Photo Tour of the Grand Riviera Princess (and Laguna Villas) | Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Photo Tour and Review of the Grand Riviera Princess Resort | Belleview Cottage

We enjoyed our recent stay at the Grand Riviera Princess so much, that I wanted to share these beautiful photos with you.  (I also included a map of the resort grounds at the very bottom of this post.)

We stayed at the end of May, 2014, in the Laguna Villa Suites.  The Grand Riviera Princess is a HUGE all-inclusive resort on the same grounds as the Grand Sunset Princess resort.  The Laguna Villas are beautiful adults-only suites with a private pool, exclusive pool bar and snacks, VIP concierge service, and free wi-fi.  There are only 24 villa suites on the entire property (which, as I mentioned, is HUGE!), so you are a part of a small and exclusive group when you stay in the Villas.  You also get “Platinum” status entitling you to higher-end drinks, access to the Platinum pools and lounges, reserved area on beach with drink service, VIP check-in, top priority restaurant reservations, and a lot more that I won’t go into…  When we booked our stay in the Villas we also got a free massage & exfoliation at the spa, and access to the spa’s awesome hydrotherapy circuit (and sauna, indoor pool, etc.).

We did one excursion to the Mayan Ruins and beach at Tulum.  I posted photos from that excursion here.  Tulum is beautiful and definitely worth visiting!

If you want more of the specific details on this hotel, check out my Trip Advisor review.

Here is the view from the lobby, looking towards the lobby bar.  The lobby bar is one of the nice places to sit back, relax, and have a drink after dinner.  TIP:There are filtered water coolers on the side of the Riviera Lobby Bar and the Sunset Lobby Bar.  You can get a cup of water or fill your water bottles there.

Lobby and Lobby Bar at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen Mexico

 

VIP check-in for Platinum & Villas (we didn’t have to wait in line), with champagne on arrival:

Champagne at Check-In, Platinum and Laguna Villas, Grand Riviera Princess Resort

These stairs take you from the lobby down to the main resort area.

Grand Riviera Princess Lobby, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Once you head down the main path, this beautiful lagoon with shaded seating areas is to your right:

Grounds of the Grand Riviera Princess Resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The main paths are lined with these pretty (Mayan-inspired) sculptures.

Beautiful grounds at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The Laguna Villas are situated around a beautiful lagoon, not too far from the lobby and most of the restaurants.  Here is the villa we stayed in:

Laguna Villas at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The lagoon surrounded by villas:

Laguna Villas at the Grand Riviera Princess Resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Here is the view from the entrance of our 2nd-floor villa:

 

Laguna Villas at the Grand Riviera Princess Resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Entrance to our villa:

Laguna Villas at the Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Seating area in the villa, with flat screen TV and mini bar:

Laguna Villa Suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

King-size bed with light & fan controls right there at the bed:

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Coffee machine under the window.  The orange thing on the chair is a complimentary beach bag.

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Large walk-in closet with safe and robes:

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Bathroom with “his and hers” sinks.  Notice the doorway that leads to…

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

A beautiful outdoor shower, complete with Spanish tile.  The 2nd-floor outdoor showers are covered with a thatched roof, while the 1st-floor suites have an outdoor shower with no roof.

Outdoor shower in the Laguna Villa suite, Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Jacuzzi tub with bath salts, slippers, and incense for “aromatherapy”:

Laguna Villa suite at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The seating area leads to a beautiful balcony overlooking the lagoon.

Laguna Villa suite, Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Balcony view.  You can see the private Laguna Villas pool and bar in the middle of the lagoon.

Balcony view of the lagoon, Laguna Villa suite, Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The Villas pool is surrounded by relaxing cabanas.  TIP:There are only 17 (or so) cabanas around the pool, and many of the Villas guests show up pretty early in the morning (before 9 am) to “reserve” a cabana by tossing a few towels and some personal belongings into their cabana of choice.  You can also see the private Villas bar in this photo.  We got the best drinks at this bar.

Balcony view of the lagoon and private pool | Laguna Villa suite, Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

View of the main walkway from the entrance to our villa.

Beautiful grounds at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

You enter a gate, and cross a bridge over the lagoon to reach the private pool, which is in the middle of the lagoon.

Laguna Villas private pool at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This roman-esque structure in the middle of the pool has jets, but it is not heated like a hot tub.  The pool water is a nice temperature, though.

Laguna Villas private pool at the Grand Riviera Princess, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The cabanas face the pool, and there is a beautiful lagoon view behind the cabanas.

Cabanas at the Laguna Villas private pool, Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The Villas pool has nicer lounge chairs with padded cushions.  The other resort pools have plain blue loungers.

Laguna Villas private pool at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The Villas pool has these awesome “loungers” built into the pool, so you can get your tan and stay cool at the same time.  The Villas concierge is located in the small building to the left in this photo.

Laguna Villas private pool at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Moving away from the Villas now, here is one of the main hotel pools.  I call it the “party pool.”  You can see the swim-up bar in the background.  The nice thing about staying in the Villas is that you can choose if you are in the mood to relax at the quieter Villa pool, or have fun at one of the “party” pools.

One of the many pools at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Here is another large pool (there are many!).  This one is in front of the Riviera Snack Buffet.

