Grand Velas Riviera Maya, which sits on 206 pristine acres along the edge of the Caribbean Sea, is a serene oasis boasting a white sand beach, expansive spa, sprawling pools and epicurean adventures for even the most discerning of palates. The modern Mexican all-suite resort is divided into three parts – Grand Class, Ambassador and Zen Grand – each with its own distinct suites, amenities, pools, ambiance, décor, restaurants and bars.
Save for the adults-only amenities within the Grand Class area restricted to those over 16, each of the spaces are open for all guests to enjoy. Of particular note is the 90,000-sq.-ft. SE Spa, named one the most luxurious spas in the world by Forbes Travel Guide and certified by Wellness for Cancer, an organization that trains spas and wellness centers to provide personalized services to individuals touched by any type of cancer. Taking inspiration from the Mayan and Aztec cultures and applying them to the style of the spa as well as through treatment techniques, herbs and sacred plants, SE Spa wows with its water journey – a hydrotherapy circuit featuring a clay room, ice room, polar pool and color-therapy showers – as well as its experience pool with massaging neck jets, bubble beds, serene waterfalls, an exhilarating bubble volcano and a pebble walkway to soothe tired feet.
An all-inclusive option with all the bells and whistles, the resort has eight signature restaurants as well as a buffet and 24-hour room service; an in-suite mini bar restocked daily; premium wine, beer and six on-site bars and lounges; a 24-hour personal concierge as well as pool and beach concierges; Wi-Fi; gym access and free fitness classes daily; snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding and other non-motorized water sports; and all taxes and gratuities.
Insider tip: do not miss the resort’s Eco Tour option to discover the Mayan jungle, local flora and fauna and even mangroves. It concludes by offering guests the opportunity to plant a tree onsite, literally giving each member of the party the chance to put down roots on the land.