This impressive, adults-only resort is on Playa del Carmen’s beachfront, just feet from the world’s second largest coral reef. It offers 4 outdoor pools and luxurious, air-conditioned rooms with a private terrace. The bright rooms at the Paradisus La Perla Playa del Carmen feature modern décor, with soft tones and Caribbean colors. Each one has an iPod dock and flat-screen satellite TV with DVD player, as well as a rain-effect shower in the bathroom. The Paradisus La Perla Resort offers no less than 11 different restaurants, ranging from contemporary Asian fusion to Mexican fine cuisine. There are also 10 bars. The resort’s spa features wet and dry saunas, and you can participate in classes including Pilates and spinning. Activities such as tango dancing, sushi-making and cocktail preparation are also available. 5th Avenue, Playa del Carmen’s main nightlife spot, is just outside the hotel. You can drive to Cancún Airport in 45 minutes.