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Día de Los Muertos Traditions - And Events at Garza Blanca

Día de Los Muertos Traditions – And Events at Garza Blanca

Mexico is a land rich in culture and tradition, but few are as fascinating and deeply cherished as El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Contrary to the name, this is more than one day. The celebration begins on October 31st and continues through November 2nd. This time of year pulls customs and rituals from the depths of indigenous history and its mergence with the Catholic Church. What has evolved is an authentic practice that embodies the beauty and beliefs of the Mexican people. You will see the somber reverence of loved ones who have passed on and the joyous celebrations with La Calavera Catrina! History and Tradition October 31st has been tied into this holiday due to the religious influence mingling All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day, but the true celebrations are November 1st, el Día de los Angelitos, Day of the Little Angels and November 2nd, Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. In the evenings, you may see processions of family and friends …

Current Puerto Vallarta Weather

Current Puerto Vallarta Weather

Stay up to date with the current weather conditions to see if it affects your stay at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. Featured image, current view of Puerto Vallarta’s Weather, October 23, 2018. Update October 23, 2018 – Hurricane Willa Has Passed We are delighted to share that Hurricane Willa was dropped to a category 3 and has now passed by Puerto Vallarta. Last night’s gentle rainfall was all that occurred, and weather reports suggest sporadic light rains through tomorrow. These are lovely this time of year as they cool the air and nourish the lush jungle before the dry season. Puerto Vallarta took every necessary precaution and placed extra lifeguards and security along the beach to keep onlookers and adventurous, boogie-boarding teenagers safe from the large waves. The city is fully active today with tourists visiting shops and restaurants with open doors. It has been pleasantly dry with light breezes making it the perfect weather to wander the streets and see the sites without concern for heat or sunburn. There are …

Garza Blanca’s Pedro Palomera Pichardo Wins Bartenders’ Tournament

Garza Blanca’s Pedro Palomera Pichardo Wins Bartenders’ Tournament

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa’s very own Pedro Palomera Pichardo’s took home the prize for prize for best bartender in the region at the 7th annual Gastro-Hotel Bartenders Tournament in Puerto Vallarta! The tournament took place October 7-9 within the framework of the 11th annual Gastro-Hotel Worker Week, organized by CTM Vallarta, and featured 48 bartenders from all over Mexico. This event has been growing each year, and this year saw the largest participation so far, with 45 male contestants and 3 female contestants. During two-day competition, the contestants prepared specialty cocktails and exhibited them before the judges, and the public. The cocktails could be either variations of classics, or unique cocktails developed by the contestants. They were judged on originality, neatness and technique. The first day of the competition was a marathon elimination day, which reduced the number of competitors from 48 to 11 semi-finalists. The second day the 11 semi-finalists competed before the judges and Pedro Palomera Pichardo was crowned the winner of the tournament! Pedro has competed in this tournament for seven …

Brand New Kids' Club Opens in July 2018

Brand New Kids’ Club Coming Soon

You’re finally here. That long-awaited vacation. It’s been a long day. Airports, flights, transportation. You settle into your gorgeous 2 bedroom suite, grab a glass of wine and sit down on the couch to relax and take in the view. Everything is calm. For a while. Then… you hear it… the dreaded… “Mom!” We’re bored!“ Luckily, you have the answer. “I’ll take you guys down to the kids’ club!” “Ok!” “Awesome!” “I’ll come pick you up at dinnertime.” Ahh. Peace and quiet. In our never-ending pursuit to be the best family-friendly beach resort in the Puerto Vallarta area, we are now in the process of building our first ever kids’ club at Garza Blanca. The Kids’ Club will open in mid-July of this year, and it is for kids ages 5-12. We are working hard to make sure there is something for everyone in those age groups. Ages 5 and Up For younger kids we have a tumbling area with large foam blocks in fun shapes, sizes and colors, an indoor playground set with slides …

Kilauea Volcano

Puerto Vallarta sentiments about Kilauea Volcano

On Tuesday May 15, 2018, the peak of Kilauea on the main island of Hawaii began to erupt, forcing thousands of residents to shelter in their homes or evacuate to safeguard themselves from the ash cloud that reached heights of up to 30,000 feet. The ongoing disaster is not only impacting the daily lives of Hawaii’s 1.4 million residents, but impede travel via air and sea for the many visitors that have come to enjoy the state’s welcoming nature and characteristic hospitality. The eruption is expected to increase in intensity at this time, producing plumes of volcanic debris that present a perilous threat to everyday activities and the local way of life. Our most sincere goodwill goes out to of our guests from the Hawaiian islands, their families, and those staying in the area during this dangerous and developing situation. Hawaii and Puerto Vallarta not only share a latitude, but an attitude. The people of Hawaii have always been highly resilient, consistently thriving in scenarios that have demanded the most of their courage. We at …

