- A Warm Welcome: The Saludo Vidanta
Though it’s a small gesture, it certainly means a lot. It’s a way of welcoming you to Vidanta. It’s how we communicate our unending gratitude for choosing to spend some of your most cherished family moments with us. It conveys our dedication to bringing you—and families from all over the world—the happiness you deserve. And it’s a way to say when you stay at Vidanta, you are more than a guest, just like how we understand that your vacation is much more than a few days off, spent away from home. It’s the Saludo Vidanta.
It’s an action you know from your vacations: the hand held to the heart with a slight bow of the head or a bright smile. Chances are you’ve seen everyone from bell boys and front desk staff to housekeepers and the Joy Squad demonstrate it upon seeing you. At Vidanta, we all use the Saldo Vidanta to communicate a variety of sentiments, including saying “good morning,” “goodbye,” or “you're welcome.” But it’s much bigger than that. It’s a way to express happiness, and our sincere wish for your happiness, in a way that transcends the barriers of language.
Vidanta employees don’t just use this motion with guests; you will frequently see it used to communicate the same gratitude and joy to coworkers. In this way, it’s become a symbol of our company culture and philosophy that life is for enjoying and happiness is for experiencing. It brings all of us immense pleasure and satisfaction to be able to bring happiness to you and your family, and that’s why we take so much pride in the work we do.
So next time you’re at a Vidanta resort, pay attention to the way you’re greeted, and know that this act is so much more than simply saying “hello”.
- In the Spirit of the Moment: Mezcal, a Celebration of Mexican Culture
Sure, there’s no better way to celebrate a visit to Mexico than by sipping a margarita while relaxing poolside. But next time you arrive at your favorite Vidanta resort, why not skip the tequila—at least for one round—and try out another spirit that’s steeped with historical and traditional importance: mezcal.
Like tequila, mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant. But what distinguishes the two liquors is the type of agave that’s used; tequila is created from only blue agave that is grown in specific regions of Mexico, whereas mezcal is made from any number of agave plants and has no limits to the location of its production. Traditionally, mezcal is often enjoyed on its own, as it boasts a singular smoky flavor. Recently, though, this delightful elixir has been enjoying a boom in the craft cocktail scene and has been incorporated in a variety of libations that showcase its robust earthy tones.
The name of this beloved liquor is derived from the Nahuatl word mexcalli, which means “over-cooked agave.” It is said that mezcal has its roots in a sacred drink from the pre-Hispanic period called el pulque. This drink was created by fermenting maguey juice. Once the Spanish arrived in the region, they brought alembics with them, which were then used to distil el pulque into a primitive form of mezcal. Soon this new distilled version of the beverage caught on, and it spread throughout the country and became an important part of the local culture—a drink of celebration and solidarity. Now, mezcal is produced all over Mexico, including Durango, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas.
You can enjoy mezcal during your next trip to any of the Vidanta destination—whether featured as a bold star ingredient in a cocktail created by our master mixologists, or presented neat, for sipping. You can also channel the flavors of paradise by mixing up your own version of a favorite mezcal drink from Santuario at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta.
45 ML Mezcal Meteoro
30 ML Peach Liquor
30 ML Passion Fruit
8 Peppermint Leaves
30 ML Lime Juice
Mix all of the ingredients in a shaker. Shake with ice and serve chilled.
- Now Open: Blue Fish Reveals Beautiful New Space at Riviera Maya Jun 20, 2016|Activities & Adventures
If you’ve ever been to Blue Fish at Vidanta Riviera Maya, you’re familiar with the restaurant’s vibrant menu filled with the zesty, fresh ceviches and delicious, hit-the-spot appetizers. You also might recall its casual indoor/outdoor setting right by the pool. Well, we at Vidanta were so wild about the food at this amazing restaurant that we decided to give it a space as exciting and fun as its famous dishes! The restaurant now boasts a great new location and stunning décor!
