Ajua Weddings and Events has returned!

December 5th, 2014

For all our former clients and those we would love to serve …

Due to an accident three years ago, we were unable to work on weddings and events which is why we do not have reent testimonials. Now we are all healed … just like new and ready to provide the quality services we were able to provide since 2004. We are grateful to all who supported us through the last three years.

Our Chef Pedro Balam from our restaurant Ajua Maya is with us so our catering services also are wonderful as they were before.


We look forward to hearing from you if you wish to plan a wedding, event or a catered event. You can find us on FB to see the latest news as well:

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Private Wedding on a Virgin Riviera Maya Beach

July 16th, 2012

A beautiful wedding in one lovely private venue – no hotels, no one on the beach, only you with your family and friends. It was a great evening – dancing, dining, champagne … an so much more.

Beautiful spot for a private wedding on a natural beach near Playa del Carmen

Healing with the love of the world …

July 8th, 2012

After recovering from a personal tragedy in Sep. 2011, I am ready to provide the wedding services our reputation had earned. Please forgive me if I did not respond over the months after that. It took time to heal and enjoy sharing the love the world has to give.

Ajua Maya Restaurant #1 in Playa for Seafood, Steaks, Mayan & Mexican Cuisine, Groups and more!

June 25th, 2011

Ajua Maya #1 for Lobster, Seafood, Steaks, Mayan Cuisines, Mexican & more!

The cake was a huge success!

June 22nd, 2011

The cake was a huge success! The timing was not an issue and actually allowed my wife to receive it while I was out. She was stunned! It was delicious and we shared it with the hotel staff. Thanks again for making that moment possible. God was certainly involved with this trip!
Warmest regards,
Don and Kelly

What a party – always in Ajua Maya – fantastic cuisine, incredible service, fabulous music, casual and sophisticated!

June 1st, 2011

What a wonderful night of celebrations. Enjoy the Slideshow of Top Photos by Miguel Basanez!

Ajua Maya Restaurant Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen

May 19th, 2011

Ajua Maya Restaurant Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen
May 19th, 2011
The Alfaro Group Celebrates Ajua Maya Restaurant 10th Anniversary in Playa del Carmen.

Ajua Maya Restaurant is celebrating ten years in Playa del Carmen on May 21, 2011 with an Invitation-Only Celebration of Traditional Mayan, Mestizo and Mexican cuisine plus a touch of Virginia with live music all night – and, featuring, Chef Gabriel Sanchez Gómez, Ajua Maya’s new Executive Chef, will provide a sampling of his extraordinary traditional exican and Mestizo cuisines.


(Press Release) May 19, 2011 – Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo, Mexico

On March 21, 2001, Jorge and Brenda Alfaro acquired Ajua Restaurant (now Ajua Maya) in Playa del Carmen. Their 2001 acquisition began a fantastic culinary journey, which transformed a small Playa restaurant into the current, Ajua Maya — a casual, sophisticated, five star dining experience. Ajua Maya specializes in Mayan, Mestizo, Mexican and a touch of Virginian cuisine; and now, ten years later, the Alfaros enjoy working with many of the same staff and wonderful Ajua friends who return each and every year to share their success.

“Immediately after the acquisition of Ajua, we worked hard to provide our customers with the highest quality ingredients and preparations available on the Riviera Maya,” said Brenda Alfaro, the Virginian partner. “This commitment to excellence for our customers and our staff has created a wonderfully warm and trusted environment, coupled with the extraordinary friendly service our Mayan staff provides, and the memorable culinary experiences created by our Mayan chefs.”

“We feel blessed,” said Jorge Alfaro, the Mexican-Mayan side of the couple. “Those who experience our creative and inclusive restaurant style, convey to us that we
are one of the best, if not the best, restaurant experiences they have ever had in their life. What a compliment. “

The Alfaros attribute their restaurant’s success to the extraordinary Mayan staff they have worked with for ten years. Brenda explained that the Maya infuse Ajua Maya with
their noble heritage, including their traditional community culture, which ensures harmony in daily life and in work, free of negativity and full of the joy of working together as a family and a village.

