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Dear Member, As part of our club family, we share the great responsibility of keeping you updated and informed. Over the past few weeks, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. There is no greater role for us then to ensure our members’ safety and well-being. On March 19, 2020, The US State Department increased the Travel Warning for Americans to a Level 4- Do Not Travel. Further, the United States Government has temporarily closed the Southern United States/ Mexico border for all non-essential travel. STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL ADVISORY: The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. You can learn more about this by visiting travel.state.gov for more information. At TAFER Hotels and Resorts, we thrive off being able to deliver world class experiences to our members. …

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 20, 2020 Dear Member, As part of our club family, we share the great responsibility of keeping you updated and informed. There is no greater role for us then to ensure our members’ safety and well-being. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens in countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. You can learn more about this by visiting travel.state.gov for more information. At TAFER Hotels and Resorts, we thrive off being able to deliver world class experiences to our members. Due to the recent travel restrictions, and as a precautionary measure, we will begin soft closure procedures. Our current focus is getting all guests home safely. Based on the resort’s current occupancy levels, we anticipate a reduction in services on-site pending closure of the resorts if necessary. Our resorts will continue to maintain, upkeep and work on preventative maintenance, preparing our resorts for your return …

Secure the Holidays by Booking in Advance

The holidays are an ideal time to get away with your loved ones and enjoy warm weather, cool ocean breezes, leisure time at the beach and luxury accommodations at your home away from home.  Since the holidays are peak season, you can improve your chances of securing a reservation by booking ahead. The Garza Blanca Residence Club booking system works on a first come, first served basis, so the earlier you book, the more likely it is you will have your dream holiday vacation in paradise.  The holiday weeks have a higher point value than other weeks in the year, so upgrading your membership increases your chances even further. The smaller units are the most economical, and therefore the most popular. When you have enough points to cover a larger unit, there is more availability and you will generally find it easier to make a reservation during peak times. The more points you have, the more options you have.    There are a number of requirements that must be met to be able to book holiday time using your Garza Blanca Residence Club membership. We often get members asking us to explain how to book the holiday …

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.  …

AAA Unveils 2020 Diamond Honorees

On February, 20th, 2020, AAA published the list of the 2020 Four and Five Diamond honorees, which are based on hotel inspections that occurred in 2019. TAFER Hotels & Resorts is proud that three of our hotels have been named on the list again for 2020. It is a true honor for TAFER Resorts to be on this list, which recognizes the best hotels in the hospitality industry.    Villa del Palmar Luxury Beach Resort & Spa in Cancun received the AAA 4 Diamond designation for its second consecutive year. Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta made the 4 Diamond list for its sixth year in a row. AAA Four Diamond designated hotels must meet the criteria of being refined and stylish with excellent service. In 2020, just 1,718 hotels made the Four Diamond list, which represents a small percentage of the 27,000 AAA Diamond lodgings evaluated.    Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta (an adults only hotel) made the 5 Diamond list for its sixth successive year. Only 119 hotels received the 2020 Five Diamond designation and Hotel Mousai is honored to be among this exclusive group, representing only 0.4% of the total.    Having three of its hotels qualifying as AAA 4 and …

Key Considerations when Buying Mexican Real Estate: Condo vs. House

Do you dream of living a luxury lifestyle in paradise? If you are considering buying property in Mexico, but are unsure of where to buy or whether to buy a house or a condominium, we have put together a list of top considerations to help with your dilemma.  Puerto Vallarta is an ideal location for foreigners due to its year-round warm climate, spectacular ocean and jungle scenery, endless outdoor activities and gourmet restaurants.  Apart from that, there are numerous other reasons to buy real estate in this beautiful city including pristine beaches, friendly locals, world-class cuisine, and first-rate hospitality.   Once you have decided on the location, you might still struggle with the decision of whether to purchase a standalone house or a condo. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of housing depending on your lifestyle. Continue reading to find out more.  Pros and Cons:  Owning a standalone house in Puerto Vallarta definitely has its benefits. On average, a house offers you more privacy than a condominium. However, many houses in Puerto Vallarta have been built right next door to the neighbor’s house, so it may not offer that much more privacy than a condominium. If you do have …

