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This Exclusive Playa Del Carmen Resort Is Among The Most Popular New Hotels Of 2023

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Recently, the MICHELIN guide released a list of the 12 most popular resorts worldwide. The selection was made according to the most number of clicks of any hotels added to the MICHELIN Guide selection in 2023.

Among the chosen resorts is Palmaïa, the House of AïA, a luxurious all-inclusive located about 5 km from downtown Playa del Carmen, celebrated by MICHELIN for its top-notch wellness, luxury, and eco-friendly offerings.

Aerial view of beach in Playa del Carmen, with beautiful turquoise waters, beach, and resorts

Of course, the MICHELIN guide certainly needs no introduction, as it boasts a reputation as one of the most iconic and prestigious hotel and restaurant rating systems in the world. 

Not only that, but this long-established French award is so influential that the earning or loss of a MICHELIN star can even make or break an establishment.

So, the fact that Palmaïa, the House of AïA, not only made it to the list but ranked among the most popular resorts added to the guide this year is clear evidence of its outstanding quality.

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To learn what made Palmaïa, the House of AïA so intriguing to MICHELIN Guide users and explore its truly distinctive qualities, keep reading!

Where Sustainability, Wellness & Luxury Intertwine

One of the things that sets Playa del Carmen apart from its bustling Mexican Caribbean neighbors, namely Cancun, is its steadfast commitment to sustainability, even earning a spot in the Top 100 Green Destinations for the second time in a row in 2023.

Which brings us neatly back to Palmaïa, the House of AïA.  The resort seamlessly aligns with this commitment, embodying the town’s vision through a plastic-free policy, preservation of natural landscapes, and an aim to be a carbon-neutral resort. 

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Palmaïa achieves this by utilizing renewable energy sources and consuming 50% less energy than the average resort, in addition to prioritizing locally sourced plant-based cuisine.

Yet this mindful approach never comes at the expense of luxury, as the all-inclusive offers its guest high-end amenities such as oceanfront swim-up suites, private terraces, and restaurants spearheaded by chefs from Michelin-awarded restaurants globally (more on that later).

Moreover, guests also have privileged access to a multitude of wellness offerings at the exceptional Atlantis spa. 

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These include yoga and meditation sessions, energy healing, sound baths, Temazcal and cacao ceremonies, and much more.

The Suites

Palmaïa ensures an unforgettable Mexican Caribbean getaway for both families and couples, for the simple reason that it actually features two sections: an adults-only area and a family-friendly zone.

The resort’s Exclusive Adults Only Tower, facing the turquoise Caribbean waters, showcases an infinity pool with a pool bar. The 60 suites span across five categories, including Swim Out Suites and Ocean Front Suites, providing the utmost privacy, comfort, and tranquility.

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Families traveling with kids can choose from the 90 Family Suites spread throughout the resort, which also offer convenient easy access to the kids’ mini Aqua Park and Su Casa Restaurant.

Regardless of the chosen suite, guests can enjoy spacious areas adorned with tasteful design elements, a living room equipped with a plush sofa, flat-screen TV, free WIFI, minibar, and other amenities – all set against the backdrop of the spectacular jungle surroundings.

Culinary Experiences & Entertainment

Not unlike the rest of the resort, Palmaïa’s 5 excellent a la carte restaurants display a clear devotion to wellness and sustainability.

The philosophy at these restaurants revolves around the concept of what they call ‘The Nourishing Biome.’

tacos on a plate

In essence, this entails a minimum use of processed foods, the inclusion of seasonal ingredients and vegetables grown with organic practices.

You can enjoy exotic flavors at the Asian inspired Ume, local delicacies at LEX, Mediterranean seafood at Mar de Olivo, and even plant-based tacos at El Caminante Food Truck, all offering expertly crafted dishes that showcase a delightful fusion of freshness and flavor.

Finally, Palmaïa promises a fun-filled stay with a collection of activities for all ages and tastes, which range from lively nights of music and dance at the resort’s beach club to a kid-oriented Waldorf program guaranteed to captivate the little ones.

Close up of unrecognizable DJ playing music on turntable during summer beach party.

Many Riviera Maya resorts strive to provide the ultimate blend of nature, wellness, and luxury. Yet few of them can rival Palmaïa, the House of AïA, in this regard, which explains its newfound popularity among so many MICHELIN Guide readers.

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