In addition to being mathematical, astronomical, and architectural prodigies, the ancient Mayans were first and foremost master planners. We don't agree with their prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world, but that doesn't mean we can't party like it. Get ready to live like there's no tomorrow during four all-inclusive nights for two at the the five-star adults-only Valentin Imperial Maya resort, located on a half-mile stretch of the white-sand Playa del Secreto on the east side of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Hunker down in a luxurious Junior Silver Suite from August 22 to Oct 31 ($1,199), November 1 to December 20 ($1,299), or July 1 to August 21 ($1,399). Each room boasts a balcony or terrace with a garden or poolside view of one of the largest pools in Mexico; 16 suites also include a partial ocean view. King-size beds and in-room double Jacuzzis will make you feel like you've gone to heaven—even if the world is still standing.
Or, if you really want to live it up, opt for a 624-square-foot, Junior Emerald Suite from August 22 to Oct 31 ($1,449), November 1 to December 20 ($1,649), or July 1 to August 21 ($1,749). Scenic balconies or terraces, a massive tile Jacuzzi with panoramic mirror windows, and LCD satellite television are welcome indulgences.
Give into hedonistic pleasures upon arrival and forget those apocalyptic fears with an in-room bottle of wine, cheese plate, and fruit basket, as well as a $250 resort credit to use toward a $100 room upgrade, $100 of spa massage services, and a $50 dining credit toward a romantic eight-course dinner on the beach.
If this was the end of days, the resort's on-site restaurants have saved the best courses for last with seven á la carte restaurants, serving Italian, French, Japanese, Indonesian, Mexican, steak house, and grilled-seafood fare.
During the day, check a few items off your bucket list with any number of off-resort excursions including a jaunt to any of the nearby world-famous Mayan archaeological sites such as Tulúm, Cobá, and Chichen Itzá, a sea kayak paddle along the beach, or a snorkel adventure through a sparkling lagoon.
It may be the end of the world as we know it, but on this up-to-56-percent-off, you'll feel just fine.
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Valentin Imperial Maya
4 All-Inclusive Nights for 2 in a Junior Silver Suite, Aug 22 to Oct 31 ($1,199), Nov 1 to Dec 20 ($1,299), or July 1 to Aug 21 ($1,399), or in a Junior Emerald Suite, Aug 22 to Oct 31 ($1,449), Nov 1 to Dec 20 ($1,649), or July 1 to August 21 ($1,749)
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