If Robinson Crusoe won the lottery, he’d head straight to The Viceroy. From the minute you arrive at this serene, all-private-villa resort, nestled in a lush jungle tangle of ferns, palm trees and waterfalls, facing a shell-strewn, white-sand beach along the Riviera Maya, you know you’re in for an unforgettable experience. Particularly, after a unique welcome by The Viceroy’s resident shaman who encircles you with burning local copal incense to rid you of all cares. This is followed by a one-on-one with the Soap Concierge, who brings you a variety of healing, organic, seasonal soaps made by a local Mayan community.
All 41 secluded villas feature a private terrace complete with an uber-comfy, handmade hammock, a good-sized, heated plunge pool (swimsuits optional) alfresco moon shower, high-ceiling thatched-palapa roof, 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, a pillow menu, and a hand-carved stone dining table. Further amenities include: A/C units, Nespresso coffee maker, purified water, Bose radio with iPod dock, HDTV and DVD player, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Mayordomo (personal butler) service.
Chef Jetzabel Rojas amazes with her modern, international interpretations of classic Mayan cuisine, using only the finest local ingredients.
“When you give time-honored traditions new life through innovation,” said Chef Jetzabel, “the palate is simultaneously satisfied with the familiar and tantalized by the exotic.”
You can choose to dine at either of the open-air restaurants, the casual Coral Grill or the more sophisticated La Marea. You’ll also want to take advantage of their special themed dinners, such as the Thursday Chef’s Table, a gourmet, seven-course menu paired with Mexican wines, the lively Tuesday antojería, where you’ll chow down on Mexican street food.
Classic massages and facials are available at the holistic Wayak (The Dreamer) Spa, but they also offer many traditional Mayan treatments ranging from Hunan Kab, a Sweet Honey (using healing honey from rare stingless bees harvest by the shaman) and Rain massage to an authentic, purifying Temazcal sweat lodge experience.
While The Viceroy, Riviera Maya consistently scores top ratings as a romantic getaway, it also makes the perfect choice for an indulgent, all-about-me, solo retreat.
You’ll leave completely relaxed and restored, most likely with a return trip already booked.
* All photos courtesy of The Viceroy, Riviera Maya