You heard that right. "All inclusive" and "foodies" was just used in the same description. As a proud lover of great food - and frequent sufferer of not-so-great food- this resort was absolutely amazing. Yucatan specialties, asian delicacies, inspired nouveau cuisine - every restaurant had amazing food. Even the standard buffet had a gourmet assortment. The Spanish restaurant has a mobile tequila cart with fine spirits mixed tableside with a variety of inspired glass-rim salts and sugars. Great attention was paid to every detail of every meal.
But it's not JUST about the food. Stumble back to your room stuffed and a little tipsy to find a super chic, modern room with the finest appointments: jacuzzi tub, multi head showers, lots of tasteful fixtures and stone surfaces of every color and pattern. We stayed in the jungle area, which was a little less expensive than other parts. But it didn't disappoint. The "jungle" was gorgeous to look at, with wild birds and lizards. A bed on the patio was great for relaxing.
The only slight drawback was the tipping culture. At the end of every meal, you're given a bill which itemizes everything you ordered - but with a zero balance, since it is an all inclusive. The idea is that you will include a tip that is a portion of the "bill." We gave a standard tip for each meal, regardless of what we ordered.
We went in July and didn't see a lot of people. It felt a little deserted. But that didn't bother my wife and I one bit.
I can't rave enough about this place. The people are friendly, the service is fast and attentive, and the food ... oh the food!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Velas Riviera Maya is one of the newest resorts to distinguish Riviera Maya as a premier vacation destination. The uniquely Mexican world-class hospitality we provide is "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare", and we are proud to be the only family-friendly All Inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to have been rated Five Diamonds by the AAA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, Riviera Maya Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Grand Velas All Suites And Spa Resort, Riviera Maya
- Grand Velas Hotel Riviera Maya
- Grand Velas Riviera Maya Playa Del Carmen, Mexico