The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Cancun : Hotel Zone

Ritz-signature elegance sets the standard for luxury

Exquisite dining experiences begin in The Club Grill, a AAA Five Diamond restaurant where guests savor international specialties and a superb selection of wines. In Fantino, also a AAA Five Diamond Award winner, creative European cuisine is served beneath hand-painted ceiling frescos. The Caribe Bar & Grill provides indoor and outdoor settings for enjoying Mexican, American and Caribbean fare. In El Café Mexicano, weekly theme dinners such as the Mexican Fiesta and the Lobster and Seafood Night enliven a casual menu of international favorites. Casitas, the only restaurant in Cancun situated on the beach, features a menu of grilled prime cuts, seafood and salads. The Lobby Lounge offers four distinct environments where guests may choose to savor light meals at the Sushi and Seafood bar, indulge in tropical cocktails and much more. The Culinary Center presents interactive cooking experiences conducted in a magnificent residential-style kitchen overlooking the Caribbean Sea. At each two-hour session, an expert chef de cuisine shares professional techniques and innovative recipes with no more than 14 guests to ensure personal attention. Dishes created with ultra-premium Viking equipment are paired with the perfect wines. In addition to the classes, nightly wine and tequila tasting provide insights into beverage culture and how it is linked to culinary traditions. And for a limited time, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancún is offering “Sabor Mexicano: A Mexican Culinary Experience,” a package including accommodation for two in an Ocean View guestroom, one escorted tour for two to the colorful Market 23 (including transportation to and from the market), and one authentic culinary class for two in the Culinary Center (including gratuity).

Live AQUA Cancún

Cancun : Hotel Zone

All-Inclusive, boutique-style resort on white-sand beach

Live Aqua Cancun pleases all your senses as we seduce, enchant and delight your palate through the culinary creations of our celebrity chef Eric De Maeyer. This talented chef gives his artistic touches to the national and international meals served at the hotel’s Azur, Siete and MB restaurants, as well as the In Laa’kech Lobster & Grill, Sea Corner, Sushi Station and Café Deli Boutique. With its seven restaurants, the hotel offers a wide range of culinary experiences and dining atmospheres that turn any meal into a special occasion. Enjoy moonlight dinners on MB’s deck, and enchant yourself with its contemporary, elegant ambiance and open kitchen concept. In Azur, indulge in the rich, robust flavors of the Mediterranean, Mexico, and Asia, combined with the freshest seafood that the destination has to offer. Taste the exquisiteness of Siete restaurant, which takes its name from the seven columns decorated with pop-art, showing seven of the most important Mexican icons of popular culture. Or, create romantic moments you will remember for a lifetime at Inlaa’kech Lobster & Grill, with menu highlights that include fine steaks, lobster, kebabs, fresh salads and seafood, along with homemade sauces and marinades that make each dish a masterpiece. The shoreline restaurant, Sea Corner, features unlimited ceviche, chips, tacos and fresh tropical cocktails, and Sushi Station’s subtle, eclectic eatery offers precise executions of Japanese sushi specialties by Chef Armando Blanco. And while you reflect on the day, enjoy the view from the open-air terrace at the Café Deli Boutique, where you can order up a fresh cup of coffee or tea and choose a scrumptious pastry or dessert to enjoy there or take with you. And remember; enjoy it all you want, because it’s all included.

Azul Sensatori, Hotel by Karisma

Cancun : Riviera Cancun

Puerto Morelos property with a full-service health spa

Your Gourmet vacation starts the moment you enter one of our Mexico all inclusive honeymoon or vacation resorts in Cancun. You are greeted with a smile, a refreshing towel and a welcome cocktail. The décor and overall atmosphere of the resorts provide for a relaxed yet upscale environment with lush landscaping, beaches lined with beach beds and multiple pools with swim-up bars. You will be pampered with Gourmet services and amenities such as beach butlers, concierge, turn-down, 24-hour room service, premium beverages and Gourmet cuisine. The latter, which is the foundation for Gourmet Inclusive, has been lauded “Superb,” “Best in class,” “Decadent” and “Outstanding.” To us it simply means creating delicious meals in pleasant environments by our star chefs. Here, you will be indulged with Gourmet hospitality every moment of your stay.

