Prices below include 2 adults with up to 2 kids for a full retail all inclusive stay at the Sandos Playacar. Couple must qualify as a prospect & attend a sales presentation on the resorts vacation club. Kids need to be 12 years of age or younger at the time of travel or get charged a fee.
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Sandos Playacar Offers A Discounted 5 Nights to Pre-Qualified Couples:
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*Save on your stay at the Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa by qualifying as a prime prospect for the Royal Elite Vacation Club. Sandos Resorts offers retail reservations & an inhouse membership. To get this special promotion qualify by meeting the terms below.
This promotion is for couples with or without children. One adult must be between the ages of 30 and 65. During your stay you must attend a 120 minute sales presentation.
Your savings can be up to $1000 except over a holiday when your savings would be up to $2000.
You & your family will get full access to the Sandos Playacar Resort including ALL restaurants. This promotion can be used year round including holidays & can be customized from 3 to 7 nights with the best deal being 5 nights. You can occupy two rooms to max capacity at a special rate.
Sandos Playacar is an all inclusive hotel located inside the gated city of Playacar Mexico. There is 24 hour security both on resort (inhouse) & throughout Playacar (complex security). Free one way private transfer is included & return private transfer is around $65. Includes two(2) adults with up to two(2) kids (twelve(12) years or younger at the time of travel).
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To be a qualified prospect for this special promotion (minivac), all requirements listed below must be met:
1.- Married couples, at least one of them must be between 30 and 65 years old when attending the sales presentation. They must present valid photo ID’s that include their age, same last name and address as their spouse’s. Otherwise, their children in common (proven) or marriage certificate will serve as proof of marriage for married couples. Their annual combined income must be at least $60,000 USD. married couples must attend the sales presentation together.
2.- Cohabitating couples, at least one of them must be between 30 and 65 years old when attending the sales presentation. They must present valid ID’s that include their age and same address as their partner. Otherwise, their children in common (proven) will serve as proof of cohabitation. Their annual combined income must be at least $60,000 USD. Cohabitating couples must attend the sales presentation together.
3.- Must have a steady legally recorded job. Full time employment only, part time does not qualify for this promotion. Retirees accepted only if one has legally recorded job (pensions or retirement money do not participate).
4.- Qualified prospects must present at the time of the sales presentation at least one (1) personalized valid major credit card such as MasterCard, Visa or American Express (corporate credit cards, Discover credit cards, extension credit cards, debit cards and debit cards that function also as credit cards are NOT accepted).
5.- Must be US or Canadian permanent resident (not including Quebec).
6.- Each qualified prospect must present a valid ID such as a passport and driver’s license at the time of the sales presentation.
7.- Speak and write fluent English or Spanish and be able to read and sign a legally binding agreement without the help of a translator.
8.- All adult travelers must attend together to the 90-120 minute sales presentation of the vacation club at the hotel.
9.- At the moment of check-in to the hotel, the reception will ask for a guarantee deposit on the qualified prospect’s credit card for the amount of 750 USD which will be canceled at the moment the guest checks out of the hotel and has complied with all the requirements detailed on this document.
10.- This package does not apply for clients traveling for special events, as it is informed but not limited to, group travel, weddings and conventions.
11.- First night of vacation must be in a Sandos Hotel.
12.- Travelers who do not meet these requirements will lose their status of being a qualified prospect for this package resulting in the travelers paying the rack rate of the hotel for total of the stay.
The following do not qualify for this promotion (minivac) and therefore will lose their status as a qualified prospect resulting in the payment of the hotel rack rate:
a) Tourism industry employees, airline, travel agency or hotel industry employees; current or former time-share employees, ministers or pastors and retired people.
b) Single clients do not quality for this promotion.
c) Anyone who has attended in the past the vacation club sales presentation at any Sandos Hotel, including members or former members of the vacation club belonging to the hotel chain.
d) Participants who had attended or will attend a sales presentation in another hotel 30 days before or 30 days after their stay at the resort.
e) Participants that have used or will use a similar type of package 30 days before or 30 days after their stay at the hotel.
f) Any person whose name is not the original name on the reservation (this minivac package is not transferable).
g) If friends and/or family are traveling together with different confirmation numbers, none of them will qualify for the promotional package and will be required to pay the rack rate.
