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Playa del Carmen buzzes with excitement, from its leading food scene in the region, extraordinary experiences offered along the Riviera Maya, and attractions found nowhere else on earth. Check out our blog below for the hottest travel tips in town.

  • Spring Break at The Fives

    Spring Break at The Fives

    Spring Break 2018 is coming up and now is the time to start planning a family-friendly getaway to the beaches of Playa del Carmen. No matter the age, we have a little something for everybody to enjoy a little down time. While we know you'll want to spend beach-filled days as a family, sometimes it’s fun to mix and mingle. Traveling kids ages 4-12 can enjoy the Kids Club, offering daily activities, exclusive pool access, and a series of My Gym options, including soccer, a video game room, hands-on activity space and more. Have teenagers? No problem. The Breeze Teen Club for kids aged 13-17 brings virtual DJ competitions to life, streaming movies, music videos and sport events, interactive gaming consoles, a dedicated social media area to stay connected, and an outdoor terrace with bonfire area and a pool table. All of our offerings are designed to take the stress out of keeping the entire family entertained. Looking to get out and about? Our top family-friendly picks include a Fat Cat Catamaran ride, City Center Park, and 3D Museum of Wonders. Get all of the Spring Break details here and we’ll see you soon!

    Spring Break 2018 is coming up and now is the time to start planning a family-friendly getaway to the beaches of Playa del Carmen. No matter the age, we have a little something for everybody to enjoy a little down time.

  • A Culinary Look at The Fives Plaza

    A Culinary Look at The Fives Plaza

    It’s all about The Fives Plaza during any stay with us in Playa del Carmen. International culinary creations meet mixology in an intriguing space that puts you at the epicenter of a gourmet experience without leaving the resort. Not sure where to start? Check out our top dishes and drinks to try during a foodie’s tour of The Fives Plaza:

    Kho Tai – After being greeted by a 15-foot Buddha, transport to the feelings and flavors of Thailand. We love the Coconut Soup to start followed by a traditional serving of the country’s most famous dish, Pad Thai. 
    Oka – Start with a Junami Sake or crisp Sapporo as you overlook The Fives Plaza. Trained sushi chefs carefully prepare a selection of sashimi, makis, sushi rolls and tempura. Go for a simple combination of salmon and toro sashimi followed by an assortment of handmade rolls that rotate regularly.
    La Brasserie – In true brasserie style, dine on French classics that we love including Steak Tartare, Coq-au-Vin, Entrecôte au Poivre and Gratinated Onion Soup. A Cheese Trolley (yes, a cheese trolley) will take your taste buds to the streets of Burgundy and an extensive wine selection allows for perfect pairings. Insider dining tip: you do not want to miss the Flambéed Coffee Station.
    Flavours – Take a trip around the globe in a welcoming and relaxed dining room with views of a true cenote (you know, a natural winding river flowing under our grounds). From Italian dishes like pizza and pasta to Mediterranean style fish, meats and accompaniments, the whole family will enjoy this dining experience.
    The Gin Bar – You may have assumed, but gin & tonic is the way to go at this namesake bar featuring handcrafted gin cocktails.  Sip on a gin gimlet or gin martini as you stargaze on the terrace.
    Nineteen Ten – Tequila and Mezcal await alongside Mariachi performances that take center stage three times weekly.  Feeling adventurous? Go beyond the cocktails and try a creatively prepared Oyster Shooter. Cheers!

    • PS, if you are looking for Vassa Spa, it’s also located in The Fives Plaza and the perfect way to start or end any day.
  • Day Trip Inspiration

    Day Trip Inspiration

    In need of some day trip inspiration? There are a number of ways to explore the surrounding areas we call home. From island visits and ruins, to a collection of Mexican folk art and eco adventures, there’s a little something for everyone within two hours of the resort. Here are a few of our quick day trip recommendations. The hardest part will be deciding where to start. 

    Yalahao Lagoon on Holbox Island: Located 30 minutes by boat from Holbox Island, this natural cenote is well worth the trip. Swim in the clear, fresh waters and check out the spring-fed pool. The spring is fed by water that crosses the island’s jungle and is a protected ecological reserve. Did we mention that the spring is considered a magic place in local folklore history?
    La Casas de los Venados: Home to the largest private collection of Mexican folk art, La Casas de Los Venados in Valladolid, is a private home and national cultural tourism asset with more than 3,000 pieces in their collection. Open daily at 10 a.m., tours are available in both English and Spanish.
    Sian Ka’an UNESCO World Heritage Site: Go for the channels made over a thousand years ago, and stay to float down a mangrove river. Named a World Heritage Site in 1986 and established as a nature park, the area is home to the ancient Mayan city of Muyil. Explore the jungle and then head across the Chunyacxche Lagoon for a day you won't soon forget.

