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JUL-AUG 2019

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Ocean Club becomes the ideal destination for a romantic sunset dinner. Taking advantage of dining privileges at nearby Velas resorts permits you to take a journey for all of the senses at Sen Lin, the newest restaurant to open at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. •e warm and exotic environs are a perfect backdrop for an Asian- inspired menu that plays on modern textures and original presentations with traditional ingredients. For a fun night in, you can opt for a gourmet DIY taco bar from room service, complete with creative meat and vegetable …llings, and sublime sauces such as Xni-Pec, made with purple onion and habanero chili peppers. Guacaholics should plan to check into Casa Velas in September for Guacamania, their property-wide celebration of the green fruit, which runs the gamut from ceviche to the spa. To up the ante on relaxation, opt for a treatment at the 6,500 square-foot SPA Casa Velas, which incorporates botanicals from the garden into many of the 60 available holistic spa treatments for face and body. Before my Harmony massage, which included hot stone therapy and lots of TLC for my tootsies, I partook of a guided hydrotherapy journey that included prescribed time in a sauna, pressure shower, steam room with eucalyptus inhalation, and Jacuzzi. I will admit to not being a big fan of saunas, but having an attendant come in and place cucumbers over my eyes and a cooling aloe vera compress on my forehead halfway through made the experience much more soothing. While I was perfectly content whiling away my short stay ensconced in a lounge chair by the pool or the ocean, the concierge at Casa Velas can help organize unique adrenaline- packed o"-property experiences for those seeking more uplifting experiences for their downtime. These include a surf and turf package that combines a six-hour …shing trip and a cook-your- catch dinner; bungee jumping at Banderas Bay; skydiving; a babymoon package with specialty spa treatments, a photoshoot and personalized healthy dining options; and a cultural tour package with a visit to the historic town of San Sebastian del Oeste, located in the Sierra Madre Mountains. All-inclusive rates start at $268 per person per night based on double occupancy. For more information or reservations, visit sl 51

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