Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun

Riviera Cancun, Mexico

The hotel

Nestling along a fabulous beachfront, this spectacular low-rise resort is ideal for couples or families looking for an Unlimited-Luxury®, all-inclusive holiday in the Caribbean. It’s built in stunning Mayan architectural style, fitting in well with the dazzling tropical location. Rooms are exceptionally spacious and have balconies or a terrace which overlook the tropical gardens or ocean. You’ll never run out of things to do or food to eat here with a whopping six different reservation free restaurants, five of these being gourmet à la carte. Cuisines include traditional Mexican, French, Asian, Mediterranean and International. The buffet restaurant is highly recommended, while the à la carte restaurants ensure each meal is a true dining experience! Even 24-hour room service is included in the Unlimited-Luxury® so you can eat at 2:00am if you fancy! As for activities, take a look below to see the huge number of options, but relax — you can also do nothing but read a book and enjoy the free cocktails as you soak up the Caribbean sunshine. The Now Spa by Pevonia® offers seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy circuit offering a sauna, steam room, showers, Jacuzzi, dynamic pool and an outdoor relaxation area and a beauty salon. A boutique offering Pevonia® branded products is also available giving guests a perfect tranquil spa experience. The kids are in for a treat too. At the Explorer’s Club time flies with board games and video games to keep them busy, sandcastle contests and arts and crafts. Teens aren’t left out either; they’ve their very own place to hang — The Core Zone — complete with pool, air hockey and foosball tables, basketball and video games. Outside the resort are some of the Yucatan Peninsula’s greatest attractions including Mayan cultural sights such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba and theme parks like Xcaret and Xel-Ha.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Babysitting service
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Wedding

Where is it

On a white sand beach, half way between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, close to attractions such as archeological sites, the world's second largest coral reef, the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos and lots of shopping. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

496 suites on 3 floors in 14 buildings with no lifts. All with air-conditioning, sofa, ceiling fan, balcony/patio, cable TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi (all room categories), clock radio, safe, mini-bar replenished every day with bottled water, juice and beer, 24-hour room service, coffee and tea maker, bathroom with tub and shower, marble floors, complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer and iron and board. All rooms have either 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds. Deluxe Junior Suite Tropical View Rooms have a bath tub with integrated shower, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child (up to 12 years) or 2 adults and 2 children (up to 12 years).

All Inclusive of: Unlimited-Luxury® includes all meals, snacks and drinks, including premium domestic and International premium brand liquors and wines and mini-bar stocked daily with water, soft drinks and beer. 24-hour room service. Pool and beach waiter service, daily maid service. Unlimited Connectivity. All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated. Hotel operates a no-wristband policy.

Enjoy the 'Sip, Savour and See' Dining Experience which includes sipping artfully prepared cocktails at the bar or lounge of your choice, savouring complimentary cuisine at the restaurant of your choice and seeing the resort's nightly entertainment at nearby Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas. (Dinner only. Guests are responsible for cost of transportation to and from the resort. Terms and Conditions apply). 

Preferred Club Junior Suite Tropical View, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children (up to 12 years).

Preferred Club Junior Suite Ocean Front are as above but facing the Caribbean Sea and include a whirlpool tub on the balcony, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children (up to 12 years).

Preferred Club Junior Suite Beach Front are in a preferred location with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea from a private terrace with whirlpool. Elegantly decorated with dark mahogany furniture and marble floors with direct access to the beach and a spacious bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi, sleeping maximum 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children (up to 12 years).

Preferred Club room types include the following benefits:

  • Personalised check-in and checkout with concierge service
  • Preferred status and amenities
  • Access to private lounge and adults-only pool, featuring Bali beds
  • Pool concierge and bar service
  • Whirlpool on balcony (Ocean Front Suites)
  • Upgraded mini-bar service and room service menu
  • Pillow menu
  • Upgraded luxury bath amenities
  • Complimentary access to hydrotherapy circuit (20 minutes, per person per stay)
  • Daily continental breakfast, afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, exquisite desserts and fine liquors in private lounge
  • Complimentary newspaper in suite daily (English and Spanish)
  • Complimentary computer access in private lounge
  • Access to Cibu restaurant for breakfast
  • Free Weddings: conditions apply. More information can be found here

