Top 10 Luxury Experiences in Cancun & Riviera Maya
Talk about impressing your friends then too it’s great to sometimes just impress yourself. Take your favorite person yachting the epitome of luxurious living. Cancun has several outfits that rent high end yachts replete with, depending on the size of the craft, captain, first mate and chef. Anchor off Isla Mujeres, watch the sunset and outrageously pamper yourself.
Puerto Aventuras, a resort community about an hour south of Cancun has a top-notch marina. We prefer sailing a catamaran, but to each his own. When you’re parallel with the ruins at the Tulum you can see from the water the only break in the reef that allowed ancient Maya cargo canoes to make a run for the beach and get there unscathed. Cocktails and dinner on board with the sun setting behind the ruins. Sweet.
Everybody wants to slip into a really hot car once in their lives, and some of us want to race one especially if there’s no risk involved.Though driving around a track is not an experience normally associated with Cancun, there’s something about 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds that is irresistible. Exotic Rides stocks models from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and other manufacturers that produce high end sport cars. Stop by for a test drive and knock your socks off!
There is nothing like seeing Chichen Itza from the air. The grand design of this ancient Maya city is immediately apparent, something you don’t get from viewing it from the ground. This is first class touring so if you’ve got the bling, go for it!
Fly Fishing in Sian Kaan
The fishing guides most in demand in the western hemisphere take their clients to the Sian Kaan Reserve, the 1.3 million acre biosphere reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Espiritu Santo Bay and Ascension Bay, ideal for inland fly fishing of bonefish, tarpon and permit are located within the reserve. There have been fishing camps in the reserve communities of Boca Paila and Punta Allen since before Cancun. Bring your own guide or hire a local they’re all experienced and competent.
Visit the Spa of the Grand Coral Resort
The Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Hotel boasts the only Gem Spa in Latin America, a high-end, top spa known throughout the world. The spa is housed in a 40,000 sq-foot annex to the hotel. The staff is highly trained and discreet; hydrotherapy is the spa’s specialty although their roster of other innovative treatments is impressive. Good bet.
Private chef at the Ritz Carlton Cancun
The Ritz Carlton Cancun has created a Culinary Center overlooking the ocean that offers hands on cooking classes in a state of the art, residential style kitchen. Here’s your chance to discover your inner chef working with some of the finest professional in the business. Part of the program is an intimate Private Chef Series with wine pairings. The Culinary Center is a unique concept for a hotel: Bravo! Ritz Carlton.
Massage at the Banyan Tree or Rosewood in Mayakoba
Treat yourself to Asian style pampering. The spa at the Banyan Tree is a full on, Asian-inspired operation. The therapists are principally from Thailand and impeccably trained. Treatment rooms are villas poised over the water where sessions begin with herbal tea and a foot bath. All major massage techniques are available: Ayurvedic, Balinese, traditional Thai, Swedish and even sport. Unique environment, divine experience.
A truly first class course, the Camaleon at Mayakoba is the only course located outside the US and Canada to be included in the PGA Tour. A Greg Norman, 72 par, 18-hole course with unexpected challenges and unique-to-the-location hazards such as cenotes, lagoons and greens resting at the edge of the sea. Gorgeous vistas. If you’re a player, this is a must do course.
Dinner on the Deck at Puerto Madero
A first class restaurant in Cancun’s hotel zone with a sweeping back of restaurant deck overlooking the 18 sq mile Nichupte Lagoon, one of North America’s last surviving, natural wetlands. Dinner on the deck is a reward to yourself. Menu not widely varied but everything they do, they do superbly. If you’re a beef eater, you’ll think you died and went to heaven.