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Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Mexico - Riviera Maya

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4 Nights with Air from $609 All-Inclusive
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4.1 out of 5
"We had the best time staying at sandos playacar resort and spa and we were so pleased with everything that had made our trip so wonderfull. beaches well very nice and nice weather all around our stay. ..." – skhan1961
268 out of 326 (82%) customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Lobby Beautiful beach! Beautiful beach! We’re riding the Falmingo in the adult pool This is my mom Granny Cat and she is 85 years old she had a blast didn’t want come home Adult only pool Room in Adult only area beautiful views Spa areas Adult pool The last morning we were there Taco truck Cheers from Sandos Playacar The swans they surprised us with! Broken patio door lock our room Balcony view Beautiful beach lovingLife Rib eye at the Steakhouse Gorgeous beach! Beautiful Cozumel Beautiful beach one day a the beach, had a malibu beach theme Adult room Beach Seafood paella which was a bit watery Broken patio door lock Lookiing into the resort from the beach
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November 13, 2019
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The beaches were beautiful and everything was very clean. The food could have been better in the restaurants. There was a lot that went uneaten because it was inedible. The beds were super comfy and if there was an issues they came to help fix it right away.

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From: Wisconsin
Age: 25-34

November 12, 2019
Beautiful resort

Sandos Playacar is a beautiful resort. Very clean and very friendly staff. The resort has everything you could want and is located in a great area of Mexico. You can even take a 5 minute taxi ride over to Playa Del Carmen and hop on a ferry for a 30 minute ride over to Cozumel. Overall we very much enjoyed our stay at Sandos and would absolutely visit again. The good.... Friendly staff. Most were fluent enough in English to have a conversation Beautiful, well maintained rooms Ocean view rooms have a nice view of the beach and ocean Food was great at the buffet and the burrito place If you want good coffee, go to the cupcake place. Best coffee on the resort Beautiful pool and Beach area in the adults only area. (Never went to the family areas) Drinks were yummy at every bar we went to Now my complaints.... Extreme pressure at check in to attend a seminar to try and get you to purchase their Elite status package. I told the guy trying to sign us up several times that I wasn't interested, yet he kept persisting. Eventually I just signed up and then didn't go, just so we could get to our room and start our vacation. People on the beach (not Sandos employees) constantly walking through the area where all the loungers are trying to sell you stuff Same people on the beach trying to sell you drugs One night, the resort allowed vendors to set up in an area that you had to walk through to get from the dining areas back to the rooms in the adults only section. Again, high pressure sales, bordering on harassment, as you walked through that area. No wait service on the beach or pool areas. Food options are very limited during non normal dining times Rooms stay a little warm during the day even with the a/c at max.

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Overall Rating: 5
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From: Grand Island, NE
Age: 35-44
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

November 8, 2019
The good and the not so good

Sandos is beautiful. We were there for our anniversary and it was our 2nd trip to Sandos. Since our 1st trip, the adult section has been moved up towards the beach area. The family is in back and requires shuttle if you have little kids, because it is a long walk from the back. The new family pool is amazing tho. The beach is gorgeous and the best one in Mexico, in my opinion. The pools are nice and the food options were decent. The service was wonderful. Warren took care of any request we had and we really appreciated such wonderful service. We were there for our anniversary and the room was decorated for us and we had a room viewing beach and pool. We stayed in adult select and overall it is very nice. We enjoyed the entertainment provided by Octavio at the pool. The grounds are well cared for and everything was clean, even the bathrooms were the cleanest I have seen! Some construction is going on to improve the shuttle areas, but it didn't bother us where we were, but we met a couple that it did bother due to late hours. It is a beautiful resort and the price was amazing So with that said, some suggestions from me. The adult select area needs to be better enforced. I believe a better more isolated entrance to this section would help. We had kids and wallking thru daily and also people who didn't pay the extra price for adult select in the adult select pool. They were told to leave but that took a long time before being done. The 1st few days there was someone watching for these things ,but the last 4 days no one. The adult pool is outdated and needs remodeled. It would be nice to have swim up bar at that pool. The rooms need remodeled. Ours was clean and kept up but the furniture, floor tiles and bathroom needs updated. The food was decent but we were disappointed that the taco truck was not being used anymore. We loved it a few years ago when we were there. The only other thing that got to me was the vendors at the beach literally asking you to buy something every 5 minutes. This wouldn't bother me if it was a once in the while thing but it was the same every day. I'm not exaggerating when I say every 5 minutes. So that is the good and bad to me. We will definitely be back, and with a few of the things mentioned above being fixed this would be a totally awesome resort, at least from the adult select perspective.

