Riviera Maya, Mexico (August 11, 2011) "” Grand Velas Resorts invite travelers to indulge their taste buds with new culinary-themed package offerings in Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit. In addition to the resort's "Beyond All-Inclusive, Beyond All Compare" plan, the culinary hotel packages feature international cuisine and wines, cooking classes and contests for adults and kids, mixology lessons and food tours that will delight even the most discriminating gourmet!


Riviera Maya: Art of Cooking Package: 
At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, foodies of all ages can discover their inner Wolfgang Puck with the family-focused 'Art of Cooking Package'. In addition to Riviera Maya's luxury all-inclusive accommodations and services, this package includes cooking classes led by executive chefs, a wine tasting, a class on preparing a 3-course meal with a diploma for participation and a chef's jacket to carry on gastronomic exploits even after the vacation ends. Younger participants can also enjoy junior cooking classes taught by expert chefs from the hotel's restaurants where they'll learn to prepare their own 3-course meal followed by an awards ceremony and a special fun kit for their participation. Valid until December 19, 2011, rates start at $329 per person per night with double occupancy in the Zen Grand Suite. Up to two children per suite are complimentary when staying with their parents in a Zen Grand Suite.  Kids staying with their parents in an Ambassador and Grand Class Suite are $65 per child per night.


Riviera Nayarit: Gourmet Package:
In addition to wine and tequila tastings, cooking classes, cocktail classes and sumptuous food and wine tours of local gourmet restaurants, Gourmet Package guests will enjoy a gourmet amenity upon arrival; one special Spa Cuisine lunch per suite at Azul restaurant; one progressive Dinner per suite at Frida, Lucca and Piaf, the resort's Four Diamond Award winning restaurants; 15% off boutique and spa services, and 20% off golf at Vista Vallarta Golf Courses. Private VIP Airport Transportation is also included. Available until December 18, 2011 and April 16, 2012 – December 19, 2012, rates start at $359 per adult person per night (double).  From Jan. 3 "“ April 15, 2012, rates start at $435 per adult person per night (double).


A minimum 3-night stay applies to both packages.  For reservations, please visit www.grandvelas.com or call 1-866-230-7221.