As the Mexican Caribbean continues to grow in popularity among international travelers, developers are moving fast to cash in on the increased demand for Riviera Maya real estate. The latest news involves the opening of four new luxury resorts at Kanai, which lies just 24 miles south of Cancun near Playa del Carmen. The properties will cater to the upscale crowd, promising to bring the latest and greatest of today’s eco-luxury travel trend to what has become Mexico’s most popular tourist destination.
“The Kanai Resort complex will include four luxury brand hotels; the St. Regis Kanai Resort & Residences, the W Retreat Kanai, the Park Hyatt Kanai and the Kanai Auberge,” writes Travel Age West. “In addition to the four resorts, Kanai will have two championship golf courses designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Faldo.”
In total, the resorts at Kanai will reportedly offer close to 600 guest rooms on its breathtaking 135-acre site, which includes more than a mile of pristine beaches, natural lagoons and mangroves. In addition to offering the latest amenities and world-class golf, Kanai is committed to maintaining the “highest standards of sustainable and conservation-oriented development.” In practical terms, this means working with some of the world’s top architects and hotel operators to ensure that the entire complex is beautifully integrated with the site’s incredible natural beauty.
The 180-room W Retreat & Spa Kanai will appear to be perched atop the mangroves against the dramatic backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. All rooms will have ocean views and a lavishly furnished deck, complete with privacy screens, a cocktail bar, an outdoor tub and a shower. The spa will encompass more than 10,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor treatment areas.
The St. Regis Kanai is set to open in 2014 and will feature 124 guest rooms, as well as 32 villas with private swimming pools and local design accents. In addition, four restaurants will be located on-site and all butlers will be trained in the English tradition.
Kanai Auberge will also open in 2014 and will be home to 50 luxury suites and six oceanfront villas, boasting with ocean views, large terraces, private plunge pools and outdoor showers. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy waterfront dining a beach club and spa treatments.
Finally, the 220-room Park Hyatt Riviera Maya is scheduled to open by 2016 and will offer a variety of modern meeting space, at least three restaurants, a spa and a state of the art fitness center.