Capella Pedregal

Los Cabos : Cabo San Lucas

Exclusive retreat at the base of Pedregal Mountain

The Capella Pedregal culinary team is not only dedicated to bringing guests a constantly evolving menu derived from the freshest local ingredients available, but they are also passionate about impacting and shaping Baja cuisine. The hotel’s culinary team is comprised of Food & Beverage Director Marco Bustamante and Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz (both trained under legendary Chef Thomas Keller), and Wine Director Juan Carlos Flores. Capella Pedregal’s three distinctive dining establishments feature refined Mexican dishes which evoke a true Baja feel. The signature Don Manuel’s restaurant is named after the hotel owner’s family patriarch and is located at the heart of the resort. Cuisine at Don Manuel’s uses local organic ingredients grown specifically for the resort, prepared using modern interpretations of old world techniques. El Farallón, Spanish for “a rock that comes out of the ocean,” is a sophisticated restaurant where fresh fish specialties are served in an alfresco setting suspended over the ocean. This casual seafood venue features a “catch of the day” menu enabling guests to choose from fresh fish caught from local waters. Guests looking for lighter fare can experience Crudo Bar, Spanish for “Raw Bar,” underneath a large poolside palapa. Whether it is fresh oysters, sushi or sashimi with a Mexican twist, Crudo Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a snack while lounging poolside. The Beach Club is an informal, poolside dining venue serving Baja coastal favorites.

Casa Velas Boutique Resort

Puerto Vallarta

Romantic all-inclusive hotel set on golf course

Nestled away amidst the rolling greens of the Marina Vallarta golf course, Casa Velas is a true oasis with an exclusive private Ocean Club. Each visitor is a guest of honor at this serene retreat, and the culinary experience begins in luxurious suites with every imaginable amenity, from fresh gourmet coffee to a generously stocked mini bar. Private in-suite dining may be ordered from a varied menu of delights ranging from fresh squeezed juices to fine cuts of meat. Casa Velas’ restaurant Emiliano is well known as one of the best eating establishments in Puerto Vallarta. The restaurant received the Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences in 2011 and was recognized by the AAA in both 2011 and 2012. Emiliano’s celebrated chefs prepare a creative menu of regional and international dishes using only the freshest ingredients, including produce from the onsite botanical garden. Seasonal specialties include Mexican corn soup with Lion’s paw sea scallop, Duck in red fruit and Port mole, and a trio of ceviches. The hotel’s private Ocean Club offers the ultimate seaside dining experience, with Asian-inspired specialties, fresh seafood and a full menu of exotic cocktails and premium liquors. Enhancing the experience of luxury and tranquility, guests enjoy a complete culinary experience with exclusive wine and tequila tastings, gourmet cooking lessons and more. One of its most sought-after events is the Sensory Workshop held in the botanical garden. Here you will be treated to a tasting menu of exquisite dishes complemented by Tres Generaciones tequila and natural aromatic essences from the hotel’s boutique spa.

Garza Blanca Resort and Spa

Puerto Vallarta

Modern hotel nestled between the mountains and sea

Cascading the lush tropical mountains of the Sierra Madre, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is located just south of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. With two of the destination’s most distinguished restaurants on-site, it is no wonder that Garza Blanca stands at the leading edge of gastronomy. With its enigmatic, flame-lit panoramic view of Banderas Bay, Blanca Blue offers the very finest gourmet dining experience that goes beyond the pleasures of the taste buds. In addition to an exquisite original menu that blends traditional recipes from the Mexican repertoire with sophisticated international flavors, wine lovers will delight in more than 230 of the finest labels from around the world housed in Blanca Blue’s award-winning wine cellar. An ultra-chic contemporary steakhouse with a spectacular 180 degree bird’s eye view of the bay, BocaDos STK is just the place to delight in a modern twist on classic foods and cocktails in a refined atmosphere. The cutting edge bites and meats menu showcases an international fusion between Latin and Asian cuisine and the finest imported meats through a variety of small bites or “bocados”. A fresh take on shared dishes features items such as Pibil pork tamales, octopus tiraditos, soft shell crab, salmon cubes and plum duck dumplings.

