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If you don’t care about luxury hotel amenities and the idea of a tiny, very simple hotel overlooking one of the world’s most exquisite beaches sounds appealing, you will fall in love with Al Cielo. It is a miracle that along the famed Riviera Maya, where ocean-front land is so pre... more

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Balamku Inn, Mahahual

For years the Costa Maya, a pristine stretch of beach and jungle, was little known except for ardent divers and snorkelers seeking the cheapest possible accommodations. Basic hotels are still the norm; but, happily, a few new places are popping up for those who want to enjoy this unsp... more

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Less than an hour’s drive south of Cancún (yet light years away in mood), the Maroma is a luxurious, beachfront hotel where guests are pampered. The original owners fell in love with the gentle beauty of the Caribbean and this property with its dense jungle growing to the edge of ... more

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The most attractive section of Mérida is the very heart of the old city, where the cathedral looms over the picturesque central square. Just steps away, you find the Caribe Hotel, which enjoys the prime hotel location in town. To add to its appeal, the hotel faces onto a small plaza,... more

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Hotel Casa del Balam, M

Located just a couple of blocks off the main square, the Casa del Balam offers a nostalgic charm. This small hotel is so closely interwoven with the beginning of tourism in the Yucatán that it could not help winning a place in our hearts. Casa del Balam was built in the early 1... more

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In Cancún, where almost all the hotels are enormous (some offering over 1000 guestrooms), the intimate, 33-room Casa Turquesa is one of the few small luxury hotels in Cancún. The white, Mediterranean-style, three-story building is decorated formally, with Mayan accents. ... more

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Until the Chicanná Ecovillage opened, there weren’t any good accommodations near the fascinating archaeological treasures of Río Bec. In fact, the roads in this remote area were so bad that one had to be truly motivated to dare to make the trip. All that has changed. The roads ar... more

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If you yearn for unspoiled nature and fascinating archaeological sites, yet don’t want to sacrifice creature comforts, look no further than The Explorean, where sensual delights combine with superb, understated, casual elegance. That such superb luxury can be found so far off th... more

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Most tourists who are attracted to Villahermosa have a very special interest in archaeology, since it is conveniently close to the extraordinary archaeological site of Palenque and has two excellent archaeological museums. One of these, Parque Museo de la Venta, is located within a pr... more

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Hacienda Chich

The ruins at Chichén Itzá are spectacular—absolutely not to be missed if you are the least bit tantalized by the mysteries of the Mayan world. However, during the tourist season, some of the magic is lost if you are viewing these ruins along with hordes of other to... more

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When the Hacienda Puerta Campeche opened in 2004 it added a new jewel to the superb group of hacienda hotels located on the Yucatán peninsula. Its four “sister” hotels (Hacienda Santa Rosa, Hacienda Temozón, Hacienda Tixkobob, and Hacienda Uayamón) are... more

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The intimate Hacienda San José exudes charm and offers incredible service. What a surprise to find luxurious accommodations so far off the beaten path. Although, as you drive to the hotel it seems very remote (near Tixkokob, the hammock capital of the Yucatán), this is a... more

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Of all the alluring haciendas in the Yucatán, the Hacienda Santa Rosa is perhaps the prettiest—an appealing 17th-century building, delightfully decorated in blues, reds, and ochres. The first thing you see as you drive up is the owner’s mansion, enhanced at the front by a long ro... more

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The 17th-century Hacienda Temozón is a superb hotel with the warmth and charm of a private home, which is exactly what it once was. Not only is it convenient to the Mérida airport (about a 45-minute drive), but it also makes an excellent hub for exploring some of the Yucatán’s mo... more

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The Hacienda Uayamón offers outstanding charm and ultimate luxury. This sumptuous hacienda has a wide, sweeping staircase leading up to a romantic veranda framed by high, open arches. Doors lead into several intimate parlors decorated with antiques, beyond which you find an enc... more

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One of the pleasures of traveling on the Yucatán Peninsula is the opportunity to stay in one of the beautifully restored haciendas dotted throughout the area. A gem in this collection is the superbly restored, award-winning Hacienda Xcanatún. Built in the mid-18th centur... more

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If you yearn for a thatched hut facing an idyllic white-sand beach studded with coconut palms, the Hotel Calaluna (previously Cabañas La Conchita) is your dream come true. However, this bit of paradise is not for everyone: you must be young at heart and have a bit of a bohemian spiri... more

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The Lodge at Uxmal is blessed with an unsurpassable location, just across from the archaeological site. However, location is not all this hotel has to offer; it’s a real charmer in every way. Your introduction begins when the receptionist, dressed in colorful Mayan costume, welc... more

