Travel Courier experienced the adults-only Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya and the family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun to showcase what sets them apart and what your clients can expect.
If head mixologist Misael Ruiz can use only one word to describe the concept behind the Social Bar in the main lobby of Hyatt Zilara Riviera Maya, it’s the word “local.”
“We try to push Mexican local products,” he says in front of a table with multiple bottles of alcohol on display. “One of the secret ingredients we have here is that we make our own blends of salt and sugar. For example, the margarita is going to be a totally different margarita from the rest of the bars because we make our own salt here using pink pepper, black pepper and himalaya salt. We’re always trying to surprise you.”
Here, guests can not only taste these cocktails with a twist made from local ingredients but also try their hand at mixing up the drink specialties during twice-weekly mixology classes.
Using Ancho Reyes Chile, a Mexican herbal liqueur made from a dried form of ripe poblano peppers from a recipe that dates back to 1927, he leads our class through a demonstration on creating a fresh take on a Negroni. (In case you were wondering, it was delicious!)
For a lobby bar, the space has an intimate feel to it, but it’s fitting since the resort itself feels more like a boutique property with a total of 291 rooms.
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