Xavage by Xcaret

Xavage by Xcaret

Reaching New Heights in 2019

After an action-packed year of development in 2018, the excitement continues with a slew of developments poised for takeoff throughout the Mexican Caribbean in 2019 and beyond. Already a favorite with American travelers for its diversity of experiences, the Mexican Caribbean features hotels that run the gamut from right in the middle of the action to off the beaten path, from streamlined eco-options to ultra-luxurious enclaves, from adults-only havens to family-friendly playgrounds and more. Here’s a sampling of what’s on the way for 2019.

In Cancun’s bustling hotel zone, the family-friendly all-inclusive Royalton Cancun kicks off early in 2019 with 180 guest rooms and Royalton’s first Rooftop Skyclub, with an exclusive pool and elegant cabanas.

On April 1, AMResorts is introducing the family-friendly all-inclusive Sunscape Star Cancun, an all-new all-ocean-view resort next to the Puerto Cancun Golf Club, between Cancun’s Hotel Zone and downtown. Later in the year the company will debut the all-new Now Natura Riviera Cancun, a 534-room all-inclusive beachside resort 10 miles from the airport. Also on tap from AMResorts in 2019 is the 500-room Breathless Playa del Carmen Resort & Spa, inside the Grand Coral gated community, with access to the exclusive on-site 18-hole golf course.

Other hotels in Cancun with planned 2019 openings include an 898-room Planet Hollywood Cancun, with three room sections and a mini-golf course, and a Hard Rock Riviera Cancun, with 1,790 guest rooms.

North of Cancun, Paradisus Playa Mujeres is set to open in April 2019, with 498 guest suites, including upgraded Royal Service and Family Concierge sections.

And at Destination Xcaret, the December 2017 debut of Hotel Xcaret was such a success that a second hotel is being planned for summer 2019: The luxury eco-boutique hotel, La Casa de la Playa, will feature 63 suites with private plunge pools, four restaurants, two pools, a spa and more.

Give your clients all the newest options—check out 2018 developments in the Mexican Caribbean here.

Royalton Cancun

Royalton Cancun

Sunscape Star Cancun

Sunscape Star Cancun

Now Natura Riviera Cancun

Now Natura RIviera Cancun

Paradisus Playa Mujeres

Paradisus Playa Mujeres

Where the Sky Is Born

Dophins, turtles, crocodiles…that’s just the start of what visitors can expect to see at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Tulum.

Mayan for “where the sky is born,” Sian Ka'an draws eco-tourists and adventure travelers to its 1.3 million-acre pristine expanse of tropical forests, mangroves, wetlands, lagoons, sandy beaches, ocean reefs and more. The largest coastal protected area in Mexico, the biosphere is accessible via road or a 45-minute boat ride from Tulum.

And clients can now stay inside Sian Ka’an in luxury at the recently transformed Mukan Resort (formerly KanXuc). The upscale eco-resort features just five guest rooms in the main house and four beach bungalows outfitted with furniture of sustainable wood and indigenous art, along with customized fine dining, spa services and an unbeatable beachfront location in the wilderness.

ALL THAT JAZZ

Get ready for the 16th annual Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, in Playa del Carmen from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2—three unforgettable nights under the stars with international jazz greats. The free festival attracts thousands of jazz lovers and top performers. For more information: RivieraMayaJazzFestival.com/en/home/

Parque Maya Cancun

Parque Maya Cancun

Xavage by Xcaret

Xavage by Xcaret

Amikoo

Amikoo

THE THRILLS KEEP COMING

Already home to a host of natural wonders and thrilling theme parks, including the eight existing parks and tours from Experiencias Xcaret, the Mexican Caribbean continues to add new options sure to delight thrill-seekers.

Cancun visitors now have an option close at hand with the opening of Parque Maya Cancun this past spring. The first natural theme park right in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, Parque Maya provides easy access to “culture through adventure”—a fun-filled introduction to the Mayan people and culture with activities like ziplines and a ropes course over the lagoon, a boat ride through mangroves in search of exotic wildlife, close-up looks at replicas of Mayan gods and goddesses, and an authentic Mayan tasting lunch.

Coming this winter to the Cancun area, just minutes from the airport, is a unique adventure experience from Experiencias Xcaret, the folks behind Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplore and other Mexican Caribbean parks and tours. Called Xavage, the $50 million new park is set to debut on December 10, challenging visitors to explore their wild side with land, air and water adventures. Named after local animals, the adventures can be customized to a visitor’s choice of adrenaline, from soft to ultimate. Some highlights include the Baracuda whitewater rapid adventure, the Puma rock crawler and the Howler Monkey ropes courses.

Next up will be Amikoo, a theme park on track to be the largest in Latin America when it debuts in stages through 2020 between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Plans call for state-of-the art rides like the Explorer, which simulates deep-sea exploration, a 1,200-room hotel, convention center, museums and other attractions celebrating Mayan life and culture.

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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