Sipping with the Chefs

December 18, 2018

Riviera Maya, Mexico (December 2018) – Rosewood Mayakoba, the five-star luxury resort nestled within the lush enclave of the Riviera Maya, brings its chefs from the kitchen to behind the bar with Sipping With the Chefs.  Juan Pablo Loza, Director of Culinary Operations, and Executive Chef Fidel Baeza headline this immersive program, mixing up their favorite cocktail creations during a weekly happy hour that allows guests to stir, shake and sip with the resort’s coveted culinary talent. 

“With both food and beverage being significant parts of the Rosewood Mayakoba experience, we wanted to find a way to meld the two worlds together,” said Culinary Director Juan Pablo Loza.  “With the creation of Sipping With the Chefs, we have developed a fun and lively atmosphere that puts the happiness back into happy hour.  This not only provides a unique and distinctive experience for our guests, but it also allows us to step outside of the kitchen to interact with our visitors, making the experience all the more memorable.”

Every Friday evening from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M., the resort’s chefs transform into the bartenders at Casa del Lago Bar, inviting travellers to order from a specialty menu of culinary-inspired libations.  Made with fresh ingredients from the resort’s on-site garden, drink options include La Medicina featuring mezcal, honey-ginger and lime; Mojito de Fidel (not Castro) with rum, mint and prosecco; J.P. Negroni with mezcal, Aperol, Ancho Reyes and Vermouth Rosso; and Sangria Caribeña, a Mexican rift on the classic sangria with mezcal, mango, lime and red wine.  The menu also features a series of “Martinez”, the chefs’ take on various martinis with ingredients such as lime syrup, local citrus, ancho chile liquor and more. 

Chefs Loza and Baeza lead the culinary charge at Rosewood Mayakoba.  With more than 15 years of experience, Loza is responsible for overseeing the resort’s various food & beverage outlets.  Prior to joining the team, Loza helmed the kitchen at two other Rosewood resorts, and also distinguished himself at several of Mexico City’s most acclaimed restaurants, including Le Cirque, Ciboulette and L’Olivier.  Beginning his career at Club Industriales, Baeza then honed his skills at Le Cirque in Mexico City, Grupo Mayan in Acapulco, and was part of the opening team at Rosewood Mayakoba.  He also had stints at Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires, as well as Trump Panama City, before returning to Rosewood Mayakoba. 

For more information or to book a stay at Rosewood Mayakoba, contact the resort at 984-875-8000 or visit 

About Rosewood Mayakoba
Rosewood Mayakoba sits in the heart of a 1600-acre resort enclave in the Riviera Maya. Built along winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, this oasis of indulgence offers 129 suites and seven private villas with plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks and the finest in-room design and details. Resort amenities include a signature Greg Norman championship golf course, fine dining at Casa del Lago and Punta Bonita, Rose Buds® for children, and Sense® spa, which is designed around a cenote, one of the sacred water wells of the ancient Mayans, and sits on a private island. The resort is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards, offering indulgence with awareness, and has recently been awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification. 

About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages 24 one-of-a-kind luxury properties in 15 countries, with 20 new hotels under development. Each Rosewood hotel embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place® philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities. The Rosewood collection includes some of the world’s most legendary hotels and resorts, including The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel in Paris, as well as new classics such as Rosewood Beijing.SEE ALL PRESS RELEASES