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Located on the site of a former Mexican presidential retreat, the 29-acre luxury resort—which officially debuted in September 2013—nestles along a secluded stretch of coastline just 20 minutes south of Cancún. But why go into town? Nizuc’s six restaurants serve up an international sampler platter, from contemporary Mexican fare to Asian fusion, while the beachfront Bar A-Kan, one of three resort lounges, offers one of the region’s largest tequila and mezcal collections. Adventurous travelers will enjoy guided sunrise paddleboarding, snorkeling above the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, or kayaking through the mangroves that front part of the property, while kids can frolic on the private family beach or indulge their artistic sides with cooking classes and crafts. Just want to relax? With 274 suites spread through three separate residential areas, there’s space for everyone—plus an adults-only beach and a 30,000-square-foot spa.
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While You’re There
Dive in to explore the Cancún Underwater Museum, featuring artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s 400-plus coral-encrusted statues. You can snorkel, but you’ll get more up close and personal with a scuba tank.
Explore the Yucatán Peninsula’s history on a day tour to Chichén Itzá or Tulum, the sites of Mexico’s most famous—and, arguably, most spectacular—Mayan ruins.
Shoot for par at the Jack Nicklaus–designed Riviera Cancun Golf Club. Opened in 2008, the 18-hole course is the area’s newest spot of greens.
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