Scouting Riviera Maya: Grand Velas Resort

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The exterior of the Ambassador section of the Grand Velas. All photos by James Riswick.

“Grand” is certainly a good description of Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort. It’s huge: 491 suites spread across three different resort areas (named Zen, Ambassador and Exclusive Grand Class), eight restaurants, 1,000 feet of beach and the largest spa in Latin America.

It’s also grand when it comes to services and amenities. There are personalized butler concierge services and it’s the only family-friendly all-inclusive resort in the area to earn a Five Diamond Award from AAA.

As you might have guessed a place this, well, grand has plenty to offer honeymooners, from intimate suites with private pools to romantic fine dining restaurants. And with all this space you can plan almost any sort of wedding you want. Check out the photos from our tour of the Grand Velas Riviera Maya to see for yourself.

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Proof this place is grand? This is the entrance off the main highway in the Riviera Maya. Pretty tough to miss.
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A standard suite in the Zen section of the resort. Each room has a spacious bathroom, fully stocked fridge and sitting area. The Zen section is family friendly (the other parts of the resort have age restrictions).
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The patio/balconies in the Zen area live up to the name, you’d never know you’re in the middle of a bustling resort sitting out here.
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The Zen pool, which is popular for wedding receptions and cocktail hours.
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The whole Zen area is very green and lush, there’s even a real cenote. Unfortunately you’re not allowed to swim in it (I asked).
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Frida restaurant serves Mexican food and would also make a great rehearsal dinner spot.
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The Ambassador and Grand Class sections are about a 5 minute van ride from Zen. The Azul restaurant in the Ambassador overlooks the beach and is one of the more casual restaurants. You don’t need a reservation for here, unlike many of the other eateries.

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