  • Booking bonus: book by 15 Dec '19 and adults receive up to 35% off the accommodation cost between 1 Jan-31 Dec '20. Based on two adults sharing. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

6 reservation-free restaurants (1 buffet and 5 gourmet à la carte): Market Cafe (breakfast, lunch and dinner; International buffet). Paramour (dinner, an adults-only elegant romantic atmosphere offering French fare). Lemongrass (dinner, Asian cuisine including Teppanyaki and a sushi bar). Bluewater Grill (lunch and dinner, offering the very best fine cuts and seafood specialities). Cibu (dinner, rich Mediterranean flavours). Fresco (dinner, an authentic Mexican experience), Coco Café and Barefoot Grill (casual grilled favorites served poolside during lunch). 24-hour dining options allow you to enjoy late night bites at Coco Café and 24-hour room service. 5 bars: Moments lobby bar, Splash (swim-up bar in the main pool), Eclipse Night club, The Reef (Preferred Club pool bar) and beach bar. Enjoy the 'Sip, Savour and See' Dining Experience and indulge in dinner, sip an artfully prepared cocktail and see the nightly entertainment at the neighboring Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas.

Theme nights. Air-conditioned theatre. Live nightly entertainment.

4 swimming pools including adult-only Preferred Club Pool, kids' wading pool and and Core Zone Teens Club pool. Now Spa by Pevonia®* with 2 whirlpools, sauna, steam room and on-site Mexican Temazcal steam bath which can be used complimentary when you book any body treatments*, massage* and facials*. Water sports including kayaking, Hobie Cats, snorkelling* and water polo. Scuba diving* with lessons in the pool, and deep sea fishing*. Turtle release programme (available during select seaons). Fitness centre. Tennis. Yoga. Big screen with films on the beach. Aerobics. Beach volleyball and beach football. Table tennis. Euro-bungee. Explorers Club for kids (3-12-year-olds) open 9:00am–10:00pm inclusive of lunch and dinner. Activities include weekly camp out adventure, arts and crafts and games. Core Zone teens' club allows teenagers 13-17 years to cut loose and really have the time of their lives. Located next to the Explorer’s Club, the Core Zone features nightly entertainment, daily activities and a vast array of sports and games. Complimentary green fees at a nearby golf course (golf cart rental* mandatory, transportation not included, terms and conditions apply, subject to change).

Babysitting service*. Laundry service*. Boutique stores including souvenirs and newspapers. Concierge services and 24-hour front desk. Currency exchange, car rentals*, on-site Travel Agency* and medical facilities*. Complimentary WiFi access throughout. Download the hotel’s “Unlimited Connectivity” App which enables free local calls, room to room calls, access to daily activities, restaurant menus and schedules, hotel maps and local attraction info.

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

4 nights 23 Dec–31 Dec '19.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: child ages at this property are up to and including 12 years. 

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Nov 17, 2019 Han1094

We stayed in now sapphire only for 6 nights (regrettably short) at the start of November. We were completely blown away when we arrived and throughout. We stayed in a preffered club ocean view room, the room was amazing! so spacious and beautifully decorated plus the hot tub on the balcony overlooking the beach was a great way to spend time! We… Read more
We stayed in now sapphire only for 6 nights (regrettably short) at the start of November. We were completely blown away when we arrived and throughout. We stayed in a preffered club ocean view room, the room was amazing! so spacious and beautifully decorated plus the hot tub on the balcony overlooking the beach was a great way to spend time! We only had time to eat in the buffet, try the Thai and Mexican restaurants, and the two grills opened at lunch time. The Thai and Mexican restaurants served gorgeous food and the lunch grills also were really nice! The drinks and cocktails were also super nice. The entertainment at the hotel was next level, putting on amazing shows you would pay to see! The entertainment team were all amazing, special mention to Isaac who was so pleasant and lots of fun! The hotel grounds and both the pools are beautiful, and the beach is also gorgeous and well kept (very little seaweed during our stay!) All the staff are so helpful and work so hard to make the guests happy, they couldn't have done enough for people. We loved our stay, and when we return to Mexico we will definitely look into returning to this beautiful hotel! Plus we can't recommended it enough! Read less
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Nov 14, 2019 dianneo229 Cloverdale, California

