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PUBLISHED WORK - Hotel and Resort Reviews > Three Course Deal: Mexico's Tastiest Resort Offers   (News)   June 2010

Three Course Deal: Mexico's Tastiest Resort Offers  (News)

restaurantThree pleasingly food-centric luxury resorts--one in Cancun, one in Puerto Vallarta and one on Mexico’s Riviera Maya—are offering special rates that represent good value as well as good eating.  

First Course: To celebrate the appointment of new Executive Chef Jordi Valles, who trained with Michelin-rated chefs in his native Spain including Pedro Subijana of Akelarre Juan Mari Arzak of Arzak and Ferrán Adrià of El Bulli fame, the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is offering the Endless Flavors Packages.

Ritz-Carlton, CancunBook now through December 15, 2010 at a rate of $739 per night double occupancy and you’ll get a food and beverage plan covering a la carte menus at each of the resorts six restaurants including the AAA five-star winners Fantino and The Club Grill.

This package even includes in-room dining and alcoholic beverages by the glass.  Plus the hotel is tossing in valet parking, Wi-Fi and, of course, the signature service of the “ladies and gentlemen” of the Ritz-Carlton.

Looking for a full-on foodie experience? Sign up for one of the resort’s two hour cooking courses in their stunning $500,000 Culinary Center, the only of its kind in the region. Hone your skills in their gorgeous state-of-the-art facility full of Viking goodies but be warned that you may want to go home and re-do your kitchen.

Grand VelasSecond Course: Determined to raise the bar not just for cuisine at luxury all-inclusives but at large-scale luxury resorts in general, Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya appointed chefs to head up each of its restaurants (not just one resort uber chef). The resort’s five restaurants include Pilaf (French), Frida (Mexican), Sen Lin (Asian), Lucca (Italian/Mediterranean) and Cocina de Autor—a must-experience meal during which not one but two chefs fuse Spanish/Basque cuisine with science and imagination to create surprises in texture, taste and temperature.

Each chef clearly feels a sense of ownership and pride in his restaurant and the food during a recent visit was consistently stupendous: duck tacos at Frida, perfectly seared tuna at Pilaf, the mind-blowing tasting menu at Cocina de Autor (allow three hours). Even the Bistro, not considered one of the resort’s main cuisine kitchens, is chic and delicious (don’t miss the light but deeply flavored crab and artichoke ravioli).

Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort Riviera Maya is so proud of its restaurants that they’re even open to the public, but only resort guests get the all-inclusive treatment. Currently available now through mid-December (though rates can change based on occupancy), that treatment is a steal at $580 per night double occupancy in the resorts Master section. This rate includes anything you want to eat or drink (minus a handful of super premium beverages) day or night anywhere in the resort or in your suite.

The family-friendly Master section at Grand Velas is not beachfront; however, it is in the same area as the fantastic spa and the Master section has the resort’s most beautiful pool and vans run constantly to take you on the three minute journey to and from other areas of the resort. There’s also a spring fed river running through the Master section—book a ground floor suite (all Master section suites are 1,000 square feet) and the river will meander along right off your ample back patio.

Garza Blanca PreserveThird Course: Puerta Vallarta’s new Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa, which opened in February 2010 under the stewardship of Miguel Hernandez (formerly the general manager of Las Alamandas) just announced the Delicioso! The three night package goes for $325 per night double occupancy in a suite (just $6 more than the current rack rate) and includes a three course meal at Blanca Blue restaurant at the resort and at Viteo and Trio—two standout restaurants in Puerta Vallarta itself. Or go nuts and book one of Garza Blanca’s 3,700 foot penthouses ($1,195 to $1,408 per night) which come with an in-house chef ready to whip up gourmet meals in your penthouse’s massive kitchen.
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