Suspended above the ethereal location of a mangrove forest, The St. Regis Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya offers a unique, natural gateway to a region that begs to be explored. Taking inspiration from the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site, the Sian Ka’an Reserve, every facet of the resort is designed to reflect the history and culture of the remarkable destination. This begins with the accommodation – 124 rooms including 19 suites, all with panoramic coastal views. While Edmonds International was in charge of the architectural design, Canadian firm Chapo Chapi Design created the interiors. The rooms are inspired by nature with hand-carved accent walls and chic furnishings subtlety integrated to create this air of authenticity. Alongside either a private terrace or plunge pool, all accommodations have access to the superlative St. Regis Signature Butler Service, ensuring each guest’s unique needs and preferences are understood and catered for in exquisite style.
The combination of the highest standards of luxury and local comfort is continually present throughout the resort, no more so than in the eight restaurants and bars. These are spearheaded by Toro, helmed by acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval, who creates dishes inspired by the spirit of Latin America in a suitably eclectic environment. This is complemented by, among others, Chaya, where local ingredients are given a Mediterranean twist, The Library, a venue for afternoon tea and mouthwatering Mexican chocolate, Jack’s Club, a sophisticated sports bar, and the St. Regis Bar, where cocktails and culinary delicacies can be enjoyed under the stars.
Alignment with celestial bodies is also a theme in the magnificent St. Regis Spa, which features eight suites and a standalone salon, inspired by Mayan astronomy and featuring treatments that make use of local herbs and plants sourced in the resort’s secret garden. At one with its incredible surrounds and indubitably worthy of the St. Regis name, Kanai Resort, Riviera Maya is a unique destination.