ME by Meliá is launching ME Cancun, the first resort location for this new brand.
Formerly known as the Meliá Turquesa, this expansive property has
undergone an extensive transformation, offering guests an
experience-based “personality hotel” that is characterized by passion
for service, contemporary design, international fusion cuisine, and
By fusing innovative design with the local color of this vacation
paradise, ME Cancun will dazzle with spaces that are spacious,
innovative, light-filled and at one with the natural surroundings.
Located on an island between the Nichupté Lagoon to the west and the
Caribbean to the east, ME Cancun rises up in the shape of a pyramid,
reminiscent of the Mayan ruins found throughout the region.
“As the first property in the Americas under our new brand ME by Meliá,
ME Cancun is a hugely exciting addition to our existing portfolio of
hotels in this region and we are now in a position to target a very
distinctive audience, which compliments our global brand strategy,” says
Sebastián Escarrer, Vice President and CEO for Sol Meliá Hotels &
Resorts. “This expansion further demonstrates Sol Melia’s ongoing
confidence in Mexico and fuels our desire to continue investing in this
ME Cancun is a hotel built purely for pleasure…with every comfort
supported by the latest technology, and an Experience Manager who will
ensure that all guests experience a personalized culture within this
lively retreat - a place that resonates with their passion for life.
“We are thrilled to be launching our first resort property in Cancun,”
says Guy Hensley, Senior Vice President of Operations of ME by Meliá.
“Like all ME properties, this hotel will deliver cutting-edge design,
high-octane nightlife and personalized service - it’s also a very
exciting time to be opening a hotel of this caliber against the backdrop
of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations.”
Each of the 448 guest rooms, including 32 Loft Suites, 4 Level Suites,
and 4 Passion Suites offer stunning ocean and sunset lagoon views. All
of the rooms have been artfully refurbished by world renowned architect
Alvaro Sans in collaboration with architectural firm Interarq, designer
Rebecca Perez, and celebrated Mexican artist, Yuri Zatarain. Together
they recreated each of the guest rooms in warm, rich colors with
meticulous attention to detail and custom-made wood and stone furniture
by Zatarain has been etched by hand, using shells and other elements to
create a sea-life scene. Each piece of furniture is a one-of-a-kind work
of art and carries a certificate of authenticity.
Standard features in each room include; high speed internet,
state-of-the-art DVD player with a 32-inch interactive plasma TV,
surround-sound speakers, an extensive DVD library through an “Everything
is Possible” service, an in-room laptop safe, iPod adaptors and
connectivity docking stations - guests who arrive without iPods may
request a pre-set iPod with over 900 songs to use throughout their stay.
Additionally, beds boast 300-thread count linen and a down pillow top
mattress and rooms feature organic, all natural products by AVEDA, which
can be enjoyed with luxurious rainfall showerheads. Guests will also
receive a complimentary daily newspaper and access to the fitness center
throughout their stay.
“The Level”, an exclusive retreat for visiting VIPs, offers 52 deluxe
accommodations and 4 suites with the standard amenities, as well as
private Jacuzzi, a selection of aromatherapy amenities, complimentary
cocktails and petit dejeuner, and WiFi access at no charge. In addition,
guests are whisked through a private VIP check-in and once settled, can
enjoy “The Living Room” an intimate lounge where anything goes.
While distinctive artwork by Yuri Zatarain brings ME Cancun’s rooms to
life, artist Marie France Porta’s work adorns the public spaces
throughout the resort. The Mexico-based artist has created a
provocative sculpture of black mermaids made of resin and alabaster dust
for the hotel’s lobby - a similar installation of 30 pieces creates a
chorus of mermaids that peer out over the Nichupté lagoon and sing at
ME Cancun will offer electric nightlife options—perfect for a resort
destination known as much for its late nights as for its glittering,
sun-filled days. Internationally renowned nightlife operator, Rande
Gerber, along with his brother Scott, will partner with Maxim magazine
to open the first Maxim Beach at the resort’s pool and beach areas,
where guests can find their groove to the beat of world-renowned DJ’s
and lounge on Balinese-style day beds.
Other hot spots created by the Gerbers for ME Cancun include Rose Bar,
the ultimate lobby lounge complete with an outdoor terrace, and the
Infinity Bar - located at the adults-only swimming pool. An eLounge
also exists as an extension of the hotel’s eSpace and will serve
light-bites as well as an array of delectable drinks.
Guests will also be able to experience exceptional dining selections
from a variety of cuisines. Salt, the Mediterranean restaurant, stays
faithful to the original flavors that exemplify the customary cuisine.
Chef Matias Martinez also changes traditional and rustic presentations
to more personalized ones, by juxtaposing flavors in order to surprise
and excite guests.
Silk, an Asian Bistro, will delight those with a taste for fusion
cuisine, while renowned Mexico-city born Chef Richard Sandoval, who has
already opened restaurants in cities such as Las Vegas, New York and
Dubai, has developed a bold menu for the poolside restaurant. Also
created by the Gerbers, this modern Mexican restaurant is located in a
Palapa (an outdoor, thatched roof structure), and will serve local
cuisine with a modern twist.
Guests can relax their minds and challenge their bodies through a
variety of transformational exercises and spa treatments at the 11,000
sq. ft. Yhi Spa, Sol Meliá‘s signature destination retreat. Named after
the “Goddess of Light,” the spa is infused with the energy of YHI and
dedicated to purifying the body, composing the mind and elevating the
soul. It is a philosophy of life based on the five senses, thus
providing the tools for guests to tap into their inner beings by
entering a reflective state of mind.
The Spa offers a number of massage and treatment options, including hot
stone massages, body wraps, exfoliations and facials. All spa treatments
are culled from local, natural products inspired by the ancient Mayans
and Aztecs, from fresh avocado and corn to eucalyptus, and are specially
prepared on the premises. Yhi’s Spa Studio features personal trainers
and specialized classes, such as yoga, stretching and meditation, while
the fitness center has been completely renovated and features the latest
cardiovascular equipment from world- renowned Life Fitness, as well as
X-Biking, a mountain biking experience.
The hydro-therapy zone is a unique area of the Spa that includes a
variety of water-based treatments, including full-body hydro-massage
pools targeting different areas of the body, thermo-heated and scented
rain showers, and, of course, the more standard option of steam and
Outside the private Yhi Spa pool lies the hotel’s swimming oasis where
guests may soak up the hot Cancun sun at any of the three outdoor pools.
Options include one of the largest infinity pools in Mexico, an
adults-only pool and the main hotel pool complete with an outdoor water
ritual, with pressurized circuits for tired, aching muscles.
This natural playground also provides an option for business gatherings
with The Studio, comprised of five state-of-the-art meeting facilities
and banquet halls with 11,000 sq. ft. of space, accommodating up to 450
guests. Complimentary wireless Internet access, new high-tech
capabilities and a business center are some of the options available to
corporate and incentive travelers. Groups may also take advantage of
open air terraces and arrange for events to be catered by the signature
restaurants at ME Cancun.
Set in a magnificent location, ME Cancun is within easy walking distance
of shopping malls and entertainment venues and is 20 minutes from the
airport, 20 minutes from downtown and mere minutes from the best golf
courses, world-class shopping, dining and dynamic nightlife.