In Mexico, Luxury is spelled with double X, you’ll see why:
The Mayan Riviera is a tourism district, located at about 30 min from Cancun airport, along the Caribbean coastline of the state of Quintana Roo. Surprisingly for some people, this is a favorite destination for many. And one of its most sacred secrets is the sumptuous’ hotels and fabulous constructions made for those that enjoy the very best of life.
Our experience at the Grand Luxxe at Riviera Maya was close to a dream. Yours will be too!
You will feel as an exclusive guest from the very beginning at this formidable resort. Transportation along the Vidanta at Riviera Maya can vary; however, we were treated to private carts that would pick us up and drop us off at any location across the hotel complex.
As you arrive at the main entrance, you notice the difference and excellence in customer service from the staff, ever willing to help and eager to please. Once you are directed to the main lobby, the very tall ceilings and calming colors along with seductive music make you feel at ease. The outstanding concierge staff will welcome you with a fresh drink and invite you to start your time at the Grand Luxxe.
This time around, we traveled with our kids. The elegance was never an issue or made us feel out of place. On the contrary, the kids felt welcomed as well and acknowledge by the staff as they were giving us our bracelets that would identify us as guests of the hotel. This is a favorite for the kids as they are able to use their bracelets to open the room!
Registration was a breeze, we are used to longer registrations were you have to sign a bunch of papers, and that really takes the fun away from your vacation. This time though, the excitement never stopped.
Our concierge walked us to the building, a few steps away from the lobby. We were placed on the third floor. Along the walk you can be sure to see Iguanas wandering free along the boardwalk, coatis and local exotic birds.
Once in the building, the cleanliness through the corridor is unreal; we finally get to discover our room and there it was! An unbelievable space, dare we say designed just for our family.
Traveling with Kids
The Perfect Luxury Suite for the Whole Family
This is not your regular room at a fancy resort; this is more like an apartment or villa.
The One Bedroom Suite is a one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom suite with one king-sized bed, gourmet kitchen, living room with a sleeper sofa, dining room, two LCD TVs, Jacuzzi tub, and wide terrace with a private plunge pool. Accommodates 4 adults, 2 children.
The view from the terrace is the jungle and at the very end the Caribbean ocean. Needless to say, we saw unforgettable sunsets and star-filled nights. You can actually spot during the day, cruise ships leaving the island of Cozumel and at nighttime the lights of the city.
It is a very private space, which is something that the builders kept in mind, and the decoration is impeccable, lavish, and beautiful.
The plunge pool at the terrace was a hit! The kids went right in as we finished putting our stuff away and got ready to enjoy our time there.
We booked ourselves to an aromatherapy massage at their Spa, Spatium – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spatium takes indulgence to a whole new level; luxury lifestyle at is best. It is secluded at a private space within the facilities; a wooden pathway will take you there, again surrounded by nature and its beauty.
The spa’s amenities are modern yet they keep it very unique with the “Mayan Casitas”, little houses that are yours for 50 minutes or the duration of your treatment. You are invited to come about an hour before your massage to enjoy the rest of services at the spa; definitely plan on doing that!
Spatium has a state of the art hydrotherapy circuit that offers Jacuzzis, cold plunge tubs, steam rooms, and a salt therapy cabin. You can enjoy yourself, relax and rejoice on your own time, pampering yourself while on vacation.
One of the staff members will be assigned to be your companion and direct you around the facility. Their customer service quality, comparable to the very best, is evident at every step.
After your hydrotherapy session, you will be directed to a room where your therapist will meet you and walk you to your Mayan casita. A brief consultation happens during the walk, really respectful and insightful, it is a one on one consultation that assesses specific needs to achieve full benefits during your massage/treatment. Once at the room, the massage therapist will begin with a spiritual ritual that involves a welcoming to the mayan culture, its roots, the four elements and also honors your visit to the spa.
Not to spoil your first time, but to give you a little bit of what you’ll live, the aromatherapy massage starts and ends with a sample of vibratory therapy that intends harmonizing the body and mind by “tuning” energy centers in the body providing balance. It is said to create a healing environment through sound.
This will really set you in the mood for your treatment and leave you satisfied and stress-free. We trust that your aromatherapy massage will meet or surpass your expectations. The essences used were perfect! The combination of eastern and western techniques promise to ease your nerves and relieve your stress.
Pros and Cons of Spatium:
- This place is literally in the middle of a small jungle area afar from stress and distractions; you don’t have to imagine you are in your happy place; you are indeed surrounded by nature, steps away to the Caribbean ocean, a perfect scenario to relax.
- You are not necessarily escaping your family; they’re having fun while you relax. In other words, no guilty feelings! You can actually let go and enjoy your experience.
