Riviera Maya Archive

New Boutique Hotel Cacao in Playa del Carmen

I was guest #1 to check in to Hotel Cacao in Playa del Carmen recently, so if you’ve read a full review of the place somewhere, it was likely penned by an intern sitting in a cubicle in New York City, reading a press release. Click on that photo above and it’ll go to a […]

Mexico Tourism: Good Times Are Back

I spent last week at the Tianguis Turistico Mexican tourism fair in Cancun/Riviera Maya and I mingled with quite the upbeat crowd. The last time I attended this thing was two years ago, when most of the talk was about drug violence perceptions and the struggle to convince Americans to return in big numbers to […]

New Luxury Hotels Coming to Mexico in 2014 Onward

We’ve been busy trying to keep up with new luxury hotels opening in Mexico, with more we’re scheduled to visit in the coming months from the likes of Nizuc. (Pictured at the top). But after a lull, things are starting to really heat up for the coming years. We’ve been hitting the travel trade show […]

A Video Tour of Blue Diamond Riviera Maya

We had the pleasure of staying at Blue Diamond Riviera Maya Resort & Spa a couple weeks ago and really liked what we saw. Here’s a tour of the place from a video shot at the same time: As you can see, this is a gorgeous property. Once upon a time it was a Mandarin […]

Their List, Our Reviews – Best Hotels in Mexico

Travel + Leisure recently published its readers’ poll results of the 500 hotels that scored the best, anywhere in the world. Of the 500, Mexico had a nice showing with 20 on the list, from various beach resorts and Mexico City. Here are the ones that came out in the top 10, based on the […]

What Ever Happened to That Mandarin Oriental in Mexico?

Yes, for about four years there was a Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Their second foray into Mexico went out with a whimper a year ago after struggling to get traction amidst a recession and stiff competition. So for now the brand is gone from Latin America. Fortunately a new […]