British Airways flies direct to Cancun twice a week from London Gatwick (Wednesdays and Saturdays) with seats currently available in Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller.
Cancun offers internationally recognised luxury hotels, resorts, unspoilt beaches and award winning golf courses and spas, as well as access to the magnificent ancient Mayan ruins including the huge temple city of Chichen Itza - one of the world's new seven wonders.
At the southern tip of Mexico, enclosed by ochre-coloured mountains and a cactus desert and where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortes meet, is Los Cabos. If you're an outdoor or water sports enthusiast, this is the place for you – diving and surfing, water-skiing and windsurfing can all be arranged, as can Marlin fishing for the serious fisherman. Alternatively, why not find yourself a sheltered spot overlooking the turquoise waters, lie back and relax?
Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula is a coastal strip stretching from Puerto Morelos to Punta Allen. It's host to some of the world’s finest beaches, golf courses and world-class hotels and boasts a sub-tropical climate, year-round. Here, you can explore for yourself the spectacular underwater sights of the Great Mayan Reef, discover Mayan cities and visit ecological reserves such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sian Ka’an, or enjoy more simple pleasures such as coastal walks and horse-riding.
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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for a number of countries in Central and South America to reflect the health advice of The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNac) in relation to the Zika Virus.
ZIKV is a dengue-like virus that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The infection often occurs without symptoms but can also cause an illness similar to dengue. The condition is usually mild and short-lived; severe disease is uncommon and insect bite avoidance measures are recommended. http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
Recently, a possible link between exposure to Zika virus (ZIKV) in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations has been identified and investigations are ongoing. Whilst investigations continue,
NaTHNaC advises that it is recommended that pregnant women should postpone non-essential travel to areas with active Zika transmission until after pregnancy. This is a change to the previous advice which encouraged pregnant women to consider avoiding travel and seek travel health advice.
In addition it is recommended that women should avoid becoming pregnant while travelling in an area with active Zika virus transmission, and for 28 days following return home. If a woman develops symptoms compatible with Zika virus infection on her return to the UK, it is recommended she avoids becoming pregnant for a further 28 days following recovery. If travel is unavoidable, or you live in areas where ZIKV is reported, you should take scrupulous insect bite avoidance measures, both during daytime and night time hours.
Symptoms of Zika virus infection may include fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis/red eyes, headache, muscle pain and eye pain. No specific anti-viral treatment is available for Zika virus infection.
Elegant Resorts advises that pregnant women already booked to travel to any of the destinations affected, should seek medical advice from their GP and talk to their travel provider. Where it is necessary to change or cancel their holiday arrangements in light of the NaTHNaC advice, they should request that their GP provides them with a medical certificate in order to assist with them with any possible insurance claim.
Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with ZIKV and receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures. http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation is compulsory.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
This part of Mexico enjoys sunshine most of the year, with long, hot summers.
Hottest time is from mid-May to the end of August. September to November is the rainy season.
There is a ‘hurricane season’ in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Central Mexico and South Eastern seaboard of America between June and November, the months of August and September being particularly susceptible.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mexico.
Playa del Carmen
One of the most attractive luxury destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, Playa del Carmen is located 68 miles south of Cancun, in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, and is home to beautiful beaches, an abundance of water sports and our featured properties the Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba .
Enjoying a subtropical climate, and sunny days throughout the year, Playa del Carmen offers a host of aquatic activities – whether you prefer them in or on the water; two of its most beautiful beaches, Playa Paamul and Playa Paraiso, are set beside the ecological parks – Xcaret and Xel-Ha - whilst nearby are sinkholes and an amazing underground river system to explore.
Divers will love the easy access to the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world whilst snorkeling, windsufing and even kitesurfing will satisfy those who like to be active.
A stroll along Quinta Avenida, should satisfy any retail urges, it’s home to a variety of boutiques and galleries as well as stores selling crafts and the pre-requisite souvenirs. Look out for Mexican silver - Mexican silversmiths are master artisans creating intricate pieces with exquisite designs, often inlayed with jade, turquoise, onyx, and other stones - their jewellery is some of the best and least expensive to be found in the world.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic direct from London Gatwick to Cancun.
British Airways from London Heathrow to Mexico City with onward connecting flights to Los Cabos with Aeromexico
From London Gatwick to Cancun 10 hours; from London Heathrow to Mexico City 11 hours, 40 minutes with onward connecting flying time of approximately 2 hours, 20 minutes from Mexico City to Los Cabos.
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £755 per person, each way.
Payment of goods and/or services
Visitors may use $ US dollars cash in Mexico to pay for goods/services in most hotels or resorts, but due to restrictions, we recommend using Mexican Pesos.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.