The Riviera Maya is a stretch of Caribbean coastline on Mexico’s northeastern Yucatán Peninsula. Nestled here is the lovely Rosewood Mayakob, part of ultra-luxe hotel group Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.
Jessica Alba is the newest addition to the Rosewood Curators program and here, the actress and founder of the Honest Company offers her best advice on traveling with your family in tow.
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For first time visitors, what is the one “must-do” activity at Riviera May?
Jessica Alba Swimming in the cenotes, which are natural swimming holes. We didn't actually get a chance to do this on our first trip to Playa Del Carmen so we jumped at the opportunity this year. We went to Cenote Azul and swimming in the fresh water through the underground river systems is something I will never forget. It was magical.
What about activities great for kids?
JA We love exploring the Mayan ruins! Ek-Balam is bit more off the beaten path than Chichen Itza or Uxmal, so it’s a fun site to visit. Afterwards, we might go kayaking or take a bike ride through the jungle – the lush scenery makes even a quick ride an adventure.
What’s your favorite cocktail, snack or local dish?
JA I like to start my day with a green chaya juice – it’s the perfect way to refresh before heading to the beach! For a special treat, the kids and I love a scoop of Yucatan honey ice cream.
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What’s your go-to workout activity when you’re on vacation?
JA I do go to the gym when I’m on vacation, but I prefer to stay active with outdoor activities such as bike rides, kayaking, swimming, and runs on the beach whenever possible. It’s a great way to take in the scenery and spend quality time with my kids.
Do you have a favorite local spa treatment?
JA For something really local and authentic to the area, try the Mayan Healing Hands Experience. It’s inspired by a traditional Mayan healing practice and is not only detoxifying but restorative.
What’s your go-to beach outfit?
JA A big, floppy hat and a breezy cover-up is a must! A pair of oversized sunglasses can add just a touch of glamour to a relaxed look, and plenty of sunscreen, always!