In a paradise surrounded by world-renowned white sand beaches, sometimes there are a few downsides when going to the beach for a perfect day...
On some days, the wind can create intense and strong waves, transforming a nice swimming session into a tenacious and maybe even a dangerous stunt. That same strong wind could also cover your entire body, hair, eyes and towel with our lovely white sand beach. So where could you possibly spend your precious vacation days (or your precious day off if you're a local) when the beach and ocean just won't cooperate? BuyPlaya happily visited (for you!) the best rooftop pools in Playa del Carmen where you can spend the day in a gorgeous pool, having a fancy cocktail and a delightful meal while facing the most desirable ocean views in town.
Be Roof (Be Playa's rooftop bar and pool)
Located on the corner of 26th Street 10th Avenue (as part of the hip hotel Be Playa), Be Roof opened its doors five years ago. Since then, it has been not only a charming and cozy place to spend the day, but also a space to gather and meet people at Be Roof's evening events, such as: dance lessons (tango or bachata), movie nights, DJ nights, etc.
Be Roof offers its guests two different food options: You can choose from the special menu made exclusively for the rooftop area....
Smoked salmon sandwich with side of fried jicama
Tuna wrap and veggies
Fried calamari and homemade sauce
...Or simply go with the delightful classic sushi menu from Sushi Club, located on the ground floor of the same building!
By asking your waiter for the Sushi Club menu, you'll be able to order delicious sushi and other meals from their menu.
Your day at the Be Roof wouldn't be complete without one (or more!) of their savory cocktails.
Minstrow (Coconut, strawberry and mint... my favorite!) and Green Station (Cucumber, pineapple and mint)
Mai Tai (Dark and white rum, Controy liquor, orange juice, pineapple juice and a touch of grenadine)
Cucumber Mezcal Mojito
Open every day from 10:00am to midnight, Be Roof will make your day in paradise a memorable experience. Like their Facebook page to follow their special events and promotions.
The Roof Club is located on 8th Street between 5th and 10th Avenue (Part of the hotel The Palm at Playa)
The Roof Club at The Palm is a fabulous rooftop in downtown Playa del Carmen. It's one of the largest rooftops in town and offers stunning turquoise views of our Caribbean Sea.
The Roof Club welcomes you to spend the day at their pool, enjoying groovy cocktails and a delectable meal while facing one of the best views in downtown. A great option to indulge by relaxing on a bed, a hammock or even in a jacuzzi.
In addition to special events (private events, launches, festivals, DJs, etc.), The Roof Club offers daily Happy Hour specials (starting at 2:00 pm), pool parties every Saturday and Sunday, and Ladies Night on Friday.
The food and cocktail menus have recently been updated and carefully modified into a delightful and tasty array of choices. Make sure to ask you waiter about the new evening menu for a romantic dinner on the roof.
Grilled salmon with yellow, green and red pepper, onions and broccoli (all grilled and seasoned with rosemary)
Thai roll with shrimp, fresh lettuce, cucumber, beets and strawberries wrapped in rice paper
The appealing cocktail menu offers different kinds of alluring and colorful cocktails that will satisfy your thirst on a hot Caribbean day.
Roof Hawaii (Vodka, Blue Curaçao, pineapple juice and coconut cream)
Coco Mojito (Mezcal, mint, coconut cream, lime juice and Sprite... a must!!)
The Roof Club is open every day from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. A fabulous spot for a perfect getaway in town, with amazing food, delicious cocktails and outstanding views you will never forget! Follow them on Facebook and find out about their upcoming events, parties and promotions!
Sky Bar (Soho Hotel's rooftop pool and bar)
The Sky Bar is located on the corner of 24th Street and 10th Avenue and is part of the urban chic Soho Hotel. This rooftop is not only a cozy place to spend the day while watching a panoramic of the city as well as stunning ocean views - Sky has also become an artistic place for community members to gather for art exhibitions, art classes, tango lessons, yoga or zumba classes, etc.