Maroma Resort & Spa, By Orient Express

Riviera Maya : Maroma

A luxury seaside hideaway on Riviera Maya

With extensive expertise in the cuisine of Mexico, Chef Loza blends a passion for authentic and local flavors with a desire to preserve the rich traditions of Mexican culture. He brings his philosophy to Maroma Resort’s restaurants, working with the area’s finest local suppliers to integrate the freshest local flavors and ingredients. “Food is an important part of Mexican culture with family recipes being passed on from generation to generation,” said Loza. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of the family at Maroma, providing our guests with a culinary experience that celebrates the traditions of the Yucatan and complements the luxury and elegance of the resort.” Previously, Chef Loza distinguished himself at several of Mexico City’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Le Cirque, Ciboulette and L’Olivier. In 2005, he was awarded first place in “Best Mexican Young Chef”—a national contest of traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Chef Loza’s culinary style blends classic Mexican preparations with the casual street food of Mexico City, creating elegant dishes with true authentic essence. Signature recipes include lobster enchilada with homemade mole sauce, smoked salmon pizzeta with guacamole and dry tomatoes and, a local Yucatan inspired dish, soft shell crab Tikin Xic with achiote, habanero, avocado and citrus salad.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya : Playa Del Carmen

All-suite Riviera Maya resort with gourmet dining

Enter a world of tranquil luxury and opulent beauty at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, where the gourmet experience is the perfect complement to the stunning natural surroundings. The resort’s signature restaurant Cocina de Autor features Spanish and Basque cuisine with molecular touches by Chef Xavier Pérez Stone, named Best Chef in Mexico in 2012. The restaurant is located oceanfront, and was recognized by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the ‘100 Best New Food and Drink Experiences,’ for dishes such as ‘the very fresh tuna’ and ‘cylindrical conclusion.’ Maître Cuisinier de France Chef Michel Mustiere serves classic French cuisine with a twist at Piaf restaurant, amidst curtains of red Swarovski crystals. The culinary tour continues at AAA Four Diamond restaurant Frida, with gourmet masterpieces of Mexican cuisine such as crispy tacos of cochinita pibil cooked in banana leaves. Visitors enjoy fresh pastas and succulent Mediterranean seafood dishes at Lucca, while Sen Lin offers you exotic pan-Asian cuisine in the Mayan jungle. During the day, enjoy casual dining overlooking azure waters or the lush tropical jungle at your choice of Azul or Chaká restaurants. Taste the essence of the Yucatan peninsula, from fresh exotic fruits scented with lime to delicately spiced authentic grill specialties. You’ll find a wide variety of creative fare for a relaxing breakfast or lunch. Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers all-suite accommodations distributed over three unique ambiances edging over 1,600 feet of pristine white sand beach.

Royal Hideaway Playacar

Riviera Maya : Playa Del Carmen

Adults-only tranquillity and exceptional restaurants

The Royal Hideaway features a wide range of restaurants and menus with flavors from around the world. Poolside specialty sandwiches, burgers, sweet potato-pink peppercorn fries and ceviche with fresh seafood are offered, and you will be pleasantly surprised to find raw food, vegan, and other healthy up-to-date trends on our lunch menu. Six à la carte restaurants offer distinct foods to satisfy the palates of meat-lovers and vegans alike. On any given day, you will find the acclaimed Executive Chef Eugenio Villafaña making his rounds to guarantee guest satisfaction, giving extra attention to those guests with special requirements such as allergies, gluten- or lactose-intolerance, kosher needs, vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, etc., making with this the most pleasant culinary experience for all of our Guests. Chef Villafaña shares his world wide experience of more than fifteen years in the culinary scene, bringing the best of nature to your table. Integrating sustainability, while supporting local farmers and producers, is a very important part of the decisions he makes while creating these artistic and healthy balanced menus. Furthermore, the Royal Hideaway Playacar has an in-kitchen state-of-the-art Chef’s Table where you will have a private dining experience offered personally by Chef Villafaña. The experience is like no other: it begins with a meeting with the chef to personalize your menu, as every night has a unique menu. The best of local ingredients are used alongside the most innovative culinary techniques for your twelve-course dinner, paired with top wines chosen by the hotel's sommelier.

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya : Playa Del Carmen

Romantic resort on an isolated stretch of beach

Add the unparalleled culinary and dining experiences, the chef’s expertise and imagination that will excite even the most sophisticated palates, and you have an unbeatable combination for an unforgettable journey to paradise. Chef Jetzabel Rojas Barragan has been on a mission to take traditional Mexican cuisine to the next level at Viceroy Riviera Maya. She is attempting to change the thinking about Mexican food by embracing tradition while at the same time unleashing innovation and incorporating new ideas and techniques. Her favorite pirouette is to borrow dishes from leading international cuisines and make them Mexican. For example, an Italian risotto is prepared with Yucatan cheese, sweet potatoes and corn; a Black Paella is transformed from a traditional Spanish dish to one with a Mexican twist by using Epazote leaf, Mexican chili peppers, turkey and smoked sausage and black huitlacoche mushrooms. A thick pork chop is prepared using French techniques, but the sauce bursts with Mexican flavor blending poblano chili, tomatoes and huitlacoche. A truly global cuisine with local flavors.

