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Ondalinda To Bring an International Music Lineup to Mexico

Taking place on the stunning beaches of Costa Careyes, Mexico from October 27-30, Ondalinda is a boutique music and lifestyle festival embarking on its first journey this year with the goal of awakening the senses of those that attend. On the grounds of one of the world’s most coveted travel destinations will arise a community bound by alluring music, captivating activities alongside the waters of Mexico’s coastline, and a deep dive into the local Huichol culture during Dia de los Muertos weekend.

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Transforming a private beachfront resort, Ondalinda will bring around 400 individuals together to experience an international music lineup that will include ethereal vocals and minimal production from Vienna duo HVOB, deep global instrumentations from Berlin based producer NU, groovy basslines from Barcelona’s own Audiofly, mesmerizing tribal soundscapes from female duo BLOND:ISH, and luscious deep house vibes from LA producer Sabo, along with LUM, Gandalla, MENDRIX, and The Happy Show.

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Beyond the announced musical acts, those in attendance can look forward to no shortage of surprises along the way. They can also look forward to witnessing the legendary Mayan Warrior return to Mexico for the main event on Saturday night after its triumphant takeover of Burning Man 2016, which included a performance alongside the ubiquitous Robot Heart bus. Originally painted by visionary artist Alex Grey, the art car recently received millions of dollars worth of mind blowing improvements with awe-inspiring lasers and a visceral sounds system to transport onlookers to the very origins of Mexican culture.

ondalinda-fireIn addition to the music, guests are also provided the opportunity to immerse themselves in complete relaxation and separation from the real word. Explore the transformative beaches of Careyes, travel the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean while paddleboarding or kayaking, or even journey beneath the surface and explore the colorful underbelly that awaits below while scuba diving. After a day of playing in the water, guests looking for rejuvenation call take part in jungle yoga while those seeking tranquility can enjoy spa services such as mud baths, massages, and ritual healing ceremonies.

Other highlights will include exquisite dinners hosted with delectable local cuisine, a cocktail party at Playa Rosa, an ocean sunset ceremony, and exclusive access to “El Cocodrilo” Beach Club every day from noon till sunset. Ondalinda will also join forces with Mexico-based entrepreneur and artist Philippe Moellhausen to transform Teopa Beach with monumental art pieces, vibrant decor, dazzling costumes, and indigenous live performances for guests to partake in.

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Above all, Ondalinda aims to honor authenticity by showcasing the art and teachings of the local Huichol culture. A portion of net profits from the festival will be donated to the Huichol to support their mission to preserve sacred land through the organization UNESCO, and an exclusive collection of Huichol art by the name “Los Navegantes del sueño” will be displayed with never before seen masterpieces that reflect the cosmovision of this mystic community.

Guests can also take part in talks led by a world-renowned Huichol expert Humberto Fernandez and 35.000 community leader Santo, enjoy a screening of the award-winning film “Eco de la Montagna,” purchase artisan crafts from the Huichol people in the Plaza throughout the weekend, witness a Huichol shaman and local musicians open the exhibition to invoke the Gods and bless the event, and learn about the Huichol art and its meaning from the local tribe themselves.

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When it comes to finding your home for the weekend, guests can choose from the many luxurious accommodation packages including breathtaking Castles, luxurious Villas, and beautiful Casitas. Whether you’re looking for a private villa framed by lush tropical gardens or an ocean castle featuring panoramic ocean views, Costa Careyes has an option to best suit your needs.

Join us on our journey into the hidden paradise of Costa Careyes for a truly transcendent experience. For more information on securing your tickets, please visit the Ondalinda x Careyes website. Please remember that space is limited and both tickets and accommodations are filling up fast.

 

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GRAND FIESTA AMERICANA LOS CABOS UPGRADES GUEST SERVICES

New restaurant and bar complement new room fittings

LOS CABOS, MEXICO  – Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive, Golf and Spa has upped the ante on guest services by adding a brand new restaurant and bar, along with extensive upgrades to rooms. The renovations put an extra gloss on the resort’s already outstanding amenities that include access to two championship golf courses, unique wine spa, and private beach where guests can snorkel and take in the underwater beauty of the Sea of Cortes.  

The upgrades include a complete makeover of all 249 rooms. All standard guest rooms now reflect the latest in design that complements the natural splendor of Los Cabos. Here, the desert rolls down into the sea, a combination that creates a special atmosphere and beauty found nowhere else in the world with strong blues juxtaposed against the desert’s neutral tones. The new décor takes its cues from the local environment with splashes of color contrasting a cool white background. 

The luxurious new fittings might even make guests not want to leave their rooms and take advantage of the resort’s other activities and amenities. All rooms now feature new bathroom fixtures (including a shower rain-head), a 55” flat screen smart TV, new bed headboards and night stands, rug and colorful throw pillows. All rooms with a king-size bed will now feature sofas and ottomans so guests can make themselves feel right at home. Additional add-ons include a brand new mini bar featuring soft drinks, beer and snacks.


