Miami – Royal Hideaway Playacar, an all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is offering a $7,000 Wine Class to guests looking for a touch more exclusivity in their luxury vacation. The experience includes a private wine class with Royal Hideaway’s French-born wine expert, Olivier Cramail, a bottle of the rare 1986 Petrus, and a perfectly paired dinner for two on the beach.
As part of the class, Cramail will guide the participants on a tour of the resorts’ extensive wine cellar, followed by instruction on the art of wine selection, pairing wine with meals and appreciating the most subtle flavors in each glass they taste. Cramail, having trained at C.V.B.G (Centre Viticole de Bordeaux Gironde), personally selects all of the wine for Royal Hideaway Playacar (158 vintages are currently available on-site) from Europe, carefully choosing a variety that will complement the diverse food offerings at the resort’s six á la carte restaurants.
At the heart of the $7,000 Wine Class is a 750 ml bottle of 1986 Petrus. This Bordeaux blend is the region’s most intensely concentrated, richly flavored and unique red wine and one of the most highly rated and expensive wines in the world. With incredible power, depth and richness, it is dark red with an amber edge and has aromas of chocolate, stewed berries, spicy vanilla, oak, merlot and raisins. Cramail and the resort chefs will create a three-course meal that is perfectly paired with the wine, and the couples’ taste, to be served at a private table for two on the beach.
Royal Hideaway Playacar vacations start from $300* per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The $7,000 Wine Class is available as an upgrade with any Royal Hideaway Playacar vacation, based on availability.
All Royal Hideaway Playacar vacations include unlimited meals and snacks, with six á la carte specialty restaurants and 24-hour room service, unlimited drinks featuring premium alcoholic beverages, a selection of house wines, juices and soft drinks, daily resort activities, evening entertainment, DVD library, non-motorized water sports, and all taxes and gratuities.
To book the $7,000 Wine Class, call 1-800-999-9182. For reservations at Royal Hideaway Playacar, call 1-800-999-9182 or visit “http://www.occidentalhotels.com/royalhideaway”
Royal Hideaway Playacar
Royal Hideaway Playacar, situated on 13 lush acres on one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s most stunning stretches of beachfront and just 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport, effortlessly blends world-class service with impeccable style. It is the first adults-only**, all-inclusive resort to receive the AAA Five-Diamond Award. The resort was recognized twice this year by Condé Nast Traveler: as one of the Top 54 Spas in North America, the Caribbean and at Sea and on the esteemed 2008 Gold List, and twice by Travel + Leisure: as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World and one of the Top 25 Hotels in Mexico and Central and South America in the magazine’s August 2008 issue.
Accommodations at the Royal Hideaway Playacar are in two-story colonial Mexican-style villas, each with a private concierge, housing 200 guestrooms including six duplex suites, 170 luxury rooms, 22 Royal View rooms and two Presidential Suites with private Jacuzzis. All rooms provide a Zen-like ambiance with dark rich wood furniture, light floors, marble baths and tropical touches. Furnished terraces and balconies blend the outdoor with the indoor. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fans, satellite TV and DVD players, high-speed wireless Internet access, Hydromassage bathtub and shower, and Bvlgari® toiletries. A staff of over 400 and a ratio of 2.2 employees to each guest room ensures unparalleled personal attention. The resort’s all-inclusive plan includes a fitness center, basketball, bocce ball, horseshoes, tennis (two lit courts), SCUBA lessons, sailing and cooking classes, kayaking, boogie boarding, windsurfing and aqua aerobics in the cascading infinity pool which overlooks the beach. The Royal Hideaway Playacar’s attentive staff will assist with other services, such as tours, excursions into Playa del Carmen, deep-sea fishing, nearby golf, private tennis lessons, motorized water sports, spa services at the Royal Hideaway Spa, salon services, car rentals, laundry and dry cleaning services, mail and fax services, currency exchange, gift shop and medical facilities.
Occidental Hotels & Resorts
One of the world’s leading hotel companies and one of the largest all-inclusive resort chains in the Americas, Occidental Hotels & Resorts has more than 20 properties in key destinations under the Allegro, Occidental Grand and Royal Hideaway brands, each perfectly suited to address the leisure travel needs of its market segment, from Allegro’s fun-filled packages, to the luxurious Occidental Grands and Royal Hideaway. An even more exclusive component of all Occidental Grands, the “Royal Club” offers boutique-style services within the resort such as a private concierge, separate check-in and check-out services. For more information, please call 800-858-2258 or visit “http://www.occidentalhotels.com”
Château Petrus’ vineyards of the Pomerol appellation, in the Bordeaux region of France, produce just 35,000 bottles per year. Pomerol’s are well-structured and complex wines and Petrus is reputed to be the best Pomerol in the world. The grapes at Château Petrus’ vineyards are picked only in the afternoon, when the morning dew has evaporated, so as not to risk even the slightest dilution of quality. The composition of the topsoil and the subsoil at Petrus is almost all clay. Merlot flourishes in this soil and for this reason, the vineyard is planted with 95% merlot. The vines are unusually old and are only replanted after they reach 70 years of age. The processes used have resulted in the creation of a wine characterized by an intense, dark color, and by extremely delicate tannins.
*Based on dates and availability
**Children must be 13 year of age or older