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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Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico|www.hyatt.com|
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Cancun and the international airport are less than 20-minutes’ drive away, yet this opulent hotel on a quiet, secluded white-sand beach feels a world away.
Most Riviera Maya hotels are big blocky resorts or toes-in-the-sand casitas. But with its stately terracotta Paraiso feels like a millionaire’s hacienda. Long open-sided corridors are decked out with antiques collected from Asia and the Americas, including a panoply of Balinese stone lions and temple carvings from India.
Suites are plush and vast and divided into a bedroom, sitting area, a terrace with a beautiful ocean view and a bathroom with a plunge pool-sized square stone tub, filled by a tap in the shape of a lion’s head, carved from a single rock. The pool is huge, the Thalasso spa is superb and the hotel has a choice of great restaurants.
The property is set in 14 acres of tropical forest, amid shady gardens busy with hummingbirds, and bright with hibiscus and heliconia flowers. It overlooks a long broad, powdery-fine white sand beach and a shallow turquoise Caribbean Sea.
There are a few other resorts nearby, but they don’t infringe on the resort’s privacy and feeling of seclusion. The village of Puerto Morelos is around 5km south; the nightlife of Cancun is 35 km north.
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