What We Love

  • From personal Jacuzzis on private terraces to over-sized canopy beds on the beach, you'll relish every moment at this resort.
  • There are two, huge, free-form pools that occupy more than 30,000 sq. ft. between the main buildings of the resort and the beach.
  • Consider pampering yourself with the "Labyrinth of Sensations," located at the hotel's state-of-the-art spa.

Things to Know

  • The resort is approximately 40 minutes from the airport 
  • The spa offers special packages for couples, as well as for pregnant women.
  • Maximize your vacay hours by checking pick-up times on scheduled transfers.
Just 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen, this award-winning resort is the perfect escape from the ordinary. It's also a great launching point for exploring Mexico's famed Yucatan Peninsula. This all-inclusive resort offers a variety of outstanding amenities and luxuries drinks; food and activities are all included in the price of your vacay!

As you stroll along the private beach, cast an eye toward the thatched Mayan roofs in this 180-acre, tropical paradise. When you're ready to challenge wind and water, grab a windsurfing rig from the beach. Or if you prefer the marine world, you'll find snorkeling and diving opportunities nearby. You'll also be able to catch plenty of fun and sun in the pools. If you would rather stay dry, catch a beach volleyball game, or try the two tennis courts.

No matter what your own idea of a good time may be, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda has got you covered. We look forward to welcoming you to this slice of paradise!

The resort’s all-inclusive features include:

  • Accommodations as selected.
  • All meals and beverages, including national-brand, alcoholic beverages.
  • Taxes and gratuities.


Playa del Carmen - Beach
Cancun, Mexico (CUN) : 30 miles
Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico - Aeropuerto Intl De : 30 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 2006


Resort Details


Modern global cuisine matches old-world charm at BlueBay's acclaimed restaurants.
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A 24-hour front desk, daily housekeeping and fitness center are just a few of the great amenities!
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Relax poolside, or enjoy a more thrilling outing in the waves with scuba and jet skis!
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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The Municipality of Solidaridad will be charging an Eco Tax of $31.12 mxn pesos per room per night. This amount is not included in your vacation price and will be collected at your hotel. These funds are being used to protect, maintain and conserve the natural beauty of the destination the area and its surroundings. This fee is subject to change at any time without notice by the hotel.
Advisory Mexican Government has implemented a new General Law for Tobacco Control that came into force during the month of January 2023. With its implementation has prohibited smoking in public areas including open spaces.We therefore inform you that smoking areas have been set up throughout the hotel which are clearly identified. In all of them.This measure also applies to Cigars and electronic cigarettes.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Check-in Policy - Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy - Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy - This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

Transfer Policy - A price may display when children stay free, if your vacation includes transfer to your hotel.

General Information - Room taxes and service fees are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0 16526 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Real review from real people that just returned

    We just got back from blue bay grand Esmeralda. I had read all negative reviews so wanted to put mine out here. We had a great stay. Food was great, staff and hotel were great and everything was clean. The issues that we had that are similar to other reviews are that the beach is not nice. A lot of seaweed and it smelled quite badly of a rotten fish smell. The other issue is chairs at the pool. We were there for 7 days and never once had a chair at the pool. It’s understandable at a large resort that there would not be enough chairs but the problem was that other patrons would put their towels on chairs the night before to save for the next day. This should be monitored by the hotel. Take their towels and make them pay to replace them as this is not fair behavior. The pool closes at 7 and doesn’t open u Tim the next morning, there shouldn’t be chair saving over night. Other than that we had a great stay with wonderful weather. We found prices at the gift shop to be better than at most shops in playa del Carmen. Bring everything you think you might like to have with you (medications sunscreen etc) because Mexico is no longer cheap. Restaurants in playa were ridiculously expensive, $6 American for water. So plan accordingly. Would go back for sure.

    Feb 19, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    This place is really rising up!

