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G&F Travel Mexico: Chef Charly

Buffet no more at this all-inclusive! You can see and feel the commitment to nature all around you at Sandos Caracol. And you can even taste it. While there are plenty of menu options for every palette, we fell in love with one in particular. Salvia provides oceanfront views with food rooted in sustainability for healthy eats without the sneeze guard. Chef Carlos Carrion Garcia—affectionately known as Chef Charly—of Salvia, the only vegetarian restaurant on the property, takes us shopping at a local market in Playa del Carmen to procure the region’s finest harvest. His favorite? Guaya. Once a butcher, Chef Charly explains plant-based cuisine is all about balance, spiritual healing and inner peace—and maybe a bit of plant whispering, too.