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Grand Velas Resort Culinary Vacations

Enjoy a culinary adventure at Grand Velas, designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and world-class service. Delight in gourmet cooking lessons with our acclaimed chefs and celebrate the world's best flavors, aromas and essences. Our "Art of Cooking" package is perfect for lovers of fine cuisine and perfectly paired wines.


  • Apron and chef's jacket
  • French, Mexican, Basque, and Asian cuisine
  • Special Chef's Table dinner with wine pairing
  • 3 cooking classes led by executive chef of each selected restaurant
  • Non motorized water sports (snorkeling, kayaks and boogie boards)
  • Spa credit of 50 USD for each person
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Opened in 2008, the luxurious All Inclusive Luxury Resort Grand Velas Riviera Maya is one of the newest resorts to distinguish Riviera Maya as a premier vacation destination. The uniquely Mexican world-class hospitality we provide is "Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare", and we are proud to be the only family-friendly All Inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean to have been rated Five Diamonds by the AAA.

The exclusive Grand Class adult-only area of the resort is designed for optimum privacy and relaxation and features 90 sophisticated ocean-view suites with private plunge pools, in-room massage tables, two Jacuzzis and modern conveniences such as wireless Internet (additional fee), a DVD/CD/MP3 player and a plasma screen TV. This section now accepts teenagers from 12 to 16 years old on floors 2 and 3, sharing the suite with their parents.

The Ambassador family-friendly area of the resort includes 195 spacious 1,200+ square foot ocean-view suites with a terrace, a sitting area, and some with private plunge pool. All our beautiful Riviera Maya suites offer interior Jacuzzis and terraces to enhance your experience in paradise.These suites are conveniently arranged around the main infinity pool, near the Ambassador Section Kid's Club and gym.

The Zen Grand Section is located ¾ of a mile from the beach, in the natural environment of the Mayan Jungle. This family-friendly section features 206 handsomely furnished suites, each over 1,100 square feet with interior Jacuzzi. Business travelers will enjoy the proximity of these suites to the convention center, and all guests enjoy the Zen Grand Pool surrounded by lush vegetation. Guests in this section access the beach and other sections of the resort by taking a 2-3 minute shuttle at any time of day or night.

All-inclusive culinary activities at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

  • 24-hour In-Suite Dining
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte or buffet at Bistro, Azul Restaurant, and Chaká
  • Dinner a la carte at Cocina de Autor - Signature restaurant
  • Dinner a la carte at Frida - Mexican gourmet cuisine
  • Dinner a la carte at Piaf - traditional French gourmet cuisine
  • Dinner a la carte at Sen Lin Restaurant & Bar - gourmet Asian cuisine
  • Domestic and International Premium Brand Liquor at Lobby Bars and Aqua Bars

All-inclusive facilities

  • 24-hour Butler-Concierge Service
  • Children's Pool
  • Concierge service at pool and beach area
  • Grand Kids Activities Program
  • Infinity Pool
  • Karaoke Bar
  • Life Fitness Center
  • Kayaks, boogie boards
  • Live music at Lobby Bar and Sky Bar
  • Live music at our specialty restaurants
  • Luxury accommodations
  • Minibar in suite including snacks
  • Parking lot & valet parking
  • Recreational activities program
  • Work-out programs
  • Yoga, pilates, and meditation

Additional Amenities for a Fee

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport Transportation
  • Any item or service not mentioned
  • Art & Ceramic Workshop
  • Baby Sitting Services
  • Beauty Parlor
  • Business Center
  • Car rental
  • Catering Service
  • Doctor consultations & diagnosis
  • Hobie Cat
  • Laundry & Dry Cleaning
  • Long Distance Calls
  • Shops & Boutique
  • Spa Treatments & Services
  • Special wine and imported liquors
  • Tours & Transportation
  • Travel Agency
  • Wireless Internet service


Art of cooking international cuisine package

The only resort in the area to offer a culinary tour, our restaurants span the globe in eight venues including our internationally-acclaimed Cocina de Autor signature restaurant. Three cooking classes led by executive chef of each selected restaurant. Choose from French, Mexican, Spanish with molecular elements, and Asian cuisine. 6 hours of total classes are included per person.

Weekdays cooking classes with top chefs

Classes are 2 hours per day, from 15:00 to 17:00. Cooking classes are held on weekdays, with each restaurant hosting a class in turn: Monday: Piaf Restaurant, French cuisine. Tuesday: Frida Restaurant, Mexican cuisine. Wednesday: Cocina de Autor, Spanish-Basque cuisine with molecular touches. Friday: Sen Lin Restaurant, Asian cuisine.


