Whether you choose to stay in a luxurious beachfront hotel in Tulum or a family-friendly suite in Playa del Carmen, a visit to the Yucatán Peninsula will have you craving a journey beyond the confines of pampered bliss—if only for a day.
Journeying to the Distant Past
The Yucatán’s expansive history awaits your discovery from all ends of the peninsula. If you’re staying on the eastern coast in Tulum and want to see the remains of a Mayan City, Chichen Itza is a UNESCO-World Heritage Site with giant pyramids—it’s a must for anyone visiting the region.
People staying in Merida, toward the western coast, can reach the stunning pre-Hispanic town of Uxmal with just an hour’s drive. The chic Lodge at Uxmal is available for overnight trips and guests of this five-star treasure enjoy the elegance and comfort of premier hotels. Nearby, there’s also the delightful and informative Sensory Chocolate Museum surrounded by a botanical garden.
Enjoying a Day at the Beach
Take a day trip to explore some of the peninsula’s less touristy beaches. Finding a beach that’s off the beaten path provides the perfect, private stage for a romantic gesture or a serene sandscape for meditation and relaxation. On the eastern coast, there’s the snorkeling haven El Cielo (Cozumel) and the sun-soaked sanctuary Boca Paila (South Tulum).
Soaking in a Cenote
Cenotes are small pools derived from natural sinkholes and they’re ubiquitous in the Yucatán Peninsula. Some offer a fully interactive nature experience beyond the soothing cenote, such as Yokdzonot. You’ll find a full-service restaurant serving regional cuisine and exciting activities that include bicycle trails, zip-lining and camping facilities.