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Top Suites of Riviera Maya and Cancún

On the southern shore of the Yucatan, stunning city suites and tranquil seaside villas blend with local Mayan heritage to a create a contrast of old and new as authentic as it is opulent.

Riviera Maya

Rosewood MayakobaRosewood Mayakoba

Casa Laguna

Key selling points | The most dramatic stay in Quintana Roo, Casa Laguna unfolds across three amenity-rich over-water levels. A terrace plunge pool and private boat dock reinforce the Casa’s supremacy, but it’s the livability indoor and out that will have you booking a return trip at checkout.

Standout service | The butler noticed a guest who was battling cancer watching the sunrise. She said her dream was to view the sun come up outdoors so the butler and her husband set chairs on the beach and carried her out to watch.

Style | Modern design with local wood and stone accents, by Jose Manuel Martinez, 2013

Special amenities | Media room with 70-inch TV, full kitchen, Viking appliances, staff of five with culinary team and butler

Square footage | 9,400, including 3,000 square feet of outdoor space

Number of bedrooms in suite | Three

Number of bathrooms | Three

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 130 suites

Who’s slept here? | Sofia Vergara, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Gwyneth Paltrow have stayed at the hotel.

Nightly rate | From $12,000

Location | Carretera Federal Cancun-Playa del Carmen Km. 298, Solidaridad

Contact | Regional Vice President and Managing Director Graeme Davis, 52-984-875-8000;

graeme.davis@rosewoodhotels.com; www.rosewoodhotels.

Fairmont Mayakoba

Fairmont Mayakoba

 

El Camaleón
Key selling points | Perfect for fans of beaches and birdies alike, this oceanfront presidential offers a mesmerizing mix of greens and blues with views of El Camaleón Golf Course and the Caribbean Sea from the expansive living room and deck. A spa-inspired master bath and private infinity pool round out this enchanting equation.

Standout service | When a guest who required a service dog mentioned that they would be returning to the resort, the concierge personalized the dog’s mat and bowl. The pooch has been using the gifts on every visit since.

Style | Modern style with Mexican hacienda accents, by The Fairmont Design Division, 2006

Special amenities | Mascioni linens, 50-inch flat-screen LED HD TV in the living room, Bose sound system, Le Labo bath amenities, Rose 31 aromas, private beach palapa

Square footage | 2,205, including 830 square feet of outdoor space

Number of bedrooms in suite | Two

Number of bathrooms | Two and one half-bath

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 401, including 45 suites

Who’s slept here? | Pamela Anderson, Greg Norman

Nightly rate | $5,000

Location | Carretera Federal Cancun-Playa del Carmen Km. 298, Riviera Maya

Contact | General Manager Ian Robinson, 52-984-206-3000; myk.ianrobinsongm@fairmont.com; www.fairmont.com

Zoëtry Paraiso de la BonitaZoetry La Paraiso

Presidential Suite Ocean Front

Key selling points | Just minutes from Cancun, this sumptuous suite comes loaded with everything from a terrace plunge pool to a private dining room for 10, making it the perfect stay for any jungle junket.

Standout service | For a guest who wanted to propose to his girlfriend during their vacation, the concierge set up a photo shoot on the beach and arranged for a scuba diver. While the couple was in the session, the diver appeared from the sea to present the ring.

Style | Seaside luxe with handcrafted art and sculptures,

by architect and owner Carlos Gosselin, 2002

Special amenities | Bulgari bath amenities, marble bathtubs for two in each bathroom, 36-inch satellite TV, aromatherapy pillow and linen scents, Nespresso machine, welcome bottle of tequila, private entrance

Square footage | 3,000

Number of bedrooms in suite | Two

Number of bathrooms | Two

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 90 suites

Who’s slept here? | Malin Akerman, Heidi Klum, Giorgio Armani, Dustin Hoffman, Raquel Welch, Kerry Washington

Nightly rate | $4,197

Location | Carretera Chetumal-Cancun Km. 328 Bahia
Petempich, Puerto Morelos

Contact | General Manager Valter Espinoza, 52-998-872-83-00; vespinoza@zoetryresorts.com; www.zoetryresorts.com/paraiso

Banyan Tree MayakobaBanyan Tree Mayakoba

Three Bedroom Oceanfront Pool Villa

Key selling points | With a private plunge pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, and direct beach access, this mangrove-ensconced villa offers aquatic luxe in every imaginable form. Of course, there is plenty more to do once you dry off and discover the second-story roof deck and poolside dining area.

