Pleasing the entire family when planning a summer vacation can be difficult. Velas Resorts in Mexico anticipates this challenge, and has provided a list of the perfect base for a trip to Mexico that will entertain everyone in the family from parents to teens to children.
Best for Adrenaline Junkies
Guests at the new Grand Velas Los Cabos will be able to experience flyboarding and hang-gliding on an Ultralight Sky Tours. Velas Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and the adults-only Casa Velas are all located near Mexico’s Premier 5 Star Zipline Adventure. Bonus: the famous surfing town of Sayulita is just one hour from Puerto Vallarta. Guests of Grand Velas Riviera Maya can try kitesurfing, or kayak tour along the coastline.
Best for Water Babies
A network of underground rivers and lagoons of Xcaret and Xel Ha (both aquatic theme parks) are just a short drive from Grand Velas Riviera Maya. For a more holistic, restorative experience, guests of Grand Velas Los Cabos can enjoy a spa water treatment. Guests of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit can keep hydrated without leaving the pool at the resort’s Aqua Bar. For ultimate water-based experience, adult guests of Casa Velas have exclusive access to the Private Ocean Club, complete with a pool, beach and restaurant.
Best for Culture Vultures
Nearby Grand Velas Riviera Maya, guests can explore the Mayan ruins of Cobá, Chichén Itzá and Tulum and local nature reserves such as Rio Secreto, where they can learn about ancient Mayan culture on jungle and ruins tours. Another popular option is the historic walking tour of Puerto Vallarta – available to guests of Casa Velas, Velas Vallarta and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Guests at Velas’ Puerto Vallarta resorts also have the opportunity to watch the Municipal Xiutla Ballet perform in Los Arcos every Friday and Sunday. For children, the Kid’s Club at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers Spanish language classes and eco-shows. From Grand Velas Los Cabos, guests can visit the famous Cabo Arch.
Best for Animal Lovers
At Velas Vallarta, a sea turtle experience allows guests to participate in conservation training, hatchling releases, nesting patrol and cleaning of hatching nests. Travelers also have the opportunity to swim with dolphins or go bird watching. Grand Velas Los Cabos offers a camel safari. From Grand Velas Riviera Maya, guests can explore the marine parks of Cozumel and Playa del Carmen on family scuba diving adventures.
Best for Indulgence
From Grand Velas Los Cabos, guests can relax on Mexico’s cleanest beach, enjoy the world’s most expensive taco, or take a luxury sailing trip around the coast of Cabo San Lucas. Guests staying in an Ambassador or Grand Class Suite at Grand Velas Riviera Maya can enjoy views of Mexico’s Caribbean ocean from their own private Jacuzzi tub. The adults-only Casa Velas offers a handbag bar and jewelry rental service to allow guests to dress the part at the resort’s exclusive Beach Club. Younger guests at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit can now enjoy the new teen’s spa day, which includes a full day of pampering inclusive of a new hairstyle, manicure and pedicure as well as access to the spa’s renowned hydrotherapy circuit followed by a photo shoot.
Best for Foodies
At Grand Velas Los Cabos, foodies can enjoy a multi-course tasting menu presented by two-Michelin star Chef Sidney Schutte at Cocina de Autor. Frida at Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit has been awarded Four Diamonds by the AAA. For a more romantic fine-dining experience, guests at the adults-only Casa Velas can enjoy Four Diamond cuisine from the refined setting of Emiliano's outdoor terrace, surrounded by koi ponds and candles. Diners at all Velas Resorts’ restaurants are entertained each evening by live music.