Flavours Upon Flavours…

At La Casa de la Playa, celebrity chefs reinvent gastronomy

Food at Estero restaurant

Food is always an important part of great vacation. But at La Casa de la Playa, they’ve kicked it up to levels seldom seen at even the most renowned hotels and resorts. It’s no wonder so many reviews refer to the resort as the best in Mexico.

Some of the top chefs in the world ply their trade at La Casa de la Playa, turning out inventive and beautiful dishes that will please even the fussiest foodies.

The La Casa de la Playa culinary ensemble – made up of Martha Ortiz, Virgilio Martínez, the Rivera-Río brothers and sommelier Sandra Fernández – has prepared world class wine and dining experiences for your clients.


If they’re interested in a private dinner, clients can enjoy a Backstage Tour followed by a grand meal in The Gran Tlachco Theater at Xcaret Park. There they can take in the México Espectacular show, a journey through the history of Mexico that highlights its music, dance and traditions.

Guests at La Casa de la Playa also can have a romantic dinner in the Xcaret Wine Cellar or enjoy a private dinner in a cenote; romantic, fresh-water caves that are often surrounded by lush greenery.

La Casa de la Playa Cenote
Dining in a Cenote

The culinary experience at La Casa de La Playa features world-famous chefs using fresh, local ingredients, said Marigold Frontuna, General Manager Sales, Air Canada Vacations.

“The food is a highlight to the overall experience of staying there. Each dish is like a piece of art,” she said.

Here’s a look at some of the amazing culinary options at La Casa de la Playa.


Chef Martha Ortiz is a renowned celebrity chef on the international gourmet scene and was recognized as one of the top 100 most influential personalities in Mexico by Grupo Expansion. Tuch de Luna offers up “masterfully conceptualized stories in dishes with narratives, vibrant colours and contrasting flavors, both lyrical and feminine.”

Tuch de Luna

Dining here is an “elegant, subtle and artistic proposal that exalts the flavours of Mexico” and presents “a collection of dishes presented like the paintings in an exhibition.”

“Chef Martha tells us personal stories through dishes that taste better when enjoyed under the sunlight that shines through this restaurant’s large window overlooking the Caribbean Sea,” said Melissa Fernandez, Sales Executive USA & Canada, Hotel Xcaret.

Menu items could include roasted cauliflower with salsa macha and sweet sesame seeds, or pink mole chicken.


Estero RestaurantChef Virgilio Martinez is in charge at Central restaurant in Lima, Peru, which was named “Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021” in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ranking. At Estero, Martinez will take your clients “on a journey tasting of the sea, rivers, mountains and the Amazons, with immersive cooking from Mexico and Peru,” Fernandez said.

The restaurant promises “a ground-breaking tasting menu” in a comfortable, natural setting.

“We believe that food enthusiasts will be amazed at the flavour combinations and presentations developed at Estero and are proud to continue to be a culinary epicentre in Mexico,” said Francisco Gutiérrez, Chief Xcaret Hotels Officer.


The Rivera-Rio Brothers feature prominently in the Mexico Dining Guide and in the Gourmet Awards. Featuring cuisine from the South of Mexico, Daniel, Patricio and Rodrigo Rivera-Rio pay tribute to corn, an essential element in the great pre-Hispanic cultures.

Yucatan, Chiapas and Tabasco regions are part of this fine dining experience, said Fernandez. Menu items may include Bao stuffed with potato and chorizo with sour cream and Veracruz-style fish with an emulsion of peppers, olives and chile güero, over rice with seafood and fried capers.

A delectable dish served at Lumbre restaurant


The Rivera-Rio brothers bring the iconic tastes of northern Mexico to La Casa de la Playa, focusing on the wonderful dishes cooked in the fireplaces of Sonora, Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon.

Recent menu items included a lettuce and corn taco with pork belly chicharron, tuna tartar, macha-ponzu reduction and caviar, as well as suckling pig in its juice with dark beer sauce and mashed apples.

Tell your clients to come hungry if they’re dining at Lumbre.


CocktailsEl Bar offers cosmopolitan mixology in a relaxed atmosphere, just like in your clients’ own living room. Bonus: it’s open 24 hours a day.

Sky Bar offers top-notch cocktails with spectacular panoramic views of the Caribbean.

Bodega is the place to sample authentic Mezcal and Tequila specialties that offer a true taste of Mexico.


La Casa de la Playa wine cellar
Cava wine cellar

Cava features an exclusive selection of Mexican and international wines by sommelier Sandra Fernández, with La Casa de la Playa’s own label.


If your clients have a sweet tooth, tell them to make a beeline for Chocolateria. This is a candy boutique by master chocolatier and designer Mao Montiel, paying tribute to one of the most valued treasures of the Maya: cacao.

The shop features a wide array of bonbons, as well as churros with scrumptious hot chocolate and a kind of Mexican popsicle called a paleta.


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