Rosewood Mayakoba Rejoices In The Bounty And Culture Of Mexico With Its First “Yo ♥ Mexico” Celebration

March 4, 2019

Riviera Maya, Mexico (February 27, 2019) – This past weekend, Rosewood Mayakoba commemorated the unique culture and rich diversity of Mexico by hosting its inaugural Yo ♥ Mexico celebration.  From February 22-24, guests joined Executive Chef Juan Pablo Loza alongside acclaimed chefs Rick Bayless, Edgar Nuñez and Javier Plascencia for a weekend of festivities showcasing the culinary heritage and exceptional flavors of the region.

“Our first Yo ♥ Mexico celebration was a huge success, and we owe it all to the people who make this country such a remarkable destination,” said Daniel Scott, Managing Director of Rosewood Mayakoba.  “From its inspiring cuisine to its colorful craftsmanship, Mexico is a treasured place that I am proud to call my home.” 

The event kicked off with a chef’s welcome dinner under the stars in La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen, with dishes including Chef Bayless’ fire-grilled octopus; striped bass prepared by Edgar Nuñez; succulent lamb by Javier Plascencia; and other unique items such as Sikil Paak a medley of tomatoes, tomatillos, pepitas and smoked onions, and Pacific Lobsters Zarandeado, a La Ceiba classic.  Each dish was paired with wines from Adobe Guadalupe,  one of Mexico’s oldest wineries located in alle de Guadalupe, whose owner and founder, Tru Miller, was on site to share the history and flavor profiles from her vintages, including tastings of Polvo de Mar, Rosewood Mayakoba’s signature blend created by the brand. 

With a focus on local and sustainable ingredients with a nod to Mexican cooking techniques and traditions, one-of-a-kind culinary experiences were created by resident and guest celebrity chefs throughout the rest of the weekend.  Saturday began with a luncheon featuring craft cocktails by Mezcal Montelobos and Ancho Reyes, while Chef Loza prepared a menu highlighting Aqui Me Quedo favorites paired with Cerveza Akumal.  Saturday night saw chefs Rick Bayless, Edgar Nuñez, Javier Plascencia, Juan Pablo Loza, Froylan Ramos and Fidel Baeza come together for an unmatched dining experience, featuring dishes including Chicken Thighs with Guacachile; Abalone with Rice and Local Vegetables; Beef Veracruzana Style; and Jabugo Ham with Salad Fish Wrapped in Banana Leaf Lamb Chops.  Guest enjoyed the evening while listening to an urban funk playlist by UFO Band, followed by dancing to the beats of DJ Alessio Ayala under the stars into the early hours of the morning.

In order to give back to the local community, Saturday evening’s festivities raised more than USD$10,000 to further support Centro Educativo K'iin Beh, a local elementary school funded by friends and associates of Rosewood Mayakoba.  The school offers local youth and children of resort associates a comprehensive, bilingual, full-time education and scholarship-based enrollment.

The resort will host the second iteration of its Yo ♥ Mexico celebration next year from January 17-20, 2020.  For more information on Rosewood Mayakoba or to book a stay, contact the resort at 984-875-8000 or visit

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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, 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.