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The Boutique Mystique

Small Hotels Establish Themselves Along Riviera Maya

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – From architecture and design that capture the essence of Mexico to warmth and intimacy that create a sense of being in a friend’s beach house, boutique hotels along Riviera Maya cater to customers looking for a special property willing to cater to their individual needs.

ACANTO HOTEL & SUITES

Seven exquisitely appointed one bedroom luxury villas have been designed to create a unique, blissful zone of unfettered hedonism and Zen-like ambience. Each villa, resplendent in artistic décor, features central air conditioning, master bedroom, full kitchen, living-dining room and private patio. Concierge service, 24 hour security, private chef, swimming pool, luxuriant gardens, roof-top sun deck with barbecue facilities, and a spectacular sunrise-sunset vista of the Caribbean combine to make this a tropical hideaway.

AZULIK

Fifteen villas with large private decks tucked between the Caribbean Sea and the tropical jungle. Each villa is like a retreat within a retreat. This is a private getaway within the historic Mayan area of Tulum.

Cabanas Copal

Hidden in the jungle that runs along the white powder shores of Tulum are forty-seven rustic candle-lit cabanas. This clothing-optional property celebrates spirituality and strives for total wellness.

Cabanas Los Lirios

Surrounded by a relatively undisturbed tropical forest and set upon a beautiful beach, this thirty-two room hotel is a combination of forest conservation and sustainable eco-tourism.

Hidden Beach Resort Au naturel club

Consisting of forty-two beachfront suites, this secluded adults-only property was designed for uninhibited vacationing. The only luxurious all-inclusive nudist resort in the Mexican Caribbean is located on a stretch of white sand beach.

HOTEL DESEO

Clean Lines and simple minimalist design adorn its fifteen rooms, which have enormous white beds, fluffy white towels, teak chaises, mottled marble floors and flowing curtains. Some have terraces with hammocks. All the rooms are air conditioned and mini-bars, a safety deposit box and satellite TV. Although fabulously designed, in-room bathrooms are separated by a flowing curtain with some tubs exposed in the room. The hotel is two blocks from the beach.

Hotel Escencia

Twenty-nine suites with furnishings crafted from native wood, twelve-foot high ceilings, extra-large bathrooms, high-tech audio-visual equipment and in-room high-speed Internet access. Located on a two-mile stretch of Playa Xpu-Ha, one of the most secluded white-sand beaches in Riviera Maya, this 50-acre resort is built around ‘Casa Grande,’ a spectacular three-story, nine-suite Great House. The former home of an Italian Duchess now has an Aroma Spa designed to complement its natural setting and a Meso-American restaurant.

IKAL DEL MAR

Twenty-nine luxury villas, each with a private pool, were carefully constructed with natural wood and stones indigenous to the area. Inspired by the ‘poetry of the sea,’ this is a secluded luxury resort was carved from the primitive Mayan jungle near the village of Xcalacoco. A culinary staff creates unique dishes with Mediterranean, Asian, and Mexican influences.

ILLUSION HOTEL

Situated near the European ambience and fine restaurants of Playa del Carmen and the tranquil beauty of the Caribbean Sea, this thirty-eight room hotel provides concierge service, a safe deposit box at the front desk, a business center, on-site full breakfast restaurant, pool bar and conference room. Guestroom amenities include a refrigerator, in-room safe, phone, TV with remote control, A/C, ceiling fan, King or double size beds, Microwave. High-speed internet access is available at an additional charge. At the roof terrace you can enjoy from an ideal view to the Caribbean Sea from its cozy swimming pool.

LA LUNATA

Ten rooms, each named after a different moon (luna) in the solar system, blend traditional Mexican architecture with modern conveniences to cater to discriminating travelers seeking a memorable vacation experience. Attention to detail is found throughout – in the unique hand crafted hardwood and metal worked furniture, authentic paintings and handicrafts, bricked dome ceilings, hardwood beams, natural limestone, and hand-painted talavera tiles. Even the bedroom floors are covered with beautiful tiles accented by hand selected, polished and expertly laid stones. Rooms have a private balcony with a view of the ocean, garden or 5th Avenue.

LA TORTUGA HOTEL AND SPA

Forty-five spacious rooms and junior suites – swim up or with rooftop Jacuzzi – overlooking an enchanting swimming pool, surrounded by tropical gardens with lush vegetation. Air-conditioned accommodations are decorated in a charming and typically Caribbean style. A fine-dining restaurant and laid-back lounge and a private beach club with scuba-options complete this tropical vacation.

Las Casitas Akumal

Eighteen two-bedroom “casitas” (little houses) are located on Akumal Bay’s beautiful seashore. Each casita is a beautiful, furnished home. All are air-conditioned, with spacious living areas featuring an entire wall of glass which looks out onto a private courtyard with the Caribbean a few steps away.

Las Villas Akumal

Twenty-six tastefully decorated one-, two- and three-bedroom air-conditioned beachfront condominium units, each with a full size kitchen and dining area, satellite TV, telephone and safe. Each Villa has a large ocean front terrace and breathtaking view of the Mexican Caribbean. Garden level studios with kitchen and all other amenities are also available. Daily maid service is provided.

MOSQUITO BLUE

Forty-five rooms and suites surround an orchard and landscaped garden, a short walk from the beach. With a pair of sensually-designed swimming pools providing the foreground for an open-air Italian Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, this chic boutique hotel caters to the sophisticated traveler seeking an elegant oasis in the land of the Maya.

Zahra

Twenty-two rooms and cabanas are nestled between two sandy beaches. Wireless internet access is now available in all outside areas. There is an internet cafe open from 7 AM to 11 PM. Cabañas are based on traditional Mayan style, with thatched palm roofs. Some are raised on stilts above the sandy beach. Guests can enjoy in-room spa services, as well as room service from the restaurant which features authentic Mexican specialties and live entertainment.

The eighty-one mile stretch, known as the Riviera Maya is situated in the Mexican Caribbean on the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Beginning eleven miles south of the Cancun International Airport in Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya extends to Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a small town near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. The region features the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, over 100 cenotes, the action of eco-adventure sports including kayaking, mountain biking, scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, bird watching and deep sea fishing, proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant Mayan archeological sites, the varied activities of the eco-archeological parks, plus golf courses, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget.

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