Thanksgiving, one of the most iconic holidays in the United States, extends far beyond its historical significance. It serves as an annual reminder of the importance of gratitude and family unity, allowing us to pause, reflect upon, and express appreciation for the abundance in our lives.
Now, picture yourself celebrating it in a different way, on a beachfront holiday experience with a Mexican twist. Velas Resorts makes this possible! The renowned hotel group will offer traditional Thanksgiving dinner menus, along with discounts for children and family-friendly entertainment. You’ll enjoy everything from sophisticated oceanfront feasts to a lively pumpkin carving contest, The goal is to blend the traditional Thanksgiving festivities with the charming Mexican touch. Had you imagined something similar?
In Baja California Sur, you can celebrate Thanksgiving at Grand Velas Los Cabos, right on the largest and most impressive rooftop terrace in the destination. Accompanied by live music and fireworks, you’ll savor a gourmet dinner with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. An exciting fair will add to the festivities with various interactive Mexican and American games. The highlight of the evening is a pumpkin carving competition, and the design that receives the most “Likes” on Instagram will win a stay on your next visit to the resort. Additionally, you can enjoy thoughtful in-suite service with a Thanksgiving-themed souvenir.
Next door, at the sister Adults-Only hotel Mar del Cabo, a family-style menu is offered on the rooftop terrace. The dinner takes place in a dreamy atmosphere as the Encanto Restaurant faces the Sea of Cortez, accompanied by a soloist with live music.
In Puerto Vallarta, Velas Vallarta, Casa Velas, and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit are also set to impress with their culinary offerings. At Velas Vallarta, you can choose from dishes such as roasted pumpkin risotto, lobster cappuccino soup, roasted turkey, and glazed pork leg. At Casa Velas, the Emiliano restaurant will provide a traditional feast, accompanied by a surprise chocolate turkey treat in every suite. The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit will serve a special dinner offering prime beef cuts and traditional Thanksgiving dishes, all accompanied by renowned views of the tranquil beach and magenta Pacific sunset.
Playa del Carmen
In Playa del Carmen, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, also awarded the AAA Five Diamond, celebrates Thanksgiving with family discounts. Children aged 4 to 12 stay free, and teens aged 13 to 15 receive a 50% discount on nightly rates.
You can indulge in a traditional Adobo Marinated Turkey and Roasted sweet potato with rosemary, garlic, orange, and honey from the local Maya Melipona bee and other Mexican twists on traditional American Thanksgiving dishes.
SE Spa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers a unique Xkalim Mayan Gourd Massage. The treatment (80 min / $342 USD) begins with a traditional Mayan blessing honoring the elements – water, wind, fire, and earth. The therapist then uses different sizes of calabash gourds to massage every muscle, applying increased pressure to reflexology points and releasing all tension.
The gourds, one of the world’s first cultivated plants grown not primarily for food but for use as containers, collect everything that does not belong, renewing your energy. Before moving from the back, the therapist performs a traditional sweep of the body with alcohol on a bouquet of herb-of-grace (or common rue). The therapist continues with the gourd massage on the front of the arms and legs before massaging the face and head to activate one’s vital energy, called CHI.