Stretching from Cancun in the north to Tulum in the south, visitors will discover a magnificent coastline peppered with tropical beaches, snorkelling and diving havens, archeaological sites and lush jungle. Known as the Riviera Maya, a vast range of small boutique properties as well as luxurious resorts can be found on this south coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Playa del Carmen
South of Cancun, you arrive to Playa del Carmen; a former fishing village boasting stunning white beaches and clear blue waters. Playa, as it is called by locals, has rapidly grown yet has managed to somewhat preserve its small-town charm more than Cancun. For those seeking a great selection of local restaurants and shopping, Playa is a great option.
South of Playa del Carmen, you arrive to Tulum, best known for its stunning stretch of powder white sand beach and its jade green waters. The well-preserved ruins of Tulum, date back to the 12th-century and the site commands a spectacular position on the clifftop overlooking the ocean. A much more laid back vibe compared to neighbouring resorts; Tulum provides in ultimate beach-escape. With many charming properties to choose from for all budgets, ask your Rainbow Tours destination expert for recommendations.
Whilst on the Riviera Maya; don't miss out of a visit to one of the Yucatan's famous cenotes (sinkholes). All part of the vast network of underground rivers that connect over 30,000 of these enticing natural wonders within the peninsula, these hidden subterranean natural sinkholes are undenyably beautiful swimming spots. Sometimes used by the ancient Maya for sacrifical offerings; they were often thought to be a connection to the Mayan underworld.
Just north of the Yucantan Peninsula, in the Gulf of Mexico, is the laid-back island of Holbox. Long and slender, surrounded by crystal-clear Caribbean seas and sandy streets, Holbox is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Within the Yum Balam reserve; Holbox is home to more than 150 species of birds and in the summer months, whale sharks are known to congregate in the nearby waters.
Experience the best of Mexico’s iconic sights combined with luxurious hotels. Enjoy exploring vibrant lively Mexico City, then head to the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the colonial beauty of Merida and the fascinating architecture of Mayan ruins before unwinding on the beautiful Riviera Maya....
Mexico and its Yucatan Peninsula are an incredible destination choice; visitors are offered an exciting overload of sights, sounds and tastes as well as total relaxation. Our Riviera Maya Beach and Culture Break showcases the best the Yucatan Peninsula has to offer, with our Latin America experts providing you with the perfect combination of cultural discoveries and beach relaxation....
A small luxury boutique hotel on a two mile stretch of white sand beach at Xpu-Ha, Esencia has only 29 spacious rooms set within a series of beautiful villas and houses. The décor is tasteful and minimalist, with pristine white floors and airy patios set against elegant mahogany wood with lush tropical surroundings. Lounge on the beach underneath your own palm tree and linenshaded parasol a...
Located to the northwest of Cancun, Holbox Island offers guests peace and tranquillity in an area of protected natural beauty, which is home to many aquatic animals and birds including Hawksbill turtles, flamingos and cormorants. Hotel Villas HM Paraiso del Mar has 58 rooms in one or two storey bungalows, each with a terrace, wooden roof and private entrance. The restaurant serves traditional Mexi...
Hotel Casa Sandra is a luxury boutique hotel, a home away from home and ideally situated overlooking the sea on the secluded island of Holbox. Perfect for couples, the hotel has 20 superbly appointed suites with a king size bed, balconies, hairdryer, WiFi and air conditioning. Enjoy incredible sunsets, superb personal service and a totally relaxing atmosphere where guests can unwind completely. Th...
Located on the Riviera Maya, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa has its own picturesque beachfront location and jungle reserve. There are 64 luxurious rooms and suites with king size beds, unique hand-painted décor and luxury baths (some with sunken tubs), and are all just steps away from white sand beaches and clear turquoise sea. The award-winning Kinan Spa offers unique Mayan inspired treatment...
Le Rêve Hotel & Spa is a chic beachfront boutique hotel located in the Riviera Maya, just outside Playa del Carmen. With a reputation for friendly, helpful staff, this romantic retreat is one of the best. Each of the 25 rooms and suites has original hand-made Mexican detailing, airconditioning and a private terrace or balcony overlooking the lush gardens or the ocean. Both the spectacular in...
With a private beach and landscaped gardens, the beauty of the outdoors extends to the indoors at the Zoetry, a luxury boutique all inclusive hotel often named as one of Mexico’s most exceptional. There are 90 beachfront suites, some with private terrace, outdoor shower or plunge pool. Bathrooms are elegantly designed in marble and glass with luxurious amenities. A member of the ‘Smal...
Recently opened in August 2012, Secrets The Vine is a 5 star, chic and contemporary all-inclusive resort for adults only; ideal for couples and Honeymooners. Located facing the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and the vast canals of Laguna Nichupte, the natural beauty of this area offers plenty of outdoor activities or equally, for those looking to relax; beautiful white powder beaches.This...
Learn to just ‘be’ again at Be Tulum. Total peace and relaxation awaits guests at this chic hideaway with just twenty exclusive suites. This retreat has been carefully created using native materials and designed by the owner/architect to blend with the environment of the ocean and tropical forest. Located close to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and just a ten minute drive to ...
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