Traditional Ofrendas, Tasting Menus, Pan de Muerto, Catrinas, and More To Celebrate the Dead
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (October 5, 2018) – From Oct 31st – Nov 4th, the Velas Resorts in Mexico are celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), considered to be one of the most representative holidays of Mexican culture, with ofrendas, traditional recipes, tasting menus, special décor and more. The resorts, in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya, will each create a bright and colorful Altar de Muerto (altar for the dead) decorated with all the traditional ornaments, from marigolds, ash, salt, food, and water to ceramic Catrinas and sugar skulls. Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta will feature one of the biggest “Altar de Muerto” in Marina Vallarta at 40 sq. ft.
In addition to the ofrendas, the resorts will also have staff dressed as Catrinas, calaveritas (little skulls) decorations throughout as well as activities for guests to experience the Mexican culture and history of the holiday. Grand Velas Los Cabos will feature the Life and Dead Celebration, a journey through Mexican flavors and traditions. The five-course special menu at its gourmet Mexican restaurant, Frida, includes tamales, mole, candied pumpkin, and buñuelos (Mexican Fritters). Grand Velas Riviera Maya will create a special “Altar de Muertos” dedicated to Frida Khalo and her lover Diego Rivera with all of the things they liked when they were alive placed on the altar. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host a Catrina Contest where the staff from different departments dress up like a Catrina before making a tour through the guest areas of the hotel. At the end, guests vote for the winner. The adults only boutique hotel Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta will deliver traditional Pan de Muertos November 2nd as an added amenity in the suite and serve pan de muerto with traditional Mexican hot chocolate at its fine-dining Emiliano Restaurant. Velas Vallarta invites guests to decorate La Catrina masks as well as ceramic sugar skulls for the temporary altars placed at the resort. Additionally, La Catrina and clay and ceramic Sugar Skull art from Jalisco, the state in which Velas Vallarta is located, and Michoacán, the preeminent place for handicrafts in the country, will be available for purchase. Furthermore, Velas Vallarta, Casa Velas and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will sponsor giant “Catrinas” along the Puerto Vallarta Malecon. The papier mache Catrinas, traditional in the state of Jalisco, are made by Students of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Centro Universitario de la Costa.
About Velas Resorts:
Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos have earned 52 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for their services and facilities include Virtuoso’s “Best Spa,” Forbes’ “Coolest All- Inclusives,” Forbes’ Four Star Award, and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame, among others. Properties include the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort; AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains; and AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya, located five minutes from Playa del Carmen, offering a sophisticated all-inclusive resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Casa Velas is a boutique adults-only hotel and ocean club located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course, and Velas Vallarta, a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay. Velas Resorts feature spacious accommodations, spas, a unique culinary experience at a selection of restaurants, 24-hour in suite service, fitness centers, personal concierge service, wedding inspections for couples, state of the art conference centers, extensive family programs, fully stocked mini bar and more. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or more information, call 1-888-407-4869, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.velasresorts.com.