    If there is one review you read, let it be this one. We had our wedding here Feb 7. We booked this resort due to the lower cost for our guests. We ended up booking ourselves for a vacation in November to check it out and settle up the venue. In November this resort had just reopened and definitely didn’t have it together. The food was awful and maintenance was a problem all over the resort. We have both traveled pretty extensively and at that time it was as bad as a 3 star Cuban resort (before Covid). Even the al-la-carts were terrible. We ordered lobster one night for extra $ and as soon as it hit the table we asked them to remove it. It smelled awful. We left very worried but also unable to change the venue. So we just hoped for the best. After returning home in November the wedding planner left her position and we were introduced via video chat with a new one, Daniella. This definitely added to my nervousness about the big day. When we returned a few months later, Feb 3rd for our wedding we were so pleasantly surprised! It’s amazing what a few months can do! They worked very hard to have our guests close to us in buildings 2 & 3 which are by the pool and all the action. All the rooms we were given had no maintenance problems and were very clean and well stocked. The food was so much better too! Even at the buffet. And Daniella the wedding planner was absolutely amazing! She went above and beyond the entire week to make our time there with our friends completely amazing! The French restaurant was the best out of them all. Highly recommend the beef filet. The staff work very hard to make you happy. You often see them running and out of breath but still smiling. Ruperta at the beach buffet is such a gem. She made sure to take care of our entire crew the whole week. She runs the show at the buffet always with a smile. Both times we stayed we booked the swim up rooms and they come with 2 full bathrooms, a living area and separate bedroom. If you’re looking for a vacation on a smaller budget, give Blue Bay a try.

    Feb 19, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Room smelled like sewage, lacking pool side lounge chairs. When walking around the premises we can smell sewage. Elevator was not working, there were some pieces from ceiling was falling on the ground. Front beach was terrible, food was not good, main buffet was not clean. No restaurant and bar were open 24 hours. Some employees working at the front lobby was relentlessly always trying to sell time share. Did not like that at all. Nope never going back to this place again. On the positive note our waiter was amazing and the lady who cleaned our room was also amazing.

    Feb 18, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Body fluids not ours

    Just arrived. Booked 4 rooms. You would think at least one could be nice or have a view. Body fluids on the bed spread, no patio door handle, fifty shades of grey towels and face cloths, cracked and peeling paint. Reported to front desk. No response.

    Feb 17, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating

    Do not book here! Update: Also there’s tons of bed bugs. There are so many issues with this resort and it is not even close to what was advertised. This is listed as a 4 to 5 star resort. It is a 2 at best. Not what we paid for. All the resort marketing and photos are completely out of date. This does not look like the website. If you can cancel you should. Unless you paid 2 star pricing. 1. The food is not good. The main buffet is all low quality food. The dining area is short staffed and the floor is broken all over with plywood boards everywhere and mats on top. The restaurants are not good. The food is very low quality and everything is additional cost. (Interesting since it is an all inclusive.) There are no food options after 10. A “snack” place opens but it has old hamburgers and hot dogs. Nothing else! They set up food at the pool side but it is again only hotdogs and hamburgers. No sides or anything. 2. The wifi was “included” but did not work at all the first 2 days of the trip and they were working on it. 3. There is no room service included at all. If you want to get food after hours the staff said it’s not an option. We did find a QR code sticker on the dresser and there were about 3 options and it was 10$ American to order. 4. The rooms are in horrible shape. They have not been maintained at all. The mirrors are old and are wearing away. The wooden furniture is damaged all over. The room is musky, damp and smells horrible. The doors are not at all secure both clearly have been broken into over the past years. There were three of us and they didn’t even give enough towels for us each to have one. The towels look grey, dingy and worn. Easily more than a few years old. In the bathroom the shower doesn’t have hot water except for like warm. The in room telephone is broken and in sad shape. 5. The beach is gross and not at all swimmable. Dark brown mud/ seaweed everywhere and it stinks horribly. Look at the Google satellite map and you can see it there. Again if you come for the beach stay away. 6. The pools are actually pretty good and the property is quite pretty. It ends there. I would not recommend and will not be back. So disgusting.

    Feb 17, 2024