Allow the crystal waters to bath your skin and the fine sand to whiten your body. Be captivated by the turquoise colour of the sea and the spectacular coral reefs. Its paradisiacal beaches make the Riviera Maya one of the most famous tourist attractions on the entire planet. Located on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico), in the state of Quintana Roo, it stretches for 140 km from Puerto Morelos, in the north, to the area of Punta Allen, in the south. It is an earthly paradise at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, which entices you to rest and enjoy an unrivalled destination for escaping your worries and relaxing in the sun with a refreshing cocktail. Rivera Maya offers an idyllic natural paradise to yield to with all your senses. The force of nature, the mystique of its Mayan ancestors, the character of the Mexican people and the range of services and quality facilities make the Riviera Maya a dream destination.
Travel to the origins of Maya culture by visiting the remnants found in the Yucatan peninsula. For example, the old commercial port and walled city of Tulum, located in the natural park of the same name, or the famous pre-Hispanic city of Chichen-Itza, located 180 km to the west in the municipality of Tinum, an archaeological site that is home to the popular Temple of Kulkulkan, the Temple of the Warriors and the Platform of Venus. A few kilometres from this archaeological complex, you can dive into the clear waters of the Ik Kil cenote, a natural freshwater pond supplied by underground rivers. On the Riviera Maya you can have a dip or snorkel in several natural areas of this kind, such as the cenotes of Yal-ku, Chaak Tun, Sac Actun and Aktun Chen; these are havens of peace that preserve the mystique of the sacred usage of these water paradises by Mayan culture, where you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. Other interesting underground formations, with impressive bodies of water and surrounded by dense jungle, can be found in the ecological park of Kantun Chi or in the natural reserve of Río Secreto, comprised of semi-flooded caves with stalactites that almost graze your head and stalagmites emerging from the crystalline water.
The coastline of the Riviera Maya is cloaked in green. A forest of semi-tropical dry vegetation, and mangrove swamps, offers a contrast with the white sandy beaches and the turquoise blue sea. You can witness the stunning beauty of wild nature at the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, with thousands of species of flora and fauna, and the Great Mayan Reef, also known as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. This is the second largest barrier reef in the world, and is hidden under the Caribbean Sea, running parallel to the coast of the Riviera Maya. It is a coral paradise that is home to the Puerto Morelos National Reef Park, and just 40 km to the south east, Cozumel National Park, an hour by ferry from the coast of Playa de Carmen. This island is venerated by those that love snorkelling and scuba diving, as it is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs where you can see brightly coloured fish.
Playa del Carmen is located right at the heart of the Riviera Maya, once a small town inhabited by fishermen, it has become the largest and most cosmopolitan city in this tourism destination. It is a zone of hotel resorts overlooking paradisiacal beaches that attracts people from all over the world and it has transformed this town in the Mexican Caribbean into a multicultural space. It brings together a wide range of quality and luxury services and facilities, to ensure that, in addition to sun and sea, you have everything at your fingertips, such as shopping centres, residential areas and golf courses. Along Quinta Avenida, a pedestrian street approximately 4 kilometres long, you will find a large variety of entertainment options: shops and leisure areas where you can purchase and try the most exquisite local and international specialities.
Meliá has five hotels in the Riviera Maya: Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla, Royal Service at Paradisus La Perla, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda and Family Concierge at Paradisus La Esmeralda, in Playa del Carmen, and Meliá Cozumel Golf All Inclusive, on the island of Cozumel.
These luxury resorts in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel have been designed for couples, newlyweds, families and friends and they offer an extensive range of restaurants, bars with delicious cocktails, programs of activities, sports and shows. On the Riviera Maya, Meliá offers family hotels, hotels for adults, luxury hotels and All Inclusive hotels.
Book your hotel on the Riviera Maya with Meliá, and experience the mystique of the Caribbean Sea.