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Kayak to an Iconic Landmark for Snorkeling

As a guest of Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, you are sure to experience incredible moments that you will never forget.    The awe-inspiring natural surroundings and the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay are the perfect setting for an amazing outdoor adventure.   Every morning at 8am guests are invited to participate in a complimentary kayak and snorkeling tour to Los Arcos National Marine Park. This protected marine preserve is made up of several granite rock formations and is a popular snorkeling spot. If you are up for an adventure on and under the water around this iconic landmark, please arrive at the beach at 7:45 am to receive your safety instructions, snorkel equipment and sign a waiver.  The distance from Garza Blanca Beach to Los Arcos is 2.5 miles and it takes 30 – 45 minutes to kayak there depending on the sea conditions. Snorkeling will last for 30 minutes and the overall tour takes 2 to 2.5 hours. Please note, this activity is active and can be physically strenuous.   We have one and two-person kayaks. …

Wine Tasting Experience at Bocados STK

We are committed to  always providing the most fulfilling experiences for our adult guests at Hotel Mousai and Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta.  One of the ways we do that is through the Signature Experiences we offer.   Our luxurious five-star resort, with one of the best wine cellars in Puerto Vallarta, has fully-trained wine stewards working at each of the resort’s gourmet restaurants. Guests will be able to take advantage of their knowledge and expertise at our special Wine Tasting event.  Did you know that the word wine comes from the Latin word vinum, which is believed to come from the Greek oinos and even from the Sanskrit vêna. Wherever the origins of its name come from, wine is widely known to bring various health benefits and it is associated with longevity. Therefore it has been proven that drinking wine is actually good for you, in moderation, of course.  Whether you are a seasoned wine connoisseur or are completely new to wine tasting, you will love this experience. One of our trained wine stewards will take you on a journey of the palate with a selection …

Phase 1 of Garza Blanca Cancun opened on December 20th!

Inspired by the enormous success of the luxurious, award-winning Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa located in Puerto Vallarta, Garza Blanca Cancun is the newest resort to join the Garza Blanca collection by Tafer Hotels & Resorts, followed later by Garza Blanca Riviera Maya.  We are excited to share that after careful planning, Phase 1 of Garza Blanca Cancun opened on December 20th, 2019 and is operating with 148 available keys including 77 One-Bedroom suites and 71 Junior Suites. Upon completion, Phase One will have an inventory of 161 keys distributed over 9 floors. The 5 Three-Bedroom Oceanfront Suites are expected to be ready by Q2, 2020.   The horseshoe shaped resort ensures the most impressive Caribbean Sea views. The interiors are designed with unique details, elegant furniture and impressive overall style throughout. Having drawn inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty, the developer focused on adding those “wow” touches to every space, from suites and residences, to restaurants and common areas.  Dining experiences feature Blanca Blue Mexican restaurant located at ground level with a great pool and ocean view, including terrace seating. The Food Truck is located at beach level and …

Three Kings’ Day Celebration

Celebrating Three Kings’ Day (Día de Los Reyes) is one of the oldest traditions in Mexico. Children in Latin America receive the majority of their gifts on January 6th from the Three Wise Men (Reyes Magos).    In recent decades, children in Mexico also started receiving presents from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Much like the tradition on Christmas Day, on January 6th children wake up early to run and open their presents left by the Three Kings. This is a festive day of games and spending time with family.   Three King’s Day is not a public holiday but a religious observance according to Christian tradition. The history of this tradition is that three wise men or Magi: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar, traveled from the East to Jerusalem guided by a star. They were in search of Jesus Christ and wanted to pay tribute to him.   When word reached King Herod that the Magi were searching for the new King of Judea, King Herod sent for them and instructed them to find baby Jesus and let him know once they did, so that he could also worship the Messiah. In …

Las Posadas

Las Posadas: A Traditional Christmas Celebration in Mexico

Posadas are a yearly religious Christmas tradition observed by Catholic Mexicans. Posada literally translates to “Inn” and it is celebrated in Mexico and some parts of the United States. Latin America celebrates something similar known as “Novena.”  The Posadas symbolize the journey that Joseph and Mary made to find a safe place where baby Jesus could be born. These community celebrations start on December 16th and continue through each of the 9 nights leading up to Christmas Eve, ending on December 24th. The nine nights of posadas are said to represent Mary and Joseph’s nine day journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  The posadas are organized by neighborhood committees and each night, a different family hosts the celebration. Other people in the neighborhood contribute food, candy, and piñatas so that the host family isn’t responsible for all the costs.  The celebration begins with a procession to the host’s home and along the way participants sing Christmas carols. Sometimes people act out the parts of Mary and Joseph and lead the procession and other times just their images are carried.  Once the procession has arrived at the host’s home, a special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada) is sung. …

