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#HolidaysByHolly: Nature & Culture in Playa del Carmen

The Occidental at Xcaret Destination hotel, located near the city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a spectacular mix of natural and cultural environments in the heart of the Riviera Mayan jungle that boasts an abundance of wildlife.

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Aerial view of the resort in Playa del Carmen | Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Meandering Royal Level Luxury pathways connect you with the natural river formations, five fresh water pools, one adults-only salt water pool and one kids’ pool, plus a private bay with soft white sand.

In the beautiful flora and fauna that makes up the resort, be ready to see spider monkeys, deer grazing at night, the native to Mexico shy Sereque (often called the rat-rabbit-squirrel) or the Mexican raccoon called the Coati in Playa del Carmen.

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Foyer | Occidental at Xcaret Destination

Experience the added benefits of personalized service, unlimited Wi-Fi, room service, among other things by choosing The Royal Level Occidental at Xcaret Destination, a boutique hotel within the hotel. With three different room categories, the magnificent rooms stand out with their Royal Level exclusivity, which offers a series, of unique services, such as luxury amenities, a fully equipped bathroom with hot tub or a minibar replenished daily, preferential check-in, private lounge, an exclusive to the Royal Level restaurant with à la carte service, private swimming pool area and solarium with waiter service.

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Royal Level Room | Holly Eely

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Taquiria and Pizza Bar | Holly Eely

With the hotels’ culinary selection designed to satisfy the needs of every guest – there are 10 bars, including a nightclub and sports bar, and 11 restaurants. Guests have the freedom to choose a late night snack, an informal or gourmet meal, or a candle-lit dinner with their partner, among many other possibilities.

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Adult only salt water pool | Holly Eely

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What a glorious view! | Holly Eely

The Occidental at Xcaret Destination at Playa del Carmen is perfect for sports and adventure enthusiasts with various activities available such as archery, ping pong, shuffleboard and aerobics. It also has 2 tennis courts and an 18-hole mini-golf course. You can practice volleyball on-site, and there is a full gym where you can exercise during your stay. The resort features a PADI 5-star dive shop, field trips and classes. There are also opportunities to obtain diving certificates and to rent equipment or borrow the wide selection of non-motorized sports gear, both for in the water and out.

At the spa, where even the smallest details are taken care of, you can wrap yourself in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere and enjoy a hot tub and a sauna. You will find exquisitely decorated massage cabins to provide the perfect atmosphere for your relaxation or enjoy an array of body and facial treatments, ideal for disconnecting the mind.

The exclusive Royal Level also boasts Balinese beds just a stone’s throw from the sea, offering a sublime sensory experience. The turquoise ocean landscape with views of Cozumel Island, surrounded by nature, envelops you in a magical experience. Each cabin allows you to enjoy your own private paradise while you relax and savour personalized drinks served to you on your private sun terrace.

The Occidental by Xcaret is very aware of their carbon footprint and has implemented an energy control program that turns off the electrical equipment, lights and air conditioners when the room is not being occupied. The use of water is controlled by way of low flow toilets and shower heads and the option for guests to opt out of daily towel and sheet changes.There is a waste separation and recycling program and a restriction of plastic straws.

Let us not forget the youngest members of the family. An exclusive age-appropriate Kids Club that is fully supervised with scheduled activities daily from 9 am to 5 pm for children 4 to 12 years of age. For that special night out, babysitting is also available at an additional charge.

With the rainy season in the Mayan Riviera beginning in May and continuing on until November the best time to travel to Playa del Carmen is from late November until February, with some of the lowest prices found the first week of December and January. So plan ahead and book your vacation now to discover an exceptional destination that you will never forget.

Happy and heartfelt travels to you!

Holly

*** If you have any questions or queries regarding vacations that I have showcased here at BLUSH Vancouver, or one that you would like me to custom build for your friends and family – send me an email! I am in the Lower Mainland, on the same schedule as you, and can help when you need me to. Let’s create great holiday memories that last longer than an Instagram post! Find me here: Holidays by Holly

 

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