All-inclusive resorts are intended as complete vacations, and most Grand Velas guests rightfully feel no need to venture off-property.
Grand Velas’ wide, gentle beach is second to none on the Riviera Maya. Kayaking and boogie boards are free, and there’s always a game of beach volleyball aloft.
Pools are huge, handsome, and numerous. Some are for adults only (just look for the wet bar). Chaise lounges are aplenty; there’s no need here to claim your pool chair before breakfast. The best pool for lap swimming is at the Master Class wing.
The resort’s three sections contain their own gyms with the latest cardio and Universal machines, free weights, yoga mats, and an on-premises trainer.
Grand Velas’ various free classes and activities range from Spanish lessons to bingo. Organized fitness activities cover water aerobics, morning yoga, and the like.
Resort restaurants welcome reservations until quite late, and bars swing well past midnight. Grand Velas does not feature nightly live shows, which may be more of a relief than a hardship. Some guests opt for cuddly in-room evenings with a free DVD rental.
Off-property Riviera Maya enticements nearby include the cute town of Playa del Carmen; championship golf courses in Mayakoba; the Xel Ha water park; and cave snorkeling in freshwater cenotes.
Pricey excursions to celebrated Mayan ruins are available. However, Chichen Itza is hours away and physically demanding. And Tulum strikes some visitors as decrepit and disappointing.