Their General Manager, Jorge Huchim Martin, and their In-House Accountant, Amilcar Torres Canul, along with their long term Ajua Maya brothers (yes, they have an all male staff – the norm in this part of the world — except for the lonely Virginian, Brenda), have dedicated the past ten years to ensure Ajua Maya not only maintains its commitment to quality but continues to strive to be better than before. They have been successful beyond anyone’s goals and expectations.

In 2011, with the extraordinary growth of Ajua Maya and its expanding reputation, the executive staff strategized it was time to bring additional talent into the fold at a management level, an executive chef , and the search began.

“It was quite a challenge to find the right personality match,” said Brenda Alfaro. “First, we reviewed many resumes and interviewed quite a few candidates. We felt we needed a chef who specialized in ancient Mexican Indian cuisine as well as Mestizo style (the fusion of ancient Indian recipes with those of the Mexican’s Spanish and French conquerors). In addition, we searched for a chef who was trained professionally and had a degree in culinary arts.

The challenge was not to find that combination; the challenge was to find someone outside of the Mayan world that would be able to respect the Mayan culture and the Mayan staff at Ajua Maya. Not an easy task.”

“We are proud to announce that Chef Gabriel Sánchez Gómez. originally from Puebla, Puebla, is a chef with great talent and dedication to traditional Mexican cuisine, joined us three months ago and has successfully bonded with his new Ajua Maya family plus the one Virginian female, my wife and partner!”, said Jorge Alfaro. “We are proud to have him with us and look forward to many more years of success and growth under his and all of our staff’s guidance.”

On May 21, 2011, Chef Gabriel will debut his Mexican and Mestizo cuisine in Ajua Maya, along with ancient Mayan dishes, at the ten year invitation-only anniversary bash at Ajua Maya for Ajua Maya’s friends, patrons, and VIP guests from Playa del Carmen.

Chef Gabriel debut will be supported by the incredible Ajua Maya staff, along with live music including Mariachis, Tierra Vera – Ajua ‘s Salsa and Latin Jazz Band, and “UnRated” – Ajua’ s Rock ‘n Roll Sundays band.


additional information, please contact Brenda Long Alfaro (Brenda@ajua.biz )

Office: +52 984 803 1118
skype: ajuaevents

About The Alfaro Group

The Alfaro Group was formed in 2001 in Playa del Carmen and includes Ajua Maya Restaurant, Ajua Weddings and Ajua Events.

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Busy Event Month – thank you all!

May 16th, 2011

We wish to take a moment and thank all of our followers, former brides and friends for enjoying our services and our blog. We do appreciate each and every one.

May has been a busy month for us. Lot’s of positive changes and we look forward to the future. Our signature restaurant, Ajua Maya, will be celebrating our 10th year in Playa del Carmen and we look forward to the great 4th Street party at Ajua Maya Restaurant. If you are in town, please stop by and enjoy the music and more! You may find me in a hammock – per doctor’s orders – since I am just a few weeks out of surgery. Doing well, feeling great, just do not have the stamina I normally have.

Per doctor’s order, I will have to have a sign on my hanmock “Brenda in repose per Dr. Moreno’s order for a post-op party!”

Enjoy life, have fun, find peace and love,
Brenda Alfaro & Jorge Alfaro

Wedding Jitters Soothe Away with a Yoga Spa Day …

April 10th, 2011

Stephanie and I know that planning a wedding or a big event can be quite stressful, mainly because one wants everything perfect and beautiful. Well, we wish to advise you have the power to put away your angst and allow the beauty of the wedding planning bring you to peace.

One suggestion we have for you is to plan a Spa Yoga Day for you, your bridemaids, your mother, your future mother-in-law, your sisters, ann/or all the important women who will share this beautiful experience with you. It will transport your mind and body to a peaceful, tranquil state of mind and allow you to truly enjoy the truly spiritual experiences you will have for this special day.

