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First Annual Cactus Fest At Velas Resorts

Innovative Menus, Specialty Amenities, Spa Treatments & More In Celebration of the Superfood with a Historical Significance At Velas Resorts in May


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (May 10, 2023) – In celebration of National Cactus Day, Velas Resorts announces their first annual Cactus Fest in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and Los Cabos with special food & beverage and spa offerings throughout the month. The event celebrates the cactus’ historical significance in Mexican culture, which dates back to the Aztec empire, and superfood benefits. Featured on the nation’s flag as a symbol of the country’s origin and sacrifice, the cactus has woven itself into the fabric of Mexican history, art, and cuisine. Packed with vitamins and nutrients, cactus is full of fiber, antioxidants, and carotenoids for healthy benefits. The cactus is also enjoying new prominence in landscaping which is also showcased during the event.


Grand Velas Los Cabos

Guests at Grand Velas Los Cabos can savor cactus based dishes throughout the festival with an exclusive menu at Cocina de Autor. Highlights include a wagyu beef topped with remoulade and cured nopal; Comondu oysters topped with green apple, nopal pearls, and creole cilantro; corn velouté consisting of a sweet and sour jicama dumpling, cactus, and pecan nuts; and a short rib beef filet with onion and roasted cactus. To finish, guests can indulge in a prickly pear ice cream topped with nopal caramel confit and a prickly pear and ginger granita. Special cocktails around the resort include a cactus margarita and a choyera mezcalita with prickly pear. In addition, Caliwater, the premium cactus water beverage created by actors Vanessa Hudgens and Oliver Trevena and backed by additional celebrity investors like Gerard Butler, Aaron Rodgers, and Brooke Burke, will be available at the hotel. With five naturally occurring electrolytes, Caliwater boosts hydration and is packed with skin fortifying antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and extract of the super fruit Prickly Pear. To complete the entire experience, guests can enjoy a walk through the resort’s cactus garden with ocean views.


Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit

At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the award winning SE Spa will offer a cactus face and body treatment for relaxation and renewal of the skin. Cactus is a powerful antioxidant that prevents oxidative stress, diluting the appearance of dark circles, spots, and roughness on the skin. The treatment generates an energetic balance for the mind while bringing softness and hydration into the layers of the skin.


Velas Vallarta

In Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta will serve a cactus themed menu at its Andrea Restaurant. Menu highlights include a pickled nopal salad topped with dehydrated tomatoes and canasto cheese, a nopales and panela soup, and nopal stuffed with paella. The meal will finish with coconut ice cream topped with a signature cactus compote. Additionally, at breakfast there will be a nopal juice with pineapple served daily.


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. In addition to Grand Velas Los Cabos’ recent receipt of the Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide, the first and only all-inclusive in Mexico to earn the distinction, 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. The adults-only Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos is a new resort and concept in the all inclusive space opening in late 2023. 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.


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