Barbara and I are currently cooling our heels in Playa Del Carmen at an AI that stands alone in not paving the jungle over - the Iberostar Quetzal !
Instead of vast expanses of marble and concrete, they built around the jungle in a U-shape, leaving the center full of Agouti, Coatamundi, peackocks, flamingos, Swans, iguanas, and several famalies of howler monkeys. I
t's like walking through a zoo, only the animals roam freely to look at the amusing people.
Combine that with an incredibly intelligent long-term planning decision by Playa Del Carmen to prohibit buildings taller than three stories (and a perfect white sand rockless beach), and you have a pretty nice place to hang out for a couple of weeks.
Enjoy some pics (below the fold) from previous trips :