There was a time in the not-too-distant past when “gourmet fare” and “all-inclusive” were mutually exclusive terms. At that time, all-inclusive resorts were known for their bountiful all-you-can-eat buffets that were generally tasty, but frequently not very adventurous.
Luckily, as the number of all-inclusives have increased, resorts expanded their culinary repertoire to ensure every guests finds exactly what they need from breakfast to dinner. Of course it’s not just the foodies who appreciate these meals, it’s part of every vacation. A new AAA survey revealed that approximately 75 percent of American travelers feel that food and dining are an important component of their vacation experience.
In fact, according to that survey, approximately 22 million Americans are expected to include culinary experiences, such as cooking classes, sampling local craft beers and gourmet dining, into their vacation plans.
So what does that mean for you?
Happily, it means that if you’re planning on booking a vacation at an all-inclusive, you’re likely to find a number of gourmet options from which to choose. That is especially true in Cancun, where competition can be stiff, and resorts — like the following two all-inclusives — are pulling out all of the stops to impress you.
When you’re on vacation, you definitely don’t want to be limited to the same type of cuisine or dishes meal after meal. Fortunately, at the adult’s-only Hyatt Zilara Cancun, you can choose from an interesting mix of cuisines.
For example, this beautiful resort boasts an upscale restaurant that focuses on Mexican cuisine, Maria Marie, as well as a second venue, La Adelita, that showcases both Mexican fare and Caribbean-influenced dishes, such as grilled shrimp tacos or lobster chimichangas.
Not feeling like Mexican? No problem.
The Hyatt Zilara also has a hibachi and sushi restaurant called Asiana, where you can be entertained by a teppanyaki cooking show while you dine. And if you’re staying in a junior suite, premium or oceanfront room, you can also partake in the six-course set menu at the Chef’s Plate. The offerings at this chic 16-seat restaurant change daily, and reservations are definitely a must.
In need of a romantic dining option? No problem. For an extra charge, you can enjoy a private, romantic candle-lit dinner on the beach — a perfect setting for a marriage proposal or for newlyweds on a honeymoon.
And it’s not just about the food at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun. All of the resort’s rooms boasts either private patios or balconies, and there are also swim-up suites, where you can enter the pool directly from your room. Travel & Leisure was so impressed with this resort that it named it number five on its “Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun” for 2017.
Are you a foodie? Then you’ll want to check out the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, which is home to 16 dining and drinking venues, including several fine-dining, gourmet options and a brewery. How good is the food at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun? Well, it was included on U.S. News and World Report‘s List of the “11 Top All-Inclusive Resorts for Foodies” for 2017. This beautiful resort also made Travel & Leisure’s list of the “Best All-Inclusive Resorts in Cancun” for 2017, earning the number two spot.
Although the Hyatt Ziva is an all-ages resort, it does offer an adults-only tower called the Turquoize. So if you’re searching for a romantic getaway free of children, you can always choose to book a room in this tower. This resort also offers its guests an adults-only, sophisticated dining experience — La Bastille. This restaurant features classically prepared French fare, including duck pate and steak tartare.
If you’d prefer more local flavors, Habaneros offers ceviche, authentic tacos and other Mexican specialties. Then there is The Moongate, where you can choose from an interesting mix of Asian dishes, ranging from Chinese dim sum to Japanese teppanyaki to veggie pad Thai from Thailand. The Hyatt Ziva also boasts Italian fare and wood-fired pizza at Lorenzo’s, grilled steaks at Tradewinds, and classic American diner dishes, including hamburgers and shakes, at Chevy’s.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find all-inclusvie resorts are making it easier than ever to have a high quality dining experience and experience the local flavors or your favorite traditional dish.