Riviera Maya Continues to Soar-Hotel Product Keeps Increasing


NEW YORK CITY— At a recent event hosted by the Riviera Maya Tourism Promotion Board, General Director Javier Aranda Pedrero gave Travel Agent a preview of the array of new hotels that will open in the region within the next few years.

Riviera Maya has been an increasingly popular destination for Mexico enthusiasts who crave more culture and history than fun in the sun. Now, the destination will have hotel product, some all-inclusive, for just about every type of client looking to visit this area of Mexico.

Kanay Riviera Maya
Plans for this property include 847 rooms and two golf courses along with residential allotments. The resort is slated to debut during the second quarter of 2009; the golf courses will be ready for play in the first quarter of 2010 and in July of 2011 respectively.

This new resort area on the Yucatan Peninsula will feature the Bayantree at Mayakoba (133 villas), the Mandarin Oriental Mayakoba (128 villas to open at the end of 2007) and the Viceroy Mayakoba (164 units, Greg Norman golf course and five boutique hotels in 600 acres) and the Rosewood Mayakoba (128 suites to open in late 2007).

The Tides Playa del Carmen
This 209-unit property will feature private plunge pools and decks, fourth-floor penthouse units with private roof decks and signature restaurants and lounges, a beach club and boutique retails. It sets to open in 2008.

The Fives by Karisma
Karisma recently announced plans to open a new resort in the Riviera Maya. It will be on Xcala Coco beach, 10 minutes from Playa del Carmen and will include one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, a beach club, a water sports zone, a Kid’s Club and tennis courts.

Valentin Imperial Maya
Set to open at the end of November, this all-inclusive 396-junior suite property will have 13 bars, free Internet, concierge service in every building and 24-hour room service.

Tres Rios
The master plan for this 326-acre property calls for five hotels with more than 1,700 suites. Hacienda Tres Rios, with 273 luxury suites, will be the first property, set to open in the summer of 2008.