An Uplifter at Heart, Philipp Real is Garza Blanca Resort’s New General Manager

An Uplifter at Heart, Philipp Real is Garza Blanca Resort’s New General Manager

Meet Philipp Real, Garza Blanca Resort & Spa’s brand new General Manager who joined the team at your home away from home in December 2017. The youngest of four siblings, father of one daughter and a doting husband, Philipp is a man whose smile and positivity is both contagious and inspiring. Read what he had to share about both his professional and personal life. When did your passion for hospitality begin? I grew up in a hotel. Quite literally! My parents built a small hotel in the Principality of Liechtenstein. It began like a small bed and breakfast and they built it up over time to become a luxury boutique hotel. We lived at the hotel; the lobby was my front door. Every day after school or on the weekends, I would help carry luggage, wash dishes, serve tables and so on. When I left school, you could say I rebelled against the hotel business. At first I studied finance at Commercial and Financial College, but, after a while, I realized that I couldn’t escape …

Announcing Savvy Traveler Rewards

Announcing TAFER Rewards

If you are the type of traveler who likes to take things up a notch during your vacations, you will surely want to sign up for the TAFER Rewards program before you head to your luxurious getaway at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta. Savvy travelers from around the world are taking advantage of the perks that come with this sensational program which offers its members access to great deals on exceptional trips to Mexico! Be wise and register for amazing privileges! When you register now and become a Savvy Traveler, you can begin to enjoy attractive benefits including early alerts about savings on luxury vacations at our Pacific haven Garza Blanca as well as other popular destinations in Mexico. Garza Blanca Resort & Spa belongs to the prestigious Tafer Hotels & Resorts collection, which offers the Savvy Traveler Rewards as an exclusive loyalty program for its guests. Enjoy a number of benefits as one of our most treasured guests including early notice of promotions, special deals with incredible discounted prices, the option …

Best February Vacations in Mexico

Best February Vacations

Puerto Vallarta is a popular destination for vacations in Mexico for a great many reasons, and traveling there in the winter months is particularly delightful. In fact, Business Insider has named Puerto Vallarta as one of its best places to visit in February. Along with twelve other exotic destinations, ranging from Beijing (where Chinese New Year celebrations are extraordinary) to Rio de Janeiro (where Carnival festivities reign supreme), Puerto Vallarta was chosen by Business Insider as a wonderful choice when you are looking for an unforgettable winter escape. According to Business Insider, February is one of the best months out of the year to get out and travel. So why is Puerto Vallarta one of the top destinations for the best February vacations you could dream of? Let’s take a closer look at some of the elements that make Puerto Vallarta a remarkable vacation spot: Splendid Weather The weather in Puerto Vallarta is lovely during the winter months, with high temperatures typically in the 70s and 80s and low temperatures in the 50s and 60s. …

New Poolside Lounge Chairs

New Poolside Lounge Chairs

We are happy to share that Garza Blanca Resort & Spa has bought 80 new sun loungers, which have been distributed around the beautiful Panoramic Pool to ensure everyone has a place to enjoy the poolside during this year’s high season during the winter. More loungers for everyone Some of the loungers originally located by the Panoramic Pool that are in great condition have been moved to the Beachfront Pool and beach to increase the number of loungers in the beachfront areas, too. Be a good neighbor We still kindly remind members and guests to refrain from reserving loungers with their towels or belongings when not in use for more than an hour as a courtesy to others wishing to enjoy the best views of the pools and beach. Please speak to the pool concierge if you would like to locate a great spot when you arrive to the pools or beaches. 5 / 5 ( 1 vote )

New Year’s Message From Garza Blanca’s General Manager

New Year’s Message From Garza Blanca’s General Manager

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa is delighted to share news of Philipp Real’s arrival as General Manager. The charismatic manager from the European principality of Liechtenstein joined the team at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta just last month. To mark his arrival, he wanted to introduce himself and send warm wishes for the new year. Watch his short message: 5 / 5 ( 2 votes )

