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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Solmar Foundation Supports Resort Employees- Following Hurricane Odile

The Solmar Foundation, in association with Solmar Hotels & Resorts, announced today that 100% of all donations will be used to support and aid the Solmar Group staff and their families following Hurricane Odile, which passed through the destination on September 14.

While the Solmar hotel properties incurred minimal, cosmetic damage from Hurricane Odile, many staff members did not fare as well. Out of the 1,800 Solmar Group employees, approximately 157 families lost everything while another 75 families suffered partial damage to their homes or property.

"We could not be more grateful for the support we have received for our resorts and staff over the past two weeks," said Ricardo Orozco, Managing Director of Solmar Hotels & Resorts. "Many of our loyal members and guests have inquired as to how they could help our beloved staff and we are pleased to share that all donations made to the Solmar Foundation will go directly to those employees whose lives were greatly affected by the hurricane until they are back on their feet. We will be sharing updates via our social media channels on a regular basis, so people can see how their donations are working right here on the ground in Los Cabos."



Four of the Solmar properties - Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa; The Ridge Luxury Villas; Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa; and Solmar All-Inclusive Resort & Beach Club - will reopen on October 11 to all members and on October 12 to all hotel customers & guests, thanks to the tireless work of the devoted Solmar staff. The fifth property, Hotel Quinta del Sol, will remain closed until December 20 as it continues to act as a home base for the dedicated men and women of the FCE (Federal Commission of Electricity) and the armed forces as they work together to bring Los Cabos back for the winter travel season.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Solmar Foundation and Solmar Group Provide a Hurricane Odile Update

Solmar Foundation and Solmar Group Provide a Hurricane Odile Update

The Solmar Foundation and the Solmar Group are taking the time to inform members and guests about the efforts being made to return Cabo to normal.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Hurricane Odile, a category 4 hurricane struck Cabo San Lucas on the evening of September 14, causing major damage to hotels, homes, and the infrastructure of Baja. The Solmar Group and the Solmar Foundation has been working tirelessly since the hurricane struck, in order to provide housing for Solmar employees who lost their homes and all of their possessions. In addition the Solmar Foundation and Solmar Hotels are assisting in the clean up effort of the city by removing debris, cleaning streets, and most importantly assisting those in need to expedite the recovery effort. The goal of Solmar is to get the destination of Los Cabos up and running again, to welcome visitors from around the world to enjoy Cabo during the high season, which begins November 1st.

The Solmar Foundation and Solmar Group is sharing this information with all of our Solmar owners and anyone else wishing to donate to the Solmar Foundation which is doing incredible work during these most difficult times. These updates will serve to inform travelers about Cabos current conditions in order to reassure concerned members that Cabo is and has recovered from one of the most devastating hurricanes to ever hit the Baja. Cabo is clean, safe, secure, restaurants are open, hotels are providing all services, the beaches are clean, activities have resumed operation, and once again Cabo is the best place in the world for a relaxing vacation.

The Solmar group, within hours of the hurricane passing provided 100 rooms to those employees who had literally lost all of their possessions. It should be noted that of the 1,800 Solmar employees, that make up the Solmar Group, approximately 20 percent lost everything that they had, and the remaining 80 percent suffered major damage to their homes.

Once the storm passed, it was now time to assess the damage. With so many homes in the community destroyed and thousands of people without food, water, or power, the Solmar Group and Solmar Foundation took it upon themselves to provide food and water to Solmar Group employees and their families. This was done with the purchase of 1500 boxes of food to be distributed amongst the staff members.

In addition, the Solmar Group and the Solmar Foundation continue to send trucks filled with water to those in the community who are in dire need of this precious resource. The lost and found items from the Solmar hotels, which remained unclaimed, such as clothing items, have been distributed to employees as well as to members of the community who are in need of these basic items.

In the aftermath of Odile, a large percentage of the donations that have been raised through the Solmar Foundation will go to the employees of the Solmar Group to assist them in their efforts to rebuild their homes and lives. Donations will also be given to the greater Los Cabos community in order to assist them in the recovery efforts throughout the area. 

“Getting our employees back on their feet and our hotel operating again, is the best way we can serve the community right now, “ States Dinorah De Haro, Director of the Solmar Foundation. “We can regain the ability to get the Foundation back to donating full efforts and resources exclusively to the community as soon as possible; that is our ultimate goal.”



The Solmar Group and Solmar Foundation would like to remind members that its employees are part of the Los Cabos Community and in need of assistance. The Solmar Foundations priority is and has always been to assist those members of the Los Cabos community who are in need of basic items to sustain a comfortable life. These same persons who make up the the Los Cabos Community are the persons who provide us all with wonderful service. It is now time to show our support for those who have lost everything, we can help by donating and making their lives a little easier during this challenging time.

