I’ll be travelling to the Viceroy Riviera Maya resort for my first trip to Mexico over the period 29th September – 5th October 2012. I will be joined by some friends I really enjoy travelling with, creative and talented people and I am excited to be meeting some new ones too.
It will be an exciting trip as can be seen from the itinerary which is included here. I hope you enjoy following our adventure on Twitter, it will be epic and we’ll be using the simple to follow hashtag #inRivieraMaya.
The following people will also be attending the trip, so the content produced during and after the trip is certain to be excellent:
Viceroy Riviera Maya – @ViceroyRM
Saturday, 29th September:
Afternoon – European contingent arrives in Cancun courtesy of British Airways direct flights from Gatwick. Transfer to the Viceroy Riviera May
The resort is located along the pearlescent sands of the Caribbean Sea’s Maya coast, just outside of Playa del Carmen, Viceroy Riviera Maya is a seaside refuge extending deep into the primitive Maya tropical forest. The 41-villa property and its stunning spa present the epitome of Maya beach chic and unpretentious luxury, exuding the ambience of an exclusive private villa or opulent tropical compound.
Trying not to grin right now but it’s very difficult!
Meet Pedro Lara, Resort Manager and Jennifer Guevara, Director of Sales & Marketing, Viceroy Riviera Maya for brief orientation.
Relax at Viceroy Riviera Maya with casual welcome dinner at the Coral Grill & Bar – featuring Mexican and Mediterranean menu cooked on wood-burning stoves.
Sunday, 30th September:
Early starters – Optional Yoga or Pilates lesson on the Pier
Breakfast either in-villa or at Coral Grill & Bar
Morning – Individual Mayan spa treatments before and after lunch.
Afternoon Lunch – Ceviche and Tequila Tasting: A tequiliero will teach us about tequilas and the differences between them and I am a keen learner. Tasty ceviches as accompaniments.
Leisuretime – afternoon free to investigate surroundings!
American contingent arrives! Transfer to the Viceroy Riviera Maya.
Mexican tea service with a variety of local sweets.
Informal dinner on the beach, so want to comment but after my recent smoasting post I’ll resist.
Monday, 1st October:
Breakfast either in-villa or at the Coral Grill
Morning – A brief orientation of the resort with the Executive Team – Pedro Lara and Jennifer Guevara.
Depart resort for Cobá
In the middle of the jungle (I might need my machete) there’s a city between lakes. The tour begins with the archaeological site of Cobá, which was the biggest city of the Mayas, located between lakes. They controlled the commerce in the Classical Period of the Mayas, had an emerging agriculture and a very complex social structure.
They built the tallest pyramid of the Yucatan Peninsula that we will reach riding a bicycle through trails in the jungle, then climbing it. During the ride you will have a professional guided tour. In Cobá you’ll find a ball court, inscriptions, pyramids, roads, jungle… adventure.
A swimsuit will be necessary because after walking through Coba´s archaeological zone a swim in a Cenote will be irresistible. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the road.
Afternoon – Returning to the resort for another opportunity to use the resort facilities.
Evening – Meeting up in the hotel lobby for an adventure into Playa del Carmen – shopping excursion followed by dinner
Tuesday, 2nd October:
Early risers – Optional Yoga or Pilates Lesson on the Pier – welcome the beautiful Mayan sunrise in this relaxing activity, facing the breathtaking Caribbean blue sea.
Breakfast either in-villa or at the Coral Grill. I might be too used to this by this stage.
Mornin – We’ll be meeting at the pier to depart for a snorkeling tour followed by a cooking class at Xcalacoco Garden and then lunch on pier.
Afternoon – Free time for spa treatments or personal interests. I am loving these chilled out afternoons!
Evening – Artisanal Cocktail Coaching – the art of Mixology. Tom Cruise won’t be our instructor, he didn’t make the grade!
Dinner Antojería – or “a place of little cravings”. An opportunity for guests to enjoy traditional Mexican “street food” in an authentic market setting. Dishes like “Carnitas” which is a pork dish, “mixiote” lamb cooked in agave leaf, “chalupitas and sopes” corn dough filled with beans and salsa and “marquesitas” crisp crepe filled with Gouda cheese. There is also a great beer menu to choose from.
My kind of gastronomy trip.
Wednesday, 3rd October:
Breakfast either in-villa or at the Coral Grill
Tour of Tulum & Cenote
Here the perfect blend of nature & architecture is found. This was the most wealthy and important city of the Post-Classical period of the Maya history. Tulum, the Sunrise City, with the Caribbean as a frame is spectacular. Walking in Tulum is a trip to the past; the city has a mysterious magic that captivates visitors.
A picnic lunch will be enjoyed on the beach.
Afternoon – Returning to the resort, we will have an afternoon free to enjoy the resort facilities and individual spa treatments: Located at the center of the resort, shrouded in a lush tropical landscape, the spa’s circular structure echoes the holistic philosophy that guides the Maya Spa experience. Tapping the wisdom of ancient Maya traditions, the Spa draws from the bountiful resources of its jungle-seaside setting – specializing in signature herbal and Mayan treatments.
Evening – Optional Temazcal: Through the use of steam and healing herbs, the Temazcal ceremony aids in the purification of the body and the spirit. We invite you to participate in this therapeutic, relaxing and mystical journey.
The following recommendations are made for participants:
- Wear a sarong or bathing suit free of zippers, metal clasps or buttons
- Not wear jewellery to the ceremony
- Eat only a light meal before the ceremony, and avoid all food two hours before the ceremony.
- Do not participate in the Temazcal ceremony if you suffer from any of the following: heart conditions, high or low blood pressure, epilepsy, if you are pregnant, or if you have an open wound or intense sunburn.
Dinner in La Marea, wine pairing featuring Mexican wines.
Thursday, 4th October:
Morning – Breakfast at leisure followed by freetime and prior to departures.
Lunch – in the library Lounge for those of us still in the resort.
Afternoon – Airport Transfers/Departures – European contingent will be arriving back into Gatwick on Friday 5th October.