New Cancun Resort Focuses On Art—An Ideal Way To Recover Your Pandemic Mental Health

Opening July 1, 2021—after all adult Americans who want the Covid vaccine should have full immunity from the novel coronavirus—is a brand new Cancun hotel, Hotel Xcaret Arte. Its focus on wellness and the creative arts should help guests recover from the stresses of the pandemic.

Overhead view of Hotel Xcaret Arte’s casas, pools, lagoons, and beaches

Hotel Xcaret Arte is a brand new luxury resort inspired by Mexico’s arts and culture. It aims to inspire its guests as well. There’s lots of evidence that doing creative activities helps our mental health. As the world slowly recovers from the pandemic, is there anyone who can say they aren’t searching for ways to help improve their mental health and well-being?

Hotel Xcaret Arte makes for an ideal post-vaccination vacation centered around creativity, relaxation, and wellness. The resort is on the beachfront in the Riviera Maya area between Cancun and Tulum, where guests (aged 16 and up) can relax in and around its pools as well as on the oceanfront beach and the beaches of its calm lagoon.

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Both Hotel Xcaret Arte and its family-friendly sister hotel Hotel Xcaret México are designed around casas—each casa is kind of like a hotel within a hotel. At Hotel Xcaret Arte, the casas are themed around Mexican artistic traditions. You can choose the one that most inspires your creative side and have your mind calmed by the decor around that theme and even participate in workshops to try out the art yourself (and practice the mindfulness that results).

At Casa de los Artistas, you can paint; at Casa del Diseño, you can learn how to weave; and at Casa de la Pirámide it’s all about pottery. At Casa de la Música you can take dance lessons and at Casa de la Paz there are cooking classes with a focus on vegan cuisine.

One of the lagoon beaches at Hotel Xcaret Arte.

Guests can also explore their creative side at Hotel Xcaret Arte’s Muluk Spa. At the Alchemists’ Studio, you can learn how to make your own scented oils, lotions, and potions, all tailored to your own personal preferences.

To further your relaxation and wellness, Muluk Spa offers unique wellness experiences including mud and salt rooms, a hydrotherapy circuit, individual massage rooms within natural caves, and a traditional temazcal vapor house.

One of Hotel Xcaret Arte’s restaurants.

As at Hotel Xcaret México, exceptional culinary experiences are a highlight at Hotel Xcaret Arte. You can explore regional cuisine including dishes from the pre-Colombian era, traditional Mayan cooking, as well as ingredients indigenous to the Yucatan peninsula at Xaak, the restaurant run by famous Mexican chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita.

Other restaurants focus on the fusion of international and Mexican cuisines, including Lebanese, Mediterranean, Chinese, and Japanese. Signature restaurant Encanta will be overseen by Michelin-starred chef Paco Méndez. There are nine restaurants and ten bars and lounges on the property, all aimed at delighting you.

With all that relaxation, you may be ready for a little adrenaline and adventure too. Stays at Grupo Xcaret hotels are on the All-Fun Inclusive concept. This means not only are meals, drinks, and activities at the hotel included, but so is unlimited access (including transportation) to Grupo Xcaret’s nine area eco-adventure parks and tours. So, go ziplining or swim through an underground river at Xplor park, snorkel with tropical fish or jump from the Cliff of Courage at Xel-ha park, see ancient Mayan sites like Chichén Itzá, and much, much more.

As the pandemic eases and you need to ease your mind and body, Hotel Xcaret Arte will be waiting for you beginning July 1, 2021.

Art is everyone at Hotel Xcaret Arte (look closely at the stone columns)

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