Spotlighted in ShermansTravel’s Top Places to Go In 2009, the Mayan Riviera boasts an exciting collection of sights for both beach-goers and nature lovers with spectacular hidden coves, awe-inspiring ruins, and a UNESCO-listed World Heritage preserve. Set amongst 36 acres of pristine beaches and gorgeous Yucatan coastline, the upscale Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers two-storey and bungalow-style villas in sunny Playa del Carmen. This brand-new luxury resort also has a 25,000-square-foot Mayan-inspired spa equipped with a lap pool and VIP suites for couples, seven onsite restaurants and lounges, and state-of-the-art fitness studio. From now through September 30, guests looking for a relaxing Riviera Maya escape will also enjoy some serious savings with the resorts special Fourth Night Free offer. Package rates start at $495/night.