Kicking the luxury up a notch at the Intercontinental Presidente Hotel Cozumel

When a lush tropical paradise meets a luxurious homage to tribal ancestry in the form of a hotel you may have found yourself at the Intercontinental Presidente Hotel in Cozumel.  With just a couple of days between booking my flight and taking off for Cozumel I had to decide quickly on where to stay on this beautiful Mexican island.  With rave reviews the choice was easy and quick to stay at the Intercontinental Presidente. As we passed other beautiful hotels on the way from the airport I began to doubt my decision, however, as I turned into the expansive driveway with lush palm trees and a colossal lobby all regrets quickly washed away.

Upon arrival at the hotel you are welcomed into the unforgettable indoor/outdoor entrance. We were asked if we would like to upgrade our room and the extra money paid to have easy access to the pools and beach from one of the suites was worth every penny.  The grounds of the hotel stay true to the infusion of tribal offerings with a very posh twist.  The huge suite space gives a feeling of surprise and privacy around every corner from the separate standing shower and soaking tub to the sleeping area that leads to a phenomenal outdoor patio.  With a room this nice it is tempting to stay put but there was oh so much more waiting in the grounds of the hotel.

With rooms getting the thumbs up it was time to satisfy another pressing need… time to eat. The restaurants at the hotel offer a sampling of coastal Mexican cuisine.  While not the tex mex fusion we find in America, everything we tried at their main restaurant gave a little sampling of cuisine that spanned throughout Mexico.  My favorite by far, however, was the grill restaurant Trattoria Alfredo Di Roma.  Located directly in the sand next to the beach this restaurant focuses primarily on grilling to perfection.  The grilled chicken was melt in your mouth good with seasoning that left you licking each finger that got in on the meal.  When combined with a grilled lobster tail I as pretty sure I died and ended up in a foodie nirvana.  With that we ended our night with the waves crashing, the tequila flowing and the great company of friends.

Life aquatic was the goal for our first full day at the Intercontinental Presidente.  While the infinity pools and large hot tub seemed to offer some reserved relaxation, I opted for the gorgeous ocean at our doorsteps.  One of my favorite amenities of the hotel were the lounge chairs and couches available to enjoy the great views.  While many hotels charge for their luxury seating this hotel works on a first come first served basis.  Definitely some hogs tried to dominate the space with an early morning hat reservation so persistence is needed to find a spot you can make base camp for the rest of the day.  Once you have It you are golden, however, so no matter if it is a jump off the pier or a swim in the ocean you can always return to order food or drinks or catch an afternoon nap (for me a mix of all three were perfect).  If you want something more than swimming the hotel offers everything from the chance to explore ocean life from the rocky shore, to snorkeling on property to jet skiing.  Essentially something luxurious for everyone can be found at the Intercontinental Presidente in Cozumel.



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