Blue Fish’s new home is just off from The Grand Mayan reception at the Mayan Santuario. In order to give the space an appropriately lively look and feel, the architects and decorators took inspiration from the ocean. From the colors to the print on the wall, to the glass fish hanging above the kitchen, the entire experience is meant to recall soothing open waters and the marine life that lives within. These aquatic elements are complemented by natural textures and materials, like stone and straw. The space also flaunts an open kitchen so that diners will feel like they’re a part of the whole meal experience, from preparation to enjoyment!
The kitchen is headed by Chef Conception García, who has been contributing to the gourmet offerings at Vidanta Riviera Maya for the past four years, working at both Tramonto and Havana Moon, as well as the previous incarnation of Blue Fish. Her philosophy is to bring as much love and care to every dish she prepares as if she were cooking it for the person she loves most. Her revamped menu includes some exciting new dishes, such as roast beef with habanero goat cheese sauce, a few new kinds of ceviche, and grilled octopus—cooked fresh on the beautiful new charcoal grill for extra flavor!
If these new items sound so good you wish you could have them over and over again, then good news: the new Blue Fish will now be hosting a weekly cooking class, where you can learn how to prepare some of the restaurant’s dishes. The hour-long class is offered every Tuesday in both English and Spanish. Attendants will get to take home a small cookbook so they can recreate their favorite meals whenever they wish.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the new Blue Fish the next time you visit Vidanta Riviera Maya. It’s open daily from 11 AM to 5 PM for lunch, and then again from 6 to 10:30 PM for dinner. And don’t forget to check out the 2 for 1 happy hour every day, from 4 to 5 PM and 9 to 10 PM.
- Spreading the Happiness: Vidanta Acapulco Hosts Children from the Fundación Mazahua
The Vidanta resorts are founded on the idea that families everywhere deserve to experience the happiness of a wonderful vacation full of beauty and relaxation. That’s why we partnered with Viajemos Todos Por Mexico—which translates to “We All Travel Mexico”—an organization committed to promoting the mutual benefits of travel to both travelers and tourist destinations through innovative programs and events. Together, Viajemos Todos Por Mexico and Vidanta sponsored a trip for thirty children from the Fundación Mazahua, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for rural communities in Mexico. The kids were flown to Acapulco to enjoy a vacation at Vidanta Acapulco, filled with exploration, adventure, and plenty of fun.
To catch a glimpse of all their adventures, check out this video.
Viajemos Todos Por Mexico was created with the aim to make travel more available for all segments of the Mexican population. Their goal is to help expose all Mexicans to the rich cultural, historical, and educational benefits of exploring their country while also supporting the economies and creating jobs for tourist locales across the country. The national campaign strives to make travel affordable through offers and promotions, and provides special programs for those who don’t have any means for travel.
In support of this national movement, Vidanta Acapulco hosted the children for a stay that included an itinerary packed with activities, tours, and shows. From living it up on the Aqua Park, to helping release turtles into the wild at the turtle sanctuary, to exploring the beach and surrounding area, their visit allowed them to see and explore a new region of their country while also enjoying the luxury of a resort setting.
- The Park: Grupo Vidanta’s Bold Vision Featured on Cover of Forbes México Jun 14, 2016|Memories
We’re excited to announce that Grupo Vidanta was featured on the cover of the May/June edition of Forbes México. The profile highlights Grupo Vidanta’s incredible forthcoming contributions to Mexico’s tourism sector—an exciting partnership with fine-dining/lifestyle industry leader Hakkasan Group, and The Park, a new immersive entertainment collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. Grupo Vidanta’s Founder, Daniel Chávez Morán, is also featured prominently for his daring leadership in the field of Mexican tourism. The Park is described by Forbes as, “an ace up [Chávez Morán’s] sleeve,” a tremendous and fantastical venture set to disrupt the Mexican entertainment industry like never before.
