Fairmont Expands in Mexico With New Hotel and Residential Development in the Riviera Nayarit

Fairmont Costa Canuva will be the centerpiece of a gorgeous new beachfront village along the pristine and increasingly popular Riviera Nayarit

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Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourismo today announced the development of a new 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.

The sparkling new Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2018 and will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, “COSTA CANUVA”, on the Riviera Nayarit. The Costa Canuva development is set along miles of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Costa Canuva, with more than 4.3 miles of shoreline and 630 acres of beach, estuary and mountains, will offer five hotels, including the Fairmont, and will be ideal for all types of travelers. It will also present residential ownership opportunities within the beachfront village with 2,500 residential units, including some designed by the renowned Artigas Arquitectos firm.

The development will also have an exclusive golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, with this being the first course created by the Mexican golfing champion. Two of the holes will present spectacular sea views to guarantee an unforgettable playing experience. Furthermore, an extensive list of activities will be available at Costa Canuva. Families will be able to experience a blend of sea and mountain and enjoy paddle surfing, more than 20 kilometers of cycling tracks designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and a canopy park including ziplines, among others.

These will come together as part of a masterful design to respect and enjoy the beauty and luxury of the venue, as is a tradition in projects overseen by famed urban planner, Mario Lazo.
“We are delighted to be at the forefront of establishing the new Costa Canuva community in this thriving and beautiful region,” said Kevin Frid, president, Americas for Fairmont’s parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “From the Riviera Maya to the Riviera Nayarit, we are positioning Fairmont to deliver our unique brand of luxury and genuine hospitality at Mexico’s most sought-after destinations.”

The Riviera Nayarit stretches for 51,800 hectares along the Pacific Ocean and offers a coastal lifestyle similar to that of California, while sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, providing a temperate yet tropical climate that can be enjoyed all 365 days of the year. Costa Canuva will provide access to sailing, surfing, fishing expeditions, a PGA-level golf course and pristine beaches. It will also add to the offering that led Condé Nast Traveller UK to name the Riviera Nayarit as one of its 10 Destinations To Watch in 2015.

Fairmont Costa Canuva will join its sister property, Fairmont Mayakoba located in the Riviera Maya region, and expand Fairmont’s growing portfolio of highly sought after luxury vacation resorts around the world. The Fairmont Costa Canuva will also feature Fairmont-branded residences for those who wish to make their stay in Mexico more permanent. As primary dwellings or getaway retreats, these whole and fractional ownership homes can be enjoyed all year long and will become a legacy for generations to come.

The development of the Costa Canuva village represents a $1.8 billion USD investment in the region’s economy and is expected to create 6,000 direct jobs and 18,000 thousand indirect jobs locally. The project is being spearheaded by Portugal’s Mota-Engil, one of the largest construction and infrastructure management companies in Europe and the only Portuguese company in the World’s Top 100 Construction Companies, according to Engineering News-Record.
“We are thrilled that Fairmont has joined us in this exciting journey to share the paradise of Costa Canuva with the rest of the world,” said Rafael Lang, CEO of Mota-Engil Tourism. “Our goal is to create a true community, integrating our beachfront village with residential neighborhoods, golf course and lagoons. Not only do we look forward to welcoming international visitors to this wonderful region, but we are excited to create new opportunities for domestic tourists and the local people of the Riviera Nayarit.”

Fairmont Costa Canuva will feature 250 guestrooms and suites, including 40 Fairmont Gold rooms and Fairmont branded residences. It will also boast more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six restaurants and bars, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a spectacular Willow Stream Spa encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet. A center for children and young adults, providing creative and active activities, will appeal to holidaying families.

As well as attracting luxury travelers and adventurous sun-seekers, the Fairmont Costa Canuva will benefit from its close proximity to the Sanctuary Convention Center, making it an ideal venue for corporate groups, conferences and social events.

About Fairmont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit www.fairmont.com.
About Mota-Engil
The Mota-Engil group has flourished over the last 70 years, marked by a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in its ongoing quest for new horizons.

