When NIZUC Resort & Spa opened in 2013, it ushered in a new era of design and luxury in Mexico travel. This breathtaking modern hotel can compete in the looks department with any resort in the world.
But looks aren't everything, and NIZUC is a true luxury hotel in every way. Its dining, service, spa, and recreation options are five=star. The property offers both a la carte and all-inclusive options.
NIZUC is owned by Las Brisas, a high-end Mexican hotel company with several other properties. Las Brisas plans to open other Nizuc resorts in Mexican vacation meccas including Los Cabos.
NIZUC perches on the fish's tail that is the ma of Mexico, right on the Caribbean. This location is remarkably convenient for North American visitors, who can fly nonstop to Cancun from over a dozen gateways. The flight from New York is a little over three hours; from LAX, four and a half. When you land, Cancun Airport is only a 10-to-15-minute drive from NIZUC.
NIZUC occupies a coveted swath of a private beach island, Punta Nizuc, off of the Cancun peninsula. Cancun's scintillating nightlife and shopping are a 10-minute cab ride away. The Riviera Maya's spooky cenote caves and charming villages are roughly a half-hour south.
NIZUC Resort & Spa, a Game-Changing Mexico Luxury Hotel
First Impression of NIZUC: Staggeringly Great Architecture and Design
Even an experienced luxury traveler will fine NIZUC a singularly impressive and imposing resort.
NIZUC resembles a vast, beautiful, 21st-century Mayan temple It was designed by Mexican architect Alejandro Escudero in monumental, large-scale style, with swaths of stone and Caribbean vistas everywhere. Mayan design notes give NIZUC a tranquil feeling and powerful setting. The resort is set on a perfect beach lagoon, with warm gentle, Tiffany box-hued waters ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.
NIZUC attracts a diverse guest clientele of upscale visitors. About half are from North America; many are Mexicans seeking a classy domestic getaway Other guests have traveled to NIZUC from faraway places like Brazil, France, Russia, Israel, and Japan. Some guests are very young, and they love the hotel's colorful Winik Kids' Club
NIZUC is extremely private-feeling. While many guests come to relax with their partner or families in secluded suites, the resort offers all the diversions of a world-class, 29-acre, tropical beach resort.
Aquatic recreation is popular at NIZUC. The beach offers swimming, snorkeling, and sports like kayaking and paddleboarding. The resort's several pools are huge, with ample chaise lounges and restaurant and bar service.
The resort's superlative restaurants and bars serve international cuisines and drinks, and the stunning NIZUC SPA by ESPA offers splendid treatments, a hydrotherapy circuit, and gym. And all the temptations of Cancun are minutes away.
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Is NIZUC for You?
You will probably love NIZUC if you seek...a vacation that's a short nonstop flight from the US five-star hotel quality; architecturally notable surroundings; a deluxe getaway for two or for your sophisticated family; a quiet resort; international cuisine; a superlative spa on-property
You may not fall for NIZUC if you want...to be in the thick of Cancun's action; a social nightclubby resort; tradition hotel design; a small hotel with no golf-cart rides necessary; a golf resort
Spectacular Rooms & Suites at NIZUC
Simply Beautiful Rooms at NIZUC
NIZUC has 274 gorgeously designed, blissfully quiet guest accommodations. They range from oceanfront rooms with huge decks to rambling suites and villas.
Oceanfront Rooms are set in the main building. They may be NIZUC's "basic" accommodations, but they are wonderfully spacious and comfortable. These rooms have a vas built-in closet and massive outdoor deck with a daybed. Their spa-like bath suite has a deep soaking tub, separate stone shower, divan with TV, and double sinks.
Suites and Villas at NIZUC
The resort's Suites and Villas are set in several "Residential" buildings beside the main structure. Suites come in numerous configurations, typically with a plunge pool, patio, and deck. Families can join suites together, or book a whole floor Pool Villas are NIZUC's most private digs, with tall surrounding walls, indoor and outdoor living areas, their own plunge pool, outdoor shower, and more.
Villas are conveniently set in the center of the resort. They are large, ranging from 740 to 1,640 square feet. They offer private pools and air or extreme tranquility.
What You Get in NIZUC Rooms
Standard amenities in all NIZUC accommodations include outdoor space (whether a balcony, deck, and/or garden patio); seating and lounging areas; pillowtop beds with exquisitely fine linens; at least two huge TVs; minibar.
Complimentary offerings include wifi, bottled water, Nespresso coffeemaker; a handmade raffia beach tote and NIZUC flip-flops you can take home.
NIZUC is service-oriented. On the whole, staffers are very warm and connected, providing warm, efficient, and discreet service. Guests have assigned butlers. They bring comforts like ice to your room; they draw your bath; they make your dinner and spa reservations and escort you there; they handle laundry and packing. Yet many NIZUC staffers, not just your butler, know who you are. It's nice to walk into your dinner restaurant and be welcomed by name.
Suite and villa buildings have concierges who handle your golf-cart rides (though nothing at the resort is more than a 15-minute walk from your room. Housekeeping is ultra-thorough and silent, and evening turndown brings a treat and a Mayan bedtime story on a card. Room service is elegant and around-the-clock.
Delicious Global Dining and Drinking at NIZUC
A World of Flavors at NIZUC
Dining is one of the glories of NIZUC, with six beautifully designed dining venues and several bars on-property. French-raised and trained executive chef Syvain Desbois oversees the resort's irresistible array of restaurants. Guests can choose a la carte dining or for a three-meals-daily semi-inclusive plan, which can include liquor, minibar, room service, etc.
