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Mexico | Grand Velas Riviera Maya



WHY: Post-ILTM Americas Ultimate Jet Vacations FAM trip
WHEN: September 2014 
WHO:  Myself and a few awesome colleagues!

The ultimate luxury all-inclusive resort in Mexico, with no shortage of stunning accommodations and amenities!


TYPE: Luxury all-inclusive.

ROOMS: There are three different sections. The family-friendly Zen Grand Suites are located away from the beach and near the convention center in the beautiful Mayan Jungle. These suites are 1,100 square feet and have hot tubs and private terraces. The Ambassador Section is also family friendly and boasts 1,200 square foot suites with sitting areas, large bathrooms with Jacuzzis, and the option of a plunge pool. They are located by the main pool, near the fitness center, Kid's Club, and Teen's Club. My favorite category is the Grand Class Section which is perfect for couples or families with teens. It is adult only (12+) with over 90 large oceanfront suites, which feature private terraces with plunge pools and amazing ocean views!

RESTAURANT: The food at Gland Velas is better than any all inclusive that I have seen. There are eight restaurants and their chefs bring influences from a variety of countries around the world. I would highly recommend their French restaurant, Piaf, which has a romantic atmosphere and serves some of the best French cuisine in Mexico. Regardless, the complimentary room service at Grand Velas is always great choice if you don’t feel like dining out.

BAR: Our group wished we had more time to spend at Koi Sports Bar. Located in the Zen wing of the resort, Koi can host around 140 people inside and 100 on the outside terrace. They have a dance floor and a huge screen for viewing your favorite sports. Seeing the unique design elements of Koi are reason enough to pay it a visit.

VIBE: Upscale beach resort with a comforting, welcoming vibe.

SPA: Grand Velas is known worldwide for it’s incredible spa, named “Best Spa in the World” by Virtuoso. There are separate hydrotherapy sections for men and women as well as 40 treatment suites where you can have a massage, facial, or try one of their unique treatments. Be sure and get to your treatment an hour early to try the “Hydrothermal Journey” which is included with most treatments. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

POOL/GYM: Each section has dedicated pools: Grand Class has one pool, Ambassador has a large infinity pool with a section for small children, and Zen Grand has a pool surrounded by lush vegetation. The Life Fitness Center is complete with all of the latest cardio equipment, a weight training area, and lots of fun classes to choose from like Zumba and Pilates.

WIFI: Complimentary.

KIDS: Yes, bring them! Offering both a kid's club and a teen's club, as well as a whole host of family-friendly activities and settings, there's something for guests of all ages at Grand Velas.

LOCATION: Located on over 80 acres of mangroves that meet with a pristine 1,000 foot long beach along Mexico's Rivera Maya, about 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN). 



SmartFlyer Exclusive Amenities:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
Complimentary one-way private airport transfer
$50 spa credit, per adult, per day
A welcome tequila bottle
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability


- A few things -

While Grand Velas Riviera Maya is "grand" as far as scale, it is by no means a place where you will get lost in the crowd. This is a place for people that love options but are also looking for those special personalized touches and service. Even if you are not necessarily an all-inclusive person, if you want to have a wide variety of options while on vacation I would highly recommend giving Grand Velas a shot. The quality of this resort is outstanding and there really is something for everyone here.