Mota-Engil is a multinational and diversified business group with highly recognized know-how throughout the construction and infrastructure management value chain. As a leader in Portugal and ranked among the 30 most important European companies in the construction sector, Mota-Engil is present in 3 continents and 22 countries across Europe, Africa and Latin America. It participates in more than 200 companies around the world while maintaining the same standards of rigor, quality and capacity that have distinguished it throughout its history.

Tianguis Turistico 2016 (Mexico’s Largest Tourism Conference) to be held April 25-28 in Guadalajara

The 41st Edition of Tianguis Turístico  will take place from April 25th – 28th in Guadalajara, Mexico. Tianguis Turístico is a world-recognized, highly professional and dynamic event which showcases each of Mexico’s exciting destinations, as well as its diverse offering of tourism products and services. banner_downloads The main objective of the Tianguis Turistico Mexico, is to encourage the promotion and marketing of Mexico’s tourism products and services, to allow Mexico to increase the flow of visitors from domestic and international markets, thereby showing the products, the offering and the diversity in regard to tourism that Mexico has to offer to the world. Tianguis Turistico Mexico is an important platform for the promotion of and business for Mexico with domestic and international buyers interacting, under the same roof for three days. The  entire Mexican tourism industry will be represented including: • Sun and Beaches • Culture • Luxury • Business • Adventure Tianguis Turístico Mexico 2016 will be celebrating its 41st edition. Please feel free to visit www.tianguisturisticomexico.com.mx periodically for ongoing updated news on the conference and scheduled events.

ZIKA VIRUS POSES NO RISK TO MEXICO TOURISTS

February 3, 2015 – Officials from Mexico’s Ministry of Health met with tour operators from the United States and Canada yesterday in Cancun, Mexico, at a meeting organized by the Mexico Tourism Board. The meeting focused on a report of the latest Zika virus facts, the prevention and containment efforts by the Mexican government and tourism industry, and a continued practice of close coordination with the international tourism industry.

Cancun Beach Panorama, Mexico

Dr. Alberto Diaz Quiñonez, Deputy General Director of the Mexican Institute for Diagnostic and Epidemiology, shared that Mexico has only 34 confirmed cases of the Zika virus, representing just 0.03% of the total cases reported globally. All of these cases are from Mexican nationals living in rural areas, far from the tourist destinations frequently visited by international tourists.  Dr. Diaz shared, “While the Zika virus is inevitable in Mexico given its vast size, climate and trade in the region, the number of cases remains very low. Strong prevention efforts have already been in practice for years to prevent similar diseases.” He went on to emphasize, “Given these facts, there is no threat to tourists visiting Mexico.”

White Mexican church at the beach, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

For several years Mexico’s major tourist destinations and businesses have practiced world-class procedures to control the mosquito population and minimize cases of dengue and other diseases. Hotels, restaurants, airports, and other areas frequently visited by tourists have in place mosquito eradication practices and closely follow international guidelines to monitor and control their growth.  Given that the Zika virus is contracted in a manner similar to other mosquito-borne diseases that Mexico has long been combating, the entire country and especially its tourist destinations, are already well prepared to contain this latest disease.

Dr. Diaz referenced the World Health Organization (WHO)’s February 1, 2016, statement confirming that there is no reason to cancel or change travel plans to any country reporting Zika cases, including for pregnant women. With this advisory applying to all countries, even those with high numbers of cases, it’s yet another reason that Mexico, with a very low number of cases, continues to be a destination that millions of tourists are visiting each month.

Following the meeting, the group of international tour operators affirmed that Mexico’s comprehensive preparations and control measures give them the confidence to continue to recommend travel to Mexico for all tourists. Lawrence Elliott, Group Vice President at Sunwing Travel Group, commented, “I am impressed with Mexico’s understanding of the disease and aggressive steps taken to control its spread.  I believe this latest health scare has been overstated and must be put into perspective.  With so few cases, and zero reported in areas frequented by tourists, I continue to recommend travel to Mexico both personally to friends and family, and professionally to my customers.”

