Civilized yet wild, a romantic escape to the adults-only, Viceroy Riviera Maya in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico offers a 2 for 1: an exotic Mayan jungle refuge nestled behind the white-sandy beach and aquamarine waters of the Caribbean. The Viceroy is the perfect place to pop the big question, renew your love, or just chill-out in style. Here are 6 reasons why the Viceroy offers Romance (with a capital R).
1. One of world’s most unique check-ins
Sure, a glass of Champagne at the front desk is always welcome, but nothing beats a traditional Mayan blessing by Jose Colli, The Viceroy’s resident Shaman, to dispel your stress and open you to positive energy. The ceremony consists of Shaman Colli circling you with the purifying, aromatic smoke of Copal incense while reciting “Ah yum hunab ku evam maya ema ho” – which means “The peace and nature of the cosmos will be in all of us”.
For couples getting married or renewing their vows, the shaman will perform a memorable beachside ceremony, complete with drums, conch-shell horns ending with flowers flung into the ocean.
2. How have we lived so long without a soap concierge?
We’ve never heard of a soap concierge, but at the The Viceroy Riviera Maya it’s very normal. After you’re shown to your villa, the Soap Concierge arrives with huge bricks of organic sweet-smelling, seasonal soaps made by a local Mayan community. After explaining the properties of the different ingredients (oatmeal is good for exfoliating, rosemary is refreshing, the lavender is relaxing, however, a romantic getaway calls for the aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate) the concierge slices you off some personal-sized pieces for your washing pleasure.
Tip: The bars are sold in the boutique and are perfect gifts to take home.
3. Fun culinary events keep it fresh
Foodies will be tempted to leave their comfy beds for one of the daily culinary activities ranging from Tequila & Ceviche tastings (where the Maestro Tequilero reveals the secrets of Mexico’s signature liquor), a lively Beach BBQ, or Paella by the Pool. Our favourite, Antojeria Night, showcases Chef J’s interpretation of traditional Mexican street food.
4. You would love this all-private villa resort
You‘ll think you walked on a movie set when you first lay eyes on your individual thatched-palapa roofed villa with a generously-sized plunge pool, outdoor moon shower under the palm trees and a terrace complete with a handmade crochet hammock.
Unobtrusive touches of reality include air con, DVD/CD player; flat-panel HD TVs with satellite television; selection of books; deluxe toiletries, hair dryers; safes; hand-stitched Egyptian cotton sheets, fine linen robes and complimentary Wi-Fi.
5. Wide range of area activities
If you’re looking for more excitement, lively Playa del Carmen, known for restaurants, boutiques and nightlife, is just 2 km away. Sportsy options include golf, horseback riding, parasailing, fishing, kite surfing and tennis. Some interesting ancient Mayan ruins and landmarks worth a visit are: Xcaret, Xel-ha, Tulum, Coba, Chichen-Itza and Akumal.
Tip: To arrange any of the above simply dial 0 to reach the mayordomo, your butler, who is at your command.
6. Add new meaning to the term “turndown”
On your last night, surprise your honey by arranging for a private plunge pool paradise. The sensual “Plunge Pool Turndown” sets the scene with flickering tiki lanterns, aromatherapy, floating candles and rose petals, mood music and your choice of food and wine.
Call our free concierge service on 1800 908 254 and one of our travel experts will be happy to assist you with your booking.
P: 1800 908 254