Viceroy Riviera MayaPlaya Xcalacoco, Playa del Carmen / Mexico
A small and intimate luxury resort that blends seamlessly into its stunning natural environment. Set amid lush primitive Maya tropical forest edged by white sand beaches of the Caribbean, the Viceroy Riviera Maya strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and indulgence to create a laid-back yet luxurious romantic hideaway.
What to love
- Butlers stand ready poolside with iced face-towels to cool sun-warmed brows, or to change damp chaise-lounge covers post swim.
- If you forget your sunhat don’t fret, the resort has a selection of straw sombreros on loan by the pool to keep you cool!
- Take the opportunity to have your spa treatment performed above the lapping turquoise waters of the Caribbean at the end of the private pier.
- Rock away the hours as you relax in your own hammock on the private terrace of your villa.
- Arrange a romantic candlelit beach dinner at a table set with white tablecloths in a private palapa surrounded by glowing torches in the sand.
What to know
- Viceroy Riviera Maya is an adult-only retreat (14 years and above) with just 41 luxurious secluded villas set amid lush natural rainforest vegetation.
- Take a culinary journey from land and sea; taste aged-old tequilas paired with fresh ceviche and savour the authentic tastes of Mexico.
- Inspired by marine and herbal ingredients, guests will rejuvenate and refresh their mind and body amidst the lush tropical landscape of the Spa, offering holistic and Mayan inspired treatments.
- Just a short drive up the coast discover the ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum. Quietly perched with an ocean view, these ruins offer give visitors an insight into the history of what was once a walled city in a quite village of Mexico.
The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a rare gem in an area better known for large sprawling concrete resorts. Lying just north of Playa del Carmen, this secluded eco-friendly adults-only retreat invites guests to relax and unwind among the stunning natural surroundings whilst the staff provide unrivaled service and attention to detail. Guests are personally welcomed upon arrival and led through the tropical forest paths to the spacious villas which feature secluded terraces, private plunge pools and large indoor areas.
There is plenty of opportunity to simply relax and unwind at Viceroy Riviera Maya yet if you are seeking a more active holiday the options are endless. The seven miles of sandy beach that fringe the resort play host to a range of watersports and on land the jungle can be explored on foot, by all-terrain vehicle or even from the air! To rejuvenate mind body and soul, the Wayak Spa is not to be missed offering an array of treatments inspired by Mayan traditions using local plants and herbs and the resort also features a large lagoon pool fringed by shady palm trees. Furthermore there are also plenty of natural and cultural attractions to explore in the resort’s environs from caves to wildlife to ancient Mayan cities.
Guests have the choice of two restaurants on site; the Coral Grill for casual dining or La Marea for fine dining.
When to travel
With the sun shining on average between 240 and 253 days per year, Playa del Carmen is a year-round holiday destination, although certain times of year may be more favourable than others. High season for travel falls between December and April. During these months the weather tends to be sunny, with temperatures hovering around 30ºC during the day and rarely dipping far below 18ºC at night. While this time of year offers the most pleasant weather, it is also most popular with tourists. The summer months bring humid, hotter temperatures pushing the 35ºC mark. Low season falls between June and mid-October when it is more humid. The rainy season falls mostly between the end of August and the middle of November, bringing afternoon downpours and occasional floods. If you are planning to swim in the Caribbean sea, it is advisable to avoid the second and third weeks of April. For about 7 to 10 days, the thimble jelly-fish usually mate near the shore and whilst unsightly they can cause an allergic reaction if you come into contact with them which can result in a fever.
Hidden in a small village of Playa Xcalacoco just outside Playa del Carmen, along the pearlescent sands of the Riviera Maya, Viceroy, formerly The Tides Riviera Maya, is a seaside refuge extending deep into the primitive Maya tropical forest. Perched on a seven-mile stretch of white sand beach the resort is seven miles north of Playa del Carmen and 40 miles south of Cancun. Cancun International Airport is approx. 45 minutes drive from the resort.
Please note: children below the age of 14 years are not allowed at Viceroy Riviera Maya.
Some facilities and activities for families with older children
Private Beach: The resort is fringed by seven miles of white sand beach which beckon guests to relax or indulge in a variety of watersports. A 350 foot section of the beach is maintained for private guest use and features palapa-roofed cabanas and a private pier which gives direct access to excellent snorkelling opportunities.
Swimming Pools: In addition to the private plunge pool in your villa, Viceroy Riviera Maya features a lagoon pool surrounded by sun loungers and shaded by palm trees.
Spa: The Wayak Spa, located in the centre of the resort promises to heal the body and spirit through traditional Maya rituals. Drawing from the bountiful natural sources of the sea and jungle that surround the resort, the spa's treatments offer powerful combinations of natural marine elements joined with native, aromatic herbs with potent healing benefits for both body and soul. Highly trained staff restore, rejuvenate and refresh guests through the massages, facials, body treatments and body wraps that are offered. The Temezcal an intensive sweat lodge ceremony is not only therapeutic is it also said to be a mystical journey too!
Other Activities: The resort plays host to a wide array of activities. For water sport enthusiasts, windsurfing, parasailing, diving, snorkelling, swimming, boating and water skiing are all available. Land based activities include tennis, horse riding, bird watching, nature walks, kite surfing, jungle tours, golf and a driving range, a fully equipped beachfront fitness studio and yoga and fitness classes. For adrenaline junkies the resort also offers sky diving trips and the concierge can also arrange cenote diving and snorkelling at the Dos Ojos natural reserve 35 minutes away and all-terrain vehicle tours through the jungle.
Playa del Carmen Excursions: Explore Playa del Carmen, only a ten-minute ride away. Transportation can be arranged at the resort. Archaeological Site Excursions: Numerous landmarks and ancient cities reside nearby for exploration: Xcaret, Cozumel, Xel-ha, Tulum, Cancun, Cobá, Isla Mujeres, Sian-Khan, Chichén Itzá, Akumal, Valladolid, Merida and Uxmal. The resort offers specialized tours and packages with a professional guide.
Tulum: Enjoy a panoramic flight and guided tour of the ancient Maya fort city of Toba set dramatically along the cliffs of the Caribbean. The ruins feature defense walls, a rampart walk and parapet. You can visit the ancient ruins followed by a relaxing lunch near the beach.
Cobá: Take an exciting expedition deep into the heart of the Yucatán rainforest to witness a less-frequented side of Mexico. Climb to Nohoch Muul temple (the tallest pyramid in the state) and admire the lush landscapes and jungle birds and soak up the views from the top. Afterwards have a relaxing swim the crystal waters of the sacred Cho Ha cenote and enjoy lunch in an authentic Maya village.
Cave System Tours: Spanning 132 kilometres, the Sac Actun Cave System is the longest of Mexico's famous natural wonders. Journey into these caverns and discover beautiful cenotes and underground rivers, where you can practice snorkelling and cave diving.
Spider Monkeys Biosphere Tours: Embark on this cultural journey that first takes you through an original Maya Village, where you can actually visit a native house and even prepare your own tortillas the same way the Mayas did one thousand years ago. The expedition continues when you walk through the jungle and paddle a canoe across a lagoon to see spider and howler monkeys. Reach the highest point of the reservation and strap yourselves in climbing harnesses to cross the 120-meter-long lagoon by zip line.