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Hecho en Mexico Returns in May

Once again, family-friendly Garza Blanca Resort & Spa and adults-only Hotel Mousai will be hosting its annual tribute to Mexican culture, Hecho en Mexico (Made in Mexico), in May this year. As in previous years, the event is set to be a spectacular celebration of the fascinating traditions and vibrant culture that make Mexico one of the most colorful countries in the world.   Hecho en Mexico Returns in May 2018 While the specific details of Hecho en Mexico are still in the planning stages, we can share with members that the event will continue throughout the whole month of May following the structure of last year’s edition which invited members and guests staying at both Garza Blanca Preserve and Hotel Mousai to enjoy wares of local artisans in the Lobby at Garza Blanca every weekend during the month of May. Products such as Mexican wine, chocolate, tequila, mezcal, Mexican cigars, jewelry, pottery, folk art, and finger painting will feature once again. Art and Culture Likewise, as in previous years, we will welcome a renowned …

Shooting Hoops at Your Home Away from Home

If you want to stay fit even when you are enjoying a getaway in paradise at either Garza Blanca Resort & Spa or Hotel Mousai, why not bring out your sporty side with a game of basketball?  Even if you aren’t the greatest shot, playing basketball is a terrific way to have some fun while getting a major workout.  Shooting hoops can help you achieve a greater fitness level whether playing by yourself, with some pals or in a competitive league.     Take a look at these great reasons to hit up the basketball court on the Garza Blanca Preserve.   It Burns Lots of Calories Between the running, jumping and lateral movements required to play basketball, you will enjoy an amazing aerobic workout that burns through a lot of calories in an hourlong session! Boost Your Cardiovascular Health Your heart rate goes up when playing basketball and will stay up for as long as you continue to play, which can help you improve your cardiovascular endurance if you play on a regular basis. …

Aligned Design – The Inspiration Behind Spa Imagine

For those of you who have already allowed yourself to be pampered at Garza Blanca Preserve’s onsite spa, you know that blissful serenity awaits you at Spa Imagine. But, did you know that the design of the spa was inspired by the body’s seven energy centers known as chakras, which are located starting at the base of the spine, reaching all the way to the top of the head.   What are chakras? “Chakra”, which translates as “disk” or “wheel” in Sanskrit, is a word that relates to the points located along the spine where an immense grouping of nerve centers collects energy and radiates prana (energy life force).  Several bodily systems are believed to be connected to the chakras, which help keep things in balance, from emotional health to maintaining proper organ function.  The belief is that the body, mind and spirit thrives when energy is flowing unobstructed; keeping the chakras in balance is an essential part of this.   According to Eastern philosophy, including yoga and meditation practices, it is possible to “release” …

PV Gourmet Festival 2017 at Garza Blanca

This year will ring in the 23rd edition of the International Gourmet Festival in Puerto Vallarta, which will be held between November 10th and November 19th.  Garza Blanca Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai are pleased to be part of this prominent event again this year alongside many other restaurants and hotels in the Puerto Vallarta area including Riviera Nayarit and Tepic. Gourmet food enthusiasts clamor from near and far to take part in this spectacular 10-day culinary experience which takes place each year. Why not plan ahead and reserve a stay in Puerto Vallarta during this time next year? Special Guest Chefs Three celebrated guest chefs will be joining the talented head chefs of the restaurants at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai. Chef Victor Padua will be joining our resident chef Alvaro Cortez from BocaDos STK, Chef Oscar Gonzalez will accompany Chef Carlos Leyva from Hiroshi and Chef Alexander Branch will create a feast with Chef Mario Castro at Blanca Blue. The guest chefs will contribute their incredible culinary knowledge and …

An Iconic Symbol: The Orange Tree

Thoughtful details and inspiring spaces are a key element of the architecture and design of Garza Blanca Preserve, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the brand new Hotel Mousai.  One significant design element that never fails to spark conversation is the Orange Tree, which is located on the Orange Deck adjacent to the stunning event space known as the Red Room.   The Orange Deck The Orange Deck is a popular venue choice for celebrations including weddings and other events, and this outdoor area serves many other purposes as well.  Members and guests often come here to take advantage of the quiet serenity it offers, while wellness activities such as meditation and yoga are sometimes scheduled here.  During the morning hours, a fresh juice bar is available to boost your energy for the day for members with reservations at Hotel Mousai. An Iconic Symbol With its vivid hue, the Orange Tree commands the attention of all who pass by, and offers a shady retreat from the hot sun.  Although the Orange Tree brightens …

