Five of the Best Places to Chill in the Riviera Maya

Sometimes you need a break – a break from social media, the news, work, and family demands, and every expectation that says you should do and be it all.

Fortunately, the Riviera Maya is a great place to unplug and connect with the possibilities of peace and tranquility that lives in all of us.

Whether your idea of the perfect tropical escape is a margarita in hand while watching the sunset, walking on a stretch of pristine beach, or practicing your downward dog in a lush, tropical jungle, we’ve got you covered.

Below are our top five recommendations to find peace and solitude in the Rivera Maya.

 Casa Gaia

This little house is also referred to as a cabana, but don’t let this architectural term fool you. Unlike other typical Tulum cabanas, Casa Gaia has adopted the benefits of a cabana but enhanced the living space with modern comforts and decor.

The cabana is equipped with a kitchenette, private bathroom, sleeping area, living area, and a small café style eating space. The open concept design provides a spectacular Caribbean view no matter where you are in the home and lets the gentle sea breeze filter throughout the area. Add VIP service alongside local conveniences, and this just may be the best vacation you have had in a long time.

Kick off your shoes and keep them off for your entire vacation. Whether you lounge on your private porch facing the sea, stroll the shoreline of Tulum Beach or walk to a beachfront restaurant with contemporary Mexican cuisine, your time at Casa Gaia will be heaven, as you envision it and define it.

Nah Yaxche Beach House

How do you create the ultimate Mexican – Caribbean getaway? Start with bright colors, natural wood furnishings, add a little “don’t worry, be happy” vibe into the mix and top it all with a grand palapa roof. In the end, you will have the relaxing Nah Yaxche Beach House.

Conveniently located on the white sands of Soliman Bay, between Akumal and the world-famous Tulum ruins, this 2-bedroom beach house for rent is a perfect retreat for couples and small families seeking the sun, white sand, and sky-blue sea.

Just entering Nah Yaxche will make you feel adventures and evoke images of hidden pirate treasures and the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle. Where else will you see large columns made of tree trunks, comfortable hand-made furniture, and a cool wooden loft/balcony, furnished with a cozy futon couch to give you a whole new perspective on the living space?

There is even a hammock hanging in the living room to provide you with a taste of a real Caribbean vacation.

Costa de Cocos

Cabanas at Costa de Cocos

If the top three activities on your vacation list are fly fishingscuba diving and exploring the raw, untamed beauty of the Mexican Caribbean, the Costa Cocos Resort is just the place for you to stay.

The resort is located in the small town of Xcalak, nestled just 7 miles north of the Belize border and Ambergris Caye – Belize’s largest island.

You won’t find the 5-star resort amenities or spa services of boutique eco-retreats. Costa de Cocos is all about simplicity and savoring life’s little pleasures like fly fishing with friends, snorkeling and bird watching or sipping an evening Margarita with the Caribbean in the background.

The 16 eco-friendly palapa-roof cabanas are rustic and homey. Each comes with a comfortable bed(s), a private bathroom and fan (no air conditioning). All the cabanas face the ocean, so there is no need to worry about who gets the best view.

Hotel Esencia

Step into another world when you stay at Hotel Esencia. The converted mansion and guesthouse are the prime jewels of the property, with separate villas scattered throughout the grounds.

Each suite has a sitting area, private terrace, king-size bed with fine European linens, and a spacious bathroom with a rain shower. Several suites at Hotel Esencia have a private plunge pool for refreshing dips.

The spa at Hotel Esencia is staffed with therapists who create homemade treatments from scratch, using Mayan recipes with fresh herbs and ingredients extracted from both the jungle and the sea. It includes steam rooms, hot and cold Jacuzzis, relaxation rooms, massage therapy, and beauty treatments.

Free Yoga classes are offered at the gym. Private Pilates classes are available for a small fee. The gym overlooks a natural cenote, a sinkhole to an underground river, a natural phenomenon unique to the Riviera Maya. As you walk through the estate grounds, watch for the resident peacocks.

As a bonus, Wednesdays and Saturdays are always free this fall.

Mukan Resort

Mukan Resort is a luxurious mix of serenity and privacy in the heart of the Sian Ka’an. When sitting on the glorious beach outside your beachfront cabana, you will feel you have stepped onto a remote island.

Choose between a beachfront cabin or a garden view room. Enjoy their on-site spa, world-class restaurant and kilometers of remote beaches in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere.

Be inspired by Mukan’s restorative spirit of sustainability with all rooms built from local wood, decorated with handcrafted textiles and stocked with luxurious bath amenities.

Whether you dine beachside or in the dining room, the chef at Mukan creates a magical culinary experience for any palate. Local produce and seafood inspire the daily menu that fuses international and regional cuisine.

Wine pairing is part of the dining experience to enhance the unique flavors of each dish. Post-dinner drinks are created from a vast top-shelf selection of liquors from around the globe and offered on your cabana terrace or overlooking the tropical gardens on a beautiful Caribbean evening.

Finally, get more luxury with free nights for stays in 2018.

Inspired to plan now for your next tropical escape? Inquire today about these vacation rentals and other specials available through the fall. The peace and tranquility of the Riviera Maya await.

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