Choosing just the right resort can be a timely and confusing process. There are considerations regarding location, cuisine, local entertainment options, and adult or family resort activities. But one thing many travelers fail to take into account is just how inclusive their “all-inclusive” vacation may be. Fortunately, the Grand Velas Resort in Mexico’s Riviera Maya has it all graciously under control, leaving you worry free and able to focus on what really matters, your vacation
Nestled between pristine Caribbean beaches and lush tropical jungles, the all-inclusive luxury resort is an easy five minutes from downtown Playa Del Carmen and only 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport. A dramatic entrance separates visitors from the realities of daily life, and boldly announces that they are embarking on a new experience. Situated on over 85 acres with a thousand foot white-sand beach, the Grand Velas has everything value-savvy travelers look for in a resort. In fact, it is recognized as the number one all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean by Yahoo Travel 2015 and is the only family-friendly, all- inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to receive 5 Diamonds from the AAA.
Grand Velas takes all-inclusive to an all new level – no nickel-and-diming for every little thing here. Amenities almost too numerous to mention include elegant suites in three “ambiance” environments, meals, premium brand liquor, complimentary basic WiFi, pool and beach swimming, fitness programs, kayaks, boogie boards, karaoke bar, taxes and tips. Even mini-bar snacks and beverages are included and restocked every day! Having all this available in a location that features warm, tropical days and a rich Mayan history makes any stay here more like an indulgence than a simple vacation.
How Suite It Is
There are some 500 luxury suites situated in three charming environments. Grand Class, an exclusive area for adults and teens, features 1300 square foot suites. The family-friendly Ambassador Section offers 1,200 square foot suites conveniently located near the main infinity pool, kids’ club and teens’ club. Adults desiring a calmer, meditative environment can opt for the secluded Zen Grand Section which features 1100 square foot suites immersed in the natural beauty of the Mayan Jungle. All feature beautiful native Mexican artwork, whirlpool tubs, spa-like bathrooms, and incredible views from private terraces. Each area also has its own pool complex, gym and restaurants.
With suites that are so comfortable and 24 hour in-suite dining available, it might be tempting to immerse yourself in luxury and not emerge until the end of a stay. But that would mean missing out on an astonishing variety of recreational activities, dining options, entertainment, and one of the most impressive spa experiences imaginable.
Hotel activities include pedal boats, guided kayak tours, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, ocean or pool swimming, sporting contests, fitness center, karaoke, mixology classes and just plain old soaking up the sun. Nearby options include boating, world-class golfing, kitesurfing, ancient ruins, Xcaret eco-archaeological park, adrenalin-pumping Xplor, and swimming with dolphins, but no trip to Riviera Maya is complete without a scuba diving session. Abundant marine parks, coral reefs and on-property cenotes, or underground caves with fresh water rivers, allow for extraordinary up-close views of a magnificent marine world.
Guests find a tranquil escape at the resort’s sprawling 90,000 square foot holistic spa, with 40 private spa suites. Along with traditional massages, wraps and facials, many treatments are inspired by ancient Mexican healing practices. Named best spa in the world by Virtuoso in 2010, it features an innovative seven-step hydrotherapy circuit, the Riviera Maya Water Journey, which includes Jacuzzis, an ice room and a clay room.
And Then There Is The Food…
Who needs to travel around the world, when multiple world-class cuisines can be experienced in one location? From traditional Mexican fare to Spanish and French cuisine, as well as Asian fusion specialties, the Grand Velas offers up eight dining options to satisfy any taste bud. Formal French cuisine can be found at the impeccably-decorated Piaf, while Frida features fine Mexican fare. Azul is a family-friendly restaurant with unique offerings available on an international buffet along with a fresh sushi bar. The Bistro is a French-style restaurant which offers French-inspired dishes and local favorites. Breakfast and lunch with an international flair can be enjoyed at Chaká. Sen Lin highlights the hypnotic culinary flavors of Asia, from China and Japan to Korea and Thailand. Cocina de Autor provides such sumptuous Basque-inspired cuisine that it received an exclusive Five Diamonds rating by AAA, and is recognized by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the “100 Best New Food and Drink Experiences in the World.” Families can dine on Italian-Mediterranean cuisine including fresh seafood, meats, and homemade pastas at Lucca. Pool-side menus feature burgers, salads, and gourmet pizzas.
Shopping and club entertainment can be found in nearby Playa Del Carmen or right within the resort’s borders. When lounging, guests have the luxury of swim-up and dry seating at pool-side Aqua bars, while the rooftop Sky Bar is perfect for viewing stunning sunsets. Sen Lin Bar serves up exotic libations in addition to its Asian-inspired offerings. Start the evening with some fun at the Karaoke Bar or enjoy a mellower mood at the Piano Bar. The Koi Bar features yummy drinks, music, televised sporting events and DJ music on weekends.With its combination of accommodations, activities, and cuisines, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya is perfect for families, singles, newlyweds, or corporate gatherings. A stay here is more than just enjoyable; it is grand indeed.
SPECIAL CULINARY NOTE: Don’t miss “Best of France,” an exclusive culinary event only at Grand Velas Riviera. From October 14-18, 2015 Maîtres Cuisiniers de France Chefs Christian Têtedoie, Claude Le-Tohic, Claude Godard and Michele Mustière will join together to share their passion for French cuisine by creating a 10-course dining and wine pairing experience for guests. Only 80 seats will be available each evening and reservations are required, but the dinner is included for resort guests.