  • Life The Fives Lifestyle

    Life The Fives Lifestyle

    A stay with us is more than a vacation, it’s a lifestyle. With an ideal location in Playa del Carmen, there’s much to see and do and we’re here to help plan the perfect getaway. Looking for inspiration? Our onsite Travel Agency, Mar Holidays, will handle every last detail, leaving more time for and your travel companions to relax and enjoy.  From ziplining to exploring cenotes, we’re sharing the top 5 ways to live The Fives lifestyle:

    Explore the H2O with the world’s most beautiful beaches at your toes, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the splendor of Playa Del Carmen then in the water. Consider a day of reef exploration and swimming with marine life, including turtles, whale sharks, and dolphins

    Go Archeological – It only takes a day to become one with our vivid history. From the ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba, spending time exploring the history and pyramids of the Yucatan Peninsula is a must

    A Taste of Local Style – Head to Fifth Avenue in Playa Del Carmen for a mix of local retailers and specialty shops

    Learn more about our favorite ways to spend your time here, and begin planning your upcoming vacation now!

  • The Mayan City of Tulum

    The Mayan City of Tulum

    Had enough of lounging by the pool at the resort? Want to add a day trip within your trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico? The Mayan City of Tulum will add the perfect bit of excitement and adventure to your tripTulum is a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city that serves as a major port for Coba. Tulum was one of the last cities built by the Maya and has managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. With a little imagination and knowledge, the ruins become a giant puzzle waiting to be pieced together and a prefect day-long getaway. The ruins at Tulum are open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m and boasts their own white sand beach, a marketplace for shopping, and unparalleled peace and relaxation. Speak to our resort concierge to set up a day trip to The Mayan City of Tulum during your stay! 

    Had enough of lounging by the pool at the resort? Want to add a day trip within your trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico? The Mayan City of Tulum will add the perfect bit of excitement and adventure to your trip.

  • Vassa Spa

    Vassa Spa

    There’s no better way to relax while away on vacation than with a day at the spa. Kick back and fall deeper into vacation land at The Fives’ Vassa Spa. Created with an architectural design that completes relaxation, Vassa Spa is a safe haven at The Fives that allows you to unwind, de-stress, and enjoy your inner trip. Take your body on a journey with ancient healing rituals filled with oils, aromatic herbs, and spices customized to suit your needs. Choose from a variety of services specialized in taking relaxation to a unparalleled level. Services include hydrotherapy, water journey, wellness rituals, facials, traditional massages, alternative therapies, exfoliations, body wraps, and romantic couple services. Just browsing the menu should begin to make you feel more relaxed. Vassa is a full service spa equipped with a fitness center and beauty parlor too. Enjoy your trip and allow Vassa Spa to take you on an inner trip at The Fives Resort. 


  • Excite Your Taste Buds

    Excite Your Taste Buds

    Hang your bathing suit up to dry, dust the sand off your feet, and slip into something chic for a culinary journey served with passion. The Fives offers its guests an onsite Thai restaurant that raises the bar and excites the taste buds. Koh Thai greets its guest with a 15 foot seated Buddha and fresh scents of lemon grass and ginger roaming from the kitchen to your seat. From traditional dishes such as Pad Thai and coconut soup to contemporary wok creations, Koh Thai is sure to make a lasting impression. Not only will the food far exceed your expectations, but the ambiance definitely sets the mood for an unforgettable meal. Ask for outdoor seating for a romantic night floating atop Koh Thai’s very own koi pond. If the sandy beaches of Playa del Carmen weren’t enough, Koh Thai will definitely seal the deal for you and your loved ones after a meal at The Fives.  

  • The Ultimate Theme Park

    The Ultimate Theme Park

    Xcaret Park takes theme parks to the next level. Xcaret is located in Riviera Maya, a little over 10 miles away from The Fives Hotel. Its proximity to the Caribbean coastlines and carefully crafted attractions creates a simultaneous feeling of relaxation and lighthearted pleasure. There is no shortage of “things to do” for guests at Xcaret Park, with its nature-based and cultural based attractions. The entire family will have an unforgettable experience enjoying water rides, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, underground rivers, and exquisite cuisine. After enjoying a nice lunch stroll through Xcaret’s bird and butterfly pavilion, bat cave, deer shelter, and island of jaguars end your day of amusement with a bird’s eye view of the entire park in the Rotating Scenic Tower.  If Xcaret sounds too good to be true strap on your fanny pack and check it out yourself!

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