As El Cid Resorts prepares to reopen its properties in Mexico following the Covid-19 outbreak, Mark Hakansson visits Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Seaside Resort to find extra about this one-of-a-kind vacation spot
The phrase ventus originates from the Latin for wind, and as you look out on the breeze skipping over the Caribbean Sea, the waves cooling the resort round you, it’s simple to see the place the builders acquired their inspiration from.
As I recline in one of many hammocks dotted alongside the seashore, a mild gust rocks me backward and forward and I resolve that the resort was named effectively.
Ventus at Marina El Cid has a phenomenal Caribbean appeal, with its laid-back really feel and surrounding palm bushes.
The resort sits on the gorgeous Riviera Maya coast encased by lush tropical forests and coastal jungle.
El Cid Ventus is situated subsequent to its sister resort, El Cid Marina, and so they match collectively to kind an all-inclusive maze of gorgeous gardens and winding buildings.
There are 290 suites in Ventus and 500 within the Marina.
The resort is situated within the lovely Puerto Morelos area, which sits between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen on the Mexican coast.
The Membership Platinum rooms, the place I used to be accommodated, have gorgeous sea views and an unique private service which incorporates your individual butler.
They’ll prepare a Cabana on the personal seashore space, reserve you the most effective desk in any of the eating places and even infuse your room with aromatherapy scents earlier than you fall into mattress after an extended day on the seashore.
The lounge space for Platinum visitors gives problem free check-in, a premium spirits bar and complimentary entry to the web computer systems.
Wi-Fi is accessible across the resort for a payment of $30 per machine for individuals who want to remain linked, however gives excuse to close off from the broader world and benefit from the El Cid Ventus expertise.
The adjoining Marina Resort lends itself extra to households with thrilling water options, diving swimming pools, a children and teenage membership which folks can reap the benefits of as they follow morning yoga solar salutations on the finish of the pier.
There are bike rides, volleyball, water polo, cooking classes and plenty of extra actions that everybody can reap the benefits of.
The quite a few swimming swimming pools snake via the resort; there’s a children’ pool, an exercise space, an infinity pool, an adults solely pool and one even boasts a swim up bar!
You possibly can take a romantic sundown dip in one of many two massive sizzling tubs because the attentive bar employees to ship your alternative of drink, the margaritas, and daiquiris are a specific favorite, or perhaps a shot of ‘Mexican Water’ – tequila!
The seashore is small however completely shaped, with loads of recliners, cabanas and hammocks to select from.
It does endure from a good quantity of seaweed, however this Sargassum is an enormous drawback in many of the Caribbean in the meanwhile, fortunately massive nets gather the vast majority of it.
From the marina you’ll be able to discover the second largest coral barrier reef on the earth, the Yucatan Peninsula.
By merely renting a snorkel and masks, you’ll uncover the sweetness beneath the waves.
This reef is inhabited by greater than 500 species of fish and 60 fantastic species of coral, it might be unimaginable to depart disillusioned.
Different actions obtainable from the marina embrace scuba diving, Hobie cat crusing , windsurfing classes and kayaking.
There is a superb seafood restaurant too which overlooks the harbour and its many yachts.
The resort gives loads of implausible selections for foodies.
One in all my favourites is Mercado de Dolores, a New York type market the place you’ll be able to select from a number of totally different cuisines, however the ceviche, seafood and native Mexican specialities aren’t to be missed and the creperie is a agency favorite.
Personally, I discovered the Mexican fajitas with corn tortillas distinctive and as many of the stations change menus day by day, you might be all the time spoiled for alternative!
For an all-inclusive resort the French speciality restaurant, Ile De France, gives positive eating like nowhere else.
The menu was in depth, 9 starters and 13 mains to select from, together with three varieties of duck on supply.
The Duck a l’Orange was a private favorite, however was surpassed by the rack of lamb with asparagus and parsley.
The lodge prides itself on having the ability to cater for all allergy symptoms and meals intolerances while nonetheless offering high quality selections.
The personal eating rooms within the French and Italian eating places supply a extra intimate ambiance for these looking for a extra private contact.
The eating expertise is made a lot extra pleasing by the nice and cozy, type and attentive ready employees.
Nevertheless, if taking a break and eating in personal is extra your type 24-hour room service is included within the all-inclusive bundle.
Attending to the resort from Cancun airport is a simple 20-minute taxi experience, and is located solely a 20-minute stroll from the charming city of Puerto Morelos.
The employees are distinctive, very pleasant and all the time greet you with a smile, a hand on their coronary heart and a pleasant “Hola!”
There’s something within the wind at Eld Ventus, and it’s one thing effectively price checking it out.
El Cid Resorts might be reopening its properties throughout Mexico within the coming days because the nation reanimates the tourism sector within the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown.
Discover out extra about Ventus at Marina El Cid Spa & Seaside Resort on the official web site.