Frozen or frazzled Canadians fly to the magnificent Mayan Riviera by the jet load. One of the best ways to warm up and relax in Mexico is at its world-class resorts. The popular all-inclusive wristband system indicates what tier of service the wearer is entitled to (a different-coloured wristband might denote premium drink choices.) If you like the idea of being wristband-free, which leaves you free of package restrictions, then check out these Mayan Riviera resorts. Our Travel Expert Billie Girbav shares her top five.
1. El Dorado Royale
The Mayan Riviera’s El Dorado Royale is a sprawling adults-only property, spaciously boasting about 400 rooms. El Dorado invites you to be active, with pathways throughout for running and walking. Yoga is offered on the main pier, which doubles as a beautiful wedding location. For more traditional ceremonies, the property has a gorgeous, air-conditioned chapel, or nine other options.
2. Excellence Riviera Cancun
The Excellence Riviera Cancun is an eclectic, adults-only resort. It’s bathed in luxury and boasts authentic Mexican architecture. At 450 rooms this resort is the perfect size and even features a lazy river! Relax in their soothing spa after taking in one of the weekly themed parties. For butler service, upgrade to the Excellence Club.
3. Secrets Silversands
The Secrets Silversands by AMResorts is a sexy, adults-only resort. It hosts two different atmospheres day and night. When the sun goes down, the property just glows. Regardless of the time of day, the resort remains romantic. Secrets Silversands holds 441 rooms. Categories include rooftop suites and overwater cabanas.
4. Azul Beach Resort
Azul Beach is the family-friendly property that you have been looking for! This Karisma property has everything your family needs for a perfect vacation. Foodies rejoice! There is something absolutely delicious for everyone, including the baby! For families travelling with young ones, this resort has excellent amenities for them. There is a gymnasium, childcare services and a playhouse with fun activities and where SpongeBob, Dora the Explorer or their favourite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle might pop in for a visit!
5. Dreams Riviera Cancun
It does not get much better than the Dreams Riviera Cancun. This family resort promises a luxury Mexican vacation. Upon arrival, you enter into a lush open-air lobby, right out of a movie. By the end of your stay, the staff starts to feel like friends. The swim-up bar is a relaxing place to meet people from all over the world. The food is delicious and what could be better than 24-hour room service in your balcony Jacuzzi? (Make sure to upgrade to Preferred Club Ocean View or higher).