Bluebay Grand Esmeralda

  • Distance to center 20.5Km
  • Distance to airport 48.0Km
  • Distance to beach 0.0Km
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Sun terrace
  • Private beach area
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Free WiFi
  • Low Deposit Options Available
  • Interest FREE Payment Plans
TripAdvisor Traveller rating:
8188 reviews

The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda offers guests luxurious surroundings all located on 180 acres of idyllic lush gardens and mangrove trees with 400m of private soft golden sandy beach, ... Continue reading

The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda offers guests luxurious surroundings all located on 180 acres of idyllic lush gardens and mangrove trees with 400m of private soft golden sandy beach, in the Riviera Maya area. This 5* resort affords guests the best of first class services and amenities available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, with Spa services and dedicated children's facilities.

Guests can choose from a variety of dining options including buffet breakfast or lunch from the Sports bar or the Festival restaurant; book dinner at any one of the a la carte restaurants including Don Isi restaurant, L' Atelier, Sea Food, Steak House, Asian or ll curore di Rossi restaurant. Snacks throughout the day are available from the coffee kiosk and from the lounge bars or the poolside bar. The evening entertainment won't disappoint either with nightly live shows including internationally themed shows, cocktail bars with live music, dancing and disco.

The BlueBay Grand Esmeralda has 3 outdoor swimming pools, spacious sun terraces with ample sun loungers and parasols and a private beach complete with service - perfect for those lazy days in the sun! For those looking for something a little more active why not have a go at some of the activities on offer including beach volleyball, dance classes and kayaking or head on down to the beach and try out some of the motorised water sports. For the children there is a kids' outdoor swimming pool, kids' club and animation team with supervised daily activities. So you sit back and relax knowing that the kids are entertained and well looked after.

If you want to slow things down and treat yourself to a bit of pampering the hotel has a spa centre where you can indulge in a massage or even some beauty treatments.

Although you may struggle to drag yourself away, there is plenty to do outside the hotel. For a fantastic day out visit Tulums Mayan archaeological ruins which are of an enclosed city that was built high on a cliff overlooking the sea - an excellent day out where you can experience some of Mexico's rich history.

Please note: there is a dress code of long trousers for evening meal in all restaurants. has an excellent range of hotels in Mexico to help you plan the perfect getaway. From the wonderful Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa to the Excellence Riviera Cancún and so much more - book your escape today!


  • Bikes available (free)
  • Canoeing
  • Children's playground
  • Diving
  • Entertainment staff
  • Fitness centre
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Hammam
  • Massage
  • Private beach area
  • Sauna
  • Snorkelling
  • Solarium
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Tennis court
  • Water sport facilities (on site)

Other facilities

  • Garden
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace


  • Air conditioning
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Car hire
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Gift shop
  • Lift
  • Non smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shops (on site)

Food and Drink

The breakfast type is Buffet. The hotel has 6 restaurants. A snack bar is also available throughout the day. Evenings can be spent at the lobby bar.

Other Information

Payment facilities include Euro/Master Card, American Express and Visa Card. Additional fees may apply for certain facilities, amenities or activities.

Price Overview

The prices shown below show the cheapest holiday offers for the Bluebay Grand Esmeralda in Playa del Carmen. Please use the price links to see all holiday deals available for that month.

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Payment Options

Payment options accepted:

We do not charge a fee to our customers who use debit cards, but credit cards do incur a fee of 2.5% of the payment value.

To make booking a holiday at Bluebay Grand Esmeralda in Playa del Carmen easier for you, we provide a range of different payment options. To find out if you can book Bluebay Grand Esmeralda with a low deposit holiday option, please click the "Price and Availability" button above.

Playa del Carmen boasts one of the prettiest beaches on the coast and despite its growing tourism, it has a small-town, laid-back feel to it, attracting thousands of holidaymakers each year. The offshore reef offers some spectacular diving, and less than an hour away by boat is the island of Cozumel, with some of the best diving in Mexico. There are numerous dive centres offering reef and cave diving in the limestone caverns along the coast. The small commercial town centre is packed with souvenir shops, trendy bars and cafes, restaurants, designer clothes shops and hotels, and has a vibrant nightlife that caters for the smaller beach settlements nearby so holidaymakers can enjoy the best of both worlds. It can get very overcrowded with day-trippers from Cancun, as well as cruise ship passengers. South of town, the expanding Playacar development caters mainly for package tourists, its beach packed with sunbathers and deckchairs, and lined with hotel complexes; there is also an 18-hole golf course.

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For sporty types a holiday in Playa del Carmen offers plenty of activity both on top, under and away from the bright blue Caribbean Sea. The number one sport is scuba diving on the magnificent coral reefs that surround the area, and there are plenty of opportunities for beginners to experienced divers to make the most of it. The less adventurous can snorkel, viewing the underwater world from above. A plethora of watersports equipment is available to rent on and around the beach, from sailboats to jet skis, parasails to charter fishing boats. Those who prefer to stay dry can take to the Robert van Hagge designed 18-hole golf course south of town, or the sports centre on 10th Avenue which offers tennis and basketball courts and a running track. Horse-rides on the beach and through the jungle are popular, too. When it comes to sightseeing there are several options, ranging from Mayan ruins to exploring cave systems and cenotes (sinkholes) in the area, or taking excursions to nearby Cozumel Island or other spots along the 'Mayan Riviera' coastline.


