Opening December 13, 2021 is a brand new all-inclusive luxury boutique hotel in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Called La Casa de la Playa, it’s the third hotel from Grupo Xcaret, the company that also runs several Cancun area eco-adventure parks. The new hotel is for adults only and it’s just outside of Playa del Carmen, about 45 minutes from the Cancun airport.
63 ocean-view suites
Each of La Casa de la Playa’s 63 suites is slightly different but all have more than 1000 square feet of space plus a private pool, ocean views and services above and beyond what you’ll see in other area resorts.
How about stay in one of the Wellness or Beachfront Suites? In addition to all the features you’d expect from most luxury hotel rooms, you’ll also have a Nespresso coffee maker, wireless Bose speakers, a volcanic stone hydro-massage tub on the deck, your own hydro-massage pool, Huichol art, and, yes, even a jellyfish habitat. Or you can choose a multi-bedroomed Master Suite which has even more space, including a kitchen, dining room, living room, plus several terraces.
For spa aficionados: some suites have their own spa cabin so you don’t have to leave your room for your treatment. It’s a lovely way to enjoy in-room spa treatments without having someone come into the personal space of your home away from home.
Barefoot luxury at La Casa De La Playa
La Casa de la Playa aims for barefoot luxury, where the atmosphere is relaxed but everything is top notch. The hotel’s eco-conscious design is by architect David Quintana.
While your personal suite has almost everything you need to enjoy a complete vacation, when you do venture out into the resort, there’s plenty of experiences on offer.
For enjoying the sun and water away from your private pool, it will be a tough choice between La Casa de la Playa’s 131-foot long rooftop infinity pool and the white sand beach with its calm waves and lush greenery. Indoors, both the library and the lobby have ocean views and places to sit and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee, a craft cocktail or even a chocolate treat by chocolatier Mao Montiel from the hotel’s chocolatería.
Mexican designer Carla Fernández, known for her geometric shapes inspired by traditional Mexican and Indigenous designs, has chosen the textiles and art for the concept store called the Room of Wonders. She’s also designed staff uniforms.
You could spend a whole day in the hotel’s Muluk Spa. The spa has rooms for salt and mud treatments, massage cabins (some with hydrotherapy), a bridal suite, and a hydrotherapy circuit with views of the ocean. There’s also a scents apothecary where you can create your own scented oils, lotions and potions.
Gastronomy at Grupo Xcaret
Hotels by Grupo Xcaret are known for their gastronomy, with great attention to detail to the quality and variety of their food and beverage offerings.
On the flagship property, Hotel Xcaret México, is Há restaurant, by the first Mexican chef to receive a Michelin star, Carlos Gaytán. Há is a Mayan word meaning water, and the restaurant has a seven-course tasting menu within its blue water-themed dining room. It’s open to non-hotel guests, so you could go regardless of where you’re staying at.
At La Casa de la Playa, restaurants are by celebrity chefs Martha Ortiz, Virgilio Martinez, and brothers Rodrigo Rivera-Rio and Daniel Rivera-Rio. Chef Ortiz’s restaurant, Tuch de Luna, features her “feminine cuisine” that highlights Mexican ingredients and culture. Chef Martinez, listed as one of the 50 best Latin American chefs, highlights Peruvian flavors and seafood at his Estero restaurant. At Centli, run by the brothers Rivera-Rio, you’ll feast on dishes from the south of Mexico and at their Lumbre restaurant you’ll have northeastern Mexican cuisine.
Also at La Casa de la Playa are several bars including the Sky Bar with views of the Mexican Caribbean and, in the distance, the city of Playa del Carmen. Be sure to stop in at Cava for cigars and exclusive wines and at the Bodega for mezcals and tequilas.
Other Grupo Xcaret hotels
La Casa de la Playa is the third hotel opened by Grupo Xcaret. Hotel Xcaret México opened in December 2017 and is ideal for those who like to mix a little exploration with their luxury. The hotel’s five main residence buildings, called casas, are set amongst lagoon beaches and a cenote river, ideal for kayaking and standup paddleboarding. Those who prefer calm water can swim in mixed salt and freshwater lagoons and those who prefer waves can cross little pedestrian beaches to small white sand islands that meet the sea.
Hotel Xcaret Arte opened in July 2021. It’s for guests aged 16 and older and its five casas pay homage to Mexican art. Each one has a workshop — weaving, painting, pottery, dancing and literature — where you can learn and make your own art. The resort has nine dining experiences to try, including by Michelin-starred chef Paco Méndez.
All-Fun Inclusive experiences
At Grupo Xcaret hotels, you not only have the traditional all-inclusive offerings at the hotel, but stays are part of Xcaret’s All-Fun Inclusive experience. That means you have unlimited access to their eight eco-adventure parks and to four different tours (including to the ruins at Chichén Itzá), including transportation and, often, food and beverage.
At Xel-Há, for example, you can go snorkeling, float in an inflatable tube down a cenote river, and go on a zipline that ends in a watery splash. At Xplor, there are more ziplines, stalactite river swim, underground rafting, and a watery swim-walk through caverns complete with two aquatic slides.
There are also several exclusive experiences that are part of the All-Fun Inclusive program available only to guests of Casa de la Playa. For example, you could go on a night swim or go behind the scenes to learn about Grupo Xcaret’s Animal Welfare and Endangered Species Conservation Program such as visiting the sea turtle hospital.
It’s a tough decision whether to enjoy the barefoot luxury with Case de la Playa or to spend the day exploring one of the Xcaret parks.