Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Mexico’s Foodie Resort, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, rolls out another perk complimentary for culinarians visiting the AAA Five Diamond resort in Playa del Carmen - a new ceviche bar. Assisted by a resort chef, guests can make their own ceviche, selecting from a variety of proteins, sauces and toppings including fried grasshoppers. Tuna, salmon, scallops, squid, shrimp, white fish, snail, and octopus are offered as the main ingredient, while topping options include tomato, cucumber, avocado, corn, chili peppers, chopped garlic, herbs, onion and more.
Together with the necessary lemon, additional sauces to dress the ceviche, for both adventurous and timid palates, range from Maggi Sauce, Worcestershire and Salsa Huichol to Tabasco, Balsamic Vinegar and olive oil. The Ceviche Bar is available daily from noon to 5:30 pm at the resort’s oceanfront Azul restaurant. Ready-made ceviche is also available for guests looking to enjoy the traditional options.
Set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort. Guests can choose among three separate ambiances in this Leading Hotel of the World, including adults only oceanfront, family friendly ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle.
Grand Velas Spa, a Leading Spa of the World, is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey.
All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal tequila, and Nespresso coffee machines.
Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids Clubs and Teen’s Club; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide.
This year, the resort entered TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for obtaining the Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years in addition to the Signature Spa being awarded “Best Luxury Resort Spa-The Americas” at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2014. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and President of Velas Resorts, with his brother Juan Vela, Vice President of Velas Resorts.