Girlfriend Getaways: Riveria Maya, Mexico

By Melanie Nayer

Chef Pierre Mourez

Chef Pierre Mourez

Each of the resort’s restaurants features a different cuisine type, but culinary types will enjoy the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Executive Chef Pierre Mourez. Mourez has created meals for Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman, Celine Dion, Chris Rock and more, and now brings his excellence to the Mexico resort.

If sitting on the beach, tanning and spa-ing isn’t enough to keep you occupied, one of the more unique opportunities the resort offers is the chance to cook with Chef Mourez. Our cooking lesson included a walk through the greenhouse, picking tomatoes, zucchini blossoms and greens for lunch and spending a few hours in the test kitchen whipping up some of the freshest food on this side of the Riveria. The option to cook with Chef Mourez is open to all guests, but you’ll have to call ahead and schedule a session privately. (If you ask nicely, Chef Mourez might even take you to the bakery for dessert, where all the breads and chocolates are made on property daily for the restaurants).

The resort features two on-site spas and fitness centers, complete with morning yoga classes and full workout amenities. In my honest opinion, I think you can find the same relaxation lounging in one of beach side cabanas or lounging by the one of the various pools. The spa is smaller than what you’re used to in the states and while the services are superb, the small space makes the spa feel a little more constrictive than usual.

Ocean views from the swim-up pools at El Dorado Royale

Ocean views from the swim-up pools at El Dorado Royale

It’s important to note that the resort caters to couples, which means rooms are made up for love in mind. Look past it if you’re there with your girlfriends. Pop open a bottle champagne on your balcony, hop into the jacuzzi and take advantage of the peace and quiet the resort promotes. Relationships are all around the resort, but don’t forget that you’re in Mexico to celebrate one of the best relationships: your girlfriends.

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