What’s New on the Riviera

The latest hotel news from Mexico’s hot spot

By: Maribeth Mellin

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Rendering of the Capella Bahia Maroma
The Riviera Maya continues to experience a booming hotel scene. Luxurious new properties open monthly, it seems, and construction has begun on even more lavish lodgings. Here’s an overview of the latest happenings.

Capella Bahia Maroma is scheduled to debut in winter 2008-2009 with 82 suites in villas opening out directly to the Caribbean; a private, world-class golf course; an Auriga spa; and gourmet restaurants all set on 254 secluded acres.

El Dorado Maroma is Karisma’s sixth gourmet all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya. The intimate 72-suite (some with infinity pools) hotel opened in December on one of the area’s most beautiful beaches. Rates start at $213 per person.

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya officially opened in December. It is now accepting reservations for its 128 guestrooms in oversized villas with private terraces or gardens, secluded garden bathrooms and exotic wood and stone design. The opening package, which is good until April 30, includes a complimentary fourth night when agents reserve three consecutive nights.

Rosewood Mayakoba is celebrating its opening with 50 percent discounts on published rates through February. The Sense spa won’t open until March, but the suites with plunge pools and sunken tubs have glass doors receding into angular walls, giving guests the sense of living outdoors (with all the necessary high-tech amenities, of course).

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