Mexico, East and West

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Options—Mexico is full of them. From historical adventures to technological trends and back to beach bliss, travelers who pick Mexico have an array of choices, and we’ve found a few resorts that feature those themes exactly.

Take, for instance, the Mexican Immersion program at the Maroma Resort and Spa, an Orient-Express property located in the Riviera Maya. Developed specifically for guests who really want to let the Mexican culture sink in, the program combines traditional foods, spa treatments, history and the Spanish language, so that guests can attempt to get a taste of what Mexico is made of.

Starting with a guided tour of the property, guests will learn of the ancient symbolism and rich history of Mexican culture. They’ll spend an evening at Noches de Cantina restaurant, where they’ll sample traditional and local favorites in food and drink, such as mezcal. All the while, guests can choose to brush up on those high-school Spanish lessons and wear a special bracelet, which signals staff to speak to them only in Spanish throughout the duration of their stay. Finally, before going home, travelers will experience a Mayan Temazcal, a traditional cleansing ritual straight from Mayan culture and known for its healing properties. The spa treatment is performed at dusk and combines historical chants and meditation techniques to achieve deep physical detoxification, mental calm and relaxation.

Room rates at the Maroma Resort and Spa start at $575 dbl and include breakfast. The Mexican Immersion program can be added to any reservation for $240 pp. For more information, visit

In Punta de Mita, meanwhile, watersports fans might find Hotel CINCO appealing. Classifying itself as a surfers’ and paddle-boarders’ dream, the 12-unit boutique Hotel CINCO combines modern rooms, fresh dining and a variety of natural excursions with a front-row spot on El Anclote, one of the regions’ most consistent surf breaks. The combination provides the chance for a sporty, yet lavish vacation, with boats waiting at the coast to transport guests to more challenging breaks, remote beaches, or an out-for-a-day deep-sea fishing trip, your clients will find it easy to explore all that Punta de Mita has to offer.

Back at the resort after a day in the sun, guests can unwind in their CINCO Starfish or CINCO Signature suite. With 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom options ranging from 1,463-sq.-ft. to 2,700-sq.-ft., space won’t be an issue. Top-of-the-line electronics and appliances are in every suite, along with full bathrooms and kitchens to really make your client feel at home. But if cooking isn’t on the itinerary, guests also have their choice of three eateries: the rooftop Local Harvest, casual Barefoot Bar, and award-winning chef Thierry Blouet’s Cafe de Artistes del Mar.

Possibly most exciting for adventure-seekers, though, is the onsite Surf Concierge at the Gerry Lopez AquaCenter. There, clients can get everything they need for lessons, excursions, workshops, or day trips. Further, the AquaCenter can outfit guests for just about any outdoor expedition, with resources available for horseback riding, golf, whale watching, canopy tours, scuba and fishing, just to name a few.

Room rates at Hotel CINCO start at $290. For more information, call (866) 628-2693 or visit

Nearby, the Velas Vallarta Puerto Vallarta will be offering a Mom Blogger Camp from Jan. 5-8. Hosting eight notable bloggers and photographers, and organized by Jennifer Miner, co-creator of the award-winning travel blog, The Vacation Gals, the camp will help bloggers of all levels improve their skill, brand, and business through seminars and topics including “Blogging as Memoir,” “Legal Issues in Blogging,” and “Working with PR and Blog Monetization.” Attendees of the camp will get an all-around lesson on the best tips for turning an unknown forum into a superstar.

The resort itself is an oceanfront property just minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, allowing guests the chance to enjoy the area attractions, activities and landmarks after they’ve finished their studies. With 345 suites, three pools, kids’ club, evening entertainment and activities for adults and children, the resort has all of the amenities necessary for camp-goers and family tag-alongs. Tuition for the camp is $450 sgl or $900 dbl and includes all camp activities, deluxe accomodations in a One Bedroom Suite, taxes and gratuities, and more. For more information, call (866) 847-4609 or visit