Twelve restaurants and nine bars at Hotel Xcaret Mexico will take MICE program attendees through a culinary journey of global flavors, where the Mexican gastronomy, declared by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is the protagonist. It will captivate all of the senses, surprise with the most colorful presentations and textures, and intrigue with traditional ingredients that reflect centuries of ancestral and cultural legacy.
Group members will see that at places like Restaurant Ha’, whose chef Carlos Gaytán was the first Mexican to receive a Michelin Star, or Las Cuevas, where Mexican wines are paired with dishes served in a unique dining room that is a cave carved out of peninsula rock. At Teatro del Rio, a tasting menu is accompanied by dinner-show performances on a riverfront stage, and there is both live Mexican folk music and mezcal and tequila tasting flights to accompany the dining experience at the gastro-cantina, Cantina Los Faroles.
But beyond the showcase of local techniques, traditions, and flavors, on-property dining options also include international cuisines from places like Italy, France, the Mediterranean, and Asia. These around-the-world culinary options give all members of a group the chance to customize their Hotel XCaret F&B experience into one of epicurean extravagance.
Where the Hotel XCaret experience affords meeting attendees downtime filled action and adventure, so, too, does it afford them the chance to complete succumb to relaxation. It happens in the most luxurious and unique of ways at the property’s Muluk Spa, a mystical and natural sanctuary that puts spa-goers on the path of complete renovation and renewal.
The spa’s environment is truly unique—inspired by both nature and deeply embedded ancestral traditions: 21 cabins that are nestled into natural rock formations and a temazcal, or traditional Mexican steam bath, that is set deep into the mysticism of the jungle.
Four unique philosophies, or “journeys,” allow attendees to customize their spa experience:
• Treatments that are part of the Mayan Journey draw from long-standing traditions focused on renewal and wellness, and make use of regional products such as honey, cocoa, and clay.
• A treatment from the Sensory Journey makes use of baths and floatariums for a water-based experience that’s truly unique.
• Holistic in nature, the Ayurvedic Journey was inspired by long-standing traditions from India and features a menu of spa treatments designed to simultaneously balance the brain through ayurvedic massage and stimulate vital energy points through synchronized movements.
• The Contemporary Journey uses state-of-the-art technology in facials and body treatments focused on skin health.
Nature is so much an inspiration for and a part of the Hotel XCaret experience, and both planners and attendees will be pleased to know that their bookings help contribute to its preservation. Meetings at Hotel XCaret are greener, cleaner, and more mindful—thanks to the property’s investments in sustainability, the protection of natural resources, and support of local communities.
They come in many forms, starting with a commitment to energy-efficient practices and the implementation of new water and waste management programs on site. Nearly sixty percent of purchases from Grupo XCaret are made on the Yucatan Peninsula, which not only fuels the local economy but also greatly reduces the hotel’s carbon footprint.
There are nearly 130,000 native plants produced by Hotel XCaret each year that are then contributed to reforestation efforts being made both inside and out of its parks. And area wildlife gets attention, too: Hotel XCaret participates and partners with several breeding projects and conservation and release programs for animal species including the pink flamingo, scarlet macaw, royal toucan, manatee, nurse shark, butterflies, and tapir.
“X” marks the spot at each of the nature and culture parks to which attendees will have access through the ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™ vacation concept: Xcaret, Xel-Há, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco, Xenses, Xenotes and Xichén—each of which is unique in its own right and accessible via a quick and easy shuttle ride.
In just Xcaret Park alone, there are more than 50 attractions: underground rivers, an immersive aviary, jungle hiking path, butterfly pavilion and coral reef aquarium, as well as access to the beach and natural pools. But this park is also perhaps the most comprehensive in celebrating the spirit and character of Mexico. In addition to those fascinating displays of nature, there is the Pole ancient archeological site and special events like the Sacred Mayan Journey, horse exhibitions and pre-Hispanic dances.
Xel-Há Park is a nature lover’s paradise—viewed best from the top of the park’s unique 131-foot-high lighthouse, and from which the best way back down is by way of the spiraling waterslides that land into a natural pool. Attendees can meander down a river in snorkel gear or on a floating tube; dive into refreshing lagoons off a cliff that is five-meters high; or fly across a zip-line that cools off riders with a dip in the water below. Unique caves and the vestiges of an ancient Mayan city are hidden within the park’s grounds.
Adventurers will thrill at visiting Xplor, where the opportunities to experience an adrenaline rush are many. Xplor is not only home to the highest zip-lines in the Riviera Maya, but also a unique zip-line hammock ride that soars over cenotes and ends with an exhilarating splash-down. Voyages aboard the parks amphibious vehicles trek through jungle lands and its waterways—and for visitors who really want to cool off, there’s a swimmable river they can navigate that winds its way through unbelievable underground stalactite caves.
When the sun goes down, the fun continues: Xplor Fuego is unique in that it is the Riviera Maya’s only dedicated nighttime park. There are torch-lit paths guiding amphibious vehicle adventures through the jungle, zip-lines that rocket through the night sky, and a “lava” river ride paced by hand-paddling and traversing underground. Before attendees turn in for the night, they can enjoy a bit of calm in front of a roaring campfire or indulge at the sumptuous all-night barbecue buffet.
At Xoximilco, it’s all about festivity and folklore: The experience for park-goers begins with a carnival of games and continues with a Mexican fiesta— complete with dinner, live music, and dancing—that takes place aboard a traditional gondola traveling the jungle’s canals.
With as much to do as there is on property at Hotel XCaret and its nature and culture parks, attendees will never be lacking for experiences and adventures. But the property’s location has groups within close proximity to some of Mexico’s most fascinating historic sites—and planners may want to incorporate an unforgettable excursion to one of them into the program.
The pre-Hispanic city of Chichen Itza, an UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, is a massive 6.5-square-kilometer pre-Hispanic city that dates back to the 10th century. This stunning Mayan archeological site encompasses the Pyramid of Kukuklan, temples, ball game areas, a Mayan calendar store and more. It’s all made more amazing by details such as intricate engravings of Toltec warriors and illusions produced when the sun hits the site at certain angles. There’s also the archaeological zone of Coba, where Nohoch Mul is the tallest Mayan pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula. From its 137-foot-high-summit, stunning area views will be likely imbed themselves in the memory of participants for many years to come.
The same is true for the experience of visiting the Yucatan Peninsula’s unique geological formations: cenotes, or underground natural swimming holes in the middle of the jungle that have formed from collapsed limestone bedrock. A “Xenotes” excursion from Hotel XCaret takes eager participants to some of the most spectacular of these sacred spots, where they’ll learn not only about the legends and mystique surrounding them but also enjoy all the activities they afford: swimming, kayaking, zip-lining, rappelling and more.
For a more cosmopolitan quest, Playa Del Carmen is a modern and mesmerizing hub of activity that is just 15 minutes’ drive from the Hotel XCaret. With its myriad shops and eateries, the town of “Playa” is both on-trend and ideal for souvenir shopping—and its beaches are festive and friendly, too. Both divers and snorkelers flock to the area to check out the dazzling reefs and underwater vistas that its offshore waters afford.
Getting to Hotel XCaret is easy for attendees coming from all over the globe. Cancun International Airport (CUN), the nearest point for air entry, processed a record 25-plus million passengers last year alone. After attendees land, the transfer to the hotel is just as smooth: As part of the property’s ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE™ vacation concept, ground transportation to and fro is provided for all overnight guests. It’s a quick 45-minute ride, and no reservations are required—freeing up time for meeting planners to focus, instead, on building a truly productive and memorable group program.
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