Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, MexicoPlaya del Carmen, Mexico
Surrounded by 36 acres of lush tropical forests overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea, the Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico is a mesmerizing hideaway strewn across the white sands of the Yucatan Peninsula. The sole purpose of this Mexican retreat is to indulge guests with the finest of accommodations and amenities. The collection of one- and two-bedroom bungalows, many with ocean or lagoon views, are concealed along winding paths that neighbor serene waterways. Many appointments, such as the rainforest showers, al fresco stone tubs and alabaster courtyards, are inspired by tropical surroundings. Suites and beachfront casitas contain private pools, while a handful of rooms are located near the spa for those embarking on a holistic holiday.
Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico's lush spa takes its cue from the Mayan healing elements of water, air, fire and earth, all to promote an absolute feeling of being at one with nature. In addition to eight treatment rooms with private showers, you may also request one of two VIP couples suites for a full-day of pampering. The resort also delivers a menu of fabulous restaurants, four in all, with ocean views and outdoor dining plus a selection of regional and international cuisine. Retreat to the stylish rooftop bar, lobby lounge, or poolside watering hole for a refreshing libation. The resort is wonderfully secluded, yet easily accessible to many of the region's glorious archaeological sites including the well-preserved pyramids and sacred ceremonial buildings. The Yucatan Peninsula also has bragging rights to the second largest coral reef in the world - idyllic for underwater exploration.
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