- Any guest of the Grand Luxxe can enjoy the spa amenities without booking a treatment, if there is not enough time. Don’t miss the hydrotherapy circuit!
- It is super private, more that the spas we are used to in the City. This also helps to your relaxation.
- You don’t ever want to leave!
- There comes a time close to your 50 minutes of treatment where you feel so relaxed you almost mourn that it’s over.
- No cons really, this was at the very top of our favorite things.
The massage therapists are professional and certified that love their art and excel at it.
A Brand New Beach Club For Everyone
After this extremely soothing affair, we were invited to the Beach Club, exclusive to the guests of the hotel. We were told that it had been recently renovated and a must- see during our stay.
The concierge at the lobby kindly arranged a reservation for us and the staff at the beach club was waiting for our family and greeted us warmly. To describe the amenities as unbelievable would be an understatement; this place is paradise.
The Beach Club is private to the Grande Luxxe and Grand Bliss members; it has widespread views of the ocean and is located next to a Spanish restaurant, “El Chiringuito”.
We were assigned an open cabana right at the pool, in the middle of all the action. One of the hostesses walked us to our space and introduced us to our waiter for the day. We had enough space for the four of us; the best feature was a closet to store every single thing you carry when you have kids! So the area always looked nice and clean.
Our cabana included a dining room and a mini sofa plus two beach chairs right at the pool, it felt like having our own deck.
Despite the club being full, it never felt crowded. The DJ played upbeat music and pleased all tastes. This was like our own little island, we really felt at our element.
Our waiter was great at recommending appetizers and drinks. We were there during their Happy Hour event that gets you two drinks for the price of one; to savor those magic cocktails or even enjoy a cold beer was wonderful.
Kids, Sand Castles, and The Best Family Time
We went for a short trip to the beach to take some family pictures. The kids loved the pool as much as the beach, to have them side-by-side was not only convenient but a bonus!
After making sand castles and getting in the ocean, we went back to our cabana at the beach club to finish the rest of the afternoon there.
The food was delicious; there are lunch and snack options for kids, which always helps! There are many options that include Mexican food, but for those picky eaters, you can rest assured there are enough plates in the menu for you to choose.
Before the day ended we made sure to reserve a cabana for the next day.
Feeling Like a Celebrity
The consistent unparalleled service and the customer service skills at Vidanta are two things that prevail during your stay, and also things you remember. The Grand Luxxe is truly stunning and luxurious and you will feel like a celebrity from start to end. It was such an exceptional experience that we needed to recommend it to all of our readers, we cannot wait to go back!
One of the many things you’ll love is their boutique, Jade. Packing for the family can be overwhelming and chances are, you will forget something; don’t panic, they have you covered. You will find from groceries to clothing, pharmacy, jewelry and a variety of souvenirs.
This time around, we stayed the whole time at the resort but if you and your family are adventurous travelers, Vidanta will arrange your outside trip and get you the best fees and plans for you.
The second largest barrier coral reef of the world, The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, is near the area; it is said that the diving and snorkeling day trips are essential. The concierge service should be able to arrange it all for you.
Exploring The Riviera Maya & Cancun
Xcaret Park Mexico, the best eco-archaeological park in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, Xcaret at Night and Mayan culture.
Xel-Ha Park provides one of the best experiences in Cancun and Riviera Maya. Enjoy the best water activities in Cancun
Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city serving as a major port for Cobá. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show in Mexico, combines culinary and performing arts in an intimate theater setting to engage the audience’s five senses. Drawing on Mexico’s history and heritage, JOYÀ tells the story of an alchemist and his granddaughter embarking on a quest to uncover the secrets of life. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste extraordinary dishes and live an unforgettable night exclusively at the Cirque du Soleil Theater at Vidanta Riviera Maya. JOYÀ, a thrilling, whimsical show in which joy, courage and friendship conquer all!
Isla Mujeres is a beautiful, peaceful paradise just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun Mexico. Isla Mujeres is more laid-back and tranquil than Cancun, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do, it just means you can do nothing at all or fill your day with water sports, shopping, exploring and drinking in that special atmosphere that is Isla Mujeres.
At first sight Cozumel might look like any other tropical island with crystal clear waters, spectacular sunsets, and endless beaches, but Cozumel is not just another Caribbean destination. From the moment you arrive to the island you will feel the warmth of its people, because in Cozumel hospitality is not just a practice, it is a lifestyle. It’s an island where you will find adventures that will leave you breathless, with endless memories and unforgettable experiences It’s like no other. With a Mexican heart and a Caribbean soul, Cozumel is a paradise where tradition, flavor, and joy come together.
PS: Special Thanks to all the staff at the Grand Luxxe at Vidanta, from the cart drivers, bellboys, housekeeping, to the concierge and general manager. This trip was sincerely unforgettable for our family!
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