Refreshed Luxury of Cancun its new Nizuc Resort & Spa
tucked along a quiet stretch of sandy beach, hugging a small bay in the Gulf of Mexico, is a zen slice of luxury.
Set on its own peninsula, just 10 minutes from the International Airport, Nizuc Resort & Spa is a quiet oasis far from the party-centric, thumping bass usually associated with the destination. The ultra-chic, yet casually sexy resort, playfully blends nature into the design with open-air lobbies, al fresco dining and natural tones with earthy accents. Though in Cancun, a destination better known for all-inclusive resorts and electric nightlife, this five-star hideaway would fit snuggly with the luxury set more commonly found in tranquil Riviera Maya.
Originally intended to be an Aman Resort, Nizuc has a decidedly Asian Zen quality that fuses beautifully with traditional Mexican seaside elements. The design of the resort incorporates the natural elements of fire and water, as guests will find stone fire pits and pool with lily pads and koi fish dotted throughout.
Though the resort is open to families, it drips romance, with black-stone infinity pools, private cabanas and deep soaking tubs in all the rooms. (Note: The crème de la crème are the 29 Garden Pool Villas. These private spaces each have their own tropical gardens with an infinity pool and waterfall. Some even have their own small pavilions.)
The most extravagant room is without a doubt the Penthouse, located on the fifth floor of the residence area of the resort. This suite shows off gorgeous panoramic views of the water through floor-t-ceiling windows. A terrace opens up to an infinity pool and outdoor shower, keeping with the consistent indoor/outdoor theme of the resort.
For more modest, though equally well-appointed rooms, try one of the 44 ocean suites, scattered around the lobby area and just steps from the beach and main pool. Accommodations in this category are adults-only. Note: All suites at the resort feature private butler service. Exterior suites have private pools, gardens, decks and ocean and mangrove views.
Nizuc, Cancun puts a great emphasis on gourmet dining, which is showcased beautifully at its six restaurants. Three fine dining restaurants include Ramona, the signature Mexican restaurant; Terra Nostra for Mediterranean fare; and Indochine, which serves a fusion of Asian favourites. (Tip: The sushi is to die for.) Nizuc puts such a focus into its food that even its poolside fare, menus often overlooked by most resorts, is on par with its fine dining. The resort also has a Peruvian restaurant, Ni, open for lunch which has an extensive ceviche menu. For breakfast, Cafe de la Playa has an elaborate and sumptuous breakfast buffet serving everything from traditional Mexican favorites to charcuterie, freshly baked breads, juices and omelettes.
One of the secrets of the property is the adults-only section of the resort. Here you will find a smaller, more intimate infinity pool with day beds and ocean views. The thatched roofed La Punta Grill & Lounge offers an open-air dining experience serving a menu of seafood and grilled meats.
At night the scene gets sultry at Bar A-Kan, the lobby had with ocean views, or Havana Lounge, a cigar lounge with a selection of rums and tequilas, with a sunken patio that melts into one of the infinity reflecting pools.
The crown jewel of the resort is the Nizuc Spa by ESPA, the first ESPA branded spa on the Riviera Maya and only the second in all of Mexico. The 30,000-square-foot retreat is completely devoted to physical and spiritual healing. The menu offers a wide variety of Mayan-inspired therapies for signature treatments, such as the Mayan Cacao Massage and the Nizuc Renewal Treatment. Facilities include nine multifunctional treatment rooms with showers, one Asian treatment room, two Private Spa Suites with pool and outdoor deck, a beauty salon, nail bar and private pedicure areas. There is also the Spa Cafe which serves fresh pressed juices and whole foods.
Though the resort is a perfect place to sit and be pampered, those who need a little something extra can find a wide variety of activities. Non-motorized sports include paddleboards, kayaks and snorkeling tours, along with shore diving. The resort is also near top golf courses of Cancun. A Kids Club is available for children, as well.
Courtesy of Meagan Drillinger for Bold Magazine