One of the many pools at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This swim-up bar is in the pool pictured above.

Swim-up bar at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Here is the main walkway leading to the beach.  You can get spa services, including massage, right on the beach.  You can also sign up for scuba diving and other water activities.

Grand Riviera Princess resort, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The resort’s beach area is large and has plenty of lounge chairs for everyone.  There are also many shade palapas.  This photo is a very tiny section of the large beach.

Beach at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Here is the beach bar.  Another awesome thing about this resort is the beach BBQ, which is right behind the bar.  You don’t have to leave the beach to get a snack (nachos, hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos).

Beach bar at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The beach is beautiful!

Beach at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

This is the view from the Platinum & Villas exclusive area of the beach.

The beach at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Nighttime in the restaurant area of the resort:

The Grand Riviera Princess at night | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

In the same plaza shown above, there was a marketplace one night during our stay.  Local vendors brought their wares straight to the hotel.

Marketplace at the Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

The food at the resort was good, but not excellent.  We enjoyed the food throughout our stay, however.  This shot is from one of the dinner buffets:

Dining at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

View from the Sunset Snack Buffet (which, at night, becomes the La Fondue restaurant):

Grand Riviera Princess resort | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Dinner at “La Fondue”:

La Fondue at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

One of the salads at “La Fleur,” the fine dining restaurant.

Dining at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Large selection at the Plaza Bar.

Plaza Bar at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Here is the women’s locker room at the Spa:

The Spa at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Indoor pool at the Spa.  The windows overlook a beautiful lagoon.

The Spa at the Grand Riviera Princess | Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Here are a few pictures of the beach, deserted in the rain.

Grand Riviera Princess in the rain

Grand Riviera Princess in the rain

And, finally, a map of the resort grounds (both the Grand Riviera Princess, and the Grand Sunset Princess).  Click map to enlarge.

Map of the Grand Riviera Princess and Grand Sunset Princess Resorts, Playa Del Carmen Mexico

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14 thoughts on “Photo Tour of the Grand Riviera Princess (and Laguna Villas) | Playa Del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

  1. bee says:

    HI
    Very nice overview. Thank you for the tour.
    We are booked for Nov-Dec 2014 for this location for the “new” Platinum Yucatan Princess Suites, can you tell me anything on where this would be located progress etc. do you think it will be separate from your described area. any pictures of the construction. Thank you again 🙂

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    • kendracampbell10 says:

      Hello, I just added a picture of the hotel map to the bottom of the blog. It shows the Grand Yucatan Princess Suites, although we never did walk over to that area of the hotel. I’m not sure if construction is completed yet, but they did include it on the map. Platinum is great, as you will have access to the Platinum lounges and pools, free Wi-Fi in the Platinum lounges, concierge, easy restaurant reservations, access to the exclusive area of the beach, etc. As far as my photo tour goes, you won’t have access to the Laguna Villas pool and bar. But the other pools (including the ones w/ swim-up bars) are open to everyone! It also appears from the map that the Yucatan suites have swim-up rooms. Fun! I’m sure you will enjoy your stay, as the resort is so beautiful and platinum status gives you extra amenities. I hope you have a great trip!

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  2. T says:

    Great post! I’m thinking of visiting the resort but some reviews say the Villa’s are quite far from the beach, did you find this to be true? Roughly how long is the walk to the beach?

    Thanks!

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    • kendracampbell10 says:

      Hi there,
      The walk to the beach was somewhere between 5-10 minutes. If you look at the map of the resort you will see that the resort is long and narrow. The villas are towards the front of the resort, and the beach is at the end of the resort. Personally, we found the walk to be quite enjoyable and it was not a problem at all. For those who aren’t able to walk due to health concerns, there is a golf cart shuttle that runs up and down the paths of the resort. But I don’t know how often it runs.

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  3. sandy says:

    We are heading there in 3 weeks. Is it true there are vendors on the beach and to sit on chairs by the watet you have to rent?

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    • kendracampbell10 says:

      Hi Sandy — I never saw vendors on the beach when we were there. And there are plenty of lounge chairs on the beach for hotel guests that you do NOT have to rent. It is part of the resort property. There are, however, certain areas on the beach that are only accessible to certain resort guests, like a VIP area for platinum guests. Enjoy your trip!

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  4. Katie D. says:

    Hello! Wondering, I see on their website it says they have 4 kids pools. Did you happen to see those? And do they by chance have anything unique about them– such as any kind of pool slide, etc?
    Thnks so much!

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    • kendracampbell10 says:

      Hi Katie! I did not notice any kids’ pools when we were there. But when we were there, there were certain areas under construction. And I know they opened a kids’ day camp area after our visit. So those kids’ pools might be part of the newer areas.

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  5. Nira Shah says:

    Hi

    We are looking at upgrading to the Platinum rooms (5222+ I think). Any idea what they are like? Also there are so many mixed reviews about this resort. Food, service, etc
    Were there lots of mosquitos too? Is there a worry about the Zika virus there?

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    • kendracampbell10 says:

      I don’t know about the platinum rooms, since we stayed in a different upgraded area of the resort. We saw some mixed reviews before we went, but we were very pleased with the food and service. Mosquitos were not a problem. But our visit was 1.5 years ago.

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