Ramona is the resort’s elegant, fine-dining restaurant. The décor marries traditional hacienda elements with modern lines. Chef Eduardo Torres is brilliant at updating classic Yucatecan recipes such as suckling pig and local shrimp on a bed of stewed banana. Ramona's sommeliers are passionate about wine. One of Ramona's best wine labels is Santo Tomas, grown in Baja California by NIZUC's owner. (Ramona is showcased in TripSavvy's pick of
Cancun's best restaurants.)
NI is an authentic Peruvian restaurant. It is airy and sunny, with an indoor-outdoor feeling
Chef Erick Ramos is the real thing, from Lima, Peru. He is also extensively trained in French and Spanish cuisines, bringing a worldly touch to his creations. Chef Erick's Peruvian ceviches, tiraditos (sashimi), and fried seafood (jalea) are flawlessly prepared and delicious. NI serves lunch and early dinnertime.
Terra Nostra is NIZUC's Italian and Mediterranean restaurant with the feeling of a sophisticated seaside trattoria near the sea. Its chef, Daniele Tonin, was born near Venice, so naturally, he creates memorable seafood dishes. Many Terra Nostra patrons come to dine on Chef Daniele's house-made pasta and pizzas from the wood-fired oven. Terra Nostra's weekend brunch is not to be missed. If your flight home is Sunday afternoon, this is an inspired place to spend your last couple of hours at NIZUC.
Indochine is NIZUC's seductive Asian restaurant. This sexy restaurant's elegantly modern "Chinoiserie" decor and candlelight illumination make diners feel young and alluring. Chef Alicia Patankar, from Guanajuato near Mexico City, has a brilliant way with Asian food. She cooks Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian and more with flavor and flair. Her menu is exceptionally strong on favorite dishes like fried rice, satays, and sushi
La Punta Grill is Nizuc’s super-suave beachfront restaurant, set overlooking the resort's Caribbean lagoon and Nizuc's adult lap pool. La Punta's mood: tropical languor, with a happy soundtrack and a buzzy, convivial bar. Mexico City-raised chef Antonio Ramírez's food: tempting salads, juicy grilled steaks, and sensational fresh seafood (fish tacos, ceviches, perfectly grilled shrimp and succulent Caribbean lobsters).
Cafe de la Playa serves NIZUC's unforgettably great breakfasts under the perfectionistic eye of Chef Roberto de la Cruz. Diners can opt for a deluxe buffet or waiter service (or both). Pastry chef Nicolás Oviedo's breads and pastries are the best I've had in Mexico. Right before your eyes, a Mexican lady cook in Yucatecan garb custom-makes quick local breakfast bites for you, including like migas, sopes, chalupas, and huaraches. Just point, watch, and enjoy.
NIZUC Bars and Lounges
Bar A'Kan is much more and a lobby bar. It is a gloriously designed, double-height, indoor-outdoor waterfront pavilion with a vast selection of specialty cocktails, tequila, and mezcal. Havana Lounge focuses on rum, Scotch, and cigars (Mexican, Dominican, and Cuban). It hosts the resort's late-night scene, with an elegant party atmosphere and Cuban musicians. Some guests stay into the wee hours, puffing Havanas and tasting rums.
Special Dining Experiences at NIZUC
Guests can savor a Chef's Table evening, which begins in the resort's potager, or French kitchen garden. The resort's Santo Tomas Wine Cellar also hosts private dinners. Other custom meals: romantic dinner for two on NIZUC's handsome pier; intimate wine and cheese tastings; and the Sushi 'n' Tequila Experience where you make your own sushi (the tequila helps). Room service is round-the-clock at NIZUC.
NIZUC SPA BY ESPA
NIZUC SPA BY ESPA
NIZUC SPA by ESPA, the resort's 30,000-square-foot wellness sanctuary, is the only ESPA-branded spa in Caribbean Mexico. ESPA, a super-high-end spa brand founded in the UK, is seen at the highest level of resorts, such as Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Thailand. The brand is renowned for its exquisite modern design, fantastically fragrant botanical balms, and superlative-quality complexion products.
Full-service offerings at NIZUC SPA by ESPA range from expert massages to deft European facials to rejuvenating body treatments. Local ingredients are utilized, such as sea salt, agave, xocolatl (chocolate). Treatments are highly customized; clients can sniff and choose from ESPA's potions.
Nine treatment rooms all have showers en-suite. Two Couples' Suites are like private villas, with lounge rooms and vast tubs for post-massage. The spa's beauty salon attends to hair, makeup, manicures and pedicures, and men's grooming.
NIZUC SPA BY ESPA is a haven for the soul, with a hydrotherapy circuit that feels like an extended water-jet massage. The hydrotherapy baths, pools, and jets are available as a treatment on its own--from a vitality pool with water-massage "experience jets" to fountain beds to sauna, steam, ice room; and outdoor float pool.
Fitness at NIZZC Resort & Spa
More Fitness and Wellness Options at NIZUC
The resort's fitness center, in the spa pavilion, offers a range of new LifeFitness cardio machines, weights, mats, and so on. Guests can also take fitness classes and one-on-one training.
Further on-property fitness options at NIZUC include two tennis courts and numerous pools, either for families or for adults-only. The pools are large enough to host lap-swimmers. The pools are tiled in beautiful iridescent black mosaic.
The resort's Caribbean lagoon provides swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, standup paddleboarding and more. Some guests (two-legged and four) like to walk and jog on the beach.
NIZUC offers intensive wellness programs with specialties such as Yoga, Pilates, Breath Work, Juicing, Mayan Maternity, Massage, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy.
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