Cancun, one of the hottest destinations in the Caribbean,
became even hotter this summer. The paparazzi descended as a fleet of private
jets delivered some of the world’s greatest actors, including Angelina Jolie
and Julia Roberts, to the Summer of Sony publicity event. The Ritz-Carlton
Cancun played host to the star-studded party so I went to see where the stars
cooled down when the temperature soared.
Javier Barden, Julia Roberts, and Richard
Jenkins pose for photographers at the media event for Eat, Pray, Love at the
Ritz Carlton, Cancun
Mexico and movie stars go together. Since the Thirties, Hollywood heavyweights have been regularly swooping south of the border for a bit of R and R. By the time we reached the Nineties and Noughties Cancun was welcoming a new galaxy of red-hot stars to its shores – Tom Cruise is rumoured to have wanted to marry on
its snow-white beaches until an unexpected hurricane blew him towards Italy
instead. Jennifer Anniston withdrew to its spellbinding sea to mend her broken heart and Leonardo Dicaprio also recently made it his slice of paradise for a romantic retreat – and now, as we reach out into a new decade, Cancun shows no sign of losing its A-list allure.
It’s fair to assume that the Sony of Summer actors stayed onsite at the glitzy Ritz. Resting on the Yucatan Peninsula, the Ritz-Carlton
has more awards on its mantelpiece than Meryl Streep and is considered to be one of the most luxurious hotels in all of Mexico.
From the moment you walk through its well-guarded doors, the crystal chandeliers, antique tapestries and elaborate artworks promise an A-list experience. Every room has the kind of over-the-top opulence that any celebrity entourage would be happy to bed down in including breathtaking balconies, divine marble bathrooms and tres beau Bulgari toiletries. But celebrities, like Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes who were in town promoting their
new movie The Other Guys, are sure to have been hidden away in the Club Level
quarters. These secret suites are positioned around a stunning ivy-filled atrium
in the heart of the hotel and can only be accessed if you’ve got The Key.
And celebrity tots Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shola, Pitt-Jolie would have been treated to their own special service with membership to the very exclusive Itsy Bitsy Ritz Kids Club when they tagged along with mum to the Cancun premiere of Salt.
Angelina also premiered her new body art in Cancun
The Ritz-Carlton hotels may conform to the traditional concept of luxury but that doesn’t mean that guest can’t partake in some of the most innovative services around. The Kayantá Spa has all the top Tinseltown treatments including the Perfector facial. Using super-fancy nanotechnology the Perfector claims to achieve a surgery-free facelift and is apparently a favourite in current celebrity circles.
Iconic guests of the Ritz can also mingle
with the masses (well with thirteen other members of the elite really) at the impressive
half million dollar Culinary Centre, where they can explore cooking, wine and
Mexican tequilas and then consume the fruits of their labour at a torch-lit beach party. The restaurants, as expected, are exquisite. The most-memorable being Casitas which is made up of a collection of intimate cabanas on the beach that feel so private you could be on your own dreamy desert island.
My favourite service at the hotel though is the Turtle Guardian programme. In amongst all the high-end spending opportunities is an experience that is simply priceless. Guests can “give back” by taking part in the release of adorable baby turtles which come to hatch on Ritz’s patch. Each little Tortuga is guided down to the beach, given a name by its releaser and sent with good wished into the biggest bluest sea you’ve ever seen – if that’s not the stuff of Hollywood then I don’t know what is!
No A-list lovely would dare expose themselves to the sun and La
Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Extreme Fluid SPF50 is the dream cream of choice at the moment. Packed with all sorts of UV fighting protection, this French sunblock will keep those celebrity beach bods freckle-free and fully moisturised no matter how hot it gets. There’s only one other must-have accessory and that’s a pair of gorgeous oversized Miu Miu sunglasses to keep out the glare from that diamond white beach.
Must-have Miu Miu Oversized Jackie O Sunglasses.