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Riviera Maya, Mexico

With its fascinating Aztec, Maya and Spanish colonial history, its amazingly varied landscape (jungle, forests, vast plains and deserts), its wonderful tropical climate, fabulous beaches and warm, welcoming people, it’s little wonder that Mexico rates very highly when choosing a long haul destination with a difference. We’ve chosen, as the centre for our 2017 programme, the Yucatan peninsula on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, with its unique blend of history, culture and beach life. There’s so much to see and do it’s difficult to know where to start but the absolute ‘musts’ are the dramatic Mayan pyramids and temples at Chichen Itza and Uxmal, the beautiful colonial cities of Merida and Valladolid, the only oceanside Mayan site in Mexico at Tulum and the huge array of diving and snorkelling opportunities along the reef which runs parallel to the Yucatan’s coastline. Everywhere, it’s difficult to escape the stunning colours Mexico is famous for, be they villagers’ clothes, the bougainvillea, hibiscus and frangipani you see everywhere, birds of every brilliant hue and, of course, the unbelievably blue Caribbean.

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Hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda ★★★★★

Enjoying a wonderful beachside location on Mexico’s famous Riviera Maya between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, the 5 star Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda is set in spacious tropical gardens and boasts an array of first class facilities and amenities to please the most seasoned traveller. There are 3 outdoor swimming pools with spacious sun terraces, sunbeds and umbrellas, a choice of bars, a snack bar, spa treatment and massage (payable locally), a choice of à la carte restaurants (with reservation), evening entertainment including live shows and free wifi in public areas. All the hotel’s air-conditioned bedrooms, twins or doubles for sole use, have a bath or sh/wc with hairdryer, safety deposit box (payable locally), satellite TV, wifi, iron/ironing board, a ceiling fan, coffee making facility and a balcony or terrace. It’s all very friendly and informal and a great place to enjoy the sights, sounds and sheer pleasure of this fascinating part of Mexico.

Things to do in Riviera Maya…

  • Chichen Itza – Mayan pyramids & temples tour
  • Tulum – Beachside Mayan settlement tour
  • Turtles & Cenotes (underground lakes) tour
  • Xel-Ha natural aquarium tour
  • Catamaran adventure tour

All Inclusive

Breakfast, lunch & dinner, all snacks, national and selected international soft and alcoholic drinks, non-motorised watersports. À la carte meals are also available (with reservation). Smart casual dress (no shorts or t-shirts) is required for dinner.

Average tempratures (*C)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mexico 28 29 31 33 34 33 33 33 32 31 29 27
London 10 11 12 13 16 20 22 21 18 15 13 10

Hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda prices for departures on these dates only

Prices are per person in a twin or double for sole use, All Inclusive

Saturday Flights 10 Jun 15 Jul 21 Oct 18 Nov 24 Dec 20 Jan 2018 17 Feb 2018 17 Mar 2018
10 Nights 1,849 1,799 1,849 1,849 3,249 2,239 2,279 2,269

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Fact File

  • Meal basis – All Inclusive
  • Resort representative
  • Welcome meeting
  • Optional excursion programme
  • Hotel telephone – 00 52 984 877 4500
  • Mexico departure tax (charter flights only) – 900 pesos (payable locally)
  • Saturday flights (included in price)
  • Transfer time from Cancun airport – approx. 40 mins
  • Christmas & New Year holiday

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