Gear Up for the First-Annual Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf

In Dine, Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum, Stay by Suzanne Koch

This June, Mayakoba Resort in the Riviera Maya will bring together a renowned collection of culinary stars for a four-day weekend event celebrating the best of sport, spirits and gastronomy. The first-annual Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf, presented by American Express, will hit the Riviera Maya from June 2-5, with exceptional food, wine and spirit tasting experiences as well as a two-day golf tournament at Mayakoba’s award-winning El Camaleon Golf Club. Throughout the weekend, guests will enjoy exclusive access to a series of interactive lunches, dinners and culinary demonstrations from internationally-acclaimed chefs including Richard Sandoval, Abraham Salum, Fernando Trocca and more.

The Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf kicks off the morning of Thursday, June 2, with a special clinic by master golf instructor, Jim McLean, on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon golf course, home to the only PGA TOUR event in Mexico: The OHL Classic at Mayakoba. That evening, a spirited opening party presented by Aeromexico and Delta Airlines at Rosewood Mayakoba’s outdoor Palapa will feature culinary delights and elixirs from an exciting array of guest chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, tequila masters and artisanal brewers that set the stage for the weekend’s festivities. Over the next three days, guests can participate in a series of exclusive dining events, grand tastings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, wine and spirit tastings, and after-hour parties held throughout the resort’s three luxury hotels. The chef’s of Banyan Tree, Rosewood and Fairmont Mayakoba will host the master guest chefs in their kitchens.


“We look forward to welcoming such a celebrated gathering of chefs, wine and spirit masters to Mayakoba for our first Masters of Food, Wine & Golf,” says Carl Emberson, VP of Operations and Marketing for Mayakoba. “Foodies, oenophiles and golf enthusiasts alike will appreciate the specially-curated events that highlight the culinary and cultural bounty of Mexico but also bring an international flair to the Riviera Maya. It’s a unique way for our guests to experience the destination through food and wine, and we hope this is the first of many more events to come.”

Highlights of The Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf experience includes:

  • Entry in two-day “Mayakoba Cup” golf tournament, sponsored by Tequila Patrón
  • Live food and beverage stations of tastings from Mayakoba’s own chefs, regional tequilas and breweries
  • American Express Lounge with cocktails, craft beers, and cantina-style bites
  • Signature Mexican dinner with world-renowned Chef Richard Sandoval and pours from San Rafael Winery
  • Seafood beach lunch with Chef Andrew Ormsby & wines from Casa Madero
  • Dinner with Chef Paola Carosella and Monte Xanic Winery in new Rosewood Mayakoba residence
  • Mayakoba Masters Supper Party by Veuve Clicquot
  • “Mayakoba Cup” awards luncheon
  • Grand Tasting at El Pueblito from Latin American fine wineriers, brewers, tequila and mezcal producers
  • Closing Dinner and party presented by The Gourmet Awards: guests can meet and interact with the weekend’s celebrity chefs under the stars at Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s Sands Beach Club
  • Spa day and ladies luncheon with guest Chef Diane Dimeo at Rosewood Mayakoba
  • Cooking classes with guest chefs at the El Pueblito Cooking School
  • Farmer’s market at El Pueblito
  • Two spa treatments (for non-golfers)


The Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf comes on the heels of several new food and beverage offerings to open at the resort in the last year. The latest addition is El Pueblito Cooking School, launching this spring. Classes will be scheduled throughout the year and offer guests a hands-on opportunity to learn traditional Mexican dishes and techniques in an interactive, gourmet teaching kitchen. The Cooking School will also offer private classes for individuals, families or corporate groups. An exciting line-up of celebrity guest chef classes will be announced later in 2016.

Additional programs play heavily on the local customs and indigenous ingredients of the Riviera Maya. Banyan Tree Mayakoba recently unveiled HAAB, an immersive outdoor dining experience that brings to life the ancient culture, customs and cuisine of the Mayan people. Rosewood Mayakoba also introduced La Ceiba Garden & Kitchen, an al fresco environment for guests to partake in cooking demonstrations, tastings and even foraging for their own produce from over 45 types of organic vegetation to create exquisite delicacies with unmistakable Mexican flare. At Fairmont Mayakoba, the new “Classics Perfected” cocktail menu – a global Fairmont program designed by its elite bartenders – is available at the newly- renovated Lobby Lounge.

Ticket prices for The Mayakoba Masters of Food, Wine & Golf start $1,199 per person (plus tax and service) and include 3-nights accommodations, airport transfers and access to golf tournament and all food and wine events.

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