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December 17, 2020

Velas Resorts Reveals $500k Grand Velas Journey

A 14-day Mexican adventure via private jet, including sampling the world’s most expensive taco.

By Emma Al-Mousawi

After a year of staycations, you could be forgiven for wanting to treat yourself to one of those unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime trips in 2021. The kind that allows you to experience your destination in a truly unique and exclusive setting, all at the height of luxury. Say hello to the $500k Grand Velas Journey from award-winning Velas Resorts and private jet specialists Air Partner. 

This highly personalized 14-day voyage across Mexico takes in the country’s most outstanding locations. You’ll travel seamlessly via private jet to three exquisite Grand Velas Resorts, staying only in the hotels’ preeminent suites. Your two-week adventure will feature 15 unique travel experiences ranging from private explorations of Mexico’s natural wonders to unique fine-dining experiences. 

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picnic in a cenote

Enjoy lunch in one of the Yucatan’s enchanting cenotes / ©Grand Velas

Grand Velas Journey: Itinerary Highlights 

Days 1-4 

Your Mexican adventure begins via private jet from the US to Cancún. You’ll be staying four nights in the lavish Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort nestled beside the Caribbean Sea. From here, you will enjoy all the wonders of Mexico’s famous Yucatan Peninsula, including a private tour of the most famous Mayan ruin, Chichén Itzá, and diving at the region’s underwater museum. 

Experience a lunch like no other as you venture 60 feet underground in one of the region’s breathtaking cenotes, where a bespoke three-course gourmet meal will be waiting. Lunch will be accompanied by a tasting of ancestral drinks, including Mexico’s finest bacanora, sotol and tuxca.

The private jet will then transport you to the world-famous town of Tequila, where you will picnic at the agave plantation at Casa San Matías, sampling the best spirits Mexico’s oldest tequila house has to offer. 

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Chichen Itza Mayan Temple

Explore the dazzling ancient Mayan city of Chichén Itzá / ©Grand Velas

Days 5-8

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Touch down on Mexico’s Pacific coast, where the Presidential Suite at the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit resort will welcome you, complete with private oceanfront terrace and 12-person Jacuzzi. 

Special experiences will range from the Wixáritari Journey, a private micro-adventure to visit the ancient holy site of Altavista in the hills of Nayarit, to fishing with a resort chef who will personally prepare a meal with the day’s catches. 

Day nine will see you jetting to Mexico’s top wine region for an unforgettable day in the stunning Valle de Guadalupe. Escorted by vintner Pedro Poncelis Jr., you will visit esteemed vineyards Monte Xanic, Viñas de Garza and Casa de Piedra for private tastings before heading to the wine terraces of D’Poncelis to make your own wine. The experience will be completed with dinner and a wine pairing in the middle of the vineyard from chef Sidney Schutte of two-Michelin-starred restaurant Spectrum.

Days 9-13

Your last four nights will be spent in luxurious sophistication at the Grand Velas Los Cabos resort. The 5,451 sq ft presidential suite features an expansive oceanfront terrace with spacious plunge pool and a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope to spot whales and other marine life in the adjacent Sea of Cortez.

The Sierra de la Laguna mountains will be the backdrop to a one-day hike, where you’ll spot native species, ancient rock formations, flora and fauna, and learn about the Pericúes, the first aboriginal inhabitants of the area. This will be followed by a multi-course dining experience complete with an awe-inspiring light show under the stars.

Your voyage would not be complete without a visit to the resort’s Frida restaurant for your chance to indulge in the world’s most expensive taco. The $25k culinary masterpiece showcases premium ingredients like langoustine, Kobe beef and Almas beluga caviar. 

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Tuck into the world’s most expensive taco / ©Grand Velas

Pricing for the Grand Velas Journey starts at $500,000 for two people.

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