Spotlight on Mexico as an incentive travel destination
Kelsey Tims
Prize Fulfilment

Spotlight on Mexico as an incentive travel destination

19th December 2017

Mexico may not be your first thought when it comes to choosing a destination for your next incentive trip, but it's well worth considering. Over the years, it has grown into a fashionable and cosmopolitan haven for the rich and famous. With year-round sunshine, historic Mayan ruins, stunning cenotes and world-class restaurants, there is plenty to explore.


I visited Mexico earlier this year and stayed in Riviera Maya - the more reserved neighbour of infamous Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. It boasts white sandy beaches, incredible jungle scenery and a laid-back vibe. Paired with the fact that within 30 minutes you could be right in the heart of bustling Cancun, this makes it the perfect location for your next incentive trip.


My visit has definitely changed my views on what Mexico has to offer for groups. In the evening, the whole vibe changes from ‘peaceful' to ‘party town', as there are hundreds of chic restaurants and nightlife spots to choose from. It definitely offers the best of both worlds.


Incentive travel - xCaret, Mexico



Incentive travel - Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza


Incentive travel - Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Isla Mujeres



What to do in Riviera Maya and Cancun

There's no shortage of group activities to do here. Whether it's adrenaline-fuelled water sports or zip lining through the Mexican jungle, there's something for everyone. During my stay, I had the pleasure of experiencing Xcaret Park. An eco-archaeological adventure park with over 50 different attractions to explore from sea-trekking to underground rivers. When night falls, there's also the 'Xcaret Mexico Espectacular' - a celebration of light and colour that takes you through the rich history of Mexico.


In my opinion, it's definitely worth taking a moment to experience Chichen Itza as part of your itinerary. It's one of the new seven wonders of the world. This incredible archaeological site is the epitome of Mayan culture and gives a spectacular insight into Mexicos rich history.


For groups looking for something a bit more chilled, I'd recommend an private tour of Isla Mujeres. Sail across to this relaxed fishing village, set just eight miles across from the bay of Cancun. Book a tour around the coast on a catamaran with lunch and drinks. You can even arrange to snorkel with turtles or swim with dolphins in the wild.


The White Box | TripAdvisor


La Casa del Agua | TripAdvisor



Dining out in Riviera Maya and Cancun

From traditional Mexican cuisine to Asian-fusion and fresh seafood overlooking the beach, Mexico is full of fine-dining restaurants to satisfy every palette. 


The White Box Restaurant is the creation of Chef Rafael Zafra - who developed a menu inspired by the many Michelin-starred restaurants he has worked in around the world. It's a more relaxed and informal atmosphere and offers private dining for smaller groups.


On the other end of the scale is La Casa del Agua in Playa Del Carmen. A unique fusion of traditional Mexican dishes, seafood, and Italian inspired flavours, it's the perfect dining experience in the heart of 5th Avenue. With three areas to choose from, it's suitable for groups of any size.


Coco Bongo Cancun | TripAdvisor



Nightlife in Riviera Maya and Cancun

Cancun is well known for its eclectic nightlife, and on any given night you'll be able to access the hottest spots in town.


A definite must for your itinerary is a night at Coco Bongo - a popular Las Vegas-style experience paired with a Mexican Fiesta. It's an entertainment paradise, and for an exclusive feel it offers VIP tables with bottle service and a front row seat of the show.


But there's also plenty of other options for the evening entertainment. You could choose to add some time strolling around Playa Del Carmen's 5th Avenue or perhaps you'd prefer a private Salsa dancing lesson for everyone. Whatever your ideal itinerary, Mexico can cater for it.


Andaz Mayakoba Resort | TripAdvisor


Royal Service at Paradisus Cancun | TripAdvisor



Where to stay in Riviera Maya and Cancun


Hotels along this stretch of the Caribbean are mainly located in the Hotel Zone in Cancun. With over 32,000 rooms along 17-miles of paradise with the turquoise ocean on one side, and the ink blue waters of the Nichupte Lagoon on the other.


One of the best outside of this region is the brand new Andaz Mayakoba in Playa Del Carman - an upscale resort set in the heart of the Mexican jungle. It offers authentic Mexican dining experiences, luxury meeting facilities and a whole range of activities right on your doorstep.


However, if you really want to be in the thick of the action try somewhere like the Live Aqua Beach Resort, Royal Service at Paradisus Cancun or Le Blanc Spa Resort.


Incentive travel - Mexico



Key facts

Mexico is 6 hours behind GMT, and there's a number of direct flights from the UK to Cancun International Airport, with a flight time of approximately 10 hours. For incentive groups, you can more or less travel at any time of year, although the rainy season does come from around August-November. It's not a short flight, so Mexico would suit groups looking for a slightly longer trip - we would recommend 4-5 days as a minimum. Nevertheless, believe me when I say it's well worth it!



Active are experts in arranging incentive travel. For more information on Mexico, or to get a quote for your next group incentive trip, please contact us.


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