LOVED IT< LOVED IT< LOVED IT...Great resort, staff were really great, could not do enough for us. Food was great, lot's of choice's , all you can drink. Show's both for kids and adults. Rooms were nice, stores to shop in.
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Nov 12, 2019 Traveling-Stephanie Saskatoon, Canada

Room - tropical view junior suite: **Building 14, great location. Less than 3 minutes to lobby, pool, restaurants **Room 1412, 2nd floor. No elevator. Will remember to ask for a ground floor next time. Hauling the stroller up and down was a pain. **Large seating area with pull out couch, coffee table, and dining table for 2. **Dresser with 2… Read more
Room - tropical view junior suite: **Building 14, great location. Less than 3 minutes to lobby, pool, restaurants **Room 1412, 2nd floor. No elevator. Will remember to ask for a ground floor next time. Hauling the stroller up and down was a pain. **Large seating area with pull out couch, coffee table, and dining table for 2. **Dresser with 2 drawers, plus luggage stand with another 2 drawers. **Large closet with several cubbies for storage. Electronic safe included. **booked a King bed, which had floating night stands on either side. Electrical outlet only available on 1 side of the bed, but it also has 2 USB plugs. Lamps on either side, plus reading lights. **Bathroom counter medium size. Was crowded with all our stuff, since we had baby bottles to wash daily. There was only 1 towel hook, which was not nearly enough. We reused our towels to be more eco friendly, and more hooks are needed. There was also no hook or rod for face and hand towels. **Nice makeup mirror that lights up. **Shower only, but spacious. Has a bench at one end, worked good for toiletries. **Toilet cabin has frosted glass door. It's a swinging door, as is the shower door, and easy for little fingers to get pinched. **Average size balcony with 2 chairs and side table. I was disappointed there was no drying rack outside, so clothes were constantly on the chairs. Pool Areas: **1 large main pool, with 1 swim up bar. Several areas with built in sun loungers. **2 whirlpools built into main pool. Not heated, just jets. **1 fountain feature in the middle, and some waterfall features on the north side of the pool. **No zero entry, stairs only **1 preferred club pool, adults only near the spa. (didn't have access to it, as we didn't book Preferred Club) **Biggest disappointment - the resort is supposed to have 3 full size water slides, but they are not completed yet. The pool for them looks built, but the platform for the slides isn't even built yet. I'd be surprised if it's ready for the upcoming winter season. This was one of the main reasons we booked into this property, and were very sad to see them not even close to ready. Explorer Kids Club: **Only available for kids 3 to 12. **Parents can only go in with kids from 9 to 930 am, and 1 to 2 pm. This is the only time we were able to access the Splash Park with our one year old son. Again, this was another big disappointment, as our son loves to play in the water. I've never encountered a kids club that younger kids were not able to visit with their parents at any given time. **There is a cute stage area at the entrance, as well as an indoor area (didn't go in to see/use facilities). **There did seem to be a great program for kids of age, and other parents we spoke to said their kids loved it. **Splash Park has 3 slides, 3 mini slides (like, 2 ft in length meant for the littles), bubblers, and sprayers. Not overly large, but definitely a good size for younger kids. **No other kids areas on resort. No playground 😔 Restaurants: **Market Café - buffet, open for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Ok variety, decent food. Theme night every 2nd night. 2 cooking stations. Cute mini buffet for kids. Mexican night was the best. **Fresco - Mexican. Only dinner. Best food in my opinion. Ate here twice and wasn't disappointed either time. Excellent tortilla soup. Tuna and avocado salad appetizer was my favorite. **Bluewater Grill - steakhouse. Open for lunch select days, and dinner. All open air dining. We had an ok dinner experience, but it was tainted by the rain and mass amount of mosquitoes that came out. Ended up with 50+ bites. Not the resort's fault, but didn't make for the best time. **Lemongrass - oriental. Open for dinner only. Reservations available for the hibatchi tables, or walk up for regular seating. Reservations made for the day of from 1 to 3 pm. Didn't have a chance to dine here. **Cibu - Mediterranean. Open for dinner only. Didn't dine here either. **Paramour - French, adults only. Open for breakfast for preferred club guests, dinner for everyone. Didn't dine here either. **Market Cafe - open 24/7 for coffees and treats. Great coffee, but I wish there were more options for non-sweets. Sandwiches and wraps would be nice **Room service - available 24/7. Decent selection of items. Minimum wait of 45 minutes. We tried to order on our last day in time for lunch, and it never made it. After 1 hr 20 minutes, we had to just leave and check out. Bars: **Swim up bar from 10 am to 5 pm. Pretty good service. Specialty drink each day. **Lobby bar from 10 am to late. **Beach bar from 10 am to 5 pm. Located further down the beach from the pool. Never made it here, as we couldn't go with the stroller (have to cross sand to get to it) **There is also a bar at the preferred club pool, but we didn't have access to it. Beach: **Narrow, but long. Lots of walkers and joggers. **Seaweed/sargassum build up in the morning. There were always several people out cleaning it up early each day. **The water is a murky brown, not what I am used to for the Mayan. It wasn't muddy or mucky to walk into, but you can see the seaweed floating around. **The water was very active all week and was red flagged the whole time. This might have contributed to why the water was so murky looking. Overall the stay was ok. We had some problems with housekeeping; out of 7 days, we didn't have our room cleaned for 2 of them. This made for a lot of clutter from empty water bottles and beer/soda cans, plus glassware we'd accumulated. We spent a lot more time in our room on this trip, traveling with a one year old, so having it unserviced was a big letdown. Also, we often got skipped from having our fridge stocked, or it wasn't stocked well. We had to call once to have them come in the late afternoon as no one had stocked us yet. Other times just 1 beer and water would be left. Since we needed the water for our son's formula bottles, it was another letdown. Our other major issue was the kids club. Not being allowed to go in except for a very specific, small window of time each day was disappointing. There are no other kid friendly play areas outside of the kids club. Our son is very independent now, and we saw him get frustrated from not having anywhere for him to play. The lobby bar area is nice, but not small kid friendly since it is surrounded by water features. All the dining staff and bar staff were great, and really redeemed our stay. They would engage with our son, and weren't offended when he left a big mess. Our favorite was Eloy and his team from the breakfast buffet. Personally, I wouldn't go back to this particular resort. The little things that were letdowns were too frequent for the caliber the resort is supposed to be. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with kids under age 3. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice resort but we prefer Now Jade

