By Mike Espindle
While the more rustically elegant area of the Riviera Maya is getting a lot of press for drawing A-listers (like Leo DeCaprio) in search of tropical luxury, there is something to be said for visiting the Yucatan Peninsula and staying closer to its throbbing urban heart in Cancun.
I just got back from a quick jetaway weekend, staying at the excellent Live Aqua hotel on the main strip (more on that later and in an upcoming issue of Elite Traveler). Cancun is beginning to feel a little like Miami-meets-Vegas, with some South of the Border sizzle thrown in. So, while a serene beach retreat can be found to the south, the immediate Cancun area offers luxury-grade thrills and chills.
To wit: the new Exotic Rides facility. This state-of-the-art race center offers elite travelers access to cars from the Lamborghini Murcielago to the Lotus Elise for high-end bachelor parties, hot laps or a whole day of instruction on their short-but-potent track. Even day-long curated “road tours” to the ruins in Tulum or Chichen Itza in their exotic sport cars are on offer. I found my quick five hot laps in a Ferrari 360 thrilling and, honestly, a bit challenging even though I get out on longer tracks a handful of times during the year. The full-day road trips run about $1,300 to $2,000 per person to Tulum, $1,665 to $2,664 to Chichen Itza depending on how many people and which vehicles you choose to take.