RIVIERA MAYA -- The Riviera Maya, a 75-mile strand stretching from
Playa del Secreto to Punta Allen on the Yucatan Peninsula, offers a
varied choice of accommodations ranging from large, all-inclusive
hotels to small, boutique resorts.
This fall, many of these properties are presenting packages that
should suit almost any visitor's needs, including families, couples
and even people in the military.
In addition, a number of the region's resorts are adding rooms
or facilities. The following is a sampling of what's happening:
• One of the newest members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the
World collection is the Riviera Maya's Ikal del Mar. The resort is
offering two five-night packages.
A Poetic Experience package includes accommodations in a luxury
villa with a private pool, daily breakfast and roundtrip airport
transfers for $1,879 per villa.
The Poetic Sonnets by the Sea package includes accommodations in
a luxury villa with private pool, daily breakfast, two body
exfoliations (one per person), a couple's massage and roundtrip
airport transfers for $2,244 per villa. Both packages are available
through Dec. 20.
For information or reservations, call (888) 230-7330 or visit www.ikaldelmar.com.
• The all-inclusive, 270-room Gran Porto Real Resort & Spa
is offering packages for honeymooners, families, scuba divers and
couples looking to tie the knot. In addition, through Dec. 20, the
resort is offering 50% off published rates to all U.S. military
personnel who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
For information or reservations, call (800) 543-7556 or visit www.realresorts.com.mx.
• Another resort company that's rolled out the welcome mat to
U.S. troops is Occidental Hotels & Resorts, which operates the
Occidental Allegro Playacar, Occidental Grand Flamenco Xcaret,
Occidental Caribbean Village Playacar and Occidental Royal Hideaway
Through Dec. 23, these resorts are offering deeply discounted
rates to U.S. military personnel starting at $43 a night per
person, including meals, snacks, beverages, taxes and
In addition, until Dec. 18, kids under age 12 can stay and eat
for free at Occidental Allegro Playacar and Occidental Grand
For information or reservations, call (800) 858-2258 or visit www.occidentalhotels.com.
Viva Resorts, which operates the 234-room Viva Azteca and 400-room
Viva Maya in Playacar, expanded its dining options by opening Viva
Cafe, an Italian restaurant and bar located in Playa del
The restaurant is open for dinner only and welcomes patrons not
staying at the hotels. The Viva Maya also opened the Renova Spa
Meanwhile, the Viva Maya and Viva Azteca are offering guests
scuba diving excursions and certification classes through Viva
Diving, a PADI dive center located at the Viva Maya.
Both resorts offer a complimentary dive lesson in the pool.
Guests who catch the diving bug can choose from one- to three-day
PADI dive courses that cost from $95 to $240 per person, including
As reported, Viva Resorts entered into a strategic alliance
agreement with Wyndham International. As of Dec. 1, the properties
will be rebranded as Viva Wyndham Resorts and incorporated into the
Wyndham portfolio. At that time the resorts will be renamed Viva
Wyndham Maya and Viva Wyndham Azteca.
For information or reservations, call (800) 898-9968 or visit www.vivaresorts.com.
• The all-inclusive Xpu-Ha Palace, Moon Palace Golf Resort and
the adults-only Aventura Spa Palace are offering free wedding
ceremonies when guests book their wedding packages.
The wedding ceremony includes use of a decorated gazebo; all
document arrangements and legal fees; a justice of the peace;
champagne for guests at the ceremony; dinner for the wedding party;
breakfast in bed for the bride and groom the morning after the
ceremony; and the services of a wedding coordinator.
Wedding packages cost from $1,299 per person, double, through
Golf packages are also available at the Moon Palace in
conjunction with its new Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course as well
as with the Golf Club at Playacar.
Meanwhile, the new Harmony Convention Center at the Aventura Spa
Palace opened in April.
The facility offers more than 55,000 square feet of function
space, with a maximum group capacity of 1,800 people.
The convention center adds an important business component to
the resort's leisure side, which includes 1,266 rooms with private
balconies and a full-service spa and fitness center.
For information or reservations, call (800) 635-1836 or visit www.palaceresorts.com.
• Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is offering travel agents a
rate of $55 a night per person, double, at the Iberostar Tucan,
Quetzal, Paraiso Beach and Paraiso Del Mar until Dec. 15.
These resorts are also offering scuba divers 15% off all dives.
To qualify, divers must purchase an all-inclusive stay at any of
the resorts through a travel agent or wholesaler and book their
diving with Dressel Divers at www.dresseldivers.com.
Meanwhile, in November, Iberostar is poised to open its sixth
hotel, the 446-room Iberostar Paraiso Lindo.
The $50 million-plus property will be situated next to the
Iberostar Paraiso Beach, which is adjacent to the Iberostar Paraiso
Paraiso Lindo will be a more upscale version of its sister
all-inclusive resorts. Rates will be about 20% higher, starting at
about $140 a room. The resort will feature 24-hour room service and
For information or reservations, call (888) 923-2722 or visit www.iberostar.com.
To contact reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to [email protected].