Riviera Maya, Mexico (PRWEB) August 2, 2007
Tourism dollars now do double duty by preserving the Sian Ka'an Biosphere while connecting with nature and generating revenue for indigenous residents. Travelers can experience this 1.3 million acre eco-playground with Paraiso de la Bonita, an AAA Five-Diamond resort and member of Leading Small Hotels of the World in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, actively working to promote environmentally and economically sustainable development in and around World Heritage sites. Guests of Paraiso de la Bonita will explore the lowland forest, flooded savannas, mangroves and a portion of the world's second largest coastal barrier reef, home to 800 plant species with the Community Tours Sian Ka'an. Guests will engage with the local community through a choice of one all-day guided tour- snorkeling, bird watching for more than 350 species or fly-fishing. Features include a 4-night stay in a luxurious ocean view suite; an excursion for two to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve; and one three course dinner for two at La Canoa, Paraiso's restaurant featuring Michelin chef Marc Dobbels' Cuisine de los Soles. Rates for the Sian Ka'an Experience start at $1,999 and are based on double occupancy available all year-round with the exception of blackout dates. Taxes and service charge are additional. Extra nights are available. For reservations, contact 866-751-9175 or book securely online at http://www.paraisodelabonita.com.
Guests are transported to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, about 1 ½ hours from Paraiso de la Bonita, where there will be an opportunity to interact with Mother Nature. This habitat is home to such species as jaguars, pumas, ocelots, spiders and howler monkeys, crocodiles, and many types of turtles as well as 2 different pre-Columbian archaeological sites. Afterwards, lunch is prepared by local Mayan women and served in a beachside palapa roofed rustic restaurant. All Paraiso guests enjoy complimentary daily breakfast in the property's restaurant or in suite; use of the Thalasso Spa facilities: steam room, sauna, whirlpool & salt-water hydrotherapy pool and gym; daily yoga classes; welcome bottle of tequila; a hand-made beach bag and private round-trip airport transfers from and to the airport.
Paraiso de la Bonita, in association with Community Tours Sian Ka'an (http://www.siankaantours.org), a locally predominantly Mayan owned sustainable tourism cooperative are working to ensure protection of the delicate mix of coral reefs, mangroves, clear deep water pools, forests and fauna. Supported by the United Nations, the World Heritage Alliance has made alliances and joined efforts with the Mexican government, local authorities and Paraiso de la Bonita to promote sustainable development of the Mayan communities through responsible tourism.
Created by owner, Carlos Gosselin, in homage to his wife, Elisa Gosselin, Paraiso de la Bonita (Paradise of the Beautiful) lies beachfront amidst 14 acres leading into the Caribbean Sea. The AAA Five Diamond property, which is well known for its dramatic architecture and striking use of color, features ninety ocean view suites, approximately 1,130 square feet in size, with large, private outdoor terraces (some with plunge pools); living rooms; and marble bathrooms with sunken bathtubs for two . Each of the suites is individually decorated with unusual fabrics, sculpture and antique treasures sourced by Carlos and Elisa during their travels to the Mediterranean, India, Africa, Bali, China and the Caribbean. Suites are named after geographic locations such as: Antigua, Jaipur, KwaZulu and Marbella and feature Bulgari amenities and an in-suite Tequila service.
The Thalasso Center Spa features the only certified Thalassotherapy Spa in North America, and offers a warm water hydrotherapy pool, outdoor aqua gym, fitness center, beauty salon, daily Pilates and Yoga and 'Temazcal', a Mayan-inspired sauna. 'La Canoa' restaurant offers fine dining. Afternoon tea with home baked pastries and 'Madeleines' is served daily at the 'Birds Lounge' as a complimentary treat for guests and the resort provides a never-ending supply of gourmet 'Iced Tea of the Day' with a new flavor for every day of the week. The second largest reef in the world is located directly in front of the property, offering guests world-class snorkeling and scuba opportunities.
Paraiso is only 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport by the property's own fleet of air conditioned, White Lincoln Navigators, with chilled towels, iced water and individual CD menu. Cancun and Playa del Carmen are 30 minutes by road in either direction.