There has been a lot of negative press about Mexico lately—mostly about violence along the US border due to drug cartels and the war on drugs. But what most of the headlines don’t say is that this violence is very localized, mainly involving individuals that are involved in the cartel and only occurring close to the US border.
Mexico is still a very safe and enjoyable place to travel, which is why Kiwi Collection is running a series about the safest places to stay in Mexico. Part one of the series will focus on “Sun and Sand” resorts in the Mayan Riviera.
The Mayan Riviera is a huge tourist district in Mexico, home to some of the country’s finest (and safest) beach resorts and boutique hotels. Located on the Atlantic side of Mexico, the Mayan Riviera starts at Playa del Carmen and ends at the village of Tulum, although Cancun is considered to be a part of the district as well.
This gorgeous region parallels the Caribbean coastline. With some of the best weather on the planet, travelers to this district get the benefits of the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
There are plenty of great luxury hotels to choose from in this region. If you’re looking for a quiet escape at an adult-centric resort, check out Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita or Esencia.
At Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, you’ll find that the buildings truly capture Mayan culture: open courtyards, fountain-laden walkways and reflective pools are everywhere. With 90 suites, you are sure to find one that suites your needs. We particularly enjoy the 24,000 square foot luxury spa and the resort’s 48-foot luxury catamaran.
Esencia is perfect if you’re trying to find a great honeymoon resort or a place to kick back and relax. This resort sits along a two-mile stretch of sugary beach. It’s a quiet, boutique hotel with 29 rooms, so you are sure to find some privacy and peace and quiet here. This Mexico resort also features a great spa, using only organic ingredients in all of its products.
If you’re planning a family vacation, and want a resort that’s suitable for both adults and kids, there are quite a few luxurious options in the Mayan Riviera. Think about the Fairmont Mayakoba or the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya.
You’ll find it all at the Fairmont Mayakoba as there is plenty to do at this large resort. The property is surrounded by tropical woods and lush lagoons, and is situated on a pristine beach! Whether you want to go golfing, go fishing, enjoy the spa or just relax at the pool or at the beach, you’ll find everything that you’re looking for on your vacation to Mexico.
The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is the perfect (luxurious!) base from which to explore the Mayan ruins. This pet-friendly resort also boasts three swimming pools and a fabulous 25,000 square foot spa. You’ll be taken to your room by golf cart so that you can enjoy the winding paths and peaceful waterways at this resort.
Travelers who have a keen eye for design will also enjoy the Mayan Riviera. There are a few chic design hotels in the area that are sure to appeal to all of your senses. The Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Hotel Basico are two of the trendiest hotels in the region.
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba has rooms adorned with dark woods and creamy ivory palettes. Even though this hotel is located in Mexico, there are many fine Asian design elements used to create an overall tranquil and calming feel. All villas at this resort focus on airy living and dining areas, spacious washrooms and private gardens.
Hotel Basico is an industrial, fashionable hotel with an urban, modern edge. Trendy, young travelers who want to have a lot of fun will really enjoy this design hotel. Head to Hotel Basico’s beach club if you’re trying to find a popular hangout. We’ve profiled Hotel Basico on the jetsetter earlier this year.
Stay tuned for our next installment of the safest places to stay in Mexico, where we will profile resorts in Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta area!