Stephanie is a daily practitioner of Yoga and would love to share this beautiful experience with you and those you love by planning a Peaceful Yoga Spa Day in front of the turquoise waters of the Carribean Sea in the spiritual center of the Maya, Playa del Carmen. Transform yourself and enjoy the beauty, peace and spirtual guidance the Maya.

New Executive Chef, New Event Menus, New Energy — Coming Semana Santa

April 9th, 2011

… and design your own event menu option as well!

Well, Brenda and Stephanie are on a creative jag redesiging our Event Menus with our new Executive Chef, Gabriel Sanchez Gomez and all other related marketing pieces. Lots of fun. So, to track changes in our Signature Restaurant, Ajua Maya, and our new Chef Gabrie’s impact, I added to the customer survey a 4th category – Fantastic! Now we are getting more Fantastics than Excellents and we have not even introduced the new dishes and presentations from the new Chef.! What Next? a fifth category? ….. Perfect????

PS. Don’t worry. We are keeping our traditional menu as well – just took a few dishes off and will be adding some great ones like Whole Fresh Fish grilled over charcoal with five chiles (Pescado Entero Fresco a la Talla). Also, we will be having monthly specials featuring traditional Mexican cuisine focusing on Mexican regions and states. This will be introduced for Samana Santa with several Whole Fish Dishes and Tuna Tartar. The month of May – Puebla! It will be worth a special trip to Playa!

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“Consistently Tops” – Ajua Maya Restaurant

April 7th, 2011

I can’t remember in what year I first ate at the Ajúa Maya — probably when it opened, but I keep going back. Since I live inland I usually choose seafood: the shrimp in its many presentations (salad, wine sauce, etc.), the lobster flambéd with an anis liqueur, the salmon steak. Also, I’ve enjoyed the food typical of the Yucatán peninsula: the pok chuk (poc chuk), chicken pibil, pork pibil (cochinita pibil), chicken in relleno negro, and recommend guests to order the assorted platter of this.
What I like best, is that mostly Mexican food is offered, though there are international dishes as well. Also, the setting is Mexican style at its most festive.
The margaritas (my favorite drink) are great.
The musical group from Vera Cruz inspired these old bones to get up and dance.

Jolly Crone – Trip Advisor Member since: May 13, 2009
Would you recommend this restaurant to a friend? Yes

Trevor & Alison’s Rehearsal Dinner at Ajua!

March 25th, 2011

Lisa and Jimmy’s Cosmic Ceremony!

March 4th, 2011

Lisa and Jimmy committed to each other in a cosmic ceremony on the beach in Playa del Carmen.  The storm clouds rolled in as they said their vows.  Lisa and Jimmy took it all in stride, with the assurance that the Mayans believe that rain is good luck!  They celebrated with champagne and cake at Ajua Maya and then returned to their hotel for a romantic dinner.  Congratulations!

Photos courtesy of Amin Dominguez

Krystal and Justin’s Catholic Wedding!

February 26th, 2011

Krystal and Justin were married in a Catholic ceremony with Father Bernard. Following the ceremony, friends and family joined the couple in a fun and celebratory mariachi parade back to Playacar Palace, where they continued to enjoy the evening with their reception. Photos courtesy of Austin Images

Photos courtesy of Susan Austin

Our signature restaurant has a new chef!

February 22nd, 2011

… and his cuisine is delicious. Just tried a fantastic salad with goat cheese, pears, caramelized pecans and a dijon vinagrette. It was yummy as is his thick, rich lobster bisque. Tonight we are trying a dish from our new Mestizo Event Menu — Risotto with Huitlacoche. Sounds yummy to me. I will keep you posted.

Stayed tuned for more news and join us on Facebook by searching ajua weddings and/or ajua maya. We are also on twitter. What next, maybe Yelp! They have not expanded to Mexico yet but when they do we will be the first to enter.

Want a fun activity for your wedding guests? How about a Treasure Hunt Tour of Playa del Carmen. Just contact us. It is great fun and a perfect way to blend the families!