Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort balances elegance with cultural immersion

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort ocean view
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort ocean view / Cristine Struble

Just steps away from the bustling Fifth Avenue, guests step off the slightly inclined drive into an enclave of luxury. The artistic black granite interpretation of the Mexican pyramids grabs the attention, at first. Then the long vista to a pristine water view allows all the stress and noise from the outside world fade. A stay at the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort blends escapism, a taste of local culture, and the relaxation that travelers crave.

Traveling to the Playa del Carmen is slightly different than the expansive all-inclusive resorts lining the Riveria Maya or the bustling Cancun tourist district. For the moments that travelers want the energetic nightlife and busy shopping area, the main street has everything that they expect. In contrast, the resort situated slightly off that main strip brings a respite from the extra stimulation. In a way, it is like having two vacation experiences in one.

At the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, the hospitality at the location lives up to the brand’s standards. From the first greeting to the final goodbye, the staff is ready, willing, and able to fulfill any request.

The resort’s design accentuates the power and beauty of the landscape. The covered walkway leading to the pristine beachfront invites the guest to leave the daily grind behind and focus on the relaxation and rejuvenation awaiting them.

While few people will get a coveted floating room, any spot on property offers a lovely view. From the tranquility of the mangroves to the agave plants that are integral to Mexican culture, the views from the balconies are the private retreat to start the day. Sipping on a coffee from the onsite coffee bar, that little space can be the moment to reflect.

For guests who hunger for a culinary treat, the resort offers several impressive restaurants. The Sushi N Raw Bar, an outside venue, is a lovely place for a mid-day nosh or an early dinner as the sun fades from view. The menu offers a pleasant array of approachable options and a few creative, bold takes on traditional rolls.

Personally, a paloma, some edamame, and the Grand Furikake Roll is the perfect mid-afternoon meal. The brightness of the cocktail balances the spiciness of the sushi. It is a superb combination.

Sushi at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen
Sushi at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen / Cristine Struble

For those who prefer a water view as the stars begin to twinkle in the sky, La Cocina Restaurant and Terrace, especially its outdoor area, is the spot for dinner. Highlighting classic Mexican flavors and ingredients, the menu has a little taste of everything.

Personally, a simple dinner of several appetizers and a cocktail is quite satisfying. Even just enjoying a few tacos with an appetizer makes for a delicious meal.

One entrée stood out as a must try. The grilled octopus is superbly executed. Perfectly tender with the right amount of char, the dish showcases the technical superiority of the resort’s culinary team.

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Grilled Octopus, Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen / Cristine Struble

Of course, a meal would not be complete without a dessert. The leches cake has a luscious texture. The almost cloud-like mousse gives way to a delicate crumb. It is the sweet kiss that will have guests dreaming about it all night long.

For guests who prefer a heartier meal, The Grill Playa del Carmen delivers those dishes. Certified Kosher, the restaurant’s culinary team does a stupendous job creating depth of flavor while adhering to the dietary parameters. From copious amounts of grilled meats to delicate desserts, the meal is quite scrumptious.

While many guests might happily lounge the day away at by the pool as they eat and drink all the offerings, the resort offers a few special experiences that should not be overlooked. From a bike tour of the tourist district to morning outdoor spin classes, there are plenty of ways to be active during that stay.

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Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, aerial view / Cristine Struble

More importantly, the Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen embraces its Mexican culture. Many guests enjoy the immersive relaxation experience within the Cenote Spa. Additionally, the resort offers a shaman experience within the mediative area.

As the guests are guided to the four corners and asked to ground themselves to the earth, that cultural experience proves that this stay is not just another vacation. It shows that a well-known travel brand can and should infuse local culture into every guest’s experience.

The Mexican resort area has an abundance of properties for vacationers to visit. Finding one that appeals to personal sense of style yet also keeps that loyalty status high is important to many travelers. At the Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen, guests get a taste of it all and it keeps them coming back for more.