Discover the beauty and thrill of Mexico’s Riviera Maya
When arriving at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, just 40 minutes south of Cancun on Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, travelers cannot possibly know the stunning natural beauty they are in for beyond the AAA Five Diamond resort’s dramatic grand entrance. So in their design, Elias and Elias Architects in Guadalajara brought the turquoise sea and the white sand to the resort entrance with a striking white wall resting in a turquoise blue lagoon with powder white sand. This dramatic design sets the stage for a resort experience that can only be defined as extraordinary.
Boasting views of the azure Caribbean Sea or vibrant jungle vegetation, the resort’s spacious suites, ranging in size from 1,184 to 3,767 square feet, are located in three separate ambiances. Guests may choose to stay in the beachfront adults-only Grand Class with stunning oceanfront views, private outdoor plunge pool and private butler; the family–friendly Ambassador wing adjacent to the beach and featuring ocean views or Zen, in the midst of lush jungle landscape. All guest suites are luxuriously appointed with plush accessories and custom-commissioned artwork by local master artisans delivering bold punches of tropical color. As guests walk into their suite, next to their very own Nespresso machine with a choice of four coffees and teas, a full bottle of artisanal reposado tequila made exclusively for the resort by the founders of the renowned Don Julio brand awaits as a pleasant surprise.
A highlight of the resort is the 90,000 square foot world-class spa sanctuary, a Leading Hotels of the World Spa and a true journey for the senses. The ultimate Spa experience begins with personalized spa valet service in the adjoining men’s and women’s hydrotherapy facilities, which feature a Clay Room, a circular glass-tile-lined steam room with a fiber-optic “star light” ceiling; an Ice Room with floor-to-ceiling window; hot-and-cold Experience Showers, and a central infinity pool with powerful massaging faucets throughout and carved-stone chaises with jets set just underneath the surface of the water on which guests recline.
Holistic packages, salon services and both traditional and Mayan-inspired Spa treatments including massage, body wraps, facials and manicures are also available. Many feature products of the Earth, traditional in the Mayan culture.
Travelers looking to discover the beauty and thrill of Mexico’s Riviera Maya thrive with the abundant offerings nearby. Adventure-seekers will enjoy exploring the ancient Mayan ruins of nearby Chichen-Itza, world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, zip-line tours through the Yucatan’s vibrant jungle, kayaking and some of Mexico’s best nature reserves. The seaside communities of charming Playa del Carmen and Cancun offer a wide range of shopping, dining, golfing and nightlife. A leisurely day at the resort guarantees sun-soaked afternoons at the resort’s pristine white-sand beach and temperature-graduated infinity pools.
For families travelling with children, Grand Velas’ Kids’ Club offers a fun and creative environment to explore interactive activities such as treasure hunting, sports and cooking classes. A new teen lounge has everything a teen could want, with features ranging from games like billiards, air hockey, foosball and arcade games, to video game systems Xbox and PS3, special seats with built in speakers for enhanced game play and individual cubicles with a 40” LED TV. The fun continues with a disco dance floor with surround sound and special lighting, and karaoke complete with 45,000 songs in multiple languages. And then there are a host of other activities onsite such as eco, bike and kayak tours so families can enjoy quality time together.
The restaurants at Grand Velas Riviera Maya can compete head-to-head with the best restaurants in world capitals in terms of the food, service and ambiance. Its signature restaurant, Cocina de Autor, showcases the cutting-edge cuisine of celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso, owners of the famed restaurant Biko in Mexico City. The two Spanish-born chefs trained under Spain’s legendary Juan Mari Arzak, and along with their own rising-star chef de cuisine, Mexico-native Xavier Pérez Stone, the team has created one of the most avant-garde restaurants in the country, blending the renegade spirit of the Spanish Basque Country with the flavors and finest local products from the Riviera Maya and elsewhere in Mexico. Among other numerous distinctions, the restaurant is the only restaurant of an all-inclusive resort to receive the AAA Five Diamond Award for restaurants in 100 years of AAA.
Another culinary highlight of the resort, Frida, the resorts’ destination Mexican restaurant, serves modern Mexican fare. A roving mixologist visits every table with a top-shelf tequila trolley, concocting a variety of seasonal margaritas, from the classic Cadillac to a more avant-garde coconut version served straight-up in a chilled flute, rimmed with toasted coconut.
And at Piaf, native Frenchman Michel Mustiere serves delicacies such as foie gras, escargot, black truffles, duck confit, and pillowy soufflés in a cabaret-inspired dining room awash with Swarovski crystals and red velvet—a lavish ode to the great, late singer/actress from whom the restaurant borrows its name. A Maître Cuisinier de France, Mustiere is one of only seven chefs in Mexico, 300 in the world, to attain the prestigious Master Chef of France title.
The exceptional dining lineup also includes Lucca (Northern Italian), Chaká (Mexican regional cuisine), Sen Lin (Asian), Bistro (casual French) and Azul (classical Mexican and international). A new Yucatan restaurant is set to debut later this year, highlighting culinary offerings from the region. For resort guests, meals and beverages (always top shelf) at any and all of these restaurants are always included in the daily rate. There are also special experiences for foodies ranging from tequila and mezcal tastings to the newest offering, a primer on hot sauces.
Offering a rejuvenating, inspiring and serene haven that undoubtedly raises the bar for all-inclusive resorts, all of this is nestled within the natural wonders of stunning sugar-sand beaches, jungle flora and fauna and protected mangroves. And better yet, truly everything is included, even room service, tax and gratuities.
For more information: 1-888-407-4869 or http://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com