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.