CANCUN and RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, Sept. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)–Â Real Resorts is commemorating the significance of the Mayan belief inÂ the importance of the year 2012 with a Mayan Cultural and CulinaryÂ Celebration from September 21 — December 21st at all four of itsÂ resorts in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
The festival is designed to commemorate the new Mayan Calendar.Â Beginning December 12th, the sun will adjust with the center of theÂ Milky Way for the first time in approximately 26,000 years and onÂ December 21st it will mark the end of the 13th Mayan Calendar whichÂ represents a 144,000-day cycle since the mythical Mayan day ofÂ creation. Although some initially interpreted this to be the “end ofÂ the world as we know it,” scholars see it as something more positive,Â the beginning of a new era ushering in a time of enlightenment andÂ self-improvement. In honor of this Real Resorts is celebrating thisÂ extraordinary and fascinating culture.
Real Resorts Mayan Festival 2012 will take place once a week at allÂ four Real Resorts: THE ROYAL Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen, asÂ well as the Gran Caribe Real Cancun and Gran Porto Real Playa delÂ Carmen from 7 — 10 p.m. beginning September 21st through December 21st
During each Festival evening Real Resorts will share the history of theÂ state of Quintana Roo which includes Cancun and the region popularlyÂ known as the Riviera Maya. This geographic area actually includes threeÂ different Mayan regions: Tulum, Akumal and Kohunlich. The culinaryÂ portion of the festival provides a gourmet taste of flavors andÂ cultural samplings from each of the regions.
The tasting menus include:
— Â Ak`Che eggplant rolls
Filled with goat cheese, fine herbs and aÂ splash of white wine
— Â Extravagant Prosciutto
Wrapped in thinly sliced carrots with aÂ touch of honey
— Â Isla Blanca Cucumber Rolls
Filled with surimi and finely choppedÂ olives with a splash of dill oil
— Â Deer al Tzic
Deer meat cooked with regional vegetables
— Â Ticuleno Chicken Filet
With a cilantro based sauce andÂ cumin
— Â Poc- Chuc
Malpaso seasoned with saltwater and fine herbs
— Â Fabada Chilam Balam
Beans, sausage, prosciutto and bacon
— Â Traditional Lime soup
Corn, chick peas, black annatto pesto andÂ small pieces of goat cheese
— Â Traditional Panuchos
A green chili tortilla topped with a beanÂ puree, marinated octopus and a touch of cilantro
— Â Salbute de Bacalar
A tomato based tortilla with white beans andÂ spicy cilantro cod
— Â White Clams
Flavored with chaya, a touch of Pernod and powered withÂ shitake mushrooms
— Â Silver Fish Tostados
Layered over a fried squash stem with chiliÂ guajillo oil
— Â Veal Filet al Axiote
With a black truffle aroma and a touch ofÂ rosemary spice
— Â Lamb Kibis
Ground lamb with peppermint and a hint of chili habaneroÂ (mildly spicy)
— Â Â * Surimi Mussels from Puerto Juarez
Chipotle empanadas with aÂ spicy yellow curry
— Â Salmon Tart
On a rye bread with sour pickles and parsley
— Â Provencal Mussels
A mix of wheat bread with parmesan cheese, soakedÂ peppermint and marinated in olive oil
— Â Fine herb Cheese
Served over potato medallions, roasted withÂ rosemary oil
— Â Chili Cheese with Green Olives
Accompanied by small pieces ofÂ yellow melon with spicy mustard
— Â Salmon Filet sealed with Chaya and Cumin
Mixed with Port SalutÂ cheese and black cherries
— Â Fresh Lime Duck Breast
Cooked in a truffle oil and sun driedÂ tomatoes al dente
— Â Roasted Pork Pizza
With rice flour, quinoa grain and sweet bellÂ peppers
— Â Chemita Cod Fritters
With dried mushrooms accompanied withÂ homemade colored tortillas
Resort guests are invited to participate in the Mayan Culinary FestivalÂ as part of their all-inclusive stay during the participating dates. “WeÂ are proud to share our important Mayan culture and cuisine with ourÂ guests during this significant year,” said Fernando Garcia, GeneralÂ Manager, Real Resorts. “It is truly something our entire staff isÂ embracing, especially as so many of our staff proudly trace theirÂ heritage to the Mayans,” added Garcia.
In addition, guests at THE ROYAL Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del CarmenÂ can add THE ROYAL Mayan Ultimate SPA Ritual to their stay now throughÂ December 22, 2012. This four day SPAzul program is priced at anÂ additional $599 per person and may be added to any resort stay.
This unique SPA experience is overseen by the Resorts’ trained MayanÂ Shaman and the expert staff at SPAzul. Over each of the four daysÂ guests will embark on a journey of relaxation and renewal. Including:
— Â A guided ‘Ludic Circuit’ of hydrotherapy and aromatherapy followed by aÂ Temezccal (Mayan Sweat Lodge experience) and a massage.
— Â A Mayan foot ritual that includes hibiscus flower exfoliation and aÂ Mayan chickxulub mud wrap with banana leaves, followed by a Mayan DetoxÂ Massage.
— Â A Therapeutic Mayan Massage and an organic Mayan facial.
— Â A Divine Bath in the Ludic Circuit and a massage with honey and musicÂ therapy.
Reservations at all Real Resorts can be booked through a travel agentÂ or online atÂ www.RealResorts.com.