Mayakoba Celebrates its Second Annual Playa Fest

In Play, Playa del Carmen & Tulum by Suzanne Koch

This September, Mayakoba is hosting its second annual beach festival, Mayakoba Playa Fest 2017. Taking place September 15-17 at the development’s newest resort, Andaz Mayakoba, the weekend will be highlighted by aquatic activities with a variety of options like sunrise yoga, stand up paddleboard clinics, kite surfing, Jet Surf, Aqua Forza and the 5K “Mayakoba Challenge” race, which will commence the weekend.

The event will also host special guests including Braulio Hernández, Ambassador of Ancho Reyes and Mezcal Montelobos, a seasons bartender who has created cocktails for seven years at places like Barra 57, Aurora, Parker & Lenox and Hanky Panky; Paul Bentley, executive chef of the Mango Brasserie restaurant in Guadalajara, with more than 20 years of experience in the world of gastronomy, standing out as one of the most renowned chefs in Australia, Europe and New York; and Vincent Wallez, executive chef of Andaz Mayakoba whose style of cuisine has been characterized as elegant and contemporary, using French techniques, creating a great depth of rustic flavor.

Welcome Cocktail: To celebrate Mexico’s Independence and to kick off the event, El Pueblito at Mayakoba will host a night full of original cocktails and an exquisite Mexican-style culinary experience, led by Chef Vincent Wallez and his culinary team from Andaz Mayakoba. This party will be open to the public and will be a perfect time to celebrate with friends or family.

Mayakoba Challenge: Playa Fest’s most difficult sporting event, where participants will have the opportunity to participate in a challenge that comprises yoga, a fun run and SUP.

Sunrise Yoga: An inspirational yoga session at sunrise, facing the stunning Andaz Mayakoba beach.

Stand Up Paddle Clinic: Led by a SUP expert who will share his/her SUP experience and tricks of the trade.

Jet Surf Mexico Clinic and Demonstration: This sport combines surfing, motor sports and fun. The team at Jet Surf Mexico will show why this discipline is a good way to exercise while having a good time.

Aqua Forza Clinic: A new, trendy form of exercise that combines yoga postures, endurance and elasticity. Aqua Forza allows you to work out your entire body in a safe and fun way by using an inflatable board.

Yoga and Kite Surf Clinic: Clinics from both disciplines will be available during the weekend to help participants relax and enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Award Ceremony at Olla Ceviche: To celebrate the winners of the Mayakoba Challenge, an exquisite lunch will be offered by Guest Chef Paul Bentley, who, together with the Andaz Mayakoba culinary team, will delight guests with a selection of Mexican dishes accompanied by margaritas and joyful music.

Closing Dinner at Casa Amate: To conclude the event, a dinner will be catered by the renowned guest chef invited inside Andazy Mayakoba’s Casa Amate — a combination of extraordinary culinary flavors, architecture and the unparalleled view of the Mayakoba waterways.

The event will be sponsored by Tequila Patron, Montelobos, Ancho Reyes, Red Bull, Vita Coco, Electrolit and Must Have Sunglasses.

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