Four heavenly hotels to have on your radar
From escape rooms and paddleboarding to top-notch spas and dreamy pools, RCD Hotels has destinations to delight all holidaymakers
It can be hard choosing a holiday that suits everyone. Somewhere that works for kids and adults (or strictly no children, for some). A resort that caters for those who want to relax by the pool and in the spa, as well as those who can’t wait to get on a paddleboard or in a kayak. That’s where RCD Hotels comes in. Its four all-inclusive hotels on the Caribbean coast side of Mexico and the Dominican Republic are as stunning as their setting. Each hotel has a slightly different vibe, but what they all have in common is unbridled sunshine, a plethora of brilliant food options and exceptional service. Which one will you go for?
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Hacienda… for relaxed, family-friendly feel
If you’re looking for a holiday that ticks everyone’s box, then look no further than Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Hacienda on Mexico’s magical Caribbean coast. A stay at the Hacienda will banish any thoughts that a family-friendly holiday means scrimping on luxury. A private white-sand beach protected by a natural lagoon lets adults live out their ultimate five-star fantasies, while happily reassured that it’s a safe spot for kids, too. Fancy getting out on the water? Guests can kayak, snorkel and paddleboard to their heart’s content. And, if the kids want to escape the adults, there’s the Hard Rock Roxity Kids’ Club for kids aged 4-12, which has a daily activity programme that includes a kids’ pool and the 23-slide Rockaway Bay Water Park. Get everyone involved with Hacienda’s activities: there’s zip-wiring for the daring, and Escapology Escape Room and HyperX – the interactive gaming room – for those up for a challenge. If finding food that will please everyone is the biggest hurdle, then Hacienda’s five restaurants should offer a solution. Pizzeto is all about delicious pizzas baked in a brick oven, along with pasta favourites; Frida is the go-to for classic yet classy Mexican, such as shrimp tortillas; Ipanema offers a Brazilian rodizio experience; Toro is a sophisticated steakhouse; while Asian-themed Zen’s menu focuses on sushi, stir-fries and more.
Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Heaven… for two’s company
The appropriately named Heaven at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya is nirvana for those who want some me- or we-time. But what makes it even better is that guests can dip into neighbouring Hacienda, before going back to the adult sanctuary of Heaven. Food-lovers will be delighted to learn that there are nine restaurants (including those in the Hacienda section). Ciao serves date-night goals, with Italian fine-dining specialities in a dreamy, romantic setting, while the traditional French bistro-style of Le Petit Cochon has filet mignon, rich mushroom stew and garlicky scallops all on the menu. Sit back, mojito in hand, by one of four adults-only pools, safe in the knowledge that the only distractions will be the DJ and the inviting blue water tempting you in. Don’t miss a pampering session at Rock Spa, which has an incredible 75 treatment rooms, making it one of the largest in the Caribbean. Indulge yourself further by reserving a Balinese bed with snacks, Champagne (or white wine) and butler service. Then crank it up a notch after a day of chilling out by the pool and in the spa with a visit to Heaven’s late-night club.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana… for those who want options
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is truly larger than life. Make your way to the Dominican Republic for all the Hard Rock classics taken up a notch. This 1,000-plus room hotel has 23 bars and nine restaurants, with food on offer including Lebanese, Japanese and Mediterranean classics. There are also 11 different pools to dip into, depending on your mood. Golfers will be delighted with the 18-hole mini golf course and 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature design golf course, while the VR games room, Escapology Escape Room, bowling alley, laser tag, Flowrider Surf Simulator – where you can perfect your surf skills – and Rockaway Bay, a brand-new 26 slide water park, all provide hours of fun. Naturally, there’s a serene spa, too, with 56 treatment rooms and a host of delectable therapies. Despite Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana's size, it retains an intimate, exclusive feel in parts, with secluded lagoons and a seven-mile stretch of beach on the doorstep. Music lovers will rejoice at Picks, Wax & Tracks, available at the Hard Rock properties: guests can experience ‘The Sound of Your Stay’, with personalised Spotify playlists, and use a Fender guitar and a Crosley turntable sent to their room, along with vinyl records.
Unico 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya… for those who want to live their best life
Luxurious Unico 20° 87° Hotel Riviera Maya is on Mexico’s blissful Yucatan Peninsula, midway between Playa del Carmen and trendy Tulum. Mexican design and influences are dotted around this sophisticated adults-only hotel, from the architecture to the interiors and furnishings: think natural, handcrafted materials, cool white accents and dark wood. Even the spa, Esencia, offers treatments influenced by the region, such as the agave ritual, which uses Mexican organic blue agave. Every room has either an outdoor hot tub or swim-up pool – though there are also three stunning hotel pools, each with a different vibe. Unico 20° 87° offers a laidback alternative to butlers – Local Hosts, who are easily contactable on WhatsApp. When in Yucatan it’s imperative to visit a cenote. These natural water-filled sinkholes are unique to the area and a magical place to swim or snorkel. For modern Mayan Mexican cuisine, visit Cueva Siete (one of four main restaurants), for a vuelve a la vida cocktail, a modern take on a prawn cocktail, palm heart ceviche and rib-eye tacos with guacamole. Be sure to try the Jalapeno cucumber margarita, too – and stop by at Unico’s wine store, La Botella. During July & August Summer Superbia brings celebrity chefs and mixologists to the hotel for guests to sample their specialist cuisine and cocktails.
British Airways Holidays are ATOL-protected, with low deposits and a 24-hour holiday helpline. Book your luxury all inclusive Mexico or Dominican Republic holiday at ba.com/unico2087, ba.com/hrhpuntacana, ba.com/hrhhacienda, ba.com/hrhheaven
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