• It is the guest’s responsibility to contact the concierge to schedule the appointment for the 90-120 minute sales presentation of the hotel’s.
• The sales presentation can not take place on the first day or last day of the guest’s vacation stay in the hotel or on January 1st or December 25th.
• Participants can not have any type of appointment scheduled on the same day of the sales presentation.
• If you find flights arriving very early (00:01 to 4:00 am) please talk to your travel agency to add that extra night to your package and avoid inconvenient.
• By signing this letter, the participants agree and comply with all terms and conditions mentioned previously. Any verbal or written agreement made with the agency that is not contained in this letter, is NOT valid. In case of noncompliance with any of the requirements, the reservation will be cancelled, so if the participants wish to stay in the hotel, they must pay the rack rate on the understanding that the money paid to the travel agency for the promotion will NOT be taken into account to settle the payment thereof.
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What’s Included In The Sandos Playacar Vacation Promotion?
*Some services are still restricted due to Covid. Due to limited staff, restaurant reservations are required and restaurants rotate meaning some may be closed on certain nights.
First, let me mention that the same terms and conditions apply for all 4 Sandos Resort locations. This promotion gives you full access to the resorts retail all inclusive.
You can review the full Sandos Playacar all inclusive details here: https://www.sandos.com/sandos-playacar/all-inclusive-resort-playa-del-carmen
This means you get the same reservation that travelers using sites like (Hotels-dot-com) and (Expedia-dot-com) get. Sandos Resorts allows their retail customers to dine every evening in a resort restaurant (promo or retail). Reservations may be required.
This menu based dining is on top of the upscale buffet restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are two buffets but one is huge and the other tiny.
The buffet restaurants are open 15 or 16 hours a day from 7am to 10 or 11pm! The menu based dining starts at 5 pm and goes past 11 pm.
At Sandos Playacar there is also a snack bar called the Cup Cake Café which is also a barista. They serve coffee and espresso based coffees from 8am to 11pm everyday! Yes, they have cupcakes too!
Along with the food you get other basic amenities included in the retail all inclusive like snorkel gear and kayaks. There is a limit to how long you can use these daily and that really depends on how busy they are.
I had a blast hanging out at the scuba shack (Scuba Libre). I went scuba diving, parasailing and whale shark swimming. The resort has several recommended vendors like Scuba Libre and SeekandGo.
What Room Is Included?
You get the Junior Suite and you cannot upgrade. At check-in the resort may offer upgrades but no vendor is allowed to sell or promise any upgrades.
This room can come with two queens and a sofa. If you have a baby they will provide a crib upon request. Remember, kids ages 2 and younger are not counted towards the all inclusive and are invisible (free).
The Junior Suite can accommodate 2 adults with 3 kids 12 and younger or 3 adults and 2 kids.
What All Inclusive Amenities Are Included?
- Free Endless Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages.
- All Resort Taxes & Fees Included.
- Free Day Passes To Sandos Caracol Located 6 Miles North.
- Free One-way Private Transfer & Return Transfer At A Discount.
- Free Nightly Entertainment (Evening Show).
- Free Baby/Kid/Teen Clubs (basic Retail Access).
- Beach Front & Highly Rated Located In Gated Community.
- Access Menu Based Dining Every Evening.
- 24 Hour Basic Room Service (Sandwiches).
- Free Gym, Tennis & Mini Golf.
- Package Includes Two Adults With Up To Two Kids Under 13.
- Customize A Three to Seven Night Stay & max Out Two Suites.
A Few Sandos Playacar Menus:
What’s The Buffet Like?
