By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’ve been down to Mexico for several trips but want to try something new on our next visit. Are there any new hotels you could point out to us?

A: Sure thing. Mexico is encountering a massive surge of new hotels. It’s hard to keep up with the openings at times. For some of the latest hotel launches, you might like to consider checking out the following properties around the Mayan Riviera. Ana Mari Irabien from the Riviera Maya Tourism Office gives us the menu.

Set on 36 secluded acres along the Yucatan peninsula’s legendary coastline, The Mandarin Oriental which opened last month has ample amenities. Watch for 7 restaurants and bars, 3 swimming pools, Kid’s Club for kids from 4-8 years and a Mayan-inspired spa. For more information on the Mandarin Oriental visit

Located in Playa del Carmen, the luxury resort Rosewood Mayakoba which opened in late 2007 has 128 ultra-luxury suites and offers a signature restaurant, beach grill bar, specialty bars and spa café, including swimming at the beachfront pools and an Island Spa. For more information on Rosewood Mayakoba visit

Meanwhile Barcelo Hotels & Resorts recently opened another all-inclusive. The Maya Colonial situated 25 km south of Playa del Carmen is designed by Spanish architect Jaime Torrens. The luxury property has a gym, pool, Jacuzzi and a spa influenced by the Mayan philosophy. Visit

Lastly, watch out for two new hotels from Princess Hotels and Resorts: Grand Riviera Princess and Grand Sunset Princess. These properties are in Punta Bete, about 3.5 kms from Playa del Carmen, along El Paseo de los Dioses Avenue, which leads directly to the beach. Each hotel has 674 rooms including a couple of luxury suites. Both hotels are surrounded by swimming pools, lush vegetation and exquisite theme restaurants and bars.

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