A Taste of Riviera Maya: Etéreo's Signature Taco Recipe

Next to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the 680-acre Kanai community is a pristine, private escape on the white sands of the Riviera Maya in Mexico, where Etéreo, an Auberge Resorts Collection property, is bringing a new wave of luxury to the Yucatán. As breezy as its name implies, the resort has a spa rooted in Maya culture and experiences like exploring cenotes and ancient cities with local archaeologists—as well as 75 studio rooms and suites (many with outdoor plunge pools). For a taste of the property at home, Etéreo is sharing their signature taco recipe—featuring pork belly confit and tomatillos—with Indagare readers.

For stays starting this June through October, members of the Indagare community who book a stay will receive a one-category room upgrade at the time of booking, as well as a $500 room credit for stays of more than four nights. Read the full review here—and email your trip designer or to book. This offer is valid for stays from June through October, 2024, booked exclusively through Indagare by Oct. 26, 2024. This offer is applicable to new bookings only. Other restrictions may apply.

Tacos with Pork Belly and Tomatillo

Etéreo's Executive Chef Carlos Segura celebrates the local bounty of the region across three distinct oceanfront dining venues. These vibrant tacos with pork belly confit and tomatillos are available at the weekly dining concept "Feast of Flavors: Tacology," a tasting menu showcasing the iconic Mexican dish.


  • 12 oz. pork belly
  • 8 oz. tomatillos
  • 2 Mulato peppers
  • 1 white onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 2 Serrano peppers
  • 2 limes
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 1 quart vegetable oil
  • 4 oz. white vinegar
  • 3 orange wedges
  • 1 large black radish
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Oregano
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Salt and pepper


For the garnishes: Puree the avocado with ¼ of white onion, ½ of serrano pepper, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Slice the black radish and add vinegar, 2 pinches of oregano, salt, and pepper to taste and let it rest (preferably overnight in the fridge).

Blend the spices to make a rub. In a separate deep baking tray, place the pork belly and rub with the mix. Squeeze the oranges on top and cover with oil. Cover the tray with tin foil and bake for four hours at 295ºF. Retrieve from the oven and let cool at room temperature.

Cut the tomatillos in quarters; chop ¼ of white onion. In a saucepan, place the onions and cook gently at low heat until soft. Add the tomatillos and the Mulato peppers. Cook slowly until it becomes a stew. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

To assemble: On a cast iron skillet at medium heat, place the pork belly skin side down and let cook until it turns crispy. Once it's done, cut the pork belly around 1 inch thick. Re-heat the tortillas and place the portion of meat inside topped by a portion of avocado puree. Place the tacos on a plate. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and the pickled radish.


Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection

hotel pool with multiple lounge beds and umbrellas and beach in background

This 75-room property, which opened in December 2021 near Playa del Carmen, is bringing Maya-inspired luxury to the Yucatán. Modern and stylish but not sprawling, the resort offers studios and suites that feel sophisticated and distinctive, and many come with outdoor plunge pools. Dramatic elevated walkways lead guests from the main buildings across the 400-year-old mangroves to pretty pools or the beach, both of which have crisp white umbrellas and comfortable outdoor beds and cabanas. The spa has its own (if man-made) “cenote“ in the form of an indoor soaking pool designed to look like a natural limestone cave pool. There is also a bath house with a sauna, steam room and sound room, along with Maya-inspired treatments using local herbs to promote healing. Multiple restaurants include Itzam (Mexican, with its own wood-fired comal for homemade tortillas) and Che Che (for ceviche and Japanese-inspired dishes); El Changarro (beachside tacos and other light bites); and poolside Alberca (poke bowls, ceviches, salads and sandwiches).


Summer happenings at Etéreo include chef and bar collaborations from Mexico and beyond as part of the resort’s acclaimed culinary series, "Flavors & Spirits of Etéreo". A highlight residency is Cara de Vaca of Monterrey, one of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, for a Fourth of July celebration of open-fire cooking. From June through October, guests can also partake in a "Cenotes at Twilight" experience led by National Geographic archaeologist Dante Garcia.

