The Riviera Maya Off-Season Rates
Yucatan Peninsula Vacation Package ( Press Release )
Playa del Carmen, Mexico (June 16, 2008) - Whether a family wants to immerse themselves in local culture at an authentic boutique hotel in downtown Playa del Carmen or enjoy a wealth of programs and activities for the whole family at a luxurious all-inclusive beachfront resort, properties in the Riviera Maya offer a wide variety of summer rates and packages to suit every family's budget and style.
Here are some of the best choices in the Riviera Maya this summer:
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa - Located on one of the most exclusive beaches of the Riviera Maya that is also neighboring the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum, this resort offers families unlimited luxury in a tropical paradise. The Unlimited-Luxury concept means bedrooms with beautiful views, 24-hour room service, the property's daily program of activities, shows and night entertainment. Kids also enjoy activities in the Explorer's Club that offers entertainment for kids from 3 to 12 years of age. Some of the activities offered to kids are: wall climbing, swimming competitions, Spanish classes, beach soccer, painting, treasure hunt and much more. The rates start at $ 672 per room per night for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children under 12), including accommodations in a Junior Suite Garden View room. For more information, please visit www.dreamsresorts.com.
Azul Fives - Located in Playa del Carmen, its 360 oversized suites capture the essence of the Riviera Maya featuring contemporary architectural design in the midst of lush tropical gardens framing breathtaking ocean views. Including the Gourmet Inclusive experience with full concierge and 24-hour room service, nightly rates at Azul Fives range from $360 for a Deluxe Suite to $2,183 for a three bedroom Penthouse Suite accommodating up to eight people. Children under 3 stay free. Children ages 3-12 receive a 50 percent discount based on double occupancy when sharing rooms with parents. For more information, visit www.azulhotel.com (Valid upon opening).
Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort and Catalonia Riviera Maya - Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach & Spa Resort is located in Tulum on a pristine white beach named Xpu-Ha. This all-inclusive resort has surroundings with crystalline lagoons, natural rivers and wooden walkways over mangroves. Rooms are nestled in lush surroundings and use modern Mayan design. This summer, 2 adults and 2 children up to age 12 can spend 4 days and 3 nights at the resort starting at $515; from July 1st to August 31st his package will be $762. Catalonia Riviera Maya is located in the village of Puerto Aventuras. This all-inclusive resort is near the long strip of white sand beaches with crystal clear water, a great marina with restaurants and bars. This summer, 2 adults and 2 children up to age 12 can spend 4 days and 3 nights at the resort starting at $471, and from July 1st to August 31st, this package will start at $597.
Occidental Hotels & Resorts - Occidental Grand Xcaret, is the first and only resort neighboring the Mayan-themed, eco-archeological Xcaret Park and is surrounded by a jungle with monkeys, flamingos, deer, red macaws and other wild animals roaming freely. This all-inclusive property offers the "Xcaret Family Escape" package for this summer, which includes one complementary pass to Xcaret Park (valued at over $185 for a family of four), where a family can swim with the dolphins, snorkel and dive through underwater rivers, explore the history of Mayan culture and more. The nightly rates are discounted by about 15 percent with this package, and start at $114 for adults and $60 per child for children ages 3 to 12 for getaways now through August 31. For more information, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com or call 1-800-858-2258.
Azul Beach Hotel and Azul Sensatori- Azul Hotels by Karisma , located throughout the Riviera Maya, have family rates for each of the properties. Azul Beach Hotel is located on the Bahia Petempich in Puerto Morelos, 20 minutes north of Playa del Carmen. Its rates this summer are $180-$777 per person per night including the Gourmet Inclusive experience with full concierge and 24-hour room service. Children under 3 stay free. Children ages 3-12 receive a 50 percent discount based on double occupancy when sharing rooms with parents. Azul Sensatori is the newest Karisma Resort to grace the shores of the Mayan Riviera, and its rates are $187 - $560 per night per person including the Gourmet Inclusive experience with full concierge and 24-hour room service (valid upon opening). Azul Hotels by Karisma also presents Free Family & Friends Vacation Planner Package that includes room assignments, a personalized itinerary given at check-in, one dinner reservation with a set a la carte menu guaranteed for up to 20 people, constant communication informing the family of trip updates, and brochures for each attendee with a welcome letter for each guest, introducing the hotel and destination. Guests can also take advantage of additional offerings including spa parties; private cooking classes; round robin tennis tournaments; private Olympic games; personalized polo shirts, hats and beach bags; beach barbeques; and cocktail receptions. The FFVP Package is valid with a reservation of five rooms or more, beginning June 15, 2008. For more information, visit www.azulhotel.com or call 1-888-280-8810.
