Marina El Cid Hits Riviera Maya

Upscale plans lure all-inclusive fans

By: Dawna L. Robertson

It’s nice to be the new kid on the block. And it’s even nicer when the new kid offers special packages so more visitors can experience it.

The Hotel Marina El Cid Riviera Maya, the newest upscale resort on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, has announced all-inclusive plans with velvet-glove amenities and service fit for royalty.

Through the summer, all-inclusive junior suite rates are available from $99.50 (U.S. dollars) per person per night, based on double occupancy and availability. Special rates for one-, two- and three-bedroom suites also are offered.

Platinum Club Level Service, which is a $40-per-night upgrade, includes an oceanview suite, extra-comfort beds and linens, special areas for check-in and check-out, butler service, fruit basket, bottle of sparkling wine and turndown service with hors d'oeuvres.

All prices cover unlimited food and drinks, plus full use of the resort's numerous luxury facilities and amenities.

"With its plush, beachfront accommodations, gourmet dining and all-inclusive luxury amenities, Marina El Cid has quickly earned a reputation as one of the premier resorts on the Maya Riviera," notes Hector Lopez, the hotel's general manager.

"No other high-end hotel on the Yucatan Peninsula offers the breadth and scale of service and amenities, complemented by a natural, unspoiled setting that is the closest thing to paradise,” Lopez adds.

Open since February, Marina El Cid is situated a stone's throw from the beach, just onshore from Morelos National Reef Park in the town of Puerto Morelos. Its 200 spacious suites are dispersed in 11 four-story structures surrounding a 22,000-sq.-ft. freeform pool with a waterfall and swim-up bar. The hotel also operates a full-service, 350-slip marina for those arriving via yacht or sailboat.

Accommodations range from 586-sq.-ft. junior suites to luxurious 2,397-sq.-ft. three-bedroom accommodations. Bright and airy, they feature marble floors and baths, private terraces, a living area and full kitchenette. Each two- and three-bedroom suite also has a built-in Jacuzzi on the balcony.

A full range of activities include water sports, two large swimming pools, an adults-only Mediterranean day lounge on the beach, shopping and a variety of dining experiences. Plans also are underway to open the El Cid Theater in late summer or early fall. The facility will feature nightly themed dinner shows.