Located a short 35 minute drive from Cancun airport and set within 206 pristine acres of flourishing jungle and endless shimmering sands in the Riviera Maya, Sophie Ritchie discovers an ultra-luxurious all-inclusive experience at Grand Velas Riviera Maya…
A gorgeously premium resort boasting sunshine and sophistication, Grand Velas Riviera Maya provides the perfect gourmet getaway in the very heart of Mexican paradise. The sense of secluded tranquility is clear even from first arriving at the impressive wide stone entrance, which welcomes guests to their escape from reality with sparkling pools of water and a long winding drive.
Positioned far back from the outside main road is the beautiful Grand Class, one of the three different buildings found at the resort and my home for the week. Open to adults only, the award-winning Grand Class boasts beautiful ocean views from every angle – with spacious suites that lead straight onto the awaiting pristine white beach.
With only 90 oceanfront suites, it emulates the feel of a luxury boutique hotel. Its 1,100 square-foot rooms are vast and much larger than those of a usual hotel. With contemporary swivel flat-screen TVs, inviting king-size beds and living areas offering comfortable seating, they’re ideal for unwinding. It’s the little touches though, that make my room so impressively inviting. From a welcoming platter of personalised sweet treats to handy mosquito repellent and an array of pampering beauty products, you’ll immediately feel at home – even when you’re thousands of miles from the clouds of the UK.
Not only relaxing, it’s a total foodie paradise. When you picture all-inclusive holidays, the typical boring buffet and mass produced meals can often spring to mind. However, this Leading Hotel of the World breaks any previous assumptions about going all-inclusive — the food is exceptional.
Grand Velas boasts not one but an impressive eight restaurants within its walls. From a taste of France at Pilaf to authentic Mexican delicacies at Frida, guests can choose from a range of differing cuisines from around the world. There’s no shortage of flavours to try – and every dining spot is styled with its own unique elegant decor.
Whilst all the eateries offer delicious food, the resort’s jewel, Cocina de Autor, is an edible experience not to be missed. The restaurant holds the AAA Five Diamond Award (the equivalent of two Michelin stars) and uses science to serve a blend of Mexican and Basque dishes. Every course is a form of culinary art – from trout rind with avocado and pickled pork to venison mole, dishes are presented beautifully and taste equally as good.
From relaxing with a massage at the resort’s award-winning spa to exciting day excursions, there’s plenty to partake in during your stay. Lounge by the shimmering pools to soak up the sun, snorkel with fish in the Riviera or embark upon a guided visit to one of Mexico’s many tourist attractions.
A day out at Xcaret, the nearby natural park is perfect for more adventurous souls – visit to swim in underground rivers and marvel at fascinating wildlife in the middle of Mexican jungle. From shopping and sunbathing to archaeological tours and cookery classes, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during a stay at Grand Velas – and no chance of boredom.
If you’re looking to take a break from daily reality, then hop on a flight and pay a visit to Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Sunshine, superb food and endless sophistication – it’s time for a little Mexican magnificence.