Quintana Roo Travel Guide
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When we think of interesting ecology, the tequila-soaked clubs and crowded beaches of Cancun don’t spring to mind. But just 45 minutes south of party central on the way to the Riviera Maya, is the exclusive enclave of Mayakoba, a lush, jungly environment with three luxury resorts discreetly arranged among the winding limestone canals and mangrove-anchored beaches.
There, we talked to the Fairmont Mayakoba’s Ecology Manager and Green Team Leader, Lyn Santos. Hear about the resort's natural underground rivers, stingless Melipona bees, and why Santos loves boating on the resort’s freshwater lagoons and wetlands.
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Despite some recent troubles, Mexico is still one of our favorite vacation destinations. There are just so many beautiful (and safe!) places to explore, and on a recent pre-Spring Break trip to Cancun, we got to check out one of them: the Fairmont Mayakoba.
Here’s our exclusive photo gallery and room video, so it feels just like you came along with:
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Your significant other is going to be maaaaadddd if you say no to this retreat.
Like most couples chained to each for more than a decade, our relationship could stand a tune-up. And so can we. And while a romantic and spiritually enlightening package called The Art of Re-Connecting: A Couple's Retreat at the The Tides Riviera Maya sounds dreamy, it'll remain that way for us. A dream.
It is totally worth it if you and your special someone have an extra $7,460 laying around the house. It's on the Mayan Riviera amidst tropical forests and pearly-white beaches, first of all. With a luxurious six-night stay at an exclusive resort, number two. And it comes complete with your own private 1,000 sq. ft. palapos (translation: a kick-ass villa).
Capella Hotels is wasting no time breaking ground in Mexico. The luxe resort/condotel brand is at work on Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, and they've just announced a project on the Riviera Maya: Capella Bahia Maroma. (Nevermind that they've only actually opened two hotels worldwide.)
The Caribbean outpost 26 miles from Cancun International Airport isn't scheduled to open for at least another year. (They don't even have renderings of finished rooms yet.) But that isn't stopping Capella from hyping it. Along with 82 guest suites, plans call for 130 vacation "residences" with price tags starting just under $3 million.
Besides the almost-mile-long beach, guests and owners will have a private golf course and golf club at the ready. A massive Capella-branded spa is also part of the plan.
[Photo of Quintana Roo: kyle simourd]
· The hotel is not right on the beach, but it is just a block away.
· Free wireless is avialable.
· The on-site bar is loud enough to interfere with your sleep.
· A white Polaroid camera and film is attached to your bedpost.
· The rooftop lounge offers two giant soaking tubs, some beach beds, and a kick ass view of the Caribbean and Cozumel.
--not right on the beach, but it offers a central location, a friendly staff and an excellent food and bar scene. It is ideal for hipsters and young couples on a romantic getaway looking for something different in tropical-themed rooms with a playful minimalist air.
Also: Each of the 15 rooms comes with flippers and the rooftop soaking pools are made out of old oil tanks.