Playa del Carmen, located on the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline, is famed for its beautiful white sandy beaches, tropical palm trees and year-round sun. The luxury Grand Hyatt, which was co-designed by the Mexican architect Sordo Madaleno and New-York based Rockwell Group, is located in the heart of Playa, a few steps from La Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) with its luxury shops and directly on the beach front.
The hotel has just over 300 rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows so you can gaze out on the turquoise waters from the comfort of your bed. The highlight of the hotel is the swimming pool and spa, which was inspired by the Cenotes, a geological formation typical of the Yucatan Peninsula that creates natural swimming basins. The resort is memorable – from the unique layout of the rooms around the open-air Paseo and pool to the Mexican flair imparted from using local natural materials and artwork. As the hotel only opened in June 2015, rooms are fresh and modern.
Guest rooms at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen are apartment-style and have stunning views of the Mexican Caribbean Sea or a mangrove forest. Standard rooms are spacious at over 400 square feet and offer a private balcony and bathroom with rain shower and twin sinks. However, our choice would be the Plunge Pool Suite with private heated plunge pool on the balcony with sea-view.
Restaurant & Bar
With a choice of two restaurants and three bars, there is bound to be something to suit. Our choice is The Grill at 1-26 offering the freshest seafood cooked over a charcoal grill, where you can dine with ocean views. La Cocina is the all-day dining restaurant, with tastes of the Caribbean. Alternatively, El Paseo provides fresh Mexican food or delicious coffee if you just fancy a drink. For a quick snack, choose from the taco stall or ceviche bar.
Although this is a new hotel, reviews are positive and staff are described as being very attentive, particularly in the club lounge. Reports also suggest they go the extra mile if you are celebrating a special occasion.
This is not your typical hotel spa. Rather it is truly a Mexican spa, inspired by Cenotes, which are considered energy centres where the waters heal bathers with high concentrations of minerals. Gorgeous decor, Japanese-style onsen, cocooning bathing areas and a wide range of treatments guarantee relaxation. For those wanting a little more exertion, the fitness centre is well-equipped with Technogym equipment.
The hotel has a number of infinity pools overlooking the beach, as well as a 25m lap pool for those who wish to swim rather than relax.
The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen provides an excellent new luxury option on the Mexican Riviera. Stylish rooms, a great spa, beautiful pools and white sandy beach provide enough excuses for me to be searching for flights to Cancun, and there’s even great shopping nearby!
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