05302007: What’s New in Cancun & the Riviera Maya?

After the devastating Hurricane Wilma, Cancun has come back and in a big way. Rather than simply repair, however, Cancun saw this obstacle as an opportunity, a time to rebuild and improve. The result is a product that will hold new appeal to lovers. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest hotels of special interest to romantic travelers:

JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa reopened in September following extensive renovations after Hurricane Wilma. The 448-room resort is home to a a 35,000-square-foot Mayan-inspired spa. Next door, the 452-room CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort has also reopened.

• The 220-room Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa reopened in November following an extensive renovation. The resort offers a 6,500-square-foot spa, a new golf putting green, and more.

The Élan Resort & Spa – Cancun opened in March; the luxury all-inclusive is designed to resemble a 17th century Mexican village The resort offers 95 rooms and 51 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, six restaurants, spa, and even a Temazcal authentic Mayan sauna.

The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya is scheduled to open this fall. The 128-villa property will be set on 36 acres of tropical jungle and beach. Couples can’t miss the extensive spa.

Sun Palace has been renovated and reopened in January as Cancun’s first couples-only resort. The 252-room property features dreamy rooms with double Jacuzzis, fully stocked, in-room liquor dispenser and mini-bar, a flat screen LCD TV, 24-hour room service, and more.

• The 601-room Cancun Palace reopened in February following post-hurricane renovations.

• Palace Resorts plans to open the newly constructed Beach Palace in this summer; it will replace the old property razed following Hurricane Wilma. The new resort offers 287 guest rooms including 24 two-bedroom suites.

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