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Riviera Maya Hotels

The Mayans certainly had good taste when they chose this section of Mexico to set up camp. Endless stretches of golden sand are bathed by the warm waters of the Caribbean. Nowadays, luxury hotels compete all along the coastline, fulfilling their customers’ every desire with a touch of Mayan magic. But there’s more to do here than sunbathe and sip hand-crafted cocktails; from ecological reserves in the jungle to snorkeling and diving around ancient ruins, Riviera Maya is alive with adventure.

Things to see

Playa del Carmen is the epicenter of the Riviera Maya and makes a good starting point within the region. As well as its beautiful beach, Playa del Carmen is a serious shopping destination – it even has its own Fifth Avenue, Quinta Avenida, which is full of designer shops and classier bars than the ones you can find on the beach. Further inland, the historic city center is awash with brilliant colors and colonial churches. Once you’ve exhausted the thrills of Playa del Carmen, visit the Xcaret Eco Theme Park, just down the coast. This is a theme park unlike any other, set in a Mayan wonderland of temples and treasures. You’ll swim through secret lagoons, encounter dolphins, and zipwire across the jungle, all before lunch. When you need to relax completely, head north to Maroma Beach, where nothing but white sand beaches, emerald forests, and the most exclusive resorts await.

Hotels in Riviera Maya

You could spend a year in the Riviera Maya and try out a different hotel every night, so you’re utterly spoiled for choice. There are some great value hotel deals offering the kind of 5-star luxury you thought you could only dream of, with private beaches and stupendous suites with swim-out access to the sea. Full service spas and the latest technology amenities are, of course, standard here. Then there are all-inclusive resorts you need never leave, with pools, entertainment, and dining options galore. Budget hotels are available too; with a choice of beachside cabins or smart city center hotels.

Where to stay

The main bulk of the Riviera Maya’s hotels are located in and around Playa del Carmen. Here, you’ll have a huge choice of family-friendly accommodation, and plenty to do, since both the main beach and the city center are within easy reach. If you get bored of the meals in your all-inclusive resort, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. You’ll also be able to find discount hotels here. If you lust after the idea of having your own private beach, choose one of the luxury resorts at Maroma Beach. It’s ideal for couples on honeymoon or for some serious pampering.

How to get to Riviera Maya

Cancun International Airport is the main airport serving Riviera Maya, and life is made easy for reaching your beach break destination. Many of the luxury and all-inclusive hotels offer transfer services either as part of the package or at an additional charge, which is a hassle-free option. There is also a bus which departs hourly from the airport to Playa del Carmen, a good option if you are staying centrally. The journey takes about 45 minutes from the airport to Playa del Carmen, slightly less to Maroma Beach. Local buses and taxis are readily available to get around the area.

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