Earlier this year, the first ever Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival drew the likes of such distinguished chefs as Ferran Adria, Ingrid Hoffmann and Jacques Pepin. With so many upscale resorts in the region and more on the way, the Mexican Caribbean is a food destination to watch.
In Playa del Carmen, for example, the newly rebranded 41-villa Viceroy Riviera Maya spotlights interpretive Mexican cuisine at the 50-pax La Marea Restaurant. “The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a luxurious and intimate slice of paradise ideal for a takeover for a small incentive or corporate event,” says GM Pedro Lara about this 41-private villa resort. “We place emphasis on outstanding personalized service, beautifully appointed accommodations, signature amenities and sophisticated dining.”
For larger groups, The Coral Grill is a covered outdoor restaurant featuring wood-burning grills, hosting 150 pax.
Nearby in town, the recently opened Aldea Corazon restaurant brings Mother Nature to the table in more ways than one for groups up to 100. Nestled inside a private jungle, it serves quintessential Mexican fare such as locally harvested camarones a la talla and queso fundido mescal.
Riviera Maya also offers spirit enthusiasts a slew of options that will have you shouting “Viva Zapata.” Organize a walk through the underground chambers of Xcaret’s Cava de Vino located 40 miles south of Cancun. This is a mind-boggling oenological adventure exploring over 180 labels on display from the most prestigious winemakers in Mexico. Who knew there were so many fantastic wines in Mexico? This tour through Xcaret’s 2,000-pax Seaside Park, with access to more than 40 attractions, is an exclusive libation experience for groups up to 25.