Travel: Mexico

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Riviera Maya's all-inclusive resorts lead the way for value, but you can feel cut off from Mexican culture. Choose five-star, family-friendly Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa in the less-tamed east, and Mayan ruins are on your doorstep.

Check in Over 400 cream-coloured, marble-floored rooms are divided between a contemporary Dreams section (best choice) and hacienda style. Unusually, the beach around the hotel is natural and undeveloped, so it's wonderful for strolls, while the two pools are better for swimming.

The atmosphere Guests from the US mean high standards, with food and entertainment catering to their taste. The vibe's relaxed, rather than raucous.

Best perks You're spoiled for entertainment – dance classes for you, a bungee trampoline and a climbing wall for kids or teens. And you'll all love scuba diving in pristine water. At night, themed parties, movies on the beach and live music keep the fun coming.

Dine with dash Six à la carte restaurants – with no reservations required – roam from Pan-Asian and sushi to Mexican and seafood.

Venture out Tulum's "pyramids" are set in seafront rainforest. They're stunning at sunrise. Also nearby is Tulum Pueblo, which has authentic little cafés. The awesome Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are a must – there is a choice of coach trips locally.

How much From £1,099pp for seven nights' all inclusive, including flights and transfers.

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