The way to a traveller’s heart is through their taste buds. At Hotel Xcaret, those wishing to enjoy Mexico through their belly don’t need to wade through cenotes or cut through jungles to get their fix of authentic Mexican fare.
Guests can savour the tantalizing complexity of Mexican cuisine through Xcaret’s selection of 12 restaurants and nine bars that take them on a culinary whirlwind of global flavours, always embellished with elements of Mexican gastronomy.
“We really want to bring a touch of Mexicanity to all of our restaurants, so there is always some element of Mexico somehow incorporated into the menu,” says Ana Ramirez Herrera, Director of Sales USA for the AAA Five Diamond hotel.
Guests can journey through Asian flavours featuring teppanyaki at Xin-Gao, or grab a slice of the Med at Fuego Restaurant, led by Italy’s Chef Franco Maddalozzo and reserved exclusively for guests staying in the Casa Fuego building.
A real culinary standout is HA Restaurant, led by highly-acclaimed chef Carlos Gaytan, the first Mexican white hat to earn a Michelin star.
This isn’t your typical resort restaurant.
“HA is a restaurant with a very Mexican touch combined with elements of molecular cuisine,” says Herrera.
“Guests enjoy an elaborate tasting menu of seven different dishes throughout the dinner that are paired with the best Mexican wines. What Carlos is doing is incorporating Mexican traditions – those that you see in little towns and the way the grandmas cooked — with modern techniques. As a dining experience, it’s something absolutely worth trying.”
Although HA – which means water in the Mayan language — is located within Hotel Xcaret, it is open to all diners with a reservation and is the only restaurant not included in the hotel’s all-inclusive package.
The menu changes seasonally, but diners can always expect a gastronomic journey featuring modern Mexican favourites prepared with haute-cuisine techniques.
Like the comida, HA’s cocktail menu also uses science and tech to enhance mixology through ingredient fusions, syrups, macerations with spices, plants, fruits and flowers.
At Hotel Xcaret, even the restaurant interiors are a feast – for the eyes – often using the surrounding natural environment or Mexican history as design inspiration.
There are more singular dining choices. Restaurante Cuevas is a unique culinary experience set in a cave carved into the peninsular rock. And at La Trajinera, the interior décor was inspired by the little Mexican boats (called trajineras) that, centuries ago, sailed the canals of the Xochimilco Lake region.
At Teatro Del Río, diners enjoy a tasting menu while being entertained by a 1950s Mexico-inspired show set on an impressive riverfront stage.
Each of Hotel Xcaret’s dining establishments will captivate the senses and astound diners with the most colourful presentations and elaborate traditional ingredients truly reflective of its AAA Five Diamond-status.
Just 18 months after its opening, the 900-suite “all-fun-inclusive” resort was bestowed the prestigious status for featuring “world-class luxury, amenities and indulgence for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Five-Diamond status is awarded to properties and restaurants in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean that feature remarkable infrastructure, extensive amenities and unparalleled service.