By Karen Holly Berliner
This holiday season rather than saying yes to make your family and friends happy, why not run away from home and make yourself happy? ---And run away to riviera Cancun, if you do.
Picture this: You escape the usual holiday madness as you fly towards Cancun Mexico, your chosen tropical destination in paradise. You are truly longing for this; you can almost feel the sun on your back and hear the crunch of the sand between your toes like finely ground sugar. You daydream without inhibition, of dancing in the moonlight to salsa and Mariachi strains. You can just about taste the Mexican mixology drinks and tall fruity cocktails, generously laced with tequila if you please.
Before long, you will begin to make out the scenery below the clouds. Situated on the coast of Mexico, between Cancun and riviera Maya, an adults-only haven awaits you. Haven riviera Cancun is a mem- ber of Preferred Hotels and resorts L.V.X. Collection - a collection of high end properties featuring fine accommodations hosting with top notch personal service.
With 333 guestrooms, 88 swim-out suites, all with ocean views from private terraces, king-size beds, a personalized mini-bar, Nespresso machines, concierge services and 24-hour room and butler service, picture décor throughout the resort, rich in modern Mexican design, complimented with pops of vibrant color and fabric. to take it up a notch further, upgrade to Haven’s Serenity Club and enjoy an expedited check-in, exclusive lounge areas, an in-room aromatherapy menu, mini bar, premium pillow menu, sleep well kit, and daily alfresco à la carte breakfast options. Add complimentary access to the water journey experience at the on-site spa and pool circuit and one complimentary snorkel tour per person and you have it all at your disposal.
If you crave a little holiday pampering, MySenses Spa is their onsite sprawling sanctuary offering tranquility, wellness and the promotion of experiences with finely honed and custom therapies mindful of Ma- yan healing philosophies which all combine to create a unique experience of well being.
The water journey experience is a must, featuring a sauna, a high-density Hamman style steam room with a Herbarium Sensation shower, a luxurious ice fountain, a cold mist shower, a pressure shower for chromotherapy, a refreshing cold water plunge pool and a whirlpool Jacuzzi.
Spend the day at the pool and on the beach. Go for a refreshing swim in the infinity swimming pool, with ocean views and a swim up bar or the other large lake like pool, also with a swim up bar and loads of swimming and relax- ing space. Located at the resort’s expansive pools, both feature swim-up seat- ing as well as shaded outdoor seating and serves tall icy drinks, beer and wine.
Indulge at the on-site eateries and find everything from fine-dining overlook- ing ocean views to light bite casual fare. With a variety of international dining spots, restaurants ranging from fine dining experiences to a Beach Stand, the restaurants at Haven riviera Cancun pay homage to the Mexican Caribbean and the in international dining scene.
Acclaimed among the best golf courses in Latin America Cancun Country Club and its El tinto golf course, just ten minutes from Haven riviera Can- cun, tee times are subject to availability and must be arranged with the Golf Concierge at the hotel.
Venture to nearby destinations like Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. Enjoy activities such as tennis, yoga, beach volleyball, ping- pong and water aerobics. Explore mangrove natural walkways, jogging and bike trails.
Gladys Dines at Haven Riviera Cancun
FLAVOURS Enter this delightful indoor/outdoor dining spot and find an extravagant and tasty buffet in a casual, unique and comfortable setting. Enjoy stations overflowing with seafood, meat, poultry, vegetable dishes, fruits, cheeses and an authentic Tortillery to add Mexican spice. Pair with a wide selection of wines and decadent desserts. Make sure to sample the massive mountain of seafood on ice. Decadent!
AGUA BENDITA A contemporary blend of traditional Mexican cuisine with a classic steak house twist, showcasing steaks, chops and specialty cuts along with the bold flavors of Mexico, such as the signature hand- made tortillas. The Cowboy Ribeye makes for a feast!
OLIOS A fine Mediterranean restaurant with an emphasis on the land and the sea, this restaurant offers special Chef’s Tables dishes, featuring a gourmet tasting menu, thanks to the mega talented chef at the helm.
VORA MAR As you enter this dining spot, you’ll be immediately awed by the Basque charcoal grill and a Baja Med Kitchen, offering a perfect fusion of Mediterranean and Baja California dishes. If you’re crav- ing something that isn’t from the grill, the cold kitchen is for you. Fresh fish and seafood is on display with clams, oysters, scallops, mussels and crab - all prepared to order. Dig in.
SATSU This Asian Fusion restaurant hosts from an open kitchen format, featuring, sushi and sashimi, its Robata Grill offering charcoal-grilled small plates, aromatic Thai dishes and a traditional Teppanyaki station showcasing of Japanese food.
VISTAS SNACK BAR Enjoy a casual poolside meal, featuring contemporary small plates.
MISTRAL Perfect for beach or poolside dining, Mistral is the casual spot to dine and take in the sights and sounds of the Mexican Carib- bean, an all sensory experience
MOCACCINO Mocaccino Deli offers casual snacks such as fresh handmade ice-cream, specialty coffee concoctions and sweet and savory pastries.
LIMES An American-style bar, choose from wide variety of international and local beers, wines and spirits and contemporary finger food. This bar features indoor and outdoor seating and is located next to the Agua Bendita Restaurant. While there, catch the perfect sunset, offered up by Mother Nature.
HAVENS LOUNGE The perfect place to start your evening or take a break from the midday sun, Havens Lounge serves refreshing beverages throughout the day and evening with a choice of comfortable indoor or outdoor seating.
MOONS This nightclub is a great night finale, offering cocktails and entertainment in a vibrant, neon-infused, cabaret comes, 5 nights a week with electrifying stage shows, live music and comedians to name a few. Stay after and dance to select music via the DJ. For special occasions Moons also features two fully private VIP areas with personalized service.