by Alex Palmer | June 05, 2018
Groups have plenty of reasons to head south of the border to the diverse destination of Mexico. With new properties and long-term building plans, it's a good time to visit a number of the country's hot spots.
Puerto Vallarta, a meetings favorite, continues to offer standout venues. The Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort recently introduced The Hacienda at Hilton, an adults-only section meant to spotlight the culture and décor of Mexico, and which takes full advantage of its beachfront location. The 451-room, all-inclusive property offers more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 11,158-square-foot Jalisco Ballroom and a number of suite options.

Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa started this year with a newly renovated lobby, raising the ceiling and adding seating areas equipped with modern furnishings (chair pods among them), offering guests expansive views of the ocean. The property also recently added the Ceviche & Tequila Bar to its lobby, and updated the pool area with new cabana pods and lounge chairs. The hotel is currently in the process of a full renovation of its 433 rooms, expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The classic beach destination of Acapulco is undergoing a massive modernization with a reported $1 billion of development. Those funds are going toward enhancing the port of Acapulco, installing the largest over-water zipline in the world (debuted last year), renovations of properties such as the Pierre Mundo Imperial and Princess Mundo Imperial, and the construction of new projects such as Turtle Dunes Golf Clubhouse, Hotel Prince by Mundo Imperial, and the eco-amusement park Aventura Guerrero. This "master plan" is expected to be complete by 2022.

The tropical paradise of Riviera Maya got a major new addition last December with the arrival of Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an expansive resort designed to integrate into the local landscape. In addition to a convention center that can accommodate groups of up to 1,100 attendees, as well as outdoor venues ideal for cocktail receptions and teambuilding, the property boasts a wealth of river activities, infinity pools, coves and caves, jungle trails, and white-sand beaches that showcase the natural surroundings of the region.

Groups can also consider the Hard Rock Riviera Maya, offering more than 87,000 square feet of meeting space and cutting-edge A/V capabilities, as well as the adults-only Heaven at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya resort-within-the-resort.

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This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.