A wonderful vacation combines the best of both worlds — the delight of being in a different place with the ability to do anything, just like if you were at home.

Celebrating the holidays in the Riviera Maya is no exception. Here, there are endless possibilities to pamper yourself and your loved ones or surprise them with a gift.

We have collected the top options that our travelers love to choose to surprise their guests. With Christmas just around the corner, these options might be the perfect idea to surprise your loved ones even during vacations.

Romantic Dinner

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Let’s say you have friends that are getting engaged or are celebrating an anniversary in the Riviera Maya. What works the most as the perfect gift, is usually a beautiful and romantic dinner. If they are staying anywhere in Riviera Maya, we can set it up for them.

We have professionals like Chef Daveed who can arrange a nice dinner on the beach, or even something more private at their vacation Villa or condo. Time for the preparation is key, so contacting us a month in advance to plan it, would be perfect.

The next best option for couples is a welcome basket. Gift items like a bottle of wine, chocolates, or ingredients to prepare their first breakfast are always a nice touch and travelers appreciate it.


Akumal Spa

A gift certificate for a massage would be a magnificent surprise to help relieve stress and relax.

Local spas like Budha Garden Spa offer gift certificates and have a wide variety of treatments for all kinds of customers. Couples massages, mystical body wraps, mani-pedi’s, or even more elaborate ceremonies are all available. Rates vary according to the type of massage and length. But treatments are usually around $60.00 USD each.

If you want to take it to the next level, we can arrange a massage or treatment to be delivered to the vacation home for an extra fee. Anything can be arranged with a couple of weeks in advance. Contact us to request the list of spa treatments and massages at the area and a quote for your upcoming trip to Riviera Maya.

Fun and Inexpensive Activities

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For more elaborated gifts we recommend activities and tours. Snorkeling is a must in this area, and pretty much everyone is looking forward to doing it. You can book in advance an hour of snorkeling as the ultimate gift.

Each snorkeling hour with a professional guide at Akumal Dive Center is only $60.00 USD per person. There are also short trips to cenotes that last about three hours or so, and they can be as affordable as $40.00 USD per person. These short trips are usually arranged at off-the-beaten-path cenotes, and come with an amazing jungle ride, which adds more privacy to the trip. To guarantee availability, we highly recommend you to contact us in advance and request the closest options to your vacation destination.

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Big groups or large size families always appreciate cakes or flowers sent to their accommodations.

A small flower arrangement can cost as little as $40.00 USD. Cakes are also a great idea as a welcome gift. You can order a small (6 to 11 slices) cake or a big (10 to 20 slices) cake. Turtle Bay Café bakes the most exquisite homemade cakes, and also deliver to Akumal, Soliman Bay, Half Moon Bay, and other resorts in the area.

If you still haven’t decided the perfect gift to surprise someone, e-mail us at [email protected] and let us be your accomplice. We would love to plan the whole surprise on your behalf!

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