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A Journey Into Paradise

CNN Names Top 8 Affordable Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resorts

05 March, 2014

CNN’s Budget Travel blog recently zeroed in on the best and most affordable all-inclusive resorts in Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya,which stretches south from Cancun for more than 80 miles and includes popular destinations such as Playa del Carmen,Tulum,Puerto Aventuras,Akumal and Cozumel Island. Each of these different areas has its own unique set of offerings,so it’s important to understand how to navigate the Riviera Maya in order to best decide where to stay.

“Soaring down highway 307 from the Cancun airport to the Riviera Maya is like peeling away stress palm tree by palm tree,” writes Jamie Beckman for CNN. “Because I couldn’t decide between paying homage to the Wind God at Tulum’s circa-1200 AD Maya ruins or sinking into a Jacuzzi with a  view of the Caribbean,I decided to have it all: I toured ¾ and ranked the pros and cons of ¾ eight of the region’s all-inclusive resorts,each offering its own unique south-of-the-border vacation.”

Bell Air Collection

With only 9 villas built on this 14-acre beachfront site,guests can enjoy an added sense of privacy at the Bell Air Collection resort,which also has five natural cenotes (limestone sinkholes) on site. In addition,snorkeling,kayaking and biking are free and each room has its own hammock along with a double Jacuzzi. From $75 per person,per night.

For more information:
(998) 193 1770
Web site: www.belaircancun.com

Riu Mexico

The Riu Palace Mexico in Playa del Carmen offers exciting nightlife and a vast beachfront,along with plenty of entertainment options. In addition,guests will enjoy easy access to the region’s many attractions,including the Mayan ruins in Tulum and Coba,the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and world-class golf courses. From $99 per person,per night.

For more information:
(984) 877 4200
Web site: www.riu.com

Ocean Maya Royale

Also in Playa,this all-inclusive adults only resort is a popular destination for couples on honeymoon or who opt to have a destination wedding. Candle-lit pool parties are held every weekend and the property’s deluxe Romance Suite option includes a terrace,Jacuzzi,complimentary bottle of wine and special concierge service at the resort’s spa and restaurants. From $79 per person,per night.

For more information:
(984) 873 4700
Web site: www.hoteloceanmaya.net

Iberostar Paraiso Beach

With multiple pools,a working old-fashioned carousel,a lazy river water attraction and extensive outdoor play areas for children,this megaresort is the ideal option for families. Grownups will enjoy the property’s luxury atmosphere,which includes a variety of excellent dining establishments,a nightclub,and a first class golf course. From $95 per person,per night.

For more information:
(984) 877 2800
Web site: www.iberostar.com 

Oasis Tulum

This sleek,ultra modern facility boasts an infinity pool,a swim up sushi bar and gorgeous sea views at every turn. Guests can rent a SmartCar for only $45 per day (insurance included),or opt to indulge in the resort’s higher-end offerings,including a new wine bar. From $71 per person,per night. 

For more information:
(305) 774 0040
Web site: www.oasistulumresort.com

Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya

Known for its innovative spa services,the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya offers “tech-forward” services,including saltwater treatments,chromo-therapy,aromatherapy showers and cocoa wraps,among others. Also located in Tulum,three extensive beaches surround this property,which also boasts three adults-only pools for couples or singles to enjoy. In addition,free yoga classes,along with one hour of free snorkeling and kayaking are on the long list of daily offerings. From $84 per person,per night.

For more information:
(984) 875 1700
Web Site:www.sirenishotels.com

Sandos Playacar

As another family-friendly option on the list,the Sandos Playacar resort boasts a cupcake shop,a bagel shop on the beach,a teen club and a variety of eco-friendly initiatives. In addition,the Playa del Carmen property offers a vast beach,as well as a theatre,aquapark and plenty of water sports. From $94 per person,per night.

For more information:
(984) 877 4040
Web site: www.sandos.com

Sandos Caracol

This unique destination is ideal for eco-conscious guests who are concerned about the environmental impact tourism can have. Here,a windmill,animal habitats,gluten-free menu options and nature tours are just a few of the ways sustainability plays a major role in the resort’s operations. There are also a variety of activities for children to enjoy,including an indoor jungle gym,kids’ club and free biking along the property’s many trails. From $75 per person,per night.

For more information:
(984) 873 4444
Web site: www.sandos.com

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