It’s hard to stand out these days when you open a new luxury hotel in the Riviera Maya region of Mexico. There are already plenty to choose from that offer great facilities and pampering service by the Caribbean Sea. Grand Residences Riviera Cancun manages to be memorable, however, by offering some of the largest and best-equipped suites you’ll find in a hotel setting.
Although there are studio suites that are 646 square feet—large by hotel room standards—you get the real advantage of staying here by stepping up to a master suite or above. As you can see in part of this video tour, these are equipped more like luxury villas.
They have a huge open kitchen/living room area with lots of room to lounge, plus his and hers bathroom areas, his and hers closets, and two whirlpool tubs. The kitchen part is fully stocked and has Sub-Zero appliances (including a wine fridge) next to spacious granite counters. A budding gourmet chef won’t be disappointed with the set-up here.
If you have a family, the kids won’t sleep on a fold-out sofa. Instead there are two fold-down Murphy beds. It’s easy for the sunburned to recover inside, with two 47–inch TVs, two DVD players, and a Bose stereo system. There’s also a great furnished balcony or terrace, some suites having an outdoor whirlpool and some having their own plunge pool like the unit you see pictured to the right.
Two-bedroom suites are 2,500 square feet and the three-bedroom ones are even larger. Both still have the Murphy beds though, so you can sleep a few extra people in any of them. If you really want to feel like you’re in a villa, but with all the services you would get in a hotel, bring the whole clan and rent the penthouse suite on the top. That can sleep a party of 13—and host a party for even more. This unit has its own pool, barbeque area, bar, and roof terrace. It’s a collection of several suites with its own elevator and gated entrance.
You can hire the chef to come cook in your suite or have bartenders come serve for your party, but this is also a real hotel with regular hours in the full-service restaurants and bars. There are three bars actually: one by the beach, a swim-up one at the pool, and a lobby bar for the evenings. There’s a glimpse of the gym in that video, which is well-equipped and has a personal trainer on staff. There are boogie boards and kayaks for the beach, plus the resort has its own yacht moored at the Puerto Morelos dock for pleasure cruises. There’s a great reef for snorkeling close to the shore.
See our full review of luxury resort Grand Residences Riviera Cancun in Puerto Morelos.