Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (II)

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Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera (II)

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha is one of the most magical spots of the Riviera Maya. It’s an amazing biological aquarium where the ocean combines with the freshwater currents of springs and underground rivers, creating a mesmerizing ecosystem. This amazing formation of nature is surrounded by thick jungle, caves, cenotes, and even a few small archaeological spots. The park is the perfect habitat for all types of flora, fauna, and aquatic life.

 

Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera: Tulum

Farther down the coastline, Tulum historically attracted backpackers, throwback hippies and nature lovers who wanted to enjoy an off-grid vacation. Today, Tulum is still more boho than Cancun, with rustic restaurants and bars on the sand, yoga at sunrise, and soothing massages on the beach. No high rises or condo towers, (thanks to building restrictions), just rustic yet chic cafes and coffee houses. Tiny retreats line the streets that lead to the beach. Tulum caters to those in search of intimate settings, solitude and the desire to get closer to nature.

 

A huge coral reef, the largest in the northern hemisphere, protects the Riviera Mayan shoreline from crashing waves and dangerous undertows. It's teeming with tropical fish — an adventurer's paradise for divers and snorkelers.

 

Ancient Mayan ruins, from a powerful civilization long gone, are perched right on the coastal cliffs and along the shoreline. Even more ruins are tucked away safely in the rainforest, protected from the tropical storms and hurricanes that pass by from time to time. Inland and south of Tulum, the Sian Ka'an biosphere covers more than 2 million acres of national parks and reserves with lagoons, forests, pristine beaches, and an intricate network of underground caves and cenotes. Flamingos, tapirs, wild cats and dolphins call this their home. Seasonally, baby sea turtles shuffle through the sand towards the water— called home by the ocean.

 

Other Tourist Attractions on the Mayan Riviera

Other more laid back attractions include Coba, a small Mayan town in the midst of ancient ruins where you can actually tour a Mayan village. Akumal, once barely a dot on the map is growing up with resorts, restaurants and bars all perched on the Riviera Maya's dazzling white sand. Eco-resorts, all-inclusive resorts, villas, and even planned communities all want a piece of this paradise. 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (VI)

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:

Eco-friendly / Secluded

Casa de las Olas

 

A little oasis of alternate-energy luxury on the south end of Tulum beach, Casa de las Olas is tranquil and serene, yet close to all the bistros and beach restaurants in Tulum. Whether your sensibilities lean toward massage and meditation, or tours and adventure, ifs all here. The suites feature private ocean view balconies, four post beds, crisp linens, native hand-painted tile, tropical hardwoods and a mix of Mexican and Indonesian furnishings. Four of the five oceanfront suites have either a kitchen or kitchenette giving you the flexibility to venture out or stay in. Guests can take satisfaction in knowing that the shampoo, conditioners and soaps provided by the facility are all biodegradable. The water filtration systems reuse the water in the gardens. Biodegradable wet garbage is composted. All power for Casa de las Olas is generated by solar panels.

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

Cultural Immersion / Eco-friendly

Maroma Resort and Spa by Orient Express

 

Located on the Riviera Maya, Maroma Resort and Spain bringing a touch of authentic Mayan culture to guests by recreating an Aldea Maya (Mayan Village) on its grounds. The Aldea Maya will offer toadies a truly cultural experience by giving them a chance to sample genuine Mayan cuisine which will be produced both traditionally and sustainably. Mayan dinner menus are based entirely on regional specialties such as black bean stew with sour cactus fruit salsa, and banana leaf cooked lionfish with mint and tomatillo. Traditional Mayan methods of cooking over an open fire in clay pans will create the exotic Mayan flavorings and 100% of the ingredients will be sourced locally from organic farmers and from the hotel’s own milpa-style farm. A portion of the Aldea Maya proceeds will benefit the local Mayan communities.

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (V)

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:

Adults Only / All-Inclusive

Live Aqua Cancun

 

This extravagant 4-star beach spa and resort is located across the road from La Isla Shopping Mall and at very short distance from some of the best restaurants and shopping malls in the city. The Live Aqua Cancun All-Inclusive is a place of luxury designed to pamper you, and create a memorable experience. Live Aqua Cancun's 371 elegant lodgings feature plush bedding with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen Television, Home Theaters and DVD players, aromatherapy supplies, high-speed Internet access, marble bathrooms with separate showers and tubs and private balconies with beautiful views. Visitors will love the magnificent beachfront with secluded cabanas (surcharge on Deluxe Rooms), eight enormous pools overlooking the Caribbean Sea, spa, state of the art fitness center, three exquisite diners, five taverns featuring signature liquors and conference facilities for up to 1,000 visitors.

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

Adults Only / Secluded / Intimate

Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen

 

Upon arrival, a Mayan Blessing is performed for guests by an authentic in-house shaman. This blessing releases visitors from their cares and worries into a new beginning at the resort. The 41 villas each have a private plunge pool and terrace and outdoor shower. Mayan healing techniques and traditions infuse every aspect of the spa concept, and one-of-a-kind experiences are enjoyed in an Herbal Steam Room, Jungle Spa Suite for Two, Outdoor Rain Room, Fertility Spa Suite and traditional Mayan Temazcal sweat lodge. Located on a sea-view loft, La Marea accents time-honored traditional recipes with innovative ingredients to create a tableau of flavors. The seaside Coral Grill features a Mexican-Mediterranean menu cooked on wood-burning grills and a bar know for its creative mixology. Among the amenities are a lagoon pool, a fitness center offering a variety of classes, day beds at the beach, and a pier where guests enjoy massages and savor private dinners. 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (IV)

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:

Banyan Tree Mayecoba

 

Banyan Tree Mayakoba brings Asian hospitality to the Riviera Maya The resort is situated within the resort development of Mayakoba. Banyan Tree sought to conserve the natural landscape of low jungles, dunes, mangroves and reefs, while developing a modern design which uses indigenous materials when possible. Banyan Tree Mayakoba introduced an All-Pool villa resort concept infused with Asian hospitality and architecture. All 107 villas, Banyan Tree Spa, signature restaurants and Gallery will provide guests a sanctuary for the senses. All villas are freestanding units on land or above water. Banyan Tree has also used the existing flora and fauna to function as a natural shield between neighboring villas. The Banyan Tree Spa features intimate outdoor spa pavilions located in the lagoon, where guests can enjoy Asian-inspired spa treatments.

