Why We Recommend This Resort:
Its prices are notably reasonable – we judge it to be the best value adults-only resort in Playa del Carmen.
It has, among its attractions, three pools, including one of the largest resort pools in the country, a lazy river, seven restaurants (none of which require reservations), seven bars (with premium alcohol all-inclusive) including two swim-up bars, a theater, and a full-service spa and gym.
It’s a luxury resort and attracts a relatively upmarket crowd. The atmosphere is relaxed but indulgent – the food and drink are great and the service is excellent.
How Are the Rooms & Suites?
The main market at Valentin Imperial is couples and so almost all the suites come with a single king-size bed. Some do have a choice of one king-size, or two doubles to sleep four.
All have seating/lounging areas inside and furnished balconies, patios, or terraces. The bathrooms are spacious, luxurious looking, and well equipped: all come with large jetted bathtubs and separate showers for example.
Some of the top suites also feature whirlpool baths on their private terraces.
Other hotel perks include satellite smart TV, coffee/tea stations (either filter coffee machines or Nespresso) minibars, and Valentin Imperial Maya’s own brand of luxury toiletries.
What is the Food Like at Valentin Imperial Maya?
Most, but not all, venues have a semi-formal dress code in the evenings.
You can order casual dishes and snacks throughout the day around any of the pools, on the beach or in the comfort of your room.
What Things Are There to Do at Valentin Imperial Maya?
The elegant Don Miguel serves as a kind of lobby bar and is usually the first to get busy in the evenings. The even more elegant La Plaza España Bar is nearby but runs a little later.
All the above are quite formal venues, there is no dress code as in the restaurants, as far as we could gather, but you might feel quite out of place in flip flops and a teeshirt.
The Sports and Music Bar is casual though and stays open the latest (until 2 am). It’s the main place to let loose and has a dance floor plus live music, karaoke, and other organized activities nightly.
The resort has a lazy river, and there are two swim-up bars at the main pool which can be quite fun to hang around.
They have music, and many games and activities are organized in and around this main pool, to be joined in with or not as you see fit.
The fitness center has a full set of weight machines, free weights, and cardio machines. They offer Pilates, spin classes, yoga, Zumba, fitness classes, and more as part of the all-inclusive.
Their Aromancer Spa is a full-service spa and beauty center with a range of treatments that includes things like chocolate body wraps and tropical body scrubs. None of the treeatments are part of the all-inclusive package though, as is pretty standard with resorts.
You can play a number of sports at the resort all-inclusive beach and pool volleyball, paddleball, and tennis for example, plus non-motorized water sports like kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, water polo, and snorkeling.
Off-site motorized water sports as well as scuba diving require an extra fee, again as is fairly standard in all-inclusive resorts..
Other complimentary activities at the resort include cooking lessons, bike tours, tequila tastings, Spanish lessons, and Latin dance classes.
The concierge can also arrange all sorts of tours and excursions in the surrounding area: visits to Mayan ruins, golfing, cultural tours, sailing trips, and plenty more.
Where is Valentin Imperial Maya Located?
It’s quite a secluded location but the resort is very self-contained. It even has a market selling souvenirs and some of the many things tourists forget to pack on such trips.
Shuttles are available to and from Playa Del Carmen, and from Cancun International Airport about 40 minutes away to the north.
Some Guest Reviews:
“This was my first trip out of the country (USA). I was blown away by the organization at the resort and the friendliness of everyone working there. The room, food, and drinks were great…..”
“The absolute best vacation I have ever had. The amenities, grounds, food, staff, entertainment everything was great! Loved the entertainment staff and shows at night, the variety of food and restaurants and the ability to feel like you can be the only ones in the resort or enjoy the company of others. Most of the guests have been to the resort multiple times and that says it all. Can’t wait to go again!….”