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THE RIVIERA MAYA EDITION AT KANAI REDEFINES LUXURY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN MEXICO'S YUCATAN PENINSULA

Sustainable Luxury and Culinary Excellence: The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai Sets a New Standard in Caribbean Hospitality

12.12.2023
BY WILHEMINA BOWEN
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The Riviera Maya welcomes a new era of laidback luxury with the opening of The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai, a collaboration between visionary hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott International. Situated within the 620-acre Kanai nature reserve on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, this unique property blends seamlessly with its lush surroundings, offering an unparalleled hospitality experience that honors local traditions and ecological preservation.

The resort, rising from a forest of mangroves and tropical flora, mirrors the natural wonders of the region, including ancient Mayan cities, tropical beaches, and the Mesoamerican Reef, the world's second-largest coral reef. Designed with a minimal environmental footprint, the property showcases a commitment to sustainability and the protection of the area's diverse flora and fauna.

Guests are welcomed into a world inspired by the ancient Mayan concept of the universe, with architectural elements reflecting the heavens, the earth, and the magical realm below. The resort's tri-level design, embodied in native elements and structures, pays homage to the sacred cenotes, sinkholes believed by the Mayans to be gateways to the underworld.

As guests approach The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai, they embark on a journey through a lush mangrove forest, setting the stage for a unique and immersive experience. The resort's timber-covered exterior seems to emerge organically from the landscape, creating a sense of harmony between architecture and nature.

Comprising three main buildings, the resort's interiors, designed by Ian Schrager Company and Rockwell Group, captivate with their seamless integration of local limestone and sustainable bamboo. The 182 guestrooms, including 30 suites, feature plunge pools and terraces offering breathtaking views of the ocean or mangroves. The Sky Rooftop Villa, the largest hotel penthouse in North America, boasts a mid-Olympic-size outdoor infinity pool and an expansive landscaped entertainment deck.

Culinary experiences at The Riviera Maya EDITION are curated by award-winning chefs Francisco "Paco" Ruano and Tomás Bermúdez. KI'IS, the signature restaurant, offers a modern Mexican dining experience inspired by regional flavors, while SO'OL, the beach club restaurant, brings a Mediterranean influence with Mexican flair. The resort also features Kitchen at EDITION, an all-day dining experience highlighting local cuisine.

The Spa, located beneath the bamboo yoga dome structure, offers a serene escape with six indoor-outdoor treatment rooms, each named after local white flowers. Sustainability is integral to the resort's ethos, with less than 10% of the reserve developed and a commitment to environmental and sustainable practices.

The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai is now open for preview, offering exclusive rates starting from $637 per room per night, inclusive of a $100 resort credit. This limited-time offer allows guests to immerse themselves in the magic of this extraordinary destination while enjoying the unmatched hospitality of EDITION Hotels.

For more information and reservations, visit:
www.editionhotels.com/riviera-maya
www.marriott.com/cunek

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