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From: Ohio
Age: 45-54
Travel: 1-2 trips/year

November 5, 2019
Stay anywhere else - worst resort in Playacar

So many reasons to avoid this resort. If you do not get an upgraded room or “black band” expect to be treated like garbage. We were unable to upgrade upon checkin due to lack of availability. 1. No servers at beach or pool area. When have you ever stayed at a resort without someone to bring you a beverage? 2. The family style rooms are literally on the FAR end of the property, as far away from the beach as they can possibly be. The guest services staff will tell you it’s an 11 min walk...... try 20 minutes+ and we are young/fit 30 year olds. 3. Everything closes early. Restaurants included. Absolutely nothing to do on site at nighttime except for the show in the plaza. (Great one night, terrible the rest.) 4. Don’t even think about calling for room service or beverages late at night. (When the restaurants are closed) they will not answer or leave you on hold for over an hour. 5. Very very crappy liquor options, all bottom shelf. 6. At the beach, expect to be lead to the crappiest area of chairs thrown together if you don’t have an upgraded black band. No servers on beach either. 7. NO VALET PARKING. We prefer to travel via rental car so that we can explore on our own. Would have happily paid for valet.... there is consistently 4-5 employees standing at the front and none of them will fetch your car for you, parked 10 min away. (Hotel rules) 8. The guest services employee actually mocked us for complaining about the resort. The older women thought we couldn’t understand Spanish and said she would “spank us for complaining.” The man said he can offer upgraded pool access to “pretty girls” but only if we agree to their daily sales presentation for the time share. 9. The shuttles are such an issue. They could use 3-4 times the amount of shuttles they actually run. People were physically getting into it about who was waiting longer for the shuttles. We gave up after the first day. 10. Seriously, steer clear. We passed 10-20 other fabulous looking resorts nearby, and longed to be staying there. We are not wild 21 year olds, we are thirty year old parents who were looking for a great getaway and high quality service. I would never stay here again and do not appreciate the lack of customer service or amenities. Also. Expect to see construction tents set up all around the property and a donkey/cow smell from wildlife they keep in the middle of the resort.

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From: Georgia
Age: 25-34
Travel: 3-6 trips/year

Room Information

A stay by the beach, family rooms, 16-room villas with private pools, an adults only getaway... what are you in the mood for? Sandos Playacar Beach Resort features 819 spacious guestrooms with different sections to choose from, each with air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, ceiling fans, large bathrooms and a balcony or terrace.

Room Details

Riviera Family Queen Junior Suite
Hotel/Studio Unit Details

Select Superior - Select Club (Adults-Only 18+)
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Riviera Family King Junior Suite (Available until 12/20/19)
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Hacienda Junior Suite - Hacienda Family Section
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Select Club Ocean Front - Select Club (Adults-Only 18+)
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What's to Love

The All Playa Experience has themed beach parties every day of the week, with music, food and games that get downright competitive! Oh, and the beach is to die for.

Their brand new infinity pool and five-slide water park for endless family fun!


What We'd Change

I found in order for me to get my favorite beach chair every day, I had to go to the beach at 6:30 to get the best seats (as I love lounging on the beach!)


Why You Should Go

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is all about a fun social vibe. Beach parties, Kids Club, Teen Club, night shows and access to exclusive, adults-only areas--it's time to play.

