Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort in the Yucatan
Peninsula is catering to parents and children through June 30 with
its Maya Discovery Family Adventure Package. Offering discounts of
up to 30 percent, this action-packed plan covers a trio of
excursions. Travelers can immerse themselves in cultural and
ecological wonders, while exploring the region’s ancient
civilization, pristine beaches and vibrant underwater life.
Located between the Cancun International Airport and chic
eateries and shops of Playa del Carmen, the 342-room Hotel Marina
El Cid spans 617 acres. Completed last December, a $50 million
expansion has added new junior suites, a beachfront bar, convention
center and spa. Other amenities include a 22,000-square-foot
freeform pool, four restaurants, four bars, 120-slip private
marina, Kids’ Club and comprehensive activities program.
The Maya Discovery Family Adventure includes three exciting
expeditions for $150 per person, as an add-on to the all-inclusive
rate. When booked separately, the trio of treks would run $215 per
The Arrecife Day Trip covers a sailing cruise to the white sandy
shores of Playa Maroma, cited by the Travel Channel as one of the
world’s most beautiful beaches. There, travelers spend the
afternoon swimming, snorkeling and kayaking through the clear
turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
The second excursion, a snorkeling trip, explores vibrant
underwater life in the protected Puerto Morelos National Reef Park.
Located 500 yards offshore from Hotel Marina El Cid, Puerto Morelos
is the world’s second largest barrier reef system. Visitors enjoy
up-close views of exotic sea life, including brightly colored
tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays, purple sea fans and
A final excursion, the Chichen Itza Day Trip, transports
visitors to these famous Maya ruins. Recently named one of the
wonders of the world, the temples and pyramids are more than 1,500
years old. Chichen Itza’s main attraction is the central pyramid,
the massive El Castillo (the castle).
While Europe was still in the Dark Ages, the advanced Maya
civilization had mapped the heavens, developed a writing system and
mastered mathematics. Without metal tools or the wheel, they built
vast cities in the jungle with pyramids, like El Castillo, showing
an amazing degree of architectural diversity and perfection.
The Maya Discovery Family Adventure Package is valid for guests
who pre-book and pre-pay for a junior, one-, two- or three-bedroom
suite. Each of the excursions includes transportation and
The Chichen Itza tour leaves from the hotel lobby, while the
snorkeling and sailing tours depart from the El Cid Marina, located
one block from the resort. In addition to catamaran and snorkeling
tours, the full-service marina offers sportfishing expeditions,
organized fishing tournaments, private trips, water sports and a
Hotel Marina El Cid is set along 1,969 feet of Mexican Caribbean
beachfront. Its low-rise buildings surround a magnificent
22,000-square-foot freeform pool. The resort’s suites mix Mexican
Colonial and contemporary architectural design. Each of the new,
elegantly appointed junior suites has contemporary decor, a king
bed, a queen Murphy bed, kitchenette and private balcony with views
of vibrant tropical gardens or the Caribbean Sea. In-room amenities
include luxury bedding and linens, wireless Internet access,
satellite TV, air conditioning and a mini-bar stocked with snacks
and cold beverages.
For larger families, Hotel Marina El Cid also houses one-, two-
and three-bedroom suites. Each has a spacious living and dining
area, fully-equipped kitchen and private terrace with Jacuzzi. For
all guests, room service is available 24 hours daily.
With four restaurants and four bars, Hotel Marina El Cid serves
up culinary options ranging from casual to gourmet. The newly
expanded, family-friendly Hacienda Arrecife celebrates the
traditional hacienda in grand style with brightly colored walls,
original Mexican art and gourmet Mexican cuisine accompanied by a
selection of more than 100 different tequilas.
Guests dine indoors or al fresco at the casual, family-style La
Alhambra, showcasing a gourmet buffet and freshly prepared dishes
to please all ages and palates. El Alcazar is a favorite for
romantic dinners and special occasions, with its chic decor and a
creative blend of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.
Situated on El Cid’s private marina next to the resort, La
Marina presents fresh seafood and stunning sunset views overlooking
Puerto Morelos Bay. Also outdoors, the new Scaramanga Moon &
Beach Lounge invites guests to linger with cocktails, carpaccios,
cool ocean breezes and live music.
Hotel Marina El Cid’s Kid’s Club entertains with supervised
activities daily, such as snorkeling lessons, Spanish cooking
classes and games. Most activities take place around the central
22,000-square-foot pool, featuring a waterfall and water slide. The
resort’s teen program features supervised trips to Cancun’s popular
nightspots, windsurfing lessons, kayaking tours and bike trips to
Puerto Morelos. Activities change bi-weekly for added variety.