Grupo Vidanta is no stranger to creating magical entertainment. In 2014 JOYÀ, Cirque du Soleil’s first resident show in Latin America, premiered at Vidanta Riviera Maya. JOYÀ, which recently celebrated its 500th performance, has been a smash hit in the region, playing to sold-out audiences and winning critical acclaim. Now, we are excited to have embarked on our next challenge: creating one of the most original and imaginative entertainment destinations in the world.
The goal of The Park is to fuse Cirque’s singular immersive entertainment experiences with Vidanta’s innovative approach to luxury vacationing. The magnificent end result will be a fantasy land where families from all over the world can explore a world beyond description. Boasting soaring structures and lush forests with hidden secrets, The Park promises to plunge attendees into a magical realm of acrobatics and adventure. The Park will be the crown jewel of Grupo Vidanta’s current development plan—the lead player in a $1.3 billion endeavor meant to further establish Mexico as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations.
The Park is slated to open at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta in 2018. Once open to the public, Grupo Vidanta estimates it will receive a million visitors in its first stage, and two million more when its next stage is complete by 2021 or 2022. This mega-park will be at the forefront of new vacation models that combine the world of hospitality with family entertainment.
Check out the Forbes México article (in Spanish) here, and look for more information about The Park in upcoming posts!
- First Look: New Bar at Azur Riviera Maya May 25, 2016|Activities & Adventures
If you love the high-end sophistication and precisely executed French fare of Azur at Vidanta Riviera Maya, then you will love their new bar, which opens next week! Located on the terrace, just outside the main dining room, this exciting new concept is rooted in the art and science of mixology and takes cocktail preparation to the next level. As soon as you take a seat and open their menu, you’ll get lost in the world of craft cocktails.
This wonderful new addition is helmed by master mixologist René Ramos Ramírez. His studies of the mixology movement, and the exciting breakthroughs it has brought in new methods, ingredients, combinations, and inspiration, is the foundation of this bar and its bold menu. The result is a drink list which infuses the culture of France into some of the most beloved classic cocktails. The Mint Julep, Bramble, and Gin and Tonic all get their own unique interpretation, which rely on fine ingredients from French cuisine to change things up.
There are also a variety of imaginative drinks that are basically meant to be potable meditations on French art and culture. The Denice is an ethereal elixir inspired by the concept of beauty, and features tequila, champagne, and a light medley of peach, lime, and rose. The La Vie en Rose takes its name from the song made famous by France’s national chanteuse, Édith Piaf. Like the song, it’s a tad bittersweet, with the notes of lemon mellowing the raspberry and rose flavors. And the Jazz Mint is a vibrant celebration of Paris’ famed Jazz Age of the 1920’s. The drink is a dance for the palate with bursts of pineapple, peppermint, and cardamom.
Make sure you try Bar Chef René’s delicious and spirited drinks for yourself during your next visit to Vidanta Riviera Maya.
- The Best of Mexico: Brio Spa Features Treatments Based in Tradition May 19, 2016|Spa
When in Mexico, why not indulge in time-honored traditions and sacred ingredients in the form of luxurious new spa treatments? Sometimes exploring the local culture is as relaxing as booking yourself a spa day and experiencing ancient wisdom and customs firsthand. Luckily, guests at Brio Spa in Nuevo Vallarta or Riviera Maya can do just that with a menu of treatments that pull inspiration from Mexican traditions.
The Salt Flower Body Treatment
This 80-minute multi-sensory experience is focused on renewal. The treatment is rooted in an Aztec legend about King Coliman of Cuyutlán Lagoon, who paid his taxes to the Aztec emperor in the form of a precious treasure: salt. During this treatment, the guest is exfoliated with organic flower salts, or salts that melt when combined with baobab seed oil. This nourishing exfoliation is followed by a gentle hydration mist and concluded with a hot stone massage. The whole experience is meant to be a celebration of all that salt means to the Aztec and Mexican culture.
Healing Stones Massage
Give your body the pampering it deserves with this unique anti-aging body treatment which is inspired by ancient beliefs in the healing powers of precious gems and minerals. Both the ancient Aztecs and Mayans used crystals to ward off bad energy and to summon a look into the future. These stones have been an important part of Mexican culture ever since. Now you can harness the positive energy and renewal said to live deep in stones with this 80-minute massage.
