Back in the Spring, we travelled to Playa Del Carmen for a destination wedding. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort, a first for us. We learned quickly all the ins and outs of staying at an all-inclusive. We definitely know how we would do things differently the next time and what we would do the same.
We stayed at Melia-owned Paradisius La Perla all-adult resort. The other side of the resort, La Esmeralda, was family-friendly.
We stayed on the second floor, with a balcony overlooking the “public pool.” We had a jacuzzi on our balcony that I regret not using. We had a den with kitchen, nice-sized bathroom and large bedroom. This was our balcony on the second floor.
When you check in, they give you a colored band to wear throughout your stay. Our band was white, and we soon found out why!!! On the first day, we headed to a pool and jumped in. I felt like all eyes were on us. Then we found this nice cabana to hang out in on the beach. Well, right as we were getting settled, and before I got my first drink, a security guy walks up to us. In broken English, he explains to us that you needed a purple band to be in this area. He called it “Royal Service.” So, tails tucked between our legs, we gathered our things and headed to the white-band area.
The first picture is in the “purple area.” The second picture is in the “white area.” Big difference! No umbrella, just a palm tree that we had to keep moving around to catch the shade as the sun moved.
We kept seeing iguanas and monkey-like critters as we walked around. Caught me off guard.
The beaches weren’t the beautiful beaches that we have in the Florida Panhandle, but they were decent.
When we went to grab a bite to eat for lunch, we decided to jump in the pool again to cool off. Well I realized why we were getting looks the last time. There’s a section called “Royal Service,” with a pool restaurant, that we were banned from, too. So we went to our “public pool,” but it was nuts! No chairs available anywhere!! First lesson, pay for the “Royal Service.”
At night, we enjoyed the live entertainment and dancing at South Avenue Bar, So fun! What was nice was when we needed refueling, we just bellied up to the sushi bar at Bana and got our fill. It was delicious!
We are martini lovers, so we also enjoyed the M Bar. I liked their basil-cucumber martini. It was so refreshing!
For breakfast, we either ordered room service or enjoyed the international buffet at Naos. For lunch, we would grab something light from the beach cabana. Other places we loved were the Red Lounge and Gabi (see day/night photos below.)
The night before the wedding, the groom’s parents treated all the guests to a Sunset snorkeling booze cruise. Thank goodness we snorkeled before the booze was offered. It was a rough day on the seas, but we saw some pretty fish and sea life. Then we were welcomed back with a delicious feast and cocktails as we watched the sun set! It was beautiful!The next day we relaxed on the beach again, enjoying our friend, Juan’s cocktails! Then it was time for a nap and getting ready for the wedding. I tell you God was on our side. The weather forecast for the whole trip was rain, but all we had was perfect weather.
The wedding was set right on the beach. It was a gorgeous ceremony followed by a poolside reception.
The next day it was time to go home. Second lesson, STAY LONGER!
We definitely want to return to the La Perla but with knowledge in our pockets!