It’s got a breathtaking ocean view, six luxurious bedrooms, and enough “fringe benefits” for even the most demanding traveler: it’s Azul Villa Esmeralda by Karisma. This over 11,000-square-foot dwelling includes living and family rooms (open to the magnificent pool and patio); a state-of-the-art home theater with Bose sound system; and private workout and spa facilities. Even the littlest guests are taken care of: the villa provides all kinds of “baby necessities” from strollers and cribs to tiny bathrobes, coloring books, and a playroom stocked with toys. As the website assures you, “The Villa’s modern design and stylish furnishings offer all the comforts and convenience of home, while the incredible view of the Riviera Maya, its turquoise sea, and the gentle breeze whisper, ‘Relax. You’re in paradise!’”
A short walk down the beach (or ride in a golf cart) from the villa brings you to the Azul Beach Resort, where you and your guests can avail yourselves of their services. You’ll find a world-class championship 18-hole golf course only minutes away, as well; any other excursions, feel free to ask. But you may just want to stay “home” where the villa’s lush lawns and gardens, gracious living spaces, and professional-caliber kitchen are yours to indulge in. For those of you who can’t resist mixing work with pleasure, the villa’s Wi-Fi will connect you with the outside world; you may not care about the outside world, however, after a day or two in this special “paradise.” And when it comes to vacations — that’s how things should be.