The Mesoamerican Indians believed in purifying the body and spirit by engaging in the ritual of a steam lodge, or temazcal. In this lodge, which is typically dome shaped and has its entrance oriented toward the light to encourage the light of good to enter, it is said that participants are revitalized through the blessing of the four elements: earth, wind, water, and fire. Afterwards, they emerge as one who has been reborn and is wiped clean of toxins and darkness. We are proud to feature a temazcal traditional sweat lodge at Brio Nuevo Vallarta, where you can experience this spiritual journey in a two-hour session led by a traditional shaman. Please note that a reservation for this experience is required 24 to 48 hours in advance.
A Vidanta favorite, the tequila massage celebrates Mexico’s #1 drink by channeling the healing qualities in agave oil to add extra potency to this 80-minute treatment. Lymphatic, Swedish, and deep-tissue techniques are combined to create the ultimate experience in relaxation, while the agave oil provides a refreshing and reinvigorating scent. Plus, the massage ends with a delicious margarita, on the rocks or blended—your choice!
Celebrate the spirit and traditions of Mexico during your next visit to Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta or Vidanta Riviera Maya by visiting Brio and trying out these amazing treatments!
- A Meal with a View: The Perfect Vacation Picnic May 19, 2016|Activities & Adventures
There’s no denying that when it comes to dining at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, the choices are seemingly endless. In fact, with over 25 restaurants, your options run the gamut from haute cuisine at high-end eateries, like Azur, The Burger Custom Made, or Epazote, to tasty and casual places, like Balance, Blue Fish, or Sweet Paris. But for those who are ready to think outside of the restaurant, there’s always opportunity to take mealtime outdoors with a gourmet picnic.
At Vidanta, the vacation picnic is so much more than a sandwich shared on the beach. Guests can choose from any number of stunning spots to dine. From the breathtaking views of the terrace outside of La Plaza to the romantic setting of one of the resort’s secret gardens, mood-setting backdrops are easy to come by. And as for the food, guests can simply stop by the Mercado Gourmet at La Plaza to find everything they need to put together the perfect picnic menu, including options to support every lifestyle, such as low-fat, gluten-free, and vegetarian selections. Here’s our suggestion for a prime line-up of delectable, outdoor-ready dishes and where to find them.
Start things off right by heading to La Crème de La Crème to try one of our delicious crottin cheeses, a natural goat cheese from the Loire Valley of France. You’ll need something to enjoy this amazing savory treat with, of course, so stop by the nearby bread shop, Croquant, and pick up a loaf of barra gallega, which flaunts a flaky crust and a light, airy middle. And if you’re looking to make a great sandwich, grab a loaf of the rye, then head to Le Filet, the charcuterie counter, for some cold cuts. While you’re at it, might as well finish off your gourmet feast with a pâté, smoked salmon, or duck terrine, too! Then swing by La Alacena to grab some fresh tropical fruit and a sparkling water to help clear your palette.
Fancy a Drink?
Enhance your already-amazing meal with a beverage, perfectly selected to complement the rest of your dishes by the experts at Vid a Vid. Etnia, a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, goes very well with spreadable cheeses, or go with Tempranillo Altos de Rioja to pair well with a Spanish cheese like manchego. Or celebrate your vacation with a beautiful bubbly.
Delight in the decadent with some artful chocolates or one of the beautiful macaroons from Costa Cacao. Or if you’re really looking to indulge, visit Doux Bijoux for their famous French pastries and desserts, as designed by legendary French pastry chef Pascal Molines. Try a berry tart or the Sous Bois, a confection of almond bread and vanilla mousse topped with white chocolate, toasted almonds, and berries.
