There’s no denying that the top reason clients come to you requesting a trip to Mexico is for a beachside getaway. And with each passing month, your job fulfilling this request gets a little bit easier as properties continue to pop up along the shoreline. We’ve got the 4-1-1 on new fun-in-the-sand resorts.
Los Cabos Newbies
Opening early 2019 is the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, a 200-guestroom property that will feature 103 suites; four pools, including an infinity pool, and a range of indulgent cabanas; a culinary garden; two nearby golf courses; a spa; and various onsite restaurants.
“Cabos San Lucas has a lot of out-of-the-box experiences to offer,” says Frank Maduro, v.p. of marketing at AIC Hotel Group, the umbrella company to the Nobu property. “With a Nobu Hotel location in Los Cabos a unique sight is the contrast between desert and sea, which makes the destination itself very unique. The new property will also feature private swim-up cabanas and super cabanas that are equipped with a full bathroom, day bed, and TV. The spa is also an experience guests will not want to miss out on as it includes an outdoor hydrotherapy garden, experiential showers, and a Watsu treatment pool. Another outdoor amenity is the hotel’s running trail that wraps around the property with great views of the beach and golf course.”
Who should you book at this property? “You should target those clients who are looking for a five-star experience not only in room product, but also in food and beverage,” notes Maduro. “A seasoned traveler and a worldly individual who likes the finer things in life.”
For clients who can’t wait until next year for their trip to Mexico’s Pacific shoreline, the 194-guestroom Viceroy Los Cabos, overlooking the Sea of Cortez, opened this past May. It features a beachfront pool and bar, a refreshed lobby and arrival experience, plus new dining venues and a new fitness center curated by L.A. celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
Guests will love the property’s one-of-a-kind activities such as the Canvas for Discovery artist-in-residency series, where the property showcases rotating artists.
Two Debuts in Costa Mujeres
Opening this November in Costa Mujeres are the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and the TRS Coral Hotel. One interesting feature at these properties is that all areas within the hotels will be connected by a series of canals, allowing guests to travel along them via floating platforms.
The Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa is a luxury all-inclusive property featuring 673 suites, seven themed restaurants, two buffet restaurants, three bars, and a 24-hour sports bar. There will also be four pools, plus one for kids, a baby club, a kids club, and teens club, plus a wedding chapel and the Zentropia Spa & Wellness Center. An onsite tennis center will offer guests personalized programs for all ages and levels.
The Family Selection, a hotel within a hotel at the property, will offer exclusive facilities such as 80 secluded suites, a private pool, a restaurant and a dedicated section on the beach.
The TRS Coral Hotel is also a luxury all-inclusive, but this one is for adults only. The property features 473 suites with hydromassage baths, and with some offering swim-up terraces. There will be a la carte restaurants, including an Ibiza-inspired beach club and a cabaret-style dinner show. Guests will also have complimentary access to the hydrotherapy areas of the spa and wellness center, butler service, and a dedicated section on the beach.
VIP Playground Opening Its Doors
With a grand opening slated for April 2019, Sandos Palm Bay Playacar will stretch along 2,300 ft. of shoreline in Riviera Maya’s Playacar area. This VIP-style resort will feature 314 oceanfront rooms divided over seven 4-story buildings; private hotel entrance; private lobby for check-in; chill out lounge with concierge service; 427 ft. of exclusive infinity pool areas overlooking the Caribbean; two jacuzzi-type plunge pools integrated into jungle rocks with Balinese sun beds and hammocks overlooking the ocean; a jungle spa; and the option for guests to get around either via dedicated shuttle service, the bike share service or health trail that curves alongside the jungle terrain.
A New Hip Stay in Tulum
Casa Pueblo opened earlier this year as a modern and serene boutique hotel in Tulum, just two miles from the beach.
“Our property sits in the downtown center of Tulum’s Pueblo. It’s an unexpected oasis in the middle of town where the property itself is a unique experience,” says owner Derek Klein. “We have a world-class cocktail program, a beautiful saltwater pool and an amazing rooftop sunset view. Staying at this property in the Pueblo gives you a more authentic Mexico experience being closer to the local scene.”
Upon arrival, guests are greeted in an open-air atrium that is surrounded by 16 suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. The onsite restaurant serves a mix of world food with Mexican flavors for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and a rooftop bar is expected to open this December.
