A stunning sanctuary of health and beauty, the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico offers guests a refreshing place for starting anew as the ancient Mayan calendar comes to a close this year. With 491 luxurious suites divided among three different sections (the Zen Grand, the Ambassador and the Grand Class), this all-inclusive Caribbean-coast resort, a mere 45 minutes from Cancun, caters to business travelers, families and honeymooners alike.
While the Grand Velas boasts outstanding amenities, including private soaking pools, outdoor terraces, remote-controlled window treatments and eight restaurants ranging from bistro-casual to gourmet-elegant — try the tasting menu at Cocina de Autor for an amazing molecular dining experience — the real star of the hotel is the Grand Velas Spa. Acclaimed as one of the premier spas in the world, it goes beyond massages and facials with its world-class Mayan treatments — such as the Cocoa Ritual and the brand-new Nik Te Ha Aquatic massage, an underwater massage that releases the mind and lets the spirit flow.
From $299, www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com