December 21 marks the end of the world for some, but the Mayans believe it’s really the start of a new era. To celebrate new beginnings, hotels on the Riviera Maya are hosting celebrations and offering new packages for guests.
“The Riviera Maya will host several cultural events throughout 2012 that celebrate and honor Mayan heritage by linking the past to the present and future,” says Dario Flota Ocampo, general director of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office. “Many of our partners have created special activities, and will be hosting enlightening events and offering authentic cultural experiences surrounding the start of a New Era.”
Maya Calendar Packages at Rosewood Mayakoba
Following the completion of its million-dollar renovation in September, Rosewood Mayakoba is celebrating the new era with events and two new packages: Ultimate New Beginning and Rosewood Rebirth.
The Ultimate New Beginning package is $79,000 per couple and includes accommodations in the Presidential Oceanfront Suite; a private helicopter transport to Chichen Itza (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the ruins of Tulum and Coba; and a one-on-one opportunity with a Mayan Shaman priest for a private purification ceremony. The package is available Dec. 20-24.
The Rosewood Rebirth package starts at $6,400 per couple with accommodations in a Lagoon Studio Suite. Guests will visit Coba and Chichen Itza; listen to a private lecture by a renowned professor on the history of Mexico; and choose between an eco-adventure or cave exploring expedition. The package is available for stays through April 2013.
Both packages include the New Beginning’s Eve party on Dec. 21 at Palapa, which has hosted celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Gwyneth Paltrow.
For more information, visit rosewoodhotels.com.
New Era Spa Experience at The Royal Playa del Carmen
The Royal Playa del Carmen is honoring the belief that the end of the Mayan calendar is actually the beginning of a positive physical and spiritual transformation on Earth by introducing The Royal Mayan Ultimate Spa Ritual—a 4-day spa experience.
The experience at SPAzul includes hydrotherapy; aromatherapy; Maya spa foot, facial, detox and massage rituals; and a honey and music therapy treatment.
In addition to the spa experience, guests receive a Mayan welcome cocktail and commemorative jute bag with their personalized Mayan KIN, or interpretation of their energy, printed on an Amate scroll; a ceremonial stone; and an aromatherapy candle.
The spa experience can be added on to any 4-night or longer stay for an additional $599 pp through Dec. 22. Rooms range from $297 per night dbl. For more information, visit realresorts.com and use promotional code MSP4.
Promotion at Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen
If the world doesn’t end on Dec. 21, Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen—which has properties that include El Taj, Porto Playa, Maya Villa and Villas Sacbe—will give guests with a minimum 3-night stay that includes Dec. 21 that night free with its Doomsday Promotion.
Rates range from $195 per night at Villas Sacbe; $390 per night at El Taj; and $335 per night at Porto Playa.
For more information, visit condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com.