Sargassum season has made its way to the beaches along the Riviera Maya early this year. While it’s not the best news for travelers, tourism still doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the region. If you’re on vacation in Playa del Carmen and notice that the beaches have a little too much of the brown seaweed for your liking, then don’t fret, because the city has tons of amazing outdoor pools that guarantee a day of fun in the sun.
Whether you’re looking to chill out for the day and work on your tan, lounge with your friends, listen to live DJs, or sip on cocktails and take in the views, there’s certainly the right spot in Playa for you. These are the best resorts with picture-perfect pools in Playa del Carmen.
We’ve scoured for some top TikTok videos to share with you of these pools, as well as travelers’ reviews of their experience from Booking.com. Enjoy!
Secrets Moxche, Adults Only – All Inclusive
Recently opened in 2022, the Secrets Moxche in Playa del Carmen has a total of 8 pools, including an infinity pool and a sandy beach-themed zero-entry pool. Definitely no sargassum when you take a dip in these waters!
Other pools here include a rooftop infinity pool, a cenote-style pool, a pool with a sum-up bar and built-in loungers, a relaxing pool with hammocks, and the main pool that offers views of the Caribbean Sea and another swim-up bar to boot.
Your pool day here at Secrets Moxche will also come with live entertainment. According to a traveler who recently stayed at the resort, “there are musicians every two hours who play by the pool all day and they are outstanding.” Another traveler commented that resort guests should get to the pools early in the day to guarantee a spot with a lounger.
@travelagenttammy Secrets Moxche Playa del Carmen unique pools #secretsmoxche #mexico #travelagenttammy #allinclusive #exclusivetravelpartners #vacation #travelnews ♬ Ocean – MBB
Reef 28 Resort Hotel
Travelers can access this scenic rooftop pool in the heart of Playa del Carmen if they’re a guest at the resort or with a day pass. A day pass is pretty affordable here, as it’s only a minimum spend at the restaurant/bar of 400 pesos, so you can chill here all night and into the evening. As a result, it’s one of the most popular rooftop pools in Playa del Carmen!
Guests at The Reef love the pool, and many have commented that it’s one of the best parts of the hotel. “Loved the pool area with DJ.” “The rooftop area is the real selling point, it’s nice and big, pool areas are lovely, service is great, and stays open til pretty late if you like a jacuzzi dip like us after dinner.”
@sophoshay Vacation time at The Reef 28! Playa Del Carmen! #thereef28 #playadelcarmen #cancun #livelaughlove #fyp ♬ original sound – Uninvtd
Alessia Dayclub – Thompson Hotel
Gaze at the Caribbean from the comfort and style of the Alessia Dayclub rooftop pool (and avoid that sargassum). A great thing about Alessia is that you don’t have to be on an all-inclusive vacation package to enjoy this beautiful pool in Playa del Carmen.
Day passes during the week currently start at around 650 pesos (including a 550 pesos minimum food/beverage consumption) for anyone looking for a day to enjoy sargassum-free waters, great sea views, food and drink, and everything else that makes Playa such an amazing destination.
@thetraveltauruss 📍Alessia Dayclub at the Thompson Hotel in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 🇲🇽 #thetraveltaurus #playadelcarmendayclub #dayclub #rooftopdayclub #playadelcarmen #thompsonhotelplayadelcarmen #thompsonhotel ♬ original sound – monet mcmichael 🤍
Grand Sunset Princess Resort – All Inclusive
Located in the northern end of town, the Grand Sunset Princess is where you can chill out for days and get away from it all. Escape the sargassum on the nearby beaches at this Playa del Carmen resort, which has outdoor pools with lots of loungers and play areas to keep everyone entertained. Here’s what some travelers have said about the resort.
“The resort was absolutely beautiful. So many pools to choose to swim in, and the shows/activities were super fun!” Another guest reported that there are “endless pools and activities for all the family, including an awesome kids pool.”
@roniella.marie #greenscreenvideo #mexico #cancun #rivieramaya #grandsunsetprincess #grandrivieraprincess #tulum #playadelcarmen #vacation #fyp #foryoupage #foryou ♬ Sound by ajwavy – John Zimmer
Wyndham Alltra Playa Del Carmen
An adults-only all-inclusive experience, the Wyndham Alltra has two outdoor swimming pools where you can enjoy splashing in the water under the Caribbean sun without having to worry about any sargassum.
In one of the most recent reviews of the property, the guest raved about the setup and the pool: “I liked how clean and spacious the property was. It was very nice and well-maintained. The property is very beautiful. I liked how the bar by the pool is in the middle of the pool.” Another recent guest commented that “the pool and entertainment and staff were excellent!”
@themyanamallory My stay at Wyndam Alltra All Inclusive Adults Only Resort was amazing! 🛫🌴 #cancunallinclusive #playadelcarmenmexico #blacktravelfeed #resortreview ♬ Paradise – Ikson
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