This morning you’ll return to the mainland and head back to Cancun. Located at the gateway of the Riviera Maya, the NIZUC Resort & Spa
occupies one of the most beautiful beaches facing the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. The resort has 274 luxurious suites and private villas throughout its 29-acre property. Guests can enjoy the resort's many pools, six restaurants, private jetty, and 30,000-square-foot spa.
Another recommended option is the 363-room Ritz-Carlton Cancun
—open for over 20 years, it still sets the standard for newer properties. The guest rooms were refurbished in 2014, giving them a lighter, contemporary look, while the resort’s restaurants and bars are destinations even for those not staying at the hotel.
After getting settled in your room, put on your swimsuit and meet your guide for an excursion to one of the area’s unique attractions. At MUSA
, the Museo Subaquatico de Arte (or Underwater Museum of Art), snorkelers and divers can explore 500 underwater sculptures, all made from materials that encourage the growth of coral. The surprising attraction is more than an interesting art installation, it’s also helping promote the health of the reef.
End your vacation on the right note with a Mayan-inspired treatment at your resort’s spa. Both hotels look to local healing practices for inspiration. At NIZUC, cacao oil is used in the 2-hour Mayan Cacao massage while the NIZUC Renewal treatment incorporates herbs and spices found in the Yucatan, sea salts, and heated gemstones. The Mayan Collection of four different treatments at the Ritz-Carlton incorporates local products like copal incense as well as cleansing rituals derived from Mayan practices.
Follow your treatment with dinner at your resort, enjoying a meal of Yucatecan dishes like salbutes
(a deep-fried tortilla with toppings) and pibil
(meat or fish wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked with a variety of chiles and spices).