A sprawling resort on Mexico's Caribbean coast, with Latin America’s only Cirque du Soleil show
Counting off all the restaurants, bars and pools you can visit without even leaving (total: 65)
Hanging by the hotel’s well-maintained beach or in its lush tropical forest
Catching JOYÀ, Cirque du Soleil’s only resident show in Latin America
What To Know
Valet parking is available; fees may apply
The resort is popular with families
Some facilities recently underwent a renovation
A hotel at a Rivieria Maya resort with live Cirque du Soleil shows and a Jack Nicklaus golf course
Isn’t life grand? It sure is at the Grand Mayan, which is located within the larger Vidanta Riviera Maya and where your choice of daily activities is as sweeping as the 530 acres the resort comprises. Sprawling along a stretch of Mexico's Caribbean coast, the property houses spas, boutiques, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, a theatre for Latin America’s only Cirque du Soleil show and even a water park with its own lazy river. The pools total 27, the bars and restaurants total 38, and the hotels total five – the Grand Mayan being the most popular.
As a guest here, you’ll have the full run of the whole resort, but you might be drawn to what’s right here already. Miles of wooden pathways wind through tropical flora and fauna, palapas shade a Mayan sanctuary pool, and French food is always on the menu du jour, at the Azur bistro. But you’ll probably be most drawn to the beach, whose facilities recently underwent a renovation that left the whole space in even more delightful shape, so you can simply laze here all day and still have a Grand old time.
Rooms and suites
The Grand Mayan's rooms and suites are spacious and serene. They come complete with a plush king-size bed, plus a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. The Master room has a terrace with a view and a LCD TV.
five hotels, Vidanta Resort on Riviera Maya is home to 38 restaurants
and bars. Grand Mayan itself houses Azur, a stylish French bistro, but
you can choose from tons of other eateries that serve everything from
burgers to tapas to sushi and stir-fry. Hit Frida's for cantina-style
apps, or swing by Nektar for Yucatán fare – there are also a taquería
and cevichería, among the tons of dining-and-drinking options.
The resort houses two spas which are welcome to you as a guest of The Grand Mayan. Brio Spa is French-inspired and includes such facilities as palapas and a fitness centre. Spatium is more exclusive and offers a cutting-edge hydrotherapy annex, with Jacuzzis, cold plunge tubs and even Mexico’s first salt-therapy cabin.
With the full run of the whole resort, you can do pretty much whatever you want, from singing karaoke to playing golf on a James Nicklaus course to learning to make fantastic guacamole. A water park with a lazy river and 27 pools let you splash about to your heart’s content, and miles of wooded pathways allow you to explore the facilities. Kids and teens will also love the respective clubs for them, and guests of all ages will delight in watching JOYÀ, Cirque du Soleil’s only resident show in Latin America. To get to downtown Playa del Carmen, though, you’ll only have to drive 20 minutes, so make sure your exploring doesn’t end at the hotel or at the larger resort.