Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula

Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula

By:Brittany Anas
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Renowned for its palm tree-studded beaches, where ombre blue waves lap the powder-soft sand, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula boasts a wealth of outdoor meeting and event spaces. Set along the Caribbean coast, the Yucatan's luxury beachfront resorts feature top-notch hospitality and delicious regional cuisine. These properties also welcome meetings and conference attendees with plenty of opportunities to unwind, whether they choose to soak up the sun along the beach or under a pool umbrella in Cancún, explore the mysteries and treasures of Mayan ruins in Tulum, or snorkel in Cozumel's famed crystal-clear waters.

Why the Yucatán Peninsula?

  • Year-round sunny, hot weather plus plenty of outdoor meeting spaces. Average daily temperatures in this tropical climate range from 81° - 91°F .
  • Not only do most major U.S. cities have direct routes to Cancún International Airport, many flights are just 2 to 3 hours in duration, making the region an easy-to-access international destination. It's also in the Eastern Standard Time zone, making it an easy transition for MidWest or East Coast attendees' body clocks.
  • During downtime, meeting guests can relax on sandy white beaches, explore Mayan ruins or take a plunge in mythical cenotes.

 

What's new along the Yucatán Peninsula?

  • Cancún International Airport's Terminal 4, which accommodates international flights, first made its debut in 2017. Over the past few years, the terminal has been ramping up the number of travelers it can accommodate.
  • Smaller than Cancún's airport, direct flights are available from select cities to Cozumel International Airport. A new direct United Airlines route was added from Los Angeles to Cozumel.
  • Two new ALHI hotels near Tulum have direct access to Tulkal Convention Center, a state-of-the-art meeting space, which at 51,000 square feet, can accommodate up to 3,000 guests and boasts a spacious outdoor terrace.
  • Wing diving, an emerging sport in Mexico's Caribbean, is an enticing excursion for intrepid travelers. A speedboat, which can also run at slow speeds, pulls you through the water while you hold onto a flexible board underwater that you can maneouver to pop up as often as you like, making pirouettes like a dolphin.

See


Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins

The Mayan culture is known for its spectacular art, impressive architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems. Among the many attractions that make the Mexican Caribbean unique is the access to this fascinating culture through the majestic archeological sites, ruins and vestiges that can be explored throughout the region.

Isla Mujeres

Just 4 miles northeast of Cancún, this magical town exudes a romantic and relaxed atmosphere. There's plenty to see on this tranquil island, including a lighthouse, sea turtle sanctuary and the remains of a Mayan temple. Attendees can also enjoy water activities, including diving, snorkeling, boat riding, kayaking, sport fishing and swimming with whale sharks.

Cenotes

Cenotes, Underground Caves and Rivers

Throughout the Mexican Caribbean are hundreds of cenotes, which are natural, deep-water wells filled by rain and the currents from underground rivers. Witnessing the cenotes, many of which are swimmable, is an extension of exploring the Mayan ruins. These watering holes were sacred places, as the Maya believed they were portals to the underworld (Xibalbá), where their gods and spirits reside. Stalagmite and stalactite formations can be found in these natural caverns, and divers have found relics of Mayan life in these watering holes

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Do


Snorkling

Catamaran for snorkeling to Isla Mujeres

Luxury catamarans set sail to Isla Mujeres, where, in summer months, visitors may witness pods of migrating whale sharks. During this day trip, attendees can plunge into the warm waters to go snorkeling. They will also have time to explore the postcard-perfect island, sample the food, shop at local stores, and sunbathe on the sandy shores. The excursion comes with a gourmet lunch and open bar.

Cobá and Sea Turtles Tour

After spending some time on the beach, attendees can switch up their perspective. During this getaway, they can escape to the lush jungle of the Yucatán Peninsula, home to Cobá, an ancient Mayan city once inhabited by roughly 50,000. Archaeologists believe there to be 6,500 structures shrouded by the thick jungle, though only a sliver of the site has been excavated. During another stop, visitors will get to see the coastal community of Akumal, which translates to "place of the turtles." Thanks to the warm waters, many sea turtles call the area home.

Rios Secreto

Hike and swim through an ethereal underground cave studded with dramatic mineral formations like stalactites and stalagmites. Group river tours are available.

