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 2018 programme, the Mayan Riviera 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 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.
Hotel Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda ★★★★★ (All Inclusive)
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 see & do in Mexico…
- Chichen Itza – Mayan pyramids & temples
- Tulum – Beachside Mayan settlement
- Turtles & Cenotes (underground lakes)
- Xel-Ha natural aquarium
- Catamaran adventure
The All Inclusive plan includes
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)
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
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Mexico info at a glance…
- Meal basis – All Inclusive
- Resort representative
- Welcome meeting
- Optional excursion programme
- Hotel telephone – 00 52 984 877 4500
- Saturday flights (included in price)
- Free 20 kgs baggage allowance
- Transfer time from Cancun airport – approx. 45 mins
- Private transfers – Mexico transfers are normally shared transfers. Why not upgrade to a comfortable private transfer each way from just £50