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This article was written on 24 Aug 2010, and is filled under To: Mexico.

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Bluebay Grand Esmeralda Beach Resort and Spa

Bluebay Grand Esmeralda Beach Resort and Spa in Mayan Riviera

Bluebay Grand Esmeralda main pool


Overall : 4.5/5
Value : 4/5
Cleanliness : 5/5
Rooms : 4.5/5
Beaches : 2/5
Pool: 4/5
Staff: 4/5

While it may not be the 5 stars hotel Bluebay Grand Esmeralda claims to be, it is certainly very close. This great resort is located in Mayan Riviera, near the fabulous town of Playa del Carmen. Opened in early 2008, it offers a fairly luxurious stay at an affordable cost.

Value. If you are looking for a 5 stars experience, but want to stay within a reasonable budget, the BlueBay Grand Esmeralda gives you the opportunity to treat yourself without breaking the bank. The shuttle to the hotel and back is included in the overall cost of the trip.

Cleanliness. The rooms are extremely clean, and if you ask for maid service, you will be happy to return to a clean room with a new towel sculpture every day (with no doubt the elephants were the cutest of them all!). Some reviewers have complained about some smell due the resort reusing their water for watering their plants. Although we did not notice any smell, we do think it is an intelligent way to reduce waste and would like to encourage more places to do the same.

BlueBay Grand Esmeralda Rooms

towel sculpture

Rooms. The rooms are spacious. The beds are big and very comfortable. They come with very soft bed sheets and comforter. The bathrooms are clean and recently updated.

Beach. If you are planning to spend hours playing in the ocean, BlueBay Grand Esmeralda is NOT the place to go. The beach is definitely not the highlight of the resort. Although it is a very clean beach, the natural sediments coming from the mangroves which lead to a profusion of seaweed growth can make the water murky at times. It is important to remember that the water is still clean, and the beach properly maintained, but, in this case, mother nature wins!

Pools. Although shallow, the pools are very big, and you will definitely find enough room for everyone. While lounging on your chair, you will definitely appreciate the waitress come up to you and ask you if you need a drink from the bar.

Food. One of the best part of BlueBay Grand Esmeralda definitely have to go to the food. They have two outstanding buffets serving American, Mexican, international food and had a great selection of fresh cut exotic fruits. Look for seafood night where they serve lobsters! A-la-carte restaurants (French, Italian, Mexican, Oriental, Seafood, Steakhouse) are decent. While we did not care for the French restaurant, we sure enjoyed the show at the Oriental restaurant and the quality of the meals at the Seafood restaurant. Because a-la-carte restaurants are popular, make sure to book early during your stay to ensure dinner at the restaurant of your choice. The drinks were also simply excellent (great mojitos!)

Staff. We found the staff to be extremely pleasant and helpful. We thought our air conditioned wasn’t working properly, and within 5 minutes of us calling the concierge, a technician was already there, helping us. The staff was always smiling, pleasant and very polite.

Spa. Treat yourself with a day at the modern spa of BlueBay, you will not regret it. It is relax and gorgeous. A great way to revitalize yourself after too many hours of prolonged sun exposure!

Overall, we had an excellent time at the BlueBay Grand Esmeralda in Mayan Riviera. Although it is not quite the full 5 stars quality some people may be looking for, for its price (we paid 1200), it provides a fairly luxurious stay. It definitely has way more good than bad, and if you are able to overlook the lesser quality of the beach water due to Mother Nature and seaweeds, this is a cheap all-inclusive Caribbean resort I highly recommend.

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