Hotel Mousai’s New Tower and Expansion Update

As you may already know, Hotel Mousai – the only Five Diamond resort in the state of Jalisco – is expanding! Construction of the second tower, adjacent to the first, is already underway on the Garza Blanca Preserve complex in Puerto Vallarta. The existing Hotel Mousai will be connected to the new tower by an incredible bridge that is suspended high in the air by high columns that go through the existing trees.  This sensational hotel at the forefront of cutting-edge design and ultra-trendy elegance deserves a name that lives up to its divine promises. Mousai takes its name from the Greek word mousai or ‘muse’. The mousai according to Greek mythology were the 9 daughters of the Greek god Zeus and Mnemosyne. These inspirational goddesses were each gifted with a special aptitude. Historically, writers, poets and musicians called upon the muses when help or inspiration was needed.   Like the original Mousai, the second tower will be nothing less than spectacular, and our hope is that it will be a place where you can feed your imagination and be inspired by Mexico’s newest muse with its innovative design, extravagant interiors, and delectable cuisine.  The new 16-story tower will feature 72 luxury suites with stunning views of Banderas Bay. The room configuration will consist of 36 King Studio Suites, …

The Luck of the Irish

Ireland often conjures thoughts of leprechauns finding pots of gold at the end of rainbows, limericks, shamrocks and the timeless saying ‘the luck of the Irish.’ Also integral to Irish heritage is the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17th.  The celebration of ‘St. Paddy’s Day’, as it has come to be known, is now an international phenomenon full of all things green.  Who was Saint Patrick?   Saint Patrick is the primary patron saint of Ireland, but In fact, Saint Patrick was not Irish. He was a nobleman born in Britain and kidnapped by Irish pirates at the age of 16. Saint Patrick was born into a religious family and while in his early life he did not believe in God, he found his faith while he was enslaved in Ireland. Eventually he found his way back home, but later went back to Ireland to work as a missionary. March 17th marks the day of his death and was originally a religious holiday made official by the Catholic Church to celebrate the arrival of Christianity …

19th International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta

If you are a film buff or just love films, don’t miss the 19th International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta (FICPV).  This is the biggest annual film event in the destination and hugely contributes to the development of the film culture in the region. The festival runs for 12 consecutive days from March 11th to 22nd, 2020.  FICPV is organized by the University Center of the Coast (CUCosta) of the University of Guadalajara, Jalisco’s Government and the Ministry of Culture. This year the country of Chile will be the guest of honor.  More than 50 national and international films have been selected to be shown during this year’s festival and will be projected in different locations free of charge. All screenings are open to the general public. The films will be divided into several sections including: Official, Academic, Senior, Environmental, Cross-border cinema, Short films, and Children. This year a new “Echoes of Havana” section has been added thanks to a link with the “International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.” Several actors and directors from Havana will be attending the festival with their films to be screened.  Some of the FICPV venues where the films will be screened include:   The Arches of the Malecón amphitheater – Malecón   Lázaro Cárdenas park – Romantic Zone  The Jazz …

Romantic Beach Dinner on Valentine’s Day 2020

Every February 14, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many regions around the world with great enthusiasm. While there are conflicting stories about its origins, one thing is certain and that is that for many it is a very special day devoted to celebrating love as well as friendship.   One version is that Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition originating from the Roman festival Lupercalia, which celebrated the start of spring in mid-February and paired couples through a lottery. Another version is that, Emperor Claudius the Second banned all marriages in Rome as he thought that emotional attachments would cause his soldiers to not want to serve in the army. Saint Valentine opposed the decree of the emperor, and began secretly helping Christian couples wed. When his actions were discovered, he was sentenced to death on February 14, 270.   Regardless of the true origins, Valentine’s Day is unarguably the one special day of the year devoted entirely to celebrating romantic love and friendship. Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta is excited to share this special day with its valued members and guests and is pleased to offer an exclusive romantic beach dinner in a spectacular setting.  Indulge with your sweetheart in a special 4-course menu created by Chef Eder Gutierrez from Aquazul. On this occasion, we will offer …