Last week my travels took me to Mexico for a stay at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, a five-star, Leading Hotel of the World property. Located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, just 30 minutes from the Cancun airport, Grand Residences in the newest addition to the Royal Resorts family.
While I was there, I indulged in all the hotel has to offer – from their complimentary sunset cruise to an aqua-aerobics class to a spa treatment to a tea tasting session with a professional sommelier to a bike ride into Puerto Morales, a nearby fishing village. The hotel also offers daily programs such as tennis, yoga, snorkeling, golf, salsa classes, cooking demos, complimentary high tea daily at 4pm and more. For parents looking for a real break, they offer a Kids Club for kids ages 4-12, a kid’s pool, playground, treasure hunts and more. For parents with older kids, they have a Teens Club with activities for them. I was really excited to hear that the hotel offers very tight security in both clubs. Not only do they take your phone number but they also give you an iPad that shows you what your kids are doing at all times.
My 1-bedroom Master Suite had to be the best one! I was instantly in love with the decor and layout, as well as my welcome bottle of tequila and keepsake beach bag. I had my own kitchen – saying it was fully equipped is an understatement, offering a stove top, grill, convection oven, microwave oven, sub zero fridge, dishwasher, Nespresso® Machine, coffee maker, wine cooler, toaster, blender, orange juice maker, cookware, kitchen and tableware. I also had a Jacuzzi on the balcony, which I used several times after a long day out enjoying the resort. The hotel also offers a gym on the premises with very modern, solid equipment, which I’m happy to say I utilized daily.
From fish tacos and margaritas down at the pool bar by the beach (open from 10am to sunset – have I even mentioned how gorgeous the sunsets are in the Maya Riviera?) to room service to coffee at the Lobby Cafe and Bar to El Faro Grill, the food at Grand Residences was simply sublime.
The resort is remote and it’s necessary to get transportation to get out. The hotel is very strict about security and will assist in every way. Since I was on my own, I opted for a bike ride off the property and into town, alongside a friend and Edgar, our guide. Another day, we had lunch at a lovely Greek restaurant called La Sirena, owned by a fellow American by the name of Anthony Chalas. We also ventured about 45 minutes by car to Playa del Carmen for a bit of shopping and dinner. Oh, did I mention that Puerto Moreles is reportedly the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet’s iconic “Margarita Ville”?
I also ventured to the spa where they offer massages, facials and body wraps exclusively created for Grand Residences guests, each one carefully chosen to restore balance and harmony. I had a Hydracure Facial and it completely relaxed me, whilst revitalizing my skin.
My visit at Grand Residences was nothing short of magic – from my walks on the beach to sleeping to the sound of the waves to my tranquilizing spa treatment.
Get more information about Grand Residences Riviera Cancun here.
Disclosure: the resort hosted me, and my stay was complimentary but all opinions are my own.