Before the busy holiday season begins, take a sojourn to Barceló Maya Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. After your three-day stay, you’re sure to be recharged and ready to tackle the busiest time of the year.

DAY 1:

Arrive: Once you’ve checked in, duck into the Carey lobby bar for a refreshing glass of Prosecco.

Relax: Settle into your ocean-view deluxe suite, complete with luxurious bedding and a large terrace and hammock for impromptu naps. Then, freshen up in the rain effect shower before heading out for dinner.

Taste: Make the most of the first day by sampling different types of cuisine at one of the resort’s buffets on the beach. Everything from sushi and cheese plates to hamburgers and carne asada is on offer. 

DAY 2:

Recharge: Start your morning with a mimosa and a custom omelet, created on the spot using ingredients like bacon, mushrooms, and chives.

Bask: Slip into a swimsuit and check out the main pool, where you’ll find covered cabanas and chairs for lounging. Visit the swim-up bar, where a friendly bartender can mix up a frozen Miami Vice cocktail for you. In the late afternoon, large groups gather for water aerobics and water polo.

Taste: Treat yourself to a luxurious dinner and sample various cuts of meat from the resort’s own Brazilian steakhouse, Rodizzio. Salad and side dishes are served buffet style, so be sure to leave plenty of room for the ribeye. Tip: try the meat the first time a server offers, as it will be at its peak tenderness.

DAY 3:

Detox: After a filling meal the night prior, start your last day on a light note with a smoothie from one of the resort’s buffets. Made with fresh fruits and juices right in front of you, a smoothie is sure to get you energized for the exciting day ahead.

Play: Barceló has everything for the adventure-seeker—from soccer to windsurfing to scuba diving. Reserve a few hours to go catamaran sailing and luxuriate in the views of the resort from the water, or take a tour of Chichen-Itza, an impressive temple from the ancient Mayan empire.

Unwind: After your active day, steer clear of the crowds and lounge in the “adults-only” pool.

Escape: Explore the beach, where little cabanas often offer ocean-side massages.

Taste: Experience the exotic flavors of Palace Brasserie Restaurante, a French eatery guaranteed to provide the best meal of your trip. Try the oysters in Mornay sauce, served on the half-shell with spinach; lobster cappuccino with foamy crême au Perno; and the surf ‘n’ turf house specialty—roast tournedos drizzled with Hollandaise sauce and grilled baby lobster tail with shrimp butter. Amplify your steak’s flavor with a robust red wine, and finish with a traditional rich crème brûlée.

Book online or by calling 1-800-BARCELO. Book now for any vacation through December 2013 and receive up to $3,000 in resort credit.

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