Tripadvisor has published a list with the top 10 all inlcusive resorts in the world. We are so glad to share with you this list and notice that 3 of them are located within our Riviera Maya - Cancun area! The first, third and seventh place, which are:
The Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso is sheer luxury and opulence. A place in Mexico where adults come to enjoy new heights in luxury. Elegance is everywhere to be seen in this five-star All Inclusive hotel: the majestic staircase and magnificent grounds with all the lush plants and flowers you can imagine, its exclusive à la carte restaurants, plus a host of other delights. A member of the Grand collection, this is a truly unique masterpiece, exuding a sense of perfection that is added to with the Grand Star Service, offering a butler service for the rooms, beach and pool areas. The Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso boasts its own private spa complete with Thalasso pool, fitness room and steam room, as well as spinning bikes. There’s also a pool with amazing panoramic views and cenote water (not in the spa – it’s the main pool although it has salt water, with 4 Jacuzzis and an aqua bar). At the Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso even taking a walk around the grounds is an experience steeped in sophistication.
The Luxurious Adults Only Le Blanc Spa Resort. The Transformation of All Inclusive to All Incredible.
Are you ready to release yourself from the cares of the world and surrender to the freedom of a serene and carefree luxurious retreat? The adults-only, all-inclusive Le Blanc Spa Resort beckons you from the white sand beaches and sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Nestled in a secluded enclave between Nichupte Lagoon and the glistening Caribbean Sea in Cancun, Mexico, Le Blanc is an extraordinary resort where luxury reaches its pinnacle and service is simultaneously warm, genuine and sensational. At Le Blanc you’ll quickly embrace the exhilarating freedom of doing whatever you want, whenever you want, in a tropical paradise from your most vivid dreams. Indulge your every whim, whether it’s a refreshing swim or sun worshipping at one of our three shimmering pools, a challenging round on one of our legendary Jack Nicklaus Cancun golf courses, a tour of ancient Mayan ruins or the Yucatan jungle, or the supreme luxury of doing nothing more than lounging on the beach and wading in the deliciously warm waves. Everywhere you go at Le Blanc, our ratio of nearly one staff member per guest ensures that your every desire is anticipated and fulfilled.
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun offers adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in an exquisite luxury setting. Immerse yourself in Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included: Elegantly appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room service. Multiple gourmet restaurants and lounges serving premium beverages. Endless day and evening activities, all in a spectacular setting. Pure white sands, crystal-clear waters and warm tropical breezes promise a perfect paradise at Secrets Maroma Beach. Situated on the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, this Unlimited-Luxury® haven is located on one of the most pristine beaches in Mexico. More than five hundred stunning acres of lush paradise await you at Secrets Maroma Beach, an all-suite resort boasting 412 suites surrounded by twelve smaller swimming pools and a shimmering infinity pool to cool off in while you admire spectacular ocean views. Seven gourmet restaurants and eight fabulous bars ranging from elegant to swim-up will delight your senses and satisfy all your culinary desires. The amazing Secrets Spa by Pevonia, offering outdoor and indoor treatments, Jacuzzis, state-of-the-art fitness center, open-air theatre and premium cocktails ensure that guests are pampered and indulged. There is enough entertainment, sightseeing, sports and recreational opportunities to fill every waking hour.
And, the best part of it: you can join us in our tours from any of this magnificent resorts. Are you staying in one of them? What are you waiting for? Book your adventure now!
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Riviera Maya, also known as the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism district following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. This district historically started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the north and between Playa del Carmen and Cancun as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto situated 40 kilometres (25 mi) to the south of Tulum are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor.
The Riviera Maya was originally called the Cancun - Tulum corridor, but in 1999 it was renamed as the Riviera Maya with the aid of Lic. Miguel Ramón Martín Azueta who at the time was the mayor of the municipality of Solidaridad. The municipality of Solidaridad includes the whole of the official Riviera Maya from Playa del Carmen in the north and south to Tulum and extending to some 40 km inland with the border with the state of Yucatan.