Set on over 80 acres of protected mangroves, jungle and natural freshwater wells locally known as cenotes, Grand Velas enjoys over 1,000 feet of pristine white sand beach that we carefully preserve. Resting on the glorious white sand beach of Mexico's stunning Caribbean coast, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is fringed by lush tropical Yucatan jungle, offering captivating views of the untouched landscape.

Diverse luxury accommodation options include uniquely exotic garden suites, ocean-view suites around the central infinity pool, and oceanfront suites for guests age 12 and up with private plunge pools overlooking the azure Mexican Caribbean. The perfect place to enjoy the best of Mexico's Riviera Maya, our hotel and resort is located in the state of Quintana Roo, just 35 miles from Cancun International Airport and 5 minutes from downtown Playa del Carmen.

The Riviera Maya is a veritable playground and most of the area's top attractions are near Grand Velas. Cozumel, located just off the coast, is renowned for scuba diving, snorkeling and pristine beaches. The brilliant Caribbean also offers endless opportunities for kayaking, sailing, sport fishing or a refreshing swim. Explore the region's lush jungles by horseback or on an exciting zip line tour through the jungle canopy.


  • Aktun Chen - 1 hour
  • Cancun, Hotel Zone - 45 minutes
  • Cancun International Airport - 35 minutes
  • Chichen Itzá - 3 hours
  • Cozumel - 30 mins ferry ride from Carmen
  • Isla Mujeres - 20 mins ferry ride from Cancun
  • Playa del Carmen, 5th Avenue - 5 minutes
  • Puerto Morelos - 20 minutes
  • Ruinas Del Rey - 1 hour
  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve - 1 hour
  • Tulum Ruins - 45 minutes
  • Xcaret - 10 minutes
  • Xel-Ha - 45 minutes



  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Poolside bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool


  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request


  • Baby sitting
  • Car rental
  • Child care
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Hair salon
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Shop
  • Tour assistance
  • Valet
  • Wi-Fi

Things to do (optional)

Below are some options for your free time and extra activities. Some of these options may include additional costs. If you have any inquiry or you would like to make further arrangements, you can do so by contacting Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Simply click on the contact organizer button to send a message to Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Ancient Ruins of Mexico

A visit to the ancient Mayan ruins is a must for any vacation to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Tours of pyramids and fortresses of Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Coba offer a fascinating glimpse into the mystery of the Mayan culture and way of life. Day tours of these interesting sites can be arranged through our concierge.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Eco Adventures

From crystal clear ocean waters to lush jungles to cenotes, the Riviera Maya is a paradise for eco-adventures. Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Xel-Ha and Xcaret are popular attractions near Grand Velas for exploring the wild side of the Riviera Maya, including tours to hot springs, kayaking, and swimming with dolphins and sea lions.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa

The resort spa offers guests 75,000 square feet of space dedicated to balancing body and soul, with an avant-garde menu of treatments inspired by the ancient healing practices of Mexico and distinct world cultures. Our blissful Riviera Maya resort spa transports you to a world of well-being through a revolutionary hydrotherapy circuit including a clay room, ice room and experience pool, and features aromatic essences, flowers, candles and hot smooth stones in Riviera Maya. At the end of your Riviera Maya spa journey, tension and stress will have melted away and inner peace reached.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Water Sports

The Riviera Maya is a paradise for water sports and at Grand Velas Riviera Maya guests of all ages can delight in the wonders of the crystalline Caribbean waters. Enjoy snorkeling tours of pristine coral reefs in Riviera Maya, Mexico, teeming with tropical fish; scuba dive in some of the world's best dive spots near the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen; swim in the ocean alongside massive, gentle whale sharks or swim with dolphins in one of many Riviera Maya Mexico all inclusive water parks created especially for you to connect with the area's marine life. Fishing is also popular in the Riviera Maya and Cancun, with swordfish, marlin and sailfish to be caught during the spring fishing season.

What's included

  • 3 cooking classes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 50 USD spa credit per adult per night
  • Apron and chef's jacket
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner
  • Daily lunch
  • Dinner a-la-carte at our 5 chef-inspired, signature haute cuisine restaurants
  • Diploma
  • Non motorized water sports (snorkeling, kayaks, and boogie boards)
  • Recreational activities program for children and adults
  • Round trip transportation airport-hotel-airport
  • Special Chef's Table dinner with wine pairing

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Cancun International Airport (CUN). Grand Velas Riviera Maya will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

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