Standout service | For a guest who wanted to spontaneously marry his girlfriend while on-property, the hotel coordinated a romantic evening aboard the Ixchel—the resort’s unique dining boat. When the boat anchored on a private area of the beach, the couple enjoyed a Mayan wedding ceremony.

Style | Traditional Mayan décor, by Architrave, 2009

Special amenities | 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, two 40-inch Samsung LCD TVs, Banyan Tree Gallery bath amenities, shower with steam room function, walk-in closet, outdoor hammock

Square footage | 2,755

Number of bedrooms in suite | Three

Number of bathrooms | Three

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 107 villas

Who’s slept here? | Artists, painters, models, directors, singers, and other international celebs

Nightly rate | $2,459

Location | Carretera Federal Chetumal-Puerto Juárez Km. 298, Playa del Carmen

Contact| General Manager Carlos Abaunza, 52-984-877-3688; mayakoba@banyantree.com; www.banyantree.com

 El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort, by KarismaEl Dorado Maroma Beach

Beachfront Villa

Key selling points | El Dorado Maroma’s premier villa offers opulence both inside and out thanks to a flowing duplex layout, a Caribbean-facing Jacuzzi in the master bathroom, and a private terrace with a secluded plunge pool. If that’s not enough, private beach access to one of the best strips of white sand in Riviera Maya should help to clearly set this beachfront outpost apart from the rest.

Standout service | While visiting, a young couple saw aerial photographs of the Riviera Maya and they were amazed by the beautiful colors. The man decided to surprise his girlfriend with a unique proposal so their butler worked swiftly to reserve a helicopter, upon which the guest proposed while watching the vibrant colors of the Riviera Maya sunset over Maroma Beach.

Style | Contemporary design with Mexican decor, by Susana López Ortega and Pineda Covalin, 2011

Special amenities | 42-inch LG flat-screen TV with DVD/Blu-ray player, Bulgari bath amenities, Lavazza espresso machine, aromatherapy and pillow menu, welcome cocktail, in-villa wine and tequila tastings, full kitchen, complimentary airport transfers

Square footage | 2,760

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | Two

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 98 rooms, suites, and villas

Who’s slept here? | Supermodel Brooke Burke, French singer and actor David Charvet

Nightly rate | From $2,374

Location | Carretera Cancún – Tulúm, Km 55.3, Riviera Maya

Contact | General Manager Ignacio Lázaro, 52-984-206-3470; gm@eldoradomaroma.com; www.karismahotels.com

Esencia EstateEscencia

Cottage

Key selling points | Set amid Esencia Estate’s serene sprawl, this outpost, thanks to its spacious two-floor spread, boasts ideal accommodations for those traveling in large groups. A private swimming pool, visible from the palapa-ceiling master bedroom, however, glimmers at its heart, asking one to forget all that they came with, if only for a minute or two.

Standout services | The staff endeavors to provide all guests with an authentic and attentive experience, introducing them to Mayan culture via delicious food and local traditions while also catering to personal needs, such as moving chairs to a balcony prior the arrival of guests who like to read outdoors.

