Casa Velas introduces a new vegan/vegetarian menu with local flare

Casa Velas, an adults-only boutique hotel and ocean club in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, introduces a new vegan/vegetarian menu, heavily-influenced by its Mexican location this month to complement its wellness suites. Melding healthy eating with high Mexican cuisine, the carefully curated menu with dietary restrictions and preferences in mind is now available at the resort’s 4 Diamond restaurant, Emiliano, its ocean club and 24-hr suite service. The menus reinforce the hotel’s attention to guests’ wellness-focused needs which started with two 1,350 sq. ft. wellness suites that feature a plethora of special services and in suite amenities, from a custom soap selection and in-suite exercise kit to a personal wellness concierge.

Emiliano’s new Vegan/Vegetarian menu is brimming with exciting and bold choices, a far cry from the typical grilled vegetable plate often offered to those with dietary restrictions. Casa Velas’ Executive Chef Eliseo Ibarra has crafted a superb selection of appetizers, soups, salads, pastas, entrees, and desserts that will leave guests pleasantly full, yet longing to try more. Sample dishes include:

  • Mushroom Ceviche Tostada with Cilantro Guacamole
  • Cannelloni Crafted from Mashed Lentils, Topped with a Pumpkin Agave Sauce
  • Mole Poblano Enchiladas – Stuffed with Mashed Plantains and Beans
  • Green Vegetarian Pozole (Traditional Mexican Stew) with Poblano Pepper
  • Chilled Avocado Mousse with Chocolate, Cantaloupe and Candied Peanut Brittle
  • Chocolate Roasted Pear with Tequila-Scented Apple Sorbet

Complementing the new Vegan/Vegetarian Menu, last year Casa Velas unveiled two 1,350 sq. ft. Wellness Suites for guests looking to relax, reenergize and de-stress. In addition to a personal Wellness Concierge, the duplex suite comes with in-suite fitness amenities, such as a yoga mat, dumbbells, resistance bands, and even a Life Fitness Activate Series Recumbent Lifecycle® Exercise Bike. The Wellness Suites are equipped with a private plunge pool and rooftop Jacuzzi in addition to Manos que Curan soap bars, which are created from a combination of local Mexican plants, flowers, and seeds and are made for various types of healing. A Vitamin C Sprinkler in the suite shower lightly spritzes guests on command with a warm bath of vitamin C essential oils, which provide antioxidant and regenerative properties for the skin. Accommodations also feature a Nikken Kenko™ pillow, comforter, and LED Lamp with a clock and timer that increases gradually, simulating the dawn and dusk, which helps guests fall asleep and wake up more naturally. An Alchimia Apothecary Aromatherapy Kit, with scents ranging from cedar and lavender to tangerine and myrrh, affords the essential oils needed to experience total relaxation at night. A relaxing massage on their suite’s private terrace is included for all guests staying in the Wellness Suites.

Rates start at $232 per person per night based on double occupancy. At Casa Velas, luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, premium liquor and wine, 24-hour suite service, use of the fitness center facilities, WIFI, taxes, and gratuities are included in the nightly rate. For more information please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit

About Casa Velas:
Casa Velas is a luxury all-inclusive boutique hotel and ocean club for adults only, reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda, and nestled on the greens of Marina Vallarta’s 18-hole golf course. The hotel features a private ocean club and is just minutes from the beach. It has received the AAA Four Diamond Award for hospitality seven times and has been in the top two in TripAdvisor for Puerto Vallarta since 2010. Located just five minutes from Puerto Vallarta Airport and only 15 from the popular downtown area, art galleries and “El Malecon” (the boardwalk), the hotel features 80 spacious suites, some with private pools and Jacuzzis. Spa Casa Velas encompasses treatment rooms for singles and couples, a hydrotherapy area, a garden-view fitness center equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, and a beauty salon. A novel service is a handbag bar where guests can enjoy use of a “loaner” designer handbag at no extra charge. Emiliano, the AAA Four Diamond rated a la carte fine dining restaurant, is in the hands of one of the area’s leading chefs serving Mexican and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy dining privileges at the sister resort, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, with three gourmet specialty options. Casa Velas 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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