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Eat


yucatan food

The Traveler's Dinner Table Experience

During this five-course gastronomic experience, guests will be treated to tastes from Spain, Africa and the Middle East. Courses are paired with wines, mezcal and tequilas. The dinner experience showcases flavors and techniques from the Mayan empire to present day.

Porfirio's Restaurant

With a knack for taking traditional Mexican dishes and reinventing them with bold flavors, Porfiro's is a dining destination. The restaurant also has a deep selection of tequilas and mezcals and tequiliers (think: sommeliers, but for tequila) on hand to make pairing suggestions. 

Xoximilco: A Mexican Floating Party

For a memorable dining experience, this Mexican floating party combines music, food and history. Groups can climb aboard a trajinera (a wooden boat) and cruise through canals where they will be greeted by ensembles playing mariachi, bolero trio, jarocho quartet and marimba.

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Stay / Meet


Throughout the Yucatán Peninsula, ALHI has a diverse portfolio of luxury resorts. From a collection of beachfront hotels in Cancun, to an all-inclusive resort in Cozumel, to a pair of hotels near Tulum that have easy access to a state-of-the-art convention center, these hotels are consummate hosts for meetings. The sunshine, pools and global cuisine are all a nice bonus.

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All Inclusive

A sought-after luxury all-inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa is a 507-room beachfront hotel that's well-equipped to handle large groups. The Cancún resort has 20,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas perfect for group dinners or banquets. Fiesta Americana Condesa can also arrange teambuilding activities for groups. With daybeds on the beach and spacious pools, business travelers can enjoy some R&R, too.

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

All of the suites at this resort come with Caribbean views and cosmopolitan restaurants serve everything from authentic Mexican dishes to French Medittereanean cuisine. An award-winning meetings and special events team at Grand Fiesta American Coral Beach can help organize gatherings for groups that range from 10 to 1,700. The spacious resort has more than 80,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including spaces for al fresco-style events and a lavish 15,351-square-foot ballroom. Set aside some time for a trip to the Gem Spa, which features a hydrotherapy circuit.

LIVE Aqua Cancun

LIVE Aqua Cancún

A gem along the Caribbean coast of Mexico, LIVE Aqua Mexico's unique spaces are designed with meetings and large events in mind. The beachfront resort has 20,588 square feet of event space that includes 17 meeting rooms and a spacious exhibition center. After meetings, attendees can retreat to recently refurbished rooms that have thoughtful amenities, such as an aromatherapy menu, or hit the fitness center, which has Kinesis equipment. The Harmony Spa offers globally inspired treatments.

Fiesta Americana Cozumel

Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive

The 158-room Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive has spacious guest rooms and suites that come with large balconies with views of either the ocean or the jungle. Seaside pools, a private beach great for snorkeling and a spa provide the relaxation. The all-inclusive hotel, which is close to Cozumel International airport, is equipped with 2,107 square feet of meeting space, including a conference room with spectacular views.

Fiesta Americana Tulkal Riviera Maya

Fiesta Americana Tulkal Riviera Maya

Near Tulum, the Fiesta Americana Tulkal Riviera Maya is surrounded by tropical forest and Mexico's Caribbean coast. A prime amenity at this new meetings hotel is direct access to the state-of-the-art Tulkal Convention Center, which includes a spacious terrace and 400-seat theater. At 50,375 square feet, the convention center can accommodate up to 3,000 guests. The hotel has a separate lobby that's designed for group travelers. The property's 735 rooms and suites are serene spaces to recharge between meetings. The all-inclusive has 13 restaurants and bars so guests can take a culinary journey, enjoying some of Mexico's best fare as well as dishes from around the world. Other amenities include a water park and spa.

Live Aqua Beach Resort Tulkal Riviera Maya

Live Aqua Beach Resort Tulkal Riviera Maya

Open-air lobbies and an artistic design at Live Aqua Beach Resort Tulkal Riviera Maya, a 349-room hotel, caters to the most discerning business travelers. The Live Aqua Beach Resort Tulkal Riviera Maya has direct access to the state-of-the-art Tulkal Convention Center, which spans roughly 51,000 square feet with room for up to 3,000 guests. The resort has nine specialty restaurants and bars.

 

Editor's note as of 5/28/21: At the moment, you don't need a negative COVID-19 test to enter Mexico. But you will need one to return to the U.S., and many resorts in Mexico are offering on-site testing as a courtesy to guests.

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