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An attentive blend of modernity and local feel, Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya is a gorgeous getaway made all the more impressive thanks to a $1.6 million renovation that was unveiled in September.

Modernist whitewashed buildings populate the resort. The 128 spacious suites—indoor and outdoor sizes begin at, respectively, 788 and 1,016 square feet—feature indigenous limestone and include private plunge pools, rooftop terraces and boat docks. Guests are transported to their suite upon arrival by a private boat.

Staying on-site offers access to El Camaleón—the signature Greg Norman–designed, 7,000-yard, 18-hole golf course—and Sense, A Rosewood Spa, which resides on its own island. (The treatment menu is long and varied, from facials and massage to body therapies and “Sense Journeys” that utilize a variety of natural elements.) But venturing out presents a nearly endless array of activities. Snorkel and scuba dive at the world’s second-largest reef or in cenotes rising out of underground rivers. Organized day trips journey to Mayan ruins in Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza and the archaeological site Xcaret. So getting a historical handle on the area is as easy as relaxing at the spa. Rooms, from $475; Ctra. Fed. Cancun-Playa del Carmen km. 298; 52-984/875-8000;


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