EP (European Plan):
Maroma Resort and Spa - Located approximately 10 minutes by car from Playa del Carmen, Maroma Resort and Spa is a beachfront oasis that has received numerous rewards, including Travel + Leisure Magazine's World Best Hotel List in 2006 and 2008 and Gold List of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for five consecutive years. Maroma's Mayan sensibility is evident throughout its white stucco buildings with thatched roof terraces, each crafted by hand by the same family of Maya masons and purposefully aligned to the stars. The resort caters to families with older kids, as from May 1st to December 22nd the youngest age allowed on the property is 12 years. Per room rates from May 28th to November 22nd range from $460 for a Garden Room to $4,680 for a Four Bedroom Villa. (If you stay for 4 nights total, the price of a 4-night package will range from $1,380 to $14,040, saving you about 20 percent off the standard price). For more information, please visit www.maromahotel.com or call 866-454-9351.
Hotel Blue Tulum - This Eurostar's hotel & spa, located in Tulum, offers a special family package for the summer. The package includes: 4 days and 3 nights in a Garden View Suite including all facilities and amenities of the resort, a couple's massage (baby sitter is available), luxury amenities for adults and amenities for children delivered every night, round trip transportation from the airport, family trip to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and more. The price of the package for this summer is $1,150 per room based on double occupancy and each extra night is $350; sixth night is complimentary. For more information, please visit www.eurostarsbluetulum.com.
Hotel Club Akumal Caribe - This eco-friendly property is located right on Akumal bay, which is 60 miles south of Cancun and features a soft sandy beach with a gradual slope to the water. Its family villas, overlooking the white sand beach and designed for people who appreciate privacy, each have a private terrace and outdoor grill surrounded by a lush tropical garden and coconut palms. Villas offer off-season nightly rates of $137 - $190 for a 4-person villa that includes a master bedroom, kids' bedroom and a bath. The rates listed are from now to December 19. For more information, please visit www.hotelakumalcaribe.com or call 1-800-351-1622.
Holiday Inn Express - Located in Playacar, this affordable hotel offers three distinctive family packages for the summer (July-August): for $82, the "Fantastic Escape" package includes, free buffet breakfast for children, discounted tours to Xcaret or Xel-Ha eco-archeological theme parks and 10 to 20 percent discounts off standard rates. For $199 per night, the "Alltournative" package will include an Alltournative adventure tour with lunch, two-person trip to Coba archeological ruins, accommodations in a King-size bedroom and buffet breakfast; and for $249 per night, the "Golfing" package will include Suite accommodations, breakfast buffet for children and half a day of golf practice. For more information, please visit www.ichotelsgroup.com.
Downtown Playa del Carmen:
Hotel Colorado - Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen, 5 minutes by foot from the beach, Hotel Colorado is a very affordable, charming and laid-back place with a garden and terrace. This summer, the hotel rates are $35 per double room per night and $45 per triple room, all with kitchenette. Those staying a week or more will save approximately 10 percent. For more information, please e-mail email@example.com, or call (52) 984-873-0381.
Hotel LunaSol - This small and quiet hotel is located in the tranquil downtown area of Playa del Carmen, only three blocks from the beach and 2 blocks from the famous Fifth Avenue. The hotel has spacious rooms with private balconies and 24-hour kitchen. Summer family rates for 2 adults and 2 kids under 12 years of age start at $64 per room per night. For more information, please visit www.hotellunasol.com.
Illusion Boutique Hotel - This elegant small hotel is located in downtown Playa del Carmen, on 8th Street, between the famous 5th Avenue and the beach. Illusion Boutique Hotel offers the perfect blend of elegance and tropical flare for a unique experience, and is perfect for family vacations, without losing its romantic atmosphere. It is built in a fusion of Asian/Italian dÃ©cor and architectural style. This summer, from June 1st to September 30th, it offers a 3-night family rate of $400 for two people, and every additional person would add $10 per night. Kids up to age 12 stay free. For more information, please visit www.illusionhotel.com or call (52) 984-803-3980, ext. 102.
