Here, with polished villas among 600 acres of lush mangroves, each hidden from the next to ensure total privacy – ideal for those moments when you leap into your private pool overlooking the freshwater canal teeming with turtles and fish (as well as Sophie, the resident crocodile). The hotel’s award-winning spa is a must and The Rainforest Indulgence treatment should be your first port of call – with eight different hydrotherapy experiences, it will leave you feeling truly pampered.
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In the mood for adventure? Swap the hotel breakfast (quesadillas and Champagne, anyone?) for an equally delicious Breakfast & Boat tour of the mangroves. In the evenings, it’s hard to choose from the many dining options, but a private tapas cruise into the sunset is pretty special.
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The immersive dining experience, which pays homage to Mayan culture, is the cherry on the cake. Mayan warriors escort you to an outdoor dining area, surrounded by water features and fire pits. You’ll be served Mayan- inspired dishes (the sopes, appetisers made of fried corn dough, vegetables and slow-cooked meat are just wow), and make sure you try the cocktails with aniseed- infused rum and coconut liqueur. GO Turquoise (turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights in a Bliss Pool Villa from £2,680 per person, on a B&B basis, including flights and transfers.