Spread across Mexico, the itinerary includes private jet charters, 14 days of unique travel experiences, presidential suites and world’s most expensive taco
January 20, 2021: If the prospect of post-pandemic travel is already exciting you, then consider this well-planned excursion to re-enter your global arena with a bang.
Mexico’s Velas Resorts and Air Partner, a global private aviation services company, have together launched the Grand Velas Journey for travelers looking to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip in 2021. The two-week adventure features 15 unique travel experiences, such as microadventures to Mexico’s natural wonders and spirited day trips to Tequila and Valle de Guadalupe; tasting of the world’s most expensive taco (costing a whopping $25,000); cooking with one of Mexico’s only Maitre Cuisiners de France; and much more.
Accommodations will all be in Presidential Suites at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas properties in Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, and Los Cabos. Private jet transportation for the entire trip has been coordinated by Air Partner, including to and from the U.S. as well as between each property. Pricing for the Grand Velas Journey starts at $500,000 USD for 2 people.
The journey kicks off with a personalized private jet charter from anywhere in the U.S. to Cancun. Upon arrival, travelers will take a private transfer to Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. During their visit, guests will stay for 4 nights in the resort’s Grand Class Presidential Suite. A microadventure to Chichen Itza, visit to an underwater museum on an opulent VanDutch 40, lunch 60ft underground in one of the destination's relatively undiscovered cenotes, and an ancestral beverage tasting are just a few unique activities. Additional exclusive experiences included in the Mexican Caribbean are a cooking class with Velas Resorts’ Culinary Director, Michel Mustiere, one of only ten Maitre Cuisiners de France in Mexico as well as a Mystic Mayan Spa evening complete with a traditional Mayan live performance with music by snail drums and copal auric cleansing by Mayan shamans.
Next on the journey is Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Enroute, travelers will be whisked away on a private jet for a daylong adventure to Tequila to visit Casa San Matías, one of Mexico’s oldest tequila houses. Here, guests will learn about traditional and modern tequila making processes, indulge in a Mexican picnic in the agave fields and a tequila tasting, create a bespoke tequila blend to take home in a Huichol-designed bottle, and more. Then, it’s on to Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit where guests will check in to the resort’s Presidential Suite, with spacious oceanfront terrace and 12-person Jacuzzi, for four nights. Special experiences here range from the Wixáritari Journey, a private microadventure to visit the ancient holy site of Altavista in the hills of Nayarit, to Sportfishing with the Chef, where guests can fish with a resort chef and enjoy a personally prepared meal by the chef with the catches. A private cinema beachfront and Huichol Massage including copal cleansing to balance low energies and encourage self-reflection are also offered.
Before venturing to the last stop on the journey, Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, guests will travel to Ensenada, Mexico via private jet to experience the resort’s Over-The-Top Wine Lovers’ Getaway. While in Valle de Guadalupe, travelers will visit three top wineries for private tastings before heading to the D’Poncelis vineyard to make their own vintage. Afterwards, guests will be pampered with an extra special dinner including a wine pairing in the middle of the vineyard from the resort’s two-star-Michelin Chef Sidney Schutte.
Before heading back to the U.S., travelers will embark to Grand Velas Los Cabos. In Baja California Sur, travelers will enjoy an adventure to the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains to hike through the canyon, see endemic species, ancient rock formations, flora and fauna, and learn about the Pericúes, the first aboriginal inhabitants of the area. Following the hike, guests will enjoy a multi-course dining experience while witnessing a one-of-a-kind rock mapping light show. At the resort, travelers can enjoy an Art to Table Dinner where dishes on the plate are inspired by pieces from Mexico’s leading artists displayed in the on-property art gallery, a Damiana Massage which employs the therapeutic effects of the native plant and the world’s most expensive taco. The culinary masterpiece includes premium ingredients like langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and more. Among other facilities, the 5,451 sq. ft. suite in Grand Velas Los Cabos, where travelers will be staying for four days, offers a 127 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope to spot whales and other marine life in the adjacent Sea of Cortez.