Reward Yourself with Culinary and Spa Indulgences at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

grand velas riviera maya exterior

Grand Velas Riviera Maya, considered to be one of the top hotels in the region, is a AAA Diamond award-winning all-inclusive resort that is both couples and family friendly. Grand Velas, located 40 minutes from Cancun International Airport, is surrounded by a lush, tropical setting in the Caribbean by the beach. The sophisticated resort is home to several notable amenities, including a luxurious spa, fine dining restaurants, a kid’s and teen’s club, fitness center, and much more.

Grand Velas offers three unique all-inclusive experiences for guests. For a romantic getaway, there is the Grand Class Experience.

For plenty of family fun, there is the Ambassador Experience.

Lastly, there is the Zen Grand Experience for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway.


Grand Velas one bedroom suite Mexico

Grand Velas Riviera Maya is home to 539 suites. Each suite is more than 1,100 sq. ft. with balconies. Some suites also have private plunge pools.

The suites at Grand Velas are housed in three separate buildings that encompass three unique experiences: Zen, Ambassador, and Grand Class.

The Zen section is located in the tropical jungle and is home to the hotel’s convention center and spa. Families are welcome at the Zen and Ambassador buildings. Each feature a kid’s club and there are several connecting rooms and suites available. Children under the age of twelve are not allowed in the Grand Class section.

An example of amenities offered include 24-hour butler service, nightly turndown service, large flat-screen TVs, iPod Docks, Nespresso machines, free minibars, pillow menus, desks, and more. Some suites offer private plunge pools. Private butlers are provided in Governor and Presidential Suites.

The spacious bathrooms have separate rainfall showers and large jetted tubs. Amenities include hairdryers, bathrobes, and slippers.

Dining at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

restaurant at resort in Mexico

Grand Velas Riviera Maya is home to eight restaurants. This includes five gourmet offerings that present a tour through Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Each restaurant is included within the all-inclusive rate.

On-site restaurants at Grand Velas Riviera Maya include Azul that serves a family friendly buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Chaká, a restaurant that serves healthy international cuisine for breakfast, lunch or dinner; and a bold and curious dining experience at Cocina de Autor handcrafted by Chef Nahúm Velasco.

The resort also has three all-inclusive premium bars including Sky Bar, Aqua Bar, and Sen Lin bar for exotic cocktails and an Asian-fusion ambiance.

Chaka restaurant at Grand Velas

Se Spa

Grand Velas Riviera Maya spa

Se Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is one of if not the best spa in Mexico. As the winner of Virtuoso’s Best Spa, it is 90,000+ square feet wellness space inspired by the famed cenotes (water holes) in Mexico. Se Spa features an eight-part water journey and Mayan inspired treatments including “gourmet varieties”.

Examples of these treatments are the Xkalim Gourd Massage, Organic Kaab Honey Spa Experience, Uumbal Shawl Massage, and Bacal Massage. The Bacal Massage, for example, begins with a dry corn and honey exfoliation to detoxify your skin. The experience is followed by an essential oil massage in which pressure is applied with corn cobs for a unique sensation of wellbeing. Corn was considered a sacred plant in the Mayan culture.

Local Yucatecan honey has recently been incorporated into the spa as well as culinary offerings at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The honey is produced by the western honeybee that found only in the Yucatan Peninsula.

The honey is used in the 80-min Organic Kaab Honey Experience. The treatment starts with a relaxing face and body massage. Next, guests indulge in a bath then are given a balm made with Mayan vanilla to seal the skin.

CBD massages are also available.

Prior to any treatment of 50 minutes or more, Grand Velas guests can experience the spa’s renowned Hydrotherapy Journey. The water journey consists of seven-steps and features eucalyptus-scented steam room with chromotherapy, polar pool, aromatherapy sensory shower, sauna, Jacuzzi and multi-sensory pool.

The central pool features several hydro elements like powerful massaging faucets for the neck and back and bubble beds.

Recreational Activities

kayak activities at Grand Velas

Onsite recreational activities part of the all-inclusive package include non-motorized water sports and fitness classes like Aqua Yoga, Pilates, and Meditation. Personal training services are available through the fitness center.

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Grand Velas Kid’s Club and Teen Lounge

Grand Velas Kid's Club

Children ages 4-12 enjoy an expanded kids club complete with seven video game consoles with Xbox, Nintendo Wii, and more than 30 games. There are also board games and fun craft projects.

Celebrating your child’s birthday while visiting Grand Velas? The littlest guests celebrate their birthday with a new kid-fluenced Mexican fiesta. The birthday celebration takes place in either the Kids’ Club in the oceanfront ambiance of the resort or surrounded by the Mayan jungle.

The area is decorated with balloons, traditional Mexi-can candies, a piñata and a personalized birthday cake. Party activities range from XBOX and Wii, arts and crafts to mini golf and dreamcatcher weaving.

grand velas teens club

Grand Velas Riviera Maya recently launched their new teen lounge filled with everything a teen could want. The lounge offers a range of games like billiards, air hockey, foosball, and arcade games.

Video game systems include Xbox and PS3, special seats with built in speakers for enhanced game play and individual cubicles with a 40” LED TV.

During the evenings, there is a disco dance floor with surround sound and special lighting, and karaoke complete with 45,000 songs in multiple languages. Teens can also enjoy the lounge’s Apple TV.


Grand Velas Riviera Maya exterior water sunset

Grand Velas Riviera Maya is the perfect destination in Mexico for hosting your nuptials or special event. The resort hosts onsite planning services and full customization options are available.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Booking Information

Grand Velas Hydrotherapy room
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In addition to Riviera Maya, Velas Resorts has properties in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Click here to learn more about Velas Resorts and to book your stay. 

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