Wellness Getaway at Grand Velas Resort, Los Cabos (Updated)

Traveling and teaching Wellness in exotic and serene surroundings is a dream come true and recently, I got to do it for the first time at Grand Velas Los Cabos, a $150 million all inclusive luxury spa resort in Mexico. Their Wellnessing Getaway with theme, Grateful Journey was so appropriate because I had so much to be grateful for: getting invited by Miami Curated to teach my delicious, no-recipe approach for a healthier lifestyle; my mom for teaching me how to cook; instant friendships made with fellow instructors at this Getaway.

Look at this view! Spa Atelier is on the left with Azul restaurant facing ocean views where I gave my class. On right are 3 infinity pools.

My Wellness Suite had 2 storeys with massage table and exercise room on top floor and bedroom opening out to plunge pool and ocean views!

My signature Rainbow Lettuce Wrap Appetizer, tasty, full of texture and colors with every bite and always a big hit. Photo: Grand Velas staff

Wellnessing Getaway at the Spa was a week full of activities guests could enjoy from Ceremonial Smudging, an ancient practice for energy cleansing to Mandala and fitness workshops, as well as yoga and meditation to finding your Dosha culminating with an Ayurvedic dinner which I’ll be posting in another blog. 

Ocean views from Azul terrace.

Azul terrace faces ocean and beach views.

My cooking classes were set up on the balmy terrace of Azul with ocean views.  Thanks to Chef Juan Licerio Alcala, Executive Chef at Grand Velas and especially to Chef Luis Quiroz, Executive Chef at Azul, responsible for gathering all my ingredients.  I got a chance to interview many of the restaurant chefs and discovered Chefs Juan and Luis had worked in the US (in separate blog soon.)

Chef Juan Licerio Alcala, Executive Chef of all 7 restaurants at Grand Velas, hamming it up. What an honor to meet him. He loved the ‘nice balance’ of my Rainbow Lettuce Appetizer. Photo: Ana, Grand Velas

Executive Chef Luis Quiroz toasting my pumpkin seeds for Rainbow Lettuce Appetizer!

Chef Christian helped prep my Rainbow Lettuce Appetizer. I discover he’s also a musician and loves Asian food. I gifted him Hoisin Sauce as a ‘thank you’!

The most rewarding part of this experience was hearing from guests who enjoyed my dishes and were surprised by how fast and easy wok cooking was with so few ingredients and seasonings. I was happy to debunk many misconceptions about wok cooking like the kind of wok and stove to use. I was also happy to encourage moms to cook with their kids at a young age. Giving them small tasks with prepping and the stir fry give them a feeling they can cook and they end up eating what they cook. The kids were definitely paying attention and amazed me with how much they absorbed like ‘using what you have in your fridge’ instead of hunting for ingredients from a recipe or ‘keeping everything dry for a stir fry.’

I’m looking forward to focusing on corporate wellness programs especially if they involve staying at stunning resorts like the Grand Velas Los Cabos, bring it ON!

 

Kids eager to learn and of course eat! Photo: Grand Velas staff

Lovely fun family! Photo: Ana, Grand Velas

Adorable, she ‘got it’! Photo: Ana, Grand Velas

Beautiful capture. Photo: Grand Velas staff

Ana Valdovinos, PR Grand Velas stir fries a Mexican version of Lomo Soltado! She’s gonna be a Wok Star! Thx Ana for all your help organizing my class and setup.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Wellness Getaway at Grand Velas Resort, Los Cabos (Updated)
  1. karen escalera
    December 20, 2017 | 8:29 am

    Dreaming about being there right now. And I’m sure I could have picked up some serious pointers for my wok cooking I learned thanks to you!

    • Eleanor Hoh
      December 26, 2017 | 7:23 pm

      Thanks to you for inviting me, it’s made it clear Wellness and travel to teach is what I’ll focus on from here on out, thanks for making it happen.

  2. Megan Taylor
    December 19, 2017 | 6:23 pm

    Wow, everything looks like so much fun! I’m so sorry I missed it!

    • Eleanor Hoh
      December 19, 2017 | 10:53 pm

      Thx for all your help organizing everything, Megan. You’ll have to come to next one!

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