Set on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean in a jungle ambiance, The Viceroy Riviera Maya does not disappoint. The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a secluded boutique hideaway minutes from Playa del Carmen and 40 minutes from Cancun, Mexico.
A serene hideaway merging luxury amenities with dramatic sea and jungle, Mexico’s Riviera never looked so good. Sugary white sands lapped by the warm Caribbean are the perfect setting for the dining, swimming, lounging, and high-end villas found here.
Unlike some Caribbean destinations, there is no grand front lobby greeting arrivals. In fact, guests arrive to a welcome lemon grass-flavored tea and a traditional Mayan Blessing, performed by the Mayan shaman on staff. As couples hold hands, they release their cares and worries into a new, relaxed beginning at the resort. Then, the actual hotel registration takes place in-villa. Another Mayan greeting, homemade soap is freshly cut for each room. (When Texas Weddings visited, we were offered two soaps, one Oat infused, and one Chocolate).
The Viceroy Riviera Maya, formerly The Tides Riviera Maya, is now a luxurious enclave amid the rainforest. The renovation of the all-villa resort includes 11 new luxury villas with plunge pools, including the resort’s first beachfront and ocean-view villas. Most villas are immersed in a dense jungle of ferns, palms and guava trees. (My friend was visited by a friendly spider monkey during her outdoor shower). Every villa has a private patio with outdoor shower, plunge pool, hammock, outdoor furniture and a high ceiling, thatched-palapa roof. You hardly pass a person on the serene walkways and many times feel you might be the resort’s only guest.
Dining is a cornerstone of the experience at the Viceroy. For breakfast and lunch, the Coral Grill, is located at the sand’s edge featuring a Mexican-Mediterranean menu cooked on wood-burning grills. Every table has an ocean view. Breakfast is replete with traditional fare like the pancake trio as well as short rib enchiladas and other regional options. Lunch offers ceviche, tacos and burgers.
Dinner is very special. La Marea, the fine dining restaurant, is located on a romantic sea-view loft with breathtaking views of the crystal blue water. Again, the seating allows most tables a view: either of the ocean or the rainforest. Guests enjoy refined Mexican cuisine accented with international influences. We started with the ceviche duo featuring octopus and scallops. Half the plate is served ceviche style and half the plate offers cooked fish. Risotto de la Tierra consists of creamy roasted beet risotto, bola cheese, grilled zucchini and mushrooms. The watercress salad with mango and vinaigrette is super fresh. Main courses consist of duck, filet, Chile relleno, shrimp and chicken.The service here is standout with various fresh breads daily and unique Chile dipping sauces. You won’t go hungry.
Nestled in the center of the property, the spa incorporates Mayan healing techniques and traditions in each treatment. You know you are getting close when you hear the running water of the spa’s waterfalls and smell the incense. The open-air lobby makes way to the round spa featuring a dimly lit center Jacuzzi. Surrounding it, you’ll find a steam room, showers and lockers. Only thin white netting is between you and the jungle in the outdoor treatment room. The “Twilight Last Gleaming” massage incorporates ancient traditions that unite the body, mind and spirit. First, you are exfoliated with healing herbs from head to toe. Then, you are covered in volcanic clay. While the clay works its magic on your skin, you receive a tantalizing
scalp massage. After a quick shower, a full-body massage ensues with a blanket stretch, used to adjust your posture and elongate muscles. All the while, the birds of the rainforest sing you to sleep. This treatment is so relaxing; you might not even make it past your hammock afterwards.
The six-acre resort is on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Guests stroll miles of beautiful white-sand beach along the spectacular Riviera Maya coast. Drinks flow freely at the pool and beach and are served by an uber-friendly staff.The resort’s picturesque pier is perfect for a sunset glass of champagne or offers a great location to be conveniently picked up by boat for snorkeling, diving and other excursions. As Pepe offers one more frozen margarita, you might just be content to sit still.
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By Laurette Veres