Style | Understated elegance, by Prohotel International, 2012

Special amenities | PM Linos 600-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown bath amenities, 60-inch LCD TV and Nintendo Wii, private chef service, fresh fruit replenished daily, turndown aroma scents, complimentary wet bar

Square footage | 1,102

Number of bedrooms in suite | Two

Number of bathrooms | Two

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 29, including 24 suites

Who’s slept here? | Supermodels, actors, and actresses

Nightly rate | From $2,265

Location | Carretera Cancún-Tulum Km. 265, Xpu Há

Contact | General Manager Philip Vidal, 52-984-873-4830; pvidal@hotelesencia.com; www.hotelesencia.com

Maroma Resort and SpaMaroma Resort & Spa

Oceanfront One-Bedroom Suite Sian Nah

Key selling points | Maroma Resort and Spa’s Oceanfront One-Bedroom Suite Sian Nah lives up to its namesake, “house of heaven,” in Mayan, with glistening ocean views, a private spa palapa, and an array of local products helping to make this haven one of the most authentic in Riviera Maya.

Standout service | For a guest planning to propose to his girlfriend, the hotel team organized a sunset beach walk where the couple found a bottle with a note reading, “Go to the highest point of the hotel.” When the couple arrived, they found “Will you marry me?” scrawled into the sand below.

Style | Authentic Mayan, by Mike Scott of DSA Architects International, 2006

Special amenities | T-Y Group 300-thread-count linens, handmade Yucatan Herbal bath amenities, locally woven caftan and sandals, nightly turndown with aromatherapy, master bath Jacuzzi, private outdoor plunge pool

Square footage | 1,916

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | One

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 63, including 33 suites

Who’s slept here? | Justin Timberlake, Michelle Williams, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise, Pink, and Fergie

Nightly rate | $1,945

Location | Highway 307 Km 51, Riviera Maya

Contact | General Manager Federico Echaiz, 52-998-872-8239; managingdirector@maromahotel.com; www.maromahotel.com

Viceroy Riviera MayaViceroy RM

Beachfront Villa

Key selling points | Perched where jungle and Caribbean collide, this ultra-secluded spot  is perfect for privacy-seeking VIPs, offering out-the-front-door sand access, a heated private plunge pool, and intuitive touches, like sliding doors that turn the master bedroom into an open-air lounge.

Standout service | During a property tour, a couple was told about the spa’s “Xaman Ek” fertility treatment and the potency of the on-site soaps. The couple then booked the treatment and requested the “rose petals soap.”

Style | Contemporary beach casual, by GVA and Marisabel Gómez Vázquez of Arquitectura de Interiores, 2012

Special amenities | Neil George bath amenities, Italian linen bathrobes and slippers, 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens, Bose radio, butler service, Nespresso machine

Square footage | 1,700

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | One

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 41 villas

Who’s slept here | Actress Selma Blair and other top celebrities

Nightly rate | From $1,405

Location | Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya

Contact | General Manager Pedro Lara, 52-984-877-3004; pedro.lara@viceroyhotelsandresorts.com;

www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Grand Velas Riviera Maya: Grand Class Presidential Suitegrand velas riviera maya

Key selling points | A luxurious retreat in the adults-only (over 12 years old) Grand Class ambiance, this marvelous 2793 sq. ft., two-bedroom Presidential Suite features unique imported furniture, exquisite Mexican artwork, and a gorgeous private pool on the terrace with an impressive view of the Caribbean.

Standout service  |  A 24 hour butler service, poolside butler service, VIP transportation to/from the airport and a 50-minute massage per person per day within your suite

Special amenities  | An outdoor shower and indoor Jacuzzi make your stay refreshing. 

This luxurious two-bedroom suite entertains with the latest technology, from iPod docks to 42″ TVs, and features a spacious living room, dining area for eight and a stocked bar with the selections from our wine cellar.

Suite Square Feet  | 2,793

Terrace Square footage | 1,003

Contact | Reservations, +52 322 226 8689;
reservations@velasresorts.com; www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com

Cancún

Ritz-Carlton CancunRitz Carlton Cancun

The Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite

Key selling points | A slice of regality in bustling Cancun, this top-floor treat is the perfect place to hold court for the weekend. Boasting ocean views from the balcony Jacuzzi, the property’s signature stay is just as stunning indoors, where a grand piano and dining for eight promise to entertain.

Standout service | The hotel’s club concierge arranged soccer training for the son of a guest during their stay. The concierge then offered the boy a signed jersey and the option to play in the final game of a tournament as part of the team.

