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Playa del Carmen, Mexico (July 27, 2009)—The Rosewood Mayakobá ( in Mexico’s Riviera Maya was ranked one of the best hotels worldwide and the top resort in Mexico in Travel+Leisure magazine’s recently-published World’s Best 2009 Awards.


The magazine’s 14th annual readers’ poll placed the Rosewood Mayakobá 18th internationally and first in the Resorts in Mexico category.


Three Riviera Maya properties made Travel+Leisure’s Top 15 Resorts in Mexico list in addition to the Rosewood Mayakobá: the Maroma Resort & Spa (11th, and the Royal Hideaway Playacar (15th,


Riviera Maya properties to make Travel+Leisure’s T&L 500: World’s Best Hotels include the Fairmont Mayakobá ( and The Tides Riviera Maya ( in addition to the hotels mentioned above.


“Mexico’s Riviera Maya has long been one of the world’s top luxury vacation destinations, as prestigious recognitions such as the Travel+Leisure World’s Best 2009 Awards clearly demonstrate,” said Javier Aranda, director of the Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office.


Aranda explained that Mexico’s Riviera Maya has received many recent travel recognitions, including Top Destination in Mexico (Travel Weekly magazine, 2004 to 2008), The Crystal Apple Award for Best Destination (Apple Vacations, 2008), One of the Hottest Beach Destinations (Orbitz International, 2008), WAVE Award for Sexiest Beach Destination (TravelAge West magazine, 2007 and 2008) and Most Sexy Beach Destination (Recommend magazine, 2008).


Some other Riviera Maya properties receiving recent recognitions include:


According to Aranda, luxury hotels new to the Riviera Maya include Azul Sensatori by Karisma (, Banyan Tree Mayakobá Hotel & Spa Resort (, Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa ( and the Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya (


Upscale properties slated to open in the near future in the Riviera Maya include the Azul Fives Hotel ( by Karisma, Capella Bahia Maroma Riviera Maya (, the Grand Coral Riviera Maya ( and the Kanai (, Aranda added.



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About the Riviera Maya

Easily accessible from many cities throughout the U.S., the eighty-one mile stretch known as the Riviera Maya is situated in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico on the Caribbean side of the country’s Yucatan Peninsula. Beginning in Puerto Morelos, eleven miles south of Cancun International Airport, the Riviera Maya extends to Tulum, one of the most important archeological sites in the Mayan World. The region features uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers and wells, pre-Hispanic ruins, ecoparks, golf courses, spas, shopping, gourmet dining and a range of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget. The Riviera Maya has received many travel recognitions, among them Top Destination in Mexico for five consecutive years by Travel Weekly (2004 to 2008), the Crystal Apple Award for Best Destination of 2008 and One of the Hottest Beach Destinations by Orbitz in 2008. For more information on the Riviera Maya, visit

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