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Living Large In Cancun And The Riviera Maya

Here are 10 resort options that you can sell to your high-end clients

Agent@Home | Destination & Tourism | Lindsey Epperly

Living Large In Cancun And The Riviera Maya

PHOTO: All of Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach's accommodations are oceanfront. 

Cancun has always been a little misunderstood, thanks in large part to a nightlife scene that earned it a reputation as a spring breaker’s haven. Cancun, however, is home to some of the finest high-end resorts in the world. And, from the lagoons of Mayakoba to the beaches of Maroma, the Riviera Maya offers your affluent clients a host of out-of-this-world resort experiences.

Here’s a summary of 10 resorts that you can recommend to your customers.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

This all-suite property is nestled into a serene jungle setting with an emphasis on Thai traditions – each onsite spa therapist and chef was trained in Thailand. As part of the Mayakoba development project, the ultra-luxury resort shares six miles of canals surrounded by mangroves with the Rosewood Mayakoba and Fairmont Mayakoba. Look like a superstar by arranging dinner at Ixchel for couples: they’ll be transported by boat through Mayakoba’s breathtaking canals at sunset – a truly romantic treat. 

El Dorado Maroma

This all-inclusive property, located on the best beach in the Riviera Maya, will become an even hotter commodity on Sept. 1, when 30 overwater bungalows debut, bringing the resort’s guestroom and suite total to 128. The bungalows opened for bookings this month, and until Sept. 1 they can only be sold through Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants – and at 21 percent commission! The first phase of the expansion also includes an overwater restaurant and spa. 

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

The resort, one of Cancun’s most venerable properties, features 602 suites, all of which are oceanfront. Coral Beach’s culinary offerings are one of its many selling points. Le Basilic, for instance, with a French-Mediterranean menu, has earned AAA’s Five Diamond distinction. Guests booking stays of five nights or more receive $1,000 resort credits that can be applied to such amenities as treatments in the resort’s 40,000-squarefoot spa, roundtrip ferry tickets to Isla Mujeres and dinners for two. 

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

The 491-room Grand Velas Riviera Maya prides itself on a high-service experience that can be found at very few all-inclusive resorts in the world. The property is divided into three sections. The Zen class is the most affordable and a three-minute shuttle ride from the beach. The family-friendly Ambassador-class accommodations are ideally suited for travelers who want to be closer to the action. For the highest level of accommodations, consider the Grande Class, which boasts 90 suites measuring 1,300 square feet with lounge areas, hot tubs and terraces with plunge pools. 

Le Blanc Spa Resort

The crown jewel of Palace Resorts, Le Blanc is planted smack in the middle of the Cancun Hotel Zone, but guests on the 260-room property would never know it: it offers just enough seclusion from the outside hustle-and-bustle within its pristine white high-rise walls. With a strong all-inclusive program that delivers an extraordinary experience (think butler service, mini-bar stocked with Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a pillow and aromatherapy menu) and comfy rooms with giant whirlpool tubs, guests have no reason to leave the confines of this luxury resort. 

Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

One can never go wrong with a Ritz-Carlton, especially fans of a more traditional décor and low-key crowd. Every evening, the 365-room property turns its beachside cabanas into the only toes-in-the-sand restaurant in Cancun – be sure to make your clients a dinner reservation. All rooms and suites feature private balconies or terraces. One of the amenities of Club-level accommodations is access to the Club Lounge, where five complimentary food and beverage presentations are offered daily. 

Rosewood Mayakoba

Rosewood speaks more to fans of traditional luxury, and this is where you should book your clients who are Four Seasons’ junkies. The resort experience emphasizes Mayan culture. Menus capitalize on ingredients grown onsite, and locals prepare hand-made tortillas for guests at lunch. Suggest the resort’s overwater lagoon suites to your clients, which will make them feel worlds away from everyday life. 

Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun

A gem from the AMResorts brand, Secrets Maroma is an all-suites property set on a spectacular stretch of beach – and a surefire winner for couples and singles looking for something out of the ordinary when it comes to an adults-only all-inclusive. Seventy-five percent of the resort’s suites feature ocean views, and ground-floor accommodations offer swim-out access. 

Secrets the Vine

Another adults-only gem from AMResorts, Secrets the Vine, focuses on high-quality food and wine – especially wine, hence the name. Wine lovers are privy to daily tastings, with vintages from across the globe, and Mexico in particular. The 495-room resorts, which is set in Cancun’s Hotel Zone, features a super-modern ambiance and some unique touches – such as a fireplace in the lobby. 

Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita

The resort, which is part of AMResorts’ Zoëtry brand, is the only AAA Five Diamond-rated hotel in Mexico in the boutique resort category. Its accommodations feature 90 suites, all of which are equipped with Bvlgari bath products and stocked minibars. On the dining front, menus feature locally sourced cuisine and a number of healthy options. The spa-centric property encourages guests to take advantage of complimentary fitness consultations. 

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A version of this article appears in print in the March 2016 issue of Agent@Home Magazine.