Velas Resorts in Mexico Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

Velas Resorts in Mexico Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos Velas Resorts in Mexico Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday in Mexico that celebrates the life and death of loved ones and is observed from October 31 – November 2.  Altars, or ofrendas, are created to remember loved ones and serve as an invitation to welcome their spirits back during this time period.

In a Nutshell:  Velas Resorts in Mexico are celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from October 31 through November 4 with ofrendas, traditional recipes, tasting menus, special décor and more.  Each of their resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos, will create a colorful Altar de Muerto (altar for the dead) decorated with traditional ornaments, from marigolds, ash, salt, food, and water to sugar skulls and ceramic Catrinas, which symbolize this day.

In addition to the ofrendas, the resorts will also have staff dressed as Catrinas, calaveritas (little skulls) decorations throughout as well as activities for guests to experience the Mexican culture and history of the holiday.

How each Velas Resort will celebrate:

  • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will host a Catrina Contest where the staff from different departments dress up like a Catrina before making a tour through the guest areas of the hotel. At the end, guests vote for the winner.
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya will create a special “Altar de Muertos” dedicated to Frida Khalo and her lover Diego Rivera with all of the things they liked when they were alive placed on the altar.
  • Grand Velas Los Cabos will feature the Life and Dead Celebration, a journey through Mexican flavors and traditions. The five-course special menu at its gourmet Mexican restaurant, Frida, includes tamales, mole, candied pumpkin, and buñuelos (Mexican Fritters).
  • Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta will deliver traditional Pan de Muertos (Dead Bread i.e. Sweet Roll) on November 2nd as an added amenity in the suite and serve pan de muerto with traditional Mexican hot chocolate at its fine-dining Emiliano Restaurant.
  • Velas Vallarta invites guests to decorate La Catrina masks as well as ceramic sugar skulls for the temporary altars placed at the resort.  La Catrina and clay and ceramic Sugar Skull art from Jalisco, the state in which Velas Vallarta is located, and Michoacán, the preeminent place for handicrafts in the country, will be available for purchase.
  • Velas Vallarta, Casa Velas and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will sponsor giant “Catrinas” along the Puerto Vallarta Malecon. The papier mache Catrinas, traditional in the state of Jalisco, are made by Students of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Centro Universitario de la Costa.

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Donna Adinolfi is a wellness travel expert and solopreneur committed to promoting and writing about wellness, travel and spa. She is the founder/publisher of and previously served as Travel & Spa Editor of Balance Magazine. Her 30+ year career in travel also includes wellness travel planning & retreats and freelance writing/photography. She is based in Michigan and loves cross country road trips.

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