Nov 11, 2019 Kelly R Alexandria, Virginia

I stayed at Now Sapphire in a preferred club room for four nights, November 5-9, with a friend and her daughter. We stayed at Now Jade in December and loved it. While at Now Jade a few guests recommended Now Sapphire so we decided to give it a try. The pros: lovely room with excellent cleaning service daily including turn down service each… Read more
I stayed at Now Sapphire in a preferred club room for four nights, November 5-9, with a friend and her daughter. We stayed at Now Jade in December and loved it. While at Now Jade a few guests recommended Now Sapphire so we decided to give it a try. The pros: lovely room with excellent cleaning service daily including turn down service each evening. Each time the staff does the turn down service they leave a schedule for the following day's activities at the main pool, kids club, and evening entertainment along with the weather forecast and shuttle info. You can reserve cabanas at the main pool one day in advance (at 8 am) and not have to worry about anyone stealing it from you or having to wake up super early to reserve it. They even put a little sign with your name on it. Friendly staff everywhere. Kids club was enjoyed by the 8 yo in our group and they have a fun little water park there and great activities all day. Food at the buffet (omelet bar) and Mexican restaurant (cheese appetizer, shrimp appetizer, flautas, tres leches cake, rice pudding, fritters) was excellent. No reservations needed except for Hibachi. Great view for lunch at Blue Water Grill. Lots of open air space and comfy seating in the main area where there is entertainment at night. Evening entertainment was good. Excellent house white wine (Sauvignon blanc). Cute coffee shop open 24 hours and made excellent lattes (and had almond milk on hand). Yummy snacks in the preferred club lounge 24/7. There are a few sweet cats living on the property. We also saw a few "Mexican dogs." Awesome bar with swing seats right on the ocean. The cons: the adults only pool that preferred club allows you access to was disappointing (especially compared to Now Jade). There was no swim up bar, no ocean view, no music playing, no grill or snacks poolside. We found it boring and only went one time. The main pool also did not play much lively music except for during zumba. We heard a lot of spa music all around the resort and wanted more diversity and more "fun" and upbeat music at the main pool at least. The bars and restaurants were frequently out of the wine we wanted. The service at the breakfast restaurant that is included with the preferred club and the one sit down lunch restaurant, Blue Water Grill, was painfully slow. The food at the Blue Water Grill and Hibachi was just so so and no fish was included with hibachi which I was looking forward to. The "yum-yum" sauce at Hibachi, the pad thai at Lemon Grass restaurant, and the calamari and burrito at Blue Water Grill were all disappointing. The food offered by the main pool for lunch was also just so so, hot dogs and burgers and nachos every day. I was hoping for some tacos or some chicken on the grill. I woke up a few times during the night because of loud guests being heard very clearly from the bedroom. Overall, this was not a bad resort, but compared to Now Jade it lacked a lot. Read less
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Nov 11, 2019 GwenMN856 Fairmont, Minnesota

