Live Aqua


Story and photography by Babbie De Derian
Additional photo by Live Aqua Resort and Spa

Live Aqua Aerial View

Live Aqua Resort and Spa Cancun
Redefines the All- Inclusive Experience
With Gourmet Cuisine and Creative Presentations

Live Aqua, one of six brands owned and managed by Groupo Pasadas, has reinvented the all - inclusive experience with innovative gourmet cuisines and premium wines and spirits. This is a resort that is all about awakening and enhancing the senses.

My recent four night stay delivered many memorable sensory surprises from a dedicated well caring staff.

There are several restaurants to choose from, each designed with a different personality. The wide variety of food choices is impressive and innovatively plated and presented.

We begin our mornings in Siete, feasting on a sumptuous breakfast buffet that includes a bountiful selection of Mexican specialties, fresh fruits, meats, cheeses and pastries. We gape in awe as a fast order cook builds the popular Big Boy. This oversized culinary concoction begins with a soft tortilla that is layered with grilled shredded pork, beef or chicken, an assortment of vegetables, grated cheese, and spicy salsas.  It is then topped with a fried egg, a drizzle of sour cream, and strips of crispy bacon. At night, Siete turns into a table-cloth elegant Mexican restaurant.

Live Aqua Short Order Cook making Big Boy

After a few hours on the beach, and in the pool, we head down to the Sea Corner in our bathing suits for tangy ceviche, tapas and frothy margaritas.

Azure, a terraced ocean front restaurant, specializes in fresh seafood, and Mediterranean cuisine with Latin and Asian influences. My favorite, the spicy chicken is served with an array of piquant sauces and huge slices of lightly fried potatoes.   A family of iguanas that live under the restaurant deck, waddle out to make friends and bask in the sun.

One doesn't have to move far from the refreshing pools to satisfy any craving. Hamburgers and daily specials like paella are cooked at poolside food carts, a parade of chefs pass afternoon treats, and the flow of complimentary drinks is endless.

Live Aqua Paella

Varenna, a casual Italian culinary corner that sits in the shade of a huge almond tree, serves yummy pizzas and pastas with spicy seafood, vegetable and meat toppings.

Before dinner, we stop by the indoor sushi bar that opens at 5:00 to design our own signature sushi dish, and then carry it out to a patio, along with a Mexican beer.

The mb International Restaurant, an original concept of Miami Chef Michelle Bernstein, has refined the art of presenting molecular food, under the creative direction of Chef Fernando Zavala.  Fernando, who developed the menu we were fortunate to sample twice during our stay, was born in Mexico City and worked with Mikel Alonso & Bruno Oteiza at the “Biko” Restaurant, rated one of the top restaurants in México, before relocating to Cancun. Fernando, recently promoted to Sous Chef Jr. of all the restaurants at Live Aqua, stops by our table to suggest a few house specialties, and then wows us with his spicy habanero soup, juicy succulent honey glazed short ribs and artistically plated coconut garlic shrimp.

Live Aqua Garlic Shrimp Dish

Monday night’s  deluge of  rain  does not dampen our spirits  or alter our plans to dine in the Hidden Garden Restaurant, tucked away down a path of lush exotic  plants.  In fact, it enhances the tropical ambience of this candle lit hideaway. It is an ideal place for a romantic dinner or a special occasion, and tonight we are celebrating my daughter's birthday.  The Lama Dawa and Claudia, his Spanish interpreter, accept my invite to join us, and we feast on a medley of Asian infused house specialties, ignoring the rains that flood the dirt floor beneath our bare feet. The staff serenades us with a rendering of happy birthday in Spanish; a waiter places a sheet of glass on the table, and then proceeds to surprise us with an intricate mandala made with food colorings and a dozen artistically placed bite size pastries. It is a festive evening, and we drink many bottles of icy Mexican beer. 

Live Aqua Hidden Garden celebration group

Live Aqua was not my first all - inclusive vacation, but it was one of the best and most personable. It definitely succeeded in enhancing my senses and elevating my taste buds.


Blvd. Kukulcán Km. 12.5 | Cancún | Q. Roo 77500 | México
Tel: (011) 52 (998) 881 7629
Fax: (011) 52 (998) 881 7601



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