Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2019

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The lineup of complimentary weekly activities is always evolving. Those interested in local culture can partake of a micro-adventure to a local Huichol village that begins with an ancient energy cleansing ritual performed by a shaman. Of note to art enthusiasts is a guided tour of the weekly art and crafts market in nearby Marina Vallarta, as well as a two-hour art gallery tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta, and an hour- long themed art workshop with artist León de la Vega. Founder of Estudio-café, a cultural center that promotes local artists, authors, and environmental activities, de la Vega's program is accompanied by tastings of Mexican wines to help get your creative juices ‚owing. Ever y evening at 6pm, guests assemble on the large terrace, which is bordered by a serpentine-shaped koi pond, to participate in an interactive activity that can range from margarita samplings to a casino night, where "winnings" can be redeemed in the boutique, which has a thoughtful selection of locally made jewelry. The boutique is also where guests can partake of the designer Handbag Bar, a program that allows guests to borrow from a revolving selection of 13 di‰erent designer handbags. Še roots of the culinary program are found in the kitchen garden, tucked away in a quiet corner of the property. Each of the 49 varieties of herbs, vegetables, and fruits are clearly marked, and in season, guests have the opportunity to select their favorite fruits and vegetables to create their own fresh-squeezed juice blend or personalized craft cocktail. Casa Velas recently launched six new 've-course gourmet tasting menus at its Emiliano restaurant. Built around the cuisines of France, Italy, the Mediterranean, and Mexico, each is overseen by head chefs from its sister resort, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Distinctive food and beverage offerings also extend to the pools at both Casa Velas and the Ocean Club. Quench your thirst by choosing from a selection of nine infused teas from Casa Velas' iced tea bar. Twice a day, poolside palette carts at Casa Velas dole out the Latin American ice pop made from fresh fruit. The Coco Cart at the Ocean Club serves food and cocktails from a fresh halved coconut collected on the property. Other posh poolside pleasures include foot rubs, butler service, and manicures and pedicures. At night, the 50 slmag.net

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