At TRS Yucatan Hotel — an adults-only all-inclusive unveiled December 2017 — buffets are elevated to stylish food stations. Rooms come with extras like plunge pools, swiveling daybeds and even personal canoes. And available beach chairs stretch as far as the eye can see. For even more reasons to stay at this glossy new resort in the Mexican Caribbean, come along on our virtual tour. But first, pour yourself a top-shelf drink from your minibar, have your butler call a golf cart, and hop in.
A resort makeover is just refreshing. All the fixtures, furniture and public areas are pristine, and the design is polished and modern, like you're walking into an episode of Property Brothers. TRS Yucatan Hotel (formerly The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium) just underwent a $35-million refurb; brand-new additions include an oceanfront infinity pool, four a la carte restaurants, and an Ibiza-inspired beach club.
Not only did TRS Yucatan transform its physical spaces, but its all-inclusive concept got upgraded too. Called Infinite Indulgence, the program comes with next-level perks like butler service; personalized premium drinks in the room; door-to-door transportation around the 300-acre complex; elaborate nightly parties; and free access to the wet areas of the soporific spa. Ask your butler about the day's included activities, or schedule your own custom experience, such as a private yoga class at the location of your choice.
All 454 rooms at TRS Yucatan are a safe bet, as even basic junior suites come with deep soaking tubs, memory-foam beds, touch technology and breezy balconies. Upgrade for a private pool; or book an octagonal Romance Suite to score an outdoor shower and your own canoe for paddling around the resort's natural mangrove channels. Top-tier Ambassador Suites flaunt a jetted rooftop pool and a rotating daybed.
There's the La Terraza Pool, which stays open till midnight. There's the unique Las Rocas pool, which is fed by the ocean. And then there's the Helios Infinity Pool, a three-tier magnum opus that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Wherever you post up, you won't have trouble finding an open lounge chair (read: no waking at dawn to reserve your spot), and servers stop by regularly to refill your margarita.
You know the situation: You want to lounge on that cozy cabana bed, ensconced in white pillows and billowing gauze curtains — but it costs $200 extra for the day. Happily, such is not the case here. TRS Yucatan guests enjoy their own roped-off section of beach, where plush, thatch-roof Bali beds are free for the taking. Order a tequila sunrise from the bar and wade out into water so clear, you can see needlefish darting around.
TRS Yucatan's Zentropia Palladium Spa & Wellness center comprises almost 20,000 square feet of pampering, including a water garden, a tranquility pool, a hot tub, a meditative cold bath and waterfalls. Even if you don't book a treatment, a leisurely circuit through these therapeutic wet zones is a must. But you're on vacation, so go ahead and splurge on a massage; it almost would be wrong not to.
After all that sun-worshiping and spa-soaking, you've worked up quite an appetite. Good thing TRS Yucatan offers five restaurants serving up everything from French to Italian to Brazilian. An impressive breakfast spread — complete with crepe cart — awaits at Capricho; for lunch, browse Helios beach club's elegant presentation, from bespoke burgers and savory paella to zesty ceviche and bottomless guacamole.
If you didn't expect to find Vegas-level entertainment 60 miles south of Cancun, you're in for a pleasant surprise: The resort's CHIC Cabaret & Restaurant puts on a three-hour dinner-and-dance spectacle every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night. The volume of talented performers, costume changes and musical numbers — from show tunes to modern pop songs — is staggering.
Guests of TRS Yucatan enjoy all the amenities of the other four Palladium resorts in the complex — but not the other way around. Simply hail a golf cart if you'd like to explore the property's nine additional restaurants, catch some live music at another Palladium lobby bar, or shop for turquoise jewelry and luchador masks in the onsite handicrafts market.
Mexico's Riviera Maya brims with one-of-a-kind excursions, including cenote swimming holes, lush nature parks and snorkeling over the world's second-longest barrier reef. For a dose of local culture, spend a day with Cancun Adventures touring the ancient Maya city of Coba, where 300 archeological structures dot 45 square miles. Visitors learn the history of the site, take a pleasant ride on a colorful tricycle taxi, and climb 120 steep steps to the top of Nohoch Mul, the tallest temple.