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Hotel Mousai is Ready for You

Over the last few months, we have learned many things. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure our members that your health and well-being are our utmost priority. We hope that we can offer our members, who are considering traveling in the summer months, the peace of mind that TAFER Hotels & Resorts is taking the necessary precautions and doing everything we can to keep our guests and staff safe.   Our staff is strictly following all the new safety protocols that we have put in place and we are encouraging guests to stay safe distances apart and follow other safety protocols to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. We are also vigilant with the thorough sanitization practices we have introduced in all the rooms and public areas.    Since the reopening of Hotel Mousai, as well as our other hotels & resorts, we have had the privilege of many guests and members sharing with us that they are so happy to be here with us and that they feel very safe. Many of our guests are enjoying celebrating their birthdays or anniversaries after months of being sheltered in lockdown. We are proud to share …

Opportunity to Volunteer with Sea Turtles

If you are planning to vacation in Puerto Vallarta in the coming months, there is an incredible opportunity to volunteer helping baby sea turtles.   There are seven species of sea turtles, and Mexico has the privilege of being visited by six of them. Every year, olive ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback, green and black turtles come to reproduce on our beaches.   Green turtles are more commonly seen in the Atlantic Ocean and black turtles are more commonly seen in the Pacific Ocean. It is in dispute whether the green turtle and black turtle are the same species or a different species or even a subspecies, with different populations in Atlantic-Mediterranean and the Indian-Pacific Ocean, changing color depending on the area and the food.  Puerto Vallarta is visited by olive ridley, leatherback, black, and hawksbill sea turtles. Olive ridley sea turtles are the most common in Vallarta and spawn the most. On average they lay between 80 and 120 eggs. Last year in Puerto Vallarta, an olive ridley nest was found with 175 eggs.    There are more olive ridley sea turtles found worldwide and also along the Pacific coast of Mexico than any other species of sea turtles. However, sea turtles are classified as endangered with a continuously decreasing population. They have suffered …

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Guided Hike through the Jungle

If you are a lover of adventure and eco-tourism, hiking through the Sierra Madre mountains is the perfect way to explore the jungle areas of this tropical paradise. Take advantage of the opportunity to trek through the wilderness the next time you visit Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, which sits on a large jungle preserve and offers complimentary daily hikes led by expert bilingual guides.  You have the choice of signing up for three different hikes lasting from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours. The longest hike is the most advanced because it is more arduous than the intermediate hikes. You can take the advanced mountain hike to the Palo Maria waterfall on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. There is a shorter intermediate hike lasting 1.5 hours on Tuesdays and Fridays and a longer intermediate hike to the waterfall lasting 2 hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you are interested in experiencing the exhilaration of a jungle trek, meet in the lobby of Garza Blanca at 9:45 am for a 10am departure.    We recommend that you wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and light, comfortable clothing. If you are planning to swim at the waterfall, bring your bathing suit as well. We also recommend that you also bring along insect repellent, sunscreen, and bottled water. Come ready to explore and have fun!  …

Home Quarantine Ideas

While we continue to adapt to the new normal of staying at home, we know that sometimes it can get a bit boring. That’s why our staff from Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta has been busy creating a list of cool activities to do at home to alleviate boredom and even make quarantining a little bit fun! We have included some fun activities to keep the little ones entertained. And for the adults, we have included recipes and DIY spa tips. We hope that you and your family enjoy our suggestions!  Activities for Families Alejandro Cuevas, our Activities Manager at Garza Blanca in Puerto Vallarta, shared with us some more activities that your kids will have a great time doing at home.    1. Coloring Mandalas  A mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit and is meant to represent the universe, which has no beginning and no end. It is a sacred symbol comprised of a geometric design that holds a great deal of meaning in Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The mandala’s purpose is to help transform the universe from a place of suffering to a place of happiness as you enter the mandala and proceed towards its center. Coloring mandalas can be a very fulfilling and calming experience.   You …

Things to do at home

While the world is adapting to the new normal with many people practicing social distancing and staying at home, our staff from TAFER Hotels & Resorts has been busy putting together a list of fun activities to help make the time spent at home as enjoyable as possible. We have included some craft ideas to help keep the little ones entertained. And for the adults we have included signature recipes and tips from the spa. We hope that these will help you be creative while spending time at home with your loved ones, making the best of the times we are now in.                     Activities for Families  Our Activities Manager, Alejandro Cuevas, shared with us some craft ideas, which are fairly easy to make once you get the hang of them and you can make with materials you probably already have at home. We hope that these crafts will be fun to make for the whole family.   God’s Eye Craft  Make a traditional God’s eye craft using yarn and two sticks. This is a simple weaving technique of Mexican origin.  You will need:  Wood sticks (popsicle sticks, craft sticks, and bamboo skewers work well)  Yarn in assorted colors  Scissors  Glue or glue dots  Instructions:  …

