Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita

Such a unique resort! Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is a boutique luxury resort just minutes south of Cancun’s airport, the term ’boutique’ alluding to its intimate under-100 suite size and personal service. Guests are personally greeted at the airport by a Zoetry staff member, who greets them with champagne and privately chauffeurs them 20 minutes to the resort by Lincoln Navigator. Upon arrival, guests are given an escorted tour of the resort (which starts by walking between the two 5 foot tall Balinese lion statues that wish guests well) along with the homemade tea of the day. During the tour guests will be shown the dozens of pieces of authentic artwork the hotel’s owners have brought back from their travels around the world.

Zoetry Resorts (two more on the way by the end of 2009!) term their all-inclusive program “Endless Privileges“, which refers to the limitless food, activities, and services they provide (including an international cell phone at no charge, twice daily refreshed minibars in your room, Bvlgari bath amenities, and daily champagne and fruit in the suites).

Dining is at one of three restaurants – Kaax (pronounced “kahsch“), which is hand painted in a jungle motif and serves local Yucatan dishes, El Chiringuito (little establishment in Spanish) the open air beachside bistro featuring native hardwood-fired foods, and the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning La Canoa, Zoetry’s French-chef fusion of spices and chillies called “La Cuisine de las Soles”, or food of the suns. Or choose to have your meal served in-suite 24 hours a day (they don’t use the term room service, as their in-suite dining involves complete preparation at presentation at a location of your choice – breakfast on your terrace watching the sun come up, late dinner under the stars, or perhaps lunch in your living area). Two full bars (Hippos Bar, serving top-shelf liquors and snacks overlooking the pool and ocean, and the Library Bar, where you can find wine and tequila tasting) complete the gourmet experience. Each restaurant and bar offer several house wines to choose from (unlike most resorts that only offer one white/one red) along with an optional wine list from their 5000+ bottle wine cellar.

All suites at Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita feature a large terrace or balcony with oceanviews; several suites offer private plunge pools. All suites are listed by name attributed to an area of the world visited by the owners with corresponding motif – the Nairobi suite for example is decorated in safari style. Flat screen televisions with DVD player, complimentary bottle of tequila and a straw beach bag, and comfortable sofas and chairs in the living area make for a relaxing stay. And the Spacious bathrooms (yes, with a capital S – they are that spacious!) are designed using handmade vanities, showers, and bath areas – they have to be seen to be believed.

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita features Mexico’s only Thalasso Spa, based on wellness and anti-aging, and features a large heated saltwater spa pool overlooking the ocean, medical diagnostics to base treatments on the guest’s specific needs, and a traditional Temazcal outdoor steam room. In addition, they have their own luxurious 30 foot catamaran, “La Bonita”, which offers daily one hour cruises for guests at no additional charge. Golfers will be happy to know greens fees are complimentary at Playa Mujeres Golf Club. Beach lovers will love the powdery white sand, beach beds with wait service, and plenty of space – water is calm throughout most of the year (anything can change seasonally of course) with some natural coral. Guests are easily able to walk the beach in either direction (although directly south is a clothing-optional resort…not for the faint of heart!)

Who would enjoy Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita? Those looking for a relaxing, pampered stay with personalized service, and those looking for world-class spa and anti-aging programs. Fussy guests looking for marble, chandeliers, and a butler named Jeeves may be better served at a Ritz Carlton; Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita is simply quiet luxury in the casual style, where a fresh ceviche on the beach with a chilled premium tequila is as formal as it gets.


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