Available Amenities

  • Car Rental Available
  • Beach
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Babysitting/Child Care ($)
  • Concierge Services
  • Cribs Available on Request
  • Currency Exchange
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Dive Shop
  • Fitness/Exercise Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Kayaks
  • Kids Club
  • Laundry Services ($)
  • Lounge Chairs/Umbrellas
  • Nightly Entertainment
  • Playground
  • Roll-Away Bed (on request)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming Pool(s)
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Sailing
  • Aerobics
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • 24 Hour All-Inclusive
  • Sauna
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Medical Services ($)
  • Nightclub/Disco
  • Bicycle Rental
  • 5 Bars/Lounges
  • Porter/Bellhop
  • 10 Restaurants
  • Elevators
  • Beach Towels
  • Spa Services ($)
  • Handicap Room Available
  • Wedding Services ($)
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Watersports Center
  • Wireless Internet
  • Swim-Up Bar

Nearby Excursions & Attractions

  • Beach
  • Deep-Sea Fishing
  • Dining
  • Dive Shop(s)
  • Golf Course(s)
  • Helicopter/Airplane Rides
  • Jet Ski Rentals
  • Marina
  • Mayan Ruins
  • Medical Facilities
  • Motor Boat Rentals
  • Parasailing
  • Scooter/Moped Rental
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Water-Skiing

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Here you will find an abundance of possibilities, something for every person of any age, for every type of vacation, for every budget and every activity.

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort

Paseo Xaman-Ha Manzana 1, Lote 1, Fracc. Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, 77710 Mexico


Hotel Description

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort: The All-Inclusive Beach Life

Free yourself from the stress of work and take a beach break! Escape to Sandos Playacar, where all you have to worry about is digging your toes into a glorious patch of white sand bathed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Sound good? Then start melting your troubles away with the all inclusive perks housed in this fun-loving Riviera Maya resort.

Take the fiesta to the Caribbean Sea with the All Playa Experience, featuring a themed beach party every day of the week honoring the world's top beaches. If you've been looking for a way to make a splash, plunge into one of the resort's swimming pools before diving into a variety of exciting activities for adventurists of all ages. The Kids Club has supervised games and crafts, while big kids will love the arcade and video games at the Lite Teen Club.

For a fun-filled grownup getaway, book your stay in the Select Club Adults Only section (ages 18+) for access to exclusive and upgraded amenities such as a gourmet breakfast buffet and a Select Club exclusive pool just a few steps from the beach with waiter service!

When you feel hunger pangs, you can chow down with the wide variety of restaurants like the Cupcake Cafe, Chayita Mexican restaurant with made-to-order tacos and burritos, impressive buffets, Mexican cuisine at Gourmex, and so much more. In the evenings, head to the Gran Plaza for cocktails and a show under the stars.

If you indulged a little too much, you have all inclusive access to the resort's hydrotherapy area and fitness center to help you stay trim and toned for the beaches. Need to melt your tension away? Indulge in a massage or a full range of beauty treatments that will leave you relaxed and recharged.

This hotel is All-Inclusive.
Features include:

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, including 24-hour room services
  • Unlimited domestic alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Non-motorized water sports
  • Kid's club and Teen's club
  • Taxes and service charges

Sandos Playacar also offers fantastic exchange privileges with Sandos Caracol Eco Resort, subject to availability. Guests should book their day passes (available for use from 11am-11pm) at the front desk of Sandos Playacar. Privileges include access to Sandos Caracol's buffet restaurants and several other facilities and amenities!


This hotel includes unlimited food and drinks, but some dining restrictions may apply. Please check with the front desk for details.

Festival Grand Buffet
Type: Buffet
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-11am; Lunch - daily, 12:30pm-4pm; Dinner - daily, 6:30pm-11pm
Description: Contemporary buffet featuring a variety of contemporary and international fare.
Dress code: Casual. Shoes/sandals and shirt required. Do not enter wet or wearing only a swimsuit.

Type: Buffet (Select Club Adults-only section)
Hours: Breakfast - daily, 7am-11am
Description: Breakfast and lunch buffets.
Dress code: Casual. Shoes/sandals and shirt required. Do not enter wet or wearing only a swimsuit.

Type: Asian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-11pm
Description: Asian favorites. Reservations required.
Dress code: Casual. Shoes/sandals and shirt required. Do not enter wet or wearing only a swimsuit.

Fogo de Janeiro
Type: Brazilian
Hours: Daily, 6pm-11pm
Description: A la carte Brazilian specialties. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Casual. Shoes/sandals and shirt required. Do not enter wet or wearing only a swimsuit.

