Discover Why Renting a Private Villa on the Riviera Maya is a Better Choice Than Staying at a Resort

The Riviera Maya Mexico is a fantastic vacation spot for tourists who would enjoy water sports in the Caribbean ocean, sunbathing on tropical beaches, and excursions to Mayan ruins. To accommodate these masses of tourists flooding to the Mayan Riviera, all-inclusive resorts dot this tropical coast south of Cancun, and these resorts are a popular accommodation choice. But while the ease of an all-inclusive resort may sound attractive to a group of friends or family traveling together, opting for a Riviera Maya vacation rental other than a resort may be a far more enjoyable and economical option. For a group of friends or family, whether it is how much quality living space you have, your dining options, the privacy of your pool and beach access, or the cost effectiveness of the total cash outlay of your group’s stay, a Riviera Maya villa vacation rental may be an excellent choice. This article will look at the unique features of renting a villa for your Riviera Maya vacation rather than staying a resort and how the benefits make it perfect for a vacationing group, whether it be a large family or a group of friends.

A Riviera Maya rental villa can give your group much more private living space as well as more quality areas for you to enjoy each other’s company. The attraction of resorts is that they are all-inclusive. You don’t have to cook a meal, you don’t have to hunt down a restaurant, you have many bars on the property, and services are just a phone call away. But aside from these all-inclusive niceties, a resort is still laid out like a large hotel with adjoining rooms down a public corridor, with no real private common areas for you and your group. A resort attracts a lot of other vacationing tourists, so that especially during high season, they will crowd the common areas where you would like to relax with your group. A Riviera Maya villa, however, is a private home that is being rented out as a vacation rental. Depending upon the size of the villa, it may be able to accommodate anywhere between 6 to 14 people. Although each couple will have their own bedroom, which in size would be equivalent to a resort’s room, your guests will have many more private common areas to be able to enjoy each other’s company — the kitchen, the living room, the dining room, the game room, and of course, the patio, pool, and beach area outside. For a large group, it is simply an excellent way to enjoy your living and communal spaces while you stay on the Rivera Maya, and then when you are gathering around the kitchen or dining together at your own private dining table, you will appreciate your food options, too.

A private Riviera Maya vacation rental villa can give you more personal options for dining than a resort can. Of course, if your group is staying in a villa, you can always drive a rental car to a nearby restaurant. And if you don’t want to drive in Mexico, if you inquire the owner, some villas have restaurants within walking distance. Or you can use the Riviera Maya EZ-Locator(TM) online tool to find Riviera Maya villas that are within walking distance of restaurants. And depending upon the particular restaurants that are accessible, you can generally get better food than at an all-inclusive resort with its mass prepared food, even usually better than the sit-down restaurants some resorts have. And, of course, after doing a Walmart run in Playa del Carmen or the nearby “mini-super”, being that your villa will have a kitchen, you can prepare food yourselves. But where your Mayan Riviera vacation villa really shines is with a feature that you can’t get at a resort: with many villas you can hire a cook that works for the villa to prepare meals for you. This is a great plus for a large group, because you pay the cook for the groceries she will buy to prepare the meals, along with a modest amount for her services, so it is very cost-effective. And because she is buying regular store-bought groceries, her food is generally of higher quality than a resort’s in terms of the quality of the ingredients and the taste of the dishes, even if her meals may be more simple. But when I say “simple”, don’t let that fool you … You have a better chance of eating a more authentic Mayan or Mexican meal prepared by the cook in your villa than you do at the resort with their mass food preparation methods. Oftentimes resorts dumb down the native/local food. Many times resort renditions of local favorites are more bland, having less taste and less spice. It feels much more personal to have a Mayan cook preparing your food and serving it to you. And you will most definitely enjoy your interaction with her, while you most likely will never even meet the chef at the resort. Even when your cook is not cooking a meal for your group, you will no doubt have many leftovers that you can warm up the next day for a poolside lunch by your private pool, which in itself is another benefit of a private villa.

A villa on the Riviera Maya gives you something that even a condo vacation rental can’t give you and certainly a resort can’t give you: your own private pool and your own private beach. Resorts usually have expansive, lovely pools that span the property. The problem is that they are shared pools. And while that is fine when you want to meet a lot of new people, for your group, wouldn’t it be great to have a smaller pool but have it be entirely private? If you rent a villa, you can inquire from the owner if the pool is a private pool and your group will be able to enjoy it with each other exclusively. Or you can even use a tool such as the Riviera Maya vacation rentals by owner Riviera Maya EZ-Locator to find an indexed list of only Riviera Maya vacation rentals by owner that have, for example, private pools. With a tool such as this, you can quickly narrow down Riviera Maya vacation rentals to display only the vacation rentals that fit your requirements.

