Oceanfront luxury in Riviera Maya jungle
Amid a vast forest of mangroves on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, Grand Velas Riviera Maya sits on 80 acres — much of it filled with lush jungle vegetation and cenotes — and is thoroughly modern resort with a contemporary-tropical style and upscale epicurean amenities.
While this all-inclusive property does have its own white sand beach, you also will be tempted to cool off in the sprawling pools scattered throughout the resort’s three areas — the multi-tiered Zen pool surrounded by jungle, the immense beachside Ambassador pool with its submerged seating areas and the oceanfront Grand Class pool designed for adults-only relaxation.
All of the suites at Grand Velas Riviera Maya are divided among the resort’s three parts: Zen, Ambassador and Grand Class. Each has its own style, bars, restaurants and pool; you’re welcome to use the amenities in all areas no matter which you have booked (except children under 16, who are not allowed in the adults-only Grand Class area).
The family-friendly Zen section finds itself surrounded by the Mayan jungle and natural cenotes, with a palapa-covered bridge walkway connecting the rooms to the lobby area. Zen suites feature tropical-inspired design blended with a touch of contemporary Mexican luxury. Each room overlooks gorgeous natural settings from the spacious terrace. (Tip: Book a Zen Grand Pool Suite for relaxing alfresco dips with jungle views.)
Created for beach lovers, the Ambassador section sets each of its suites in a tiered building where spacious terraces have views of the Caribbean Sea. To capitalize on those ocean vistas, stay in one of the Ambassador Pool Suites.
Lastly, the ultra-luxe Grand Class section is designed for adults only, ages 16 and up. All of the extra-large suites in this area feature ocean views, spa-style bathrooms, walk-in closets, cozy lounge area, and private plunge pools on the terrace.
All suites throughout the property offer an extensive list of high-end amenities, such as an in-room spa tub, a sitting area, bathrobes, complimentary Wi-Fi, daily turndown service, a pillow menu and many other surprises.
The impressive all-inclusive experience goes above and beyond traditional meal plans: in addition to all of your gourmet meals, you’ll have access to an extensive menu of premium drinks at the onsite bars, as well as 24-hour in-suite dining and a well-stocked minibar with drinks and snacks.
The Riviera Maya hotel also provides extensive services for families: a colorful Kids Club for ages 5 to 12 is open until 11 p.m., a Teen’s Club for ages 13 to 18 with a non-alcoholic bar lounge and high-tech video gaming areas, and a baby concierge service that provides much-needed essentials for the resort’s youngest guests (cribs, bottle warmers, toys) at no extra charge.
The resort’s fitness center offers yoga, tai chi, Pilates, Zumba and personal trainers to keep you beach-ready throughout your vacation, as well as state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training stations. A seven-step Water Journey is just one of the luxurious experiences to be had at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa, an immense space doling out massages and body treatments based on Mexico’s healing techniques.
The dining at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a true epicurean experience, and you’ll want to pack suitable attire for the upscale dinner options. The hotel’s concierges even recommend making your dinner reservations before traveling to the Riviera Maya, especially for the gastronomic Cocina de Autor. This adults-only restaurant serves just what its name implies: author cuisine, presenting entirely new textures and flavors through a multi-course dinner experience. Also for adults, Piaf explores the art of French cuisine in a decadent 1940s Parisian ambiance filled with live music and extravagant design details.
To taste the bold flavors of Mexican cuisine, head to Frida, which combines street-style foods with innovative gourmet touches. The sensuous lounge area begins the dining experience at Sen Lin, which serves pan-Asian dishes with creative presentation. Palapa-roofed Lucca features an enticing menu of Italian-Mediterranean flavors with housemade pastas and fresh seafood, ideal for a romantic date night or a family-style dinner.
Each of the three resort sections also has its own casual restaurant for breakfast and lunch: the family-friendly Azul restaurant in the Zen area with an international buffet and open-air terrace, the casual Chaká restaurant in the Ambassador area surrounded by beautiful mangroves, and the poolside Bistro restaurant in the adults-only Grand Class area serving dishes inspired by Riviera Maya and French cuisine as well as classic international favorites.
Sleek, beautiful bars abound throughout the luxury resort, with several poolside options as well as guest favorites like the fashionable Rooftop Sky Bar and the stylish Koi Bar with its big high-def screen.