Wow! I was always leery of "All Inclusives" but Grand Velas is in a category of its own. It's an "Inclusive" 5 star resort. We went down for a long week-end of R&R and were blown away. It's hard to believe the rooms until you actually set foot in them, and the view of the ocean and beach is just incredible. And what a beach! We walked every morning and couldn't believe how little beach the nearby resorts had. It was like going from a little dirt track to an 8 lane expressway of pure white sand at Grand Velas.
We consider ourselves foodies and again the hotel surpassed our expectations. When the sun sets and the beach goes dark, you could be in Paris or Madrid, enjoying gourmet dining at the best restaurant in the city! We got to know the sommelier - Miguel - quite well. Not because we ordered wine's from the a la carte menu, but because he was always able to recommend a great wine from the included wines (15 different kinds by the bottle!) to match our meal. We ate at Piaff, which brought back memories of our trip to Paris (and Chef Michel's apple tart - "My mother's recipe ... with a little more butter and a little more sugar" is worth the trip!) and our one dinner at Cocina was mouthwatering. And you have to try room service breakfast on your terrace, with a mimosa - or two - to start your day. Ultimately, it was the service that cemented it for us. The staff were all so nice and accommodating, we really lacked for nothing. We're already planning our next trip back in the winter - and we can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in 2008, the luxurious All Inclusive Luxury Resort 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 And Spa Resort, Riviera Maya
- Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, Riviera Maya Hotel Playa Del Carmen
- Grand Velas Hotel Riviera Maya
- Grand Velas Riviera Maya Playa Del Carmen, Mexico