An All-Inclusive Stay at Grand Velas

by | Mar 11, 2023 | FTM Travel Info

What do you think of when you think of an all-inclusive resort in Mexico?  Is it bringing back memories of a party scene with watered down drinks, terrible service and mediocre food? 

Let me enlighten you to the luxurious experience that is Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Where the Caribbean Sea meets the Yucatán jungle, Grand Velas Riviera Maya takes you beyond what Playa del Carmen all-inclusive resorts offer. Savor gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs. Bring balance to body and soul with treatments in the holistic spa. Unwind in suites with private terraces, plunge pools, and uninhibited sea views.   Find refuge on the white sand beach or lounge by the infinity pool, paired with attentive service from our Concierge. Schedule a massage in the comfort of your suite. Join an exciting excursion to explore lush jungles, underwater caves or Mayan ruins, or grab a drink at one of our vibrant lounges. This is luxury re-defined.

To me, these are three ways Grand Velas stands out from the rest:


With three ambiances (different buildings of the resort), where luxury and relaxation come together, there is a perfect fit for you!  Rekindle the romance in an oceanfront setting in the adults-only Grand Class ambiance (which also has its own pool, restaurants and beach access).  Make family memories in the casual comfort of the Ambassador ambiance, overlooking the beach and turquoise sea. Choose exotic seclusion in the family-friendly Zen Grand ambiance, nestled in the lush Mayan jungle. With fully stocked mini bars, lux bath products, and to-die-for views, every room is its own slice of paradise.  The Zen and Ambassador ambiances are some of the only guaranteed connection rooms in an all-inclusive resort with their family suites which can sleep up to 8!   You can’t go wrong no matter where you decide to stay.  


I did not see a frown anywhere on property (from guests or staff!).  Every single employee was available with a smile and a “my pleasure”.  From the staff mopping the floor, to the gentleman who delivered my room service, to the beach staff rearranging my umbrella as the sun moved to help keep me in the shade, did so with a smile!  Plus, there is no expectation of additional tipping beyond what you have already paid for with your resort fee.  And, if you are traveling with littles, they even have a baby concierge!  This service removes the stress and offers the services and things you need to treat the littlest family member like a VIP. They can provide everything you need like a baby bathtub, highchair, crib (not a pack n play!) and gourmet resort-made organic food.  Even bottle warmers! And for slighter bigger kids, you can even request a tee-pee in the room and little robes!  For the rest of us, they have thoughtful items for you like beach bags, umbrellas and towels at the beach and pool so you can pack a little lighter.    They have thought of every possible need you might have.  

And this doesn’t even get into the amazing spa which has earned Five-Star accolade from the Forbes Travel Guide (their highest rating) and is one of only six in Mexico to achieve this coveted award.  I spent a lovely afternoon here and could have gone every single day!


There are 7 onsite restaurants (3 are adults only) so you can savor gourmet cuisine crafted by renowned chefs from around the world. Savor decadent French dishes, or share an authentic, Italian-style dinner.  Discover the creativity of Asian fusion. Or indulge in creative interpretations of classic Mexican dishes. These restaurants offer a symphony of flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner, showcasing incredible international cuisine.  And with room service offered 24 hours a day, you can have amazing food at any time of night or day!   Plus, the extensive menu of crafted cocktails that vary from bar to bar, the amazing selection of Mexican wine (and others too!), and mixology classes you can attend, keeps every cocktail connoisseur happy.  

I personally spent a lot of time in Amat, their coffee bar.  Here you can get (my favorite) chai, specialty coffees, hot tea, frappes, croissant sandwiches, paninis, cocktails, wine and so much more.  It was a lovely quiet space where they had books for you to read and you could even play a board game from their collection.  

Velas Resorts offer locations in many parts of Mexico – Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit.  While each may have their own distinctive style, you can expect the same level of service, gorgeous rooms and delectable dishes.  This information above is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can find at a Velas resort.  

Please reach out today and we can start planning this most amazing vacation!