The Solmar Foundation and the Solmar Group want to thank everyone who donates, please remember that no donation is too small and every donation makes a difference!







Tuesday, September 2, 2014

RICOTTA CHEESE AND CHERRY TART 


Chef Matías by Romeo & Julieta

Ingredients:

Serves Four
10 tablespoons all-purpose flour.
7 tablespoons ricotta cheese.
5 tablespoons butter.
4 ounces whipping cream. 

5 tablespoons white sugar. 

5 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar.
1 ½  tablespoons almond flour.

24 ripe cherries. 

1 egg yolk. 

Zest of one orange.
Pinch of salt.







  1. Sift the flour into a bowl and mix with the melted butter, 3 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar, salt, egg yolk and almond flour.
  2. Mix until smooth, cover with plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 

  3. Meanwhile wash, dry and remove the seeds from the cherries. Place in a pot with two tablespoons of sugar, orange zest and half a tablespoon of water. Cook at a high heat for five minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat and remove the cherries from the rest of the mixture. Allow to cool. 

  5. On a floured flat surface, roll the dough to a thin sheet a ¼ inch or less thick. Form into a circle that will fit into a round tart mold or baking dish. Use the remaining butter to grease the bottom and sides of the mold and sprinkle lightly with flour. Press the dough into the bottom and push into the corners and up the sides.
  6. Use a fork to lightly pierce the bottom of the dough. Add the cherry mixture and spread evenly. 

  7. In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta with the heavy cream and remaining sugar. Distribute evenly into the mold covering the cherries and leaving a smooth surface. 

  8. Cook in a hot oven (400°F) for about 20 minutes.
  9. Let the tart cool before removing from the mold. 

  10. Sprinkle each serving with remaining powdered sugar. Garnish with a few fresh cherries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.
  11. Time to enjoy the delicious RICOTTA CHEESE AND CHERRY TART. 
Please visit: http://restaurantromeoyjulieta.com/

Saturday, August 30, 2014

3 Exquisite Bacon Recipes In Honor Of International Bacon Day 2014



Shrimp Wrapped with Bacon

Served with rice huitlacoche, pickled onions, corn kernels with serrano chile sauce and Seafood sauce.



Ingredients: 
  •   2 Pieces U10 Shrimp 
  • 50 Grs. Bacon 
  • 50 Grs Rice 
  • 25 Grs. Corn Kernels   
  • 1 Pc. Serrano Chile 
  • 10 Grs. Pickled Onion 
  • 25 ml. Seafood Sauce 
  • 25 ml Raw green sauce




How to: Peel the shrimp leaving the tail and cut through the top of the shrimp to remove the dirt, then completely wrapped in bacon and cooked on the grill or barbecue until cooked through, served on a mirror of seafood sauce and rice, served with corn sauteed with olive oil, pickled onions and avocado sauce




Roasted Fillet of Sea Bass

Served with chips plantains, crispy bacon, lentils stew and bacon sauce

Ingredients:
  • 200 Grs. Fresh Sea Bass Fillet
  •    50 Grs. Lentil stew
  •    20 Grs. Tostones of plantain
  •    20 Grs. Bacon Chips
  •    25 ml. Bacon Sauce

How to: Sea Bass fillet seasoned with salt and pepper and cook in skillet with olive oil until half cook and finish cooking in the oven to keep their natural juices, served with golden bacon, croutons of plantains, lentils stew and bacon sauce.


  

Chiles Rellenos with Shrimp Wrapped with Bacon 

Served with tamarind sauce with avocado and tomatillo sauce

Ingredients:
  •  2 Pcs Jalapeño white Chile
  • 50 Gr. Raw Coctel Size Shrimp
  • 25 Grs.Bacon
  • 10 Grs. Cucumber
  • 20 Grs. Mixed Lettuce
  • 10 Ml.  Tamarind Salsa
  • 10 Grs. Avocado Salsa

How to: Poach the peppers and remove the veins, filled with shrimp and caramelized onions, completely wrapped in bacon and cooked on the grill until thoroughly cooked, served with green salad, avocado sauce and tamarind sauce.




For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, follow us on Twitter @SolmarResortsInstagram and Pinterest and visit our Facebook page


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Solmar Hotels & Resorts Invite Anglers to "CATCH" a Deal This Fall


Known as a sport fishing paradise, Los Cabos welcomes anglers from around the globe each fall to participate in a number of world-class tournaments throughout the destination. Solmar Hotels & Resorts, perfectly situated between the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Ocean, offers easy access to these impressive fishing grounds and a deep-rooted history in the sport. In preparation for the 2014 tournament season, Solmar Hotels & Resorts is currently offering two special packages to avid anglers.