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The Hotel & Bungalows Mayaland, with over 100 acres of parklike grounds, has an unsurpassed setting, right on the grounds of Chichén Itzá, one of Mexico’s premier archaeological sites. The ruins are so close that some of the ancient temples can be seen rising a... more

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Upon arriving at the Mayan Beach Garden, Marcia and Kim Bales warmly welcome you like members of the family. Lasting friendships are often formed, departing guests giving hugs and promises to soon return. This tiny inn, snuggled on a sandy beach between the sea and jungle, is located ... more

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For visitors to the rich archaeological sites of the Yucatán, the trip frequently begins in Mérida, a major airline hub. From its outskirts, Mérida first appears to be a rather scruffy, sprawling, unappealing city, but don’t let this put you off. At its core... more

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Playa Azul Golf.Scuba.Spa, Cozumel, Mexico - Dining

The Playa Azul, right on one of Cozumel’s best stretches of beach, is a small, moderately priced, family-run, beautifully managed hotel offering excellent value. At first glance it seems similar to many hotels built in the ’50s and ’60s, with a swimming pool dominating a courtya... more

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The Hotel Playa La Media Luna makes no pretense at being a super fancy, trendy hotel, but is a real winner for those seeking a friendly, family-run, moderately priced place to stay in Isla Mujers, just steps from its shops and restaurants. In spite of the reasonable rates, there is no... more

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Campeche is an exceptionally alluring port town with a rich history. Adding to its appeal are narrow streets lined by brightly painted houses, a picturesque plaza, excellent museums, and an old fortress. In addition, there are great archaeological sites nearby, making this a wonderful... more

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If you are looking for deluxe accommodations on the charming island of Cozumel, we suggest the Presidente Inter-Continental. Although not small like most of the other properties we recommend, it stands out from the other large hotels that line the beach, most of which cater to groups ... more

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Rancho Encantado nestles right on the edge of Laguna Bacalar, a beautiful, crystal-clear lake almost at the Belize border. This is not your standard hotel, but rather a complex of cottages tucked in amongst the trees and a large, inviting, open-air restaurant with dining tables covere... more

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Rio Bec Dreams offers simple accommodations in a convenient spot for visiting the extraordinary group of Mayan ruins that dot the Rio Bec area. Your hosts, Diane Lalonde and Richard Bertram, tired of the bitter cold winters of Canada and settled in the Yucatán in 2000. They bought 50... more

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If you are looking for a small, deluxe hotel in a prime location that is very secluded, yet just a few minutes’ walk to shops and restaurants, the Hotel Secreto is a superb choice. We fell in love with this tiny, privately owned and managed hotel whose motto is ’Intimate, ... more

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Viceroy Riviera Maya (formerly The Tides) brings new heights of luxurious, understated elegance to the Riviera Maya. There is nothing ostentatious about this gorgeous small property: in fact, there is very little about the hotel that hints of any commercialism. No signs boldly point t... more

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“Villas Arqueológicas” is a group of hotels that are located close to most of the major archaeological sites in Mexico. These cater to the more adventurous travelers who want to explore Mexico’s archaeological riches. Villas Arqueológicas are always well priced and offer clean... more

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The Villa Mérida is a stunning hotel near Mérida's town center. This 19th-century nobleman’s home is a handsome, one-story, hacienda painted deep Mayan red highlighted by crisp white detailing. Step inside and be instantly whisked back to another era with beautiful tile floors, ... more

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Villa Rolandi, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Dining

The magic of the Villa Rolandi begins when you are met in Cancún and whisked across the turquoise-blue water in the hotel’s private catamaran to Isla Mujeres. The magic continues when you enter the hotel’s impressive lobby richly embellished with dramatic marble col... more

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Isla Mujeres is a small island just offshore from Cancún, yet here you feel far removed from the bustling commercialism of its famous neighbor. An excellent choice for accommodations on the island is the Villa Vera Puerto Isla Mujeres, now part of the Wyndham hotel group, which cater... more

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If you really want to discover a hideaway far off the beaten path and surrounded by remarkable natural beauty, then the Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel makes an outstanding choice. The Xixim Unique Mayan Hotel began as a dream to preserve a long stretch of unspoiled coastline and, to make th... more

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The Riviera Maya is legendary for its immense hotel complexes where hoards of action-seeking tourists descend each week to eat, drink and make merry in the sun. A far cry from this is the ultra sumptuous Paraiso de La Bonita, an intimate hotel attracting guests who look for privacy, w... more

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