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Ritz-Carlton Cancun
Elegance at dusk, guestrooms all feature ocean views

Numerous pools tempt guests

Sun fills the Lobby Lounge in the late afternoon
The wide beach is exceptional
For a luxurious spa treatment choose this oceanfront palapa

Story by Ken Panton
Photography by David Lewis Taylor

At the exceptional Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, a grace and elegance abounds that is as welcomed and enticing as the crisp sun kissed wide white beaches of Cancun’s Caribbean Sea. This award wining resort is the world’s only ocean front hotel to earn three AAA Five Diamond ratings and the luxurious appointments, indulgent amenities and innovative offerings were refined during the resorts recent renewal after hurricane Wilma. From the opulent decor of the lobby and lounge areas to the refrained guestrooms and picture perfect pools and stunning beach guests are pampered with warm Mexican hospitality and incomparable Ritz-Carton service. Guest will find that opportunities for relaxation extend beyond their wildest dreams as they surrender to the seamless luxury that surrounds them throughout the resort.

Of the many unique offerings at the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, the opportunity to explore cooking and wine at Culinary Center, equipped with the world finest equipment from the Viking Range Corporation, is a standout. Delight is matched with learning under the direction of chef de cuisine, Rory Dunaway, whose precise instruction is as vibrant and appealing as the recipes created in the class. Professional techniques and innovative recipes are entertainingly conveyed in a manner that will teach gourmet cooks some new tricks and amaze novices with the magic and complexity of fine cooking. The Culinary Center Extreme Cooking classes are designed for those wishing to take their culinary arts to the next level and such an undertaking could not be done in a more beautiful setting. Equally fascinating, and exceptionally rewarding, are the nightly Tequila and wine tasting that explores the rich history of the wine and Mexico’s unique spirit and their place in accompanying fine cuisine. We were treated to an exploration of Mexican Wines and along with sampling and learning about the delicious selections we were enlightened about the evolution of modern wine making in Mexico. Our introduction to the culinary arts and fine wines of Mexico peaked our desire for more and naturally some world-class dining opportunities awaited us at the Ritz-Carlton Cancun.

For an evening that will be long remembered the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun’s new restaurant Casitas could not be more romantic. As each course is seamless served to you in your own private candlelit and romantically appointed palapa you will find yourself wishing that the evening would go one forever. The freshness of the ingredients, fine grilled flavors and innovative cuisine come alive to the sounds of the surf at Casitas. Offering Cancun’s only on-the-beach dining is not distinction enough for this stellar resort, guests can enjoy fine dining at the resorts AAA Five-Diamond award wining restaurants, The Club Grill and Fantino. The Club Grill is an elegant setting for sophisticated dining and vibrant with the sounds of live jazz. Fantino old world European ambiance is elegant and grand the dining room is adorned with hand-painted ceiling fresco and windows overlooking the Caribbean. For refreshing lighter fare, or an appealing appetizer course guest can enjoy the delectable Ceviche Bar and at the El Café Mexicano the breakfast buffet and special theme dinners, including an expansive seafood buffet and lobster dinner on Friday are not to be missed. The dining experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is nearly beyond description and the unique innovations, masterful wine pairings, exceptional service and cuisine designed to ignite your every sense has made this resort a destination for gourmand from around the world.

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun’s unique blend of pampering is elevated to a near transcendent level at the full-service Kayantá Spa where the selection of treatments and facials are influenced by pre-Columbian and ancient cultures. Truly luxurious, the Kayantá Spa promises total relaxation and renewal and like the resort itself the level of graciously warm attention is stellar. Mix the exceptional offering for luxury, fine dining, spa treatments, and unique learning and recreational pursuits at the Culinary Center or the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center with The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun’s oceanfront location and you have a recipe for success. Yet it is the influences of the rich Mexican culture, embraced in everything from the smallest details to the high level of warmth and grace bestowed on the guests that have made The Ritz-Carlton Cancun notoriously regarded as an exceptional destination.

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