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October 20, 2015updated Oct 23, 2015

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

By Zahra Al-Kateb

Grand Velas Riviera MayaLocated on over 1,600 feet of pristine white-sand beach and turquoise waters on Mexico‘s Caribbean coast, the all-inclusive, AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya seduces guests with spacious, elegant accommodations, impeccable service and outstanding hospitality. Dedicated butler service is on hand to fulfill guests’ every whim, and accommodations embody the utmost of luxury living with outdoor plunge pools, indoor whirlpool bathtubs, iPod stations, wireless internet access, stocked [and refilled daily] mini-bars and 24-hour suite service. The resort boasts 539 spacious suites with stunning oceanfront or soothing jungle views, distributed in three different ambiences perfect for couples, families or business travelers. Take a culinary tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia with five gourmet restaurants recognized for their standout offerings by Forbes’ Top Ten list and an AAA Four and Five Diamond Award. Relax in the region’s largest spa sanctuary, specializing in signature treatments inspired by ancient cultures from around the world, and delight in the pleasures of award-winning beaches. All at this EarthCheck Certified, AAA Five Diamond, Leading Hotel of the World that truly redefines the standards for luxury.


Name: Ambassador Presidential Suite

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Square footage: 2,793

Nightly rate: From $5,200

Number of rooms in suite: Two bedrooms

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of bathrooms: Two and one half-bath

Key selling points: The suite offers a private plunge pool for two people in each bedroom, a master bedroom with one king bed, and another bedroom with two queen beds, space for two massage tables for in-suite spa treatments, private butler concierge service, private pool and beach concierge service, personal housekeeper, an interior bar stocked with premium liquors and wireless internet.

Number of villas and suites in hotel: 539, including six Presidential Suites and one Governor Suite.


The resort’s state-of-the-art Grand Velas Spa was voted “Best of the Best” Spa by Virtuoso in 2010 and “Best Luxury Resort SpaAmericas” during the 2014 World Luxury Spa Awards. It is located in the midst of the Mayan jungle, covering an area of 76,640 sq ft. The Spa offers deluxe spa services and holistic experiences in 40 treatment suites, including massage, signature body treatments, facials and energizing rituals.

Contact: Leticia Fernández, spa director

Phone: +52 984 879 4400

Toll Free: +1 877 418 3067




Cocina de Autor

This venue features a menu of Basque-inspired cuisine by internationally acclaimed chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso. The restaurant’s Executive Chef Xavier Perez Stone won “Mexico‘s Chef of the Year” in 2012, and was the world‘s first all-inclusive resort restaurant to receive the AAA Five Diamond Award.


Koi Bar

A venue for enjoying premium beverages, shows, dancing and sporting events projected on high definition Black Diamond screens, the Koi Bar is the latest addition to the resort’s range of entertainment options for guests.

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