Riviera Maya, Mexico (April 29, 2021) - After many months apart, Professional Aunts with No Kids can now reconnect with their littlest family members at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. The AAA Five Diamond resort, recently named the Best Family Program in global luxury travel network Virtuoso's annual Best of the Best Awards, has launched a new program of included activities and services perfect for the coolest aunts (and uncles) and their broods. One in five women (approximately 23 million Americans), PANKs love to shower their nieces and nephews with love and gifts - and after a year inside at home, there is no greater gift than travel.
This summer, aquatic activities at the resort are all included in the nightly rate. In the azure Caribbean Sea, right off the resort's white sand beach, there is kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding and sailing lessons. A scuba clinic and the use of SEABOBs in the resort's extra-large pools is also free. When the kiddos opt to make friends at the renowned Grand Velas Kids Club, PANKs can enjoy a shopping tour to Playa del Carmen's Fifth Avenue or partake in the resort's acclaimed Hydrotherapy Ritual. The seven-step water journey features a eucalyptus-scented steam room with chromotherapy, polar pool, aromatherapy sensory shower, clay room, ice room, and more.
To foster quality time together, entertainment ranges from Boho Night, astronomy, Insta-worthy Cooking Classes that combine food and photography, sandcastle building, tortilla making, and Mexican Fiesta, to drive-in movies, eco-cycling tours, and Pre-Hispanic Shows. Insider microadventures offer families luxury day trips to discover some of the country's rich heritage from a helicopter to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Uxmal and colonial city of Merida. Whether or not mom or dad make the trip, summer-loving nieces and nephews are bound to enjoy seeing their PANKs (and PUNKs) after spending some recommended time apart due to the pandemic.
Resort nightly rates start at $633 USD per adult in double occupancy. Kids (4-12 years old) are $60 and teens (13-15 yrs old) are $100 each for up to two children staying in the same suite. Kids three and under are complimentary. Rates include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, activity program, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For reservations or additional information, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit https://rivieramaya.
About Grand Velas Riviera Maya: The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya. Guests can choose accommodations among oceanfront, ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, L'Occitane amenities, artisanal mezcal, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior. Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world-renowned celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Se Spa is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids' Clubs and Teens' Club; baby concierge; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide, including Virtuoso's Best Spa and TripAdvisor's Hall of Fame. A member of the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program, Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or additional information, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit https://rivieramaya.