We just returned from another great vacation at Zoetry. We have been going there every year since 2009 and can’t seem to find anywhere else that we think might be as good or better. For us, it is like going home.
The week started out rainy, which is not a good thing since Zoetry is so small. There are not a lot of indoor activities available except the spa and the ‘Library Bar’ (great martinis). Although they do have DVDs you can borrow, we did not take advantage of that (Channel 34 was all we needed: “Snow and Ashes”); but thankfully, it cleared up on day two and we enjoyed the Mexican sunshine the rest of the week.
Our usual activities are yoga in the morning (on the covered pier or on the spa lawn) and walks down the beach and/or on the path behind the buildings. While walking the path, we enjoyed seeing peacocks, ducks, iguanas, and white herons but did not get a glimpse of the mysterious crocodile that is supposed to inhabit a rocky pool. My husband continued his multi-year relationship with Makita. All the other parrots and birds (except the darn crows) are a joy. Tip: cover your chip bowl with a napkin to prevent an in-coming crow from making a quick dive-and-grab.
Unfortunately, the beach and sea were in bad shape because of the previous week of rain and storms. The seaweed was plentiful, and the water was murky. In previous visits, the beach has been lovely and the water clear and calm. Sadly, the staff cannot control the weather and sea conditions- those are up to Mother Nature.
We have our favorite spot around the pool and one of the amazing servers took care of us all day – drinks, towels, umbrellas, snacks, etc. This time, we enjoyed the attention of Erik and Miguel, but also enjoyed chatting with some of our previous friends: Antonio, Frederico, and Pepe. The servers and managers at the restaurants are also really amazing, especially Señor Ceasar at Kaax at breakfast and lunch.
Our absolutely favorite thing at Zoetry is the Thalasso Pool. It is a heated salt water pool by the spa with gentle jets that are very therapeutic. There are no chairs or drinks or loud talking allowed, so it is amazingly relaxing with a great view of the sea.
My husband and I can never decide whether we like or do not like the fact that the menus in the restaurants do not change very much. We always look forward to our favorite dishes, but also eagerly search for something new. This year, they did have ‘wellness’ menu selections at Kaax for each meal, and we enjoyed many of these: a strawberry/basil smoothie at breakfast and a yummy red snapper at dinner, for example. Luckily, we were there when they had ‘Mayan Night’ at Kaax: very interesting and delicious dishes. We only made it to La Canoa once this trip due to it being closed for a wedding party one night (watermelon and goat cheese app and rack of lamb were favs). The Grill is my husband’s favorite for lunch: great wood-fired oven that churns out amazing grilled chicken, fish and veggies. My favorite place for lunch is Kaax, especially the ceviche and caprese salad. The Grill has great steaks at dinner, but we only go when it is a ‘good mosquito week,’ (which it was this time) as all of the seating is outdoors. I must mention that I have a dietary restriction (Celiac disease), and Assistant-to-the chef Gabi and Chef Mario were absolutely wonderful about accommodating my needs, not only double-checking that my meal was safe for me to eat, but also making me special dishes like gluten-free pasta alfredo and very large and tasty Oaxacan quesadillas.
One of the reasons we love Zoetry over some of the other larger AIs in Mexico (we have been to a few), is that it ‘feels’ Mexican: the architecture, the availability of local foods, and the Mayan culture and language (Bix a bel!).
Bests this trip: 1) trip from CUN with sparkling wine; 2) Erik and Miguel at the pool; 3) Caesar at Kaax; 4) Sunset cruise on catamaran (fun music, gorgeous evening); 5) Assistant-to-Chef Señorita Gabi and Chef Mario; 6) Spa treatments (with coupons and/or discounts that brought the price down to ‘near’ US levels); 7) coffee maker and iPod dock in room. 8) A bottle of Jose Cuervo Tradicional in the room to sip on the patio in the afternoons; 9) Goat cheese ice cream! 10) The Maid Staff- the first day you pick what time is best for you for them to come to do the daily cleaning, and they also do a great job with the turndown service at night (I love reading the ‘Sundial’ newsletter that they leave each night with the next day’s activities, drink of the day, iced tea of the day, and restaurant schedules.)
A very few slight negatives: 1) the trip from the airport is awesome (private with sparkling wine), but the trip back to the airport is often shared and hurried. 2) As I mentioned before, the condition of the beach is variable based on the weather, but we cannot help but think they could scoop up that darn seaweed better. 3) I chuckled because this time we had an espresso maker in the room and according to recent reviews, it took a few calls to the front desk to get replacement ‘pods,’ and that was our experience also. 4) There were no wine glasses in the room.
Child report: We only saw one small toddler.
I would be more than happy to respond to specific questions via PM.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, an ultra-luxury boutique resort, offers a completely new kind of vacation experience focused on wellness, serenity and romance, as well as social and environmental responsibility. Set on 500 yards of beautiful beach, this exceptionally unique property features 90 beachfront suites; La Canoa, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant; the first certified Thalassotherapy Center in North America;in-house scuba diving center, a private 48 ft. Catamaran. Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, has also earned the AAA Five Diamond Award for 13 consecutive years. Each of the 90 lavish oceanfront suites is uniquely decorated with hand-picked treasures from around the world and feature private ocean front view terraces, Bvlgari® bath amenities, fine luxury linens, sparkling wine and fresh fruit daily, 24-hour private, in-room dining, maid service three times each day and a welcome bottle of Tequila. For an added measure of intimacy and romance, a selection of suites also offer access to private terrace plunge pools and outdoor honeymoon showers. Endless Privileges® provide guests limitless access to personalized, private chauffeured airport transfers; unlimited worldwide calls and concierge service; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner gourmet dining options with an assortment of organic, local and gluten-free food and beverage selections plus 24-hour dining options allow guests to enjoy late night bites at Restaurant Kaax or stay in and order room service. The Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience provides 60 more dining and entertainment venues at nearby sister resorts; complimentary cocktails and specialty beverages from a variety of domestic and international top-shelf brands and top-shelf spirits; sunset catamaran sail; shopping excursions by boat; complimentary 24-hour laundry service; relaxing 20 minute Thalasso Experience per guest; as well as complimentary greens fees at nearby Grand Coral Riviera Maya. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita Hotel Puerto Morelos
- Paraiso De La Bonita
- Paraiso Bonita
- Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita Riviera Maya, Mexico