Riviera Maya Archive

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Updated Hotel Reviews for Latin America

Hotels and resorts are like organic creatures: they keep evolving and changing. So what was true four years ago may not be true today. Because of this, we are continually updating and rewriting our luxury hotel and resort reviews when there’s a new wing added, a big renovation, or a name change. On the last […]

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Travel News From Mexico – Hotels and Resorts

Last week I highlighted what came out of Mexico’s main annual tourism conference, looking at new tourism initiatives in Mexico. There’s also plenty going on for hotels as well, most of it good as the country celebrates are record year for international visitors in 2011—nearly 23 million. Occupancy in most resort areas is high enough […]

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Maroma’s “Renewal 2012 Maya Experience” Sounds Better Than the End of the World

This whole Maya 2012 thing could be the greatest marketing coup ever built around a predicted end of the world. Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala are getting a great swell of publicity and visitors. We know deep down that there’s a 99.9 percent chance we’ll all scoot into 2013 just fine, but there’s that nagging little […]

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