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The Mexican Riviera – Luxury, History and Aquatic Activity

When you are taking off on your private charter jet to luxury sun, sea and relaxation the Maldives often comes first to mind. However, stretched across 120km of the Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s north-eastern Yucatán Peninsula lies this picturesque country’s jewel – the Riviera Maya.

Boasting a tourist corridor of luxury hotels, first class cuisine and surrounded by history, culture and tradition, The Riviera Maya offers a monsoon of attractions. Snorkel inches from tropical fish, dolphins and whale sharks in the world’s second largest coral reef, or dive further down into the many cenotes (limestone sinkholes) unique to this Yucatán Peninsula.

For you travellers looking for relaxation you will be able to experience the Caribbean oasis which encompasses a calm sea breeze, fine powder white sands and the turquoise waters or escape to a beach-side spa or yoga retreat.


When you have had you fill of sunbathing listening to the tranquil ocean and the tropical sunset paints the sky, Riviera Maya will serve one of the most renowned dining experiences in Mexico. The cuisine is based on fish and seafood, freshly caught in the Caribbean ocean, and seasoned with local Mayan ingredients, sealing their unique cultural flavour.

Historical Wonders

Much of the land is underdeveloped so the natural beauty of the Riviera Maya and the creatures that inhabit it can flourish. Much of the ancient history of this destination is also preserved, enrich yourself with culture and roam freely around the ancient Mayan Port City in Tulum and behold one of the new wonders of the world, The Chichen Itza.

World-Renowned Golf Courses

This is not all. When visiting this stunning tropical destination you will also be able to shop, play a few rounds of golf and experience the vibrant nightlife in nearby Playa del Carmen. If you choose to take a day away from the blue ocean to tee-off on the greens, there is no place better than El Camaleón Mayakoba, one of the most famous courses in the region. Designed by golfing legend Greg Norman and the host of the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic last November, this course offers immaculate conditions, unique 18 holes (15th hole 155 yards alongside the beach) and a royal service.

Playa del Carmen

Day or night the popular city Playa del Carmen inside Riviera Maya will not disappoint. By day it’s a tourist hotspot for shopping boutiques and water activities, including Xcaret Eco Park with its crystal clear pools and caves. By night Playa del Carmen is the place you want to be for your 10pm cocktail within one of its laid back bars or entertaining nightclubs. Want more entertainment? Plan your trip during the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival.

Luxury Hotels

Whether all these things to do are on your bucket list or you want a laidback escape, you will surely need to know the most luxurious hotels to relax. One of our favourites is the Sanara Tulum, where you can relax in a hammock on your own private balcony, overlooking the ocean, whilst staying in one of their majestic suites or villas nestled amongst palm trees.

After your retreat where would you rather be than taken care of with first-class service and opulent comfort, looking back at the beautiful island out your window of a private chartered jet?