For all of our beach loving watchlifestylers, we are featuring the luxurious Grand Velas Resort in Riviera Maya. Riviera Maya is a tourism paradise located in the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This secluded beach destination is located between Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Grand Velas is only 25 miles south of Cancun and 5 miles away from Playa del Carmen.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya opened in 2008 as the first and only luxurious all-inclusive resort in the area. We know what most of you think when we say 'all-inclusive'; however, it is actually nothing like what you might be imagining. This exclusive resort features five chef-inspired 'haute cuisine' restaurants and one buffet restaurant that can compete with any Michelin rated restaurant in the world. The names and specialties of the restaurants include Frida —gourmet Mexican—, Cocina de Autor —Spanish molecular gastronomy—, Piaf —traditional French—, Sen Lin —gourmet Asian fusion—, Lucca —Italian and Mediterranean— and Azul —international buffet that even includes sushi and sashimi.
Grand Velas offers superb service, a tranquil beach without crowds and upscale guests from all over the world. If you are looking for a resort where the world and Mexican elite hang out, then this is the place.
Once you drive in through its majestic doors, you will feel the serenity of 80 acres of protected mangroves. Upon arrival at the main hotel lobby for the Ambassador and Grand Class suites, you will be greeted by their friendly staff with hibiscus infused beverages and a nice cold face towel. The lobby features a modern super-sized 'Palapa' with beautiful decor and the comfiest couches where your check-in takes place. Upon check-in, you will be assigned a personal concierge to take care of all your needs during your stay, even if that includes purchasing some Vilebrequins in case you forgot to bring yours.
Now, if you are looking for an even more relaxing experience at Grand
Velas, you can book your suite within the Zen Grand suites area that is
completely secluded and located in the heart of the mangroves. The
downside is that you will be at least 10-minutes away from the beach and
the majority of the restaurants. The upside, is that you are next to the world-class spa at this resort. There you can experience their amazing 'Water Journey' treatment as you go through different pools with different scents, waterfalls and even temperatures.
At this exclusive resort, expect for the phrase 'your wish is my command' to become the norm. Whatever and whenever is the motto of their employees. Ultra premium and premium liquors are included and some of the most fascinating Mexican seafood dishes like 'Aguachile de Camarón', 'Ceviche de Pescado' and 'Coctél de Pulpo' are at your disposition whenever you want a serving poolside.
Regarding the accommodations, expect a very large suite with an ultra comfortable bed, Molton Brown amenities, fresh flowers, in-room all-inclusive dining service including breakfast on your terrace —make sure you order 'Huevos Rancheros' and 'Chilaquiles Verdes'— and even a bottle of Tequila to enjoy during your stay. What a perfect retreat!
A full day by the beach includes a shallow waist high stretch of beach with serene warm waters, snorkeling opportunities just a few feet from your beach chair, a few visits to 'Azul' and some of the best prepared drinks you won't find at any other resort.
By the way, the beaches are very private, somewhat secluded and with talc-like sand to pamper your feet.
At night, after a full day of relaxation and indulgence by the beach, be prepared to savor the best international and Mexican cuisine in its different restaurants. If you like places like Daniel, Le Bernardin, Jean-Georges, Le Cirque or Asiate, we promise you won't be disappointed by their food.
After you've relaxed for a whole week at this fantastic place, rest assure you will not want to leave. At this resort you get world-class amenities with an amazing and personable service staff and some of the best dining experiences in this part of the world.
Room rates start at approximately $700 USD per night in double occupancy. For more info click here.