Plus: Coco Loco Cocktail from Susurros del Corazón in Punta de Mita

Coco Loco Cocktail

The refreshing Coco Loco cocktail is best enjoyed poolside. With local Mexican spirits including charanda (a rum distilled from sugarcane) and nixta (a liquor made from corn), tropical infusions like lime and coconut, and cacao bitters for a tangy top-off, this drink is delightfully bright.


  • 2 oz. of Charanda Hongos
  • 1 oz. coconut syrup
  • .5 oz Nixta
  • 4 drops of cacao bitters
  • Splash of coconut water


Mix, shake and serve over ice. Top with coconut water.

Summer happenings at Susurros del Corazón include rotating chef residencies and mixology pop-ups, as well as a three-day surf camp for little ones. Email to learn more.


Auberge Resorts Collection in Mexico

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Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection

Cabo's Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is a beautiful resort perfect for families and groups of friends. It also has one of few swimmable beaches in Cabo.

Pool Lounge at Esperanza, Cabos, Mexico

Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection

Perched on a rock formation near Cabo San Lucas, Esperanza, managed by renowned Auberge Resorts, of Napa’s Auberge du Soleil fame, doesn’t have much of a sandy beach but boasts dramatic vistas of the crashing Sea of Cortez. There’s something about the property that feels instantly easy and welcoming: guests, many of whom have been coming back annually since it opened in 2001, mingle over breakfast at one of the resort’s excellent outdoor restaurants and walk barefoot down to the pool.

The casitas are housed in one of several three- and four-story thatch-roofed stucco buildings that cluster around a manicured lawn and small cove. Every accommodation is spacious (the smallest room is 925 sq. ft.), has in-room iPads and regional art and sculpture, offers a view of the sea and features a private terrace or patio with either a hammock or a hot tub. The resort used the renovation process after Hurricane Odile in September 2014 to improve on public spaces and completely redo all of the soft goods and decorations in each of the rooms.

The newest offerings, also completed after the hurricane, are the multi-bedroom Luxury Suites, each equipped with private butler service, a full kitchen and private pool. Couples craving privacy should go for one of the recently redone suites or the penthouse, which has its own elevator entrance and two outdoor terraces.

The residences, on the other side of the 17-acre property and part of the Auberge Residence Club, consist of two-, three- and four-bedroom suites also situated in the multilevel structures and featuring a similar design scheme (the flexibility and space of the residences are ideal for large families traveling together). The property has several pool areas, including a gorgeous multilevel space in the family-friendly Residence Club section.

The spa features 14 treatment rooms and a lengthy menu of destination-specific offerings, such as the Margarita Medley, a scrub with moisturizer made from local Baja limes. The gym offers 15 complimentary fitness classes a week, including yoga and Pilates. While the property does seem a little outdated in comparison to some of the others in the area, the sprawling layout, multiple pools and dining venues and excellent babysitting service make Esperanza a solid option for families. There is also a kid’s program with activities ranging from ceramic painting and piñata parties to yoga classes and stand up paddle boarding.

Visitors not staying on-property can still enjoy dinner at fine-dining Cocina del Mar, which has a dramatic, romantic setting: tables on three tiers built into the side of the cliff and offering sweeping views of the sea. Diners seated on the bottom tier should be aware that more aggressive waves may get their feet wet.

Aerial view of resort with jungle surrounding property and the beach at the front of the property

Susurros del Corazón, Auberge Resorts Collection

Wedged between dense jungle and a white sandy beach, Susurros del Corazón, Auberge Resorts Collection, is a luxurious retreat in Punta de Mita. Here, 59 rooms and suites and 30 villas offer a tranquil setting with indoor-outdoor spaces, private terraces and large windows overlooking the ocean.

Published onMay 12, 2024

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