Last Updated on May 10, 2023
Mexico is a great holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled vacation through the jungle, a culture trip visiting ancient archaeological sites or a romantic honeymoon in its paradisiacal beaches, Mexico has a touristic offer fit for everyone. But let’s not forget one of the best things Mexico has: its food. In fact, since 2010 Mexican cuisine is considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. So if you want to enjoy some of its local specialties while vacationing, stay at one of these all-inclusive Mexican hotels and resorts ideal for foodies.
Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort
This adults-only resort located in Cabo San Lucas is the perfect retreat for foodies. You can satisfy any of your cravings all day long at The Market at Quivira. This great food hall holds restaurants from diverse cuisines as well as on-the-go food stalls. If, on the other hand, you prefer a more elegant setting inside Pueblo Bonito Pacifica resort, go dine at the awarded LaFrida restaurant for some gourmet Mexican food. Furthermore, you can participate every Wednesday in the new Hook & Cook activity alongside Chef Octavio Hernandez. You will be able to fish your own food and then see the Chef prepare a ceviche table just in front of you. And then eat it, of course!
Grand Velas Los Cabos
The Grand Velas resort in Los Cabos is also a nice destination for food-lovers. In fact, you might already know about this hotel thanks to their $25K taco. Yes, you’ve read correctly.
TAKEAWAY: In February 2017, Grand Velas’ Mexican restaurant created the world’s most expensive taco. To get to this price, the taco was filled with premium ingredients like Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and black truffles. Then, it was served in a gold flake infused tortilla. Finally, if you were feeling generous, you could accompany it with a special tequila for a mere additional $150K.
You can also eat at this resort (without being a millionaire) at their contemporary Mexican food restaurant called Frida. Finally, visit their Tequila & Mezcal tasting room for some amazing drinks or for a tequila and mezcal tasting class.
Moon Palace Cancun
Located in the northernmost part of the Riviera Maya the Moon Palace welcomes guests looking for a calm beachside complex not too far from the city of Cancun. Honoring the ancient Mayan heritage of this area, their main Mexican food restaurant is called Riviera Maya. It is specialized in traditional Mayan cuisine, and you can have a bite there for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their dishes are based in simple yet delicious ingredients used by the Maya civilization such as chocolate, avocado, corn tortillas and tamales. Both their food and their decoration will immerse you into this legendary local culture.
Beloved Playa Mujeres
Beloved Playa Mujeres is an adults-only boutique hotel north of Cancun, just in front of Isla Mujeres. The Lupita restaurant is the star of their culinary offer. It serves a variety of traditional Mexican flavors with a contemporary touch. The uniqueness of this restaurant is that they offer several set menus based on the local food of different Mexican states. This way, you can have a taste of the specialties from all corners of Mexico in just one place. Taste de mole poblano from the Puebla menu, try the enchiladas from Guadalajara or get transported to Mexico DF with the best chili. You can accompany it all with a selection of the best local wines.
El Dorado Maroma by Karisma
El Dorado resort at Maroma Beach can be found near Playa del Carmen, the heart of the Riviera Maya. The key selling point of this resort is the Gourmet Inclusive Experience by Karisma. This package includes foodie-oriented services like special gluten-free, vegan, or special allergic diets. Moreover, you can try fresh vegetables and spices from their own 70,000 ft2 greenhouse, and, of course, eat and drink at their various restaurants. Visit El Dorado’s Caribbean Grill restaurant for some Mexican-Caribbean cuisine, the Sabores restaurant for the freshest Mexican seafood dishes or join a cooking lesson with their world-class chefs and learn to prepare exclusive recipes.
While you can always head out and look for a local restaurant, having a fine-dining Mexican restaurant in your vacation resort can be very convenient. It will allow you to taste traditional local food with a modern twist inside your resort. The world-class chefs and the fresh local ingredients will make any dish an outstanding feast for your palate. Moreover, you can look for the special foodie-oriented activities that your resort offers and enjoy a show-cooking or a tequila tasting class.