It was pitch black on the river. Streetlights glimmered on the bank ahead of us, reflecting in the still water of the Nam Khan river, as we made our way steadily across, accompanied only by the sound of our little wooden boat’s motor.
It was a clever move by Mara Bushtops to build their luxury retreat next to a salt lick. The little area of life-sustaining water and salt at the heart of the 15,000-acre Isaaten conservancy is visited during the day by giraffes, zebras, impala, kudu, warthogs and more, meaning animals are never far away during a stay.
The fresh blue waters of the Caribbean change their color depending on how the sun strikes them. Similarly, the beaches and jungle along the coast around Playa del Carmen can also change dramatically depending on how and where you experience them, whether from a crowded concrete hotel in the city center or a secluded tranquil getaway.
“Away from it all” has been taken to another level in Mexico’s famed Yucatan Peninsula. Located 30 minutes from the colorful and cultural state capital, Mérida, and the city's international airport, Chablé Resort and Spa is one of the country’s most talked about new luxury resorts.
Little turtles are falling over each other inside a wooden bucket. They’re just an hour old. It’s the first thing we see as we walk through the grounds of Casa de las Olas, a small, 7-suite getaway on the edge of Si’an Kaan Biosphere Reserve in Tulum, situated in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.