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Spending the Holidays at Our Resorts

If you are looking forward to spending the holidays at our resorts, we are offering some special holiday magic at each of Tafer´s Hotels & Resorts. See our comprehensive list of events and activities per resort below:  Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta  Holiday Highlights include:  Christmas Dinner – Enjoy a burst of holiday magic with a special Christmas dinner on December 24 & 25th.  Each restaurant will be offering a special 4-course menu and live music from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.     The cost for Room Only guests is $ 800 MXN per person (pp) including taxes and service (15%)    The cost per child (6 to 12 years old) is $ $400 MXN including taxes and service (15%)  New Year´s Eve Party – Celebrate the last day of the year with a 4-course dinner, live music and a live show from 8:00 pm to 12:30 am.    The cost for Room Only guests is $ 195 USD /pp including taxes and service (15%).  The cost per child (5 to 11 years old) is $ 90 USD including taxes and service (15%)  New Year´s Brunch – Start the new year off right with a special brunch at Blanca Blue Restaurant from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy …

Mercado 28 Cancun

For many people, the real joy of the holiday season is gift giving. If you are planning to spend Christmas in Cancun and you are looking for some presents to buy, why not try something different this year? Skip the big shopping malls and head to Mercado 28, a vibrant flea market in the heart of the city, where you can find a great variety of gifts to buy.  Sometimes gift giving can be difficult when you don´t know what to buy or for someone who seemingly has everything. At Mercado 28, you will find unique gift options that would be almost impossible-to-find outside of Mexico.   Mercado 28 has been around for many years. It has a colorful design and is located in a market square where you will find more than 100 stalls selling a diverse variety of Mexican articles, products, and handicrafts. If you are looking for an authentic Mexican Christmas shopping experience, you will find it there with a wide assortment of everything in different styles, sizes, shapes, and prices. There you will find an enormous variety from handmade clothing and textiles and hand-painted Mexican toys to jewelry and silver, to ceramics and tequila.  Once you find something you like, try to negotiate a …

Interview with the General Manager of Villa del Palmar Cancun/ Members Cocktail /AAA Team Trainings

Villa del Palmar Cancun  Interview with Juan Carlos Gonzalez  Read an exclusive interview with Juan Carlos Gonzalez – General Manager of Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa.   Juan Carlos Gonzalez shares with us an update about Villa del Palmar Cancun and his vision for the future of the resort.  1. Firstly, tell me a little bit about you?   I was born and raised in Guadalajara. I finished university there and I moved to Puerto Vallarta when I was 22. For the first year, I worked at a shoe store helping my parents. Then I got a job doing office administration work for Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta, Villa del Palmar Flamingos, and Villa La Estancia. I worked in the purchasing department for five years before being promoted to the Regional Purchasing Manager. Then I was invited to work as the Purchasing Manager for Villa del Palmar Cancun. I then got involved with operations and I worked for two years as the Rooms Division Manager and for one year as the Food and Beverage Manager before being …

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Fall Update from the Vice President of UVCI

Mexico is one of the favorite travel destinations for Americans – and also one of the few that is currently open for tourism.  As fall approaches, in addition to pumpkin-flavored everything, it is the time of year when the weather changes, the leaves fall from the trees, and jackets are put back on. For our members who are dreaming of warm sunny beaches, Mexico awaits your arrival!  Many airlines have recently announced that they will be offering expanded flight schedules to our various destinations. Southwest Airlines announced additional service routes offering more non-stop services to Puerto Vallarta, San Jose del Cabo, and Cancun. United Airlines offers several non-stop flights depending on what airport you are departing from. Volaris has added more routes and will fly over 140 routes between the United States and Mexico. Flights depart from major US cities including: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Seattle, among others.    Our members have been sharing with us very positive feedback about their recent stays at our resorts along with amazing videos and photos. We say, thank you for sharing! During this very challenging time, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our guests, members, and staff. Protocols continue to be followed and expanded based on …

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Wellness 2020 and Thanksgiving Feasts

Hotel Mousai   Wellness 2020  Wellness 2020 is one of the TAFER experiences that takes place annually at Spa Imagine, our world-class spa for guests of Hotel Mousai and Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, in collaboration with health and wellness experts.   We have an exciting program of wellness activities and workshops lined up starting on Monday, November 23rd through to Saturday, November 28th, all dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles.   On November 23rd, guests are invited to kick off Wellness 2020 with a kayak and snorkel tour to Los Arcos leaving the Garza Blanca beach at 8:00 am.   Throughout the rest of the week, we will offer the following activities and workshops:  Yoga – Yoga is a practice where we can harmonize the body, mind and spirit. We will be offering several different yoga classes, such as: Kundalini, Vinyasa, Hatha, Therapeutic, and Sup Yoga Bliss.    Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert – Experience healing through a bath of sounds and vibrations that help to significantly reduce stress, harmonize the chakras, and remove negative energy.     Cacao Ceremony – Working with cacao allows you to cultivate consciousness on an emotional and spiritual level, releasing what no longer serves you, and processing the energy that may be stuck leading to a deep transformation or guiding you in the direction you need to take. Using this medicinal plant helps …

