During my Riviera Maya trip in early June, I stayed at two resorts, the Royal Playa del Carmen and the Grand Velas, and visited a third one, Tres Ríos, for an evening function.
Royal Playa del Carmen
What I found most unique about the Royal Playa del Carmen Resort is that every room has an in-suite double spa tub – ideal for romantic moments for this adults-only beachfront property.
The 508-suite, all-inclusive resort has a huge central pool just a few steps away from the beach, and more than a dozen or so restaurants, bars and cafes ranging from gourmet dining rooms to poolside swim-up bars. Its spa, SPAzul, has six single massage rooms with showers and four tandem massage rooms. It offers Sáas Rituals, a Mayan inspired relaxation experience, directed by a trained Mayan Shaman, to help
connect with your inner being. In addition, there’s nightly entertainment including acrobatic acts in it’s central lobby area.
I was very pleased with my room, as suites have terraces and feature a wide range of amenities including a large screen HDTV with a CD/DVD player, and a stocked mini bar, to name a few. But what I liked most about Royal Playa del Carmen is its location.
It’s just a block or two away from Playa del Carmen’s popular Fifth Avenue, a bustling central corridor is lined with touristy shops, restaurants and bars – all parallel to the aquamarine-tinted waters of Playa del Carmen’s expansive beachfront.
Here is a segment produced by the Royal Playa del Carmen Resort on gourmet recipes:
For more information: http://www.realresorts.com
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
The Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is an all-inclusive property in a peaceful spot – far from city lights and tucked within a large stretch of coastal Maya Riviera jungle. Its 491 suites are spacious, ranging from 1,184, 1,270 and 1,377 square feet. All have an excess of amenities including iPod, MP3, CD and DVD stations; a 42” flat screen TV and more.
Fine dining is not hard to find here – there are five gourmet restaurants. In fact, Grand Velas Chef Xavier Perez Stone was recently crowned Mexico’s “Chef of the Year” in Mexico City during the 11th Annual Alimentaria Expo Mexico, the country’s largest food and beverage trade show. Stone is the chef of the award-winning Cocina de Autor restaurant at the Grand Velas, wowing the judges in a blind taste test with his black-skin trout and pineapple-colored shrimp, amongst other dishes.
The resort’s large pool is just off the beach and sits amidst the swirls and curves of the resort’s four levels of suites – all with patios or balconies. I found the Grand Velas to have quiet elegance and I recommend it for those who prefer seclusion. The Convention Center with its spacious ballroom was ideal for our meetings.
For more information: http://www.grandvelas.com
Tres Ríos Resort, Spa and Nature Park is also tucked deep within the coastal jungles of the Riviera Maya. It has 273 suites, five restaurants, four bars, spa facilities and of course beaches. The Tres Ríos Nature Park includes three natural rivers, ten cenotes and mangrove forests.
I did not stay here but attended an evening function and captured on camera the glow of the evening sunset reflecting off the ocher-tinted resort buildings.
For more information: http://www.haciendatresrios.com