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Eagle’s Wings Heroes

Eagle’s Wings Foundation (EWF) is a non-profit organization based in California that the Villa Group Resorts’ founders started together with the late Jim McCarthy, a long-time Universal Vacation Club (UVCI) member, in 1999.  Jim McCarthy was the driving force of the foundation since he was so moved by the friendliness of the local people who welcomed him during his visits to Puerto Vallarta that he wanted to do something to make a difference in the local communities. The organization was set up to show appreciation for the unforgettable destinations and the local people who go out of their way to make the members vacations extra special.   In 2001, Eagle’s Wings foundation was awarded first prize for the ARDA Philanthropic award.    The mission of the Eagle’s Wings Foundation’s is to help the underprivileged and to “give back” to the communities surrounding the Villa Group Resorts and TAFER Hotels & Resorts by providing in-kind donations, financial aid, and volunteers.  On Thursday, July 9th, an event was held to deliver the Eagle’s Wings Foundation contributions, led by Mrs. Julieta Reynoso, the director of the foundation.  On behalf of TAFER Hotels & Resorts we had the honor of having Mr. Fernando González Jr., Executive Vice President of TAFER, who is responsible for all this being possible, Mr. Robert Kistner, Project Director …

Interview with Mariana De la Luz Diaz, Social Media Coordinator

Mariana De La Luz Diaz shares what she loves about being the Social Media Coordinator at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa in this exclusive Q&A   Tell us a little bit about your career path?    I was born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico. I studied at Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, Jalisco where I got my degree in Marketing. After graduation, I moved to Puerto Vallarta and took a position as the assistant to the General Manager at Garza Blanca Preserve. I had heard such wonderful things about TAFER Hotels & Resorts that I was excited to accept the position. I worked there as the General Manager’s assistant (Asistente de Gerencia General) for a year and a half before relocating to Cancun with my fiancé. While I was in Cancun, the Social Media Coordinator position became available and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to come back and work for such a great company. I went through a lengthy selection process and was ecstatic when I finally got the job in January 2020.   What do you love about working for Villa del Palmar Cancun?   TAFER Hotels & Resorts is such a friendly company, with great benefits and job stability. I love working here and find pride in my work every day.  After the wonderful experience I had working for Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, I knew that I had to try to …

Village Spa is Top-Ranking Spa in Cancun

It is an honor for Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa that our Village Spa is ranked number 2 of 62 in the range of Spas & Wellness Centers in the Cancun area according to the well-known page with the owl, Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor.com is the world’s largest platform offering travel-related information, opinions and reviews of hotels, restaurants and excursions, among others, with millions of users.   We have received a total of 139 comments so far including 126 excellent and 11 very good, a rating that has been achieved due to the total satisfaction of our guests and members.  Soon we will be in first place and it will be thanks to the exceptional service provided by our staff day-to-day so that all our clients return home happy and relaxed.  Giselle Sedinger shares more with us about the Village Spa and her experience in this exclusive Q&A    Meet Giselle Sedinger, the Spa Manager at Villa del Palmar Cancun. She took some time out of her busy schedule to share a little about herself with members.   Giselle is 27 years old and was born and raised in Cancun.  Tell us a little bit about your career path?  I am a graduate of the second generation of physical therapy, health and wellness tourism. Currently, I am the …

Latest Updates and Celebrations at Bocados STK

BocaDos STK is pleased to present our new dry-aged beef! BocaDos STK first opened at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta as a classic steakhouse with a fresh concept. Based on positive feedback from our guests, we opened a second Bocados STK at Garza Blanca Los Cabos offering exactly the same flavorful menu including the fantastic variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, to satisfy everyone’s tastes.  With the help of our new special dry-aged fridge, our chefs will be able to cook up even tenderer choice cuts of beef cooked exactly how you want and prepared on the spot. We use only the highest quality meat with a decent layer of fat and well marbled, perfect for dry-aging. The chefs will gradually mature the meat for a minimum of 35 days with precise temperature control, humidity, and air circulation, all crucial for this process.   The chefs will take care of everything for the optimal tenderness & taste, all you will have to do is decide which steak-cut of meat you are going to have! Choose from New York, Cowboy, Rib Eye, Porter House, and Bone-in Rib Eye.   Some steaks are included with your all-inclusive plan and others have an extra charge, indicated on the menu with a special symbol (small chef), however, all-inclusive plan guests will receive a 20% discount.      With the addition of our dry-aged steaks, we have decided to get even fancier and …

Purchase a Luxury Penthouse

Featuring sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the cityscape and the Bay of Banderas, you can enjoy 6,222 square ft. of spacious living areas including 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, high ceilings, Egyptian marble flooring and access to several swimming pools.  Wake up every morning with a smile. Have room service deliver breakfast to your wraparound terrace where you can leisurely sip your coffee as you take in the magnificent views that surround you.   The  chic contemporary design of the Grand Penthouse breaks the mold of luxury  living.  Exposed  wooden  beams  and  thatched  rafters topped by a palapa roof tower over the opulent living room. The right touch of lighting accentuates the whole space with warm hues creating the perfect atmosphere. The space opens up with panoramic sliding doors that allow natural light in and lead to a spacious terrace with breathtaking ocean views. Once the sun sets, nestle up on comfortable furniture around your outdoor fire pit, which creates a touch of romance.   The Penthouse can sleep up to six with three sophisticated en-suite bedrooms, all of which boast teardrop tubs, an integrated steam room and shower, twin sinks and separate toilet.   The master suite has a private living room leading to the terrace with an outdoor Jacuzzi. Each bedroom has king beds, an …

