Privacy and Pampering in the Yucatan

    The newly opened Mandarin Oriental in Riviera Maya, Mexico is situated on a 26-acre secluded paradise set between white beaches and a tropical jungle with protected mangrove reserves and a deep freshwater reservoir sacred to the ancient Mayans. Within the secluded setting is a 25,000-square-foot holistic spa that combines Mayan philosophy with Asian-rooted healing. The contemporary-style bungalows and two-story villas feature individual terraces or gardens with the option of a private plunge pool. In addition, the Mandarin offers active vacationers beachfront water sports: kayaking, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing, and a private pier for yachts and sailboats. Ambar, the Mandarin’s signature restaurant, is influenced by refined Mexican and Asian cuisine, and just outside there is a stylish scene at M-bar. For panoramic ocean views and the freshest catch of the day, do not miss beach-club dining at Aguamarina. (800.526.6566, www.mandarinoriental.com)

    ?Alyson Gerber

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