Mexico’s Craft beer producers will hold the first “RisingHop 2015” microbrew festival in Puerto Vallarta, at Parota Park on November 20 and 21

Mexico’s Craft beer producers will hold the first “RisingHop 2015” microbrew festival in Puerto Vallarta, at Parota Park on November 20 and 21, from 11 AM – 11 PM.

hop mexThe aim is to promote the culture of craft beer that has been growing in the country, responsible consumption and family life, said Jose Armando Alvarado, organizer of the festival.  ‘It’s a good opportunity for people from neighboring states like Guanajuato, Michoacán, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Colima and Jalisco itself, to visit Puerto Vallarta and enjoy Mexico’s growing beer craft,” said Alvarado.

He noted that in Puerto Vallarta there are a variety of attractions, as it is renowned not only for its beaches and its wide variety of culinary styles, but also for the warmth and friendliness of the people in Vallarta.

The first festival will feature 5 pavilions that offer, in addition to beer and food tasting, art, entertainment and activities for visitors of all ages. In total there will be more than 10 craft beer stands offering local, national, and international brews, and 10 food vendors offering traditional regional cuisine and international foods.
RisingHop 2015 festival in Puerto Vallarta will include live music from local and national bands from electronic, jazz, blues, and rock.
The pavilions will also host a variety of crafts from the region, such as handicrafts, jams, organic honey, bags, dresses, jewelry, bread, and more.

For this festival, the participation of breweries Brewing Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta, The Terrible, Brewery Colima, five brands from Michoacán Brewers Association, plus imported Belgian beer through The Beer Box.

Friends of Puerto Vallarta Pet Animals and Purr Project, which will be present in publicizing their work and raising awareness to people about caring for their pets. A portion of the entrance fee will be donated to the two associations.

The entry fee to RisingHop 2015 is 100 pesos and will include a full pint or two tastings and bracelet.

For people who come with family, there will be a nursery and playroom that will give small workshops, which will help kids develop their motor and mental skills by experienced psychologists.
Official website of event. http://risinghop.com/

Mexican Bazaar in West Sussex

West Sussex … soon to be world famous for this weekend’s bazaar featuring UK and Mexican artists, friends including Boris Spider, Demian Flores and Hilary Simon.

The Cultural Exchange between Mexico and the UK takes place October 23 from 4-7pm at West Dean College.

If you know details, please share in the comments!

– Ron Mader

On a sidenote, I’m curating list of the Twitterati with a UK-Mexico connection, starting with  @DemianFlores @NeilPyatt @stevebridger …

Cultural exchange between Mexico and the UK: 23 October, 4-7pm West Dean College Mexican Bazaar @DemianFlores @NeilPyatt @stevebridger

 

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Hilary y BorisHilary visiting Boris in Taller La Araña, 2008 

Seasonal Chiles en Nogada: The Mexican Flag on Your Plate

The following post is courtesy of the wonderfully talented, Cristina Potters. Her blog (Mexico Cooks!) is incredibly successful and we are proud to have her as a contributor to share her knowledge, recipes, and gastronomical expertise about Mexico.

Mexico Cooks! couldn’t start the month of September without paying tribute to our iconic chiles en nogada (chiles in walnut sauce), the Mexican flag on your plate.

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Mexico celebrates its independence the entire month of September with parades, parties, and traditional food and drink in restaurants and at home.  The traditional festive dish during the weeks before and after the Independence Day holiday is chiles en nogada, a magnificent tribute to the seasonal availability of granadas (pomegranates) and walnuts. From mid- August till mid-October, fresh pomegranates and walnuts make chiles en nogada possible.  Mildly spicy chiles poblano, stuffed with picadillo and topped with richly creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds, flaunt the brilliant green, white and red of the Mexican flag.

This festive dish is traditionally served especially on September 15 or 16 in honor of Mexico’s Independence Day, though it is popular anytime in the late summer and early fall. During August and September in the highlands of Mexico, particularly in Mexico City and Puebla, the dish is very popular. On streets bordering city markets and tianguis (street markets), you will see village women sitting on blankets painstakingly cracking open nutshells and peeling the thin brown skin from each freshly harvested walnut. It is important to use the freshest walnuts possible, as they produce such a creamy, rich sauce that it is worth the effort demanded to peel them.  Yes, the recipe is time-consuming…but you and your guests will jump up and shout “VIVA!” when you’ve licked the platters clean.

