Shared facilities: YHI Spa*, fitness centre, watersports centre*, shops, beach volleyball, Wi-Fi
Facilities at La Esmeralda: 2 swimming pools, Family Concierge pool*, children’s pool and splash waterpark, playground (located within the central El Zocalo).
Restaurants & bars
Dining and drinking here is a dream with an incredible 14 restaurants and eight bars to choose from. Most of these venues are located in the El Zocalo section of the resort which is shared by guests of La Esmeralda and the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla.
At the main buffet restaurant Naos international dishes are created in open kitchens at breakfast, lunch and dinner. For contemporary Asian-fusion dishes head to Bana which features entertaining Teppanyaki open kitchens and an adults only sushi bar while those wishing to sample a taste of Mexico choose to dine at Mole where traditional quesadillas are made in an open kitchen. Vento specialises in Indian fare and guests can dine in air-conditioned comfort or on the outdoor terrace. Treat yourself to an all-you-can-eat experience at The Market, a Brazilian-style Rodizio restaurant where grilled meats are brought to you by servers until you signal you have reached your limit! Later in the evening the restaurant becomes a late night snack bar, serving night owls in search of light bites. A relaxed ambience awaits at the chic Gabi Club and Bar which serves refreshing drinks. Located at Esmeralda itself is the pool bar Sunrise Grill and Olio which is exclusively for the use of those guests who are staying in Family Concierge suites. There are a number of adult only restaurants which are perfect for a parent’s romantic evening. For descriptions of these restaurants see Paradisius Playa del Carmen La Perla.
For innovative and unique cocktails guests should head to the mixology bar Toji which is the ideal spot for a pre or post dinner drink for those dining at the Asian restaurant Bana. The family friendly North Avenue Bar is a lively venue for daytime or evening drinks and light snacks. Blue Agave is the resort’s speciality tequila bar which also features a well-stocked wine cellar.
What’s nearby? This hotel is set in a pretty bay with views of Cozumel. It’s close to Playa del Carmen’s famous Fifth Avenue – it takes about 10 minutes to get there in a taxi, and it’s lined with restaurants and shops. The resort is also close to Xcaret nature and adventure theme park, which is about 20 minutes' drive by car.
Tried and tested There are some lovely family activities at this resort. You can learn a new craft every day – like how to make a pinata – and there are family cookery classes, too. The Kid Zone is a supervised club for children aged 5 to 12, and there are also some sessions for children aged 1-4. The Family Concierge upgrade is a great option – as well as exclusive facilities you get little extras like a nightly turndown with milk and cookies, and a minibar with children’s drinks that’s restocked every day.
The sleeping arrangements This resort is designed with families in mind, so there are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. We love the One-Bedroom Swim-Up Family Concierge Master Suites for the ultimate family escape – and children will, too, when they realise they can get to their room straight from the swimming pool. These are in the exclusive Family Concierge section of the resort, have a separate living area so you’ve got space to spread out, and a Jacuzzi out on the terrace. They come with the addition of a concierge service, so you can relax and enjoy your holiday knowing everyone’s well looked after.
*Denotes local charge