This season, discerning vacationers will dine at chef’s tables, relax on fine beaches and sleep in luxury suites — all while staying at all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. Here’s a look at some of our top picks.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which opened late last year, has a distinct Mexican vibe that grabs you right in the lobby, thanks to the dramatic ocean views that set the mood immediately.
Here, the Presidential Suite has 4,381 square feet of space across two floors. Each room at Ziva Cancun includes a balcony, but the Presidential Suite boasts two, along with a marble bathroom with a separate hot tub and rain shower. This top suite is also considered Hyatt Club Level, meaning it comes with special perks like personalized Beach Butler and concierge services, top-shelf liquors, a discount on spa and salon services and more.
Honeymooners may want to opt for the Hyatt Ziva Sky Swim-Up Ocean Front Master King. This romantic, 70-square-foot hideaway is perched in the Turquoize (adults-only) tower, and includes an oversized balcony, a private hot tub and a seating area. There is also a floor-to-ceiling corner rainfall shower. Guests of this suite will receive private check-in and exclusive access to the rooftop, adults-only pool. Tip: This guestroom is also ideal for those seeking some rejuvenation, as it has direct access to the spa. Looking for a prime ocean view? We hear that the same Turquoize tower also has Corner suites with fabulous vistas included.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun’s Chevy’s restaurant offers fun, family-friendly dining, including a menu of American classics.
For guests who book the Ocean Front Master King because of the spa access, we suggest ordering the Zen signature massage. This treatment combines Swedish, Thai, Deep Tissue, Reflexology and Shiatsu techniques. After this experience, guests can relax in the spa’s indoor pool, which has direct views of the Caribbean Sea. There is also a chance to take a dip in the hot tub, sauna, steam room and cold plunge. Contact Erick Blanco Flore ([email protected]), spa director.
Foodies take note: The hotel has a choice of nine restaurants. La Bastille, which serves French cuisine in an adults-only atmosphere, works for a romantic dinner. (Those seeking a private experience should ask for beach-side dining on the Ziva Pier.) While dining at Chevy’s, kids will be excited about sipping milkshakes in a ’57 Chevy convertible, complete with all-American fare. Note: There may be a wide range of adults-only experiences at Ziva, but the hotel also has a number of child-friendly offerings, like a Kidz waterpark, a game room with teen activities, paddle boarding and more, to make them feel like little VIPs. To create a special stay, reach out to Diane Perez ([email protected]), the chief concierge and Fidel Olea ([email protected]), front desk manager.
Hyatt Ziva Cancun has a distinct Mexican vibe that grabs you right in the lobby.
Club Med Yucatan recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and is good for families this summer. We suggest large groups, multigenerational clans included, book a room in the “Deluxe 5 Trident Luxury Space, Jade 5,” which has the most luxurious accommodation options. Incorporated in that category are the Deluxe Garden View Rooms. Tip: There are 37 rooms with garden views in the Jade section and 21 are ocean front. A Garden View Room, located on the ground and first floor of the Jade building, has either a balcony or private garden. Perks include champagne served by the glass at the Concierge bar or around the pool from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tip: If several families are traveling together they should ask for a family suite in the Luxury Space, as these have interconnecting ability and water views.
As for the family activities, children and teens can visit Club Med’s well-known kids’ clubs. The Mini Club Med, which hosts children ages four to 10, has three distinct sections, one for making things, another for expression and a third for games. Kids can participate in sports like tennis and golf, and take baking as well as nature lessons. The other club is Club Med Passworld, which includes age-appropriate experiences for children between 11 and 17. Note: There is also a pool in the kids’ club area. While the youngsters are having fun, the adults can relax at The Club Med Spa by Comfort Zone. Here, there are six treatment rooms and one double room. Guests can choose between different treatments, including breathe, discovery, embrace, harmony, peace and replenish. Those looking for healthy skin and hydration should book harmony; while those coming off a long day of scuba diving or windsurfing, should go for replenish, which eases stress and encourages energy. Contact Tanya Ansaldi ([email protected]) and Laura Mangravitti ([email protected]) directly.
Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun’s Diamond Club Honeymoon Suite has a balcony that affords a beautiful view of the beach.
Couples and friends traveling together to Mexico should consider the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun. (This is a separate hotel within Royalton Riviera Cancun.) New at Hideaway is the private chef’s table dining experience or the C/X Culinary Experience. The seven courses are prepared in an open kitchen, and each course is served with a dedicated instrumental soundtrack, adding suspense. The menu comprises starters such as foie gras, yellow fin tuna, duck magret and king crab, while other dishes include sea scallops on truffle oil risotto, sea bass and more. Tip: Guests staying at Royalton Riviera Cancun also can dine at the chef’s table; remember it is for adults only.
The perfect accommodation at Royalton Riviera Cancun is the Luxury Chairman’s Swim Out Suite, which is part of the Diamond Club service that gives guests access to exclusive à la carte restaurants (like Armadillo for lunch, which serves Tex-Mex) and bar areas, in-room liquor, private Diamond Club beach and pool access, and more. Additionally, a butler will be available for dinner reservations, and to organize special occasions, such as a romantic beach dinner for two. This setup will give guests the VIP treatment with ivory linens, champagne, a personal butler for dinner and a serenade. After dinner take a dip in the Luxury Chairman’s private swim-out pool or Jacuzzi. Best Part? This suite also has the best ocean views on property. To plan a special stay, reach out to Claudia Garcia ([email protected] resorts.com), director of sales.
Royalton Riviera Cancun’s Luxury Chairman’s Swim out Suite provides access to exclusive à la carte restaurants and other perks.
Looking forward, travelers should note that Grand Velas Los Cabos, part of The Leading Hotels of the World, is set to open this November. At this all-inclusive resort, guests will have a choice of more than 300 rooms, but we suggest booking the top stay, the Imperial Suite. This accommodation will have more than 5,000 square feet of space with two bedrooms, a living room, bar and deck, and will come with a specific concierge, though all guests staying at Grand Velas will have personal concierges. That being said, those looking for the top view should plan to stay at the Grand Class Suites. These guestrooms will all be ocean front, meaning they will boast the best vistas.
This new hideaway will also offer a spa with 16 treatment rooms, of which six will be for couples, while one will serve as a bridal room (contact Eduardo Santana, group sales manager, for wedding coordination at [email protected]). Those requesting a treatment should make reservations a month in advance for stays from December through May. Tip: The spa will have children’s treatments and will be able to accommodate groups. Advisors should contact Josselyn de la Mora ([email protected]), the spa director.
Grand Velas Los Cabos will offer 300 ocean front rooms, a spa and six restaurants when it opens in November.
There will be six restaurants on property. Four of these will have specialties, including French, Mexican contemporary, Italian and modern cuisine. Celebrating a special occasion? Advisors can also arrange for a romantic dinner on the beach for travelers, but these reservations are not available yet — stay tuned.
Families are welcome at Grand Velas, which plans to have a club for kids and teens. Note: There will also be a baby concierge department that will provide cribs, strollers and more items for the little ones. We hear that families will be most comfortable in the Ambassador level rooms; this category will include a large selection of connecting rooms. To create a special stay, contact Ignacio Mendoza ([email protected] resorts.com), the hotel director.
The Overwater Experience
Be in the know: For travelers looking for a luxury stay late in the summer, we suggest El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort by Karisma. This hotspot, in the Riviera Maya, will be opening overwater bungalows, Palafitos, in September. These new hideaways will include glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers and private infinity pools. We should also mention that there will be Jacuzzis inside these accommodations. Guests will be able to unwind on an oversized deck, complete with a telescope, reading material and blankets. For arrangements, Luxury Travel Advisor was told to contact Patricia Juarez Armenta (sa[email protected]) directly.