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Senior Travel Consultant Sophie tells us what it was like to stay at the Grand Velas Hotel, one of the Riviera Maya's most luxurious properties.

As we passed through the towering white wall that marked the entrance of the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Hotel I could feel my stress melt away as though I had walked through a portal into a very relaxing parallel dimension, which happened to be just ten minutes from Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

I could tell straightaway that this luxurious, all-inclusive hotel would live up to its accolade of being one of the Leading Hotels of the World; we were greeted with a refreshing drink and cold towel and were introduced to our personal butler, Roberto. Throughout our stay, Roberto discreetly ensured everything was perfect: he made our restaurant reservations, booked our spa appointments and was always available to answer any questions we had. We didn’t have to worry about a thing - and it was bliss!


Our suite was a haven within this haven: sumptuously spacious, we had the choice of lounging in the separate living area, on the plush bed (one of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in) or on the enormous balcony. With a plunge pool and stunning views over the picture-perfect palm trees, bright pink bougainvillea, white-sand beach and crystal clear ocean, it was truly a special spot.

And so, all we had to do was sit back, relax and watch the sun set over this lavish corner of paradise on Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

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Last updated: 30 Jun 2017

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