El Día de los Muertos is a celebration in Mexico, not a time of sadness. The Day of the Dead is a colorful and exuberantly festive national holiday when the Mexican people remember and celebrate the lives of their passed family members. The roots of the holiday go back millennia. The Spanish tried to eradicate it but it was more powerful than the conquistadors. And this chic resort on the Pacific is continuing the tradition by partnering with a local art gallery, GALART, to offer a special The Day of the Dead Program Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2015.
Friday, October 31, 2015:
Art work in progress during the day: A The Day of the Dead sand sculpture will be created in front of La Marea, Viceroy Zihuatanejo’s open-air beachfront restaurant.
Art exhibit and Cocktail Reception at La Marea. Meet internationally known Mexican artist José Antonio Madrazo who will exhibit a special collection of his works in remembrance of Nelson Mandela. His ‘New Age’ folk art – incorporating traditional elements of Mexican culture including The Day of the Dead motifs – is found in major museums worldwide as well as many noted private collections.
Dinner Buffet at La Villa Restaurant with a Pre-Hispanic Dance performance and live music and dancing.
Saturday, November 1, 2015:
Art Exhibition: Jose Antonio Madrazo will display his artwork that explores The Day of the Dead themes.
Dinner at La Marea: With a special Day of the Dead menu.
‘Danza Butoh’ contemporary dance performance.
Sunday, November 2, 2015:
Buffet Dinner at La Marea: With an exhibit of works by Jose Antonio Madrazo and live guitar music.
Also setting the scene for the holiday at Viceroy Zihuatanejo will be
A traditional Day of the Dead altar with photos, skulls and other themed elements.
Homemade ‘pan de muerto,’ a traditional bread served during the holiday period, included as part of the complimentary morning in-room coffee service.
Mixologists at the bars preparing a variety of “bloody” cocktails.
On the Day of the Dead, celebrated annually on November 1 in Mexico, loved ones are said to come back to visit their family and they are welcomed and honored in numerous ways – from creating altars for them adorned with candles and photos, eating sugar skulls inscribed with the names of family members and making colorful works of art, to decorating gravesites with flowers and candles and picnicking at the cemetery on the loved ones’ favorite foods.
Nestled on one of the country’s most beautiful beaches, and known for its gourmet dining and special services and amenities, Viceroy Zihuatanejo is a paradise for couples on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Enchanting two-story adobe-inspired casitas house 48 luxurious suites and guestrooms are tucked in gentle hills above the picturesque fishing village of Zihuatanejo. The garden landscape is rich with coconut trees, rainbow-hued bougainvillea and vibrant hibiscus. The resort’s exquisite white-sand beach stretches for 600 feet along a gorgeous coastline. Two gourmet restaurants – La Villa, featuring Pacific-Mexican cuisine prepared with the freshest locally caught seafood, and La Marea, serving Mediterranean and Mexican fare – are complemented by the friendly sanctuary of the Coral Bar offering ceviche tastings and the mixologists’ special concoctions. Guests enjoy massages and treatments at an intimate spa in a lush tropical setting, fitness center, yoga program and an array of activities from water sports to cooking classes. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport, with service from the U.S. on multiple carriers, is a 15-minute drive from Viceroy Zihuatanejo.