Le Gourmet
Type: French
Hours: Daily, 6pm-11pm
Description: Elegant a la carte French experience. Adult-only. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Elegant casual. Gentlemen are requested to wear long pants and a collared shirt.

El Gaucho Steakhouse
Hours: Daily, 6pm-11pm
Description: Steakhouse and grill. Reservations are required.
Dress code: Casual. Shoes/sandals and shirt required. Do not enter wet or wearing only a swimsuit.

Hours: Daily, 11am to midnight
Description: Made-to-order burritos, tacos and salads. Located in the new outdoor Plaza.
Dress code: Casual. Shoes/sandals and shirt required. Do not enter wet or wearing only a swimsuit.

II Piemonte
Hours: Daily, 6pm-11pm
Description: Dine on delicious a la carte Italian cuisine.

Gourmex Mexican Cuisine
Hours: Daily, 6pm-11pm
Description: Dine on delicious a la carte Mexican cuisine.

Cupcake Cafe
Hours: Daily, 8am-midnight
Description: Snack on delicious dessert favorites.

All hours are subject to change.


Blue Moon Snack Bar
Beachside snack bar, located in the Select Club adults-only section. Daily, 9am-6pm.

Beachside bagel bar. Daily, 6pm-11pm.

Bar La Plaza
Daily, 9am-midnight.

Lobby Bar Riviera
Lobby bar. Daily, 8am-midnight.

Swim-up Bar
Pool side bar in the Family section. Daily, 9am-6pm.

La Mision
Nightclub for ages 18 and up. Daily, 11pm-2am.

Avenue Sports Bar
Teens club. Daily, 10pm-close.


The complex is ideally located on a magnificent white sandy beach, within a short distance from the town of Playa del Carmen and the famous 5th Avenue.


Sandos Playacar Beach Resort features 6 pools scattered throughout the complex including 1 exclusively for Select Club Adult-Only guests, a brand new infinity pool and 2 for children. Families also get to enjoy the fun, onsite, five-slide waterpark!



  • Kayaks
  • Boogie boards
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Hobie catamaran
  • Scuba demo
  • Fishing
  • Jet skis
  • Parasailing


  • Tennis court
  • Bicycles

Guests can tee-off at the 18-hole Grand Coral Golf Club designed by Nick Price. The club offers a club house and exclusive beach club.


Sandos Playacar Beach Resort offers Internet access for an additional charge.


Sandos Playacar Beach Resort includes luxury treatment rooms with indulgent facial & body technology equipment that are sure to leave you feeling relaxed and recharged for an additional charge. Daily, 8am-8pm. Services include:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massages
  • Facials


Sandos Playacar has personalized attention to make memorable your event, meeting, wedding or conference. Please contact the resort directly for more information.


Kid's club (4-12 years old) and Teen's club (13-17 years old) available with a daily activities program. Daily, 10am-10pm. Activities include:
  • Games
  • Children's pool
  • Theater
  • Video games
  • Playground

Babysitting is also available for an additional charge.


Sandos Playacar Beach Resort is located in the exclusive development of Playacar, in front of an ample white sand beach bathed by turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Check In/Check Out
Check-in: 3:00 pm. Check-out: 12:00 pm
A valid credit card may be required upon check-in for possible incidentals not included in your hotel reservation. Must be 18 or older to check in.

Holy Week
In observance of Holy Week, some resorts in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Costa Rica may put limits on the use of motorized water sports, and loud music.

Spring Break
No student groups under 21 or "Spring Breakers" accepted at this resort year round.

Environmental Levy Fee
The Municipalidad of Solidaridad in the Rivera Maya is one of the most beautiful places in the Mexican Caribbean. Tourism has been instrumental in driving the economic and social development of the region. In an effort to continue to preserve, conserve and beautify the destination, the Municipality of Solidaridad has implemented a small environmental levy on visitors effective September 1, 2017. Hotels will collect 20 Mexican pesos per room per day on check out; the proceeds will be deposited in an environmental trust to fund local projects. The Municipalidad of Solidaridad thanks you for your understanding and support of this worthwhile endeavor. Thank you and enjoy your visit.

All hours, fees, amenities, information and services are subject to change without notice.

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