It’s a beautiful facility. Its easy access to Xcaret by far was our highlight and well worth our 7 day stay as we did the park in sections. Check in was quick as we arrived late. Only minor problem was the lock did not work so we had to walk back to check in area. Bring your own snorkeling as prices ...
We visited 1st week in July. Hot! The grounds are beautiful and well kept. Lots of wild live to see. The place is huge with 12 pools and many restaurants and bars to choose from. And yes some you need reservations for. But thats the way it is in all all-inclusive. The food was good. You will never ...
Great accommodation, the stuff are fabulous, very attentive. The rooms are clean, the pool at the roof, is a great place to relax, the margaritas are excellent. Breakfast is generous! The live music is a treat!
What makes this place unique is its all in one feature; no need for extra excursions. This was the ECO-Experience of my lifetime. Gorgeous views from all angles. The resort was built around the animal's habitat in such way that it doesn't disrupt them. The animals including spider monkey families, ...
This place is a paradaise starting with the staff with every singular department all employees they’re so friendly y the hotel is beautiful you got everything 6 Restaurants with different type of food and Playroom for kids is a dream place if you have a kids. The last thing I’m gonna say I’ll back ...
The hotel experience was great. Each pool had their own vibe and party going on every day which made lounging by the pool more fun. The rooms are very spacious however so get some humidity in them. Some rooms are equipped with dehumidifiers but not all. The restaurants are amazing! The staff were ...
Mahekal beach resort in Playa Del Carmen was simply amazing! The resort provided a relaxing and great vacation vibe! The staff was great ! The rooms are awesome and very cool atmosphere! I would highly recommend Mahekal if you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful vacation to Mexico !
My husband and I were at the hotel for a full week. We enjoyed our stay very much. Staff was great, very friendly, the pool and beach areas were kept clean and inviting. The dining options were good, specially for dinner (the French restaurant was excellent), but be prepared to have mediocre sit ...
Hotel was amazing , great location , great staff , good breakfast buffet ! Newer , upkept very well ! Loved the pools on the roof with the bar ! Only thing I didn’t care for was that everything ran by motion detection , so if you weren’t in your room all day the a/c wouldn’t stay on !
Positives: Huge room, some with balconies; friendly staff; free breakfast and free bicycles Cons: open concrete building so sound really travels, smooth stone floors could contribute to slips whe wet
My wife, our 2 adult daughters, and I just returned from 5 nights at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in the Mayan Riviera. It was a wonderful experience from the moment we entered the lobby. Upon arrival we were presented with tropical drinks and upgraded from pool view rooms to ocean front views at no additional cost. Being able to enjoy our morning coffee looking at and hearing the Caribbean only a few hundred feet away was amazing. The overall atmosphere of the property was just what we’d hoped for: relaxing, low key, and quiet (the absence of children was fantastic). Part of what created this climate was the outstanding service. Wherever we went on the property, staff members did a stellar job of respecting our privacy while also unobtrusively checking in to see if we needed anything from another drink (“Yes please!”) to assistance with activities or a dinner reservation. While the resort offers activities for guests like rifle shooting, bingo, and fitness classes, we had a fantastic time just sitting by on the beach or by the pool with cocktails delivered by the amazing staff. We were highly impressed with the chef and service staff at the Japanese restaurant Haiku when they made special accommodations to provide my vegetarian daughter with a custom dinner, making the evening special for everyone in our party. Of particular note was the support and care we received from Gonzalo, the head butler of our unit. From making sure we received a customized room setup (dow
Everything was excellent! Impeccable facilities! The hotel staff was the nicest we’ve encountered from any where we’ve stayed and we’ve stayed in many places from around the world! This is a 10/10!
The Riviera Maya is an area of natural beauty along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Originally it was a hub for religious activity and trade, with remnants of its past still present in the ruins of Tulum and Playa del Carmen. To step back in time, tour an archaeological dig and uncover a piece of ancient Mayan civilization. Cozumel, a major hub, began as a ferry stop, but its sandy borders, quaint villages and attractive reefs turned the area into a popular vacation destination. Divers from all over the world come to Riviera Maya to explore the Great Mayan Reef, the world's second-largest reef system. Uncover a secret cave among the hidden underground river system or simply relax on one of the gorgeous beaches.
The beaches along the Riviera Maya are filled with pristine white sand and turquoise water. Puerto Morelos is the main beach in the middle of town. With its serene atmosphere, it is the ideal place to gather your thoughts. Akumal, “Land of Turtles,” is another beach spot filled with interesting and unique wildlife. The peaceful and crystal-clear water makes it a snorkeler's paradise.
It is simple to grab your scuba mask and uncover the hidden world, or you can simply watch others dive into the underground rivers and explore the coves from the comfort of a boat.
There are various archaeological sites throughout the Riviera Maya. The Tulum is one of the most popular archaeological attractions in the area. Numerous tours are available to explore this ancient city where monuments and temples abound. To get a good sense of Mexican culture, participate in a traditional Mayan sweat lodge ceremony. This type of event is often held in many of the local resorts.
Riviera Maya holds a wide range of shopping options, from unique boutiques to roadside markets. Playa del Carmen is at the center of retail therapy in the area. It is home to Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian street that is packed with high-end shops, souvenir stores and stalls filled with handcrafted items. Do not be afraid to try for a bargain; most shop owners in the area enjoy haggling and discussing their wares with customers.
At Playa del Carmen, you will be able to find great deals on chocolate, tequila and jewelry. Sterling silver is quite popular in the region, but make sure to purchase pieces from a legitimate store. A bit further north, you will hit the town of Puerto Morelos. Here, local handcrafted items are reasonably priced. You will find beautiful paintings, carvings and blankets.
The Riviera Maya has undergone a culinary renaissance. Guests enjoy new restaurants and emerging chefs. Gourmet dining options are becoming readily available at Playa del Carmen and the Hotel Zone.
Travelers flying to the area tend to arrive at Cancun international airport (CUN). It’s one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean with transport links to Playa del Carmen, 32 miles to the south. Cozumel Airport (CZM) also offers international connections to the region.
Many travelers tend to take advantage of all-inclusive resorts that offer free meals and other great amenities. However, there are smaller Riviera Maya hotels as well. These places offer Caribbean charm, traditional hospitality and Mexican style.
The Riviera Maya is very ethnically diverse, and the area hosts numerous festivals. The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated by the locals who gather in cemeteries to keep the souls of the deceased company. Xcaret hosts a large celebration filled with fine food, art exhibits, live music and energetic dancing to commemorate this day. Other events include the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival and the International Movie and Food Festival.
July and August are the busy months, and prices reflect that fact. The rainy season occurs May to December. Most ruins remain covered during this time. For the best weather, consider visiting the Riviera Maya December through April.