Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico

On an idyllic stretch of the Yucatán coastline south of Cancún and set in 36 acres of jungle, mangrove reserves and natural lagoons, this super-cool hideaway feels private and exclusive (which might explain why Leonardo DiCaprio and Sir Paul McCartney are fans).

The 128 luxe villas are minimally decorated, each with a secluded garden bathroom. Enjoy the special Mayan Tzolkin Ritual at the dreamy spa, explore the second largest barrier reef in the world, or head to the Mayan ruins close by in Tulum, Chichén Itzá and Cobá.

Come evening, have dinner at Aguamarina, the casual beachfront restaurant serving delicious seafood, and, of course, tequilas. For something more formal, try Ambar with its Mexican-Asian fusion menu. Just make sure you leave room for the Chocolate Five Ways dessert.

Wow factor: Book one of the five beachfront casitas, so you can wake up to views of the Caribbean.

Flight time: From 14 hours to Cancún.

Go: Elegant Resorts (01244 897538; elegantresorts.co.uk) offers seven nights B&B in a Deluxe Cenote room from £1,685 per person, including British Airways flights and transfers.

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