Additions to Grand Velas Riviera Maya build on the property’s success
Janice and George Mucalov
539-suite Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Open since
Cocina de Autor is one of eight restaurants at the
2008, the luxury all-inclusive resort is known for its
huge suites (measuring more than 1,000 square feet,
many with private plunge pools); elevated all-inclusive
dining (with more than 20 international wines, plus
in-room minibar, included); and gracious service (it’s
common to see a pool butler lay out towels and set up
ice buckets stocked with bottled water). It’s the only
family-friendly, all-inclusive resort in the Mexican
Caribbean to garner a AAA Five-Diamond rating.
But not content to rest on its laurels, Grand Velas has
recently introduced new features and services to
enhance the guest experience.
Clients who don’t want to miss any big games
can now enjoy a wide range of frosty beers and
light bites at the Koi sports bar and library. Here,
large wood-carved screens slide back to reveal an
enormous Black Diamond 231-inch HDTV with
Apple TV for viewing top sporting events and
shows. There’s also a dedicated dance floor with a
DJ for late-night fun.
Visitors should be sure to check out one of the
indulgent experiences at the resort’s full-service
spa — the largest in Latin America. Treatments
include a complimentary 50-minute hydrotherapy
session with seven water features, including an
ice room, a glass-tiled steam room and a massage
pool. But if guests are in the mood for something
less elaborate, they can now stop by three new spa
cabanas at the top of the three-tiered Ambassador
pool overlooking the sea for a refreshing $25 foot
massage, among other options.
Grand Velas hasn’t forgotten about couples
and families, either. A 143-seat chapel with
jungle views and a wedding showroom are
enticing additions for lovebirds planning a
destination wedding, while a new mini-golf
course is currently being built for children.
The resort has also added to its service options
with a new Tech Concierge to troubleshoot problems
for clients struggling with issues on their laptops
and phones. The complimentary concierge service
is available to help with everything from resizing
files and fixing international phone connections to
To get the most for clients for the least cost, Ana
Mari Irabien, public relations director for the resort,
offers this tip: Book clients in a Zen suite in the
lush jungle section. These suites are about half
the cost of the oceanview Grand Class suites, and
guests may see Yucatan jays, herons and even deer
from their decks, which overlook a lily-filled lagoon.
They will also be only steps away from the serene
Zen pool, and they’ll have the same access as other
guests to all the resort’s facilities.
Sounds like a grand plan.
The Details: Grand Velas Riviera Maya (www.riviera
Suites are modern, and
some feature ocean views.
The Zen Pool at
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Cocina de Autor offers unique fine dining.