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Live Aqua Cancun in a Nutshell
By Clint Brownfield
Sleek, snazzy and, above all, sensual — this luxurious adults-only all-inclusive is finding itself at the top of many "best of" lists, including Best Resort in Mexico, on a recent Travel & Leisure readers survey.
All 371 rooms and suites face the Caribbean and look out over eight pools, mesmerizing water features and a pristine sandy beach that is groomed virtually non-stop.
The nine-story complex employs a full-time DJ who selects appropriate music not only for the dance floor, but also for the stunning lobby, spa, and grounds.
Thousands of liters of scented oils are also used each year to provide aromatherapy in the rooms and public spaces. The resort manages to remain on top by never going over the edge into an abyss of dreaded theme park kitsch.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Guest Rooms at Live Aqua Cancun
Rooms and suites face the Caribbean and feature either a balcony or terrace. There is a pecking order: Rooms on the lower floors have "garden views," while ones on higher floors have full water views. Prices escalate the higher you go.
Décor is sleek contemporary, with dark hardwood furniture and marble floors throughout. Marble bathrooms have separate showers and bathtubs and a louvered window to let the sunshine in… or not.
Nine stories of rooms are flanked by suites that stair-step down to the gardens and/or water.
There is also a snazzy club level with its own private lounge. Club level privileges include complimentary cabanas around the pools. Rooms include large flat screen TVs, music systems, and wi-fi access. Amenities are by Molton Brown.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Dining at Live Aqua Cancun
So many dining options and bars dot the resort that guests can easily go three or four days without duplicating venues. There is also room service, 24/7.
Cancun is in the Yucatan — Maya country — and the resort offers the best of western and Continental cuisine and also highlights local treats that have been tantalizing taste buds for centuries.
Start your day with breakfast at Siete, with its seven soaring mosaic-tiled columns, where, along with traditional American offerings, tamales and a quesadilla station are also featured.
For great fish tacos, head to Azur, overlooking the beach.
Dinners are gourmet affairs at mb, where talented chefs trot out delectable Asian/Latin masterpieces. The bar next door offers some of the most imaginative shots on earth. Trays filled with tricolor mini pousse-cafés may suddenly appear… flaming! "Bottoms up" may take on new meaning.
The resort really doesn’t have many drawbacks. One disappointment is Laa’kech Lobster and Grill, one of the two restaurants on site that have a surcharge above the all-inclusive rate. This restaurant is outside and surrounded by trees and shrubs. What could be a romantic experience winds up being a hot dud. Maybe they should add ceiling fans. Pity the poor guy who has to man the charcoal grills….Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Destination Weddings at Live Aqua Cancun
Myriad wedding packages are available and are complimentary if you book enough room nights for you and/or your guests.
Extensive lists are provided from which you can customize your destination wedding so it will be the one you’ve always dreamed about, selecting flowers, color themes, and venues to your taste.
The knowledgeable romance counselors can help you decide the time of day best for your ceremony to take place. For example: the sun can be pretty intense in Cancun, so you might not want to be wed on the beach in broad daylight without a tent.
Weddings for two people, and two witnesses, on up to venues that can handle 200-300, such as the ballroom, are available. The counselors can also help you with the required paperwork, to make sure everything is legal when you get back home.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Honeymoons & Romance at Live Aqua Cancun
Upon arrival, honeymoon couples receive sparkling wine, fresh flowers and petit fours and breakfast in bed the morning after.
Also included in the package is a 50-minute massage for two at Spa Aqua in a private double massage cabin. And there’s more — a romantic dinner on the beach for two which features 30 minutes of solo guitar music, special candlelight decorations and dinner selections including steak and lobster.
When couples return to their room, special treats await. Surprise! There is a charge for this package, so plan accordingly. The package is not available during Christmas or New Years.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Activities at Live Aqua Cancun
Relaxing days at the pool or beach can be supplemented by even more relaxation at Spa Aqua, where you can take your pick of internationally inspired treatments: Thai, Swedish and others. Even the lounge has a water theme, with its soothing waterfall gliding down the middle of the room.
The resort's elaborate system of eight infinity pools overlook the beach, in case you want to venture across the pristine white sand and frolic in the Caribbean.
The well-equipped gym, with a nice garden/water feature view, has a full range of free weights, circuit, and cardio machines, and is conveniently located next to a beauty salon in case you need a touch-up after exercising.
On the first floor is a bar with a large flat-screen TV and a billiards table where things can get quite lively, especially after a few tequila shooters.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Nearby Live Aqua Cancun
If you haven’t visited Chichen Itza or Tulum, race down to the concierge and book day trips to these Maya meccas. Chichen Itza has its spectacular pyramid. Tulum is the only Maya enclave to be built by the water, and you can stroll through ancient ruins juxtaposed against the magical blue of the Caribbean.
If you feel your credit cards could use a little exercise, there is designer shopping just across the street from Live Aqua. Gucci… anyone?
You will also notice parasailers floating along the beach. If that’s on your bucket list, the concierge can help you book a rollicking ride. It’s up to you to decide if a shot of tequila will be helpful before, or after, this exciting adventure.
Whale sharks, the biggest fish in the world, are also denizens of the surrounding waters. Expeditions to view these incredible creatures can also be arranged.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Live Aqua Cancun Vibe
Love is in the air at Live Aqua, which is populated primarily by couples in their 20s and 30s (although singles are certainly welcome) who come to getaway from it all and relax and rev it up in surroundings that are designed to please the senses.
The sparkling Caribbean Sea is the mesmerizing backdrop that offers beautiful and romantic sunrises and sunsets leading to sunny days and starry nights at this stunning all-inclusive resort.
Let the romance begin!Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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