- Executive Chef Neftalí Ponce Unveils New Ceviche at Vidanta Puerto Peñasco
Resident Iron Chef Neftalí Ponce is bringing his signature style and inventiveness to bear with three variations of a brand-new ceviche recipe for guests of Vidanta Puerto Peñasco to enjoy.
Ceviche may have originated in Peru, but many consider it to have been perfected here in Mexico. The huge variety of fish and seafood available off the coasts makes Mexican ceviche diverse and exciting, and chefs incorporate traditional local ingredients like green chilies, cilantro, and rich red tomatoes. Chef Neftalí’s decided to innovate even further with his new ceviche, unlike any other dish in Mexico.
From the moment the plate hits the table, guests can tell they’re in for something special. The dish—which Neftalí has named Aguachile Sonorense—is a deep rich red, and the savory smell of roast chilies and garlic blends perfectly with the sharp tang of citrus. The meal’s unique flavor profile lends itself to a variety of proteins, including scallops and shrimp. Served chilled—as it must be—and accompanied by a side of fresh avocado and fine salsas, Aguachile Sonorense is truly a delight to taste. Chef Neftalí recommends a cold lager or refreshing michelada to accompany.
Guests can enjoy the delectable Aguachile Sonorense at Ola Mulata or Balché (shrimp only), or learn to make their own in our ceviche cooking class! Held every Friday at 2pm, Joy Squad will teach guests how to make the perfect ceviche in their home kitchens.
Can’t wait until your next vacation? Try out this special Vidanta ceviche recipe at home!
“Mayan Palace” Ceviche
- 500 g. Sole or Other White Fish
- 500 g. Tomatoes
- 500 g. White Onion
- 1.5 kg. Cucumber
- 60 g. Cilantro
- 6 oz. Clamato
- Chili Powder (to taste)
- 80 g. Celery
- Salt (to taste)
- Black Pepper (to taste)
- Oregano (to taste)
- 700 ml. Lime Juice
- Cut the fish into cubes (1 cm) and set aside in a bowl
- Add salt and pepper (freshly ground) to taste, add lime juice to cover the fish cubes
- Marinate for 15 minutes
- Drain and squeeze with your hands
- Cut all vegetables into cubes (1 cm), mix with the drained fish, combine all ingredients
- Correct seasoning and add cold Clamato and finely ground oregano (to taste )
- Add avocado and salsas to taste with tortilla chips and crackers
- Celebrate La Kermes at Vidanta Riviera Maya
Come down to Café del Lago to take part in La Kermes—a Mexican tradition that’s fun for all ages! La Kermes, like a country fair in America, is a fun celebration where the whole family can enjoy merry games, delicious traditional foods, and exciting entertainment from Vidanta performers.
Foodies will love the diverse array of traditional dishes served at La Kermes. Pork tortas, crispy street corn, savory tamales—all the classics of Mexican cuisine are prepared fresh. If you’re looking for something special, make sure you don’t miss out on trying a “marquesita”. A traditional Yucatecan dish, marquesitas are made from a sweet rolled wafer stuffed with Edam cheese and “cajeta”, a tangy caramel-like syrup. Wash it down with a refreshing “agua fresca”, or—if you’re in the mood—with a rich tequila from Jalisco, the drink’s birthplace.
Of course, food is only a small part of La Kermes festivities. Guests can also play play classic games like lotería (Mexican bingo), as well as pin the tail on the donkey, marbles, and roulette. Finally, every night finishes with an energetic dance show from Vidanta’s best performers. Delight as dancers creatively exhibit styles from regions all across Mexico, including states like Yucatán, Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, and Veracruz.
You can enjoy La Kermes at Café de Lago, every Monday from 6:30pm-10:30pm. Entry and food tickets can be purchased at the nearby booth.
- Golf with the Greats at Vidanta Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament
NBA Legend Ray Allen, MLB World-Series Champion Tim Wakefield, and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sap—these sports heroes are just three of more than twenty celebrities taking part in the first-ever Vidanta Celebrity Golf Tournament. The tournament, which takes place October 13-15 at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta, is your chance to enjoy daily rounds, private parties, and more on two of the most beautiful golf courses in Mexico. That’s not to mention the more than $50,000 worth of cash and prizes on the table.