Resort Best Practices to Keep Members Safe During COVID-19

Last month, Brittany Blanscet, UVCI’s Member Marketing Manager, shared with members her airport experience, as she spent the first two weeks of August traveling from Las Vegas to visit all of our resorts in Mexico.   Continuing on from Brittany’s travel experience, this month she shares with members her experience at our resorts and what each resort is doing to keep everyone safe during these COVID-19 times, so that members know what to expect when the time comes for your eagerly-awaited vacation.  We want our members to understand what TAFER Hotels & Resorts is doing to mitigate the risks of contracting the novel coronavirus and that they will be in safe hands with our ‘new normal’ health and safety protocols. Based on Brittany’s experience, here is a summary of what members can expect when they next walk through the doors of one of our resorts.   Check-in  Upon arrival at all of our resorts, your temperature will be taken and you will be offered hand sanitizing gel before entering the lobby. The bell boys will take your luggage to be sanitized prior to room delivery. During your check-in, you will be given a COVID-19 questionnaire to fill out and receive a welcome amenity face …

Spooky Trolly/ Beware of The Dead/MLB

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa    Halloween  Every year on October 31st, Garza Blanca celebrates Halloween with its spectacular Spooky Trolley, and this year is no exception! Ghosts, goblins, and other spirits from the underworld will gather at Garza Blanca Preserve and transform it, for one night only, into a ‘scary hotel.’  Our famous trolly, resembling a 1930s streetcar, that transports guests daily around Garza Blanca and Hotel Mousai, will be turned into a trolly of terror!  Guests will be summoned to the Garza Blanca Lobby where they will board the   Spooky Trolly and prepare for a frightening experience.  Be warned that zombies, the Grim Reaper, and the Exorcist as well as Mexican Legends, Charro Negro and La Llorona, may climb onto the Trolly to lunge at you and your loved ones turning our beautiful Preserve into a terrifying atmosphere. You may be gripped by fear as Zombies grab your ankles or Charro Negro jumps out at you. You will gasp and shriek as we collide with the dead while eerie music plays in the background. You may get spooked and you may get chills, as you encounter these frightening and mysterious creatures. However, it will be a memorable event that is suitable for the whole family.   We don’t have schedules yet, but the Trolley usually departs at dusk.  Day of the Dead  Every …

My TAFER Backpack

Being an outstanding student is not easy and requires a lot of effort, discipline and dedication. For this reason, for the past 3 years TAFER Hotels & Resorts has recognized the children of staff members who have an average above 8.7.  The school system in Mexico works slightly differently than in the United States or Canada. Whereas in the US and Canada an A+ grade is the highest and an F grade is the poorest, in Mexico they use a number system for grading. One is the lowest grade and 10 is the highest. Students must get at least a 6 to pass the subject.   Also in the US, schools are typically divided into three levels: elementary (grades K to 5), middle (grades 6 to 8) and high (grades 9 to 12). In Mexico, schools are also divided into three levels, but they work slightly differently too. Here there is primary (grades 1 to 6), secondary (grades 1 to 3) and baccalaureate (grades 1 to 3). The grades start at 1 again at each new school.   For the top performing children of the staff, who have worked for TAFER Hotels & Resorts for at least a year, they are rewarded with a special kit including a backpack with our company logo, …

EVENTS – Restaurant Week/New Bocados Dinner Menu/ Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa    Restaurant Week  Every year foodies from around the world flock to Puerto Vallarta for Restaurant Week, which has taken place annually since 2005.   Restaurant weeks happen around the world to provide tourists and locals alike with an opportunity to try innovative menus in top restaurants at reduced prices.   Puerto Vallarta will celebrate its 16th edition of Restaurant Week from September 15th to October 10th, 2020. This taste-tastic festival is organized by Vallarta Lifestyles Media Group with the support of the Riviera Nayarit Visitors and Conventions Bureau, and other authorities in order to promote the local gastronomy.   Participating restaurants will offer a three-course menu (appetizer, main course, and dessert) with 3 options to choose from per course for a fixed price of $466 pesos (excluding drinks and tips). This year, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa and Hotel Mousai will participate offering 3 course menus at Blanca Blue, Bocados STK and the Rooftop. The regular dinner menus will remain available to all guests.   The Restaurant Week menu will be one more option.  Other confirmed top restaurants in the area that are taking part in Restaurant Week 2020 include: Hacienda San Ángel Gourmet, La Cappella, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café, The Iguana Restaurant, and Café des Artistes.  For members planning to visit Puerto Vallarta during Restaurant Week 2020, you will have the opportunity to try mouthwatering cuisine …

TAFER Hotels & Resorts is Among the Best Hotel Brands in the World!

August 2020 was a busy month of recognition for TAFER Hotels & Resorts. We are proud to share with our members that several of our resorts received impressive industry distinctions earning recognition from Tripadvisor, AAA, and RCI®. The awards come as a great honor to TAFER and we are proud to share our successes with our valued members.   Travelers’ Choice Awards  Tripadvisor is the world’s largest travel platform and every year they announce the winners of the Travelers’ Choice Awards based on the ratings and reviews of travelers just like you. This coveted award program selects its winners based on millions of reviews of favorite restaurants, airlines, and hotels of travelers’ around the globe. The highest accolade is the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award.   We are proud to share that Hotel Mousai was recognized as Tripadvisor’s ‘Best of the Best’ in the 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards ranking number 14 in the category of Top Luxury Hotel Brands in Mexico. The Best of the Best represents the highest-rated business that are in the top 1% of Tripadvisor listings. The next category of awards is Travelers’ Choice winners, and they receive a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. This category represents the businesses that offer sterling service and are in the top 10% of all Tripadvisor listings. TAFER Hotels & Resorts’ other properties …