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5 reasons we’re excited for the now-open Waldorf Astoria Cancun

Nov. 02, 2022
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Great news for folks trying to plan a luxe trip to Cancun: A swanky new Waldorf Astoria just opened its doors to guests looking to soak up some sun and fun in Mexico.

Located just 15 minutes from Cancun International Airport (CUN), the Waldorf Astoria Cancun is a 173-room resort south of the Hotel Zone, tucked away on more than 100 acres of land between Cancun and Puerto Morelos. One of TPG's most anticipated hotels opening in 2022, this new beachfront property has a lot to offer guests — especially Hilton Honors members and loyalists.

Until we get there to review it ourselves (and you know we will!), here are a few highlights and things you should know about the Waldorf Astoria Cancun.

The rooms are bright and airy

The Waldorf Astoria's guest rooms and suites include a variety of accommodation types to fit your needs. Better yet, every single room includes a soaking tub and private balcony with ocean views, so you don't have to worry about getting a sad view of the parking lot while on vacation.

Room types range from an entry-level ocean-view room with a king bed or two queen beds at 675 square feet to rooms with swim-up pools that are closer to the beach and main resort pools.

More spacious options include king suites that are over 1,000 square feet and have a plunge pool, extra half-bath, an oversized couch and a table for two. There are also oceanfront, corner, swim-up master suites with dining tables that seat 10 people and a pool table as well as a two-bedroom presidential suite with multiple balconies, two plunge pools, a library, a screening room to watch movies and a full minibar.

So depending on your budget and needs, there really is a room for every type of traveler, whether you're looking for a romantic escape or extra space to bring your extended family.

Related: Great for families: A review of the stunning new Hilton Cancun, an All-Inclusive Resort

There's a modern take on Peacock Alley

HILTON

For me, the bar is the star of any hotel — and Waldorf Astoria is known for its signature lobby bar, found in every property, called Peacock Alley. Dating back to the original property in New York, Peacock Alley always features a grand clock centerpiece. Here, it's a chic, modern play on the tradition, complemented by white marble tables, ocean-themed carpeting and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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But the lobby bar isn't the only place to eat or drink.

Across the resort, there are a handful of places to grab a bite or sip a margarita.

Seafood is prepared on an open-flame grill at Malpeque, the hotel's refined, signature restaurant. Dishes from raw to whole fish incorporate smoke, char or fire into the preparation and are served in a chic, open-kitchen setting with indoor and outdoor tables.

Produce is front and center at Chaya, an Instagram-friendly restaurant with light-pink decor that's both charming and airy. Stop here for a rotating breakfast menu or visit later in the day for "hyper-seasonal ingredients" paired with organic wine or a tantalizing cocktail.

To immerse yourself in more local flavors, Ja'o is a Mexican-style cantina that blurs the "boundaries between indoors and outside" while serving an alfresco menu of traditional fare along with an agave-infused cocktail list.

There are also pool bars and a beach bar and grill for folks to enjoy.

There are plenty of pools and activities to enjoy

HILTON

Across the resort there are various pools to enjoy and activities to participate in. At the oceanfront infinity pools, the entire family is welcome to enjoy the cooling water while watching the waves crash in the distance. Adults can revel in an adults-only or spa pools to avoid younger guests, but there's also a family-friendly pool perfect for the little ones to splash the day away in. And if you're there for the beach, private cabanas are available for rent.

Throughout the day, various activities are on offer, some of which are free to all guests and others that can be perfectly curated through the concierge. Some of these activities include family-friendly movie nights, roasting s'mores around a fire, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, playing volleyball on the beach, nature walks, bike rides and even scuba diving lessons.

For the kids, youth activities like painting, storytelling, cultural treasure hunts, sand art and pizza-making lessons are on offer.

The spa is the perfect place to unwind

HILTON

For me, it's essential to hit up a spa while on vacation because I never take time for myself (and my skin and body) at home. At the Waldorf Astoria Spa Cancun, eight indoor and 13 outdoor treatment rooms ensure you leave feeling better than ever. Using locally sourced oils and fresh herbs from the on-site garden, expect everything to be rich, fresh and good for your body.

The spa also has a sauna, a salon and a pool, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

You can redeem Hilton Honors points

HILTON

Now through the end of the year, cash rates for an entry-level room (the king or two-queen rooms mentioned above) start at $576 a night, swim-up rooms start at $758 a night and the presidential suite sits at $4,683 a night.

Hilton Honors members should expect to redeem at least 95,000 points per night for an entry-level room, 200,000 points per night for a swim-up option and over 1.2 million points for the presidential suite.

With the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card you could snag at least one night at this new Waldorf Astoria by earning 130,000 Hilton Honors bonus points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the card within your first three months of card membership.

Featured image by HILTON
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees