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Thursday, 01 January 2015 00:00

The Riviera Maya

Written by  Lisa Loverro

Latin-MayaOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, the Riviera Maya extends along the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula from Puerto Morelos to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Once home to small fishing villages, the Riviera Maya coastline has since been developed into a modern tourist attraction, with everything from all-inclusive resorts and boutique hotels to fine dining. An ideal vacation destination, the Riviera Maya is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in all of Mexico with expansive stretches of powdery white sand and the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Riviera Maya is home to the world’s second largest coral reef just a short distance offshore. With the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Coba nearby, the region is truly a perfect destination for sightseeing, water sports and all around sun worshipping.

Tourism to Mexico as a whole has grown in 2014 with visitors from the United States increasing by 12.3 percent, from 1.8 million in the first quarter last year to 2 million in the same period this year. Meanwhile, the arrival of travelers from Canada increased 6.9 percent, to register a total of 765,700, while in 2013 the number was 716,300.
And while there are a few new hotel openings to announce, the most exciting news is the opening of permanent Cirque du Soleil show on the Riviera Maya that recently opened this past November. The show, the first permanent production outside of Las Vegas and Orlando, will call the custom-built, 600-seat Vidanta Theater (by Grupo Vidanta) home and will be the first-of-its-kind dinner spectacle. As with all Cirque du Soleil shows, it’s name has much significance. This show, “Joya,” is rooted in the Spanish “joya” meaning jewel or pearl and tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a transformative quest to uncover the secrets of life. The show will be performed eight times a week throughout the year and the theater is located across from the Mayan Palace Resort.
In May 2014, the All Inclusive Collection officially introduced the world’s fourth all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel with the grand opening celebration of Hark Rock Hotel Riviera Maya (www.hrhrivieramaya.com). The resort offers the ultimate vacation for guests of all ages with both the adults-only and family friendly resort experiences. With a combined 1,264 ultra-posh and well-appointed guestrooms the hotel is perfect for clients with kids, or adults looking to reconnect with their inner rocker child. Their new expansive sky terrace rooms have picturesque views and hydro tubs in each room, only to be upstaged by the largest celebrity-branded Rock Star Suite in the Hard Rock International collection designed by legendary singer Bret Michaels.
In February 2014, Generations by Karisma (www.karismahotels.com) opened their doors on the Rivera Maya with an all Suite, all Butler, all Gourmet beachfront resort perfect for couples, families, groups and wedding parties. The hotel offers spacious suites with deluxe amenities that include 24-hour room service, oversized balcony or terrace, Jacuzzi and satellite TV.
The Cancun Airport serves as the gateway to the Riviera Maya and is an easy flight from most major cities. For more information on this destination visit www.rivieramaya.com

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