2017 Noble Beach Prize Winner, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Most Bodacious Buffet

Do you love food? We mean, really really love food? If so (and who doesn’t, right?), you need to pack up your taste buds and head to the Most Bodacious Buffet at the Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda,  our 2017 Noble Beach Prize Winner. It’s a serious feast, and then some.

This epicurean extravaganza in gorgeous Mexico  has over 40 meters of food, along with three made-to-order stations and over 200 different food items. What this means is that every day you can feast on a variety of delish main courses like just-caught seafood, along with a luscious bread bar, a salad bar full of healthy veggies and of course, a dessert bar that offers over 20 different sweets.

But what makes this buffet so incredible is their motto: keep less food out, but keep replenishing it. This way, every morsel you savor is super hot and fresh. For those with special dietary needs, this rockin’ resort offers gluten-free and sugar-free options, plus caters to people with food allergies. Hungry yet?

Let’s dig in.

First up are the appetizers. They’ve got an antipasto bar with lots of exotic olives and a big cheese wheel. This ought to whet your whistle. Speaking of cheese, a few steps away is an entire cheese bar with variety of yummy selections.

Olive bar and cheese wheel, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico
(Olive bar and cheese wheel, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)
Cheese bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico
(Cheese bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)

If you still are up for appetizers or just want to have a light lunch, there’s a station dedicated to fresh veggies and meats, which are housed in little personal-sized servings. Nearby is another station with just lettuce and not simply iceberg, where you can nibble on Boston lettuce, spinach, radicchio and other fresh greens. Dive in and pile your plate high with healthy goodies.

Veggies and meats, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico
(Veggies and meats, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)
Fresh greens, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico
(Fresh greens, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)

Next, bread, glorious (carby) bread. At this station, you’ve got everything from French to whole wheat to rye. Who wouldn’t love this?

Bread bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico
(Bread bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)

Now for the main course. There are a variety of stations with scrumptious, hearty offerings: a hot station with fried items and veggie sides; roast beef, garnishes  and more veggies. Then there are these cool little iron pots with individual servings that are ready to eat and piping hot filled with things like luscious lasagna.

Chicken fingers and sides, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico
(Chicken fingers and sides, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)
Roast beef station, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico
(Roast beef station, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)
Individual servings, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico
(Individual servings, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)

We saved the best for last – dessert. Like we said, there are over 20 different items. They were all so tempting it was hard for us to choose, so of course, we had to try every one. But here are a few of our favorites: silky, smooth gelato and fresh juice pops. Then there’s the fresh fruit bar – this made up for all the sugar we devoured and we figured that these healthy offerings cancelled all those calories. Finally, there were not one, but two stations dedicated to nothing but irresistible confections like tantalizing Tres Leches cake, delectable creme brûlée and light, fluffy eclairs. Mmmmmm.

Gelato bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico
(Gelato bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)
Dessert station, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico
(Dessert station, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)
Dessert bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico,
(Dessert bar, Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico, photo by: S. Daniels.)

Ready to chow down? Thought so. The Most Bodacious Buffet at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda in magical Mexico is waiting for you and your appetite. Just call 1-800-915-3162 and our Beachologists will set up an all-inclusive vacation package to Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda. Or you can check out this delicious resort here. Book today. It’s time that you treated yourself to a vacay that you’ll savor forever.

Lisa Mitchell

I am a blogger for CheapCaribbean.com who is a travel junkie and addicted to the beach.

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