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Discover Yourself in Mexico: Yucatán Peninsula

Jun 21, 2021 | SOAR Magazine, Elevated Lifestyle



A trip to Mexico offers an easy-breezy getaway, sometimes accomplished overa weekend. America’s neighbor to the south offers respite from colder climates with sunny beaches, tropical forests, lively regional cuisines and a potent dose of luxury hospitality. \

Jet Linx Elevated Lifestyle partner EMBARK Beyond offers bespoke travel by designing and elevating itineraries to offer dream-like adventures based on your individual preference. By leveraging personal relationships and deep market expertise, EMBARK Beyond offers the ability to access royal palaces, private homes, luxury yachts and global landmarks for unforgettable VIP experiences. Whether planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation or even a pathway to global citizenship, EMBARK Beyond offers the necessary tools to deliver the impossible.

With a diverse, global team of Luxury Travel Advisors and Luxury Travel Concierges, EMBARK Beyond offers an unparalleled network to further elevate a stay at one of the Jet Linx Preferred Hotel partners in Mexico (17 and counting). Whether you choose a destination in Los Cabos, the Yucatán Peninsula or Mexico City, Jet Linx can deliver you to an immersive experience at one of our Preferred Hotel destinations. Take a look at our insider guide to luxury resorts and villas throughout the country, and discover yourself in Mexico.


The Yucatán Peninsula


While many visitors flock to the Yucatán Peninsula to enjoy the beaches and resorts of Cancún, Playa del Carmen, and Riviera Maya, there are far more things to explore. From flamingos and whale sharks to tiny offshore islands and historical cities, the Yucatán Peninsula brims with culture, history and natural beauty.

The moment you arrive in this part of Mexico, you cannot escape the Maya. Though they’re well known for their ancient cities and ceremonial centers, their language, culture and traditions remain very much alive today. Chichén Itzá boasts many worthy companions in Uxmal, Edzná, Cobá, Calakmul, and several smaller ancient cities are still infused with a quiet, ancient spirit. But it’s not just the pre-Hispanic feel one senses in the air (more than 1,500 archaeological sites have been documented). You’ll also find colonial elements, traces of the Yucatán’s early-twentieth-century belle-époque, and even the latest innovations of the globalized world.

The Yucatán Peninsula welcomes more visitors than any other part of Mexico, due to its variety of attractions and offerings. This rich, historical mosaic is the stage where your fun begins. Archaeological sites, like world-famous Chichén Itzá, seventeenth-century convents and churches, splendid haciendas that began life as cattle ranches, late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century plantations with their grand old houses, and modern-day luxury hotels combine to form a powerful draw for explorers and beachgoers alike.

March through April yields a combination of warm temperatures and low rainfall. December through February is considered high season, with many East Coasters visiting to escape for the winter. May and June tend to be the second-best options; temperatures will be warmer, with rainfall also somewhat higher. The Yucatán Peninsula is hot country; always travel with a hat, sunblock, mosquito repellent, and water. EMBARK Beyond recommends a minimum of four nights to appreciate this destination, and even more time if enjoying more than one location within the peninsula.




If you’ve never visited Uxmal—truly a wonder of the world—and you want somewhere luxurious to stay, with world-class cooking and a first-rate spa, this is your best bet. This historic hacienda with private luxury casitas is situated within lush gardens, with a focus on wellness, holistic practices, incredible spa offerings, amazing cuisine, endless activities and a focus on sustainability. The casitas and villas are built for guests to become part of the landscape. Think hammocks and private pools, open bathrooms and outdoor moon showers. The style is contemporary—functional rather than fabulous. The expansive bathrooms have glazed walls looking out to the jungle, with huge double showers.




Uniquely positioned inside a 29-acre natural preserve, NIZUC captures the essence of the ancient and mystic Mayan culture with open, airy spaces, lush landscaping, tranquil reflecting pools and organic elements that meld seamlessly with the region’s verdant scenery. A great escape, impressive spa and an Asian-style experience close to home. Almost all rooms are close to the sand, and they have two exclusive beaches. Its mangroves and rocky, white-sand beaches help make it an ideal spot for couples and friends seeking to relax and soak in Cancún’s sometimes elusive tranquility.



Nestled in the rainforest of Riviera Maya near Playa Del Carmen in the lush and untamed wild, guests will stay in seclusion in one of 41 private villas with their own private plunge pool. Seven miles from Playa del Carmen, the glittering stretch of beach on the Caribbean is a perfect place to cast off for pristine snorkeling or swimming, or to just sit with a good read. Viceroy Riviera Maya is all about relaxation, but the concierge can arrange for horseback riding, kite surfing and private boat excursions. They can also reserve your tee time at one of a handful of golf courses for every skill level.




This Mexican beach hotel (the sister resort to Chablé Yucatán) offers thatched roofs and hanging daybeds, a haute castaway existence with stretches of private beach. More than 70 newly built casitas made from local stone and wood adhere to the deeply rooted Mayan tradition, blending indoor and outdoor space with sliding wooden doors. White-washed casitas dot the property, each with a private plunge pool and outdoor terrace, huge bedrooms and sizeable bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers. Food and wellness are highlights: whether nibbling on local delicacies at Raw Bar while watching the sunset over Maroma’s enviable stretch of beach or enjoying the tasting menu at Chef Jorge Vallejo’s Bu’ul.




Driving under a tropical canopy, guests will discover a colonial-style hacienda with manicured gardens surrounding a pool. Located between the sometimes-touristy Cancún and the sleepy bohemian town of Tulum, the luxury resort resides on a gorgeous stretch of beach surrounded by tropical jungle. The resort can arrange sailing expeditions, snorkeling trips to the world’s second-largest barrier reef nearby, golf and even swimming in the region’s spectacular cenotes. The Forbes Five-Star property offers an incredible beach, warm service, great spa and sensory dining. Charming rooms feature plunge pools with outdoor showers, all tucked in a tranquil jungle setting.




Amid a vast forest of mangroves on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, Grand Velas Riviera Maya sits on 80 acres — much of it filled with lush jungle vegetation and cenotes — and is a thoroughly-modern resort with a contemporary-tropical style and upscale amenities. All of the suites at Grand Velas Riviera Maya are divided among the resort’s three parts: Zen, Ambassador and Grand Class. Each has its own style, bars, restaurants and pool; you’re welcome to use the amenities in all areas no matter which you have booked. The variety of experiences offered – jungle views, ocean panoramas, luxury accommodations, fine dining and casual options, multiple pools and incredible spas make this all-inclusive resort a certified luxury experience for all.




Sprawled across 50 acres between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, Hotel Esencia is a personal project of Emmy-winning Hollywood producer Kevin Wendle, who created this beachside retreat with the Hollywood elite in mind. But don’t worry – you don’t need to be a star to enjoy this paradise on a stretch of pristine beach. Accommodations and common areas come simply adorned in crisp, white paint, natural wood details and cozy hammocks. Abundant natural surroundings make this luxurious property a true retreat, where serene jungle and garden pathways take you from one area to the next. The hotel boasts a special history as the former estate of an Italian Duchess that sought privacy and romance.



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