“Our ideal clients are the ones who get who we are. It is not about age or demographic. Rather, it’s about an intrinsic sense of belonging,” points out Klein.
And for those guests who want to explore beyond the property, Casa Pueblo can curate unique experiences for its guests. “One thing we love to offer our guests is our beach sunset basket. It comes with two glasses, a house bottle of negroni and beach blankets. We have the driver pick our guests up and take them to a special place on the beach to enjoy the sunset. It can be romantic for two or fun for a group of friends,” he adds.
The hotel works with agents, offering “rooms to agents and agencies that meet
our criteria,” Klein says. Because, as he notes, “the best way for you to familiarize yourself with the property is to experience Casa Pueblo.”
More Family Fun in Riviera Maya
Opening by summer 2019 is the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya, marking Mexico’s first and only Gourmet Inclusive Nickelodeon Resort.
“Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will deliver an unparalleled five-star family experience. We’re reimagining the art of hospitality to deliver non-stop fun and unforgettable moments for guests of all ages including one of the destination’s largest water attractions, every suite offering ocean views and private swim-ups, and memorable character experiences,” says Kelly Poling, senior v.p. of marketing for Premier Worldwide Marketing (representative of Karisma Hotels & Resorts). “Similar to our Punta Cana property, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will present a true luxury experience for adults featuring modern design, an expansive spa, and world-class cuisine, as part of Karisma’s renowned Gourmet Inclusive Experience, including a seafront Yacht Club and an authentic Mexican cantina.”
The property will feature 276 oceanfront swim-up Pad Suites and Flat Suites, plus four Nickelodeon-themed Signature Penthouses situated on the top floor of two 6-story buildings. The penthouses will be decorated with favorite characters including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants, and each offers an infinity pool, swim-up access and views of the Caribbean Sea. One amenity kids will sure not want to miss is Aqua Nick.
“Given the incredible response to Aqua Nick at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, we’re expanding this element in Riviera Maya, affording nearly 500,000 sq. ft. of family fun with activities for everyone including a lazy river, waterslides, a splash park, an interactive water playground for toddlers, and mini relaxation pools,”
points out Poling.
“Our ideal client is someone who’s as fun as they are discerning. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will surprise and delight at every turn and we’re confident guests will truly appreciate each of the whimsical and luxurious aspects. From waterslides at Aqua Nick and character hangouts at Nickelodeon Place to top-notch gourmet cuisine with produce sourced directly from Karisma’s 76,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse at the property’s six distinct restaurants, and sommeliers and expert mixologists at our four bars, including the Bikini Bottom Bar, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will be full of world-class family experiences,” adds Poling.
Casa Pueblo: casapueblotulum.com
Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa: palladiumhotelgroup.com
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya: nickresortrivieramaya.com
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos: aichotelgroup.com/our-resorts/nobu
Occidental Costa Cancun & Occidental Tucancun: barcelo.com
Sandos Palm Bay Playacar: sandos.com
TRS Coral Hotel: palladiumhotelgroup.com
Viceroy Los Cabos: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com
A Duo Refresh at Occidental Properties
“Both Occidental Costa Cancun and Occidental Tucancun are ideal for families looking for an amazing escape, couples and honeymooners on a romantic rendezvous, or young explorers looking for excitement, nightlife and cultural immersion,” says Juan Carlos Navarro, director of sales for both properties. So anyone in your digital rolodex should be on your target list, especially as both of these all-inclusive properties in Cancun have come off fresh renovations.
Occidental Costa Cancun offers connecting oceanfront rooms, four onsite restaurants, a bar, a pool, a fitness center, and a spa, as well as a kids club, and plenty of watersports. Daytime and evening activities for kids 4 to 11 include dancing competitions, musical chairs, pool games and more. At the Occidental Tucancun, families can enjoy spacious rooms that accommodate up to six guests, and while they are exploring the property they’ll come across five bars, four restaurants, three pools, a spa, and a kids club. At the latter, children 4-11 can enjoy both daytime and nighttime entertainment including tennis, volleyball, basketball, water polo, darts, kayak, and more.
Navarro suggests that families who are looking to explore outside of the property head to the UNESCO World Heritage site Chichen Itza, a complex of Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. The tour includes transport, a bilingual guide, admission to the cenote and ruins, breakfast and buffet dinner, and drinks on the bus. “It’s the perfect way to experience this fascinating historic attraction,” he adds.