Mexico’s Velas Resorts continue to push the boundaries of traditional expectations of an all-inclusive resort with dining fit for foodies. Velas Resorts has an incomparable connection to quality cuisine, from fresh local ingredients and innovative culinary creations to, now, gourmet cuisine-to-go. At Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, a basket of carefully selected gourmet foods can be packed for a couple or family to take when exploring the destination. Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta takes it a step further with themed baskets for those with wellness, British and vegan tastes.
At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, the Picnic in Paradise includes a bottle of red or white wine, four varieties of salads with house-made dressings, smoked salmon, French cheeses and charcuterie, fresh baked artisanal baguettes, and a selection of fresh roasted turkey breast, roast beef and duck terrine made from a special recipe of Michel Mustiere, Executive Chef and MaÎtre Cuisinier de France. And, of course, there are all of the condiments and nibbles to start off, including olives, capers, pickles and grapes. The best way to finish off a picnic? Sweets! Dessert options to vary based on daily chef creations. The Picnic in Paradise offering is included complimentary in the resort’s nightly rate at Grand Velas Riviera Maya.
At Casa Velas, guests can choose from three different themed picnic offerings: wellness, English and vegan. The wellness basket includes dried and fresh fruit, nuts, a flaxseed bread sandwich with Mozzarella cheese and cherry tomato with avocado oil, salmon rolls with goat cheese, pesto tuna tartar with pine nuts, and mini lychee tarts. The English Picnic is more traditional with Parmesan, Swiss, Edams, Camembert, Brie, Blue cheeses and charcuterie; homemade baguettes; fried Chilean sea bass; caviar; salmon and tuna tartar; fruit; and blackberry Clafoutis. A vegan basket features cabbage wrapped vegetables, fruit, endives with chickpea mousse, lentils with pineapple, strawberry sushi, beets, cilantro beans, orange tapioca pudding, and apricot rice pudding. Accompanied by music (a live trumpeter with the Wellness Picnic), a bottle of Dom Perignon or Moet & Chandon champagne, sparkling and still water, and fresh juice, picnics at Casa Velas range from $280 – 400.
Guests of both resorts can pre-order their Picnic in Paradise baskets 48 hours in advance of their outdoor excursions. In addition to cutlery, plates, glassware, and linen napkins, baskets also include a large blanket for seating and cushions for lolling away the afternoon in comfort.
For more information on Velas Resorts, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit www.velasresorts.com.