The Grand Mayan Riviera Maya
What We Love
- 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
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.
How to Get There
We recently had our wedding at Vidanta’s Riveria Maya resort with over 130 people in attendance. This was their first South Asian wedding and they helped us plan our wedding in less than 3 months!!! We are so thankful to Vidanta for making our wedding nothing short of incredible!
Lorena and Karen helped us coordinate and plan the wedding. They have both been amazing. Lorena is very professional and helped the resort get behind the wedding and made it a reality in just 3 months. She worked with accommodations, decor, the chefs, and made sure every detail was taken care of. On the days of the wedding and a few days in advance, she was available for us from early morning to late night. She made sure all the setups were done properly and everything was running smoothly. She was always ready to manage any last minute request or time change requests. Karen and her would be there from the time breakfast would start (7am) to the time our events ended (12pm).
We had strict requirements for our food as we wanted all our food to be 100% vegetarian and Jain. Vidanta’s chef Alexis Bostelmann, Franciso Llil, Rodrigo Alcocer created Mexican, Italian, and breakfast menus from scratch. They tested every item and made sure each dish was upto Vidanta’s 5 diamond standard. They made sure every ingredient they used was upto our requirement of 100% vegetarian and Jain food. We had sent them a pdf of Jain recipes just as a reference. The team was so enthusiastic that we were told that the chef had our PDF translated to Spanish and had read all of it. We were also told that he was reading about Jainism to understand our culture better. They created this menu in the short span of a month and were all present when we came back to taste their food. The team was so great that they never said that they would not be able to accommodate our requests. They made a large variety of breads, pasta and pastries without eggs and butter. The food was fantastic and much much better than our expectations. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the large spread of food and recall it as the highlight of our wedding! Many said that it was the best Mexican and Italian food they had eaten!! We could not have been happier with the food!! We are extremely thankful to Vidanta for working with our requirements and exceeding our expectations.
Vidanta is a stunning resort and all of the locations were fantastic. We had our Sangeet/ Bhakti night at Chiringuito terrace, Haldi at Havana Moon restaurant, Wedding Ceremony at Burger beach and Reception at Havana Moon beach. As the wedding was done in a short amount of time we trusted Lorena and her team to decorate the Sangeet and reception areas. They did an incredible job and pleasantly surprised us all!
Our guests really enjoyed the resort and all the amenities it offered. They all loved it so much that many stayed on after the wedding! The staff was extremely hospitable and always had a smile on their face. They were willing to help with everything to help ensure all guests had a memorable experience. We think we made the right decision to have our wedding celebrations at Vidanta. We are extremely happy and thankful to Vidanta’s team for making our wedding celebrations so special and memorable for everyone that attended.
we stayed at Grand Mayan resort for 6 s
Days during 2nd week of July. Beautiful resort with amazing pools and restaurants. Huge lush green well maintaied resort but we as beach lovers were greatly dissapointed to see their beach covered with smelly seawead. Also they dont have a sandy beach has lots of stones. If u are a beach person do not go there or dont stay snywhere on that coastline. The entire east coast is destroyed by seawead smelly and cannot swim. Resort had good live entertaintment in the evening so our disapointment somewhat eased off. Resort lacked of first impression as none of the resort lobbies has water fountains for thirsty guest arrive from outside. Summer months ate extremely hot and humid so least they can ptovide is water for ppl. If u miss the beach goto Cozumel n Isla mujeres they are prestine clear water beaches. Playa del carmen has beautiful cenotes goto Kinha its amazing. Goto seafood restaurants Chil Playa and camello Jr in Tulum. Cheap but delicious food. Tulum beach also have seawead so not worth going there. But snorkeling at SantaFe is breathtaking.
Great place disappointed with the opening of the water park which was delayed.overall great time perfect service and cleanlyness.Facilities where extra clean ,and Joya from cirque du soleil was amazing (must see show) location and set up was fabulous .