With its shimmering, turquoise waters and powdery-soft sandy beaches and world-class restaurants, the Riviera Maya is one of the most romantic places in the world.

It’s a top destination for weddings, engagements, and romantic getaways just for two. While the setting is next to everything when it comes to romance, what you do to set and maintain the mood is also important.

That’s why we have chosen three top ways to share your love with your sweetheart in the Riviera Maya.

Go on an Adventure

A couple enjoying a romantic horseback ride at Baaxal Ranch.

Sometimes the best adventures are the ones with the ones you love.

The thrill of discovering a new place, exploring a new activity, or just having fun together can be just as romantic and electrifying as the hearts, candy, and flowers kind of love.

Horseback riding, visiting an adventure park, and snorkeling are just three great activities you can do with your sweetheart in the Rivera Maya.

Horseback Riding: Baaxal Ranch offers day and full-moon tours if you’ve ever dreamed about riding in a lush, tropical jungle or on the beach in the moonlight. Tours last for about an hour and a half and include beverages and light snacks. Each trip has a maximum of six riders, or you can book a private excursion for a romantic afternoon or evening.

Baaxal Ranch is located about a 20-minute drive north of Playa del Carmen. Tours are provided at 9:30am, 12:00pm (noon) and 3:00pm. The rate for a private ride goes from $40 USD and up, per person. The snacks and drinks can also be changed upon request at a different rate.

Adventure Park: Xplor Park in Playa del Carmen is a magical place where visitors can experience the world underground through diverse activities on subterranean rivers, in ancestral caves and the rainforest.

The park combines a unique subterranean world and the jungle with activities that invite you to explore and rediscover your emotions and your sense of nature. This adventure park offers zip lining amphibious vehicles and swimming and rowing in underground rivers.

Xplor is also offering 15% off tickets when you buy them online for a limited time. Use promo code 14FEB-XP19. The discount applies when you buy 2 or more tickets and expires on February 15th, 2019.

Snorkeling – Snorkeling tours at Akumal Dive Center is a beautiful way to explore the abundant sea life near Akumal. While Akumal Bay is closed to commercial snorkeling tours, the Dive Center offers tours outside the bay. In the turquoise waters surrounding the area, you can see sea turtles, stingrays, tropical fish, and shallow reef structures in magnificent colors. Tours are about $50 USD per person.

Private Chef Services

Candlelight dinner for two prepared by Chef Daveed at a cenote.

While the Riviera Maya has lots of romantic restaurants featuring elegant meals and breathtaking views, why not stay home and let a private chef do all the work?

Loco Gringo has access to culinary professionals like Chef Daveed who can arrange a nice dinner on the beach, or even something more private at your vacation home. Chef Daveed uses the freshest ingredients, adds his signature spin to classic, Mexican dishes, and is more than happy to meet any special dietary needs.

Cost is about $45 USD per person and covers the personal chef, shopping for the food/ingredients, meal preparation, serving and cleaning. Other fees may be included.

Massage

Yaan Wellness Spa in Tulum

A couples’ massage is a fantastic way to melt the stress and relax into love.

Budha Garden Spa in Akumal offers couples massages, and mystical body wraps among its wide variety of treatments. Rates vary according to the type of massage and length. But treatments are usually around $60 USD each.

The Cenote Spa at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Playa del Carmen is one of the area’s best-kept secret. It features a wide range of massage techniques and body treatments to meet your needs. The spa houses eight treatment suites, including two doubles. Unwind in the hydrotherapy area, swim in the 82 ft. Lap pool or relax around the warm-water cenote pool.

Massages include the “Couples Special” is a “110-minute romantic journey of love.” It consists of a foot ritual, full-body massage, hydrating facial mask, and in-room soak bath and wine. The cost is $439 USD for two people. An 80-minute package with the foot ritual, full-body massage, and hydrating facial mask is $399 per couple. You don’t need to be a guest to book a massage. Reserve your spot by calling  +52 984 875 1234 ext. 5050.

Yaan Wellness Spa in Tulum is a complete healing and relaxation center, dedicated to the cleansing and purification of mind, body, and spirit. Soothe and enliven your senses, journey through the healing waters of the water pools, sauna, and steam room.

The healing spa features traditional, indigenous treatments, energy healing, deep muscle relaxation techniques, and herbal and flower baths prepared in their custom-made copper tubs.

Try the 90-minute Cacao Ritual, which includes an auric cleansing, Mayan Cacao Body Mask, 60-minute massage, and cacao elixir. Cacao is an ancient pre-Hispanic herbal medicine that is known to help us connect with our higher self and balance our male and female energies. Cost is $305 USD per person.

In-Home Massage is an excellent option for homebodies. Paulina, our concierge, can arrange a massage or treatment to be delivered to your vacation home for an extra fee. Contact us in about two weeks in advance of your stay to request a list of spa treatments and massages in the area.

Inspired to show your love in the Riviera Maya? Contact Paulina, our concierge, to help you reserve your spot and arrange a romantic activity for your sweetheart. Our reservations staff can assist you with booking the most enchanting place to stay during your vacation escape.

Photos are courtesy of Baaxal Ranch, Chef Daveed, and Yaan Wellness Spa.
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