Cancun Allure

PRESIDENTIAL SUITE / LIVE AQUAWhile the more barefoot-elegant area of Riviera Maya is getting a lot of press for drawing A-listers in search of tropical luxury, there is something to be said for visiting Mexico’s Caribbean mecca and staying north, closer to its throbbing urban heart in Cancun.

Today’s Cancun vibe is a little Miami-meets-Vegas, with some south-of-the-border sizzle thrown in.

The 371-room Live Aqua resort is not only located along the city’s famous beaches, but with seven dining options (including four new venues by celebrated chef Eric De Maeyer), the swanky Egos lounge, eight swimming pools, award-winning Spa Aqua, sensuous aromatherapy features throughout the entire hotel, and more, the property epitomizes this concept of a “new Cancun.”

Two two-bedroom Presidential Suites (Sol and Luna) sport edgy loft-living design, cutting-edge entertainment systems, and inspiring views of both the Caribbean and Nichupté Lagoon from expansive terraces.

Full bars and rambling dining spaces make these suites perfect for entertaining, and private, whirlpool-equipped master bathrooms add that important element of pampering (from about $1,000 nightly).

General Manager Alfredo Santamaria