Sordo Madaleno designs Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort

The Grand Hyatt brand opened Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort on the Riviera Maya along the Caribbean Sea. The 314-room property, which was designed by Sordo Madaleno architecture group, has contemporary design aesthetics blended with Mayan-inspired elements in the guestrooms, restaurants, bars, lounges and event spaces that pay tribute to local surroundings.

Previously announced as Hyatt Playa del Carmen, the property underwent a transformation from an upscale resort to a luxury offering while under construction. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort is now one of more than 40 Grand Hyatt hotels around the world.

The hotel has open-air architecture reflecting the local culture while incorporating natural elements throughout, including a cenote-inspired spa and the preservation of a section of mangrove jungle on property to serve as a natural wildlife sanctuary.


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The retreat has 314 guestrooms, including 36 suites, 20 oceanfront “air suites” and two presidential suites. A selection of swim-up suites afford guests direct access to one of the resort’s infinity pools overlooking the beach.

Earth hues and natural textures and tones are found in gray stone, water features and woods throughout the resort, designed to mirror the region’s landscape. Floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces offer views of the ocean. Rooms include double-sink bathrooms, vanity areas, and three-headed showers.

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort has two on-site restaurants, each with a show kitchen: La Cocina offers Mexican and Caribbean fare, while the resort’s ocean view restaurant, The Grill at 1-26 offers a selection of seafood and steaks. Chef Nadine Waechter Moreno helms the resort’s culinary program.

The resort also has an assortment of bars and lounges including a dessert bar, juice bar and traditional bars with signature drinks.

A key aspect of Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort is the 6,000-square-foot Cenote Spa. The spa has eight treatment rooms and specialty facilities, including hydrotherapy stations, eucalyptus steam room and fiber optic chromotherapy showers. There is also a fitness center with Technogym equipment, and a workout studio offering yoga, pilates, Crossfit and meditation classes.

Other amenities include: eight pools, including three infinity pools; and Camp Hyatt at Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort to provide games, crafts and educational activities, including discovery walks, balloon decorating, water volleyball and wildlife shows for children three through 12 years old.

For events, the property has more than 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, a grand ballroom with 20-foot ceilings and 18 meeting rooms, 17 of which offer natural light. The resort also has a business center with workspaces and extra laptops.

Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort is located on the Mamitas Beach, in the heart of Playa del Carmen, near the city's 5th Avenue.

Over the next two years, other Grand Hyatt hotels will debut in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar, a resort hotel in summer 2015; Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro, an urban resort hotel in winter 2015; and Grand Hyatt Bogota, an urban hotel in spring 2017. Together, these four new Grand Hyatt hotels will join Grand Hyatt Santiago and Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, opened in Latin America since 1992 and 2002, respectively.