By Mary Pfeifer
Located just off the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers the ultimate vacation for guests of all ages with both an adults only (Heaven) and family friendly resort (Hacienda) experiences. With a combined 1,264 ultra-posh and lavishly appointed guestrooms offering balcony, terrace views or new, expansive sky terrace options with picturesque views, hydro tubs in each room, world-class shopping, endless style and the largest celebrity-branded Rock Star Suite in the Hard Rock International collection designed by legendary singer Bret Michaels, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is nothing short of the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
Complete with expansive outdoor pools and private beach, this all-inclusive escape offers nine world-class restaurants, eight bars and lounges, in addition to 88,915 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space ideal for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts and more. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers several youth-friendly components including HIT Entertainment’s Little Big Club, Teens Lounge & Club, snorkeling and kayaking for an unparalleled adventure. In addition, the “resort within the resort,” adults-only section Heaven, includes the Hard Rock signature Rock Spa® with 75 treatment rooms, four restaurants and three sophisticated bars and lounges, including a premium service nightclub.
Riviera Maya is the fourth addition to the All Inclusive Collection of Hard Rock Hotels, The Grand Opening event kicked off on May 4, 2014 with a star-studded Red Carpet, Hard Rock’s signature Guitar Smash and a live concert performance by Jon Bon Jovi and his New Jersey side band. Following the show, there was a VIP ‘After Party’ at the brand new Club Heaven hosted by renowned DJ Connor Cruise (son of Tom Cruise). The last day of the event, May 5, included an exclusive press conference followed by a high-energy pool party hosted by DJ Jack Novak.
The Grand opening of the All-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya was truly an unforgettable adventure in FUN. Upon arrival I was greeted by the friendly staff with champagne cocktails to start off the vacation mode and was escorted to my room by the bellman.
From a private Bon Jovi concert for guests only, red carpet with celebrities including Scott Disick. (Kardashians), Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, guitar smash to dancing the night away at Club Heaven it was an exciting night. (Note: no guitars were hurt that weren’t slightly damaged already.) In true ‘rock star’ fashion the Hard Rock opted for a guitar smash in lieu of the traditional smashing of the champagne bottle for the grand opening.
Guests relaxed and danced in the pool with unlimited beverages flowing and high-energy music, After the party we experienced the rock spa treatment, and for those channeling their inner rock star there was a Karaoke with a backup air band; music was everywhere.
Each HR hotel offers a unique experience depending on its location versus cookie cutter model. Couples can have a destination wedding and stay in Heaven and have their families stay in the same resort on the Hacienda resort. It is fun and relaxation all rolled into one place.
With a total of 180 venues in 55 countries, including 140 cafes, 19 hotels and 9 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe.
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