We had the pleasure of staying at Blue Diamond Riviera Maya Resort & Spa a couple weeks ago and really liked what we saw. Here’s a tour of the place from a video shot at the same time:
As you can see, this is a gorgeous property. Once upon a time it was a Mandarin Oriental and if you’re a fan of that chain, you’ll find a lot of elements you’ll recognize and like. The furniture is all high quality, the design is striking, and you truly feel like you’re in a luxury resort here.
As the revamped Blue Diamond Resort though, this is now a luxury all-inclusive hotel. A lot of luxury travelers think those this is an oxymoron, that you can’t be all-inclusive and still have the personal service many expect. A few have managed to pull it off though, including two others we’ve reviewed on this Riviera Maya coast. (Royal Hideaway Playacar and Grand Velas Riviera Maya.)
In most respects this one is a better experience for the price, with smaller crowds and newer facilities. I really like Grand Velas and had an amazing meal there when I was at ILTM Americas, but it’s a massive resort and becomes a convention hotel sometimes. This one offers more privacy than Royal Hideaway, with casitas nestled in the mangroves, vegetation in between them. The downside of that is, you can be a long way from the beach on this skinny strip of land. More environmentally smart though—the place is not going to wash away in a hurricane like anything in Playacar could—plus there’s a lot more wildlife.
The meals at Blue Diamond’s restaurants are expertly prepared and presented with flair. There’s no buffet line here and everything is cooked to order off an impressive menu. At dinner, that comes complete with wine suggestions for pairings.
For now anyway, rates are in line with what you would pay at the nearby Banyan Tree or Rosewood resorts, but with meals and drinks included instead of them bearing extra charges that will add up fast. Even for luxury travelers, that’s a comparison that’s working: during my visit the Blue Diamond was close to full capacity—in September, the off-season. The honeymooners seemed especially happy with their choice.