Winter is certainly NOT here. TV fanatics who simply cannot miss the season premiere of HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones (July 16) need not fear when staying at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.
The AAA Five Diamond resort on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is throwing a watch party in its Koi Bar, complete with themed cocktails and canapes and a green screen for guests to envision themselves as King (or Queen) of the Iron Throne. Ideal for watching epic sports matches or, in this case, the struggle for the 7 Kingdoms, Koi, which opened last year upon a $600K renovation of the space, features a 26 ft X 26 ft projector screen, 27-ft dramatic marble bar, state of the art sound and video equipment and comfortable seating for groups.
Themed bites for the evening include Dracarys (High Valyrian for Dragonfire), a crab salad topped with a cream cheese rolled in caviar dressed with Sriracha, and Song of Ice & Fire, seared red tuna topped a seaweed nori ice cream ball.
In case one can’t make it to Mexico for the party, the resort is sharing its recipes for the Dragon Eye and Fire & Blood cocktails that would appease even the Dragon Mother herself, Daenerys Targaryen.
• 1 oz Passion fruit puree
• 1 tsp Lime juice
• 2 oz Don Julio 70
• 1 oz agave syrup
Directions: Combine all ingredients in shaker and pour over ice. Rim the glass with Tajin (chili salt) and garnish with a slice of royal lemon carved into a dragon crest.
Fire & Blood
• 1 oz Guava puree
• 1 oz Ginger syrup with royal lemon peel
• 1 ½ oz Etiqueta Negra Whiskey
• A touch of red wine
Directions: Combine puree, syrup and whiskey in a glass then top with red wine. Garnish with a lime twist with cuts simulating a dragon skin and sprig of rosemary.
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Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, a Leading Hotel of the World, enjoys a privileged natural setting with flowering, landscaped gardens beside a long stretch of pristine beach and a dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. The centerpiece of the gardens is a three-tiered infinity pool, a preferred spot for catching the legendary sunsets. The AAA Five Diamond all-inclusive resort features 267 ocean-view suites, some with private plunge pools, and all with plasma TVs, wireless internet access, fully stocked mini bar, L’Occitane amenities and Nespresso machines. New Wellness Suites include a personal training session and massage in-suite in addition to other fitness amenities, such as a Lifecycle Exercise Bike, organic soaps, an Alchimia Apothecary Aromatherapy Kit, a Nikken Kenko pillow and comforter, and LED lamp with a clock and timer. Of the resort’s five restaurants, three, serving French, Italian and Mexican gourmet cuisine, have received AAA Four Diamond awards for distinguished cuisine and presentation. An oasis of wellbeing, the resort’s Leading Spa of the World offers 20 treatment suites, more than 30 spa treatments, many inspired by the native traditions of Mexico and a signature water journey. Other features include a fitness center, 24/7 in suite service, water sports, business center, tennis, baby concierge, Kids Club, and teen lounge during holidays. Puerto Vallarta is just a 15-minute drive away. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit features more than 25,000 square feet of indoor meeting facilities, including the Grand Marissa Ballroom, which consists of more than 6,000 square feet and is easily subdivided into five separate rooms. The resort’s facilities also include four other rooms ranging from 681 to more than 1,954 square feet that offer several arrangement variations to maximize meeting productivity and efficiency. The resort has won numerous awards from Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, TripAdvisor, U.S. News and World Report and Forbes, which named it one of the Top Ten Coolest All-Inclusive in 2012. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, majority owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts.
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