Fresh peaches, in season now.
Fresh peaches, in season now.

Ingredients

For the Meat
• 2 pounds beef brisket or other stew meat or 1 pound beef and 1 pound pork butt
• 1 small white onion, quartered
• 2 large cloves garlic
• about 1 Tablespoon sea salt

Biznaga cristalizada (candied barrel cactus).
Biznaga cristalizada (candied barrel cactus).

For the picadillo

• 4 Tablespoons freshly rendered pork lard or canola oil
• 1/3 cup chopped white onion
• 3 large cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
• 3 heaping Tablespoons raisins
• 1 or 2 chiles serrano, finely minced
• 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans
• 2 Tablespoons chopped candied biznaga (cactus)
• 2 fresh peaches, skinned and diced
• 1 fresh pear, peeled and chopped
• 1 apple, peeled and chopped
• 1 extremely ripe platano macho (plantain)
• 1 large potato, peeled and diced
• 3 large, ripe tomatoes, roasted, peeled and chopped
• sea salt to taste

Chiles poblano.  Choose the largest chiles with the smoothest sides for easy roasting.
Chiles poblano. Choose the largest chiles with the smoothest sides for easy roasting.

For the Chiles

6 fresh chiles poblano, roasted, peeled, and seeded, leaving the stem intact

Newly harvested, freshly peeled walnuts.  All of the shell and the thin brown skin must be removed to make smooth, creamy-white nogada (walnut sauce). Photo courtesy Gabriela.
Newly harvested, freshly peeled walnuts. All of the shell and the thin brown skin must be removed to make smooth, creamy-white nogada (walnut sauce). Photo courtesy Gabriela.

For the Walnut Sauce

• 1 cup fresh walnuts
• 6 ounces doble crema or full-fat cream cheese at room temperature
• 1-1/2 cups crema mexicana or 1-1/4 cups sour cream thinned with milk
• about 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
• 1 Tablespoon sugar
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 cup dry sherry

Fresh, seasonal pomegranates, available now in Mexico's markets.
Fresh, seasonal pomegranates, available now in Mexico’s markets.

For the Garnish

• 1 Tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
• 1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

Method

Cut the meat into large chunks, removing any excess fat. Place the meat into a large Dutch oven with the onion, garlic, and salt. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Skim off any foam that collects on the surface. Lower the heat and allow the water to simmer about 45 minutes, until the meat is just tender. Take the pot off the stove and let the meat cool in the broth. Remove the pieces of meat and finely shred them.

Warm the oil in a large, heavy skillet and sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until they turn a pale gold. Stir in the shredded meat and cook for 5 minutes. Add the cinnamon, pepper, and cloves, then, stir in the raisins, the 2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts. Add the chopped pear, apple, and potato, and mix well. Add the tomatoes and salt to taste, and continue cooking over medium-high heat until most of the moisture has evaporated. Stir often so that the mixture doesn’t stick. Let cool, cover, and set aside. The picadillo may be made 1 day in advance.

Make a slit down the side of each chile, just long enough to remove the seeds and veins. Keep the stem end intact. Drain the chiles on absorbent paper until completely dry. Cover and set aside. The chiles may be prepared a day in advance.

At least 3 hours in advance, place the 1 cup walnuts in a small pan of boiling water. Remove from the heat and let them sit for 5 minutes. Drain the nuts and, when cool, rub off as much of the dark skin as possible. Chop into small pieces. Place the nuts, cream cheese, crema, and salt in a blender and purée thoroughly. Stir in the optional sugar, cinnamon, and sherry, if using, until thoroughly combined.  Reserve at room temperature.

