By Jerry Landress, Mexico Director
The adult only – or adult friendly – ultra-luxury-all-inclusive resort has emerged as a new category of luxury vacation travel almost exclusively in the Mexican Caribbean.
Clearly there are several fine properties that are either adult only, all-inclusive, luxury, or serve the ultra-affluent market segment. However, few can claim, let alone deliver, all of these elements.
By “adult friendly”, I am suggesting that the resorts featured have a restricted age limit (typically 12-16 years and above) or are structured in a way to offer limited accommodations for children. Another important criteria is they all have dining options that rival the area’s best free-standing restaurants. Gourmet is the operative measurement.
Yes, it is rare that a resort property can meet the strict requirements of AAA’s highest Diamond ratings and still provide all-inclusive services suitable for the most discriminating traveler. However, I will present four such examples based on my own personal experiences after a recent visit to the region.
First, let me define the Mexican Caribbean. It is the region of Mexico that begins in Cancun and literally stretches south to Belize along the Yucatan peninsula.
The four resorts highlighted are all located between the center of Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, in the heart of Riviera Maya.
Riviera Maya is a tourism phenomenon that has erupted over the last 20 years into one of the most attractive tourism destinations in the world. It unofficially begins just south of Cancun (Puerto Morelos) and wanders south approximately 60 miles through of untouched mangrove jungle and Maya ruins to Tulum.