Grand Velas Riviera Maya now offers guests a new foodie experience inspired by recipes of the region. Taught by the resort’s Mayan chef, Humberto May Tamay, guests can discover the Mexican flavors of traditional Yucatecan cuisine during an intimate cooking class.
The class showcases traditional techniques and results in a three-course meal of recipes that have passed from generation to generation. Sample dishes included Mexican “antojitos” like empanadas and gorditas; tikinxic (pronounced "teekeen sheek”) which is made with fresh fish, annatto paste, white vinegar and sour oranges; and crispy corn cake with caramel and tamarind sauce.
As part of the class, each guest receives a copy of the recipes and a Grand Velas apron to take home. Available for 10-16 people per class, the class takes place at the resorts Yucatán restaurant, Chaká, set amid Salam, Chechan and Chaká trees. The cost of the class is $40 per person.
The Grand Velas Riviera Maya has 539 suites, all of which are more than 1,100 square feet. Each suite has a balcony, and some come equipped with a private plunge pool. Room amenities include a fully-stocked mini bar, plasma TV, Wi-Fi, L'Occitane amenities and Nespresso coffee machines. The suites bathroom's have walk-in glass showers, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble accents.
Rates at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya start at $393 per person per night based on double occupancy and include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more.