Hacienda Tres Rios, Mexico

Hacienda Tres Rios Mexico

When we planned our trip to Mexico, we knew we wanted to spend some time doing a road trip and then spend our last couple days at an all-inclusive.  It is tough to compare all the hotels, but when we found Hacienda Tres Rios, it sounded like a nice eco-resort to visit, and the prices were more affordable than other hotels.  The hotel is located in Playa del Carmen, just under an hour south of Cancun. We stayed there November 26-28.

We drove to Hacienda Tres Rios in our rental car, and there were plenty of signs along the main road to guide us there.  We had to sign in at the main gate, where the guard looked up our name on the room list.

~ The Resort ~

We pulled up to the front and a valet took our car to a parking garage, and an attendant also took our luggage.

Tip: they don’t bring the luggage to your room until you ask for it, which can be confusing.  We didn’t realize we had to call for our luggage until it hadn’t been delivered a couple hours later.

Hacienda Tres Rios Entrance

We went through a check-in process at the front desk, and then we were sat down with someone with concierge.  While I appreciated the opportunity to go over things like activities we could do at the hotel, it was time consuming and also involved asking us if we wanted to go to a time share presentation.  We had just arrived from a couple hours of driving and a swimming tour, so we were exhausted and hungry, so it would have been nice to postpone this part of checking in.

Our room was nice, with a small sitting area over by our balcony.  We had plenty of room and there was a safe for our valuables.  It was nice to have a spacious room to relax in on our vacation.  Our balcony had a view of the jungle.

Hacienda Tres Rios

The resort is all very pretty, spread out through the jungle and mangroves.

Hacienda Tres Rios Night

~ Beach ~

One thing we knew about the resort before even booking our room: don’t go there for the beach.  However, we had already spent a lot of time on the beach, and considering all the other water activities at this hotel and in the area, we were fine with that.

The beach was not great, and we never saw people swimming off the beach.  You can see in the photo below that there is a dark algae along the water’s edge.  This is an eco-resort, and they do not treat the water or try to remove the algae – it’s just part of the ecosystem.  While we would have swam off the beach if it was nice, it wasn’t a big deal because there are so many other swimming opportunities on the property, not to mention all the swimming available off the resort property (e.g. cenotes, parks, lagoons, and beaches).

Hacienda Tres Rios Mexico

While we didn’t swim off the beach, we did a lot of walking on the beach, especially at sunset.

Hacienda Tres Rios Mexico

This is out on the tip of the jetty, looking back towards the beach and resort.  You can see to the left where the shore is dark, and that’s where dark seaweed washes up.  The beach itself is nice for walking around, lounging, playing volleyball, etc.  To the right you can see a private beach area.

Hacienda Tres Rios

We happened to see this pelican hanging out along the jetty.

Hacienda Tres Rios

Where lagoon meets the beach, there is very pretty clear water.  If you were to swim away from the beach, it takes you back towards the jungle and the cenote.

Hacienda Tres Rios

When we walked to the beach, we would see these huge iguanas sunning themselves.  The kids enjoyed looking for iguanas when we visited the beach.

Hacienda Tres Rios

~ Pools ~

The kids had a blast swimming in the pools. There is an adults pool area, and this was the kids pool.  One of the few disappointments that we had at the hotel is that the three jacuzzis were broken during our stay.  However, the kids spent plenty of time at the pool, and it was nice to also be able to lounge around the pools and enjoy some drinks and snacks.

The pools weren’t open at night, but it was still nice to walk around the resort, enjoying the cooler evening temperatures and the beauty of the hotel grounds.

Hacienda Tres Rios

~ Tours, Cenotes, and Kayaking ~

We love exploring and wanted to check out everything the resort has to offer.  You can sign up for snorkeling or kayaking, or just take the shuttle to the cenote.  It is also walkable, and I would say it is about 1/2 mile from the lobby of the resort.  After we finished our kayak tour, we walked around on the jungle paths a little while, and my 8 and 10 year old had no problem walking back to the resort.  Tip: wear bug spray.  Also, other guests warned us if you go when there has been a lot of rain, some of the boardwalk paths may end up covered with water, so wear shoes that can get wet.

Hacienda Tres Rios Mexico

The main cenote had crystal clear water for either swimming or kayaking.  We did walk around the property to see other cenotes, but those are not swimmable.

Hacienda Tres Rios Cenote

You can take a snorkeling or kayaking tour, and both were very organized.  My husband did the snorkeling tour and the rest of us did the kayak tour.

Hacienda Tres Rios Mexico

We had a lot of fun on the kayaking tour — maybe a little too much fun!  (The kids turned it into a kayak derby!)

Hacienda Tres Rios Mexico

My husband also did a SCUBA trip, as there is a tour booth located near the beach.  My 10 year old daughter actually did a SCUBA training in the pool one afternoon, and then the following day my husband went out on a tour.  (My daughter did an amazing job on the training but didn’t feel ready to go out in the ocean.)

~ Kids Club ~

There is a Kid’s Club where you can leave your child, or you can take them to do particular activities.  We stopped by to make some crafts, which was a nice, peaceful activity for the kids after many days of road-tripping, swimming, and hiking.

Hacienda tres rios

~ Food ~

The hotel is all-inclusive, so food and drinks are included, but we did tip at meals.  The service was always great, with friendly hosts and very helpful waitstaff.

We mostly ate at the buffet, since we have two kids and needed the flexibility.  The buffet was amazing, with different foods every day.  We did also try out the pizza restaurant, which is an outdoor restaurant.

