Tag: Playa Del Carmen HotelsView All Tags
Newly opened after a $10 million renovation, Mahekal Beach Resort (formerly Shangri-La Caribe) in Playa del Carmen is Swiss Family Robinson-esque, comprised of 122 individual thatched-roof bungalows with touches of Mayan culture. Whether oceanfront or nestled in the Riviera Maya jungle, all casitas offer personal plunge pools, hammocks, private open-air terraces and pretty views.
The interior by Dallas-based Todd Fiscus, whose client roster includes Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Audi and Neiman Marcus, is described as “bohemian gypsy infused with Mexican accents.” The décor includes Missoni-esque fabrics in the eclectic lobby and fireplace seating area and bright orange ping pong tables and cobalt blue billiard tables in Boli’s, the main lobby bar.
It's Monday and just the right hour for some work procrastination. Take a minute and play Witty Wordsmith with us, whydontcha? That's right, it's time to Name.This.Caption!
It was the wild scampering on our thatched roof at the Viceroy Riviera Maya that sent us running around our villa, wondering WTF was on our roof. Was it on fire? A crazy Mexican thunderstorm? Did we drink too much the night before?
But it was none of these things. Suddenly the scampering stopped and turned to jungle canopy thrashing.
We finally identified the crazy: two spider monkeys hanging out above the outdoor shower. Fumbling for the camera, we snapped this pic of this gray-bearded Papa Boo. But what is he doing there?
All of the big five-star resorts and convention-ready hotels may be off the highway between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, but if you want to experience the activity of a Mexican town and still be a short stroll from the beach, you need to stay in Playa Del Carmen.
You won't find the Fairmonts, Rosewoods and Tides of the world here, but you will find smaller, independent hotels lining the beach and streets off of Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue). The newest--although actually a longtime resident, now coming out of an expansion and renovation--is Acanto Hotel & Suites.
Hotel Video Tours / Rosewood Resorts / Playa Del Carmen Hotels / Mexican Riviera Resorts / Beachfront Resorts / → All Tags
We love checking out up and coming hot hotel areas, and Mayakoba, on the Mexican Riviera Maya is one such area. Last week we got a first hand look at a couple newly opened resorts (Rosewood and Mandarin Oriental), a soon to open resort (Banyan Tree), and a resort that looks like it might have some struggles making it to the finish line (Viceroy Mayakoba).
We hunkered down in #505 at the all suite Rosewood Mayakoba and had a good look around the area. Stay tuned this week as we will take you inside the goings on at Mayakoba, but for now, feast your eyes on the above video tour of 505.
We have been reading about the imminent opening of Mexico's first Mandarin Oriental since early December. The prominent image seen here may make you think that the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is ready to welcome you with open arms, but not so fast!
They are apparently running way behind schedule and construction crews are scrambling to meet an opening date that keeps moving back. A travel writer tipster who was trying to tour the hotel this week for both a certain big glossy magazine and a popular luxury travel website was told flat-out no by the PR people.
Meanwhile, we've heard of two guests who had mid-February reservations being forcibly rebooked into later weeks, even though one couple was going on their honeymoon.
So we tried to go in and make a booking ourselves on the website to see what would happen. No matter what dates we tried over the next two weeks, we got the error message, "We apologize. There are no available rooms for your desired dates. Please modify your dates or number of guests." When we got to a 3-day period from Feb. 28 to March 1, we finally scored. Well, if you can call an $870 room in Mexico a score that is.
Yes, you read that right. Rooms will start at $870 a night. Room only. In Mexico. Apparently the very bottom-rung ones aren't finished yet. When we pulled up May dates, typically a slow time for the area, we found a "Deluxe Cenote" room and "Deluxe Laguna" room for $595. As in you don't face the beach. For $595. Room only. In Mexico.
Yeah yeah, we're sure it's gorgeous. Or will be when it's done that is. More later when we get a peek from someone who is allowed through the hallowed gates.