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Mexico

Destination Guide

If you’re dreaming of winter sun, fascinating history and world famous cuisine – then the real question is why haven’t you been to Mexico already? With a number of direct 8 hour flights to this Central American destination from across the UK, Mexico is one of the best options for winter sun and luxury beachfront resorts. If you’re looking for beaches as well as culture we would recommend flying into Cancun and staying in the Riviera Maya region. This offers you the perfect combination of white sandy beaches and close proximity to the majestic Chichen Itza and other cultural sites.

On our last trip to Mexico we stayed at the incredible TUI Sensatori Resort Riviera Cancun. Amazing 5* resort run by Karisma and sold in the UK through TUI. The hotel was located on the beach front and less than an hour away from Cancun airport. With a private beach as well as a number of pools to choose from, this really was the perfect winter sun getaway. Karisma also offer a gourmet all-inclusive concept which means that everything is included from all of food and drink to the mini bar and room service. The hotel also offers excursions to Tulum and Chichen Itza which we would thoroughly recommend.

Things to See and Do in Mexico

Dine at the famous Le Chique restaurant
Soak up the sun and get lost in a book by the beach
Go on one of the many fantastic excursions on offer
Visit Chichen Itza, one of the wonders of the modern world
Swim up to the bar for your favourite cocktail
Make use of a complimentary water therapy at the hotel spa
Mexico

Temple at Chichen Itza

Pool side

TUI Sensatori Resort Riviera Cancun

What to Expect in Mexico

Currency – Mexican Peso (although most hotels will accept US Dollars).

Best time to visit – The best time to visit Cancun is between December and April which is the peak season in this part of the world. We visited at the end of November and had incredible weather and as a result of visiting just before peak seaon the resort was slightly quieter. As its a tropical climate, rain can be expected but most showers are fast and will not impact your stay.

Accommodation – We loved our stay at the TUI Sensatori Riviera Cancun and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Cancun for the first time. There are a number of luxury beach front hotels in this region and I am sure that a number of them are fantastic places to stay. Our top tip is to check what is included in your stay. We noticed that a number of hotels were advertised as all-inclusive but there were so many add-ons that the holiday would have ended up being a great deal more expensive.

Food – the one downside of staying in a resort is that you are away from civilisation and can’t venture out of the hotel for some fantastic local food. That said – the TUI Sensatori Riviera Maya does have a great Mexican restaurant and you can dine at Le Chique restaurant once during your stay if you are a TUI customer. The tasting menu at Le Chique was one of the most incredible experiences of our stay and well worth the visit!

Cancun beach

How much will it cost me – unfortunately, trips to Mexico don’t come cheap which is in most part due to the cost of the trans-atlantic flight to get there. You can book a week at TUI Sensatori Riviera Cancun the start of December from £1066 per person on a gourmet all-inclusive basis.

Clock Out Check In’s Top Tips

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Take a trip to Chichen Itza One of the most popular excursions run by TUI is their TUI Collection Excursion to Chichen Itza. It is a fantastic day out that we can highly recommend. Starting the day at the magnificent Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, you also visit a local village and one of the beautiful cenotes that are typical of the Yucatan peninsula. This is one trip you won't want to miss.
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Dine at Le Chique Everyone has an idea that all-inclusive hotel food must be bad. The restaurants TUI Sensatori Riviera Cancun prove all doubters wrong but the highlight is a trip to the Le Chique restaurant. TUI customers can book one meal in this restaurant per stay and it is well worth the visit. The restaurant is adults-only and recently was voted one of the top 50 restaurants in Latin America. Reservations are required so make sure you book ahead!
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Try all of the cocktails One of the benefits of an all-inclusive holiday is that you can try things you may not usually try at home because you have already paid for them. For me, this meant working my way through the cocktail menu by the pool each day. Who knew I would be a fan of a mudslide? Make sure to tip the waiters and you will get a regular pool-side top up throughout the day.
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Keep an eye out for the best deals In our experience, prices on TUIs website can fluctuate massively. We booked our trip to Mexico in November 2018 for £750 per person. Currently (May 2020) TUI are offering the same trip for £1318! Keep an eye out on their website and you might just get yourself a deal!

Theres no such thing as a specific authenticity to what Mexico is, because Mexico is incredibly complex and varies, and the food is completely different if you travel 50 kilometers. It just changes all the time.

Gael Garcia Bernal

Ready to start planning?

If all this talk of winter sun and coctkails by the pool has made you long for a post-lockdown trip to Mexico, then check out the rest of our content to find out why you should be travelling to Cancun for some winter sun this year.

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Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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