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

Adults Only / Romantic / Intimate

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun

 

Situated on 71 tropical oceanfront acres, Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun provides an Unlimited-Luxury® getaway that includes active lifestyle activities, cultural experiences and healthful eating. This AAA Four Diamond resort is the only all Preferred Club resort, where guests enjoy personalized concierge service, pool and beach wait service, 24-hour concierge service and complimentary internet access. Designed to reflect the charm of a Mediterranean villa, Secrets Capri features 291 luxury suites and guest rooms that include four-poster canopy beds, private balconies and patios, full Italian marble bathrooms with a jetted whirlpool and 24-hour room service. Guests can also indulge during breakfast, lunch and dinner at six distinctly different gourmet restaurants; five full service a la carte and one buffet style. The dining experience also includes chef’s table invitations, and wine and tequila tasting events. The Secrets Spa by Pevonia offers more than 30 restorative services, treatments and hydrotherapies.

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (III)

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:

Eco-Friendly/Family-friendly (3 in 1) Complex

Mayakoba Complex on the Riviera Maya

 

A team of talented biologists, architects and designers persisted in the preservation of the flora and fauna of Mayakoba resort surrounded of sweet water lagoons Six miles of freshwater canals surrounded by exotic mangroves and birds connect three enchanting hotels: Rosewood, Fairmont and Banyan Tree. Guests are peacefully transported in boats through the resort — a vision of beauty and harmony.

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

KarismaA Collection of Gourmet Properties in the Riviera Maya El Dorado — Adult-Only Paul Hotels — Family-friendly

 

El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels cater to romance travel, whereas the Azul Hotels are for everyone and have incredible family-friendly amenities. What sets these resorts apart is the culinary experience. At El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Paul Hotels they offer top-shelf liquor, award-winning wine lists, smoothie bars, Gourmet Bites at the pool and beach, and 24-hour room service. A new partnership with Jackson Family Wines and is taking place the first week of each month throughout 2013. Called the Jackson Family Wines Culinary Series by Karisma, this event is a select wine and food program spotlighting top chefs and wine masters from around the world. The week-long series includes access and insight into highly sought-after wines, vertical tastings, educational classes with sommeliers and winemakers, cooking courses, special pairings and an exclusive Guest Chef and Winemaker Dinner. Additionally, guests of Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Paul Hotels by Karisma will experience one-of-a-kind luxuries such as the fresh fish market, where they can choose from a fisherman's catch of the day to be prepared by the chef, a beach paella party, beach picnics, genuine Italian, Mexican, Asian and Grill cuisine. For children, haul Hotels by Karisma provide Gourmet Gerber baby food. Additionally, there is a 100,000-square-foot Greenhouse at El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort, by Karisma, which grows a variety of herbs and produce for all eight properties, and guarantees that the cuisine at each of the resorts' restaurants is further centered on local and sustainable ingredients.

 

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.

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera (I)

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:

Family-Friendly (Three-in-One) All-Inclusive Complex:

The Grand Bahia Principe Riviera Maya

 

All-inclusives are your destination of choice if you want to pay one price and have it all The Grand Bahia Principe is a mega-complex that consists of three hotels; Tulum, Akumal and Coba, a commercial center and an entertainment center. The complex boasts an environmentally conscious mindset, 11 international restaurants, 18 bars, seven pools, including a river-type and lake-type swimming area, Jacuzzis, gyms, kids clubs and spas. Located close to Tulum, the complex is removed enough from the hustle and bustle to feel secluded, yet close enough to partake in all the Yucatan highlights. Families can enjoy traditional sports on site including tennis, aerobics, soccer, basketball, volleyball, bicycling, darts, mini-golf and Ping-Pong. Guests also have access to the Riviera Maya Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The course features 36 holes surrounded by jungle landscape and natural lake. If you're looking for relaxation, book an appointment at the spa (fees apply) and enjoy a hot stone massage, body exfoliation, and body wrap or hydrotherapy spa circuit.

 

Where to Stay on the Mayan Riviera:

Family Friendly Resort

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa

 

Nestled on a private beach in Cancun, the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa offers beautiful surroundings combined with top-notch service. These amenities have made the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach CanaOn Resort & Spa the winner of the prestigious Five Diamond award numerous times and garnered accolades from Travel 1- Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as one of Mexico's best resorts. The Gem Spa boasts innovative treatments inspired by gemstone therapy, a 10-step hydrotherapy ritual, 26 treatment rooms and private VIP spa treatment moms The pool spans the length of the hotel with blue "lagoon-like" waters and numerous relaxing lounges Dining options include the Five Diamond Le Basilic, the fresh seafood restaurant Isla Contoy, and the La Joya. Children can enjoy daily-supervised entertainment at the resort's Fiesta Kids club. Activities include beachfront sand castle building, seashell hunting, crafts and other interactive games.

 

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.