Grand Residences Riviera Cancun: Best All Inclusive I’ve Been To

Let me start by saying my expectations for all-inclusive hotels are extremely low. We once stayed at the Sandals Whitehouse, and for it being on the Conde Nast Gold list, it completely sucked. Horrible food, every guest was 50+, and the water wasn’t even that clear.

The Grand Residences is a “newish” hotel that opened up a few years ago. We haven’t been back to Mexico (because we’ve been traveling to other parts of the world) but I would not hesitate to go back to this resort. There is a reason that Trip Advisor has an average review of 5 stars for this place- it’s pretty great.


  • Spacious Rooms
  • Bvglri Bath Products
  • Avon Face Spray
  • Clean Rooms (No Mildew Smell)
  • Airport Pickup
  • Great Pool (and Pool Bar)
  • Friendly and Helpful Staff
  • Lunch Food Options
  • 24 Hour Room Service (included)


  • Very Limited Food Options
  • Dinner Menu
  • Seaweed on the Beach


For being a relatively cheap hotel in Mexico, the rooms were fantastic. Each room has a bathroom, wet bar (they give you a bottle of tequila upon arrival), and decent sized patio that has partial ocean views.

I lost the camera that i took a lot of these pictures on, so I don’t have that many of the room itself. Go to TripAdvisor and check out some of the room pics…very nice.


As I mentioned above, the lunch menu was great. Every day while we were there, we opted for guacamole and ceviche poolside. At first I wasn’t keen on getting anything with raw seafood, but Izumi talked me into trying it but man, was I happy I did.


For lunch, the main restaurant is open (same place you get breakfast and dinner) and a little beachside restaurant is also open. Since we were eating all of our breakfasts and dinners at the main restaurant, we only ate by the pool and once at the beachside restaurant (which was very nice).

The problem with dinner is that they tried too hard. It was “pasta night” or “seafood night” or “Italian night.”…why didn’t they just do “Mexican night”every night? I’ve never tried Nutrisystem, but I imagine it tasting kind of like that.

The drinks were good. They have Don Julio Reserve as one of their all inclusive tequilas. No complaints here.


Service was great. We had our one main bartender (Armando) that we saw every day at the swim up bar. Mexican people are very nice in general but I felt like the entire staff went out of their way to help.


If I had endless funds, I’d probably want to check out the Rosewood or Banyan tree in Mayakoba. Being a normal person (and not wanting to spend  $700+ a night on a hotel room in Mexico, I opted for this place. It was a very pleasant surprise, and I’m actually excited to visit again.


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