A lot new under the sun in the Mexican Caribbean – Travel Weekly

Posted: February 14, 2021 at 2:08 pm

As the Mexican Caribbean continues to be one of the most-searched destinations for 2021, the region is continuing to freshen up and celebrate new openings that will impress even the most experienced travelers to Cancun and the Riviera Maya.

I have previously reported on many of these properties, such as the Hotel Xcaret Arte and Grupo Posadas' two properties, the Fiesta Americana Tulkal Riviera Maya and the Live Aqua Beach Resort Tulkal Riviera Maya. A new Hilton is anticipated to open, as well.

As for what has already opened, the destination has already seen the debut of the highly anticipated Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Cancun, which had been postponed for quite some time. The resort opened its doors on Jan. 29 in the Costa Mujeres section of Cancun.

Riviera Cancun recently saw the opening of the Secrets Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, which is adjacent to Breathless Riviera Cancun. The Breathless Xhale Club buildings, which consisted of 164 rooms, were rebranded to adults-only Secrets rooms, which include 18 Master Suites and a Presidential Suite.

The Kibbeh restaurant has changed its name to Rosewater and is available exclusively for guests of the Secrets Riviera Cancun. What's more, guests of the Secrets will have access to the facilities of Breathless, which includes nine restaurants, nine bars and lounges and two pools.


As for new dining experiences, Cancun's Plaza La Isla II opened several new restaurants, including Kai, which serves Asian cuisine; steakhouse Vicente Asador de Brasa; and La 3a Ronda, which serves Mexican cuisine. In the Hotel Zone, diners can find Babel Odissea Culinary, a new 12-restaurant complex that features more than 120 different dishes.

A new restaurant, Chambao Grillhouse, opened in both Cancun and Tulum. Muyal Tulum opened in the hotel zone of Tulum, featuring Oaxacan favorites and Yucatecan specialties. In Playa del Carmen, Las Hijas de la Tostada opened a new beach club, serving seafood and offering views of the Caribbean Sea.

As for hotel dining, Paradisus by Melia has recently opened Sal Steak Restaurant at both its Playa del Carmen and Cancun properties.


As for activities, Cozumel has launched the new Clear Boat Tour, which is just as it sounds -- an afternoon sail on a transparent boat, which allows travelers to enjoy an uninterrupted panoramic view of the seafloor.

Mystika Tulum, concept created by photographer Pepe Soho, has debuted, as well. The immersive museum takes visitors on a sensory journey that highlights Mayan cosmology, Mexico's landscapes and the connection between the two.

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