Style | Clean and classic with punches of color, by in-house design team, 2006

Special amenities | Master bath with Jacuzzi, Asprey bath amenities, full kitchen with private butler entrance, Ritz-Carlton Club Level access, including personal concierge and culinary options throughout the day

Square footage | 2,460

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | One and one half-bath

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 363 rooms, including 48 suites

Who’s slept here? | Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, and Daniel Craig have stayed in the suite.

Nightly rate | $6,200

Location | Retorno del Rey #36, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Hugo Lecanda, 52-998-881-0808; hugo.lecanda@ritzcarlton.com; www.ritzcarlton.com

NIZUC Resort and SpaNizuc

Presidential Suite

Key selling points | On the southern elbow of Punta Nizuc, this brand-new beach haven is one of the region’s most serene, boasting outdoor amenities like a private solarium, terrace, and infinity plunge pool. High ceilings and locally inspired stone and wood artwork ensure that this suite shines even when you need to get out of the sun.

Standout service | Nizuc’s attentive team of butlers offer everything from on-demand transportation around the property to attentive pool-side service, including ever-important cocktail recommendations at the swim-up bar.

Style | Modern Mayan design, by Alejandro Escudero, 2013

Special amenities | Corinelli Egyptian cotton linens, 50-inch LG flat-screen TV, IP Avaya phone, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, L’Occitane bath amenities, outdoor shower, in-suite private dinners

Square footage | 5,550, including 2,280 square feet of

outdoor space

Number of bedrooms in suite | Two

Number of bathrooms | Two

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 274 villas and suites

Who’s slept here | Celebrities, musicians, politicians, and royalty

Nightly rate | $4,550

Location | Boulevard Kukulcan Km. 21 + 260, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Louis Daniel, 52-984-877-3004; louis.daniel@brisas.com.mx; www.nizuc.com

 Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancún Resort & SpaFiesta Americana

Presidential Suite

Key selling points | One of the largest suites on Punta Cancún, this expansive presidential offers everything in twos: Two levels, two bedrooms, and two terraces. Despite boasting a dedicated private study, an open, airy layout encourages relaxation, as do enchanting views of both the Caribbean and Nichupté Lagoon.

Standout service | When a pool concierge learned that it was a guest’s birthday, he presented the guest with a cake and arranged for the staff to sing him the traditional Mexican birthday song.

Style | Casual luxury, by in-house design team, 2013

Special amenities | 300-thread-count Thai Group linens, hidden 60-inch Sharp flat-screen TV, Bose audio system with iPod dock, Somma bath amenities, local paintings and sculptures, dining table for eight

Square footage | 5,410

Number of bedrooms in suite | Two

Number of bathrooms | Two and one half-bath

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 602 suites

Who’s slept here? | Mexican presidents, an Emirati prince, world ambassadors, and Mexican music stars

Nightly rate | From $2,500

Location | Boulevard Kukulcán Km 9.5, Lote 6 Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Alberto Gurrola, 52-998-881-3200; alberto.gurrola@posadas.com; www.fiestamericanagrand.com

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & SpaJW Marriot Cancun

Presidential Suite

Key selling points | This top-floor perch is the favorite of visiting royalty for a reason: Ample living space, including a wet bar, makes it perfect for cocktail soirees while express check-in/check-out take security concerns off the table. No matter how busy the schedule, a balcony with sea views ensures that personal time remains paramount.

Standout service | A son of a family staying at the hotel was planning to see his favorite soccer team while in town but wasn’t able to get tickets. The concierge heard about this and, after he finished his shift, went to the local sports store, bought an authentic team jersey, printed the boy’s name on it, and presented it to the young guest.

