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February 7, 2008

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya Opens Its Doors

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico opened its doors on February 1, 2008 along an idyllic coastline on the dramatic Yucatan peninsula. In celebration of the destination resort’s opening, the 128-room resort will delight its guests with a Special Inaugural Offer of a fourth night free when reserving three consecutive nights.

A luxurious resort set on 36 lush, secluded acres, the mile-long enclave is the ultimate sanctuary, where verdant tropical jungle meets pure white, pristine beach. A naturalist’s paradise, the resort features protected mangrove reserves and crystal-clear water from tranquil lagoons and streams, highlighted by a spectacular cenote, a deep, freshwater reservoir sacred to the ancient Mayan that serves as the resort’s centerpiece. Ideally situated, the resort is only 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen in bustling Riviera Maya, with its dining, entertainment, specialty shops and boutiques, and just a 30-minute drive from Cancún International Airport.

Those discerning travelers who want to be among the first to experience Mandarin Oriental’s newest luxurious hideaway in Riviera Maya can take advantage of the special offer which is valid through April 30, 2008, excluding February 14-17 and March 20-24 and is subject to availability. Room rates range from USD $700.

Perfectly placed along natural waterways that blend seamlessly into the secluded setting, the 128 luxuriously appointed guest rooms are situated in contemporary-styled bungalow villas or two-story villas, offering the ultimate in peace and tranquility. All guest rooms enjoy exceptional water views of the mesmerizing cenote, the tranquil lagoon, the meandering waterways or the Caribbean Sea. A haven for total privacy, each room encompasses its own spacious, private terrace or garden, some with individual plunge pools and all with secluded garden bathrooms.

A variety of restaurants and bars serve an eclectic selection of contemporary cuisine in settings inspired by outstanding ocean views,al fresco seating and dynamic design. Ambar, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers creative international cuisine influenced by sophisticated Mexican and Asian fare. Just above Ambar is the very chic M-Bar, a hip and sophisticated outdoor bar and lounge serving exotic libations and cool ocean breezes. Panoramic ocean views define the beach club restaurant Aguamarina; for the freshest catch of the day, guests can head to the beachfront Ceviche Cha Cha Cha; spa cuisine and healthy fare is found at Café Mayana, and the Lobby Lounge is a stylish retreat for early evening cocktails.

Truly unique to any destination resort in all of Latin America, the 25,000-square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya sets new standards of holistic well-being that embodies the riches of Mayan philosophy, blended with Asian-rooted healing rituals. The extensive offerings provide a combination of spa, beauty and heat experiences, as well as rasul, hamam, vitality and watsu pools, kinesis, traditional Mayan temazcal and Time Rituals – personalized journeys booked in blocks of time.

Guests can choose from three swimming pools fronting the ocean or spa, while beachfront water sports on-site including kayaking, snorkeling and deep sea fishing, as well as use of the private pier for yachts and sailboats. Off premise activities and sports can be arranged, from scuba diving to sailing, windsurfing, horseback riding or championship golf nearby. For those looking to explore the wondrous sites of an ancient land which flourished thousands of years ago, impressive and significant Mayan archeological and cultural sites are within easy reach.

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With a dedicated space for their own exploration and amusement, “Young Fans” will find the Kid’s Club a welcome retreat with a range of activities for children and teens. A more comprehensive program combining education and fun is available for kids from ages 4 to 12.

For reservations, please contact the hotel directly on +52 (984) 877 3888, toll free in the

US at (800) 526 6566; or Mandarin Oriental’s direct on-line reservations service at www.mandarinoriental.com.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts. Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 10,000 rooms in 23 countries with 16 hotels in Asia, 14 in The Americas and nine in Europe and North Africa.

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