Located along the Caribbean Sea, Hotel B Cozumel is both a luxurious resort with a PADI-certified scuba-diving shop and a creative haven for artists, designers, and chefs to lead arts-and-crafts workshops for its guests. You can even buy the original pieces of art in your room or the lobby.
With this exclusive-to-Groupon deal, you’ll learn the essentials of traditional Mexican cooking from acclaimed Chef Ana Garcia, owner and head chef of popular culinary vacation spot La Villa Bonita, whose cooking has been featured on Food Network and in Bon Appetit, and Travel + Leisure.
The menus for each class will vary, but they typically include regional specialties such as Yucatan pork pibil with xni-pec, Mayan Tik-n-Chik fish, a variety of ceviches and tamales, and modern Mexican dishes such as hibiscus flower mole. In addition to these entrees, you'll learn side dishes, drinks, and desserts. You’ll also be sent a PDF of the recipes so you can make them at home.
Chef Ana will lead a trip to the local mercado, where you’ll select cheeses, cuts of meat, and vegetables.
The hotel’s guest rooms overlook the sea and jungle and are individually decorated with handcrafted pieces by Mexican artists.
Aside from cooking your own meals, you can dine at Costeñito Bistro, the onsite restaurant with views of the sea from a retro-style beach terrace. You can also spend time relaxing in the infinity pool, the jacuzzi, or the hammock lounge.
Cozumel, Mexico: Relaxed Tropical Island with World-Class Diving
Cozumel, Mexico’s largest Caribbean island, lies just off the eastern coast of the Yucatán peninsula. Compared to Cancún—Mexico's spring-break capital, located 50 miles north—Cozumel is decidedly laid-back. Formerly a fishing settlement, the island remains blissfully free of high-rise resorts and other signs of overdevelopment. Visitors here tend to focus more on exploring the wilderness than on late-night beach parties. Adventure-tour companies arrange expeditions by land or by sea, including trips to ancient Mayan ruins and the island’s jungles, marshes, and dive sites known for deep canyons and tunnels.
More than 500 species of fish swim among turtles, rays, and countless other aquatic animals inside the coral formations at Palancar Reef, one of the dozens of diving and snorkeling sites encircling Cozumel. Another site, just off the northwestern coast, houses a 40-passenger Convair airliner. Sunk in 1977 for the filming of a Mexican disaster movie, the plane has become overgrown with coral and sea fans and is frequented by schools of colorful parrotfish. Above the surface, you’ll find white-sand beaches frequented by sunbathers.
There's only one city on the island—San Miguel de Cozumel, where street vendors on a waterfront promenade sell everything from jewelry to Cuban cigars. It’s also where you’ll find an assortment of clubs and bars showcasing live reggae-salsa fusion and jazz bands.
Promotional value expires Feb 10, 2013. Amount paid never expires.
Book by 2/10/13 or promotional value expires
Arrive 2/24/13 or 3/3/13 based on option purchased
Valid only for option purchased
Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
Limit 1 per visit
Redemption occurs upon reservation with Hotel B Cozumel; no refunds will be processed by Groupon after redemption
Hotel B Cozumel does not provide refunds for cancelled reservations
Must be 18 or older to check in and to stay
Credit card required at booking and check-in
Valid only for Ocean-View Rooms
16% tax not included, will be collected at check-in
Valid passports required.
Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Two queen beds
Standard occupancy: 2
Maximum occupancy: 2
Adding occupants above standard: not allowed with Groupon package
Pieces of art crafted by artisans from regions of Mexico
Check-in: 3 p.m.
Check out: 1 p.m.
Rollaways: not available
Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
Room upgrades: upgrade to an ocean-view deluxe room for an additional US$20 per night. Upgrade to an ocean-view suite for US$40 per night. Groupon guests can add gourmet chef's-table dinner, additional handson cooking classes with different dishes every day, or additional nights of accommodations at a discounted rate. Contact La Villa Bonita for details.
By plane: 1 mile (2 km) from Cozumel International Airport (CZM)
By cab: about $10 from CZM
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