For your next resort vacation there’s room service — and then there’s Chef In Suite service. At Grand Residences Riviera Cancun you can forget about the usual delivery cart and instead open your door to welcome Executive Chef Guido De La Mora and his team inside to make a fresh dinner for you and your guests. After an experience like this you may never settle for anything being wheeled into your room again.
Every region of Mexico has its own cuisine, and Chef De La Mora likes to showcase fresh and seasonal ingredients from the Yucatan Peninsula, including Axiote seeds, bitter oranges and habanero chiles. You can whet your appetite with a Sikil Pak starter, a salsa made with pumpkin seeds, then enjoy a main course such as Tikin Xic, a Yucatan marinated fish specialty cooked inside banana leaves. There are seasonal set menus for guests to start with, but should there be a special request, Chef De La Mora can usually accommodate with enough advance notice. This dinner can be a cozy meal for two or for up to eight people. If you’re really in the mood to entertain they can accommodate thirty guests in any of the penthouse suites.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is located in Puerto Morelos, a former fishing village about half an hour south of Cancun — complimentary transportation brings guests to and from the airport — and the beach and its picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea provide more fabulous opportunities for special dining. While dinners can be arranged for groups, this is really the place to show off your romantic side. Walking with your partner down a path lined with tiki torches and rose petals covering the sand to a table for two definitely sets the stage for a special evening.
And if you’re one of those people who isn’t the best at planning ahead, and you become envious seeing some other couple enjoying their romantic dinner by the water, have no fear — both the Chef In Suite service and Beach Dinners can usually be arranged with two days notice. Sneak over to the concierge desk when you arrive to set things up and your partner will think you planned this months ago.
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is a suites-only resort, 144 of them, that can accommodate a cozy vacation for two or up to a four-room Presidential Suite that can fit a family of thirteen. Options include suites with a private jacuzzi and pool facing the beach to ones with rooftop private gardens and their own bar and grill. All include spacious bedrooms, living rooms and kitchen areas that are perfect for vacation seclusion or entertaining friends and family if you choose.
Outside of dining, the resort features all the things you would want and expect from a Cancun-area retreat. There is the stunning center stage main pool with swim-up bar and gorgeous views. As well as tennis courts, sailboats and snorkeling among other water sports. There are yoga classes to start your day and bicycles if you are in the mood for a ride to explore Puerto Morelos.
The Grand Residence Spa is a vacation within a vacation. Along with Facials and Body Wraps, there are three baths to choose from: a Milk Bath, a Vanilla bath and a Sea Crystal Bath to wash away stress. Massages run the range from Hot Stone to Swedish to Deep Tissue, but a special favorite is the Lomo-Lomi massage — a Hawaiian treatment meant to “create invigorating and relaxing waves throughout the body.”
Aside from private dinners, the resort’s Flor De Canela restaurant provides fine-dining, featuring authentic and seasonal Mexican cuisine, and the El Faro Grill provides seafood and steaks with more international flavors. When relaxing by the pool, or on the beach, the staff is regularly checking on you to bring small plates and cocktails from the Heaven Beach Bar. The resort also features cooking classes, High Tea service as well as chocolate and tequila tastings. And while vacations are meant to be carefree and schedule-free, it’s highly advised you take advantage of the resort’s special dining experiences, in suite or on the beach, at least one night to make a truly memorable vacation.