I’m not a very good all-inclusive resort guest.
I love all-inclusives, especially the ones I visit in Mexico. But as much as I try to avoid it, I usually have to work while I’m there. Often, for me, duty takes precedence over drinks by the pool, deckchairs and long walks on the beach.
Apparently I’m not alone, because last fall Sensira Resort & Spa Riviera Maya launched a partnership with Remo to create collaborative workspaces, the first of which is available here in Cancun. These are comfortable, private pods that people can book to work remotely; it’s like a private business center, but much more comfortable — and with a view.
Sensira offers four individual floor workspaces, each with high-speed internet, ergonomically designed furniture, a terrace, hot coffee and tea, bottled water and food and beverage service. For digital nomads or travelers who can’t avoid going offline while on vacation, this is the perfect solution.
I signed up for my private workspace, which starts at $40 to book. The room was well equipped with everything I needed for a few hours of work. Each of the capsules has a desk and chair, and guests can reserve a space that includes a larger, more comfortable chair facing the window. I decided on the one with that chair because I like to work lying down with my legs up; it was nice to sit there and look out over the vast mangrove forests behind the resort. What’s also neat is that the windows are one-way, meaning people outside the pods can’t see inside. You really feel like you’re tucked away from the rest of the world, keeping things productive but not isolated in a frozen (and unremarkable) business center.
Whimsical portraits of animals dressed as English nobles adorn the walls of Knights English Pub at Sensira Resort & Spa Riviera Maya. Photo: Sensira Resort & Spa
But a getaway to Cancun can be more than just work, not play. And as you might expect, the 359-key Sensira Resort & Spa Riviera Maya has all the makings of a truly impressive all-inclusive vacation. I checked into the Amber Suite, which is the adults-only section of the resort (most places are family-friendly). Amber suites feature ocean views, hot tubs, butler service, and access to a private lounge bar. The Bar Lounge is also another great place to get work done, where you have easy access to the bar and snacks throughout the day.
Dining options at the resort also abound. La Pergola is an all-day buffet restaurant, where the food was always fresh. Made-to-order omelets, a healthy lunch grill station, and fresh fruits and vegetables were among the highlights here.
One of the most exclusive dining experiences in Sensira is Galerie Des Sens, a Louvre-inspired restaurant with checkered floors and replica artworks, and an experimental and gastronomic menu with wine pairings. The restaurant is for adults only and reservations are required. Another restaurant highlight was La Finca de Ana, a Mexican restaurant. The carne asada with guac and the octopus tostada were memorable there.
Spa & Inspiration Gallery at Sensira Resort & Spa Riviera Maya Photo: Sensira Resort & Spa
In terms of entertainment and activities, Sensira has some satisfying options. Adults will love the Knights English Pub, which is replete with big-screen TVs, a pool table and wacky portraits of animals dressed as English noblemen. For those craving a late-night party, the on-site S-Club disco will do the trick.
For those who want a little extra pampering, Inspiration Spa & Gallery has nine treatment rooms, as well as a hydrotherapy circuit, steam room and sauna. Children can even have fun with the Children’s Studio, which offers manicures for the little ones.
For children and teens, the resort has a Baby Explore Club for children aged one to three, an Adventure Club for children aged four to 12 and an Emoji Teens Club for teenagers aged 12 to 17. Additional activities include a climbing wall, a biplane and an Aquapark with fountains and waterfalls.