International Celebration of Magic Worthy of the MERLIN, the “Oscars” of Magic, Stars at Grand Velas Riviera Maya Thanksgiving

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Nine magicians from the US, Japan and Mexico will work their magic this Thanksgiving at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. From November 27 to 29, guests of the resort will be treated to daily performances of this highly awarded team in the “Magic Begins Here” Festival. At the festival, the resort will be the first hotel to ever be awarded the MERLIN, considered the “Oscar” of Magic.

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- - Nine magicians from the US, Japan and Mexico will work their magic this Thanksgiving at Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

From November 27 to 29, guests of the resort will be treated to daily performances from this highly awarded team in the “Magic Begins Here” Festival. At the festival, the resort will be the first hotel to ever be awarded the MERLIN, considered the “Oscar” of Magic.

Highlights of the Magic Begins Here Festival include:

  • A picnic in the garden where children can interact with the magicians
  • A sumptuous traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings
  • A dinner show alternating on no fewer than three stages
  • Special events will conclude with “up close and personal” with the stars at the resort’s three restaurants
  • Access to other various dining offerings on-property

The festival is named for Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante’s famed “Mago” (magician). He holds a sign stating the obvious, “Aqui empieza la magia” or The Magic Begins Here. The whimsical sculpture is on display at the Grand Velas resorts in Los Cabos and Riviera Nayarit, demonstrating the collection’s commitment to showcasing the finest of Mexican art.

“We wanted to do something special this year to create special memories at Thanksgiving and what better than a magic extravaganza that all ages can enjoy,” said Rodolfo González Munguía, Managing Director of Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

All events are included at no extra cost in the daily rate. Nightly rates start at $478 USD. Rates are per person based on double occupancy and include luxury suite accommodations, à la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more. For reservations or additional information, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit https://www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.

About Grand Velas Riviera Maya:
The AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya is an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort set on 206 acres of pristine jungle and mangroves and with the finest white sand beach in the Riviera Maya. Guests can choose accommodations among oceanfront, ocean view and a Zen-like tropical setting, embraced by the flora and fauna of the Yucatan Peninsula’s jungle. All 539 designer-like suites are exceptionally spacious, more than 1,100 square feet each, all with balconies, and some with private plunge pools. All feature fully stocked mini bars, L’Occitane amenities, artisanal mezcal, and Nespresso coffee machines. Bathrooms deserve special mention with walk in glass shower, deep soaking Jacuzzi tubs and marble interior.

Eight restaurants, including five gourmet offerings, present a tour through Mexico, Europe and Asia. Cocina de Autor, at the hands of world-renowned celebrity chefs Bruno Oteiza and Mikel Alonso, holds the AAA Five Diamond Award, the first all-inclusive restaurant in the world to win this prestigious distinction. Se Spa is the region's largest spa sanctuary at more than 90,000 square feet, known for its authentic Mexican treatments, offerings from around world and signature seven-step water journey.

Other features include 24-hour Personal Concierge; 24/7 in-suite service; three swimming pools; two fitness centers; water sports; innovative Kids’ Clubs and Teens’ Club; baby concierge; Karaoke Bar; Koi Bar; Piano Bar, and business center. The resort offers more than 91,000 square feet of meeting space and outdoor areas for events inclusive of a 31,000-square-foot Convention Center, able to accommodate up to 2,700 guests. The resort has won numerous awards from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today and several other magazines and major companies worldwide, including Virtuoso’s Best Spa and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame.

A member of the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program, Grand Velas Riviera Maya was built and is operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela, vice president of Velas Resorts, by his side. For reservations or additional information, call 1-888-407-4869, or visit https://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com.

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