Fall Specials and Festivals Entice Travelers to Mayan Riviera

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico /PRNewswire/ — As the U.S. economy shows healthy signs of recovery, and travelers think about heading south for the winter, Mayan Riviera hotels and eateries are offering specials to entice vacationers to experience upcoming music and eco festivals.

“November and December are great months to visit as the rains pretty much have stopped,” said Russell Granger, manager of beachfront villa Casa de las Olas, Hotel Cielo and Restaurant Carboncitos. “Our warm days, cool nights and smaller crowds make the pre-Christmas season the perfect time to enjoy festivals, beaches and Mayan ruins.”

On Nov. 25-28, the free Riviera Maya Jazz Festival, will offer scorching tunes under evening skies. The festival features headliners Herbie Hancock, Sergio Mendes, Spyro Gyra, Al Jarreau and nearly a dozen other acclaimed performers. For more information, go to www.rivieramayajazzfestival.com/new.

On Dec. 5, earth-conscious travelers will want to partake in the THINK GREEN 2nd Annual Eco Expo in Playa del Carmen. It will be comprised of an Eco-Expo, and a health and wellness center. Go to thinkgreenecoexpo.com for updated information.

To make vacationing in the Mayan Riviera even more affordable, two Mayan Riviera properties are offering two-for-one lodging specials until Dec. 17, 2009.
Casa de las Olas in Tulum, and Hotel Cielo in Playa del Carmen, are offering a free night for each one purchased. The specials are to help celebrate the Cielo Group’s acquisition of the Tulum property.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to enjoy elegant lodging at half the price,” Granger said. Casa de las Olas (http://www.casadelasolas.com/) is a secluded, five-suite villa perfect for those seeking a little time and space away from life’s commitments. This luxurious beachfront property is at the gateway to the vast Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a world-renowned, 1.3 million-acre, nature preserve. Click on http://cesiak.org/.

“Tulum is more than a sunny getaway: it has Mayan ruins, swimmable, fresh-water springs and stunning ecotourism,” Granger said. “The area has an international reputation as a center for yoga, meditation and massage.”

Hotel Cielo (http://www.hotelcielo.com/) is a boutique-style property in the original “Playa” with 18 rooms influenced by traditional Mexican decor. It offers air conditioning, free wireless Internet, beach club discounts and more. Guests also enjoy complimentary breakfast in the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, Carboncitos.