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Petit Lafitte, Mayan Riviera, Mexico

Our rating: Medium

Petit Lafitte is a small family-friendly haven on Xcalacoco beach 15 minutes drive from Playa del Carmen. The hotel is simple with a very laid-back vibe and offers activities such as snorkelling, scuba-diving, relaxing massages, a swim in the spacious pool and tasty Mexican treats at their popular beach bar and grill which is open until 9.30pm.

There is a games room, a library and 2 computers for use of guests. The 30 rooms in the main part of the hotel are set back from the sea comprised of five, three-story buildings with six rooms in each surrounded by gardens. They either have a garden or sea view with a balcony or terrace, air-con, T.V, telephones and small en-suite bathrooms. There are also 17 beach bungalows which have a more back-to-basics focus so there are no televisions or phones but are very comfortable. They have a lovely terrace and are right on the golden sand beach so the only distraction is the sound of the waves!

There is no room service available here but a buffet breakfast and a 3 course set-dinner menu are included in your stay in their restaurant so you need not leave the hotel if you don't wish to and makes this hotel particularly good value. For those who want to get out and about, however, Playa del Carmen is a $20 taxi ride away and the hotel has a convenient 24 hour taxi service. The beach is lovely and although there are rocks directly in front of the hotel that mean walking in to the sea difficult there is an excellent swimming area just to the left of the property and a dip in the pool is always lovely.

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