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Cancun and Riviera Maya: The Ones to Watch

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Epperly Travel is in a serious relationship with Mexico and the Caribbean. The beaches, the locals, the FOOD… everything is perfect. Our last blog post was dedicated to some of our favorite hotels in Playa Mujeres. For this post, we will be naming off some of our “must see” resorts for the Cancun and Riviera Maya areas. Although Cancun can sometimes get a bad rep of being a “party scene”, each of these hotels are either located 30-45 miles away from Cancun or in a more quiet section of the city.Andaz

Andaz Mayakoba is first on the list. This 5 star, Hyatt brand resort, located in the Mayakoba resort complex, is new, fresh, and modern. It opened in January 2017, and with a DJ at the pool, fun animal floats, and nature trails running throughout, the Andaz is refined yet fun. Although it is not all inclusive, there are some great restaurants on site. From delicious ceviche to an on site Tacologist (yes, that would be someone has studied the art of tacos), you won’t want to eat anywhere else.

Andaz Ceviche Bar

Another Hyatt brand hotel is next. The Hyatt Ziva opened at the end of 2015 and is a family friendly resort situated in the Cancun hotel zone. The location is perfect for those who want to be short drive away from the city life while still being secluded enough to enjoy a little R&R. This all inclusive resort has every type of food you can imagine – food trucks, candy shops, a quaint 50s style diner, and even an Italian restaurant where you can watch your pizza being made. Want to enjoy all of this without having kids around? Perfect! The adults only section, Turquoize, is like a resort within a resort. It includes an adults only, beachfront tower, exclusive adults only dining, and rooftop infinity pool with breathtaking views. Not to mention there is even a brewery on site!

Hyatt Diner

Hyatt Adults Only Rooftop Pool

One of the world’s only true 5 star all inclusive resorts is Grand Velas Riviera Maya. With this family friendly resort, you can channel your inner wild side by exploring or ziplining through the Yucatan jungle. If relaxing is a little more your style then head on down to the white sands of the Caribbean coast to lounge and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. Much like the Hyatt Ziva, Grand Velas has an exclusive section for adults that includes a private section of rooms and an adults only restaurant. Thinking of taking a west coast trip instead? No worries! Grand Velas Los Cabos just opened in November 2016, and they have some great offers going on right now.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Sometimes just being at the beach isn’t enough to make you feel as relaxed as you would like, and that is a-ok. Nizuc is located in the Cancun hotel zone, but you feel like a world away. Built to be an Asian resort, Nizuc has a very zen feeling with beautiful and tranquil rooms. This true 5 star resort has service that is ahead of its guests. Sometimes you even feel like they know your name before you walk in the door – it is truly top notch service. You can spend the day sipping cocktails near the Pool Bar, cruising the Caribbean Sea on a yacht excursion, or kayaking along the beautiful coastline. You can read a little more about Lindsey’s experience at Nizuc here!

Nizuc Pier

Last, but certainly not least is Viceroy Riviera Maya. Nestled into a jungle type setting, this all villa resort is much different than the ones talked about above. Each of the 41 stand alone villas include a completely secluded patio, a plunge pool, an outdoor shower, and are perfect for honeymoon couples. Although it is not an all inclusive resort, for only $100 per person per day you can add on Mayan Indulgence which is a meal plan option for your stay. The best part is that you can choose the days of your stay that you would like to use this offer – meaning if you want to enjoy dinner off property one night, you don’t have to feel like you are wasting money. Mayan Indulgence includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any resort restaurant and domestic beer, wine by the glass, and cocktails. That also means unlimited guac and margs at the beach, and that alone is worth the $100 a day if you ask me.


Delicious cuisines, exciting adventures, and calming water – there is plenty to do and see in Cancun and Riviera Maya. So, isn’t it time that you get away from here and head on over to paradise?

Kelsey Hendrix

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