Wellness Journey at Spa Imagine

Spa Imagine is the crown jewel of Garza Blanca Resort & Spa Los Cabos. The modern and elegant design of the spa makes it a heavenly oasis where guests will experience the ultimate journey to relaxation, wellbeing and rejuvenation. At our world-class spa, we offer an extensive menu of treatments to pamper the body from head to toe.   The well-being of our guests is of the utmost importance to us, and we make sure the treatments we offer are fully tailored to each guest’s special requirements.  Guests will enjoy relaxation areas with heavenly high ceilings, state of the art installations and a soothing ambiance. Oceanview cabins overlook the beautiful landscape of the Sea of Cortez.   Chakras  The spa devotes special attention to the Vedas, which are ancient written texts from India. The philosophy is based around the Chakras as the main energy center of the human body and each of them, in the form of a wheel, represent the celestial order and balance. The chakras are associated with our life force, which is why each cabin is inspired by a harmoniously rotating chakra that leads us to ascend to heaven, combined with the most favorable treatments to balance your body, mind and spirit.  …

Sensational New Menu at Bocados STK

Bocados STK is a contemporary twist on your classic steakhouse located at both at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta and at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Los Cabos.   Bocados STK in both locations is pleased to present a new gastronomical experience. On December 30th, the restaurants presented a new specialized mixologist & grill type menu. The new menu consists of a variety of dishes based on typical regional ingredients. What’s more is addition of an incredible variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, which our guests have been asking for. You said, we listened.   Now there are dishes to appeal to everyone’s tastes, preferences and dietary restrictions. The new menu has added easy to identify color coded symbols to indicate which dishes are fish, seafood, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. The main difference of the menu is moving away from the classic steakhouse concept to offer more salads, more greens, and more healthy vegetarian options.    Combining worldwide contemporary and unique flavors, our new menu features the same tender and juicy steaks with the addition of dry aged meats, expanded seafood options, and the addition of healthy salads that come with a choice of three different salad dressings. Street Tacos are another addition to our delicious appetizers as well as shrimp tostadas bursting …

Garza Blanca’s Pristine Beach is a Certified Blue Flag Beach

While there are many beautiful beaches in and around Puerto Vallarta, Garza Blanca Beach is one of 10 beaches in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area with the international Blue Flag accreditation.   The Blue Flag badge is a highly respected and recognized eco-label in 47 countries used by the FEE to certify that beaches around the world are environmentally friendly, clean and safe. Mexico has a total of 53 Blue Flag beaches.   The best way to enjoy this beautiful beach located right in front of Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa, is to stay at the resort or its neighboring Hotel Mousai. Just imagine yourself swimming in pristine waters, achieving a golden tan, and experiencing one of the most idyllic tropical vacations of your life.   Garza Blanca actually means ‘white heron’ and while these birds are rarely spotted in many places around the world, they can often be seen along the shoreline, close to Los Arcos national park, diving for fish amongst the seagulls and the pelicans.    Experts say that right now Garza Blanca Beach is in the best condition it has been in for years. The reason is that a lot of the soft sand that covered the shore was taken …

Turkey and Football on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most important holidays in the United States. It is a day for family and friends to get together to enjoy a feast and give thanks for their blessings. Turkey and stuffing are the traditional Thanksgiving fare.  This tradition started with The Mayflower Pilgrims back in 1621 when they gathered for an autumn celebration after their first successful corn harvest. They invited the Indians to thank them for their help teaching them how to cultivate the land and increase the productivity of the crops. The celebrations lasted for three days.   In the years that followed, Thanksgiving became an official American holiday and has been celebrated since then with great enthusiasm.  For many Americans, a traditional Thanksgiving meal would not be complete without a turkey, but Thanksgiving NFL Football has played a very important part in the tradition as well since 1934, when the first Thanksgiving day football game was played between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.  In order to continue this well-established tradition of feasting and football, on November 28th Garza Blanca Preserve in Puerto Vallarta celebrated Thanksgiving with …

Day of the Dead Traditions

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is considered one of the most representative traditions of Mexican culture. This is a multi-day holiday that takes place from October 31st to November 2nd.   During this time, a door is opened for the souls of the departed to crossover from the land of the dead and visit the earthly realm. This is a similar concept to Halloween, the difference is that during Halloween  the spirits that visit are thought to be feared, while in Mexican culture the visiting spirits are believed to be beloved family members.   November 1st is dedicated to the “little angels” and honors children and infants who have passed away. November 2nd is the day dedicated to remembering and honoring deceased adults. This tradition dates back to pre-Hispanic times and has since been celebrated through various rituals by more than 40 indigenous groups in the country.    Originally, according to the Aztec tradition this festival celebrated the Queen of the Underworld, Mictecacihuatl (lady of the dead) and her husband Mictlantecuhtli. They ruled over the land of Mictlan, the lowest level of the underworld. The job of Mictecacihuatl was to oversee the festivals of the dead. When the newly dead were buried, the worldly goods buried with them were …