by The Independent, April 7, 2017
If you like your adventurous escape served with a side helping of luxury, the newly revamped Occidental at Xcaret Destination on the Mexican Mayan Riviera is your dream location for 2017.
This beautiful resort occupies a serene location in a white-sand private cove beach, but is also perfectly positioned next to Mexico’s legendary ecopark, Xcaret Park, which is just a short, direct boat trip away. Alternatively, Xcaret Park is a five-minute walk away via the private entrances between the hotel and the park.
This makes it the ideal choice for travellers searching for a combination of lush green surroundings, exotic wildlife, Mayan culture, tempting international cuisine and adventurous activities, along with indulgent all-inclusive luxuries.
Already a favourite with in-the-know travellers, active families and intrepid groups and families, the resort’s iconic status was secured when it was selected as Mel B’s judge’s house on X Factor in 2014.
Where else could you expect to encounter A-list celebrities alongside iguanas, monkeys and exotic birds?
The jungle setting is what keeps guests returning time and time again, although Occidental at Xcaret Destination has just undergone a ravishing yet sensitive revamp, with added initiatives to ensure you have a stress-free, great value holiday you’ll always remember.
Plus, add the Unlimited Xcaret Xperience to your booking to gain unlimited access to Xcaret Park, along with resort credit for use in the parks and hotel throughout your stay.
If you prefer a more boutique vibe, opt for Royal Club membership and enjoy access to an exclusive restaurant - along with the resort’s other 10 international eateries spanning everything from a steakhouse and seafood to gourmet Mexican - as well as lodging in the more secluded and intimate hotel-within-a-hotel.
And lovers, take note: there are free wedding packages available, offering the stunning Mayan ruins as an evocative backdrop to your dream celebration.
With five beautifully landscaped swimming pools, tennis courts and a thrilling roster of activities, Occidental at Xcaret Destination is the only choice for a break that delivers unforgettable experiences and rich local culture with zero stress.
A supervised kids’ club keeps children aged 4-12 entertained while adults sink into the sumptuous surroundings of the spa, workout in the innovative fitness centre or relax in the solarium.
With cultural experiences and eco-hikes on offer along with world-class, deep-sea fishing and bucket-list scuba dive locations, Occidental at Xcaret Destination is for families who want to meet the real Mexico.
British Airways flies direct to Cancun from London Gatwick three times per week. To find out more and to book your next holiday, visit ba.com/occidental or call 0344 493 0120