F&D International: Cancún

Spacious Guestrooms

The majority of the guestrooms, 520 of them, measure a comfortable 560 sq. ft. and include marble-flooring with private sitting areas and balconies overlooking the beach. In addition, the resort offers 79 Master Suites with 860 sq. ft. of space, king-sized beds, marble floors and private sitting areas. Double vanities, a Jacuzzi, and separate shower complete the bathroom. Large terraces are furnished with reclining loungers and table and chairs.

The hotel is topped with 80 Grand Club Suites located on the Grand Club Level. These Junior or Master Suites feature private balconies with panoramic vistas a seafarer would envy. The Grand Club (or what is typically called the Concierge Level Lounge) offers a variety of culinary creations and premium beverages both in the lounge and beachside sundeck. A multilingual concierge is available.

Two Presidential Suites await VIPs at the top of each tower of the resort. These ultra-luxe two-level suites, measuring 5,410 sq. ft., boast expansive rooftop terraces complete with a private pool, a master bedroom with a Jacuzzi and steam bath, twin-bedded guestroom, dining room, spacious living room and full kitchen.

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Pool and Beach
A real showstopper, the resort’s lagoon pool is divided into sections via waterfalls, islands, bridges and three swim-up bars. The various areas separate the guests in the area, so the pool decks never seem crowded. The outdoor restaurants cater to the swimsuit crowd. Stairways from the pool lead down to the pearly sand beach lined with chaise longues and cabanas.

The Gem Spa

The luxurious Gem Spa, measuring a whopping 43,046 sq. ft., was added as an $8 million investment in the property. The multilevel spa is a must for groups to experience. Arrangements can be made for smaller groups (up to 100) to enjoy dinner, dessert or after-dinner drinks in the sublime surroundings. However, the spa’s 10-step, one-hour hydrotherapy ritual is what guests rave about. All individuals signed up for a spa treatment may indulge in this complimentary pre-service.

Dining Options

Isla Contoy, a casual beachfront restaurant under a grand canopy, showcases fresh seafood and Mexican favorites along with stunning seaside views. For fine dining, the resort offers Le Basilic, one of only a few in Mexico to hold the AAA Five Diamond distinction. Le Basilic presents an innovative French-Mediterranean menu created by Chef Henri Charvet of Paris, who holds the title of Maître Cuisine de France. Chef Charvet blends his new love of local Mexican products with his French culinary techniques. Local artwork enhances the candlelit atmosphere. Live jazz musicians add to the vibe.

Tequila tastings can be staged in the resort’s authentic Mexican restaurant, La Joya. Guests sample a three-tiered tasting of Mexico’s national spirit and learn about tequila’s history and aging process. It’s an ideal first-night event.

A bountiful champagne brunch/breakfast buffet is laid out daily at Vina del Mar, whose floor-to-ceiling windows make the room feel like an aviary — a lovely spot to start the day.                 —Debi Lander 

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