Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites and Spa Resort is part of a mega-resort complex in the Riviera Maya just 15 min. north of Playa del Carmen. This mega-resort is actually four resorts in one and includes the following: Grand Riviera Princess All Suites and Spa Resort, Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort, Family Club at Grand Riviera Princess All Suites and Spa Resort, and the new build–Platinum Yucatan Princess. The Grand Riviera/Sunset resorts are basically mirror images of one another while the Family Club is adjacent to the Grand Riviera lobby building. The Platinum Yucatan Princess is also adjacent to the Grand Riviera but it is closer to the beach–while not directly beachfront, it is only a five to eight min. walk to the beach from this side of the resort (there are some popular web shots of this resort showing it to be beachfront, but that pic was obviously photoshopped). Since the Platinum Yucatan is an upgraded resort within this Princess property, guests have access to most amenities at both the Grand Riviera/Sunset portions of the resort.
The Platinum Yucatan is a unique combination of old and new. While the resort addition is a new build as of Sept. 2014, this adults-only Princess resort used to be called the Grand Yucatan Platinum and housed guests where the Family Club is now situated. Vacationers who enjoy contemporary architecture and furnishings with touches of art deco will like the aesthetics of this “new” resort. While the exterior is done in white for a clean, modern look, interior public spaces include pops of color in both fabric and design. Guest suites are more sedate, however, with most done in white with shades of tan, while some suites include fuchsia, cobalt blue, or yellow accent pieces. All ground floor suites are king bed swim-up suites.
This resort is divided into the following sections, each with their own check-in lobby:
- Deluxe section: buildings #1-4, main activities pool with swim-up bar (the “party pool”), Rodeo Grill Restaurant, and nearest to the Sports Park; and
- Platinum section: building #5, includes Honeymoon Suites with round beds and balcony/terrace Jacuzzi, slate-bottom saltwater pool with its own swim-up bar, nearest to all other restaurants, and closer to the beach–a few third floor rooms have more distant ocean views.
Partiers who like lots of daytime music and activities should book either building #3 (with direct access to the swim-up bar), or buildings #2 or #4 with a main pool view. Building #1 has a more tranquil atmosphere with very nice views of the grounds. Although building #5 has its own swim-up bar, there are no planned activities or loud music here, so it too has a more sedate atmosphere.
If you become tired of swimming in lengthy swim-up sections here, the pools over at the Grand Riviera/Sunset resorts will do nicely. Between both resorts there is a quiet pool just past the Laguna Villa Suites section, next to that is the activities/party pool (there is a foam party here once per week), while the beachfront snack bars/buffets each have a very large pool (there is one on the Riviera side and one on the Sunset side). Those looking to get a lounger by these pools, especially the party pool, should do so very early in the day.
Beach lovers should be aware that the entire beach area at this resort gets mixed reviews. Although most vacationers expect the turquoise waters of Cancun or the beautiful blue-green waters of Playacar beach, the water here can be a bit murky depending on the tide and/or the weather. This is to be expected since the resort is literally carved out of a mangrove jungle with beachfront jungle areas intact–murkier water is a possibility in a location so close to this type of environment. Both the Platinum Yucatan and the Grand Riviera/Sunset each have their own beach access. Platinum Yucatan guests can expect a private beach bar and snack bar with loungers and shade palapas along with a lot of natural shade and flora, while a short walk will bring one to the Grand Riviera/Sunset beach complete with a roped-off area for upgraded guests, a general lounger section, two beach bars (one is for upgraded guests as well), a beach BBQ area, water sports hut, and dive center (there is also a foam beach party here once per week). The southernmost beach area is host to the Chill Out Beach Club which is an extra fee for all guests regardless of resort or upgrade. The Beach Club includes Bali beds, private wait service, complimentary WiFi for the day, top-shelf liquor, and lunch menu service from 2-5 p.m. ($). There is a restaurant onsite and if guests choose to pay extra to dine here in the evening, the fee to the Beach Club is waived for the remainder of one’s stay. Ocean entry all along this stretch of beach is mostly rocky with only a few smooth entry points, so it’s best to bring water shoes.
Guests looking for evening entertainment at the Platinum Yucatan have several options. An onsite theater hosts evening shows, the open-air space adjacent to the Plaza Bar hosts the weekly fire show, while a reggae band plays during the beach party every Saturday. Additionally, there is Vegas Night for guests who enjoy the art of gambling, and a disco for those who like to dance to DJ-picked tunes. Those who want more variety are free to attend the nighttime shows held in the Grand Riviera/Sunset theater, or attend the nightly live musical performances held in the Central Plaza both of which are located adjacent to the lobby areas of the Grand Riviera/Sunset. Check the Platinum Yucatan lobbies for shuttle schedule information, or guests can walk there in approximately ten minutes.