Your Christmas and New Year 2017

While we know that Christmas and New Year are probably not the first things on your mind as you enjoy the summer weather, booking ahead is important when planning to spend the holidays at your home away from home. Remember, you can book up to two years in advance, so if this year is too soon, next year could be an option for you to spend the holidays in paradise.*   Why Garza Blanca or Hotel Mousai? Puerto Vallarta is one of the world’s most popular family destinations for children and adults alike to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, beach, sand, sun, sea, fun, laughter and unique experiences. On top of which, when you stay at your home away from home at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa or Hotel Mousai, you don’t even need to leave the property to have fun and relax. This holiday season you will enjoy a host of on site activities that are planned especially to inspire all our members and guests. For family fun, choose Garza Blanca for Christmas and New …

Omakase 2017 in Full Swing

Omakase 2017, a chef’s table experience, is well underway at your home away from home in Puerto Vallarta, and will extend into August. The Japanese culinary event has invited the best chefs from world-renowned Japanese restaurants to delight members and guests alike at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai with a unique experience that aims to recreate the Omakase tradition from Japan’s finest restaurants.   Letting the chef take charge In Japanese culture, the word “omakase” refers to a special dining experience provided by the master chef of a fine restaurant who will create a phenomenal meal which consists of several courses all carefully selected to surprise and delight the palates of everyone in attendance.  The OMAKASE chef’s table experience at Hiroshi restaurant aims to recreated this tasty tradition adding its own flare and finesse. The Grand Opening on July 6th Garza Blanca’s General Manager, Eliezer Quinones, officially opened Omakase 2017 this past July 6th with an inaugural event that was held at Hotel Mousai’s Orange Deck. During the cocktail reception, the resort’s …

Why Join us in November?

Every month at Garza Blanca offers something unique to tempt members to visit their home away from home, and November is no exception. Foodies will most certainly be in their element when they touch base in Puerto Vallarta during November; not only will you be able to enjoy the special celebrations held for Thanksgiving on November 23, but will also take delight in the International Gourmet Food Festival that transforms Puerto Vallarta into a gourmand’s heaven each year. Ocean lovers can expect to welcome the return of humpback whales during November, while birdwatchers and hikers will enjoy the lush green hues that result from the last of the summer rains and bask in cooler temperatures. Puerto Vallarta’s International Gourmet Festival The Festival Gourmet International Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic is a yearly food festival that will take place in 2017 from November 10th to November 19th. The festival involves a number of fine dining venues throughout Puerto Vallarta as well as special events. While the official festival program for 2017 has yet to be …

Themed Dinners Serve More Culinary Creativity

When you first purchased your Garza Blanca Residence Club membership, you were probably blown away by the elegant suites, the ocean views and the stunning jungle surroundings; but now that you have begun to enjoy all the benefits of your membership, we are sure you are in agreement that the onsite cuisine is also one of the main attractions. Not only can you enjoy four a la carte restaurants: Blanca Blue, BocaDos STK, Hiroshi and Aquazul, now you can enjoy special dinners each month with varying themes.   Themed Dinners at Garza Blanca The concept behind the themed dinners is to offer members and guests of all ages alternative culinary experiences to complement the delicious restaurant offerings. Each month will showcase a different theme, sometimes related to specific public festivals and holidays—such as the recent Mother’s Day dinner and the upcoming Father’s Day barbecue on June 18th—, while on other occasions the theme will be related to the season or some other tradition—such as the Tropical Circus Night last month and the Brazilian Night to …

Omakase Returns in July and August

Hotel Mousai’s Japanese restaurant, Hiroshi, is once again looking forward to hosting an exciting Omakase chef’s table experience every other weekend during the month of July and August.  Last year’s Omakase debut was a runaway success and set the tone for this now annual event.  Garza Blanca members, hotel guests and local residents alike will have the opportunity to treat themselves to a unique Japanese dining experience which involves our guest chefs hand-picking a multi-course meal for diners.  Every second weekend in July and August will feature a different acclaimed chef from some of the top Japanese restaurants in the United States who will grace Hiroshi with their culinary talents.    Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in July and August Omakase 2017 is slated to highlight the culinary talents of several incredible chefs from some of the most celebrated Japanese restaurants in the U.S. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month of July and August, starting on Thursday, July 6th and running until August 22th.  Last year’s event welcomed top chefs from Katana, …