If right about now you need an escape not much tops a stay at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun. Prior to this trip if you told me Cancun was more than a party city, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. Sure, it’s knows for its night scene, but frankly with a resort as beautiful and inviting as the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, I found little reason to leave. All of the restaurants are exquisite and conveniently in the lobby and offer everything from tequila tastings to evening entertainment — the mariachi band was fabulous. And all I wanted was a relaxing beach vacation with a drink in my hand and this one delivered.
The resort has jet skis and paddle boards for rent on the property. Their Gem Spa features an hour long 10- step hydrotherapy experience from steam rooms to hot tubs in addition to a full menu of services and indoor infinity pool. On the off chance you have a rainy day it’s the perfect place to settle in. Then there’s the beach. Does anything really top walking out of your hotel and directly onto a clean, beautiful, serene beach? Complete with an outdoor pool and tiki bar. They also have a ton of kid options for a family friendly experience.
All 602 of their rooms offer ocean views and if you’re willing to splurge to the 11th floor with club lounge — I stayed in a Junior Suite, that included a king bed, balcony, generous couch and living room area and a vanity fit for my beauty closet. There’s also a bathtub, which I feel should be noted since so many luxury hotels these days are just building showers (which is a major disappointment).
If you have the means go for Grand Club VIP access, it offers a great club lounge with excellent food, coffee, drinks all day. Located on the penthouse floor, if you have to get work done, at least you can do so with panoramic views. There’s also a private deck and lounge outside and added benefits you can view HERE). However you book though, the hotel does not disappoint.
Now, I pretty much didn’t want to do anything that involved leaving the property — I think you can see why. However, another gem of Cancun is the Isla Mujeres, an easy boat ride from Cancun and there is a convenient ferry pick up next to the hotel.
There you can rent golf carts and explore the island. There are a ton of touristy shops and outdoor activities from zip lining. For a beautiful cliff walk head to Punta Sur located at the southern tip of the island. Filled with sculptures and unparalleled views, this was the home to an ancient temple honoring the Mayan Goddess Ixchel.
You can learn more about the island and activities at isla-mujeres.net.