Inspiring Wellness at Spa Imagine

Inspiring Wellness at Spa Imagine

November was a very special month at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai. From November 18th to November 30th, Spa Imagine hosted several wellness events in collaboration with Mindfulhabits. The goal was to provide a luxury wellness experience for our guests designed to jump start a healthy lifestyle and nurture the mind, body and spirit.  Wellness 2019 is one of the many signature experiences organized by TAFER Hotels & Resorts which take place annually at our resorts. Marisol Arreola, our Spa Manager at Spa Imagine, designed the program of activities for our Wellness 2019 event dedicated to physical, mental and spiritual health and inspiring positive lifestyle choices. This annual wellness event is committed to helping guests attain a renewed feeling of well-being. The program offered a variety of activities including hiking, yoga, meditation, Janzu therapy, focused breathing and aromatherapy.   To enrich our guests’ experience at Wellness 2019, we invited a number of inspiring wellness experts, yoga teachers, fitness coaches and lifestyle bloggers to guide our guests towards happy and healthy habits.  Each day of the wellness event started with kayaking and snorkeling at 8:00am and yoga …

Holiday Events at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

Enjoy a Special Holiday Christmas Feast Christmas in December usually evokes images of dashing through the snow and feeling cold, but celebrating Christmas in Puerto Vallarta is a little bit different.  Spending the holiday season in this tropical paradise means enjoying the sun, the beach and authentic Mexican cuisine along with cultural celebrations such as Posadas. This gives you the opportunity to experience Christmas from a totally new perspective.  On December 24th, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is honored to have the privilege of celebrating Christmas with our special guests and members and we are preparing a special 4-course Christmas dinner at our restaurants, BocaDosSTK and Blanca Blue.    You can find all the information directly at the reception and Concierge desks. It will be an honor for us to share this special occasion with you and your family.  Cost: $TBD USD per person for European plan guests, half price for children aged 5-11. Drinks are an additional cost.  Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm  Location: BocaDosSTK and Blanca Blue  Includes: Live Music  New Year’s Eve Parties   All That Glitters (For Families and Hotel Mousai Guests)  Being on vacation with your family is the perfect way to ring …

Zombies and Ghoulish Characters caused Shrieks and Screams as they Invaded our Iconic Trolly on Halloween Night!

Halloween is a special time of year and this year it was made even more special as Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta transformed into a scary atmosphere to celebrate this special holiday in a spectacular style with our valued guests and members. The main event was our Spooky Trolly.   Daily our guests of Garza Blanca and Hotel Mousai get transported around the resort by our famous trolly decorated to look like 1930s streetcars with open windows that allow guests unobstructed views of the Preserve’s lush jungle surroundings.     On October 31st,  as we made the transition into a “scary hotel” for one night only, our guests were summoned to the Garza Blanca Lobby to board the Spooky Trolly with departures at 7:00, 7:30 and 8:00 pm. They were forewarned of the frightening (but family fun) experience that awaited them.  Guests screamed as spirits from the underworld visited the Preserve and lunged towards them causing our beautiful Preserve to turn into an atmosphere of terror.  Several zombies, the exorcist, and the grim reaper climbed onto the Trolly giving our guests moments of fear, adrenaline and extreme emotion as they came towards them and even grabbed their ankles. Along the journey, Mexican legends La Llorona and Charro Negro, the black horseman, jumped out at them causing shrieks and gasps while eerie music played in the background.  At the final part of the …

Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta Gears Up for November Wellness

Dedicated to always improving the health and well-being of our guests, Spa Imagine at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta, in collaboration with other specialized organizations, has created an annual program called Wellness and this year it will be held over a two week period from November 18th through November 30th, 2019.   The Wellness event is devoted to helping guests enjoy all the pleasures of vacation while also working towards achieving a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Vacation is a great time to completely focus on the body, mind and spirit and to jump-start a new, healthier you.     During the last two weeks of November, Guests and members staying at Garza Blanca will enjoy several activities such as kayaking and snorkeling, wellness and nutrition workshops, meditation sessions, yoga classes and boot camp.  Several of the activities will be offered free of charge and available with a prior reservation. Guests and members will also have the option to purchase a special Wellness Package that incorporates extra benefits.    Our Wellness event will bring together different special guests and experts in the field. Attendees can sign up for a group physical training program that will be conducted by our invited experts. All of the activities and events that are part of Wellness …

Paddle Board Competition Hosted by Garza Blanca Preserve and Vallarta SUP & Surf

The sport of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) may not be an activity that you immediately think of as a water sport, but that is starting to change as paddle boarding soars in popularity.   Garza Blanca hotel is taking advantage of its incredible location with a beautiful beach right in front of the property to offer recreational sports. The calm waters and magnificent landscape make it a great location for paddle boarding and that is why we have started organizing SUP Races together with Vallarta SUP & Surf. The last races took place earlier this year on January 26th and 27th and we are excited to host another challenge for beach sport lovers again on November 16 and 17, 2019.  The SUP races will be open to locals and tourists 12 years of age and up, whether they are complete beginners or SUP professionals all that is needed is an interest in paddle boarding and a willingness to compete. There will be three different races including the Technical Race, the Relay Race and the Garza Blanca Challenge!   On Saturday, November 16, the day will begin with a yoga class from 8:00 am to 10:00 am to warm up your muscles, followed by a paddleboard clinic from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to perfect your technique and connect with your board.  On November 17, the technical race …