Eye on New Developments

As one of the most popular tourist regions in the world for American travelers, the Mexican Caribbean is in a constant state of evolution. Throughout Quintana Roo, developers continue to add new options, with a careful eye towards maintaining the spirit of the region while staying on the cutting edge. Here’s a look at some of the biggest developments your clients will want to know about throughout Quintana Roo this past year.

Just north of Cancun, Costa Mujeres is gearing up to welcome two luxury sister properties from the Palladium Group in November: the adults-only all-inclusive TRS Coral Hotel and the adjacent family-friendly Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa.

On the other side of Cancun, in Puerto Morelos, Haven Riviera Cancun becomes the first North American property of Spain-based resort company Hipotels with its October debut. The intimate resort offers a contemporary all-inclusive experience with 333 guest rooms.

Continuing south towards Playa del Carmen, Chablé Maroma Riviera Maya debuts in September with an emphasis on luxury, wellness, Mayan traditions and a culinary program helmed by well-known Mexican chef Jorge Vallejo. A sister property of Chablé Resort, near Merida, the lavish new spa resort is already a member of Leading Hotels of the World, with 70 guest rooms that feature retractable glass walls, an indoor-outdoor rain shower and a private pool; a spacious spa built around a cenote; a yoga pavilion and more.

Other properties showing off a fresh face include Playacar Palace, which re-opened in Playa del Carmen earlier this year after a $14 million renovation; and the Grand Oasis Tulum, where a resort-wide refresh added the high-end resort-within-a-resort called The Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum, as well as the Sensoria Spa.

Another few thousand guest rooms are already on the drawing board for 2019 and beyond—check back next month to see what’s on tap for the new year, along with other Mexican Caribbean news, selling points and highlights throughout the year in Travel Weekly and TravelAge West print and digital.

TRS Coral Hotel

TRS Coral Hotel

Haven Riviera Cancun

Haven Riviera Cancun

Chablé Maroma Riviera Maya

Chablé Maroma Riviera Maya

Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum

Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum

The Magic of Bacalar

Is it real or is it Photoshop? Hint: The Lagoon of Seven Colors in Bacalar is just as amazing in person as in photos, with shallow crystal-clear waters that shimmer from turquoise to deep blue and back again to aquamarine. The lake is just one of the centerpieces of Bacalar, an off-the-beaten-path “Magical Town” that combines peace and quiet with sporting options, eco-adventures and rich history.

For the best views, recommend sailing around the lagoon and a stop at the historic Fort of San Felipe overlooking the lagoon—the former main defense against pirates is now home to a fascinating Pirate Museum. Swimming, diving, snorkeling and kayaking are other popular lake pastimes, while the surrounding jungle opens up to Mayan archeological explorations and stunning cenotes.

Recommend at least three days in Bacalar—nearly 600 guest room choices range from cabins to boutique hotels, including a number of eco-resorts.

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Choose from a smorgasbord of options during the Cancun - Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival, October 31 to November 4, 2018. Five days of parties, dinners, yachting, feasts and tastings showcase the best foods and wines, with top chefs and sommeliers from Mexico and around the world. For more information: WineandFoodFest.com/en

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Maya Tulum Resort

Maya Tulum Resort

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres

WORLD-CLASS FAVES

One of the “best on the planet” is a pretty heady category to be part of. And that’s just what three hotels in the Mexican Caribbean can claim, as they were named to Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Hotels in the World in the August issue. The powerhouse honors are the result of a reader survey that encompasses the whole world.

Tying for #20 is Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, described by the magazine as: “This dreamy adults-only beachfront resort is the ultimate getaway.” The resort also took honors as the #1 Resort Hotel in Mexico.

The other two Mexican Caribbean hotels named on the Top 100 Hotels in the World are Nizuc Resort and Spa in Cancun at #69 and Riviera Maya’s Rosewood Mayakoba at #73. Not surprisingly, these two top-notch properties also made the list of Best Resort Hotels in Mexico, with Nizuc coming in at #6 and Rosewood Mayakoba at #8.

The unique Maya Tulum Resort also took honors as one of the Top 5 International Destination Spas in the World. Known as a premiere yoga and wellness destination for more than 30 years, the resort is set on a large secluded beach in Tulum, where guests experience Mayan traditions and wellness with yoga classes, healthy cuisine, healing spa treatments, a meditation labyrinth and more.

Another getaway that earns acclaim is Isla Mujeres, just a 20-minute ferry ride off the coast of Cancun. The island, named #3 in the Top Islands in Mexico and Central and South America, is best known for its slow pace, beautiful beaches and laid-back spirit.

For more information about what's on in the Mexican Caribbean, check out the websites for Cancun and Riviera Maya. And keep your eyes open for ongoing updates, news, promotions and more in Travel Weekly and TravelAge West digital and print.

Cancun: Cancun.Travel/en/

Riviera Maya: RivieraMaya.com/en

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