If there's a stretch of Mexico that most flaunts its come-hither muscle, it's the Riviera Maya. And for good reason. Easy access, stunning coastlines, and deep cultural immersions make this the current "it" trip. With four new, 4-bedroom villas joining the Club portfolio next year, Members will have access to all this luxurious area has to offer. Here's your not-to-miss cheat sheet.
Take Me to Tulum
This Boho-luxe enclave was initially discovered for its laid-back vibe and ancient Mayan ruins. Word has spread (quick), and Tulum is now decidedly trendy, yet still a must-see. Foodies flock to Chef Eric Werner’s Hartwood restaurant for traditional Tulum fare, and if you’re after a vibey, see-and-be-seen nightcap, Gitano is a must, which stages a rotating door of top international DJs. The best way to explore Tulum is by bike — and boutique-hopping here is a must, with chic finds peppered all along the main drag. If courageous, try one of the healing Temezcal ceremonies held near Tulum, during which a shaman leads an extremely hot therapeutic ceremony in a sweat lodge.
The Riviera Maya is famous for deep-sea fishing and sportfishing. Anglers will score white marlin and dolphin dorado via state-of-the-art gear. The Rosewood Mayakoba and your Concierge can arrange for private charters with abundant fishing rewards. Whether beginner or expert, a private guide will also lend their know-how.
Transport in Time
Arguably the main attraction of this area, Chichen Itza – which translates to “at the mouth of the well of Itza” — is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. This mythical Mayan site is referred to in Mesoamerican literature and the incredible architecture is unforgettable. The main eye candy? A 1,500-year-old, massive Kukulkan pyramid named “El Castillo” (the castle), listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If wanting to see it by air versus via foot, your Concierge can arrange for a Cessna 182 aircraft for four.
Take a deep dive into the 1,500-year-old history of Mayan culture by visiting the ruins of the ancestral city of Coba. An archeological site hidden deep within the rainforest, your only access is on two wheels: Members must bike through ruins, temples, and lush vegetation to reach the destination.
Cenotes (sinkholes) are some of the biggest — and most respected — Yucatan entices. These wondrous formations are filled with crystal-clear waters and were considered sacred places for the Mayan civilization. Today, you can snorkel, swim, or scuba dive (not for the faint of heart) among natural underwater formations of stalactites and stalagmites.