Hacienda Tres Rios Dining

Everything we ate was great, from fruit to dinner to desserts.  In addition to the buffet, there are several restaurants and also a cafe.

Hacienda Tres Rios

~ Overall ~

We had a great time at Hacienda Tres Rios.  Our room was nice and spacious, and there are lots of amenities and things to do around the property.  It was a nice place to visit and relax, not having to worry about where to eat or having to look for tours off the resort.  The beach was not an issue for us, and we enjoyed many hours hanging out at the pool.


Visit Hacienda Tres Rios at http://www.haciendatresrios.com/


Our other Mexico reviews:

Our Mayan Riviera wedding
Aldea Zama condo rentals, Tulum
Avant Car Rental, Cancun
Cenotes Casa Tortuga, Tulum
Coba Ruins, Coba
Fiesta Americana Villas, Cancun
Muyil Ruins, Tulum
Hacienda Tres Rios, Playa del Carmen
Punta Laguna Nature Reserve, near Coba
Xcaret, Playa del Carmen
Yal Ku Lagoon, Akumal
Zazil Kin Beach, Tulum


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By | 2018-01-15T03:24:19+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Travel|25 Comments

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  1. Amber Ludwig January 8, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a fabulous resort!! I am loving that they are an eco resort! It makes my heart happy!! The food looks amazing and it wounds like they have tons to do there!!

  2. valmg @ Mom Knows It All January 10, 2018 at 3:33 am - Reply

    This sounds like a nice place for a family to visit. You got a great shot of the pelican and the iguana. The pool looks great, which would be very important if water wasn’t “swimmable”.

  3. robin rue January 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful resort. I can totally see why you chose to stay there – I would have too. It’s beautiful.

  4. candy January 10, 2018 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Sounds like this would be a wonderful place to take our whole extended family. All the adult kids and all the grandkids. We like to enjoy trips like this always nice to have many different things to do and visit so everyone is happy.

  5. Alli Smith January 10, 2018 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I normally stay away from buffets but that food looks amazing and it’s presented beautifully. This looks like a great place for families to stay. We always enjoy snorkeling when we visit the beach.

  6. Sarah Honey January 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Looks like a fantastic family-friendly resort! We love vacationing in Mexico. It’s a beautiful country.

  7. Amber Myers January 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    I wish I could be relaxing here right now. It’s cold here, and I miss the beach. One day I hope to make it to Mexico.

  8. Tomi C January 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    We were in Mexico this Fall and loved our resort. I’m already looking for another place to visit for our upcoming Fall vacation and this looks like it would be a great place to stay.

  9. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh January 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    I love that they have a kids club! What a great place for a family vacation. It looks like there was so many things to see and do there.

  10. Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade January 10, 2018 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I love Playa! I’ve only been once, but it was one of my favorite vacations. We stayed in a hotel rather than all-inclusive. We like trying all kinds of different restaurants on 5th Avenue, so it worked out better for us to do it that way.

  11. Sarah Bailey January 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness how amazing does that resort look! I am in love with the pool when it is lit at night I would love to take a swim in it at dusk.

  12. Natalie January 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    Wow this place is heaven on earth! I really want to visit Mexico, and reading your post makes me want to go there next!

  13. Pam January 11, 2018 at 1:29 am - Reply

    This looks like a great place to stay if you aren’t concerned about swimming in the ocean. I like the vicinity to the cenote!

  14. Mimi Green January 11, 2018 at 2:19 am - Reply

    This place looks stunningly beautiful. I would totally be freaked out by the iguana, but the pelican looks way cool. Mexico is on my list to visit. I’m pinning this to my travel board.

  15. Angelic Sinova January 11, 2018 at 3:55 am - Reply

    Wow, how awesome is this? That beach looks so gorgeous. Mexico is super high on my travel bucket list.

  16. Kita Bryant January 11, 2018 at 5:40 am - Reply

    I would love to go to Mexico. I heard the gulf is amazing.

  17. Chubskulit Rose January 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    My kids would love to see those iguanas! It looks very relaxing and lots of things to do out there.

  18. Emily January 11, 2018 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Wow, this looks like a dream vacation! I am a beach girl at heart, so to me going anywhere with a beach is what vacations are all about. That water looks stunning! We are in such a cold snap here in Wisconsin that I am daydreaming of our spring vacation, not sure where yet but this would be an amazing adventure to go on.

  19. Dogvills January 11, 2018 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Mexico is a dream vacation destination for my family. We have been wishing to go for the longest time. I love this resort! There are all sorts of activities for every age group, for every member of the family. Thanks for the review. I will bookmark this page for reference when we get to do our trip planning.

  20. Ricci January 12, 2018 at 1:11 am - Reply

    What a fun and gorgeous vacation!! I would love to go to Mexico soon, bring me all the Pina Coladas!!

  21. Lynn Woods January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Looks like you had a great time. Its absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t been to Mexico in years, buy I want to go back!

  22. Tab August 23, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

    What a fun vacation?! This is great!

  23. Amanda Martin August 23, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I’m just dying for a beach trip. I’ve learned that most all inclusive resorts don’t have the best beaches…a good one is tough to find!

  24. Stephanie August 23, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    We just got back from Cabo! Mexico is gorgeous! We are going back again next fall with our kids – this post gives me hope that traveling with littles can be a breeze.

  25. Kelsey August 23, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Looks like paradise!

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