Posadas and Mexican Christmas Traditions

Posadas and Mexican Christmas Traditions

Spending the Holidays in Mexico is a fascinating experience and something that everyone should do at least once in their life. You could say that the official Christmas seasons starts with the Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe on December 12 and continues until Epiphany or Three Kings Day (Día de los Tres Reyes Magos) on January 6, although in destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, parades and festivities begin like clockwork on December 1 in preparation for the Virgin of Guadalupe Day. Mexicans affectionately call this period Guadalupe-Reyes, a marathon of celebrations. You could even go so far as to say that the Holiday season in Mexico does not officially end until Candlemas on February 2, when many people will finally take down their Christmas decorations. Although each region in Mexico will have its own specific and intriguing Christmas traditions, below are just some of the wonderful events and sights you will experience when you visit Mexico for the Holiday Season. Posadas The nine posadas of Advent are a wonderfully popular tradition in Mexico and …

Top 5 Hotel Reviews from Garza Blanca Resort & Spa

Top 5 Hotel Reviews from Garza Blanca Resort & Spa

If you have enjoyed a splendid vacation at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa in the past, then you already know the types of incredible experiences the resort can offer. This spectacular waterfront property in Puerto Vallarta is home to pristine beaches that look out onto the calm azure waters of Banderas Bay, as well as a lush jungle-topped hillside with stunning vegetation. There is simply no place else like it, which means that you will certainly appreciate a getaway that is distinctive in every way. Guests come to treasure the magical memories that they create during their stay, leading many of them to leave glowing hotel reviews about their vacations. With so much to offer, it should come as no surprise that guests are pleased to leave wonderful hotel reviews about Garza Blanca Resort & Spa. Rather than just take our word for it, though, why not read on about the top video hotel reviews that guests have shared about their incredible vacations at Garza Blanca Resort & Spa: Greg and Vanessa Michels Take it …

Close Up Video Art Festival in Puerto Vallarta

Close Up Video Art Festival

CLOSE UP VALLARTA International Video Creation Festival 2017 is almost here, which means that the hotspot coastal destination of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will be enjoying the incredible cultural festival once more. This three-day festival will be taking place from November 16th through November 18th at various locations throughout the city. Video art created by both local and international filmmakers will be presented during the festival. This unique occasion brings together some of the city’s most creative individuals as well as innovators in filmmaking that travel to the event from all around the globe. CLOSE UP strives to offer a wide range of video art rather than a particular genre or style, allowing the artists to express themselves through their own distinctive approach. Background of CLOSE UP Although the festival is now officially headquartered in Puerto Vallarta, CLOSE UP got its start in Mexico City in 2006. Under the direction of Cuban artist Angel Delgado, the festival initially began as a video art exhibition that was held monthly in a different location, and then evolved into …

First International Sculptors Forum in Puerto Vallarta

First International Sculptors Forum in Puerto Vallarta

Hotel Mousai, located on the Garza Blanca Preserve in Puerto Vallarta, played host to a press conference at the end of last month announcing Puerto Vallarta’s first International Sculptors Forum. Garza Blanca Real Estate’s developer, Luis Fernando González Corona, was joined by the Dean of the CUCosta University of Guadalajara campus, Dr. Marco Antonio Cortés, and the Mayor of Puerto Vallarta, Arturo Dávalos Peña, to officially announce the International Sculptors Forum which will take place from November 13th to November 25th at the CUCosta campus in Puerto Vallarta. Massive sculptural workshop The idea is to turn Puerto Vallarta into a cultural workshop on a municipal scale with the help of the CUCosta, Puerto Vallarta’s City Council and local private patrons such as Garza Blanca Real Estate’s developer, Luis Fernando Gonzalez Corona. During Puerto Vallarta’s first International Sculptors Forum the city will welcome 11 renowned international sculptors hailing from countries such as Germany, Egypt, Spain, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iran, Mexico, Peru, Taiwan and Turkey. Selected students studying on the CUCosta’s Visual Arts degree program will be …

Garza Blanca’s Service Animal Policy

Garza Blanca’s Service Animal Policy

Garza Blanca Resort & Spa understands that certain guests and members require the assistance of a service animal during their stay, which is why the resort would like to share its Service Animal Policy. This policy applies to all of the resorts belonging to the Tafer collection. The service animal policy has been created to ensure that guests and members who travel with their service animal to the resort enjoy total comfort and satisfaction during their stay. It also helps establish a pleasant stay for fellow guests and members as well as the service animals that will potentially visit the resort. The resort is happy to extend this service to guests and members who meet all of the requirements to bring a service animal onsite. However, the resort wants to remind all guests and members that it is not officially “pet friendly” and therefore charges a reasonable fee for a service animal to stay in any room.  Terms and Conditions for staying with a service animal at the resort: Guests and members are required to …