Mandarin Oriental opens in Mexico

The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico, located along an idyllic coastline on the dramatic Yucatan peninsula has opened for business.
In celebration of the destination resort’s opening, the 128-room resort is offering a Special Inaugural deal of a fourth night free when reserving three consecutive nights.

A luxurious resort set on 36 lush, secluded acres, the mile-long enclave where verdant tropical jungle meets pure white, pristine beach is a perfect sanctuary. 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 Cancœn International Airport.

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 30 April 2008, excluding 14-17 February and 20-24 March and is subject to availability. Room rates range from US$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-storey 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 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 CafĂ© Mayana, and the Lobby Lounge is a stylish retreat for early evening cocktails.

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The 25,000-square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya 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.

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.
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