The resort has also recently inaugurated the brand new Restaurant Blu, the ninth dining option at the resort, offering snacks and international cuisine; and a new bar and lounge will also make its home in the resort this fall, offering a nightly DJ, live music, and large screen TV’s for sporting events.  

“Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos is focused on giving guests memories that will stay with them for life,” said Enrique Calderón, Chief Operating Officer for Hotel Division, Grupo Posadas. “In order to provide the best, we are constantly fine tuning our hotels to offer a better experience and show guests the stellar service and modern amenities that the Posadas brand is known for,” he added.

Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive, Golf and Spa understands that guests expect a unique and world class resort experience outside their rooms as well. The resort offers activities that pamper and relax at the world-renowned SOMMA WineSPA, the only one of its kind in Mexico. The spa’s serene atmosphere is based on a-one-of-a-kind set of services that incorporates grapes and wine in a selection of the finest contemporary treatments and features 15 treatment rooms, a fitness center, wet and dry saunas, and special amenities including a glass of wine once a treatment is completed.

The resort is also home to more than 13,000 sq. ft. of meeting space that hold up to 1,100 people, and great outdoor venues for private events that showcase spectacular views of the golf course and the Sea of Cortes. Additionally, the resort’s Grand Club offers guests luxury and privacy with subtle details like private pool, VIP concierge services, and premium amenities at The Grand Club lounge.

The upgrades at Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive, Golf and Spa will ensure the facilities continue to satisfy even the most discerning of guests for years to come as they enjoy the resort’s fine dining, championship golf courses, pristine beach and relaxing spa. Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive, Golf and Spa, like all of Grupo Posada’s 12 Fiesta Americana Resort Collection properties, offers guests a world-class resort experience leavened with Mexico’s rich culture and hospitality and all the needed amenities.

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About Fiesta Americana Resort Collection

Fiesta Americana Resort Collection is comprised of 12 distinctive resorts that epitomize the Spirit of Mexico and are located in the best beach destinations in the country. The Resort Collection is owned by Grupo Posadas, the largest hotel operator in Mexico and offers guests a superior, world-class resort experience that exudes Mexican attributes such as rich culture, traditional warm hospitality, and unrivalled accommodations and amenities.

The Fiesta American Resort Collection is made up of: Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, The Explorean Cozumel, The Explorean Kohunlich, Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Lat20 by Live Aqua Playa del Carmen All Inclusive Adults Only. For further information, please visit:http://fiestamericanaresorts.com/

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.

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.

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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.”

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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/

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.

360Retreats Launches in Mexico and the United States

The newest trend in travel includes retreats customized and styled for you. 360Retreats, located in Mexico and the US, create exciting experiences for companies and travelers who want to take their vacation one step further with a vacation for the mind, body and soul.
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360Retreats was born out of an idea to create customized retreats that fuel the body, ignite the soul and provide rich cultural experiences. But what sets 360 apart is that they not only plan and lead their own retreats, they plan retreats for companies so that the company can focus on their client or staff goals, all while 360 takes care of the rest. Retreats are no joke when it comes to benefits, but anyone who has planned and led one understands that they are complex logistical creatures. 360’s goal is to make it simple for you so that you can gain the maximum benefits!

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360 is receiving  requests  from a variety of potential partners including fitness studios, spas and companies interested in professional development retreats for their staff. Their geographical expertise crosses Mexico, so start thinking about what setting fits your needs. Perhaps a boutique hotel surrounded by the aqua blue Caribbean, an eco-chic cabaña with a lush tropical jungle view or a mountain retreat with morning hikes and hot springs on the daily agenda. Of course you are wondering about their fees…. Well, get this – if you partner with 360 you will pay nothing and possibly even earn money depending on your arrangement and needs! It’s simple and straight forward and starts with you filling out a questionnaire. Then expect a personal call from Molly or Katherine Fisher (360 co-founders and sisters) to start working on the details.

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Molly and Katherine also want to share their personal Mexico favorites with you, their treasured guest. Guests are bound to have their senses awakened with daily fitness classes, unique adventures such as a pyramid tour, a visit to a local hot springs, or a stand up paddle board session. And of course there are cultural activities that range from salsa dancing to preparing fresh local cuisine using native plants to creating an art piece with a local artisan. There is truly something for everyone!
Collage 9Whether on a Partner or Signature Retreat you can expect to experience another culture while reenergizing with fitness activities and indulging in fresh local food all while being surrounded by stunning and serene landscapes.  Molly and Katherine are excited to share their journey with you. You can read more about them and 360 on their blog.   — 360Retreats gives back a portion of their proceeds to further their mission.
Coming up:
July 23 – 28th, 2015       San Miguel de Allende         MX, Guanajuato
September 2015            Isla Mujeres                                 MX, Quintana Roo

For more information on 360Retreats please visit www.360retreats.com