Luxury holidays in Cancun

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  • Cancun Luxury holidays

    Cancun is in Mexico, but its location on the north-eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula also places it on the Caribbean Sea. For obvious reasons, this makes it a hugely popular destination for tourists on spring break from the USA, and from all over the world, as they flock to this corner of south-east Mexico to enjoy the archaeological gems and the clear coastal waters off the city whose name translates from Mayan as "the nest of snakes".

    Cancun Underwater Museum offers reef relief

    An unusual tourist attraction popular with divers is Cancun Underwater Museum, or 'MUSA'. This features three underwater 'galleries' with about 500 sculptures in total, each depicting a local resident. Over the long term, coral will form on and around the statues, symbolic of the relationship between mankind and nature - and helping to divert tourist traffic away from damaging the natural reefs around the Cancun coastline.

    Mayan footprints in Cancun

    The Mayans gave the name to Cancun, the 'nest of snakes', and some of their civilisation can still be seen in the area. Las Ruinas del Rey - or simply El Rey - can be found in Cancun's hotel district, making it very easy to add an archaeological excursion to your visit even just for a few hours, without spending a full day on it. Alternatively, head north towards Punta Sam and you should come across El Meco. It's easy to reach and has ruins dating back as far as the 13th century. At its heart is El Castillo, a stepped pyramid whose name translates into English as 'The Castle'. Step into the Mayan footprints and climb its ancient stairs to the top, for some memorable and breath-taking views of the surrounding country.

    When should I visit Cancun?

    Join the spring break crowds to see Cancun at its liveliest, but with daily average temperatures in excess of 24°C all year round, there's never a bad time to soak up the sun in this corner of Mexico. A relatively small temperature change creeps up towards 30°C in May to September, but the record highs are 37°C or above from February through to November inclusive - so there's always a chance of very hot days. This equates to warm waters too, ranging from 26°C in the winter thanks to the warming currents around the peninsula, to 29°C during the summer months.

    What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?

    Luxury holidays should be all about you. If you fancy watching the sun set with a glass of the finest mescal in your hand, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room with a stunning view of the Caribbean Sea, they’ll arrange that too. You should be provided with everything you need to have an amazing time during your holiday. Paying a little extra for a luxury package in Cancun is well worth it – and remember that you can choose exactly how much pampering you receive during your stay. Cancun offers unforgettable luxury, and while you may be a long way from the nearest mountain, you’ll have some of Mexico’s most incredible scenery to explore, and the impressive attention to detail that Cancun is renowned for.

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7 nights from £1153/pp Including taxes and fees