No one need go hungry in Playa del Carmen because wherever you are in this holiday resort, there will be a great restaurant a stone's throw away. Cuisine ranges from traditional Mexican through all the international favourites, including sushi and vegetarian. For a top Mexican taste treat steer a little off the beaten track behind 5th Avenue and look out for a small taqueriawhere it is possible to pick up a tempting taco or two for a pittance. Street vendors in the main square (Zocalo) are also a good budget option, especially for fresh fruit and tasty tamales. When it comes to restaurant dining it is difficult to make recommendations from the dozens of good establishments available, but some of the more popular eateries are The Blue Lobster, its speciality obviously the crustacean of its name; The Blue Parrot, which offers dining on the beach with dancing in the evenings; and Season Bistro, which serves upscale Mexican with an international twist.


Whether it is dancing cheek-to-cheek under the stars, sipping margaritas on a rooftop, soaking up some live jazz, people-watching from a street side bar, learning to salsa, or downing shots and raving it up on a flashing dance-floor, holiday visitors will find that Playa del Carmen after dark can fit the bill. One of the newest hotspots is the huge Bali Club on Calle 12, which spices up its dance floor with high-tech sound and light and some awesome fire, water and balloon effects. Another indoor dance club, which has live bands on Saturday nights, is Bliss, on Calle 4. Numerous open-air bars are in operation until the early hours, some offering live music or DJs and dancing as the night wears on, others, like the Beer Bucket on Calle 10, confining themselves to serving up drinks under the stars or palapa (woven palm frond) roofs.


Comfortable footwear is vital for holidaymakers intent on a shopping spree in Playa del Carmen, where everything you need in the dozens of enticing shops can be easily accessed on foot. The place to tog yourself out in designer-wear, from head to toe, is 5th Avenue, and to complement the look there are plenty of speciality stores to browse around for jewellery, Mayan-inspired arts and crafts, handbags and the like. Souvenirs range from tacky ashtrays to bright and beautiful sarongs, Mexican blankets and sombreros, and even genuine Cuban cigars from La Casa del Habano (US citizens may not purchase these). Playa del Carmen boasts a Wal-Mart on 30th Avenue, and several American style supermarkets like Chedraui on the corner of Juarez and Highway 307, and Super San Francisco on 30th Avenue. There are also numerous mini-marts selling essentials for holidaymakers, and plenty of pharmacies. The resort's main shopping malls are Plaza Pelicano on 10th Avenue and the Paseo del Carmen close to the ferry pier.


There are plenty of topless and nude beaches around Playa del Carmen and families travelling with young children should take this into account.

Essential Information

Time Zone

Plug Type

Voltage 127V 60Hz
Language: Spanish,
Currency: Mexico Peso (MXN)

This week's weather forecast

30°C Low 23°C
Today: Fri 09 Dec
29°C Low 22°C
Sat 10 Dec
Partly cloudy
30°C Low 21°C
Sun 11 Dec
Patchy rain possible
30°C Low 22°C
Mon 12 Dec

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Questions and Answers about Bluebay Grand Esmeralda

If you can’t find what you’re looking for or if you have a question about this specific hotel, please get in touch via the Add a Question button below. Our knowledgeable team will aim to respond to your question within 72 hours. In the meantime, previously asked questions can be found below and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQs page.

4 Questions | 6 Answers

Hi there
Here is a really good trip advisor review that has been left by a wheelchair user that stayed at the hotel recently:

I am in a wheelchair and needed a resort that accommodated my needs.

First of all, I had private transportation which I booked ahead of time with my travel agent. It was a private van with a ramp which I need, as I am unable to transfer on my own to the vans or buses. It was an extra $50.00 per person return, but well worth the extra cost. It took us straight to our resort, with no extra stops.

We were greeted right away, and had someone take care of our luggage for us. Check in was very quick and friendly. They didn't have an accessible room the first night, but I was still able to use the bathroom, just not the shower. We were given an accessible room the next morning. The only draw back was the shower is a wheel in shower, however there is nowhere to sit once you get in. So, what I did was take one of the plastic patio chairs from the balcony, and put it in the shower. This worked out quite fine. If you need something more elaborate, you could always bring one with you. I did mention it to them on my comment card

Added 8 months ago.

By Karen.Blackburn, team member

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HI there
Predominantly the "Spring Breakers" tend to stay in Cancun but they do also tend to stay in this area too if they dont want to be right in the hub of it...the hotels website is advertising Spring Break Rates so it is advertising to that market so I think you need to expect it to be a busy period if you need to travel on those dates

Added 10 months, 1 week ago.

By Karen.Blackburn, team member

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Hi Neil
Sorry to be a bit vague, but it can get busy

Added 10 months, 1 week ago.

By Sally.Dademo, team member

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Hi Elen, if you look at your booking confirmation it will tell you which airline you are flying with. Alternatively you can call customer experience with your booking reference who will take a look and give you the information. Regards

Added 1 year ago.

By Gemma.Larder, team member

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Hello, Please can you advise us of your Love Holidays booking reference so we can advise which airline your flights are with. Regards

Added 1 year ago.

By Leanne, team member

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Hi there. Transfers take around 35 minutes from Cancun airport to the Grand Bluebay. There are shuttles running to Playa del Carmen, but I cant find information on the cost of these. Us dollars are widely accepted, it is personal choice as to whether you exchange money into peso before you arrive or in resort - but you're departure tax does have to be paid in peso. Regards

Added 1 year ago.

By Gemma.Larder, team member

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