When I stayed at the Xcaret Mexico hotel in 2017, I didn’t think there was much to improve. It was the perfect resort experience – deluxe rooms, the highest standard of cuisine I’ve ever had in an all-inclusive, a wonderful spa, and a laundry list of inclusions. After staying at the new Xcaret Arte hotel, however, I realized how much better my previous experience could have been – making it adults-only.
I am kidding. Type of. I really like children, but not in my complex. So when the Xcaret Arte Hotel opened as a luxury, adults-only, all-inclusive, I knew it would be absolutely perfect. After experiencing it in November, I can confirm it.
Fans of the original Xcaret Mexico Hotel will find that the standard of quality remains equally high at the new resort. Located opposite the original, the Xcaret Arte hotel is a mirror image. It presents five dedicated “casas”, each devoted to a medium of Mexican art, from painting to music and including design. All rooms at the Xcaret Arte are considered suites, starting at 645 square feet.
A guest room at the Hotel Xcaret Arte. Photo credit: Hôtel Xcaret Arte
I checked into an ocean front suite at Casa de los Artistas. This particular casa has swim-up suites that flow into its own private pool, and the casa has an exclusive rooftop pool with a separate bar. All suites, regardless of the casa, have a furnished balcony with a hammock.
Granted, like the Xcaret Mexico hotel, Arte has 900 rooms, which in theory seems overwhelming. But the way the resort is laid out and with so much private space in the individual casas, it never felt like it was too crowded. This is part of what Hotel Xcaret Arte does so well. There are so many different areas to play in that you never feel overwhelmed.
The heart of the activity is the main infinity pool, which extends from the Cayuco restaurant. Cayuco is an all-day buffet-style restaurant, although these days, due to Covid protocols, guests don’t help themselves from any of the buffets. You will also find the main swim-up bar in this part of the complex. The pool area is lined with lounge chairs and lounge chairs, and it was always easy to find somewhere to stretch out for the day.
At the bottom of the main infinity pool is the small beach. You can find other beaches in Playa del Carmen that you prefer, as this one is a bit rocky. Guests who like to be at the beach may find it to fall short of, say, Playacar or Mayakoba standards. However, the view of the Caribbean Sea is breathtaking. It is for the swimming pool experience that you come to the Xcaret Arte hotel.
What this resort does better than almost any other all inclusive resort I’ve been to is meeting expectations for quality. This ranges from the smallest furnishing details (all of which were made locally in Mexico) to serving the food. The food, in particular, is exceptional. From the build-your-own ceviche bar in Cayuco to the tasting menu at China Poblano to the expansive all-day venue in San Juan Mercado, the food at the Xcaret Arte hotel is on par with many EP luxury resorts. The street food of the San Juan Mercado can also fit into any Mexican cuisine. In fact, you will find that tortillas, quesadillas, sopes, etc. are hand made right in front of you. A long queue to check in at the restaurant? Sip on authentic Mexican hot chocolate while you wait. The Xcaret Mexico hotel is also a short walk away, and Arte guests have full access to the restaurants at the sister property.
The only restaurant not included in the Xcaret Arte hotel’s all-inclusive package is Xaak, which serves a decadent tasting menu with an option of food and wine pairing. I can confirm that this experience has been fantastic.
Inclusions are another reason to book guests at the Xcaret Arte hotel (and Xcaret hotels in general). Everything – everything – except the spa is included. This means round-trip transportation from the airport, all food and drink, on-site experiences like pottery making and painting and, of course, unlimited access to all of Grupo Xcaret’s theme parks.
While the spa isn’t included, it’s definitely worth splurging the extra bit. Built with the Yucatan cenotes in mind, the entire spa is centered around the water. A river (on which you can kayak or stand-up paddleboard) runs through the entire complex. A quieter stretch of river runs through the spa. Treatment cabins are built from dimly lit caves, with lighted passageways winding from cabins to hydrotherapy facilities. The hot and cold plunge pools are tucked away in inconspicuous corners with rounded ceilings above them, giving the illusion that you’ve disappeared underground into a secret world of well-being.
The Xcaret Arte hotel is on the next level, and I don’t say this lightly. While all-inclusive resorts seem to merge together these days, even the most jaded resort experts will find something to impress at Arte.
Rates at the Xcaret Arte hotel start at $ 637 per night, double.