Just spent two enjoyable weeks celebrating my retirement at The Grand Velas Riviera Maya staying in an Ambassador suite. All the previous reviews more or less tell the story . We have stayed at two other five star resorts in the Mayan Riviera in the past five years, The Valentin and the Secrets Maroma. To try to compare the three resorts would be hard to do. All three had certain aspects that were better than the others. All three are beautiful five star resorts, have beautiful sandy beaches, wonderful restaurants and excellent service. Where the Grand Velas did excel though was in the quality, presentation and service of its gourmet meals. Having spent 14 night there we were able to try all the restaurants several times for breakfast, lunch and dinner and never did we have a disappointing selection. There was fresh green juice drink, fruit smoothies, omelets, smoked salmon with champagne for breakfast. Fresh seafood, steak tartar and numerous fresh salads with a great selection of red and chilled white wines for lunch (Bistro's patio was best for these two meals). Then there was the five specialty restaurants. Each one of them was a dining experience in itself and we enjoyed all of them. The freshness, selection and quality of the ingredients was as good as you can get and better in high end European and North American restaurant or on cruise ships. The beef, lamb, seafood, shellfish and desserts were all some of the best we have had in our world travels. The waiter staff, what they may have lack in experience more than made up for in exuberance. The G.V. also had the best selection of all-inclusive wines that we have experienced. Sit down one afternoon or evening and have your waiter do a complete wine tasting session and pair it with appetizers and meals of your choice The pool, beach and resort staff were also wonderful. Have Victor(one of the lifeguards) take you out for a kayak to the reek for a snorkel and on your way back paddle over the cenote. As much as we enjoyed our stay at the G.V. it was quite a bit more expensive, it is not an adult only resort and though the sandy beach itself was beautiful the ocean water is quite shallow and rocky making it difficult to go for a nice ocean swim. The previous two resorts that we stayed at were adult only, had a better ocean to swim in and were better priced. But having said that we would definitely consider coming back to The G.V. again if the price point was better.
- 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 Mexico - Playa Del Carmen