Want all-inclusive accommodations?
The Barcelo Maya Beach Resort is an all-inclusive resort complex comprising a natural park and five hotels: Barcelo Maya Beach, Barcelo Maya Caribe Beach, Barcelo Maya Colonial Beach, Barcelo Maya Tropical Beach and Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe. With all hotels in the resort built or refurbished in 2005 or later, the complex includes 2,741 guest rooms, over 55,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 43 restaurants and bars, three theaters, a chapel and a 24-hour medical center. Also on-site is the Barcelo Maya Convention Center, which has space for up to 1,400 guests. Amenities include A/V equipment and services, catering, administrative support and more. AMResorts offers five hotels/resorts, more than 1,000 guest rooms and tantalizing meeting incentives.
Want green meetings?
The AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Mayakoba is a member of the World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (WHA), an organization that promotes conservation, sustainable tourism, and economic development for communities located in and around UNESCO World Heritage sites. Through the resort’s “green partnership,” planners can incorporate sustainable menus, recycling initiatives, ecotourism options and more into their programs. In addition to the resort’s 401 rooms, which are located throughout the property in two-story casitas (some with oceanfront views) and traditional low-rise buildings, there is 40,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space. Other amenities include several Mexican and international restaurants, a 20-room spa, an 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, five swimming pools, and private beach access with views of Cancun and Cozumel. Groups staying at the resort also have access to an on-site DMC, resort-based transportation such as golf carts and lanchas (boats), BMW bicycles and a fleet of luxury automobiles.
Want to go where the locals go?
In the heart of downtown Playa Del Carmen, Fifth Avenue is a bustling, red brick-paved pedestrian street packed with several stores, including the high-end department store Liverpool, souvenir shops, street vendors and open air restaurants. It makes for a fun day trip, but the street really comes alive at night. Mexico is considered the birthplace of real chocolate, so it only makes sense to incorporate it into your event. Ah Cacao Real Chocolate is a café that specializes in artisan-made premium cacao and chocolate products. The TripAdvisor Popularity Index ranked it as the second-most popular (out of 286) restaurant in the Riviera Maya.
Want to shake up a meal function?
Ajua Maya Restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. With its live Latin jazz, bohemian gardens and palapa dining, this five-star restaurant specializes in seafood, steak, authentic Mayan and Mexican cuisine and 19th century French-influenced Mestizo fare served by dancing waiters.
Want to get acquainted with the area?
Go on a tour led by a native guide. Your group will likely learn more about the Mayan culture during a two-hour tour than they will their entire stay. Riviera Maya has many nature theme parks that make for informative and exciting day trips. Ask your DMC for suggestions, or visit websites such as travelyucatan.com or locogringo.com.
Want adventurous group outings?
Take the 45-minute ferry ride to Cozumel, a popular diving and snorkeling destination, where groups can explore the jungle on ATVs, ride horses and Segways along the beach or swim with the dolphins, and more. All Tour Native is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that connects tourists to the region’s indigenous Mayan communities via exhilarating day tours. Their Jungle Maya Expedition, which includes zip lining, mountain biking, snorkeling and cavern swimming, is an exciting way to include sustainable tourism in your event agenda. Trekking through ancient Mayan ruins are also popular group activities, as there are numerous sites to explore in the area. Chichen Itza is among Mexico’s most famous ruins and is home to El Castillo, also known as the Pyramid of Kukulkan. Other nearby ruins include Chacchoben, Chac Mool, Coba, Mayapan, Kohunlich, Dzibanche and Oxtankah.