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October 8, 2020

Social Distance at Sea at Grand Velas Riviera Maya

SPONSORED: Underwater museum, ancestral beverages, gourmet menu and more aboard the iconic VanDutch 40.

By Elite Traveler

Beyoncé, Leonardo DiCaprio, and David Beckham are just a few big names that have been spotted riding on an iconic VanDutch lately. But now, travelers visiting the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya can set sail in style just like the A-list celebrities with the resort’s new Sunset VanDutch Experience.

Along with a socially distanced ride along the azure Mexican Caribbean Coast aboard the VanDutch 40, the experience includes a visit to an underwater museum, watersports and an evening firework show. A multi-course, gourmet menu from one of Mexico’s leading chefs, ancestral beverage tasting featuring lesser-known Mexican spirits, and wide selection of premium mezcals and tequilas are some of the culinary highlights of the trip.

While onboard, guests can witness marine life and over 500 life-size sculptures during a visit to MUSA (Underwater Museum of Art) or take a ride on a SEABOB-Jet. Happy Hour is also a wow for guests with the resort’s exclusive ancestral beverage tasting, featuring Mexican liqueurs such as bacanora, sotol, tuxca, and pox. A multi-course menu is from acclaimed Mexican chef Frederico Lopez. As well as being awarded best chef in Mexico, he is among the top 20 noted in the prestigious Larousse Gastronomique, known as the world’s greatest culinary encyclopedia.

Guests can witness over 500 life-size sculptures during a visit to MUSA / ©Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Special dishes on the thoughtfully curated menu include Imperial Beluga Caviar; tapas and nigiris of acorn-fed Iberian ham and Joselito gran reserve; Yakitori and Carpaccio flamed with Casa Dragones de Kobe on charcoal “Binchotan” and Thousand leaves of Black Truffle “Melanosporum” Tuscany; golden creme brule of foie and dark chocolate; Caribbean Lobster Ceviche with Papantla vanilla and melon shoots; tray of oysters, prawns, crabs and mussels, sustainably sourced fish and Tuna Toro.

Dom Perignon Rose Luminous, water menu and selection of tequilas and mezcals are also included. After a day of nonstop fun, guests can relax and enjoy the Mexican Caribbean’s breathtaking sunset and a spectacular firework show.

Recognized as the Dutch brand’s original power boat model, the VanDutch 40 features a Bimini top for shade, a queen-size cabin, bathroom and shower, 480 hp diesel engines that quell noise and vibration and take the boat up to 38 knots, Simrad radio sound system, LED floor lighting and underwater lights, and more.

The experience is available for up to six people, including children, and costs $50,000. For reservations or additional information, visit

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