Fodor's Expert Review Zoëtry Paraíso de la Bonita
Carretera Chetumal –Cancún Km 328 Bahia Petempich., Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo 77580, Mexico See on Map
A sophisticated resort that radiates luxury, relaxation and calmness, in an ethnic atmosphere that mixes a diversity of cultures. All rooms enjoy ocean views and nice touches of design. An interesting option for those looking for an upscale all-inclusive without the fuss of the big name hotels.
There is a wide variety of rooms, all of them ocean front and with wide open spaces. Design and decoration is classy throughout and only differs according to the rate of the room and the culture it reflects (options include Hindu, Balinese, Mexican, Mediterranean among others). The Butler Service and the pieces of art from around the world, provide that luxurious feeling one expect when visiting a place like this.
The bathroom is an ample and elegant space, with pink marble walls and floors. They come with separate shower and sunken tub for two. A nice touch are the Bulgari bath amenities that are included in every single suite across the hotel.
This lobby has a feeling of a grandiose Muslim palace of the past. That fountain at the center of it all has to be inspired in the one at La Alhambra.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some people may find this grandiosity a bit fake, as there are elements that could be considered way out of place in the Riviera Maya.
A large ocean front swimming pool offers day time relaxation in a laid back atmosphere without much noise or activities. You may also try the salt water pool, is a bit smaller but still a good way to refresh during the day.
The first certified Thalassotherapy center in North America, and with good reason. If there is something that jumps out at Zöetry Paraiso de la Bonita is this gorgeous Spa where seawater and seaweed treatments are the specialty of the house.
There is a 24-hour fitness center with the usual set of free weights, cardio equipment and universal machine. I suppose you could use its sauna, Jacuzzi or steam room, but with that Spa just next door, that would be a bit of a waste.
If you like fusion cuisine, the award-winning restaurant La Canoa is for you. An elegant dining option with lots of spicy food. But if you are looking for the VIP experience, sitting at the Chef’s Table may be your option, as it’s only available for Impression suites’ guests.
The Endless Privileges concept of this resort is more than a fancy euphemism for all-inclusive, as it actually delivers on its promise of serving guests top-shelf spirits throughout your stay.
You may want to try one of the vintage Mexican wines exclusively made for Zöetry Paraiso de la Bonita, which are the best-kept secret of the 5,000-bottle Wine Cellar.
Located on an isolated stretch of beach, it’s away enough from the noise of Cancun but not that far as to make transportation an issue. Just a 10-minute drive from Puerto Morelos and its attractions such as the Botanical Garden or the Cenotes Route. Playa del Carmen and its famous 5th Avenue shops and restaurants are just half an hour away by car.
This resort is kind of in the middle of the jungle, so good restaurants are few and away. The nearest restaurant would be La Plage (10-minute drive) which serves Caribbean dishes on a nice setting by the beach. An excellent option for a gourmet romantic dinner is Pavo Real by the Sea on Maroma Bay (25-minute drive).
To find a bar that actually can compare to those in the resort, you'll have to try Cancun's nightlife with all that means. Coco Bongo (45-minute drive) at the heart of the Hotel Zone is the most famous of all. My Paradise Beach Club (20-minute drive) in Puerto Morelos is a more casual, laid back option, just don't expect anything fancy there.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Because of its world-class Spa and its gourmet experience. Yes, this is a place to pamper your senses. We love the Thalassotherapy treatments and the Temazcal experience, but the rich diversity of dining options is also one of the main assets of Paraiso de la Bonita.