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By Chris Boyle


Resort Pool

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a serene, adults-only hideaway set on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean amid a lush jungle ambience.

Guests enjoy world-class amenities and personalized pampering at this recently renovated, all-villa luxury resort. The 41 intimate and private villas are beautifully appointed and feature a private patio, plunge pool and outdoor shower. La Marea serves refined Mexican cuisine accented with international flair, while the seaside Coral Grill prepares Mexican-Mediterranean dishes cooked on wood-burning grills. Mayan influences shape the guest experience, from the Mayan Blessing performed on arrival by the resort’s shaman to the Mayan healing techniques and traditions employed at the spa. A lagoon pool, private pier, library lounge, fitness center and traditional temazcal sweat lodge are among the Viceroy Riviera Maya’s many other pleasures.



Presidential Villa

  • Square footage: 2,675
  • Nightly rate: $1,905 to $2,700
  • Number of rooms in suite: Two
  • Number of entrances to suite: One
  • Number of baths: One and one half-bath

Suite style: Maya-inspired style, complete with rich woods, natural rattan and sumptuous textiles

Key selling points: Nestled in lush vegetation for complete privacy, this two-story villa has spacious living and dining areas on the ground floor, and a plush master bedroom one spiral wooden stairway up. A hammock, oversized chaise lounges and personal swimming pool outfit the private patio, and a furnished terrace off the bedroom is perfect for private lunches and moonlit cocktails. A king-size canopy bed with 600-thread-count linens ensures peaceful slumber, while wireless Internet and cable TV keeps guests plugged in.

Number of suites in hotel: 41


Wayak Spa: The resort’s spa taps the traditions of the ancient Mayans, from the circular design that echoes their holistic philosophy to the therapeutic techniques used in treatments.

Guests can enjoy being pampered in an Herbal Steam Room, Jungle Spa Suite for Two, Outdoor Rain Room or Fertility Spa Suite, as well as in their villa or on the beach or pier.

Signature treatments: Ancient Mayan Massage, Mayan Bath, Twilight Massage, Honey and Rain Massage, Xaman Ek Ritual

Spa Director Cinthya Alva

(984) 877-3000



La Marea: Located in a romantic sea-view loft, La Marea serves refined Mexican cuisine accented with international influences and creative inspiration.

(984) 877-3000


Coral Grill: This casual seaside restaurant touts expansive Caribbean panoramas alongside Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine prepared on wood-burning grills.


Soap Concierge: Guests choose from an array of artisanal soaps made in local Mayan communities, and the concierge slices personalized bars from the large blocks of soap.

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