D'Angelos - These luxury condos are located on the famous 5th Avenue in Playa del Carmen and offer Master Suite apartments for 4 people that are fully equipped, have two bedrooms, kitchen, two bathrooms, laundry, terrace and more. Price per night this summer is $230, and kids under 12 years old stay free. For more information, visit www.dangeloshotel.com.mx or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge - Located in the bio-reserve of Sian Ka'an, the lodge is for families looking for a nature experience. Sian Ka'an is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, unique for its geography, 23 archeological sites, 103 mammal species, 336 bird species and is considered one of the top ten places in the world for flat fishing. Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge specializes in fly and light tackle fishing. Family fishing trips are available, and kids from 2 years of age can be included. Snapper fishing is most favorable for family-fishing trips. Kids from 6 years of age are provided with spinning rods, and younger kids practice hand line fishing. Families with kids also experience bottom fishing and spot fishing by the mangroves. This summer, if your family is staying at Pesca Maya, an eight-hour fishing tour would cost $400 ($495 for those staying elsewhere) for a boat with two anglers; it would cost $50 to add an adult, and $25 to add a child. For rates and more information, please visit www.pescamaya.com or call 1-888-894-5642.
Special Mayan package:
Mayan Eternity - Is a unique concept of accommodations that was designed for those interested in the Mayan world. Mayan Eternity uses an exclusive list of small properties, independent hotels or villas in the Mayan world throughout the Riviera Maya, with the purpose to show families the world of mystery, magic and countless hideaways. The summer package of Mayan Eternity, called "Mexican Caribbean Sunset", includes a 3-night stay in Tulum and 4-night stay in Playa del Carmen. It's valid from June 1st to August 30th and starts at $1,260 based on double occupancy for full 7 nights. For more information, visit www.mayaneternity.com or call 954-903-0410.
In the Riviera Maya, families are also discovering an exciting world of nature and adventure outside of their resorts and hotels. Here are some of the main highlights:
Xel-Ha is an eco-archeological water park that has the most spectacular natural aquarium in the world;
Hidden World's Cenote Park offers unique eco-friendly jungle adventures to suit all ages and tastes. Situated on the most extensive system of underwater caves and caverns on Earth, the park is home to some of the most stunningly beautiful cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula;
Xcaret Eco Theme Park offers floating down an underground river, swimming with the dolphins and exploring the Xcaret cemetery;
Tulum's archeological ruins;
Alltournative is off-the-beaten-track adventure company that invites visitors to explore an extraordinary system of underground water pools called cenotes, witness a traditional Mayan purification ceremony, zip-line through the jungle's foliage or discover the secrets of a real underground river;
Aktun Chen park is located about 16 miles from Tulum and has 988 acres of unexplored rainforest. Aktun Chen in Mayan means "cave with an underground river inside";
Selva Maya Expeditions take visitors to the pristine environments and untouched jungle paths, and are guided by local Mayan people, former hunters or chicle harvesters;
Snorkeling and diving in the clear waters along the biggest coral reef in the Northern Hemisphere;
Playa del Carmen's 5th Avenue is a pedestrian street with shops and outdoor restaurants;
Yal-Ku lagoon is located in Akumal and is reached by a path that is a 45 minute drive through a dirt road. Once you are there, the amazing crystal clear waters open up to you and offer their abundant marine life for exploration, so you can see colorful reef fish and graceful sea turtles gliding through the water.
Easily accessible from many cities throughout the U.S., the eighty-one mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya is situated in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Beginning eleven miles south of Cancun International Airport in Puerto Morelos, the Riviera Maya extends to Tulum, one of the most important archeological sites in the Mayan World. 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, spas, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget. The Riviera Maya has been named a Top Destination in Mexico for four consecutive years by Travel Weekly (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), one of the hottest beach destinations by Orbitz in 2008 and was also featured in the January 2006 issue of Travel + Leisure as "The Next Riviera."
For more information on the Riviera Maya visit www.rivieramaya.com.