The Explorean

Located between the Maya ruins of Tulum and the Belize border - an easy flight from Cancun - the 40-room Explorean Kohunlich promises guests an exciting combination soft adventure, quality dining, and top-notch service to create an unforgettable travel experience.

Everything about this five-star resort makes it a gem in the jungle. Styled like a typical Maya village, the Explorean has used traditional construction techniques, incorporating palapa thatched roofs, sascab flooring, and decor that features the richness of Mexican folk-art.

Each villa is boasts an unobstructed view of the jungle, from a private terrace, and is luxuriously appointed, including modern amenties such as deluxe climate-controlled accommodations, RCA Direct satelite television, phone, fax and e-mail services as well as plentiful, purified water using reverse osmosis.

Explorean’s lobby, bar and thatch-roof dining room also overlook the jungle; and offer day-long dining by international chefs who are happy to prepare anything, from venison filet in pineapple sauce, wild boar in wild berry sauce to a favorite hamburger or club sandwich, just for the asking. Master Chef Gerardo Martin del Campo will also a cooking lesson to those who are interested. Good choices to practice on are the delicious salsa of the house, or a torched Crëme Brulée .

With its spectacular jungle environment, soft adventure activities abound: mountain biking to the ecological reserve of Tres Garantias (Three Pledges), day and night jungle hikes (including a three-hour trek through wetlands that entails walking ankle- sometimes knee-deep mud to rech Kohunlich), bird watching, cliff rapelling, swimming in natural cenotes, snorkeling and scuba diving.There the 1.3 million acre Sian Kaan Biosphere Nature Preserve to explore, boating on the 30-mile long Lake of Seven Coors, and conducted tours to a newly excavated Mayan pyramid, as well as visiting a Zapote Plantation or the Museum of Mayan Culture. A select group of hotel adventure guides, certified in eco-tourism, are knowledgeable about the area, largely because they and their families – descendants of the ancient Mayans - have lived there all their lives.

And at night, star-gazing takes on a new dimension against the surrounding silence that is punctuated only by the calls of exotic jungle birds, frogs, insects and the plaintive cry of a night heron skimming over the water.

While many guests use The Explorean as home base to exploring the area, there are those who prefer to stay put, relaxing in the pool, or enjoying the delights of the full-service spa. An exquisite sauna and massage room offers everything from earth mineral wraps and facials to reflexology and herbal steam baths as well as a temascal, an ancient medicinal steam house used by the Maya to cleanse body and spirit.

Which is what staying at the Explorean is all about as it coaxes you into another reality where nature envelops your senses and becomes a truly holistic experience.

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