Blvd Kukulkan Km 21 - 26, Punta Nizuc, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
At the southern end of the Cancun hotel zone, Nizuc displays stunning design, six restaurants, and a gorgeous bay a short hop from the airport.
The first thing you notice entering Nizuc is the lush tropical landscaping and the modern architectural details. Next is the courteous staff, from valet, to concierge, to butler and on to the rest of the staff — everyone is extra friendly.
The lobby is beautiful, with a touch of the rustic, but luxurious. There are water vistas, ponds, and fountains everywhere. Looking out one end of the lobby you see the small bay that fronts the resort then, beyond that, the many colors of the Mexican Caribbean. The resort's name is Mayan for dog's nose — due to the shape of the bay and peninsula.
In an area known for the amazing white sand beaches and the stunning colors of the Caribbean, Nizuc has got to be one of the most fabulous locations along the entire coast from Cancun to the Riviera Maya. Located only ten minutes from the Cancun airport it takes no time before you are transported to a tropical paradise.
The property was owned by the Mexican government, way before the development of Cancun. At one time one of the country's presidents had his beachfront home here. The home still exists, converted to a fine restaurant with premium views of the Caribbean and an infinity pool stretching its length. The restaurant is surrounded by lush tropical growth and at one end a path leads past sleeping iguanas to a pier with a great view of the whole of Nizuc across the bay and, turning around, of the ocean. It's a great place to watch the area's incredibly dramatic sunsets. The Mexican government sold it to a Japanese company a few years back. With construction almost done that company then sold it to a Mexican firm that brought in architects from Mexico City to finish and decorate the property. The result was a beautiful resort that stands apart. You might call the style "Zen luxury."
We were shown by the concierge to our spacious suite overlooking the beach and the bay. The beauty of the room repeated the luxurious, openness of the lobby. Outside were table, chairs and chaise lounges for enjoying the spacious balcony. Every detail says luxury: the ?ber comfortable king–size bed, fine furnishings, modern bathroom fixtures, the décor, the layout of the space, and high–end amenities.
The top splurges are the Nizuc Suite and the Presidential Suite. If you count the outdoor lounging space with their own pool, both are more than 5,000 square feet. If you must have an ocean view though, go for the Penthouse suite.
Nizuc is a great venue for weddings and honeymoons, but the family is not left out. There is a special building for children with all that's necessary to keep them entertained. Baby sitting service is also provided. There are many places around the property that allow privacy and seclusion for adults and couples though.
If tennis is your thing, Nizuc has tennis courts and tennis programs with a PBI Tennis Professional. Nearby is a Jack Nicklaus golfcourse. Also available are 24–hour concierge service and several special services such as the Chef's table, private dinners, and wine pairing at the Santo Tomas wine cellar.
Nizuc claims the best beach (one of two on the resort) in the area, located on a tranquil bay separate from the glorious waters of the Caribbean beyond. There is an abundance of beach chairs, chaise lounges, and places to enjoy the beach. Overlooking the bay and beach is a large infinity pool?one of three on the property — with a swim–up bar.
A stay at the resort should allow enough days to try all of its fine restaurants. Nizuc employs some of the area's best chefs in their six gourmet ding spots. You get Cafe de la Playa on the beach; Ni for Peruvian cuisine; Ramona's, especially notable are Chef Bladimir Garcia's gourmet interpretations of Mexican cuisine; La Punta Grill & Lounge, casual outdoor atmosphere; Indochine for Asian fusion and finally Terra Nostra for Mediterranean style. There are three lounges at which to enjoy the drink of your choice. Try the awesome margaritas at La Punta.
Also your stay should include a visit to their fabulous 30.000 square foot, ocean–front ESPA spa. Recommended is one of the massages or oriental modalities followed by the complete hydrotherapy routine. This includes steam room, cold shower, sauna, sun room with wrap on a heated chaise lounge, the large room–size jacuzzi with many different types of jets and water massage device, then the cold room with cold mist and an ice fountain in one end to really chill with. After these treatments you will be ready for more beach time.
For tours outside of the resort there are several Mayan archaeological sites within a day's trip and the world's second largest barrier reef is not far away.
The Mexican Caribbean coast, already known for some of the finest hotels in the world, has raised the bar another notch with the opening of Nizuc Resort and Spa.
Web Address: www.nizuc.com
Total Number of Rooms: 274
Published rates: $400 to $4500 double plus taxes
Review and photos by John Lamkin