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SPONSORED: Grand Velas Riviera Maya seduces guests with spacious accommodations, impeccable service and outstanding hospitality.
By Elite Traveler | March 2 2020
Enjoy the jungle’s mystique and endless ocean views at this AAA Five-Diamond resort for all ages, with luxury amenities that go above and beyond. Choose from three unique experiences: In the Zen Grand Ambiance you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and freshwater streams; opt for ocean breezes in the Ambassador Ambiance; or choose oceanfront opulence in the Grand Class Ambiance. Explore the entire resort and its specialty restaurants, visit the Kids’ Clubs and Teens’ Club, go on an eco-tour or play miniature golf. Traveling without children? There’s an adults-only pool and restaurant seating for ages 16 and over. Located on more than 1,600 ft of pristine white-sand beach on Mexico‘s Caribbean coast and surrounded by turquoise waters, Grand Velas Riviera Maya seduces guests with spacious accommodations, impeccable service and outstanding hospitality.
Zen Grand Presidential Suite – Nature View
– Size 3,518 sq ft
– Nightly rate from $4,255
The wood and stone details of this suite create an incredible atmosphere for a stylish vacation in the Riviera Maya. Sample an extensive menu at the eight-person marble dining table with family or friends, rest in one of its two spacious bedrooms, and relax in your private plunge pool or the outdoor shower enveloped by lush greenery.
Ambassador Presidential Suite – Oceanfront
– Size 3,084 sq ft
– Nightly rate from $7,130
The first thing you will feel when entering this two-bedroom suite is peace, then wonder. The casually elegant decor creates a relaxing haven that perfectly combines luxury and cutting-edge technology. Enjoy all the benefits of water in the suite’s private plunge pool or your indoor Jacuzzi or rain shower.
Grand Class Presidential – Oceanfront
– Size 3,796 sq ft
– Nightly rate from $4,500
Enjoy a dream vacation in this two-bedroom suite. With original artwork and a unique style that reflects the tropical setting of the Riviera Maya, this suite is a sublime refuge for groups and larger families. Indulge in a plunge pool, spa massages and a selection of fine wines.
The resort’s state-of-the-art SE Spa was voted Best Luxury Resort Spa (Americas) in 2014 and Best Luxury Destination Spa in 2017 by the World Luxury Spa Awards. In 2019, the World Spa & Wellness Awards recognized Grand Velas as the Resort Spa of the Year: North & South America. It also has been included on Forbes Travel Guide’s list of The World’s Most Luxurious Spas, which honors just 30 establishments whose standards reflect a level of sumptuous comfort. The SE Spa is in the heart of the Mayan jungle, covering an area of more than 89,000 sq ft with 40 treatment rooms.
Signature treatment The Sounds from the Soul massage helps recover physical energy and concentration. It begins with unlocking the spinal column and continues with a massage using several techniques to improve muscle problems in shoulders, neck, lower back and joints and relieve headaches and migraines caused by tension. Bowls are placed on specific parts of the body and vibrating tuning forks on the meridians’ energy centers. The 432 Hz sounds of the Quantum drum will balance, relax and attune the vibrations of your body and soul to the frequency of the Earth. Performed from head to toe, the Úumbal Shawl Massage aligns the body’s posture and cleanses energy channels. It is a creative choreography utilizing lemons for pressure and shawls for stretching. These techniques have roots in Pre-Hispanic methods.
Made using the freshest ingredients, each dish at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is a celebration of the culinary traditions of the world, and every menu includes a wide range of options for both traditional and adventurous diners. Experiencing the resort’s eight restaurants is not only a culinary tour of the world, but also a tour of the expansive property, with venues overlooking the Riviera Maya.
Enjoy Lucca, with Italian-Mediterranean specialties; AAA Four-Diamond restaurants: Frida (contemporary Mexican cuisine), Piaf (haute French cuisine) and Sen Lin (Asian fusion); as well as the world’s first all-inclusive resort restaurant in the world to receive the AAA Five-Diamond Award, Cocina de Autor. All meals are always perfectly paired by select wines and mixology. Casual daytime dining is also available at Azul, with breezy oceanfront views; Bistro, by the oceanfront adults-only pool; and Chaká, surrounded by the mystical Mayan jungle. Throughout the year, this resort organizes and hosts a range of gourmet events featuring celebrity chefs.
Children can discover a variety of activities at the Kids’ Clubs. From making piñatas and riding zip lines to water balloon fights and decorating cupcakes, there’s something to entertain even very little ones. Staff members spend months designing seasonal activity programs to make every time of year special. Teens can escape to the Teens’ Clubs with the latest technology, where they’ll find the perfect ambience to chill out, play, dance, lounge and make new friends. Spend quality time as a family during a unique bicycle tour or eco-tour; you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna, and hear about the mystical legends of ancient Mexico. Or, for something truly special, embark on a unique opportunity to dine 60 ft underground in one of the destination’s relatively undiscovered cenotes. This whole range of activities made Grand Velas win ‘The Best Family Program’ category as part of Virtuoso’s 2019 Best of the Best Awards.
AAA 5 Diamond
American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts
Ensemble Travel Group
Signature Hotels & Resorts
Affluent Traveler Collection
Preferred Hotels & Resorts – Legend
TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2019
Named the World’s Best Family Hotel by National Geographic
Best Hotel in Mexico by US News & World Report