You were good. You stayed inside – even in New Orleans, where so much distraction tries. You even passed the big wedding that you had been planning for months. Instead, in your backyard, you just got married with family and a zoom screen. But that is not enough. You just can’t give up the idea of a honeymoon. Would it be safe? The safest option is certainly to stay at home, but if you long to get on a plane and travel to some exotic and festive place – but not particularly far away – Cancun and the Rivera Maya are for you She.
Cancun, a city on the northeast tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, is home to the famous Zona Hotelera, fringed by azure Caribbean beaches, and Cancun Centro, a source of local culture. Just south of the lively city, the Riviera Maya region begins in Puerto Morelos and extends to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. The peninsula is rich in unparalleled beaches and features cenotes (freshwater springs that were once sacred to the Mayans), Mayan ruins (such as Tulum), villages with a local flair, and wildlife (if you are lucky you might spot a sea turtle, Jaguar or a cute kudamundi) and tons of mangrove forests. This part of Mexico is rooted in the gravity of ancient Mayan culture and is home to outstanding diving and world class hotels. However, Mexico, one of the countries that has never closed its borders to US citizens, advised against non-essential travel until September. At this point, certain regions and cities, such as Cancun and the Riviera Maya, have received awards for their Covid-19 abatement guidelines – including strict protocols for wearing masks (fines are imposed on those who fail to comply), social distancing regulations, and more limited ones Regulations capacity at monuments, beaches, as well as in hotels and restaurants. Individual hotels have implemented strict guidelines to ensure the safety of travelers in their hotels.
When you’re ready, these resorts welcome you.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
This stunning all-inclusive wonderland, bordered by both the beach and the jungle, was the setting for part of the Netflix show “Love Is Blind”. It has been recognized for its eight distinctive restaurants and spas, known for their seven-tier water ceremony and Mexican-inspired treatments. Enjoy the Love is Blind Experience with accommodation in a 1,300-square-foot Grand Class Suite (think of a plunge pool), a romantic 3-course gourmet dinner on the suite’s oceanfront terrace, and credits for massage lessons, stargazing, and more.
Note: Velas Resorts have received the Global Safety Stamp for Approval from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) based on the latest safety and cleanliness protocols listed in a 15-page Stay Safe with Velas program.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba
Nature lovers can sprawl in Mayakoba, an environmentally conscious terrain that encompasses a diverse complex of thoughtful nature – including pearly white beaches, wavy canals (and boat transfers), lagoons, mangrove forests, and bike paths. The Asian-themed, spa-inspired Banyan Tree Mayakoba accommodates guests in spacious, thatched-roof, stand-alone villas, each with its own pool. Choose from the new beachfront villas, which open at the end of the year, or the Sanctuary Spa Pool Villas, which face the lagoon and offer unlimited spa treatments and spa menus.
The Ritz-Carlton Cancun
Just 20 minutes from the airport, this oasis of barefoot elegance is located in a prime expanse by the sea in Cancun’s lively Zona Hotelera. Known for its personal service, the hotel has a reputation for flattering guests and remembering their names, likes and interests. An all-inclusive option includes dining at one of the Ritz Carlton’s four restaurants. Or book the luxury romantic package, which includes sparkling wine on arrival, a delicious welcome, a romantic bath when you uncover and a discount for wellness treatments.
The ultra-romantic Chable Maroma is located on the coast of the Riviera Maya between sandy beaches and lush jungle landscape. It digs deep into the traditions of the ancestors, celebrates nature and offers an enchanted, isolated hideaway ideal for amorous activities. Thatched, whitewashed buildings with accents in bright Mexican colors (turquoise blue reflecting the sky and sea, for example) accommodate guests with a tropical, handcrafted aesthetic. Do sunrise yoga, take cooking classes, and explore the nearby Uxmal Archaeological Site, swim in the ocean, lounge around the pool, partake in the spa Mayan rituals – or stay in your stunning villa, feet in your private swimming hole . The Chable’s Blissful Honeymoon Romance Retreat Package includes a massage, daily breakfast, and more.
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