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Energy Balls from Se Spa at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya

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Cacao Energy Bites from Se Spa

Se Spa at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya has launched its Spa Atelier, workshops inspired by local Mexican culture and based upon the principles of ancient Ayurvedic medicine that center around self-discovery. The first offering at the resort is a workshop to make energy bites full of superfoods.

Recipes will vary from Cacao and Matcha-Pistachio to Cranberry-Orange and Carrot. Superfoods are foods that increase energy and improve retention, as well as provide antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

The Spa Atelier concept initially launched last year at its sister property Grand Velas Los Cabos. It features Mandala meditation, tea discovery, DIY body scrubs based on one’s Dosha, and a Natura Bissé Facial Masterclass.

The Energy Bites Workshop ($65 USD per person) at Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an hour long and held every Thursday, July through September, for small groups of three to six people. For those who can’t make it to the resort to try out the class, Grand Velas Riviera Maya shares a recipe that may be made at home.

Cacao Energy Bites


• 1/3 cup powdered cocoa

• 16 dried dates

• 7 tbsp honey

• 1 tsp coconut oil

• 1 tsp Maca root powder

• 1 tsp acai

• ½ cup rolled oats

• 4 cups cashews

Optional toppings: amaranth, chia, hemp seeds, and grated coconut


Chop the dates in a food processor before adding the cocoa, Maca, honey, coconut oil, oats, acai, and cashews. Pour the mixture into a  bowl and mix until well combined. Roll into balls a little under an inch in size and finish with topping of choice. For more information on the resort, visit