- Tee Time: Norman Signature Golf Course Soft Opening May 19, 2016|Golf
We’re excited to announce it: the big day is finally here—all 18 holes of the Norman Signature Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta are open and ready for you to hit the green! After much planning, construction, and coordination, the course celebrated its soft opening in early May. And what a course it is! Featuring wall-to-wall paspalum, the par 73 course offers a scenic and secluded setting where you can escape the bustle of the resort and lose yourself in a wonderfully challenging game.
The team at Norman Design wanted to create a truly unique and immersive course, separate from the Nicklaus Design Course and the rest of Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, so they built it across the bluffs of the Ameca River. That means the only way you can access the course is through the new Ameca Bridge; at 560 feet, it’s the world’s longest suspension golf cart bridge.
As for what golfers can expect when stepping foot on the course, it was definitely built to be challenging, but has a forgiving layout with wide fairway landing areas and impeccable conditioning, allowing double digit green speeds. Subtle undulations in the push-up greens and a slight elevation make this course a test of your skill. And the platinum paspalum turf provides a unique bright green color that helps accent native specimen trees and fruit trees throughout.
Looking to experience this beautiful new course for yourself? Call Vidanta Golf today at 1-866-231-4423 to book your tee time.
- A Match Made in Paradise: Hakkasan Group Coming to Vidanta May 19, 2016|Activities & Adventures
Over the years, Grupo Vidanta has had the pleasure of working closely with top names from all sorts of industries, including Cirque du Soleil, Jack Nicklaus, and Greg Norman. All of these collaborations have been with the sole aim to create the best vacation experiences possible for you and your family. It’s in this vein of always striving to better our resorts that we proudly announce our newest partnership with the leader in lifestyle entertainment—Hakkasan Group.
Boasting a portfolio filled with some of the hottest names in nightlife, daylife, and dining, Hakkasan Group has built its stellar reputation by giving a sophisticated and luxurious edge to the international club and restaurant scene. They are known for bringing high-end elegance back to Vegas and they have opened popular lounges and acclaimed eateries in London, Miami, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, to name just a few of their locations.
To kick off this long-term relationship, Hakkasan Group and Grupo Vidanta have announced three new concepts that will open at Vidanta Los Cabos in 2017—two restaurants and a beach club. The two restaurants will feature Hakkasan Group’s trademark combination of smart, modern cuisine from top culinary minds in a sumptuous atmosphere. The beach club will offer a fun and vibrant lounge experience by day, then will transition into a club-restaurant-cabaret hybrid by night.
And that’s just the beginning of this exciting new relationship. Over the subsequent five years, Hakkasan Group will create a new venue at a different Vidanta destination every year. After that, Hakkasan Group and Vidanta will collaborate together on a new resort hotel at one of the Vidanta destinations. Stay tuned for more info about all the exciting developments to come from this great partnership!
- The Sounds of Paradise: The Story behind Your Vacation Soundtrack Apr 17, 2016|Activities & Adventures
Picture this: you’re returning to your favorite Vidanta destination, eager to get back to the good life. You’ve been traveling, and you can’t wait to step foot on the resort and settle into the laid-back luxury of this beautiful paradise. You pull up in your transport, walk up to your resort hotel lobby, and suddenly, you feel it. As you’re greeted by the staff with warm smiles and the saludo Vidanta, the hand-to-heart greeting extended to every cherished guest, you can feel relaxation roll over you. You think, It’s good to be back!
You may not notice it then, or even when you’re participating in a few lively games by the pool, or letting the world melt away during a treatment at the spa, or sipping a glass of wine on the patio, but there’s something special that goes into each minute you spend at the resort: a perfectly curated soundtrack.
Since the goal of Vidanta is to fill your every visit with memories that will last you a lifetime, a lot of thought and consideration go into the playlists you hear throughout your vacation. The aim is to create a soundtrack to complement and enhance every moment of your stay. That means that a lot of different factors go into choosing the music for the resort. Time of day, time of year, venue, and the desired mood or atmosphere all need to be considered when creating the resorts’ playlists. So the relaxing music that greets you when you first arrive in your lobby is carefully selected to convey a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This differs greatly from the music you hear at the pool during the afternoon, which is meant to accentuate the fun, carefree activities happening all around.
