It surprises me that people are so shocked when I tell them I always rent a car and drive when I go to Mexico. (I’ll save my Mexico rant for another blogging day though!)
If you’re flying into the Cancun Airport, Mexico is one of the easiest places to drive as a tourist. The infrastructure of this area was built for tourism, and you can get to most resorts by driving in a straight line on a 2 lane highway until you get there. Easy, I’m telling you!
Getting to Zoetry from the Cancun Airport? 20 minute piece of cake. We were sipping welcome champagne with cool towels around our necks before we even realized we were on vacation!
My husband and I really like Zoetry. It’s luxuriously designed, well staffed, and the brand is uniquely positioned to cater well to boutique travelers who appreciate good food and nice things, AND want to stay all-inclusive. It’s also perfect for couples who don’t care for the big-box style resorts. You’re not one of 10 couples there, and you’re not one of 400. Very comfortable.
There’s a main pool, and a spa pool (which we’ll get to later). The bartenders serve drinks in and around the pool, and the pool bar and grill is just feet away. There’s a shallow area with beds in the middle of the pool so you can actually lay in a few inches of water while you relax.
If you look to the top left of the last picture, you can see “Kaax,” their “International with a Mexican Twist” restaurant. All 3 of the main restaurants are sit-down, and there are no buffets.
Do. Not. Leave here without having the chicken tortilla soup. Just don’t.
Also, get dessert. I don’t care how healthy you normally are.
I love the layout of this restaurant because they open all the windows during the day so you can either eat al fresco from inside, or sit in the adjoined patio area where they have a sushi and ceviche bar.
Since Zoetry is coined a “Wellness & Spa Resort,” each meal has a special wellness menu with options geared toward cleansing and health. With low calorie, vegetarian, and gluten free options always available on the regular menus too, there’s good variety for health conscious eaters. AND you can still indulge and get pancakes if you want to… which I did. The fresh squeezed juices here are so good – I think the green one and the watermelon were my favorites.
View the menu from La Canoa, the formal dinner restaurant, here.
Decor and layout wise, the resort has a traditional feel with lots of Mayan influence. It’s nice that you won’t find just long blank hallways with 50 doors that all look the same. It’s well built into the natural landscape, and greenery is well-incorporated so you’re not just surrounded by concrete.
Welcome to our room – a Romance Ocean Front One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool – Sariska! We stayed here in July of 2014.
Worth noting: the bedspreads, couch cushions, curtains, etc.. have since gotten a modern facelift. I didn’t want to NOT show you the real photos from our trip, so I decided to include some of both so you can see the before and afters.
Above: the new
Below: the old
When you go through the door, the sitting area is first, and then you turn the corner into the bedroom and turn again into the bathroom. We arrived to a nice champagne welcome, which we actually saved until the next morning to make mimosas with our orange juice. 🙂
Both the sitting area and the bedroom have sliding doors that open up to the patio and plunge pool.
Great view of the ocean! Our room was right on the corner of our building, so it was nice to not have anyone on the other side, and have the path to the beach right there.
On to the bathroom – After staying here, I think all bath water should pour out of a lion’s mouth. Seems like a reasonable ask.
With his and hers sinks on one side, the toilette room and closets on the other, and tub and shower between them, the bathroom is pretty large. Zoetry has the BEST shampoo and soap ever. The smell is intoxicating. I don’t often get energetic about toiletries, but I must make comment on how amazing the smell of Bvlgari is. I even looked it up on Amazon when I got home.
If you splurge for the Lovers Suite, your bathroom will also be home to a sexy outdoor shower area behind the inside shower and tub.
Now that you’ve looked at the room, you’re probably hungry again, so I’ll just toss out some quick balsamic chicken with field greens, vegetable enchiladas, and this rose pedal dressed cornish hen to hold you over. (Can you tell we liked the food?)
Zoetry has a champagne catamaran cruise that is included with your stay, which is definitely worth doing. There are sections of the bottom of the boat that are made of netting so you can lay across and just look at the water underneath. We were surprised how much we could see at the shallow spots! For couples doing photoshoots while on their honeymoon, there’s a photographer who can come with you to get some action shots.
It’s tough to pick my favorite thing about the resort overall, but I’d have to say that our restaurant experience at Chiringuito was tough to beat. On certain nights they host a Mexican themed family style dinner, complete with a Mariachi band and some of the best guac ever, served in a giant ceramic pig.
We also ate here for lunch a few days, and below is my Mexican Pizza with chorizo, pork sausage, bacon, Mexican green peppers and baby onions. (Needless to say, this is not a wellness related item…)
The Thalasso Center at the Zoetry Spa is so beautiful and relaxing. If you’ve never done a hydrotherapy circuit before, (we hadn’t) this is the place to do it! The idea is to stimulate the circulatory system to various extremes to revitalize and increase quality of blood flow throughout the body. You start in the steam room, progress to the sauna, and then alternate back and forth between a cold plunge and hot tub. When you’ve completed the circuit, you go to relax in the Seawater Pool outside.
The cold plunge will literally take your breath away for a second, but it’s a unique experience that’s included with your stay that I would recommend trying! Generally the seawater pool was always less crowded, so it’s a nice spot to just relax.
Also outside is an area for traditional Mayan Temazcal. This heated ceremony was thought in ancient Mesoamerica to purify the body after exertion.
Speaking of Mayan influence, that’s another thing I like about this resort. Don’t get me wrong – I like modern decor, but Zoetry accomplishes the clean, modern, upscale feel while staying true to the culture of the region. If I’m going to Mexico, I’d like to look around and be able to tell that’s where I am!
I really have nothing negative to say about our stay here, and I’ll return if I get the chance for sure!
For those looking to explore, Zoetry Paraiso is about 40 minutes from the city of Playa del Carmen, and an hour and 20 minutes from both the Xcaret Cenotes and the Tulum Ruins.
As part of the Sip, Savor & Stay Experience, guests at Zoetry can also visit 11 other nearby resorts to experience their dining and entertainment between 6pm-1am.
Still looking to see more? Check out our videos of Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita here