Riviera Maya: Cancun Coasts & Tulum Temples

If, like us, there are some days where you just want to kick back and enjoy being given the royal treatment then get ready for some pampering – we’ve created our ultimate winter escape in this 11-day trip. And what better place to spend your time in the lap of luxury than Mexico’s spellbinding Riviera Maya? Whether you’re after an idyllic honeymoon or office getaway, its combination of pristine beaches, mystical Mayan temples and lux hotels provide the perfect tonic to drab winter days.

Island bliss

Begin your vacation as you mean to go on – in style. As soon as you land in Cancun you’ll be whisked off to the docks on the Caribbean Sea where your private yacht will be waiting. Relax on the decks as you glide through the turquoise waters to your island retreat on Isla Mujeres. Although it is only eight miles from the party district of Cancun, this sleepy, laid-back island feels worlds apart. You’ll be shown to your suite at the exclusive Hotel Villa Roland where, sandwiched between an impossibly white beach and a tropical lagoon, the pampering begins. Indulge in a signature Thalasso Spa treatment and sample culinary wonders at the gourmet restaurant.

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Sit back and relax

From one paradise to another – hop back on to your yacht for your next coastal refuge. Once the private retreat to an Italian duchess, Hotel Esencia lies on a glorious mile-long slice of picture-perfect beach, the kind of which you sit in the office dreaming about. Surrounded by jungle and 50 acres of tropical garden, you’ll be welcomed with champagne and a room scattered with rose petals.  Spoil yourself with a visit to the Aroma Spa and enjoy sumptuous treatments based on ancient Mayan rituals. If you fancy something a little more adventurous then venture underwater on a private dive in the nearby Mesoamerican reef. The largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, you’ll get a front row seat to a spectacular underwater show of turtles, sharks and dazzling tropical fish.

Tulum’s Temples

To give you a break from all those gorgeous beaches, next we’ll be taking you deeper into the lush jungle that hugs Riviera Coastline to tour the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. Trek the savannahs or grab a boat and navigate the emerald lagoons of this eco haven before heading to the spectacular ruins of Tulum. Make sure you have your camera ready—perched dramatically on the sea’s edge atop 40-feet-high limestone cliffs, this grand Mayan fortress is a sight to behold. Lose yourself among the ancient frescos and temples of the palm-dotted grounds and snap a few shots of the huge iguanas that now hold residence here. After an action-packed day, we know you’ll be hankering for some more relaxation so head to your boutique bolthole, Be Tulum. Tomorrow, a personal guided tour of  Chichen Itza awaits as you beat the crowds and wander the grounds of this iconic temple to uncover the mysteries of this great ancient civilisation.

For an ultra-chic evening to top off your trip, treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa massage at your hotel before heading to the beachside restaurant to dine by candlelight, sand slipping between your toes, underneath a velvety star-scattered sky. A fitting end to an enchanting trip—your only problem will be you won’t want to leave.