CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort

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A room with a view, that view, is almost de rigueur in Cancun. That turquoise tint of its ocean is a crucial part of a vacation there, so necessary to begin and end your days with a bang. If you stare out there long enough, you might spot the Mayan gods dumping thousands of gallons of rich-blue food dye into the sea in the middle of the night.

No, not really. But the view of that outstanding ocean and its immediate access to it is a big part of the great getaway experience at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. Add to that those classic and always-comfy Marriott rooms and suites—each with its own balcony in this case—plus top dining and entertainment choices and you’ve found a superior alternative for a Cancun escape.

vacation station How does the CasaMagna stand out in resort-heavy Cancun? By focusing on the traditional, no-nonsense conveniences and amenities that seem to get lost these days in an increasingly gimmicky hotel landscape. It’s the filet mignon in a growing menu of trying-too-hard dishes that leave you hungry—and most importantly, it is comfortable in its Cancun skin and welcoming of its surroundings. After all, “CasaMagna Marriott Cancun was designed to capture the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean,” says Chris Calabrese, general manager and v.p. of CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa.

The property’s location and can-do assistance for travelers makes the resort an obvious choice for clients wanting to discover the attractions of the Mexican Caribbean. For instance, they’ll happily arrange an excursion to Cancun’s new Underwater Museum of Art. Also known as MUSA, the museum now holds 400 permanent sculptures in the shallow and crystal-clear waters of the west coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc. It’s easy to spend a few hours snorkeling over these life-size pieces created by Jason de Caires Taylor, many of which were modeled after members of the Cancun community, and lose yourself in a peaceful encounter with these silent statues, who sit and welcome coral growth and other natural flora as fishy neighbors swim about. Not-so-strong swimmers can float about with the help of sturdy life jackets or else admire them on glass-bottomed boats. Aquaworld can take clients on the AquaTwister, billed as the fastest boat in Cancun, but those with young children can choose to explore Punta Nizuc on Aquaworld’s Sub See Explorer for a submarine-like experience in air-conditioned comfort.

Being that Cancun is the gateway to the Riviera Maya, the CasaMagna can also arrange visits to a ton of attractions outside of the city, including the Mayan wonders of Tulum, whose beach-and-ruins setting make it a “must” stop for travelers. Clients who’ve yet to spend a full day in Xcaret also need to pencil it in on their next visit because it provides such a wide set of fun, close-to-nature choices: cruising or swimming along underground rivers, admiring the jaguars and pumas in Jaguar Island, visiting the Butterfly Pavilion or just enjoying Xcaret’s placid beach, among so many other options. For an added fee, they can swim with dolphins, snuba or enjoy a beautiful nighttime show of some of Mexico’s cultural legacies—even the Mayan ball game, a cross between basketball and soccer, played in real time amid a cheering crowd.

a class act It can be all fun and games in the Mexican Caribbean, but being able to go “home” to the CasaMagna at the end of the day is such a sweet perk. The resort, says Calabrese, is constantly evolving. “To begin, we implement a very strong maintenance program, which involves frequent updates and renovations to our facilities, from common areas such as the lobby, to our guestrooms,” he explains. “Additionally, we consistently introduce new guest offerings and improve upon existing ones, from more comfortable bedding and faster Internet connectivity to revamped menus in our restaurants. This constant evolution is imperative not only to keep our property competitive, but also to honor the privilege of being selected year after year by our most loyal guests. CasaMagna Marriott Cancun has a very high percentage of repetitive guests—in fact, we have seen many of our regular families grow up through the years!”