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Seeking Sun – Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

Do you want to relax in the lap of luxury, yet have access to all the nightlife, restaurants, shopping and other activities while you vacation in Mexico? When you arrive at the airport, a Mercedes vehicle transports you, with a flower for the ladies, to the hotel in cool, swift comfort. As you check in, a long cool glass of Prosecco eases you through the process and up to your room — a view of the Mexican Caribbean, loaded with amenities, treats, and luxurious touches, like Mexican candies, creams, bathrobes welcome you to Playa del Carmen.

The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort’s award winning spa design is topped only by the service and the people. For one of the best experiences of your life, drop in for a lime, passion fruit and ginger drink as you wait to move on to your massage or facial. Treatment rooms look out on the mangrove, for double relaxation.

Afterwards, drop into the sauna or steam bath, and, if you dare, a cold (delicious) or hot plunge with cucumber mint water. Finish with laps in the lap pool or private meditation in the cenote room, designed after the underground water caverns that network through the Yucatan peninsula.

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort Lobby
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort Lobby

If you want to get out and about, there’s so much to do on the pedestrian walkway that stretches through downtown Playa and 5th Avenue — every kind of food and shopping. Try Cantina #20, and enjoy Mexican food with a fusion twist such as fish tacos with hibiscus flower sauce. It is a mouth treat. Seated in the covered, open area, join the noisy crowd screaming as Mexico plays soccer against Venezuela — this is authentic Mexico! After a meal, walk along 5th Avenue (or rent a bike) and see everything from brand name stores to Mexican curio shops.

Arrange to go on a tour to see Sian Ka’an, run by Siankaantours.org, a community organization that uses the fees to conserve this delicate ecosystem — a biosphere reserve with mangrove, canals, birds in the beautiful aqua-blue water of freshwater and saltwater lagoons. Jump in the water and float through the canal, past orchids, huge termite nests, and mangroves that make an umbrella as the fish swam in the crystalline waters below. It is beyond belief. You will return.

The Sian Ka’an tour includes demonstrations on how sap is drawn for chicle, yes, chewing gum, from the chicozapote tree. Then they offer a walk in the shade through the archaeological site of Mujil (3ooBC – 1500AD). Guides tell stories of grandparents claiming the site as a place of aluxes, Mayan spirits. Indeed, it is, as they are descendants of the people who built these structures.

There is no need to leave the hotel if you just want some pampered down time — the staff from the pools, to the Grill, the bars, everyone’s goal is to make you happy. The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carment Resort plans daily activities, for families and couples — from cupcake to cocktail contests! For their one-year anniversary, there was a huge Mexican buffet of grilled tacos, all to the tune of a mariachi band, celebrated under the stars.

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