ironing board, mini-bar service and safe-deposit box. It also has a living room with sofa bed and terrace or balcony.


• Special room location in Royal Club Section
• Private registration and check-out
• Welcome bottle of wine
• Concierge Service
• VIP guest ID
• Guaranteed reservations at a la carte restaurants
• Check-out up to 3pm, subject to availability
• Ocean Front Rooms in Playacar Beach Resort section
• Private reserved area at beach with open bar and waiter service
• Sandos Royal Club Lounge with drinks and canapés between 7am and 11pm.
• Turn down service with petit fours
• Pillow menu


Sandos Royal Club in Playacar Beach Resort: 50 rooms
Accommodates 2 adults
These rooms come with 1 King Size bed, AC, safety deposit box, mini-bar with bottled water, soft drinks, diet and regular soda, and domestic beer; VIP mini-bar with top-shelf beverages such as Absolut Vodka, Appleton Rum, and Don Julio tequila; satellite TV, telephone, welcome fruit basket, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, radio/alarm clock. The bathroom has a shower, hand shower and marble bench, and hair dryer. Added amenities include bathrobes, shower cap, etc.
All rooms are Ocean View and include the Royal Service VIP inclusions.

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