Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (II)

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Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (II)

With the hundreds of destinations that line the 80-mile stretch of this white-powder Caribbean sand, how do you decide where to stay on the Mayan Riviera? Whether your goal is to party all night long with friends, learn how to scuba dive and swim in the cenotes, discover the fascinating world of the Maya or simply relax and become one with the sun and the sand, we've picked a few of our favorite places…knowing that more will be added to the list with each visit…

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

Rosewood Mayakoba

 

Named one of the world's best resorts, Rosewood Mayakoba offers the hard-to-find combination of a relaxing beach vacation and cultural travel experience. The resort features 128 accommodations with private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers and individual docks. Amenities include a Greg Norman golf course and Sense, A Rosewood Spa& The resort, which has just undergone a $1.6 million renovation, is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards. Rosewood Mayakoba recently introduced a fresh set of culinary concepts for those who look to food as an art form. New for summer 2013, young guests can spend evenings at night camp, pirate-themed parties, scavenger hunts and Mexican fiesta nights with pinatas. The award-winning Sense, A Rosewood Spa offers curated treatments that call on traditional Mayan techniques to revitalize the mind, body, and spirit

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

Fairmont Mayacoba

 

This award-winning, AAA 5-Diamond hotel in Playa del Carmen offers four distinct ecosystems: dune, water canals, tropical forest and mangroves. The 401 elegant guestrooms include lagoon and jungle view casitas and beach area suites located on the resort's 47-acre retreat setting in the Riviera Maya. Golfers will appreciate the 18-hole El Camaleen Course, home of Mexico's only PGA Tour course, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, while spa lovers can indulge in the various treatments offered at the Willow Stream Spa. Dining experiences to tempt your culinary senses include two AAA 4-Diamond restaurants, Las Brisas and El Puerto, as well as a European style cafe, Cafe Maya. Guests can enjoy dining exchange privileges with all Mayakoba resorts, including transportation within the community.

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (I)

The Mayan Riviera, Mexico's 80-mile long Caribbean coastline, stretches from the quaint fishing village of Puerto Morelos to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka'an. It's a coastline of hidden coves, white-powder sand beaches and gleaming aquamarine seas. Perfectly blue skies and green coconut palms scattered on the beaches' edge compete this picture-perfect postcard. This sliver of heaven offers visitors orange of vacation options from eco-tourism to ultra luxury destinations.

 

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Cancun

Cancun, once a coconut plantation, became a tourist mecca during the late 1970s, mainly because of its design. Cancun is now a wonderful place to practice jet skiing, snorkel, scuba diving, swimming, and sailing. Alternatively, you can take one of the hundreds of tours to modern beaches. High rise hotels hug the coastline, while bars and restaurants spill into Cancun's "party central" area that attracts tourists from all over the world.

 

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen was once an old fishing village. Now, 34 miles south of Cancun's airport, the town's main shopping street, Fifth Avenue, is a pedestrian mall, whose shops lure visitors with tequila, sombreros and other tourist items. Playa, as it is referred to by locals, offers everything from luxury hotels with all the facilities, to smaller personalized establishments; several bars, shopping malls, bistros serving traditional and international food, cultural and recreational spots, water sports and golf.

 

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Chichen Itza

Inland from the pristine beaches, Chichen Itza performed an important role in Mayan religious rites, since its birth in the fourth century. People believed that the cenotes, or underwater sinkholes, were doorways to the afterlife. Now that Chichen Itza has been made a New World Wonder, the ancient ruins are a major tourist stop.

 

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Xcaret

One of Riviera Maya's biggest attractions, Xcaret, was once a Mayan port for departures to Cozumel. There's swimming along an underground river, dolphin programs and cultural attractions. Visitors come to learn about the area's ecology and Mayan history, relax on the beach, float down one of two subterranean rivers, swim with dolphins, or wander the jungle-shrouded trails.