Paradisus Playa del Carmen la Esmeralda

Riviera Maya : Playa Del Carmen

Family-friendly oceanfront resort with spa

Paradisus Resorts, Meliá Hotels International’s luxurious all-inclusive brand, expanding its portfolio with two new Mexican properties, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla and Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda, announces its brand-wide partnership with six-star Michelin Chef Martin Berasategui. The alliance will introduce a unique concept by Chef Berasategui, whose eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria, Spain is the recipient of three Michelin stars, to every Paradisus property starting with Playa del Carmen, where Passion by Martin Berasategui opened its doors on December 15, 2011. The collaboration is part of the brand’s mission to continue offering guests an uncompromised level of quality and service in every aspect of its all-inclusive experience. “By partnering with a chef of prestigious caliber such as Martin Berasategui, we are elevating the Paradisus brand and guest experience to a very unique level, one that is traditionally not associated with all-inclusive resort properties,” said Bernard Wyss, Managing Director of Paradisus Playa del Carmen and Area Vice President for Paradisus Resorts. “This agreement also allows us to train and develop our kitchen and service staff at Berasategui’s Lasarte restaurant under his direct supervision. We believe that this partnership reinforces Paradisus’ commitment to providing our guests with an extraordinary food and beverage experience, one which exceeds what other properties in the region are offering.” Passion by Martin Berasategui is a fine dining restaurant that juxtaposes Chef Berasategui’s philosophy and style with the remarkable local ingredients of the Mexican Caribbean. One of the world’s most accomplished chefs, Chef Berasategui started cooking in his teens, helping his mother and aunt in their family-owned eatery in San Sebastian, Spain. Training in France in addition to other unique culinary countries and cultures, influenced Chef Berasategui’s approach to service and techniques. Today, Chef Berasategui leads the culinary direction at Lasarte y Loidi at the Hotel Condes in Barcelona, the MB Restaurant at the Abama Resort in Tenerife, the Santo by Martin Berasategui at the Eme Hotel in Seville, the DOMA at the Silken Gran Domine Hotel in Bilbao and the Martin restaurant in Shanghai. Passion by Martin Berasategui is his first restaurant in the Americas. Located in the prestigious Playa del Carmen enclave on Mexico’s eastern Caribbean shore, the resorts, La Perla for adults-only and La Esmeralda for everyone, are poised to become the area’s finest all-inclusive properties and will also become the only all-inclusive hotels in the Americas to boast cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef.

Paradisus Playa del Carmen la Perla

Riviera Maya : Playa Del Carmen

Adults-only resort and spa with 14 restaurants

An innovator of Basque cuisine, Chef Berasategui is known for utilizing molecular gastronomy and fresh seafood in his cuisine, which is light, extremely imaginative and crafted with masterful technique. He brings to Paradisus Playa del Carmen a concept that elevates guest experiences and exceeds expectations by showcasing unprecedented flavor profiles to guest’s palates. The dishes and tasting menu at Passion by Martin Berasategui, where local seafood plays a starring role, is designed for pairings featuring the resort’s most exquisite wines. Guests can choose pairings from three separate wine lists that have been created exclusively for the restaurant. Passion by Martin Berasategui is an adults-only gastronomic experience, serving dinner nightly. Guests of Paradisus Playa del Carmen are welcome to experience the superb cuisine for a surcharge, giving them access to the restaurant’s a la carte menu or its tasting menu. Passion by Martin Berasategui is also accessible to local residents and visitors. “With this new venture, my first in North America, I wanted to create an elegant restaurant incorporating Caribbean flavors into my signature cuisine in addition to a showroom for my team’s service standards,” said Chef Martin Berasategui. “I am extremely proud to open Passion by Martin Berasategui in Mexico introducing my cuisine to a country, culture, and heritage I have the deepest respect for; it is a privilege.” Located in the prestigious Playa del Carmen enclave on Mexico’s eastern Caribbean shore, the resorts, La Perla for adults-only and La Esmeralda for everyone, are poised to become the area’s finest all-inclusive properties and will also become the only all-inclusive hotels in the Americas to boast cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef.

Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit : Nuevo Vallarta

Grand service and amenities at this family-friendly oceanfront resort on Mexico's Gold Coast

Resting on the golden sands of the Mexican Pacific, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit has revolutionized the all-inclusive concept with fine dining on par with the world’s finest restaurants. The enchanting luxury gourmet experience begins upon arrival at the resort, where guests are greeted with a hibiscus infusion in the resort’s majestic lobby. Upon arrival in your suite, you will discover a lavishly stocked mini bar and suite service menu for private dining overlooking the ocean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served a la carte or buffet at the ocean front restaurant Azul, serving local and international specialties as well as fresh grilled meat and seafood. Selva del Mar offers delicious snacks and beverages served by the Pool Concierge to guests relaxing in the warm Mexican sun. Evenings are grand culinary affairs to look forward to at the resort’s three fine dining restaurants, each of which has received the Four Diamond Award from the AAA. At Frida, every dish alludes to the rich culinary traditions of Mexico, and vibrant artwork adorns each wall. Each plate features brushstrokes of flavor and passion, with specialties like black aguachile of tuna and prawns marinated in adobo. Piaf restaurant features a fusion of the elegance of traditional French cuisine with modern techniques, to delight even the most sophisticated of palates. Menu offerings include escargots á la bourguignonne with crispy lemon honey and desserts like mini chocolate, hazelnut or Grand Marnier soufflés. Lucca transports diners to the Mediterranean, with fresh ingredients that epitomize the enchanting cuisine of Italy. The chef recommends the lamb chop with walnuts or the shrimp ravioli with goat cheese. Delight in a festival of flavors in paradise at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Riviera Nayarit : Punta De Mita

Lavish resort within exclusive gated community

Honored with prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award, Carolina features a mosaic of culinary styles from France along with accents of Mexico and Punta Mita’s own distinctive flavors. This epicurean destination captures the Resort’s uncompromised style and promises a memorable experience for even the most discerning palate. Signature dishes include The Saddle of Lamb, pan-roasted with scented chipotle dauphine potato, olive salsa and lamb jus; and the Canelón, a stuffed artichoke with lobster, foie gras and truffle, jabugo ham foam. With breathtaking views, an inviting bar and a romantic outdoor terrace, the restaurant provides a perfect variety of settings for cocktails as well. Exquisite in every detail, the restaurant's design is both inviting and comfortable. The polished decor emphasizes lush black and white velvety textures with silver accents. Handcrafted lamps throughout Carolina are covered in small, round pieces of Mother of Pearl. In addition to casting a soft luminous glow, the precious pearls create a peaceful sound as soft breezes rustle the lamps. Guests may also reserve a private dining room in the restaurant. Each dining experience at Carolina is underscored by the flawless bespoke service that defines The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort's every amenity.

Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos

Los Cabos : Cabo San Lucas

Splendid views of the Sea of Cortés

With 5 restaurants and 6 bars on site, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos is in a class of its own. Recently renovated to become an All Inclusive Resort, guests reap the rewards of never having to budget for food. Expert chefs craft extraordinary dishes using authentic flavors and fresh ingredients. Enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine paired with subtle Italian flavors, all while soaking in the Sea of Cortés. A romantic ambiance softly floats through the air as every meal is accompanied by piano music and warm candlelight. For a bolder atmosphere altogether, head over to the lively steakhouse which serves up food with a decadent Brazilian twist- the chefs know how to create true masterpieces in the kitchen. From a sushi bar to burgers, international breakfast buffet to signature Mexican dishes, and a wine room with a grotto-like setting, Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos carefully selects only the finest foods and beverages. As a crimson sunset seeps into a navy sky, the resort’s Tapas Bar & Fire Pit opens up. Here, guests enjoy domestic and imported drinks while gazing upon a starry backdrop; tequila tastings are a crowd favorite. The resort is extremely coveted as it is situated in beautiful Baja California’s wine country. Holding some of the most exceptional wines around, the owners were able to integrate these fragrant grapes into the therapeutic treatments at their very own spa, SOMMA WineSpa. With so much more to see and taste, this is one retreat that cannot be missed.

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