From October 31st to November 4th, 2018, Mexico’s luxurious Velas Resorts will be hosting their own Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. Paying homage to what’s considered to be one of the most representative holidays of Mexican culture, the resorts in Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Riviera Maya will be marking the occasion with festival altars decorated with objects known as ofrendas, Day of the Dead decorations and traditional recipes interpreted into tasting menus.
Staying true to festival tradition, each resort is creating its own colorful Altar de Muerto decorated with the ornaments typically seen in this tribute to the dead, from ceramic Catrina skeleton dolls, sugar skulls, food and water, to salt, ash and marigolds. Of these, the Altar de Muerto at Velas Vallarta is set to be among the biggest in Marina Vallarta, standing at an impressive 40 sq ft. Staff dressed as Catrinas and decorations throughout the resorts will add to the celebratory feel.
On the culinary side, Grand Velas Los Cabos is then set to host the Life and Dead Celebration, showcasing Mexican flavors and traditions in a special five-course menu at restaurant Frida. Expect Mexican specialties such as tamales, mole, candied pumpkin and buñuelo dough balls in a fine dining context.
While hosting this celebration, Grand Velas Riviera Maya will be paying tribute to one of the country’s most iconic artists, Frida Kahlo, with a special Altar de Muertos dedicated to Kahlo and her partner Diego Rivera; Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will be hosting a Catrina fancy dress contest; boutique hotel Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta will be delivering traditional Pan de Muertos to guests in their suites and serving Pan de Muerto with Mexican hot chocolate in Emiliano Restaurant; and finally, Velas Vallarta will be inviting guests to decorate their own La Catrina masks and sugar skulls for the resort’s festival altar.
In addition to hosting their own celebrations, Velas Vallarta, Casa Velas and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit are sponsoring the creation of giant Catrinas along Puerto Vallarta Malecon, adding to the festivities taking over the streets at this time.