The Viceroy Riviera Maya, erstwhile called the Tides Riviera Maya, was reopened earlier this month after a bit of renovation and addition. The six-acre property now features 41 villas, 11 of which were added recently. Two of the new villas are beachfront, which offers unhindered views of the Yucatan Peninsula’s Caribbean beach and waters; the rest of them are either ocean-view or jungle-view villas surrounded by ferns, palms, guava trees and spider monkeys.
The villas feature private patios, plunge pools, and outdoor showers. Starting at $605 per night, all of the villas have these amenities, plus newly built facilities that include a fitness centre and a casual seaside restaurant which serves Mexican-Mediterranean cuisine. Additionally, with the new services, the resort still upholds its private pier, which is used for couples’ massages, holding private dinners, and used as a pick-up for water related excursions; and the Mayan-Inspired spa, which features ancient healing techniques. The traditional Mayan blessing carried out by the on-staff shaman upon guests’ arrival is a highlight.