Talc-white beaches, reefs teeming with life, ruined temples in misty rainforests – the Riviera Maya offers a family or romantic beach holiday with a dash of Indian Jones adventure.
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico|www.jashitahotel.com|
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Most Riviera Maya beaches are long and ruler-straight. But Soliman Bay, twenty minutes north of Tulum where Jashita sits is a beautiful half-moon cove, overlooking a glass-flat sandy lagoon.
Jashita is one of a cluster of small hotels sitting right on the sand. It has a New Age-chic feel: scattered with Buddha effigies and with a huge yoga deck and a spa with wellness treatments and Mayan ceremonies; and with rooms comfortable enough for a Goop subscriber.
Rooms feel like a Malibu beach house – rectilinear spaces with ample glass that frame beautiful interiors (decked out with whicker and hard-wood furnishings) and ocean views.
While the resort is made for intimacy this is a busy beach and not all rooms feel private during the day. Opt for those on the upper floors (away from wandering eyes) or book the honeymooner Nerfertiti suite which has its own plunge pool.
The hotel sits in scrubby forest in a beautiful half-moon cove fringed with white sand and shared with half a dozen other simpler resorts. There are coral heads immediately off the beach, offering decent snorkelling, and a fringing barrier reef a hundred metres or so offshore.
The family resort of Xel-Ha is 10 minute’s drive; Tulum is 20 minutes. There are cenotes within a kilometre, and a few simple restaurant alternatives further along the beach.
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