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Located on Mexico’s largest Caribbean island, this all-inclusive resort brings to mind a classic hacienda with its vibrant orange walls, dark woods, floor tiles and lush foliage spilling from brightly patterned planters. The resort’s focus is on creating a sense of seclusion. Its 247 rooms are split between 11 buildings scattered along manicured grounds that are peppered with fountains. Most of the buildings are three-storeys high, and room entrances open onto an octagonal inner courtyard. For a splurge, book a room within The Royal Level—a boutique hotel experience within the resort that features 38 rooms and access to an exclusive restaurant and pool. Stroll along the resort’s boardwalk as it winds its way through mangrove and plantain trees to an oceanside pool. Other resort amenities include a scuba clinic, spa and seven restaurants—including Coral, which serves seafood dishes, and is just steps from the beach making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset dip below the horizon.
Nearby attraction: Just offshore, beneath the turquoise water, lies Palancar Reef, one of the world’s top-five scuba diving destinations.
[This story appears in the December 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine.]
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