by By Hunter R. Slaton | February 01, 2010

Moon PalaceLuxe side of the moon. Guests of MeetDifferent's host hotel, the 2,457-room Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, can relax at the luxurious Moon Spa, with 30 treatment rooms. One decadent treatment, great for winter-dried skin, is the 80-minute Chocolate Wrap (US$189). palaceresorts.com

 

 


Tequila at the Ritz CarltonOne tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. That's what the souvenir T-shirts say, but the drink can be enjoyed in a more sophisticated manner. The Culinary Center at the Ritz-Carlton hosts tequila tastings every Friday "to train the palate to recognize the subtle undertones and finishes of premium tequilas, created from the aromatic nectar of the agave plant." ritzcarlton.com/cancun

 

 

 

 

Plate at Lorenzillos

  

  

Shell game. Lorenzillo's -- aka the Live Lobster House -- has been around since 1683. Its perch above the Nichupté Lagoon makes a beautiful setting for dinner. The house specialty comes in more than 20 varieties, including lobster with roasted ajillo chili pepper and garlic. lorenzillos.com.mx

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid of Chichen Itza

Built in 514 AD, the magnificent pyramids of Chichén Itzá are testament to the architectural and scientific prowess of the Mayan people. Highlights from the ruins include the Sacred Cenote, where human sacrifices once took place. Gray Line runs 12-hour tours (US$77) from most Cancún hotels to the site, with a 90-minute guided tour and lunch at the Mayaland Hotel. graylinecancun.com

 

 

La Isla Shopping Village

 

Shop and stop. Downtown Cancún's open-air La Isla Shopping Village is packed with clothing boutiques, handicraft shops, a movie theater and more. One popular restaurant, La Madonna, features Italian-Swiss cuisine and offers an outdoor terrace bar serving more than 150 varieties of martinis. www.laislacancun.com.mx

 

 

 

On the Web For M&C's latest destination guide to Cancún, including convention center details, airport transit and more, visit mcmag.com/general_ektid21630.aspx.