There is a great resort map of this section on the Princess-Hotel’s website, just click this link.
Type of Resort: Adults-only
Pro: Newer resort addition, free WiFi, stay at one play at three, overall beautiful resort grounds.
Con: Rocky ocean entrance, service can be spotty around the resort, lots of mosquitos due to mangrove proximity.
Best Suited For: Couples in their mid 30’s to mid 50’s.
No. of Rooms: 469
Room Amenities: King or two dbl beds, A/C, balcony/terrace, mini-bar, several small bottles of liquor, digital safe, flat screen plasma TV, coffee maker, iPod dock, telephone, iron/ironing board, robe and slippers, beach bag, hair dryer, dbl sinks, tub, separate dbl shower with colored LED lights (blue for cold water and red for hot water), toiletries, 24-hr. room service and complimentary WiFi. Keep in mind that in-room electricity only runs when the room key is engaged in its wall slot–you can always try bringing an old room key if you have one or an old gift card to put in the wall slot to keep the mini-bar running if all room keys are taken outside of the suite. Here is a brief rundown of suite categories:
- Jr. Suite Deluxe: Two dbl beds, sofa bed, table and two chairs, small coffee table.
- Jr. Suite Deluxe Swimout: King bed, sofa bed, table and two chairs, small coffee table, direct access to the swimout pool, two terrace loungers.
- Platinum Deluxe: Two dbl beds, chaise lounge, padded bench seat, table and two chairs, small coffee table, in-room soaker tub, Platinum amenities (see below).
- Platinum Deluxe Swimout: King bed, chaise lounge, padded bench seat, table and two chairs, small coffee table, in-room soaker tub, direct access to the swimout pool, two terrace loungers, Platinum amenities (see below).
- Honeymoon Suite: Round bed, lengthy sofa, coffee table, in-room soaker tub, balcony Jacuzzi, one bottle of sparkling wine, Platinum amenities (see below).
- Honeymoon Suite Swimout: Round bed, lengthy sofa, coffee table, in-room soaker tub, terrace Jacuzzi, two terrace loungers and two armchairs, direct access to the swimout pool, one bottle of sparkling wine, Platinum amenities (see below).
- separate check-in area
- entire building (#5) which is located closer to the beach, some third floor rooms have distant ocean views
- in-room soaker tub
- saltwater pool with its own swim-up bar
- contemporary poolside Bali beds (padded loungers with adjustable shades)
- turndown service
- pillow menu
- spa treatment discounts
- one complimentary water circuit per adult per week at the onsite spa
- one special dinner
Physically Challenged Rooms: Other areas of this Princess resort have physically challenged rooms. Since this entire mega-resort is very large with just under 2,000 guests, those with physical limitations should carefully consider whether this type of resort meets their vacation needs.
Resort Amenities: Main pool (swim-up bar), saltwater pool (swim-up bar), access to swimout pools, spa, sauna, steam room, large Jacuzzi with cervical jet sprays at the spa, fish pedicure available, fitness center, beauty salon, Sports Park (paddle boarding, golf driving range, batting cages, jogging track, archery, air rifle practice), tennis courts, multi-sports court, theater, disco, pool and beach wait service, shuttle service within the resort, concierge, tour desk, onsite medical services, gift shop, jewelry shop, car rental, and ATM. All guests are free to use the amenities at the adjoining Grand Riviera/Sunset resorts including their theater, sports bar, disco, beach amenities, and all non-upgraded pool areas.
Restaurants/Bars: One buffet (Yucatan), and several a la cartes including a Tex-Mex grill (Rodeo Grill), Italian (La Bruschetta), Asian (Tao–teppanyaki show tables), and gourmet (Aroma). Platinum Yucatan a la carte restaurants do not require reservations with the exceptions of the teppanyaki show tables at Tao (show up at the restaurant around 5:45 p.m. to reserve a seat), outdoor table “cages” at Rodeo Grill for a more romantic dining experience, and the Skylights restaurant which is an extra cost for all guests. A la cartes over at the Grand Riviera/Sunset resorts also require reservations. Bars available onsite include the small bar in the Deluxe lobby, two swim-up bars, Plaza Bar, beach bar, the bar between Tao and La Bruschetta restaurants, the bar at Rodeo Grill, and the Skylights restaurant bar. Buffets, a la cartes, and bars at the Grand Riviera/Sunset resorts are available to all guests.
Entertainment: Nightly theater shows, weekly fire show, beach party, disco, also available is the live entertainment over at the Grand Riviera/Sunset theater, and live music at the Central Plaza. There is also a disco over at the Grand Riviera/Sunset.