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From culture-filled cooking classes to beachside tequila tasting, Grand Velas offers seasoned foodies the smart choice for all-inclusive.

Set across two magnificent properties, each representing different Mexican coasts, Grand Velas Riviera Maya and Grand Velas Los Cabos allow hardened gastronomes to experience tried and tasted dishes in ways like never before. Here are just five reasons why they should make it onto your wish list.

Michelin-starred indulgence

All-inclusive, all-suite and all-encompassing, Grand Velas offers visitors much more than just a hotel stay – especially when it comes to fantastical food experiences. Be sure to book a coveted table at Cocina De Autor; in Riviera Maya it was the first restaurant at an all-inclusive resort to receive Five Diamonds from the AAA, whilst Los Cabos has two Michelin Star Head Chef, Sidney Schutte (pictured left), at the helm.

Described as a culinary tour of its surroundings, both Cocina De Autor concepts indulge guests in out-of-this-world gastronomy with an eight to ten course tasting menu that expertly showcases the finest local ingredients. For those looking to heighten the experience, expert sommeliers can help with wine pairing, while resident mixologists concoct tantalising cocktails using the finest spirits.

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Tequila & tacos

Expertly curated by the resort’s in-house team, Riviera Maya’s tantalising tequila and taco tasting sessions allow guests to indulge in a truly Mexican culinary experience. Included in the resort’s all-inclusive rate, foodies on the hunt for an authentic taste of Mexico need look no further than here, as this pairing encompasses the finest elements of a cuisine that’s been rated part of UNESCO’s culinary world heritage.

Local flavour

Inspired by the region’s most celebrated recipes, 2018 saw the arrival of an all-new cooking class at Riviera Maya’s Chaká Restaurant. Taking the traditional flavours and much-loved dishes of the Yucatan peninsula, the resort’s Mayan chef, Humberto May Tarnay, created the class to inspire visitors and teach techniques passed through the generations of local families.

Culminating in a three-course meal of Humberto’s teachings, each chef-to-be is also given a copy of the recipes and a Grand Velas apron as keepsakes of their class.

Poolside portions

For those looking to lounge late into the afternoon, Grand Velas offers the perfect poolside accompaniment. With a suitably delicious array of snacks available, guests can make the most of the sunshine by ordering food directly to their bed – including a selection of sushi and sashimi, quesadillas and ceviche.

World on a plate

Grand Velas has expertly crafted a selection of eateries across their resorts which serve up a host of culinary masterpieces inspired by cultures from across the globe.

Tried and tasted dishes include a made-to-order molten chocolate cake served at Azul, Piaf’s delectable French onion soup, and sumptuous colourful Mexican rice found at Frida.

Discover all-inclusive dining on another level

Grand Velas’ all-inclusive option goes beyond and includes à la carte meals at a choice of eight signature restaurants at Riviera Maya, and seven at Los Cabos, in-suite mini bar restocked daily, premium drinks and cocktails, entertainment at the bars, 24 hour in-suite dining, spa and Life Fitness Center access and private concierge service.

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