Get the Best of the Jungle and Beach With Grand Velas Riviera Maya

In Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

Guests visiting Mexico no longer need to choose between a breath taking beach front view or a serene jungle suite thanks to Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s new Zen & Grand Class Experience. The experience includes both water and land activities to complement nightly accommodations in both the Mayan jungle and oceanfront with views of the Caribbean Sea.

Set in the natural landscape of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Zen suites offer a private terrace overlooking the native flora and fauna of the jungle. These elegantly exotic suites with over 1,100 square feet of living space are surrounded by lush trees, koi ponds and landscapes. After taking in nature, guests will be packed up by their concierge and moved to the adults-only Grand Class ambiance. These ocean-front suites, all over 1,300 square feet, feature a private plunge pool on its terrace overlooking the turquoise Caribbean.

Also included in the experience are activities that highlight the best of both the land and sea including a Waverunner adventure to an underwater reef off Maroma Beach, a diving tour to Cozumel and kayaking off the resort’s beach. Back in the jungle, guests can partake in an ecological tour to learn about the native flora and fauna. During the activity, guests can plant a tree in their name and watch it grow from home on Google Earth.

Gourmet palates and spa aficionados are also cared for in the Zen & Grand Class Experience with a special tasting dinner for two at the resort’s Yucatecan restaurant, Chaká, nestled amid the tropical jungle foliage of mangroves, Salam, Chechen and Chaká trees of the Zen section. Helmed by Mayan Chef Humberto May Tamay, guests can expect to enjoy a superb meal of the region’s traditional cuisine paired with a selection of fine wines. If oceanfront dining is on the menu, a luxurious seaside picnic awaits filled with wine, four varieties of salads with house-made dressings, smoked salmon, French cheeses and charcuterie, fresh baked artisanal baguettes, and a selection of fresh roasted turkey breast, roast beef and duck terrine made from a special recipe of Michel Mustiere, MaÎtre Cuisinier de France and Culinary Director of Mexico’s Velas Resorts.

Inspired by the jungle and natural water pools of the Yucatan Peninsula, the award-winning SE Spa will relax guests with a Coffee & Cocoa Treatment. The 50-min. treatment includes a coffee exfoliation followed with a body massage with cocoa oil intended to activate blood circulation.

The Jungle and Beach package rate starts at $2,144 per person per night based on double occupancy.

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