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PHOTOS: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya opens its doors

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  •   08-03-2021  8:48 am
  •   Pax Global Media
PHOTOS: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya opens its doors
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya. (Supplied)
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"I'm Ready!" as SpongeBob SquarePants would say.

The highly-anticipated five-star, all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya rolled out the Orange Carpet on Monday (Aug. 2) as the family-friendly destination opened its doors.

Here, Nickelodeon's renowned Slimings and Character Experiences are combined with Karisma Hotels & Resorts' and Grupo Lomas' hospitality, with the brand's first all Oceanfront Swim-Up Suite resort featuring an enormous six-acre Aqua Nic water park, new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed penthouse suites, World-Class Gourmet Inclusive dining with fan faves Good Burger and Piazza and endless play-all-day entertainment.

During this exclusive opening period in the fall, rates start at $259 per person, per night and can be booked now through Aug. 31, 2021 for travel now through Jan. 4, 2022.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya opened on Aug. 2. (Supplied)

"As Mexico's first and only Nickelodeon resort, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya transports kids and adults alike into the imagination-expanding worlds of the entertainment brand's beloved shows," said Mario Mathieu, senior vice-president of business development, design and construction at Karisma Hotels & Resorts. "From surprise and delight interactions with an expanded cast of 20 characters and one of the country's largest water attractions, to signature themed accommodations, such as the first-ever Lair Suite and more, there is a one-of-a-kind experience waiting to ignite the spark of play for all guests."

All oceanfront swim-up suites for families of 5  

Featuring 280 whimsically-designed Oceanfront Swim-Up Suites, every 581-square-foot room comfortably accommodates families of five, complete with two full bathrooms and a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea from the oversized balcony, which boasts access to an infinity plunge pool.

In addition to plenty of space for families to spread out, suites feature playful design elements including art pieces pulled from beloved show archives and furnishings inspired by Nickelodeon's iconic colors and characters, from beloved shows including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer.

For the ultimate Nickelodeon experience, guests can also choose from three specialty suites, including:

An Ode to Nickelodeon at The Big Kahuna Suite

Full of 90s elements, the 3,000-square-feet, two bedroom Big Kahuna Suite is full of Nickelodeon nostalgia.

Custom pieces include a sideboard inspired by the signature purple glasses of Chuckie from Rugrats and neon artwork of the phrase "Happy Happy Joy Joy," the hit song from The Ren & Stimpy Show.

Kids can enjoy a fully immersive Loud House-themed bedroom, all complemented by an ensuite bathroom featuring a free-standing tub and rain shower.

There's even a 710-square-feet Ocean-Front Terrace for the ultimate private outdoor space with lounge furniture and an Infinity Plunge Pool that flows across the length of the Suite.

The TMNT-inspired Lair Suite

The Lair Suite is a rooftop penthouse paying homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that can accommodate up to seven guests.

This new luxurious accommodation unique to the resort never felt cooler, where every iteration of the Turtles throughout the years is featured in the decor.

Spanning 3,000-square-feet, the suite encompasses both indoor and outdoor living and dining areas, a Master Suite with a spa-inspired bathroom and two additional bedrooms.

Guests will enjoy the 710-square-foot oceanfront terrace overlooking the turquoise water, complete with an infinity plunge pool and lounge space.

In-suite butlers can arrange private experiences, such as an in-suite or moonlight beach dinner, daily afternoon tea, private wine tasting, aromatherapy menu selections, pillow menu selections, aroma baths, and more.

Pineapple suite brings travellers to Bikini Bottom

The Pineapple Suite, which is also featured at the inaugural Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts property in Punta Cana, is the resort's signature dwelling.

Inspired by SpongeBob's underwater home, the penthouse combines luxurious accommodations and modern amenities, with all of the fanciful trappings of Bikini Bottom, so guests can truly experience living in a pineapple under the sea.

The Pineapple Suite. (Supplied)

Pineapple Suite guests, like Lair guests, will additionally enjoy the decadent vacation offerings that are exclusive to signature penthouse suites, including 3,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor living areas, an oceanfront terrace sporting stunning views, and private butlers to keep families pampered throughout their stay.

Nostalgic dining 

Children and adults alike can indulge in 24-hour in-room dining, as well as world-class food and beverage served at six distinct restaurants.

Families can dine at Nick Bistro, indulge in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' favourite food with authentic pizzas at Piazza, grab a tasty bite at the retro-inspired Good Burger diner where nostalgia rules, or dine market style at Le Spatula, where walls are adorned with themed show art and cuisine comes straight out of Bikini Bottom.

Good Burger. (Supplied)

There are three bars, including The Bikini Bottom Bar and Gourmet Corner, which features healthy bites and signature drinks under the colourful glow of jellyfish lamps, in addition to two swim-up bars, Cosmo & Wanda.

Aqua Nick waterpark

At the heart of the resort is nonstop wet and wild fun at the entertainment epicenter, the six-acre Aqua Nick.

Encompassing 2,000-square-feet of slides, 1,820-square-feet of river rides and more, families will be delighted as they explore the surprises, and Slimings, that await them.

Aqua Nick. (Supplied)

First round of Signature Experiences

There is also Nickelodeon Place, the hub of many of the resort's entertainment features, which provides additional fun-filled activities for all ages.

Kids will be delighted as they explore the resort with surprise character meet and greets, character dinners, Splash Mob dance parties and scavenger hunts to find iconic Nickelodeon characters.

Plus, daily activities will include beachside yoga, cooking lessons at Bikini Bottom, beach volleyball competitions and nightly live entertainment.

More excitement to come

The resort is finalizing additional amenities to ensure guests have the Slime of their life.

This includes the Náay Spa, the seafront fitness centre, and daily activities and entertainment offerings, debuting October 2021.

Guests can also look forward to the addition of Club Nick, a free play zone complete with themed days, a craft laboratory, surprise visits by fan-favourite characters and more.

Finally, coming soon to Aqua Nick will be the addition of Personal Slimings and Nick Live! 

Poolside, which will feature live character performances where fans are pulled straight from the water to compete in wacky, thrilling Nickelodeon games – winners even get doused in Nickelodeon Slime!

Karisma Hotels & Resorts has created a comprehensive well-being program called Karisma Peace of Mind, which includes a free, on-site antigen test for guests traveling to the U.S. per CDC requirements.

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