Style | Modern design, by Arte y Decoración, 2006

Special amenities | Signature Marriott Revive bedding, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, 32-inch flat-screen LCD TV, iPod docking station, walk-in closet, full kitchen with service entrance

Square footage | 2,947

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | One and one half-bath

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 448, including 74 suites

Who’s slept here? | Celebrities, royalty, and other VIPs

Nightly rate | $2,999

Location | Boulevard Kukulcán Km 14.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Christopher Calabrese,

52-998-848-9603; christopher.calabrese@marriott.com;

www.marriott.com

 Live Aqua CancunLive Aqua

Presidental Suite Sol

Key selling points | One half of Live Aqua Cancun’s amazing presidential pair, the Presidential Suite Sol, thanks to its sun-splashed terrace and centerpiece island bar, is perfect for entertaining. When you need some alone time, however, the outdoor Jacuzzi and master bath whirlpool are sure to satisfy your every desire as the Caribbean laps gently below.

Standout service | The ultra-exclusive Aqua Club offers a true VIP experience, with private check-in, a dedicated pool, and complimentary spirits throughout the day.

Style | Modern and minimal, by Francisco Hanhausen, 2007

Special amenities | 32-inch flat-screen Samsung TVs, iHome alarm clock system, signature Somma Wine spa products, fresh fruit bowl replenished daily, welcome hand massage

Square footage | 3,550

Number of bedrooms in suite | Two

Number of bathrooms | Two and one half-bath

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 371, including 36 suites

Who’s slept here? | Paris Hilton, David Guetta, DJ Tiesto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Michael Phelps, and other VIPs

Nightly rate | From $2,500

Location | Boulevard Kukulcán Km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Alfredo Santamaria,

52-998-881-7600; alfredo.santamaria@posadas.com;

www.liveaqua.com

 Le Blanc Spa ResortLe Blanc Spa Resort

Royale Presidential Suite

Key selling points | This haven sits on the ninth floor of one the best spa resorts in Cancun, soothing with Caribbean views from a pair of balconies boasting a stunning al fresco whirlpool. Indoors, modern décor blooms from a king bed-outfitted master bedroom that is sure to tempt you to stay in and unwind even as Cancun’s nightlife unfolds around you.

Standout service | After a guest checked out, she realized she left her engagement ring in the room’s safe. She called the hotel from the airport and, before her plane departed,

the butler found the ring and brought it to the airport for her.

Style | Modern luxury, by Marbol, 2012

Special amenities | Bulgari bath amenities, Jacuzzi bubble bath service, selection of pillows and aromas from Le Blanc’s Comfort Menu, Nespresso machine, welcome bottle of wine, hidden pull-out mini-bar, private check-in, butler service

Square footage | 1,076

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | One and one half-bath

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 260, including 13 suites

Who’s slept here? | Shakira and other top celebrities

Nightly rate | From $573

Location | Boulevard Kukulcán Km 10, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Andreas Schmidt,

(305) 774-0040; aschmidt@leblancsparesort.com;

www.leblancsparesort.com

 Hard Rock Hotel CancunHard Rock Cancun

Rock Star Suite

Key selling points | Whether you’re an aspiring rock star or Mick Jagger himself, this party-centric presidential will feel just like home. Audiophiles will enjoy the available gear—amps, guitars, mixers, and more—while the disco-inspired duplex terrace is sure to thrill guests (or perhaps fans) once the headphones come off and stage lights come on.

Standout service | The hotel arranged a surprise 40th birthday party for a guest, complete with a mariachi band and themed cocktails.

Style | Rock n’ roll opulence, by 555 International, 2011

Special amenities | Two 42-inch TVs with Surround Air Track 3D equipment, HD audio/video system with Blu-ray player, XBOX 360 Kinect, and 58-inch plasma-screen TV, Elton John and Sting memorabilia, 70s-style bathtub in connecting Queen’s Room.

Square footage | 1,100, plus 1,411 square feet of outdoor space

Number of bedrooms in suite | One

Number of bathrooms | One

Number of rooms and suites in hotel | 601, including 24 suites

Who’s slept here? | Wilmer Valderrama, Rumor Willis, Jayde Nicole, Flo-Rida, and the Goo Goo Dolls

Nightly rate | From $5,000

Location | Boulevard Kukulcán Km 14.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancún

Contact | General Manager Enrique Paz, 52-998-881-3600; epaz@hrhaic.com; www.hrhcancun.com