El Cid To Open Riviera Maya Luxury Resort

Wilma delays opening to mid-February

By: Dawna Robertson

While Hurricane Wilma may have slowed things up a bit, Hotel Marina El Cid in the Riviera Maya is roaring toward its new grand opening date of Feb. 18.

The deluxe all-inclusive resort was in early stages of construction when Wilma struck. A comprehensive evaluation by the El Cid Construction Company revealed minimal damage to the $40 million resort near Playa del Carmen.

“The property’s solid concrete construction weathered the storm,” commented Carlos Berdegue, CEO of El Cid Resorts. “We were very fortunate that windows hadn’t been installed, landscaping and furnishing hadn’t begun, and the electricity and plumbing fixtures were not yet in place.”

Berdegue noted that the Riviera Maya was spared extensive damage.

“Rip tides actually widened El Cid Riviera Maya’s beaches,” he added. “Additionally, the marina one block from the resort site suffered no damage whatsoever. The beaches are as beautiful as ever.”

New Amenities
Construction resumes at full steam for an opening aimed at capitalizing on part of the winter travel season. The 21-acre resort will offer more services and amenities than initially planned.

For instance, an adults-only Mediterranean day lounge on the beach will feature massage tents, private palapa huts, a mega Jacuzzi, palms and an expansive wooden sun deck.

In each guest room, the pillow menu will promise a comfortable night’s sleep. In the morning, the breakfast area will serve traditional fare, then top off morning yoga and tai chi sessions with meals and snacks for health-conscious guests.

Suite Indeed
The El Cid Riviera Maya is part of El Cid’s new $200 million complex bordering Puerto Morelos National Reef Park. Combining the old with the new, the location is 12 miles south of the Cancun International Airport near the 1,000-year-old ruins of the lost Maya civilization.

Upon completion, the 904,300-sq.-ft. resort will house 350 rooms and suites dispersed in 11 four-story buildings. The sleek, brick-and-concrete structures will surround a 22,000-sq.-ft. free-form pool featuring waterfalls and swim-up bar.

Scheduled for its mid-February opening, the first phase of development will consist of 200 rooms and suites, restaurants, bars, business center, tropical gardens and oceanfront mega Jacuzzi. The fitness center and spa are scheduled to open in May. The 200-seat El Cid Theatre will debut in August.

Accommodations will range from 557-sq.-ft. guestrooms to 2,397-sq.-ft. three-bedroom suites. One- and two-bedroom suites will measure in at 1,108 and 1,873 sq. ft. respectively.

Standard rates for junior suites are from $187 nightly, all-inclusive, per person based on double occupancy. Three-bedroom suites will be from $297 nightly, all-inclusive, per person based on eight-person occupancy.

At an additional $40 per night, Platinum Club Level Service will provide extra-comfort luxury beds and linens, room aroma menu, wine, turndown service with hors d’oeuvres, butler service, bathrobes and slippers.

The all-inclusive rate covers such amenities as snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, boogie boards, hobbie cats, kids club, fitness center, shows and meals at El Cid Riviera Maya’s restaurants.

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