I loved the buffet and it was my go to spot for meals and snacks. There is one main buffet and several smaller buffets. The big buffet is the Festival Grand Buffet. It is located in the center of the resort near the second reception area.
The food in the buffet changes every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) by like 40% or so. My favorite was the ceviche which I had never eaten before this trip.
I highly recommend the fresh squeezed juices!
This buffet is open to you upon arrival! They will hold your luggage and you can do everything non room related including eat. That includes drinking, eating and swimming.
A Few Important Sandos Playacar Links:
Jump around the Sandos Resorts website with these quick links to things people want to know about!
As an added incentive to choose Sandos Playacar for your stay, Sandos offers free day passes to the Sandos Caracol Eco. You and your family will get access to the Sandos Caracol daily via what they call a day pass. Simply go to reception and let them know you are going to visit. They will make arrangements for you to get through security. Sandos Caracol Eco is located just 6 miles North of Playacar. In between the two resorts is the famous fifth avenue shopping district and the ferry doc to Cozumel Island. Your only expense is your transportation between the two resorts. I found that it cost about $20 USD each way. You get free access to the buffet at Sandos Caracol Eco, retail bars and any snack shacks.
Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa Maps:
Sandos Playacar Grounds Map:
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Sandos Playacar Google Map:
Address: Paseo Xaman – Ha 1, Playacar, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico
Discover Fine Dining At Sandos Playacar:
There are nine restaurants at Sandos Playacar. Three are buffets and six are ala cart. Below are links to the menus and pages at Sandos.com where you can get all the yummy details!
*Covid has the restaurants on a rotation and looks like 6 ala carts and 2 buffets are open.9
Festival Grand Buffet
This is the main restaurant where you can eat about 15 hours a day. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is a very large buffet and it has a full salad, lunch-meat and fruit bar. The overall buffet switches everyday so that it is a bit different for every meal. They have a lot of seating and this is where you will get coffee for the first hours of the day.
You do not need reservations and can eat here as often as you like. There is internet and comfortable seating. I did not see an espresso machine but they did have a cappuccino machine.
Oceanfront Breakfast Buffet
This is the smaller buffet which is located beachfront next to the main retail family pool area. They have a full selection of juice. On the second floor is the Royal Elite office and meeting area where you’ll do the presentation. On the roof is a view that shows the entire local area!
This is the smaller buffet but is right next to the pool. This food stop is great if you are at the family pool or on the family section of the beach.
The Il Piemonte is an ala cart restaurant located next to the main buffet. They serve Italian foods and you will need a reservation. The restaurant is open all day but only serves the Royal Elite Members for breakfast and lunch.
Have a look at the Il Piemonte’s dinner menu here. This menu changes every Sunday so wait to print yours! There is a bar in every restaurant so you can have your favorite dinner cocktail!
Chayita Mexican Grill
The Chayita was awesome! It is like a Chipotle knockoff or Chipotle is a Chayita knockoff. They serve tacos, burritos and bowls! During my stay no reservations were needed.
This restaurant is located between the teen club and the Cup Cake Café which is located in the concert area. I took mine to go and went back to my room to eat!
This restaurant doesn’t seem to be listed or is considered a snack house. It’s not big but it sure was yummy!
I truly enjoyed my meal at Le Gourmet located inside the Adults Only pool area of Sandos Playacar. My only complaint here was the open dining. Open as in open to the outside and mosquitoes.
The restaurant sits almost on the beach or just before it. It offers a full bar and a dimly lit atmosphere. I just could not escape something nipping at my legs. Totally ruined the meal and I ate quick.
You can see the menu but remember that the menu changes every week. View the current Le Gourmet Menu here.
Fogo De Janeiro
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Looking For A Great Game Of Golf?
Playacar Mexico is a golf course made by Robert Von Hagge & Jeffery Blume. The entire development is an 18 hole golf course plus a small shopping center, ruins, apartments and other resorts. Hard Rock Hotel owns the golf course which I accessed by bike while at Sandos Playacar.
I was asked to leave when they discovered me biking through the many paths.
Sandos Playacar Beach Resort FAQs
Is Sandos Playacar Resort safe?
Yes, very! Sandos Playacar is located inside a gated city with security inside a resort that has its own security. Plus, the entire Cancun area all the way to Tulum is very safe and has both Police and Military. Tourism is big business for Cancun and Cancun International saw 10 million travelers with 4 million being American.
Here is a video that shows you where Sandos Playacar is on a map and it has that double security thing going on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULUnASIsQBo
Where can I find the Sandos Playacar map of the hotel grounds?
You can find the Sandos Playacar Resort map here:
Is Sandos Playacar all inclusive?
Yes! Sandos Playacar is an upscale all inclusive resort with 9 restaurants. Every traveler to Sandos Playacar is either retail or a member. Retail visitors get access to the resorts a la carte restaurants every evening and access to the resorts buffets all day and evening. Members get access to the resorts a la carte restaurants for every meal along with other great amenity addons.
How many rooms are there at Sandos Playacar?
955 total rooms as of mid 2021. Coincidentally it is about 955 steps from the lobby to the beach.
How many Restaurants are there at Sandos Playacar?
There are 9 restaurants at Sandos Playacar when it is in full operation. The resort offers buffet and a la carte options along with 24 hour room service!
How far is Sandos Playacar from the airport?
Sandos Playacar is 38 miles which will take about 1 hour if traveling from the Cancun International Airport.
How far is Sandos Playacar from the Playa del Carmen?
Sandos Playacar is located just 12 minutes (2.5 miles) south of the ADO Bus Station located at Quinta Avenida Nte. LTE 2, Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R., Mexico.
Are bike rentals free at Sandos Playacar?
Yes! The bikes are free and Sandos Playacar has adult, kid and bikes with baby seats. Everyday they offer a bike tour and they give you 3 hours. You can ride off property and bike throughout the Playacar development. You could also go to 5th avenue which is just 2.5 miles away. Here is a video I took of the bikes while on vacation there:
Here is a video of me biking to the center of Playacar where they have some small stores and shops.
Here is a video about the Playacar Ruins:
Here is a video about the Playacar Bird Sanctuary:
Here is a video of 5th avenue:
All these areas can be reached easily by bike.
Are there Mayan Ruins near or at Sandos Playacar?
Yes! There are two small patches of ruins inside the general Playacar development. You can view them here:
On the Sandos Playacar property there is a small ruin like a single room building located towards the beach but I was told it is fake or rebuilt. The closest real ruins are in Cabo or Tulum.
Is Sandos Playacar an adults only resort?
No, Sandos Playacar is a family resort that has an adults only section. They have a family area, adults only area, members only areas and included services like a Teen Club and Kids Club.
Does Sandos Playacar have elevators?
Yes there are elevators. There are 955 rooms. If you get a room on the 3rd or 4th floor you may want one away from the elevators. I have seen complaints about them being noisy. The buildings are just 4 floors tall.
What time is check-in and check-out at Sandos Playacar?
Check-in is at 3 pm and check-out is at noon (12pm). There may be early and late check-in or check-out depending on resort availability. Check with reservations for details.
Is there free parking at Sandos Playacar?
Yes there is free parking for guests at Sandos Playacar. There is also plenty of taxi transportation available.
Is there free WIFI at Sandos Playacar?
Yes there is WIFI throughout Sandos Playacar including the rooms.
Does Sandos Playacar have a tours and excursion service?
Yes, Sandos Playacar has a company called Seek and Go and Scuba Libre. They work together to bring dozens of tours and excursions directly to the guests. Across Sandos Playacar are booths and tables where you can get information on all the local tour deals. Here is a video of the Sandos Playacar tours and excursion office:
There are well over 50 things the resort can set up safely and professionally for you. Also, I enjoyed scuba diving for the first time. Here is a video is that experience:
I got trained in the pool at Sandos Caracol and then taken to the Mesoamerican Reef between Cozumel and the resort. At Playacar Scuba Libre setup Parasailing for me.
