IF YOU HAVE designs on living out a Swiss Family Robinson adventure during your next vacation, look no further than this rustic, family-owned hideaway. The private jungle retreat, located a short distance from the tourist playground of Playa del Carmen, is rented to private groups on a weekly basis, giving you and your crew the run of a 10-acre property and five buildings. Each screened palapa-style accommodation can hold at least four people, though there’s only one bathroom—with a composting toilet, though there is running water—for the entire clan. Typical groups range up to 35 people, often coming to celebrate a social milestone like an anniversary, birthday or wedding.
The property’s highlight is the cenote, an underground cave filled with freshwater—perfect for a surreal swim. The property also boasts a pool, hot tub, sports courts, game room, mountain bikes and a children’s play area to wile away the time. Sailing, fishing, snorkeling, diving and ATV excursions can also be arranged, and the closest beach is a bit more than six kilometres away.
During the week you’ll be looked after by a friendly staff of 10 Mayan men (all from the same small village) and distracted by the property’s menagerie of pets and natural wildlife.
A standard rental package covers accommodations, three meals daily and airport transfers for 10 people, all for about US$225 per person, per night. Taninah is so secluded, there’s no phone number or physical address—you must reserve online.
RATES: US$13,650 per week for 10 people; $98 per night for additional people; free for children under six.
Mount Haleakala Wedding
Proclain your love at 10,023 feet – the world’s highest place to legally wed – atop Mount Haleakala on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Standing at the summit, you’ll be awed by the rainbow of colours playing off a sunken valley that’s 3,000 feet deep, 12 kilometres long and four kilometres wide. For a little extra, hire a traditionally attired conch shell blower and chanter to announce the bride.
The cost starts at US$2,000.