Aura Debuts as Cozumel's First Wyndham Grand Bay

Property joins Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa

By: Dawna Robertson

Wyndham Grand Bay has made its way to sunny Cozumel. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Islander Collection, a Mexico-based property management group, have announced the opening of the 96-room, all-suite Aura Cozumel, A Wyndham Grand Bay Hotel.

The $22 million luxury boutique resort represents the Wyndham brand's first newly constructed Grand Bay property. It lies adjacent to the 402-room Wyndham Cozumel Resort and Spa, which became the first Wyndham-branded property in Cozumel last August. That property is also managed by Islander Collection.

Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president, called the resort a stunning addition to the company’s portfolio of upscale hotels.

“Travelers can enjoy unparalleled all-inclusive amenities, impeccable service and gourmet dining in a popular resort destination,” said Strebel.

Carlos Del Pino, managing director of Islander Collection, refers to the Grand Collection as an ensemble of one-of-a-kind hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand aimed at guests looking for unique experiences in distinctive destinations around the world.

“With the Aura Cozumel, we have created a new level of luxury that offers sophisticated travelers all the amenities and services they expect from an upscale boutique with all the simplicity and ease afforded by an all-inclusive property,” Del Pino said. “It's an exciting new addition to the Islander Collection, and we are delighted to partner with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to introduce the very first Aura hotel in the idyllic destination of Cozumel.”

The Aura Cozumel Wyndham Grand Bay is also the island's first inductee to Preferred Boutique, a group of luxury boutique hotels recognized for unique travel experiences that emphasize quality, service, style and personality. Situated along Cozumel's southwestern coast, the resort is 20 minutes from the Cozumel International Airport, 10 minutes from downtown San Miguel, 30 minutes from the Cozumel Country Club golf course, and minutes from several of the most popular reefs and dive spots in the Caribbean.

Contemporary in design, the hotel's spacious suites are dispersed in four low-rise buildings. Ground-level rooms offer direct pool access from their patios. Each area pool is connected to the resort's central “lazy river” pool, a focal point of the property.

Designed in an avant-garde style, each suite is appointed with dark wood furnishings and a selection of fine materials that combine natural elements of wood, stone and marble. Fabrics in tones of blue add to the decor designed to complement the waters of the Caribbean. All rooms provide easy beach access, include a patio or balcony and offer ocean views that are ideally framed through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Geared to couples and young families, the one- and two-bedroom suites range from 750 to more than 2,000 square feet in size. All rooms are equipped with king-size or two queen-size beds, and oversized baths featuring marble floors and walls as well as separate shower and bathtub areas.

Seven categories of accommodations are available, including Aura Swim-Up Suites, which are located on the ground floor and offer direct pool access. Also appropriate for water lovers, Aura Solarium Pool Suites are located on the third floor and provide both private solariums and lap pools. Two-bedroom suites feature spacious living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens, separate bathrooms for each bedroom and private rooftop terraces with a large 25-by-15-foot pool.

In-room amenities include luxury bedding and linens, mini-bars, plush bathrobes with slippers, 32-inch LCD flat-screen televisions, iPod docks, premium brand bath accessories, cordless telephones and laptop-sized electronic safes. Sliding glass doors open onto expansive, fully furnished private terraces with stylish chaise lounges.

Guests can enjoy two gourmet restaurants, three bars including a solarium bar, around-the-clock room service, two dive shops, private pier, two meeting rooms, business center, wireless Internet service and a comprehensive activities program.

Those staying at the Aura Cozumel Wyndham Grand Bay also receive access to the Islander Spa as well as special reservations for tee times at the Cozumel Country Club. The Aura is a pet-friendly hotel that invites travelers to include family pets in their vacation plans.