Luxurious Cancún & What To Do Beyond La Playa

In case you want to be really far from the Zona Hotelera, the Paradisus Playa del Carmen is 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and close to the tranquil and archeological dream of Tulum. The Yhi Spa is a 20,000-square-foot Mayan spa and fitness center that offers a beauty salon, group studio classes and one-on-one programs with trainers. Their services includes aromatherapy and anti-cellulite treatments. Plus, make sure to experience the thermal circuit offerings of wet and dry saunas, plunge pools, and hydro massages. 

Luxury travelers with family can also find comfort in the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort  and its huge, secluded 123 acres that includes three properties with a total of nine outdoor pools, 14 restaurants, 12 bars, a full-service health spa, three nine-hole golf courses, outdoor theaters, fitness classes, and even a dolphin swim experience. Its sister property, Le Blanc, bring South Beach chic-ness to Cancún with crisp, all-white design. Keep in mind, however, that Le Blanc is adults only. Escape here for an elegant French-fusion dinner at Lumiere, which recently updated its menu.

If you like to stay with familiar, well-known brands, the JW Marriott Cancún Resort & Spa recently completed renovations on its modern, Mayan-inspired spa. They now offer new bedding style and fabric in its massage treatment rooms, new wood finishes, and updated, modern wall designs. The 35,000-square-foot resort offers 448 rooms -- all with private balconies for gorgeous views on the Caribbean waters.

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