ID Travel Diaries: Riviera Maya

We are back, and here to share with you the latest installment of ID Travel Diaries, where we journey to experience the world’s best hotels with our top travel professionals.

Summer kicked off with an unforgettable trip to one of our ULTIMATE Mexico locales, the relaxing Riviera Maya. Conveniently situated near Cancun, the destination offers a little something for everyone, whether you prefer lounging poolside or adrenaline-pumping action.

Riviera-Maya-Map-and-Brochure-PicTravel Professionals, Left to Right: Kathy Mueller, Authentic Travel (Bayside Travel); Christina Maldonado, Island Destinations; Lucy Beck, Cruise and World Travel; Nerida O’Brien, MTA Travel; Pamela Appleby, ProTravel; Marianny Hidalgo, Island Destinations; Nancy Brassem, Island Destinations; Lorna Goyette, Vagabond Travel.

On Thursday, we checked into one of ID’s favorites in all-inclusive luxury, Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Did you know… Grand Velas Riviera Maya is one of only two all-inclusive resorts with a AAA Five Diamond designation? P.S., the other one is Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, in Puerto Vallarta.

Grand-Velas-Riviera-Maya-AerialPictured Above: Aerial View of Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

ID’s Insight: To ensure your vacation lasts long after the Blue Hawaiians finish pouring, take advantage of the resort’s photography services! The portrait session is complimentary; you just pay for the photos you want. For a lush, tropical backdrop, we suggest the Zen section of the resort. Holiday card? Check!

Grand-Velas-Riviera-Maya-Zen-PoolGrand-Velas-Riviera-Maya-Zen-GroupPictured Above: Our fabulous advisors during their Zen Photoshoot at Grand Vela Riviera Maya.

After two days of all-inclusive luxury, we were off to the blissful Banyan Tree Mayakoba. Located on a lagoon, the hotel highlights romance with unique Asian architecture and over-the-top accommodations. A wraparound pool and over 3,000 square feet make the Bliss Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba one of Riviera Maya’s premium room categories. 

Banyan-Tree-Mayakoba-Bliss-Pool-VillaPictured Above: Bliss Pool Villa at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

ID’s Insight: Connect not only with your loved ones, but with the nature around you on a complimentary boat tour of the Mayakoba complex. Afterwards, enjoy a delectable Italian dinner at Cello (the Tiramisu is a must!) and be sure to arrange a romantic bath setup at turndown to complete the experience.

Banyan-Tree-Mayakoba-Romantic-Bath-AmenityPictured Above: Ultimate Romance at Banyan Tree Mayakoba.

The next day we awoke refreshed and ready for our next hotel, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa. With one of Riviera Maya’s most pristine white sand beaches at its doorstep, this Hacienda-style retreat offers pure indulgence complemented by a touch of Mayan magic.

Belmond-Maroma-Resort-and-Spa-BeachPictured Above: White Sand Beach at Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa.

ID’s Insight: To bring some Hacienda cooking home with you, arrange a private cooking class with the resort, where you will learn how to make Mexican specialties such as Green Mole, Guacamole, and Ceviche. Pair with a tequila flight for the ULTIMATE in Mexican cuisine. Salut!

Zihuatanejo-Ceviche-Recipe-by-Belmond-MaromaPictured Above: Ceviche Recipe, courtesy of Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa.

Our next stop was a short drive from the heart of Riviera Maya, to Punta Nizuc, home of NIZUC Resort & Spa. The strategic location of NIZUC gives it exclusive access to Mexico’s coveted sunsets, with both eastern and western exposures.

NIZUC-Resort-and-Spa-Reflecting-Pool-SunsetPictured Above: Sunset over Reflecting Pool at NIZUC Resort & Spa.

ID’s Insight: Since Punta Nizuc in Mayan translates to “nose of the dog,” NIZUC made it essential to not only welcome man’s best friend, but offer an extensive Pet Program, going above and beyond to make your pet’s vacation as relaxing and luxurious as yours… think plush puppy beds and gourmet room service treats.

NIZUC-Resort-and-Spa-AccommodationPictured Above: Sleek and Modern Accommodation at NIZUC Resort and Spa.

After a gorgeous week in Mexico, our last stop was one night at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. Centrally located in Cancun’s hotel zone, the resort lends itself to exploring the nearby shopping, while maintaining its five star exclusivity.

The-Ritz-Carlton-Cancun-AerialPictured Above: Aerial View of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.

ID’s Insight: For an ultra-luxurious experience, book a Club Level Suite. An old-fashioned key in the elevator grants access to the exclusive Club Level Lounge, an oasis offering five food presentations daily, exclusive experiences, and complete concierge services for anything else you may need.

The-Ritz-Carlton-Cancun-Club-Level-LoungePictured Above: Elegant Club Level Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.

Want to book your own Ultimate Riviera Maya escape? Contact your local travel professional #TravelAgentsMakeitHappen

Next stop… St Martin & Anguilla!

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