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The stuffed chiles pictured above were dipped into an egg coating and fried prior to finishing with walnut sauce and garnishes. In Mexico, passionate diners argue the pros and cons of coating the chiles; many insist that coating and frying is not traditional, and many insist that it is.  Mexico Cooks! prefers chiles en nogada with no coating.

Preheat the oven to 250ºF. When ready to serve, reheat the meat filling and stuff the chiles until plump and just barely closed. Place the chiles on a serving platter or on individual plates, cover with the walnut sauce, and sprinkle with parsley and pomegranate seeds

Chiles en nogada as presented at Restaurante Azul/Histórico, Mexico City. This beautiful service is only surpassed by the flavors of the chiles.
Chiles en nogada as presented at Restaurante Azul/Histórico, Mexico City. This beautiful service is only surpassed by the flavors of the chiles.

This dish may be served at room temperature, or it may be served chilled.

Note: Many people in today’s busy world prefer to make this recipe using a mixture of ground rather than shredded beef and pork.  Using this quick method, simply brown the ground meats and add the rest of the picadillo ingredients once the meats are browned.  The results will be excellent!

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CANADIANS CAN NOW GET MONEY BACK FROM THEIR PURCHASES WHILE VISITNG MEXICO

Travellers can claim back 8.9% of the total spend shopping, refund is deposited directly to their credit cards

Vancouver, Canada (September 09, 2015)- For many Canadians all is the perfect time of the year to plan a Winter family getaway. This year there are two more reasons why Canadians should choose Mexico. First of all, Canadian dollar has held its value against Mexican peso at an average rate of $12.60 pesos per dollar. Secondly, Canadians can now get a sales tax-refund of 8.9% of the total they spend while in Mexico. This means that regardless of your destination, vacationing in Mexico is more affordable than ever.

For a short period of time Danielle Van Der Kwartel, General Director of MONEYBACK, is in Canada to talk about how Canadians can get their money back when shopping in Mexico and instructing travel agents on how to assist their clients before leaving Canada.

MONEYBACK, Mexico’s leading tax-refund company, offers shoppers a guilt-free shopping experience by refunding 8.9% of the total amount they spend when traveling to Mexico. Items including jewelry, clothes, electronics, alcohol and handcrafts among others are eligible for a refund. Receiving your money back is fast and convenient. Filling out the forms takes only a few minutes and it can be done at the convenience of the airport or cruise port. To receive their refund, Canadian travelers must follow the next easy steps:

Shop at any of the 6,000 participating stores, including Costco, Sears, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Nine West, Diamonds International, MAC, Kenneth Cole and many more. (For all the affiliated stores visit: http://moneyback.mx/shophere-taxback.html)

When paying with a credit card spend a minimum of $1,200 pesos (approx. $93.00 CAD). If you are paying with cash there is no minimum required but purchases are limited to $3,000 pesos (approx. $232 CAD USD)

Save your invoices

Submit your invoices along with the shopping incentive refund form, credit card vouchers, copy of your passport, cruise ID or immigration form and boarding pass at any of MONEYBACK’s 55 service locations found at airports and cruise ports

Receive your 8.9% refund directly in your credit card less than 45 days after submitting your invoices
MONEYBACK’s tax-refund also applies to any shopping expenses at Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Delphinus. That is 8.9% of the total you spend that can be used for your next family getaway. The more you buy, the more you receive!

To learn more about MONEYBACK, participating stores and locations please visit: http://moneyback.mx/

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About MONEYBACK

MONEYBACK is Mexico’s leading tax refund service provider for international travelers with over 50 service locations throughout the country, covering 98% of all the points of departure. MONEYBACK opened its doors in August 2008, offering tax refund services in Mexico City and Los Cabos. Since then, the company has expanded to Cancun, Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, among many other destinations in Mexico. Operated by travel industry professionals who understand the needs of international travelers visiting Mexico, MONEYBACK prides in offering fast and efficient tax refund services to leisure and business travelers. Mexico’s leading tax return company refunds 8.9% of shopping expenses to international travelers. MONEYBACK’s goal is to promote the best leisure and business shopping destinations in Mexico. For more information please visit: www.moneyback.mx.

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