Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (October 5, 2021) - Mexico's Velas Resorts celebrates Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with vivid festivities revolving around the ancient tradition of Día de Los Muertos. Held on November 1st and 2nd, Día de Los Muertos has been included in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list by UNESCO.
Dedicated to deceased loved ones, as a homage to their wisdom and legacy, Dia de los Muertos' buoyant preparations at Velas Resorts include copal incense, papel picado flag streamers, bountiful marigold flowers, elaborately decorated sugar skulls and more. Ofrendas, or elaborate altars, are decorated throughout resort grounds. At Velas Resorts, memorable activities range from Catrina face painting and costume contests to arts & crafts to paint one's own alebrije (spirit animal), trick or treating, and seasonal spa treatments. Authentic food and beverages traditional during the holiday are also offered. During Dia de los Muertos at the resorts, travelers can also take advantage of a 50% savings on kids' and teens rates and round-trip transportation; resort credits on the spa, boutique and golf; suite upgrades; and early check-in or late check-out.
If travelers are unable to make it to Mexico this year, they can opt to celebrate at home with the below recipe for the Chaneque cocktail from Grand Velas Riviera Maya below. Chaneque are legendary creatures in Mexican folklore believed to be the guardians of nature.
1 oz. pox
½ oz. ancho chili liqueur
½ oz. tangerine juice
½ oz. panela/piloncillo simple syrup
1 pc. Abuelita chocolate
To prepare the piloncillo syrup: Boil 1/2 lb piloncillo in 1 C of water until melted and thickened.
Rim cocktail glass with chocolate powder.
In a shaker, combine pox, ancho chili liqueur, tangerine juice and piloncillo simple syrup. Strain into glass.
Optional: Add Abuelita chocolate to the glass.
*Panela/piloncillo and Abuelita hot chocolate are available in your local Latin grocery store, and in some places even mainstream grocery stores, or can be purchased online. To substitute brown sugar for piloncillo, use 1 cup of dark brown sugar and 2 tablespoons molasses.
About Velas Resorts:
Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Los Cabos have earned 56 AAA Diamonds, including the prestigious Five Diamond Award. Other esteemed international awards for services and facilities include Virtuoso's Best Family Program, Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award for spa, and TripAdvisor's Top Hotels in the World, among others. Offering unparalleled all-inclusive experiences, properties include Grand Velas in Los Cabos, with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort; Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, which enjoys a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains; and Grand Velas Riviera Maya, offering a sophisticated resort experience in the Caribbean with jungle and beach settings. In Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta is a family-friendly all suites resort and spa located on Banderas Bay and Casa Velas is a boutique adults-only hotel located on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course. Casa Velas' guests have beach access at Táu Beach Club, a casual, relaxed atmosphere overlooking the ocean, with a jacuzzi, pool, delectable cuisine, and an expansive event space. Mar del Cabo, a boutique hotel on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, opened in December 2018 as its only European Plan offering. Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, operates Velas Resorts with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. Explore tips, recipes, lifestyle and travel trends, and the latest news about Velas Resorts on the digital mag: www.velasmagazine.com.