Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, located less than fifteen minutes away from Cancun International Airport, is a new, all-inclusive and adults only beachfront resort. After their grand opening in the Fall of 2018, Haven Riviera Resorts & Spas has quickly emerged as the epicenter of the ‘Cancun 2.0’, where the resorts are away from the touristy strip and are instead surrounded by mesmerizing ocean views, and several fine dining options that await guests inside the resort. These fine dine options range from a Mediterranean Restaurant to an Asian Fusion Restaurant with a long-form Hibachi grill, and all reflect the flavors and vibrancy of the Mexican Caribbean scene.
Escape for the long weekend or for the whole week and spend your days at the pool, enjoying a wide range of recreational activities at and close to the resort, and savor the fine cuisine from their eleven restaurants and bars. Start your day with morning yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8am or with a brisk walk along the white sand. Then, enjoy a full breakfast at Flavours. Offering a wide variety of artisan and local fare, breakfast includes an expansive selection of culinary stations from traditional Mexican cuisine to a juice and smoothie bar, dozens of options for fresh fruit, a hot and cold cereal bar, granola, freshly made omelets and waffles, breakfast pastries, sweet breads, coffee, tea, and so much more.
If you choose to be a Serenity Club guest, as my guest and I were, you have the opportunity to experience all of the exclusive perks that encompass what vacationing in paradise is all about. Amenities include an exclusive check-in area, butler service, invitation-only weekly manager’s cocktail reception, VIP treats delivered daily and nightly, secluded beach area with butler service, complimentary access to the water journey experience and dynamic pool circuit, complimentary snorkel tour, and so much more.
The Dynamic Pool Circuit and Water Journey Experience are amenities my guest and I took the opportunity to experience every morning before breakfast. The Water Journey, after the Circuit, takes you through the sauna, high-density aroma steam room, sensation shower, ice fountain (yes, it’s very cold but so refreshing), cold mist shower, and more.
The hydrotherapy experience takes you through five different showers and beds including the tubular bed and cascade shower that meant to massage specific areas of the body. My favorite was the Heizer Bubble Floor that did wonders for massaging my feet.
After the circuit, which in total lasts just over an hour, allow yourself to completely unwind in their area of rest and relaxation. Enjoy a head and neck massage, a cold facial towel, and rehydrate with cold-pressed juices and tea. I also had the opportunity to experience one of the best hot stone massages I have had in years. I was quite literally in a dream state the entire time. My massage therapist had to gently wake me up ten minutes after my session was over.
We then journeyed over to the Serenity Club pool to have a couple of drinks, sushi, and chips and guacamole at Vistas Snack Bar. They also have a swim-up bar and you can enjoy a selection of food items poolside. You could easily spend hours by the pool and relaxing in your own private cabana. Fresh towels are always on hand and your butler, if you choose The Serenity Club, is always available if you need assistance.
We usually enjoyed a light lunch later in the afternoon. An option for lunch is Vora Mar just steps away from the main pool where a DJ will perform on select afternoons. Plenty of cooking stations await you including a fresh seafood and pasta, a classic wood-fired oven, and a full salad bar. Their desserts are so delicious as well, an there is also self-serve hard ice cream and toppings. If you come back in the evenings, enjoy a full antipasto buffet, a la carte offerings, and fresh seafood all prepared to order. On select afternoons and evenings, I especially enjoyed their fresh paella and crab legs.
During the afternoons, there are many activities you may partake in, both indoors and outdoors. These include beach volleyball, tennis, daily organized beach walks, table tennis, spirits tasting and cooking classes, and more. For an additional fee, you may wish to jet ski, parasail, or go fishing. My guest and I ventured off the premises for a dolphin encounter, about thirty minutes away.
Dinner was on the later side for us, or at about 8pm each evening. During our first evening, we dined at Satsu, their Asian Fusion restaurant, and sat at the Teppanyaki station to view the art and show of Japanese cooking. We enjoyed sushi a la carte and freshly grilled meat, seafood, rice, and vegetables from the hibachi grill.
The next night we dined at Olios, the Mediterranean restaurant that features an a la carte menu of perfectly portioned dishes that represent both the land and sea. And if you wish to enhance your dining experience, Olios offers the special Chef’s Table that features a gourmet tasting menu. My favorites included the Beet Salad with Arbequina Oil Crumbs, Feta Cheese & Pine Nuts; and Seared Seabass in Shell Fish Crustaceans Juice with Seasonal Vegetables, Tarragon Aroma & Clams. Desserts that evening were Tiramisu and a Chocolate Brownie.
Next was Agua Bendita, a blend of contemporary Mexican cuisine with a classic steak house. Incredible dishes once again. We stared with house made chips, guacamole, and a variety of four salsas. For my entrée, I had the grilled Honey Salmon with Grain Mustard, with sides of rice and plantains.
In the evening, my guest and I would enjoy cappuccinos at Mocaccino Deli, which offers freshly brewed coffee, tea, espresso beverages, liqueurs, and hand-scooped ice cream with a variety of toppings. They also offered a variety of cakes, sweet breads, and pastries. My favorite was their Guava Cake. We ended one of our evenings at Moons, which offers entertainment on select nights. We saw a terrific cabaret performance and enjoyed a few cocktails during the show. Another highlight was the Serenity Club Lounge, a great place to escape to for watching some television, playing board games, and enjoying some premium wine, spirits, beer, and plenty of finger food options.
I had the pleasure of witnessing one wedding taking place over the weekend. The ceremony took place on the upper balcony overlooking the pool and the ocean. After seeing a few photos snapped, you could instantly tell how over the moon the newlywed couple was as were their bridal party and parents.
Haven Resorts offers wedding and romance packages. From a VIP welcome and exclusive ceremony decorations to being pampered in our spa and enjoying innovative food and beverage presentations, Haven Resorts offer three unique wedding packages that create everlasting memories around your special day. Learn more about their packages here.
Room rates include meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars. Book your stay at Haven Riviera Cancun:
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