Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort
This adults-only all-inclusive resort is just a five-minute stroll from Playa del Carmen, so if its activities—tennis, biking, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, even basketball—aren't sufficient, there's always city entertainment nearby. But why leave? The 200 rooms range from comfortable suites to two-story villas, all bedecked with Spanish-style columns and dark lattice-wood headboards (plus the flat-screen TVs and iPod docks that were added in 2011). Food is above par for an all-inclusive resort, especially at Azia, where the some of the Pan-Asian dishes are prepared tableside.