A tropical paradise with its own rainforest, sandy beach, four pools, and rooms inspired by nature
- Quiet, comfortable guest rooms inspired by nature with jungle and beach views
- Stunning surroundings with white sand, rainforest, multiple pools, and snorkelling metres from the shore
- Outstanding amenities including spa, multiple restaurants and dive centre
- Sustainable operations supported by Iberostar's Wave of Change programme
Iberostar Quetzal provides the ideal getaway for relaxation and adventure thanks to the ultimate blend of natural beauty, laid back luxury and over the top family fun. Explore the Yucatan Peninsula's stunning underwater world with PADI courses and guided trips focused on the region's epic sites and marine wildlife, including seasonal bull sharks. Or, take your exploration further with day trips to Mayan ruins, dense jungles, secluded coral reefs, and cenotes. Back at the resort, you can relax and unwind with spacious and contemporary guest rooms, delicious dining, and sublime spa services.
About Iberostar Quetzal
Iberostar Quetzal is a top pick for visitors in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, thanks to its secluded beach and jungle atmosphere, exciting everyday activities, family-friendly facilities, and luxurious amenities. Each room is a tranquil oasis of calm, surrounded by tropical rainforest and lush gardens, perfect for rest and relaxation. Take advantage of exceptional scuba diving and snorkelling suitable for all skill and comfort levels, and day trips to dense jungles, Mayan ruins, mighty whale sharks, and cenote diving. Back on land, take it easy with an expansive pool complex, sandy beach, dining and drinking to suit all tastes, and more - with a skilled team who cater to your every need.
Iberostar proudly operates over 100 hotels worldwide in destinations throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa. This prestigious family of hotels focuses on highly personalised guest attention, modern gastronomy, and luxurious details, including spa and wellness services. No matter which of their breathtaking properties you choose to stay at, you can expect stunning facilities, perfectly private and relaxing guest rooms, and activities for all - with daily excursions, kids camps, and more! Iberostar is also setting new standards for environmentally responsible tourism through their Wave of Change programme, aiming to offer a fully sustainable service company-wide by 2030.
Explore the resort
This secluded tropical paradise boasts a lovely white sand beach, private patch of rainforest, and expansive pool complex. Each of the resort's rooms feels perfectly secluded, tucked away behind jungle foliage with a warm, homelike ambience inspired by nature. But, thanks to Iberostar Quetzal's stunning natural surroundings and perfectly maintained grounds, you'll probably spend most of your time outdoors. Scuba diving, guided snorkelling and watersports, and adventures throughout the region are easy to arrange, and every day's activities include a mix of sports, nighttime entertainment, and social gatherings. You'll also enjoy complimentary use of the facilities at Iberostar Tucán and Iberostar Cozumel.
When you aren't busy enjoying Playa del Carmen's underwater world, this is the perfect place to indulge in some low key luxuries. The resort's spa offers an indulgent menu of massages and bodywork and daily yoga and meditation sessions through the Aliveness programme. Iberostar Quetzal also promises a variety of wellness offerings, with healthy menus and a full-service gym. Fine dining, top-shelf drinks from the bar, homemade ice cream, and even imported cigars are the norm here, with ten different restaurants and bars to choose from. Families with children will find plenty for their youngest adventurers to see and do, with daily activities and events offered through the resort's Star Camp.
Diving with Dressel Divers
Playa del Carmen is a dream destination for getting scuba certified and enjoying laid-back reef exploration. The region is famous for its calm conditions, thriving coral gardens, and exciting wildlife, including seasonal bull shark aggregations and three species of sea turtles. In addition to these easy-going adventures, you'll enjoy access to sites around the Riviera Maya, the Costa Maya and Cozumel. Other local attractions include snorkelling with whale sharks and visits to the cenotes - with transfers included. Back at the on-site dive shop, you'll find comfortable air-conditioned classrooms and facilities for personal equipment, plus posted weekly dive schedules making it simple to sign up for your favourite activities.
Dressel Divers offers unparalleled scuba service throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, and select destinations in Europe. This family of PADI 5-Star resorts proudly conducts dive courses for all, led by passionate and professional instructors and divemasters from all around the world. So, underwater explorers of all skill and comfort levels will feel perfectly looked after. Guests diving with this world-renowned company can also expect top of the line rental equipment, perfectly maintained boats, and extras, including free nitrox. In addition to their diving services, Dressel Divers proudly provides a wide variety of outings and watersports, with activities suited to all ages and interests.
- Plan a day to enjoy Iberostar's SPA Sensations and Aliveness wellness programme, including yoga and meditation.
- Head into town for dining, drinking, and nightlife on Playa del Carmen's legendary Fifth Avenue.
- Kids aged four to 17 will love the resort's Star Camp activities programme.
- Dive here between November and March for up close encounters with bull sharks.
Iberostar Quetzal is located just south of Playa del Carmen, in a secluded area boasting far less tourist development than the city itself. This property is Earth Check certified, protecting its own small section of tropical rainforest and sandy beach. And, the resort's operations reflect a strong dedication to preserving the natural world around it. Iberostar's Wave of Change programme is a planned and carefully staged effort with attainable goals, including a chain-wide ban on single-use plastics in 2020 and future plans including a switch to 100% sustainably sourced seafood, waste-free operations, and a carbon-neutral footprint. Iberostar also funds citizen science programmes, including coral reef restoration and awards grants and scholarships to worthy environmental causes throughout the regions it serves.
Diving in Cozumel and Playa del Carmen
Bull sharkNovember - March
Eagle rayYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Caves & cavernsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star Resort
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