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Mexico | Discover Riviera Maya

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Riviera Maya

Trip Duration

5 nights / 6 days

From ancient Mayan treasures, lush rain forests and dramatic shores to enthralling excursions, water activities and all-inclusive luxury, celebrate the beauty, culture and spirit of Riviera Maya for an all-encompassing Mexico experience.

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Day 1: USA / Riviera Maya |

Just five hours from Los Angeles and less than two hours from Miami, board your flight to your exciting Yucatan getaway. Once you land, meet your private transfer bound for Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya, then settle in for five nights in your ocean front Preferred Club Junior Suite, featuring a private balcony or terrace with plunge pool, whirlpool bath for two and Preferred Club privileges with upgraded amenities and exclusive Preferred Club Lounge access. Located along the stunning white sands and sparkling waters of Akumal, this exceptional adults-only oasis features the Unlimited-Luxury vacation experience. Indulge in a wealth of services, amenities, activities and entertainment including limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining, top shelf spirits, 24-hour room and concierge service, 18,000 foot world-class spa, expansive oceanfront infinity pool, complimentary green fees at nearby Riviera Maya Golf club and more. In addition, enjoy a resort credit up to $400 for use toward spa treatments, romantic dinners or bottles of wine.

Tonight, choose from a variety of culinary adventures featuring regional favorites around the world, with distinctive service and intimate settings, from romantic elegance to open air choices including fresh seafood from Oceana and casual grilled specialties from Seaside Grill.

Day 2: Riviera Maya |

Don your swimsuit and shorts, grab a towel and water bottle and head out for an extraordinary day of culture and adventure to the capital of the Mayan empire - Chichen Itza. Touted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, discover a day of enchantment with a private guide who will show you all that it offers, including the ball court, observatory, sacred well and the majestic 75-foot Temple of Kukulkan, dating back to 800 A.D. Following a delicious buffet lunch, continue to the crystal clear waters of a cenote - a natural sinkhole - for refreshing swim and exploration before your return to the hotel.

After a day of remarkable discovery, continue the Mexican theme at the resort with authentic cuisine at El Patio. Sip a margarita as you dine under the brightly striped pergolas, along with the sound of dripping fountains, the scent of exotic flora and the aroma of traditional flavors for an intimate evening.

Day 3: Riviera Maya |

Following an early breakfast in the Preferred Club Lounge, meet your private transfer for an exciting opportunity to walk through the rainforest and learn about the Mayan culture. This informative, full-day guided Coba and Mayan Encounter uncovers the magic of Mexico. Explore the ancient Mayan city of Coba, hidden amid the rainforest, and the Nohoch Muul temple, with its lush flora and fauna. Then, the thrills begin with a zipline adventure over a dazzling cenote and a swim in its sparkling clear waters. Savor a delicious buffet lunch in between activities, specially prepared by Mayan women, for an authentic cultural experience.

Reminisce about your exciting day of adventure with fine French cuisine in the elegant Bordeaux. Sip a glass of premium wine before an escargot appetizer, specially prepared lamb chops or beef cheeks, followed by sweet creme brulee or chocolate offering.

Day 4: Riviera Maya |

This morning, embark on an exciting guided Yucatan adventure on the Private Tulum and Xel-Ha All-Inclusive excursion. Perched over the Caribbean Sea, immerse in the intrigue of this ancient Mayan port, exploring El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God. Afterwards, continue to the paradise of Xel-Ha for an exhilarating afternoon of water activities, ecological attractions and a delectable buffet lunch. Snorkel, swim or tube along the beautiful rivers, discovering cenotes, cliff climbs, rope balancing and refreshing aquatic zip line adventures.

Tonight, unwind in the open-air with a casual dinner at Seaside Grill or for a more elegant choice, try the Italian fare at Portofino. Bask in Tuscan farmhouse-style decor featuring rustic timber and stonewalls with a vaulted private dining room and wine cellar stocked with more than 800 bottles.

Day 5: Riviera Maya |

Start your last day in Mexico with a leisurely international buffet breakfast before immersing in the resort's boundless water entertainment and activities. Soak up the sun with endless poolside or beachside service, go kayaking or swimming with the sea turtles, or embark on a culinary adventure with a cooking class or tequila tasting. Then, rejuvenate with a sensory journey of healing rituals at Secrets Spa by Pevonia with a Myoxy-Caviar facial, chocolate body wrap or hot stone massage.

Celebrate your final evening with exotic Pan-Asian traditions and gastronomical displays from Himitsu. Enter through a peaceful Zen garden to find paper-lantern lit Japanese Tatami rooms, a sushi bar with a conveyor belt and lively teppanyaki grills, complete with entertaining culinary pyrotechnics. Then, dance the night away under the stars on the roof deck of Desires Music Lounge and toast to your remarkable Yucatan escape.

Day 6: Riviera Maya / USA |

Say adios to this wonderful adult playground as you and your loved one enjoy a private transfer to the airport. Relax in comfort with your favorite beverages, snacks and massage chairs in the Cancun VIP airport lounge prior to departure of your homebound flight.

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