Not only does a private villa offer you a private pool, but take a few steps from your pool and you embark on your own private beach! Resort beaches tend to be crowded with lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas. And while no beach is strictly private on the Riviera Maya coast, you can bet your little section of the beach outside your villa will not be easily accessible by other tourists, giving you utmost privacy and pleasure. And instead of walking a mile across the resort to get to the beach from your room, your beach access will be right out your back door. Private pool access and private beach access are just a couple of the amenities that make a private villa a more comfortable and pleasurable choice, and you wouldn’t even think it actually would be a more cost-effective option.

When considering to rent a vacation villa versus staying in an all-inclusive resort, your first thought may not be that the private villa would be a cost-effective solution, but when you have a group vacationing in the Riviera Maya, it certainly can be. Of course, the appeal of a resort is its all-inclusive nature, being that it provides all your meals and alcohol included in the resort price. And a vacation villa may appear expensive when you first glance at its weekly rates. But if you have 6 to 14 people splitting the cost, a villa actually becomes a great deal, especially considering all the privacy you are receiving. With the money you have saved, you can dine at some better quality restaurants and rent a car if you want to venture out and explore the Riviera Maya on your own. I would suggest anyone to stay at a villa instead of a resort in the Riviera Maya because of all the privacy and quality benefits. Even if you are only a couple vacationing, I would suggest a villa, if you could afford it. But when you are a party of 6 to 14 sharing the rental, then the villa becomes surprisingly cost-effective, too.

As you can probably tell by now, even these are just a few of the reasons why a private villa would be a much better choice for a group vacationing in the Riviera Maya to stay than at an all-inclusive resort. Regardless of whether you prefer the privacy of the pool/beach access or the privacy of the common areas where your group can interact, when a group is splitting the cost of a villa, it becomes a cost-effective alternative that will leave you with money left over for hiring services unique to your villa rental such as your own personal Mayan/Mexican cook. The benefits of renting a villa for your group are many, not the least being your group will have a more enjoyable vacation in the Riviera Maya.

La Quinta Resort

Located twenty miles east of Palm Springs in the shadow of the Santa Rosa Mountains is the historic and luxurious La Quinta Resort. Since its grand opening in 1927, the La Quinta Resort has been a haven for movie stars, celebrities and well-to-do businessmen. Recognizable names include Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Frank Capra, the Vanderbilt’s and the Crocker’s. Capra returned year after year to La Quinta Resort where he wrote many film scripts including, “It Happened One Night,” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” “Meet John Doe” and many more. It is said that he became superstitious about writing his scripts at La Quinta Resort once he swept the Academy Awards for “It Happened One Night”.

Today, the La Quinta Resort awaits anyone looking for relaxation and pampering. It features an old-world adobe architecture accented with arched passageways, large iron & wood doors, terracotta potted plants and a plethora of fountains & gardens. Many of the rooms at the resort are the original adobe casitas from the 1920’s but with today’s modern luxuries. Accommodations include nearly 800 casitas, suites, villas and vacation homes.

With 41 pools, 53 hot tubs, 23 tennis courts, 9 championship golf courses and an award-winning spa, one cannot help but feel relaxed after a stay at the resort. The La Quinta Resort has repeatedly been voted a “top-ten tennis resort” in the nation. Its golf courses have hosted major tournaments including the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, Skins Game, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf and have been ranked by Golf Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play”. The resort golf school has been recognized as the “#1 Golf School in America” by such notables as US News, CNN and Travel & Leisure Magazine to name a few. For the ultimate in relaxation, Spa La Quinta offers massage and beauty treatments from many different cultures around the world. Melt away any stresses in one of seven private whirlpool baths or sunbathe in the relaxation garden complete with an outdoor wading fountain and fireplace.

Seven on-site restaurants ranging from a sports bar to fine dining give no excuse for having to leave the resort during your stay. The Plaza is where several of these restaurants can be found and features a large outdoor courtyard filled with shops, boutiques, restaurants and a coffee shop. Shops include high-end choices like Tommy Bahama and Polo Ralph Lauren to a local fine art studio and clothing boutique. In the center of The Plaza is a hill from which a beautifully landscaped garden and several streams cascade down from the courtyard fountain on top where live entertainment can often be heard. Enjoy cocktails at The Plaza while watching the sun set behind the mission bells and the jagged Santa Rosa Mountains in the distance.

I can only think of a few reasons why you would consider leaving the resort during your stay; Old Town La Quinta, Fisherman’s Market Restaurant and Shields Date Gardens. Old Town La Quinta features old structures mixed with new that are filled with shops and restaurants. Located just a short distance away and a favorite with the locals at all of their Coachella Valley locations, Fisherman’s Market & Grill offers healthy seafood fare in a casual environment. Just a little further east on Highway 111 is Shields Date Gardens where you’ll savor the best date shakes and find specialty fruit, nut and other farm products that make great gifts as well as snacks.