The Riviera Maya is famous for its large scale all-inclusive resorts and a historical tourism base of smaller boutique hotels as well as the many fine-dining restaurants available along the highway 307 and on or near the beaches. Luxury travel entities have been instrumental in increasing luxury villa rentals and yacht charters in the area however these only represent a small fraction of the total tourism accommodation available.
Government development plans include establishing a number of medium sized cities of ~200 000 inhabitants within the Riviera Maya with initial planning spanning 20 years. Target areas for urbanization include the towns and villages of: Puerto Morelos (technically outside the Riviera Maya), Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Chemuyil, and Tulum.
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A major attraction throughout the Riviera Maya are coastal and reef aquatic activities dependent on the coastal water and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which begins near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya continuing southward to Guatemala. This barrier reef system is the second longest in the world.
Activities at the most visited locations include Jet Skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming in cenotes, swimming with dolphins, zip-lining, horse riding, sailing, and guided jungle tours. Archeology is also a big tourist draw in the area, including the popular archeological sites operated by the Instituto Nacional de Archeological such as Tulum on the coast, and Chichen Itza and Coba located some distance inland. There are also some self-named “ecoparks” which also include some smaller archeological ruins as part of their attractions, but these theme parks operated by private business consortia attract much larger crowds due to the diversity and range of activities provided, such as swimming with captive dolphins.
The mean annual temperature is 24–25 °C (75–77 °F). The climate is dominated by a rainy season from May through November, and within the dry season there is a period dominated by northerly winds, called El Norte, which usually occurs in the months of January and February. The maximum mean annual precipitation throughout the Yucatan Peninsula occurs along the coast of the Riviera Maya with 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) of rainfall with a general decline to the NW with only 400 millimetres (1.3 ft) per year or less on the opposite side of the Peninsula. While the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan experiences a large number of tropical storms and hurricanes, the storm tracks and therefore landfalls of these are divergent to both the north (Cancun) and the south (south of Tulum and down to Belize) striking generally outside the Riviera Maya. Groundwater and therefore cenote water temperatures are 25 °C (77 °F) year round. Coastal waters range from 26 °C (79 °F) in January to 29 °C (84 °F) in August.
The Riviera Maya is completely within the state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The terrain is flat and covered by low tropical jungle. The geology is high purity carbonates down to a depth of 0.5 - 1.5 km below the surface. Mean annual rainfall is 1.5 m per year and the efficient infiltration results in the complete absence of any surface rivers. As is common in karst, underground river network have formed by dissolution, and these have been explored and mapped by cave diving through sinkhole collapses locally called cenotes. The whole of the Yucatan Peninsula is underlain by a density stratified coastal aquifer system with a lens shaped fresh water body floating on top of intruding saline water.
The formation of caves (speleogenesis) within this coastal carbonate aquifer is principally associated with carbonate dissolution at the fresh-saline water contact within the aquifer. By 2008, the Quintana Roo Speleological Society (QRSS) reported more than 700 kilometres (430 mi) of flooded cave passages within the limits of the Riviera Maya including the two longest underwater cave systems in the world of Sac Actun and Ox Bel Ha. These groundwater resources, accessed via the thousands of cenotes throughout the landscape, once supported the Maya civilizations and today remain the only natural sources of potable water in the area.
The Caribbean coastline is a series of crescent shaped white sand beaches interrupted every 1 – 10 km by rocky headlands and inlets, called caletas, through which groundwater discharges into the coastal water. Large sections of the extensive mangrove swamps that lie behind the beaches and headlands are included in the areas scheduled for tourism development.
Most tourists to the Riviera Maya arrive through Cancún International Airport, approximately 50 km (31 mi) north of Playa del Carmen.
There are several companies offering a great diversity of excursions and activities along Riviera Maya, some of the most solicited are the ones including Snorkeling in a reef, swimming in Cenotes, Zip lining, rapelling etcétera. There are some other options like horseback riding circuits, atv vehicles. Also there are some interesting events during the year like the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the FECUCA (Cancun Cultural Festival).
Both if you are looking for adventure and new experiences or you just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful turqoise color of the ocean and have a beverage while warming in the sun… Riviera Maya is the perfect place for you.