Different playlists are built for each restaurant, lobby, spa, pool area, and other spaces, as well. They are created on a monthly basis, or more frequently if needed. Like most every other part of the resort experience, they go through a review process to ensure quality. Once all of the playlists have been approved, they’re added to the master music library, which usually contains 40-60 hours per venue. The result, though subtle, makes a huge impact and goes a long way toward perfecting every moment.
Now that the warmer months are here, we asked the expert music curators at Vidanta to set the tone for summer with the perfect playlist. Check out the song list! And the next time you visit a Vidanta destination, take a minute to pause and listen to the music. You might not realize it, but it’s another way Vidanta is hard at work to make each vacation experience better than the last.
The Sounds of Summer
1. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
2. Paradise City - Guns N’ Roses
3. American Girl - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4. Summer of ‘69 - Bryan Adams
5. Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
6. Soak Up the Sun - Sheryl Crow
7. Cheeseburger in Paradise - Jimmy Buffett
8. Surfin’ Safari - The Beach Boys
9. Summertime - Billy Stewart
10. A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy
11. Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole
12. Summer Nights - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John
- Start Celebrating: Throw Your Own Cinco de Mayo Party Apr 17, 2016|Activities & Adventures
Pull out the tequila and Cointreau and get your patio ready because it’s that time of year again—Cinco de Mayo. If you’re unable to join us in Mexico for the holiday this year, you can still celebrate the occasion with friends by throwing an authentic Cinco de Mayo party! That’s right, we’re bringing you a few recipes and a suggested menu so that your fiesta feels straight out of an evening at your favorite Vidanta resort!
First of all, if you’re going to have a Cinco de Mayo-themed get-together, it’s good to have your facts straight. Many assume that May 5th is Mexico’s Independence Day, but that’s September 16th. The date is actually a celebration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The French had been occupying Mexico after the Mexican-American War and the Reform War, and had taken Veracruz in late 1861. The well-armed French fleet then decided to march toward Mexico City, but were met with resistance outside of Puebla. Though there were over 6,000 French troops and fewer than 2,000 Mexicans, who were quite poorly equipped compared to their opponents, triumph went to the Mexican people on May 5th. The date has been celebrated ever since in recognition of the power and passion of the Mexican people.
An authentic Cinco de Mayo party requires an authentic menu, filled with Mexican favorites, from start to finish. We put together a list of classic and easy-to-execute dishes so you can bring the best of Mexico’s flavors straight to your friends. Choose a few options from each course and get the fiesta started!
Appetizers (to share)
Guacamole and chips
Chicharron (pork cracklings)
Variety of salsas (tomatillo, charred tomato, molcajete)
Cactus leaf salad (ensalada de nopales)
Fish and shrimp ceviche
Grilled rib eye tacos with charred onion
Roasted chicken enchiladas
Esquites, or corn with lime mayo and chile piquin
Potatoes with chorizo
Tres leches cake
Coconut ice cream with a drizzle of coffee liquor
Margarita, on the rocks or blended
The Perfect Guacamole
No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without chips and guacamole. But don’t just reach for the store-bought version. Make sure your party stands out by making a batch fresh using our recipe, straight from the Vidanta kitchens.
· 3 Hass avocados, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
· 1/4 cup very finely diced onion
· 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
· 1 serrano chili, seeded and minced (mild), add more if you like it spicy
· 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
· 1 tablespoon olive oil
· sea salt to taste
· tortilla chips, for serving
In a medium bowl, gently stir the diced avocados with the onion, cilantro, chili, and lime juice until well mixed but still slightly chunky. Season the guacamole with sea salt, olive oil, then mix and serve with tortilla chips. If you want your guacamole to last overnight, squeeze some fresh lime on top and cover tightly with plastic wrap. This will limit the amount of oxygen contact to the guacamole.