As summer reaches its peak and everyone starts to consider the realities of the coming fall and winter – including holidays,back to school stresses and seemingly endless cold,dreary days – it’s a relief to know that resorts and hotels at Mexico’s top vacation destinations still offer travelers everything it takes to beat the winter doldrums.
The Riviera Maya is home to some of the world’s most fabulous beaches and hip beach towns – including Cancun,Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Here,the world’s second largest barrier reef lies just off the coast in the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean,while a variety of ancient Mayan ruins dot the landscape,which is characterized by soft white sand and lush tropical jungle.
From October 30 through November 3 the AAA Five-Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort will offer an All Soul’s Day package in celebration of Mexico’s Day of the Dead holiday. Guests can enjoy traditional treats such as a piñata,other Day of the Dead-themed activities and special hikes along nearby jungle trails. In addition,snorkeling and exploring the ancient Mayan ruins at Cancun’s Xcaret eco-adventure park are on the agenda,along with a dinner and party featuring traditional fare and entertainment. Of course,guests can also enjoy the many other amenities at this all-inclusive resort,including gourmet meals,roundtrip airport transfers,premium beverage service and much more.
Also located in the heart of Mexico’s Riviera Maya,private villas will be available at 50 percent off through the end of 2013 at Mexico’s Viceroy Riviera Maya. The resort’s Sun,Sea & Solitude package offers accommodations at prices as low as $300,which includes daily breakfast service for two and a $100 resort credit per room for each stay.
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Situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast on the scenic Bay of Banderas,the resort city of Puerto Vallarta is characterized by warm weather,plenty of sunshine,friendly locals and some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts. Surrounded by a unique combination of tradition and modern luxury,Puerto Vallarta real estate was named the best place to retire globally by The American Association of Retired Persons in 2010 and was listed in the top four overall best destinations in Mexico for the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Throughout the rest of 2013,the AAA Four-Diamond CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa will offer guests the opportunity to experience the hotel’s Sea Turtle Protection Program via its new Sand Dollar Package. Since it launched more than 11 years ago,the hatching and conservation initiative works with biologists and government officials to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles. The half-mile stretch of protected beachfront houses approximately 30 percent of all turtle nests in the area,delivering more than 337,000 baby turtles safely to the sea over the years. As part of the package,children are invited to name the turtles and help send them off to sea,while dozens of turtles continue to arrive nightly through the fall to lay eggs on the beach.
Cabo San Lucas
Commonly known as simply Cabo,the resort city of Cabo San Lucas is situated at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula and is one of Mexico’s top five vacation destinations. Here,guests can enjoy world-class fishing,scuba diving and other water sports on the Sea of Cortez,along with some of the best dining and shopping available anywhere on land.
This July Cabo’s Esperanza hotel and spa announced it will host a progressive new culinary program for guests that will reflect the culture and flavors of the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to make ceviche and margaritas,as well as a variety of local seafood. In addition,Mexican-style clambakes will be held on the resort’s private beach,while tequila tastings will be held twice weekly and special dinners will be offered on select dates.
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Isla Mujeres & Cancun
Isla Mujeres is a small but supremely beautiful island paradise that lies just eight miles from Cancun across the Bahia de Mujeres,or Bay of Women. Here,guests will experience the best of everything,with dramatic scenery and ocean vistas at every turn,along with snorkeling,windsurfing,kayaking and boating along the world’s second largest barrier reef,which lies just offshore in the Mexican Caribbean. Nearby,Cancun’s bustling Hotel zone offers everything from relaxing beach time to lively nightlife and a wide variety of world-class shopping and dining opportunities.
If a wedding is in your future,Real Resorts is now offering ROYAL Wedding Celebration pacakages at two of its most exclusive villas. Here,guests can book a fairytale destination wedding at the Luxury Dream Villa at Isla Mujeres or the Pure Serenity Luxury Villa at the gated Pok Ta Pok Golf Course Community in Cancun. The Luxury Dream Villa can accommodate up to 10 guests for an overnight stay,while the Pure Serenity Villa can hold up to 15 guests. ROYAL Wedding packages include a three night stay and permit up to 30 guests at the ceremony and reception. In addition,a wedding cake,flowers,two cocktail receptions and hors d’eouvres will be provided,along with a variety of special treats for the couple.
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Finally,Journey Mexico – an inbound tour operator located in Puerto Vallarta – offers specialty experiences that immerse travelers in Mexico’s unique culture,natural beauty,wildlife and cuisine. Customized programs for couples and families are the company’s specialty,with a focus on attracting upscale,high-end luxury travelers who are eager to discover the real Mexico. Itineraries are customizable and available year-round.
“Best-sellers this year continue to be the Yucatan Peninsula and the southeastern part of Mexico,including Mexico City,Oaxaca,Chiapas and the Riviera Maya,” writes Travel Weekly. “New for 2013 are whale shark expeditions for visitors to the Riviera Maya and Cancun.”