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Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort Launches New Options to Celebrate Jewish Holidays in Mexico

By: Alejandra De La Garza / 25 Jan 2024

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Riviera Maya, Mexico (January XX, 2023) – Grand Velas Riviera Maya now offers new kosher and kosher-lite dining options for guests. Dining at the AAA Five Diamond Mexican resort for Jewish guests can range from kosher style to meals catered from the Chabad of Playa del Carmen. Recognizing the importance of traditional dietary laws and honoring traditions, Grand Velas Riviera Maya has created a special website for Jewish guests to learn more about its offerings and submit questions or requests for more information.

For instance, for Passover from April 22 to April 30, the resort also offers a seder dinner at its oceanfront Azul restaurant. The special menu includes a green salad featuring arugula, baby spinach, radishes, endives, onions, poached peppers, avocado, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes; matzo ball soup; and braised fish with asparagus risotto and edamame puree. Kosher wine will be available all week. Throughout the year, Grand Velas offers festive celebrations for other Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah complete with themed activities, traditional meals, nightly candle lighting, gift wrapped toys available for purchase, and more. 

Guests of Grand Velas Riviera Maya have several options for dining when traveling to the resort throughout the year. The hotel can order kosher meat on behalf of the guest, up to seven days before their arrival on property. This approach allows the resort's award-winning culinary team to prepare meals using the pre-ordered meat in accordance with kosher practices across its eight restaurants. The team can prepare menu offerings or create special dishes customized to personal preference. Meat offerings include a wide variety of cuts from beef, lamb, veal, and chicken and are priced according to quantity. Additionally, Grand Velas Riviera Maya can offer guests a pescatarian plan to avoid meat altogether and enjoy the region's renowned seafood offerings. With this option, the guests' personal concierge will provide them with daily menu offerings each day and make any necessary adjustments. For the resort's guests who follow orthodox kosher, the resort has also partnered with Chabad of Playa Del Carmen to allow guests to place kosher food orders directly through the Chabad. Each meal will be prepped, supervised, and signed off by the community's leader, Rabbi Mendel Goldberg. The meat is Glatt CHALAK Bet Yosef from the Shchita of "The Kehila אא" and major providers from Mexico City. The team at Grand Velas Riviera Maya will then serve these dishes at any of their restaurants, reheated in sealed packaging or served on disposable dinnerware. 

For reservations or additional information on celebrating the holidays at Grand Velas Riviera Maya, call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:

With the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury All-Inclusive resort set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves. Guests can choose accommodations that are oceanfront, ocean view or in a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula's jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with outdoor terraces, and some with private plunge pools. Eight restaurants, including six gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world-renowned celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first restaurant in the world in an all-inclusive to win this prestigious distinction. Rated five-stars by Forbes, SE Spa is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments and signature seven-step water ceremony. Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids' Clubs and Teens' Club; Baby Concierge; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Amat Cafe, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or additional information please visit Explore tips, recipes, lifestyle and travel trends, and the latest news about Velas Resorts on the digital mag:


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