Posh, Adults-Only Resort on Riviera Maya
Though the Adonis Tulum Riviera Maya Gay Resort & Spa is primarily geared toward the LGBT community, the posh property bills itself as "straight-friendly." The only thing you, as a guest, have to be is 18 or older. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the resort offers a range of distinctly grown-up indulgences, including four hot tubs, an onsite spa, and a discreet, clothing-optional area.
The decor is a blend of Mediterranean and traditional Mayan influences. Grecian columns and thatched roofs surround the hot tubs and a separate infinity pool, where water cascades down a stepped wall and seems to reach all the way to the ocean. All-inclusive privileges grant access to a slew of onsite restaurants. El Nopal serves upscale Mexican cuisine in a dining room adorned with vibrant folk tapestries, and Asian fare is prepared at Kamasutra, where a wall of windows overlooks the pool.
You can enjoy drinks after dark at one of the resort's swanky lounges. At Spirit Night Club, soft lavender lights illuminate mod barstools as servers sling inventive cocktails and DJs spin dance tunes into the wee hours. At the end of the day, retire to your luxurious Partenon suite to cool off with a rainfall shower or unwind in the in-room jacuzzi. The resort also has a spa where you can get pampered with an organic body treatment or a couples massage.
Riviera Maya: Rich with History and Tropical Calm
Just south of Playa del Carmen, the ancient Mayan seaport of Tulum overlooks the Caribbean from white beaches and rocky bluffs. The inhabitants of Tulum—which means "walled" in Mayan—first erected the city's outer fortress to protect themselves from belligerent tribes. Today, visitors can traipse from the beach to the city's ancient ruins, which include temples and a cliff-side castle.
A scenic drive brings you to the Yucatán Peninsula's legendary limestone cenotes, freshwater sinkholes created by an underground river system. At the Cenote Cristalino, intrepid visitors jump from terraced outcroppings into the exposed pool or go snorkeling in the underwater caves. At this popular weekend hangout, you can watch locals expertly flip, dive, and synchronized cannonball into the clear water.
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