On Location: Jade at Club Med Cancun

With all-inclusive luxury resorts going from niche to mainstream in recent years, the Club Med launched its "five-trident" (as opposed to five-star) spaces within existing resorts several years ago. In Cancun, where the Club Med Cancun Yucatan was one of the original resorts to open in the region, the Club opened Jade, its first five-trident building in 2009. (All of the luxury areas have different names at different resorts.)

While on location at the property, we got a chance to see what luxury travelers can expect in this building--and beyond.

Jade has 55 rooms in total—18 suites and 37 deluxe rooms. The suites cover an impressive 688 square feet and have balconies with sea views while the Deluxe rooms, at 419 square feet, have a balcony or a private garden. (First floor rooms have lawns that go right down to the beach—a nice detail for those who want to feel the grass under their feet.) The balconies are very large, and have huge chairs that are great for curling up with a good book...or for an al fresco breakfast.

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Inside, the bathrooms have walk-in rainshowers and large soaking tubs, while the tables in the bedrooms have hidden compartments for storing hairdryers and other small items.

The rooms are very nice, but the perks are the real star of the show at Jade. These are the only rooms that can get room service, and a continental breakfast can be brought by for wake-ups. (There is a $3 charge for room service delivery, but the food itself is included.) Guests here get their own check-in area and can meet up around the exclusive pool every evening for cocktails and appetizers. (Oh, yes, there's a private pool with butler service and cabanas and a private beach area.) Private transfers can be arranged for guests, and a concierge (not often found at Club Meds) can arrange priority access to activities and services (think treatments at the Comfort Zone spa or excursions or reservations for the a la carte restaurant).

Of course, guests here also have access to all of the other features at the resort, and can dine at the buffet restaurants or wherever they wish. 

Good to know: While Jade is a decidedly high-end experience at the resort, it is not adults-only. The rooms are family-friendly and kids can (and do) swim in the pool and beach. 


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