If you’re looking for that next relaxing vacation to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, consider La Quinta Resort – You will not be disappointed. Only a 2 to 2 and a half hour drive from Los Angeles and Orange County and you’ll find yourself dozing off by the pool while wondering what type of bird that is singing and if you’ve ever heard it before but never took the time to notice. Later in the evening, the sun will be setting as you sip a margarita in The Plaza while listening to live Andean music, perhaps another dip in the pool beyond that. This is what you can expect during your stay at La Quinta Resort.

Timeshare Resort – Bluegreen Fountain

Here the resort is like heaven for those coming for vacation and relaxation with all the basic needs taken care of as it is provided and taken care of by the Bluegreen Fountain Resort. With the idea behind this concept of home comfort, the Bluegreen Fountain Resort provides 2 bedroom condos for holiday goers with the state of the art facilities and luxury catering to all of your vacation needs. It is a popular international drive as a world class resort with easy access to and a central location.

Once you arrive at the entrance of the resort, you are instantly greeted and walked to a 90 minute sales presentation and an introduction to the resort and its facilities by the Bluegreen Vacation Club. During the presentation, you’ll discover the resort as a whole and the basic amenities and services offered to all those who come into the resort. It is part of their service towards that perfect customer coming to the resort, ensuring that visitors would get only the vacation of a lifetime while staying at the resort.

This resort provides the best and state of the art facilities to its visitors. Situated facing the beautiful lake Eve, the resort provides water activities of all types such as fishing, paddle boating for those who are adventurous and enjoy water activities. Besides that there is also a boardwalk and a pier for you to relax and sightseeing or simply enjoy the view and serenity of the beautiful lake Eve. For those who are into swimming, this resort has a 6 000 square foot indoor and outdoor swimming pool, catering to all sorts of visitors, from kids to adults. Next to the swimming pool there are two hot tubs, a convenient pool bar, a volleyball court and a playground. Everything has been taken care of by the resort to ensure that visitors coming here can enjoy their holiday experience and vacation without fuss and with peace of mind.

Of course for those who are not into water sports or playing games and more into relaxation and would like to sit back and relax while at the resort, there is a 20 000 square foot clubhouse that comes with a gift shop. With the introduction of H20, a new state of the art restaurant and lounge, it now offers a wide variety of wine by glass or bottle for you wine lovers coming to the resort. If you are one of those wanting a casual refined dinner for two or the whole family, H20 will find you right place and setting for all. The water theme bar provides once in a life time experience for those trying it out for the first time. The bubble bar is a part of the attraction at the restaurant, enjoy your glass of champagne or martini while sitting down at this gorgeously backlit bubble, which is sure to mesmerize and put you in a relaxation mode, with side effects of excitement and enjoyment.

For those who are into trying out the best food and enjoy sampling out menus at the restaurant, visitors can always give it a go on a few popular menus that the restaurant such as the tasty buffalo chicken wing or the hot grilled Italian Panini Sandwich for dinner while hanging out watching 3 big screen TV’s in the restaurant especially designed for customers enjoying their meal here.

For those who are into coffee, they can definitely head out to Mug O Joe’s nearby the resort. There you’ll find one of the best coffees for true coffee lovers. With a large extended menu of choices and coffees from caramel latte to chocolate hazelccino, it is sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds with this best coffee and as another form of relaxation and enjoyment for those coming to the resort. Next to the shop stands a souvenir stall where those who would like to get their hands on some souvenirs especially those coffee lovers, could grab one of the Mug O Joe mugs that come in many different shapes and designs right there from the coffee shop clubhouse.

Besides all the facilities mentioned above, the resort also provides all sorts of amenities, services and accommodations for all visitors coming here. The Bluegreen Fountain Timeshare Resort also has BBQ grills, a fitness room, internet access, sauna/steam room, movie rentals and entertainment for those who want to feel closer and comfortable to home with all the best facilities around them. And who are into sports, this resort has provided many sport facilities catering to sport enthusiasts on holiday with golf, biking, water skiing and tennis. And if you just want to have a nice and simple relaxing holiday then you should try out the lazy river or go shopping around in the surrounding resorts. Those who are into nature and history could head out to the museum or the natural trails for a hiking adventure. The resort has almost everything to all of their visitors needs from restaurants, theme parks, entertainment and shopping areas with 24 hour medical facilities and even an emergency room. With such accommodation and amenities from Bluegreen Fountain Timeshare Resort, it is an opportunity that cannot be missed by families and that are up for an adventure and exciting trips in a luxurious and relaxing vacation such as the Bluegreen Fountain Timeshare Resort. Do not miss out on the excitement and an opportunity of a lifetime.