Playa del Carmen

5 reasons to explore Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is home to some of Mexico’s most exotic locales, with palm trees dotting miles of beaches, lush jungles and ancient Mayan ruins all waiting to be explored. For the VIP traveler looking for a little adventure, Playa del Carmen has many thrilling options available. Here are five ways to get the white-glove treatment while participating in exciting experiences:

Swim With Whale Sharks

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Though whale sharks are the largest creatures in the animal kingdom (they have mouths that measure about 1,5 mt wide!), they are notably placid and only eat plankton. Their gentle demeanor makes them perfect companions to swim with, even allowing some divers to catch a ride on top of them. Booking a private snorkeling tour will take you on a fully catered trip out to Isla Mujeres, where you’ll be introduced to a local marine biologist and a personal guide.

Visit the Sian Ka’an Natural Reserve

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Sian Ka’an is a biosphere nature reserve located about an hour south of Playa del Carmen. Meaning “Origin of the Sky” in the Mayan language, the reserve was created in 1986 to support conservation projects regarding local ecosystems and sustainability. Visitors to Sian Ka’an are given unrivaled views of the Caribbean coast, as well as a view of Mexican wildlife such as crocodiles, dolphins, and sea turtles. The VIP tour of this UNESCO World Heritage site includes a snorkeling session in the barrier reef, followed by a gourmet seafood lunch and complimentary bottle of Champagne.

Explore the Mayan Ruins

Chichen Itza

Playa del Carmen isn’t just a beautiful vacation destination, it’s a historic locale too. Located approximately two hours inland from Playa del Carmen are the ruins of the ancient Mayan city, Chichen Itza. Get a chance to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site by booking a private tour that will not only educate you on the Mayan culture, but will also take you to through the colonial town of Valladolid for an authentic Mexican meal and swimming in the sacred Mayan underground watering hole.

Sail on a Private Yacht

Cozumel Island

There’s nothing quite like sailing on the open sea. Hiring a private yacht to take you on a trip to the tip of Cozumel Island is a great way to see the surrounding areas. On board, you’ll have a personal chef to cater to your epicurean needs alongside an open, premium bar. After landing on the private beach El Cielo, guests are encouraged to sunbathe, snorkel, and indulge to their heart’s content.

Zip Line Through the Jungle

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Flying through the treetops of the Mayan jungle by zipline is a favorite Playa del Carmen pastime for seasoned adventurers. The zipline glides through 2.5 km of terrain before dropping guests off on a series of wobbly suspension bridges and bungee swings. In addition to ziplining, a luxury tour to Selvatica will take you through a thrilling afternoon of off-roading across the jungle floor, and swimming in a cenote.


Where to stay

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UNICO 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya
is an exceptional all-inclusive hotel for adults only, overlooking the long white beach of Kantenah Bay and opened in 2017 on the most famous Mexican Riviera. Located halfway between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Unico 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya was designed to meet the needs of the most demanding guests and turn a holiday into a journey into the local culture of Yucatan and Mexico. Everything, really everything, is all-inclusive: also a selection of excursions, as well as spa treatments and golf packages: you pay only 25% of fee on the services you want to use. It’s called UNICO 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya, because that’s what it wants to be, a proposal in style “Luxury relaxed” that revolutionizes the very idea of all-inclusive.
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A one-of-a-kind hotel for adults only, in name and in fact with the great part of the rooms overlooking the sea and a direct line to the local Mexican culture, in a perfect combination of ambiance and atmosphere. The 448 rooms and suites of UNICO 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya have been designed to welcome guests in total comfort, also using materials and hand-made decorations by local artists. A peculiar element of its incredible charm is undoubtedly the aesthetics of each area and above all of each room, an aesthetic that combines traditional elements of the whole Yucatan with modern lines and colors. Each room and suite, in addition to recalling the typical atmosphere of this area of Mexico, meets the needs of the modern traveler, offering cutting-edge services and facilities such as free Wi.Fi. connection, bluetooth sound system, USB charging stations, Nespresso coffee machine, room service to name a few.
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As mentioned, the offer of UNICO 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya revolutionizes the very idea of all-inclusive, giving much more in terms of experiences, customization and inclusions, all with the aim of offering a very top experience where the guest is the key player. In addition to the 5 restaurants, there are a number of excursions, water sports, SPA treatments and golf packages already included in the stay price, all with the aim of making each guest’s experience unique and unbelievable. In fact, to satisfy even the most demanding palates there are 5 restaurants all available to guests, in a combination aimed at enhancing the flavors and traditions of the whole world using local products of the area. Every day dishes are offered of both Mexican and international cuisine as well as Italian/Mediterranean and even Japanese cuisine.
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