As one of the official hotel sponsors for the annual Los Cabos Billfish Tournament, taking place from October 14 - 18, the Solmar hotel collection is offering exclusive, discounted rates at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa occurring between the dates of October 10 - 21. All five Solmar properties are participating, rates vary depending on length of stay, room category and property selected.


In November, the destination hosts the Los Cabos BigGame Charter Boat Classic, taking place from November 18 - 21. Travelers interested in participating in or simply experiencing this unique tournament can book a stay at Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa for a special discounted rate. Travelers can enjoy a special welcome amenity upon arrival, daily breakfast or box lunch for two people, a free round of mini golf at Playa Grande (subject to availability, reservation required), access to the resort's fitness center and a 15% discount at recommended Solmar restaurants. The special package applies to stays occurring between the dates of November 15 - 21.
Reservations can be booked directly through www.solmar.com or emailing reservaciones@solmar.com.

To compliment these new tournament packages and complete the perfect "mancation" to Solmar and Los Cabos, travelers can enjoy their time away from the high seas by taking advantage of Playa Grande's award-winning spa and indulge in several spa treatments tailored specially to men, such as the Men's Spa Escape treatment which combines skin and body care for a complete de-stressing experience for 120 minutes. For more information, please visit www.solmarspacollection.com.



Located on Baja California's most exclusive and private beach, Solmar Hotels & Resorts offers guests privacy while still being able to enjoy the excitement of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The collection of five all-suite resorts offers guests the highest quality of service and hospitality. In the past year, two Solmar properties - Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa and The Ridge at Playa Grande Luxury Villas - were awarded the prestigious Four Diamond rating by AAA. Additionally, TripAdvisor recognized Solmar All-Inclusive Resort & Beach Club and Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa for receiving high ratings and guest reviews on this popular travel site. Additionally, Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa was recently rated among the "Top 15 Hotels in Baja California" by Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards along with Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa, which was also included as one of the "World's Best Hotels" for the second year in a row. 

For more information about Solmar Hotels & Resorts, visit www.solmar.com, follow us on Twitter @SolmarResorts, Instagram and Pinterest and visit our Facebook page.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A facial is the best way to take care of your skin!




A facial is a beauty and health treatment that includes the following basic steps: consultation, cleansing cream, toner, mask, facial massage and a moisturizing cream. Facials are the second most popular spa treatments after massages. The process is always customized to meet the unique needs of your skin.

A licensed facialist with special training in skin care should be the person who performs your professional facial. She should not only be knowledgeable, but passionate about her work.



The Solmar Spa Collection recommends that you have a facial at least four times a year, as the seasons change. You may need one more frequently if you are trying to clear up skin blemishes such as acne, especially at the beginning. Otherwise, every few months is sufficient. Once a month is fine but make sure you don’t overdo it, especially if you have sensitive skin.

What a facial can do:
-Deep cleanse
-Exfoliate
-Increase circulation and detoxify
-Calm the senses, nerves and muscles
-Stimulate skin functions and metabolism
-Treat conditions such as dryness, oiliness, redness and acne
-Soften wrinkles and age lines

 The Solmar Spa Collection offers facials specially designed for your skin type. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.solmarspacollection.com or contact us at spacollection@solmar.com


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pioneer Art Gallery


Experience the history of Los Cabos through old photographs, the art collection of Don Luis Bulnes, the pioneer behind Solmar Hotels, and art pieces from local artists.




The Pioneer Art Gallery is located next to the Brigantine Restaurant at Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa, a portion of the art sales will benefit the Solmar Foundation. 


Artists participating:

Joann Cappon:  She was born in México City and studied at "La Esmeralda" National School of Paint, Sculpture and Engraving and the Academia de San Carlos. 
At an early age Joann came in touch with art and painting. The aroma of oils, turpentine, and linseed oil evokes happy moments of her childhood.
These lovely memories accompany her and surround her amidst her moments of doubt and chaos and it is with these that Joann finds in her paintings an opportunity to show part of her essence. 


Yandi Monardo: Visual artist, originally from Young, Uruguay. Yandy is committed to the education and dissemination of the art and culture of Baja California Sur. His work was selected for the MOLAA catalog (The Museum of Latin America Art) in Long Beach, California. In 2009 and 2012, he received and Honorable Mention in painting and sculpture at the Biennale of Baja California Sur, Carlos Olachea. 


Enrique Bascón: Presents "Hungry for color", a sample born of coffees and social gathering, meals and travels, some in space and others in time, a tribute to México he loves and the innocence of a child's smile, both of them, their teachers. 


For more information about Pioneer Art Gallery or Solmar Foundation 
please contact: dinorah.deharo@solmar.com