Earn Rewards when you Refer a Friend

Becoming a membership owner at Club Caribe is a luxury lifestyle investment choice worth shouting about. Don’t keep it to yourself, there are some things in this world so good that they are worth sharing with your nearest and dearest. Sharing the joy you feel at your stunning vacation home located in an idyllic tropical setting is just part of what makes a good friend!   Recommend a friend with Club Caribe’s exclusive referral program, Friends Count, and surround yourself with kindred spirits inspired by quality and good times ahead. To thank you for your loyalty and recommendations you will become entitled to receive Friends Count rewards (bonus credits with cash value) for every eligible referral that attends a Club Caribe Sales Presentation.   The benefits to you and your friends in this exclusive Friends Count owner referral rewards program offered by Club Caribe are so simple to enjoy and it is as easy as 1,2,3!  Refer an eligible friend or family member  Receive bonus credits for each eligible referral and watch your rewards grow each time a friend becomes a Club Caribe member.   Redeem your bonus credits in exchange for even more time in your favorite vacation spots.  To refer …

Visit Nature Reserve Rio Secreto

If you are planning a visit to Cancun this summer, you must put Rio Secreto meaning “Secret River” on your bucket list of things to see and do. Rio Secreto will give you insight into the Mayan underworld and take you on a magical journey through underground caverns where you can admire geological formations and float in fresh, clear water.  You will witness thousands of stunning stalactites and stalagmites in these incredible flooded caves recognized as the best nature reserve in Mexico and Central America. Rio Secreto is committed to conservation and sustainable eco-tourism as well as quality and safety.  Since the pandemic hit, they have made sanitization their priority and reinforced hygiene procedures based on the standards and suggestions of the World Health Organization.  Thanks to those practices, they received the official “Safe Travels” stamp and certification in official protocols of COVID-19 by COFEPRIS and the Ministry of Health, which endorse Rio Secreto tours as safe activities for visitors.   In addition to all staff wearing personal protective equipment, temperature taking, antibacterial gel placed at the entrances, and maintaining healthy distances in all areas, Rio Secreto has redesigned tours so that no group within the cave or within the vicinity of the nature …

Member Update from the VP of UVCI

Dear Member,  We hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. Over the past few weeks, we have engaged with several members who are eager to return to our resort destinations. I know that many of our staff members can’t wait to welcome you back to your home away from home. For over thirty years, our mission has been to deliver extraordinary vacation experiences. It is still our goal and we will continue to do that both during good and challenging times. That hasn’t changed. Our developers and everyone within our organization remain committed to you, our members.  Last month we reopened several of our resorts. Each resort has worked tirelessly to ensure that all safety measures are being followed with everyone’s safety in mind. We have previously communicated our detailed practices (Updated Health and Sanitization Protocols at Tafer Hotels & Resorts). To quickly highlight, our primary focus is on social distancing and sanitization practices, and adherence to suggestions from the CDC and WHO.    We have been paying attention to what our members have been saying on social media, blogs, e-mails, newsletter comments and direct contact communication with ResortCom, our servicing company. Based on your feedback, we have created new promotional offerings. To see our current offers, please see our promotion page (https://myuvci.com/promotions). Promotional offers regularly change and last for a limited time only. Our goal remains to welcome our Club …

Elite Membership Benefits Update

If you are looking for the very best, Elite membership will give you everything you need to make the most of your vacation every time you visit with fantastic Elite program benefits. You’ll get complimentary unit upgrades, round trip transportation, massages and more.  Elite Membership offers three tiers, each with its own escalating benefits. Below we have outlined the exclusive privileges that each tier offers you. All Elite members will enjoy increased value and flexibility, which will enhance your vacation experience while staying at one of the many Tafer Hotels & Resorts.   All Elite members have the opportunity to use their vacation club points to stay at the exclusive Villa La Estancia. The luxury Villa La Estancia resorts are renowned for Five-Star service and exclusivity. *Please note that, bookings at Villa La Valencia are only available to Elite Four Star Members for a limited time.  ELITE BENEFITS  Four (4) Star Preferred Access 5,000-9,999 Total Points   borrow Club points, up to seven (7) consecutive years in advance  one-unit size and view upgrade seven (7) days prior to arrival  additional reservation booking window, 25 months in advance.  one (1) complimentary airport transportation round trip in a private luxury vehicle per year   two (2) complimentary Swedish massages per year  150% referral fees   Five (5) Star Preferred Access 10,000-14,999 Total Points  borrow Club points, up to ten (10) consecutive years in advance  one-unit size and …

An Inside Look at Vacation Ownership

Read an exclusive interview with Lourdes Ayala – Project Director at Garza Blanca Preserve Residence Club about vacation ownership.   María de Lourdes Ayala Ochoa is an intelligent, charming and hard-working woman, who is passionate about selling happiness.  1. Firstly, tell me a little bit about you?   I was born in Mexico City. I received my Bachelor of Business Administration and I moved to Puerto Vallarta 34 years ago. At the time, the timeshare industry was just beginning in Mexico and I got my first job selling timeshares. Since then I have managed to build an interesting career in marketing. I worked for several companies and started working as the Project Director for Garza Blanca Residence Club two and half years ago.   I am very curious about life and I am passionate about my work and being a woman in leadership. I am also a mother of two, and a grandma!  In my spare time I enjoy biking, doing yoga and traveling. I wouldn’t call myself a fashion expert, but I think that fashion is an important expression of a woman’s life. I enjoy expressing my individuality through my choice of clothing, which reflects my own style and personality.  2. What made you want to become involved with vacation ownership …