This was my 5th trip back to Sapphire, and we brought friends with us for their second trip home! We had an amazing time from check in to check out! Sylvia and Hector gave us a warm friendly welcome home to start out the week! Around every corner was a "welcome home", and a hug from all who are genuinely happy to see you, whether it is your 5th… Read more
This was my 5th trip back to Sapphire, and we brought friends with us for their second trip home! We had an amazing time from check in to check out! Sylvia and Hector gave us a warm friendly welcome home to start out the week! Around every corner was a "welcome home", and a hug from all who are genuinely happy to see you, whether it is your 5th time, your 1st time, or your 15th time home! The renovated rooms are very nice, we don't spend much time in them but the décor is updated, the bathrooms are improved, and the beds are still comfortable as ever! One of the best improvements for us was the new pool area flooring... they have removed the tiles and now it is just a cement cover, which no longer burns your feet when doing Zumba or just walking place to place! We stayed in Building 1 which is my favorite and close to everything! If you're lucky enough to book a swim up room... the pools looked amazing!! A fabulous day for me was.. the gym... CoCo Café...breakfast... pool... Zumba... Water Aerobics... Pool... Crazy Games... Swing Bar... Pool... Dinnner.. Show.... Sleep... Repeat!!! There are so many activities during the day if you chose to participate! The Unbelievable Entertainment Crew has games, and tours, and lessons, throughout the day to keep you busy if you like that sort of thing! Otherwise they'll tell you to enjoy your day relaxing, and they'll see you around!! The restaurants are wonderful! We do the buffet for breakfast, which has a large variety of almost anything you can think of... omelette station.. fresh fruits.. pastries... etc! Dinner was always excellente'!! We had Cibu (mediterrranean) 3 times it was so delisc! Shout out to Anna who is the sweetest gal at the booking counter! The wait staff were wonderful all 3 nights!! Paramour (French), and Lemongrass were deliscious of course, and great service too!! We did massages at the Spa (Shout out to Rafael who always got us set up), they're wonderful, and some of our group did massages down at the beach as well!! Evening shows were excellent, THE ROCK SHOW IS AMAZING!! The lobby bar is always a great time to chat, meet new friends, and listen to the musicians before and after the show! Claudia always had our room spotless, the AC was super chill, and the beds are comfy!! Some of the family I want to mention..... The amazing Luigi and Crew!! They are the best, It truly makes me sad to tell them "see you soon" when we go home... they've become Life long friends, and we love them to pieces! They work so many long days to ensure all have an Amazing Vacation!! Luigi, Javier, Isaac, Ivan, Katherine, Karely, Omar, Julio, Osiris, And Dani... you're the best, we love you all! Vincente' and all the amazing wait staff and bartenders... Jaime, Pedro, Refugio, Cesar, Antonio, Carlos, Alan, Jose', Diego, Iroshi, Crystle, Lemi, Juan, Victor, Raul, Feliciano, Carmen, Azusena, Gabriella, Luis, Mardo, Happy Feet, Jorge, Martin, Miguel, The beautiful ladies at CoCo Cafe, and i know i have forgotten some, but they're all amazing!!! It was our anniversary the day we left so Martin and Crew surprised us with a cake at the pool... It is the little things that make you feel so special, and it doesn't matter how many times you've been there, they want everyone to have the best time ever and truly enjoy their trip!! Until next time... we will miss you Sapphire Family.... See you Soon! Read less