Each competitor’s entry fee earns them two tournament rounds with a celebrity partner, one on each of our expertly designed courses, the Nicklaus Design Golf Course and the Norman Signature Golf Course. The Nicklaus Design Golf Course at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is a natural and technical masterpiece. This 6,668 yard, par 70 course is forgiving to beginners, but is rimmed with seven lakes and 49 strategically placed bunkers that can challenge the most experienced golfers. Our new Norman Signature Golf Course offers a completely different type of play, full of new challenges and new triumphs to be earned. Seeded tee-to-green with lush paspalum grass, the Norman Signature Golf Course is a sight to experience. Both courses feature breathtaking views of the Sierra Madre Mountains, and are accessed by traversing the Ameca Bridge, the longest golf-cart suspension bridge in the world.
Competitors will also enjoy a welcome party and gift, three meals from our expert chefs during the tournament, and an invitation to our lavish awards dinner where our winners will collect their prizes. For guests and spouses, we’ve included a complimentary spa treatment, so they can enjoy the luxury of total relaxation while their partner winds up on the course.
Spots are currently open for The Vidanta Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament. Visit Vidanta.com/GolfTournament for more information.
- Vidanta’s All-New Wellness Program
At Vidanta, comfort and prosperity are our top priority for our guests, our employees, and the nature around us. Starting this month, we’re excited to expand that goal with The Wellness Program, a new opportunity offered at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta designed to guide you towards a fresh understanding of health and vitality.
The Wellness Program as a whole is meant to help you strike a balance between your mind, body, and emotions, and develop a positive attitude towards wellness that you can carry with you long after your vacation ends. To aid that objective, the program is divided into two separate paths, each focusing on different needs and goals.
The Jöy Squad Activities Program is our curated exploration of the best wellness activities Vidanta has to offer. Every guest is paired with a Jöy Squad leader who’ll guide them through exercise programs, delicious food and drink tastings, and even a tour or two—Nuevo Vallarta’s rich history and culture is a pleasure to explore.
That exploration is deepened in The Spa, Fitness, & Nutrition Program. This program is a personal adventure that blends fitness, restorative spa treatments, and nutrition with the culture and wisdom of ancient Mexico. Rituals and artifacts native to the region have been incorporated into our Spa Program. The treatments range from the familiar—the Tequila Massage—to the powerful and peculiar, like the Temazcal or shaman-led energy rituals.
Alongside the innovated spa treatments come traditional fitness activities, as well as complimentary meals from the new Wellness Menu, designed by our executive chef exclusively for The Wellness Program. These unique dishes are also available for purchase for guests involved in the Jöy Squad Activities program.
Interested in participating in The Wellness Program on your next vacation to Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta? Email your concierge for information, or click here to read more.
- Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Convention Center Brings Luxury to Event Planning Jul 15, 2016|Weddings
Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is an architectural marvel that blurs the lines between indoors and outdoors with its towering palapas, lush gardens, winding wooden pathways, lake- and ocean-side patios, and backdrop of the dusky Sierra Madres. Now, a newcomer to the landscape is adding to that splendor.
The Convention Center is an impressive, state-of-the-art professional facility seamlessly incorporated in the luxury and beauty of Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta. Its 16,000 plus square feet of floor space and meeting rooms, not to mention its sprawling lake-side terraces, allow the center to accommodate thousands of guests. Every room in the facility comes with high-speed internet and streaming audio and video capabilities, as well as a full suite of presentation hardware in the larger rooms.
When planning for the Convention Center began, our vision was to create event spaces that fully showcased the grandeur and magic of the Nuevo Vallarta grounds. As a result, the rooms that ring the Center are adorned with soaring floor-to-ceiling windows that capture breathtaking views of the Sierra Madre Mountains or the peaceful blue waters of our lake. An event at Vidanta always impresses, whether you’re hosting a family reunion, business meeting, or intimate gathering in our private halls and ballrooms, or running a full convention in our surreally beautiful, 75,000-square-foot Sanaturio. Whenever you book one of our facilities, you have the option of working with our dedicated service team—caterers, event planners, expert tech support, and more can help make your event smooth and spectacular.
Of course, sometimes a special celebration—a wedding, a baptism, or an anniversary—needs an extra touch. Those moments find their home in one of our two Secret Gardens. Tucked away in gorgeous, secluded groves, these meticulously landscaped gardens are perfect for a wellness retreat, convention, or wedding. The lush grass and cool shade of lofty trees and ferns make these gardens truly magical locations for up to 200 guests.
Coordinate with our planners or caterers to make any event a memorable one. Contact our Events Team at Events@Vidanta.com.
- 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.
- 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.