Choices on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

DAY 4 — I am lying slathered in local honey on a mattress that’s been placed on a six-foot piece of local carved wood. The ancient Mayans, I learned, believed that this honey from the stingless Melipona bees only found here in the Yucatan Peninsula had many medicinal properties. In fact, the honey used in the treatment is bought from local Mayans. Here at the Fairmont Mayakoba’s ( beautiful 21st century spa—located in the heart of a …

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Mexican Riviera Maya- a unique biosphere

DAY 3 — I am floating down a river so clear I can see to the bottom. There are mangroves and sea grass and hardly any people. The water is so refreshing on such a hot day. I don’t have to do anything. The current carries me. Welcome to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve — the name in Mayan language translates to the Entrance to the Sky — with 1.3 million acres the largest protected area in the …

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Mexico’s Riviera Maya (Yes, it’s safe!)

DAY ONE — I’m wishing I was on the hammock on one of the two balconies in our suite, overlooking the turquoise blue pool and the ocean, palm trees swaying, birds chirping. But it isn’t so bad working either in our suite at the 88-room Ceiba del Mar Beach and Spa resort, (, a scant 20 minute cab ride from the Cancun airport and about a 20 minute walk into the tiny town of Puerto Morelos. Yes …

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