Of course, you can also enjoy a nice meal and refreshing cocktails while relaxing under the Caribbean sun.
Chicken caesar salad with homemade dressing
Portobello cheeseburger (no meat) with fresh house salad
Ham and cheese French baguette
Sky features a different Happy Hour Special from Monday through Saturday. Make sure to ask your waiter about their daily specials!
Mango Frozen Margarita
Frozen Daiquiri (half strawberry, half mango)
Sky opens Monday through Saturday until 6pm, but for special events and classes in the evenings or mornings, make sure to like their Facebook page!
Moon 360 (Rooftop of Salciccium Class restaurant and Hotel Artisan)
This rooftop is a new hidden gem located on 5th Avenue between 26th and 28th Streets. Salciccium Class is the 5th restaurant of the Salciccium Group, with other restaurants in Tulum, Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen (Paseo del Carmen) and Merida. You've probably passed by this charming restaurant on 5th Avenue many times without even knowing they had a gorgeous rooftop pool (part of the Artisan Hotel) where you can spend the day enjoying a tasty meal while sipping a cold beer or a fancy cocktail with a beautiful ocean view!
Their vision is based on fresh and natural food, offering their clientele an interesting concept: all their meat products are produced by their own sausage company "Embutidos del Camino", using 100% meat without additives or dyes. They have 15 types of sausages on their menu, and they work with local suppliers for both organic vegetables and cheeses.
Gyro supreme (Pita bread, served with supreme beef and pork euro burger with hummus, tzatziki, cucumber, spring onions, tomatoes, Greek kalamata olives and Lebanese oregano Zaatar)
Fresh guacamole with tortilla chips and pico de gallo
Parizza (thin crust margarita pizza)
The menu also offers a Brasserie section for the beer lovers, as well as a large wine list for the wine lovers.
Next time you walk along 5th Avenue and pass by Salciccium Class, ask to check out their menu and... their gorgeous rooftop! (Make sure to like their Facebook page to find out more about them!)
CINCO (BY THOMPSON)
Cinco Restaurant at the Thompson Hotel
Last but not the least, Cinco is located on 5th Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets, on the rooftop of the luxurious Thompson Hotel. Recently opened, Cinco offers casual dinning from world famous Mexican Chef Pedro Abascal. The stunning ocean and city views will take your breath away!
Spending the day or simply indulging in lunch or brunch at the upscale Cinco will have you feeling fabulous... Even more fabulous when you will find out that every Saturday and Sunday, Cinco hosts a brunch with a pretty impressive option...
... bottomless mimosas for $25 USD!!!! A special weekend menu has been carefully crafted with high end ingredients in order to make your brunch, hopefully, the best you've ever had.
Smoked salmon (from Chile) served on a French baguette and scrambled eggs
Oysters served on champagne
Wagyu cheeseburger and french fries
Cinco is an amazing new chic spot to spend the day with friends and family while savoring some of Playa del Carmen's finest cuisine. Open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, don't forget to ask your waiter about the bottomless mimosas, a perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise! Follow the Thompson Hotel Facebook page to find out more about their other fabulous restaurants in Playa and about their many special events and promotions!
You now have a vast array of incredible rooftop pool options in Playa del Carmen, our little town by the beach, for those days when the beach doesn't show her best side. For the locals, these options are ideal when you want a different way to spend your day off, especially on those high season days when the beach gets too busy with tourists. For each of these rooftop pool areas, make sure to call to find out about the minimum consumption, as some can vary between low and high season, while others won't charge any fee nor ask for a minimum consumption. You are now ready to discover our town from the top... Have fun!
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Andrea Ruiz Perron was born and raised in Montreal by a Mexican
mother and a French Canadian father. She studied cinema and photography
in Argentina and Montreal, and has now been living in Playa del Carmen for a
total of 6 years. Both her Mexican and Canadian roots are an important
influence on her identity and how she perceives the world through her
photography and writing as the content creator for BuyPlaya Real Estate
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