What does the buffet look like at Sandos Playacar?
The buffet was fantastic and had a slew of items! Here is a video of the Sandos Playacar buffet:
What is the minimum check-in age at Sandos Playacar?
The minimum check-in age at Sandos Playacar is 18.
What is the minimum drinking of alcohol age at Sandos Playacar?
The minimum drinking alcohol age at Sandos Playacar is 18.
Are pets allowed at Sandos Playacar?
No. Pets are not allowed at Sandos Playacar including service animals. You will need to get special permission directly from the resort.
Does Sandos Playacar have a kids club or teen club?
Yes. Sandos Playacar has a kids club and a teen club. They are open daily and offer activities and fun things for the kids to do.
Is Sandos Playacar wheelchair and handicap accessible?
Yes. Sandos Playacar is wheelchair accessible and even has a beach wheelchair mobile (it’s motor-less) but allows a handicap person to be pushed out onto the beach. There is also sidewalk access around the resort and in and out of the restaurants.
Does Sandos Playacar have a taxi valet or service?
Yes. Sandos Playacar offers taxi service 24 hours a day and will on demand call taxis which wait in a common area nearby to serve all the resorts. Sandos Playacar’s entrance is close to the road which allows you the option of just flagging a cab down. You should note that a moving taxi is cheaper and can be negotiated with more than a parked cab or one that is ordered by a valet. You should always be clear with the driver as to cost for the ride. Never wait till you get there to get a bill!
Does Sandos Playacar accept American Express?
Yes. Sandos Playacar accepts all major forms of credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Does Sandos Playacar have room service? Is it free?
Yes. Sandos Playacar has free 24 hour room service.
Does Sandos Playacar offer a wedding service?
Yes. Sandos Playacar has a full and complete wedding service and wedding specials for both the wedding party and the guests. Here is the main Sandos Wedding Guide.
Can you drink the water at Sandos Playacar?
Yes and no. The water is purified and you should have no problems. Every room at Sandos Playacar has a large water bottle or jug and a mini refrigerator that will have beer and soda. Many travelers choose to not drink the water and even brush their teeth with bottled water. I did not drink the tap water but I did brush my teeth with the tap water. I had no issues during my 14 day stay between Sandos Playacar and Sandos Caracol.
Do the rooms at Sandos Playacar have safes?
Yes. The rooms at Sandos Playacar have safes in the closets for you to store valuables.
Do the rooms at Sandos Playacar have air conditioning?
Yes. The rooms at Sandos Playacar have air conditioning and so do all but one restaurant. That restaurant is oceanfront and does have a breeze.
Does Sandos Playacar have a spa?
Yes. Sandos Playacar has a 20+ room spa area and offers a bunch of spa related services. You can get the details here:
Does Sandos Playacar’s spa accept cash?
No. All payments for the spa are added to your rooms bill which you will need to settle before you leave.
Does Sandos Playacar’s spa have a sauna or steam room?
Yes, but it is not included in the retail all inclusive. Only the gym or fitness center side is included. Along with the fitness center is a hydrotherapy section of the spa. That area has a pool, hot tub, water jet massage, steam room, sauna and areas to nap.
Does Sandos Playacar have golfing nearby?
Yes! The Playacar development is a golf course! You can see video of that golf course here:
Plus onsite at Sandos Playacar there is putt-putt or mini-golf. Here is a video screencast of a Google Map showing Sandos Playacar and the general area.
Does Sandos Playacar have parasailing nearby?
Yes! Sandos Playacar offers parasailing right out in front of the resort through Seek and Go and Scuba Libre. These are two of the approved tourism services for the resort.
Does Sandos Playacar offer scuba diving nearby?
