1st family vacation in Mexico, and we loved it. Was a little worried when arriving due to that last stretch of unpaved road, but the resort itself is perfectly fine so those worries were quickly put to rest. As we booked very late, we did not stay in one of the bungalows, but we were very happy with the room we had. Simple, functional and clean.
Kids (4 and 6) loved the beach and water, but it was a little rough for the youngest one without a helping hand. The plentiful seaweed was a bit of a turn-off at first, but you quickly get used to it. Lots of families there, and the kids enjoyed playing with the other kids running around. In fact, we didn't travel much outside the resort as it was so easy to stay there and relax. It felt completely safe to let the kids run around and play, so we weren't worried if they were out of sight for a bit. The pool was a bit cold when you first jump in, but it was definitely warm enough to enjoy. We split each day between the beach and the pool and had plenty of fun with both.
Food was almost always good to great in our opinion-- we were pleasantly surprised at the quality at dinner our first night. Dinner was our favorite meal of the day, but the late start (7pm) and slow serving time was tough for the kids to wait for after a hard day of play in the sun. After a couple days, we figured out that ordering some food from the bar (which serves simple food for lunch) a couple hours before dinner would keep them from being quite so hungry. Couldn't avoid them being tired though! There were a couple of buffet nights (special holiday meals) that were perfect as you could avoid the wait time.
The best thing about Petit Lafitte is the staff and service. They were always friendly and helpful without exception. They helped us arrange a rental car which was dropped off and picked up directly at the hotel, which was very convenient for the 2 days we used it. We used it to visit the ruins at Tulum and a few beaches further south-- the kids favorite was Akumal Bay since the waves were low and the floor was nice and sandy with no rocks.
If you are looking to spend some quality time with family in a low-key, relaxing setting it would be hard to beat this place. We were very happy with our time here, and our kids loved it.
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- Also Known As:
- Petit Lafitte Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Petit Lafitte Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico