Puerto Morelos, Mexico (Near Cancun)

Exciting News

Ceiba del Mar converts to "Desire Pearl Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya" on March 30, 2012 for Couples Only.

That means clothing optional ALL THE TIME, instead of just the "special weeks" like now.

Below is a Resort Report to document our recent visit to the resort known as Ceiba del Mar. Expect the content to change once the resort is re-branded as Desire Pearl.

We'll have more info soon, but in the meantime, here's the official announcement.

What suites... what views. If luxury is what you want, this is for you. Plus, Ceiba del Mar has some of the most jaw dropping suite layouts we've seen... worldwide

  Travel Alert from U.S. State Department about Mexico The alerts concern primarily the border areas between the U.S. and Mexico. Alerts do not include Cancun, Cozumul, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo or similar tourism centers. The primary concerns are on the border of Mexico along the state lines of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and southern California. See more from the U.S. State Department concerning Mexico.

This upscale beach side resort near Puerto Morelos is about 25 minutes south of the Cancun International Airport, down a 4-lane super highway Mexico 307. Ceiba del Mar was designed and is owned by Luis Segura, the architect from Monterrey,Mexico was intrigued by Puerto Morelos, the small fishing village famous for secluded, uncrowded white sand beaches. Rumor has it that Jimmy Buffett wrote the song "Margaritaville" in Puerto Morels but.....who really knows?

Ceiba del Mar is a laid back property for relaxing getaways in luscious surroundings. Built in 2001, the 88 room resort caters to adults, families, singles and romantic couples looking for a quiet getaway. In addition to conventional vacations, the resort targets weddings, honeymoons, reunions, corporate retreats and family reunions. Normally, meals and drinks are extra as are airport transfers, spa treatments and Scuba.

  Ceiba del Mar is about 20 miles southwest of the Cancun airport on the beach north of a fishing village called Puerto Morelos.

Puerto Morelos, a non-touristy town of 2,500, is the first settlement south of Cancun city. Another popular tourist area, Playa del Carmen is another 20-30 minutes further south of the resort - so you're secluded but close to most things for night life and shopping.

U.S. Citizens: Passports are required for international air travel to all destinations outside the USA.

Cancun is a world-class vacation area, served by numerous airlines from North America, South America and Europe. Both scheduled air carriers as well as charter flights fly to Cancun with frequent service from just about anywhere.

Taxis are plentiful at the airport and all major rental car companies are located at the Cancun airport. A shuttle from the airport is the cheapest way to reach the resort. You can arrange for shuttle service in advance by Castaways Travel and in the arrivals hall near the airport exit. Airport transfers can range from $50-$150/person, depending upon type of vehicle selected. Price subject to change without notice. Taxi rates are typically fixed prices for transportation from the airport. Puerto Morelos has taxis that serve the resort, just a few minutes from the town's square.

Water taxis to and from Cozumel are also available from the local port, from Playa del Carmen and from Cancun. Water taxi tickets can be purchased right at the dock.

Frequent bus service to other parts of Mexico is also available in Playa del Carmen at the terminal located downtown on 5th Avenue and Juarez Street.

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  Lobby & pool concierges
1 Jacuzzi
Complimentary computers and free WiFi throughout the resort
Fitness center
Bikes, Tennis Court, Snorkeling equipment, kayaks, yoga, pilates
24 hour room service
Fishing and yacht pier
ADA access suites
Daily Newspapers
Daily complimentary coffee, juice and assorted sweet rolls
Meal plans
Unique holistic & aromatherapy treatments
2 outdoor swimming pools
3 bars
1 swim up bar
Doctor on call 24 hours/day
Beauty Salon and full service spa (treatments extra)
Tour Desk
Taxis on site
Free parking

  Restaurante Xtabay
Lobby 7 - aa:30 AM Creative cuisine with Mexican accents. Adventurous Gourmet dining daily to 11 PM.

Arrecife Grill & Lounge
Grill and wood fired Mediterranean style beachfront dining daily

Sushi Bar & Lounge
Top terrace lounge and sushi bar daily

Tequila Bar
Tequla, cocktails and Mexican selections 7-11 AM and 3-11 PM

  Room rates vary by room category.

Stanard suites
Junior suites
Master suites
Penthouse suites

Ceiba del Mar Spa Resort features 45 charming rooms and junior suites, 36 delightfully appointed master suites with separate bedroom and living room areas and 7 dazzling one-bedroom Penthouses with 753 square foot wide panoramic terraces that feature plunge pool and stunning rooftop ocean views.

  Families, adults, singles and couples as well as corporate and business clients frequent Ceiba del Mar.

For the couples only weeks, only adults are invited.

  The resort is luxurious and laid back, quiet and relaxed normally.

  Sight Seeing

Use this link from our parent company, Fox Travel/American Express rep. to pre-book your excursions, tours and sight seeing before you arrive at the resort. Typically, tours and sight seeing include pick up at your hotel. See: Pre-book Sight Seeing

With the hotel close to everything, you can choose from many activities when you leave the resort. Here's just a partial list of things to do:

Shopping in Cancun, cruising the bars/discos/clubs in Playa del Carmen or Cancun, snorkeling and swimming in the natural lagoons at Xcaret or Xel-ha to the south, visiting the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza to the northwest or Tulum to the south, fishing or diving on the Mayan Reef, the second longest barrier reef in the world, extending all the way to Belize. Optional escorted tours with driver and guide can be arranged at the resort, with transportation that will pick you up right at the resort for your guided tour.

Did You Know...Castaways Travel KNOWS the surrounding area,including Cancun and Playa del Carmen to help you plan to get the most out of your holiday in and around Desire and the local areas. See: 12 Reasons to use Castaways Travel

Or, choose to swim with the Atlantic bottle nose dolphin just off the beach or ride horseback in the nearby jungle. If you want to see more of the area, you can go down to Playa del Carmen and catch a water taxi to cross the channel to Cozumel for about $10-$15/person one way (prices subject to change without notice). Trip takes about 30-45 minutes, depending upon the weather….or if the waves are running high. Deep sea/bill fishing and SCUBA diving can be arranged from the hotel, too.

For a fun night life experience in Playa del Carmen at an upscale watering hole and guest hotel, try the Deseo Bar & Cantina off of 5th Avenue. A slick place to be sure and not just the same old thing as you would find "bar hopping." You can't get lost on 5th Avenue... the street only runs 10-15 blocks and is arguably the "heart" of "Playa." There are numerous other places to hang your hat in Playa including Sr. Frogs, the Blue Parrot plus lots of other hang out. Cancun has its share of night life including the Krystal and other

No disco or night life to speak of
You can beach comb a few hundred yards to the south to town.
Or you can bike from the resort to the town square about a mile or two south.
Suites are as impressive as any you will see... worldwide.

  Just about year round. Late summer - August and September - can be more humid and prone to hurricanes in the Caribbean. Also remember that this is Mexico and while even in the summer months there is usually a cooling breeze off of the water, but once you go inland or into town... it can get really hot. Also remember that you're in the tropics so you should expect some rain anytime, anywhere, unannounced.

  Wish there was night life for conventional vacationers although during the special event weeks, plenty of night life and entertainment are provided.

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