Yes! Sandos Playacar offers scuba diving and will even train you in the pool. A company called Scuba Libre will be taking you out. If you are a first timer don’t worry. I was a first timer and here is what I learned after just 30 minutes in the pool.
After some practice we went out to two spots on the Mesoamerican Reef System which is directly out in the ocean between the resort and Cozumel Island. Here is a video of my first time scuba in the open ocean:
Does Sandos Playacar’s offer non motorized sports equipment free?
Yes! Sandos Playacar offers kayaks and paddleboards for you to use. There is a time limit and that depends on demand. There are also little sailboats. You will need to sign a form and pay an insurance fee of like $10 a week per group. Here is a video:
Does Sandos Playacar have any monkeys?
Yes! Sandos Playacar has monkeys! Here is a video of the monkey families at Sandos Playacar:
How often does the golf cart go to the beach from the adults only area at Sandos Playacar?
The golf cart transport at Sandos Playacar is constantly moving. There were two double carts running when I was there in June 2021. It appeared they arrived about every half hour.
How to get to Sandos Playacar from Sandos Caracol?
You would need to drive or use a taxi. Sandos Caracol is inset from the main road at the north side of Playa del Carmen. There is just 6 miles between the two resorts so you could walk. A cab will cost about $25.
What does a taxi cost from Sandos Cancun Resort to the Sandos Playacar Resort?
The cost of a taxi service from Sandos Cancun to the Sandos Playacar would be about $65.
How far is Sandos Playacar from Cancun Airport?
38 miles and about 1 hour of travel time.
How far is Sandos Caracol from Sandos Playacar?
About 6 miles and 15 minutes travel time.
How much is a room per night at Sandos Playacar?
Sandos Playacar is all inclusive so you’re paying for a room, food and alcohol all together. Average cost per night for two adults is about $200. Add a few kids and the cost can quickly hit $300+ a night. Want a deal? Check out the resorts vacation club special:
Where can I book the Sandos Playacar timeshare promotion deal?
Book your stay through an experienced agent, Tom Bowman at his website:
How much to upgrade at Sandos Playacar?
There is no set upgrade price. Upgrades are available upon request and if available. I have had customers upgraded to a nicer suite for less than $200 on a 7 night stay.
How is the beach in Sandos Playacar?
The beach at Sandos Playacar is amazing! I made this video of the beach as I walked south towards Xcaret.
The ocean water itself is nice too! There are no rocks in the water here like at Sandos Caracol. The beach is part of a residential area and so beach traffic beyond tourists is minimal. The beaches in Mexico are public so there are vendors that drift up and down the beach.
Is there a hospital or doctor nearby Sandos Playacar?
Yes! There is a doctor onsite 24 hours a day and all you need to do is alert staff. There is a hospital just a mile or two away. Here is a link to that hospital:
Where exactly on a map is Sandos Playacar?
Here is a Google direct link to the Google map location of Sandos Playacar. You can scroll in or out as needed.
Sandos Playacar is located at the far south end of the Playacar strip next to a forest reserve of about 2 miles. Here is a video screencast of a Google Map showing the location of Sandos Playacar, the hard Rock Golf course, Playacar and the Riviera Maya area generally.
Does the Sandos Playacar have an ATM or cash machines?
Yes, the Sandos Playacar does have ATM’s and two of them are located in the lobby of the meeting building near the center of the resort property. There was one in USD and one in PESOS. Here is a video of those machines:
What does the beach look like at Sandos Playacar?
The beach is beautiful and south of the property is a forest reserve. Here is a video of the beach and the beachfront south of Sandos Playacar.
Where can I find monkeys at Sandos Playacar?
You can find monkeys for sure in the adults only section which is part (set in front of) the members only area you see from the beach. If you are traveling retail, you will be on the other side of the family section. I stayed in the adults only through a member and had access to the members area. I stayed on the second floor of the north condo, it’s the building closest to the north side of the beach. There were monkeys there everyday.
Here is a video of them:
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