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Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

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Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Or just another refurbished one? The website looks amazing. Does anybody know if the beach is nice and long for walking with minimal seaweed? Thanks!

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1. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

it used to be 1 of the palace resorts, adventura i believe, until it got rebranded.

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2. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Only a man made lagoon, no natural beach when it was Aventura.

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3. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

It was previously the Aventura Spa and Cove resort and has recently been remodeled and transitioned to Hard Rock Riviera with many updates, including a man made beach now.

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4. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

They have refurbished the "beach" area, but like Caviargal said, its a lagoon, no actual beach access. I've been researching this hotel for a friends wedding in May and those beautiful pictures are just artist/computer renderings, not actual resort photos. The resort is not finished yet and there are threads about how un-finished it is on this forum that I would absolutely check out before you book.

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5. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Thanks, I have a need for a real beach. It looks nice though.

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6. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Can someone explain how this resort could be along the coast, and yet not be on the beach? The map makes it look like it is on the coast. Is there a way to walk TO the beach? So confusing!

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7. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Its on the coast but there is a huge rock formation in between the ocean and where the beach would be with an opening to let the sea water come in and out of this lagoon. Basically they brought in more sand to that area that had these large rocks coming down from the sidewalk to the beach.

Its hard to explain but if you go back and look as the pics of the Aventura Spa Palace "beach" pics under traveler photos it may make more sense.

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8. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Ah - got it! There is still sand there, and you can still see the ocean from your lounger. Not sure this would be such a huge deal for me, provided everything else was great. Going to give this resort some more time, and then look at the reviews then.

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9. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

Is there a swim up bar?

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10. Re: Is the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya a new hotel?

In some places along Riviera Maya the coast is so rocky that you can not swim in the sea or walk along the beach - although you can look at the sea and the sight of the waves crushing at the rocks might be very beautiful - usually the rocky coast part is a higher ground that allows for a good view. Some resorts use this well - Grand Palladium built the natural salt water pool with the terrace lounging area with the bar in their higher rocky part of the beach, with the walking path along the rocky part - the views there are breath taking.

But most resorts do not really capitalize on this feature and as a result there is usually no walk or pool along the rocky part.