“I remember both of my visits to La Villa Bonita for Dia de los Muertos with pleasure and have recommended the experience to friends. Your Tepoztlán site is simply the most beautiful and the celebrations in and around that small community so rich and rewarding.”
— Mary Luther, LVB Return Guest
While we are open year round in our home culinary facility in Tepoztlan, some of our most popular weeks are special event weeks in Tepoztlan, Puebla, Cuetzalan and Sayulita. These are weeks that fall on a special holiday and offer special dishes and experiences that we do not offer in our regular week. As with all of our special weeks availability is VERY LIMITED and rooms tend to fill up fast. Make your reservation early to assure your space in the program.
Whole Hog Week (March 12-19, 2017). Learn how to use the whole hog on this special week with Chef Ana. Under the tutelage of Tepoztlan’s master butcher get a greater understanding of the different cuts and how to use them in wonderful traditional dishes. Read more!
Healthy Yoga Week (March 19-26, 2017) Life is stressful? World turned upside down? It is time to get out of Dodge! Join Chef Ana for a week of yoga, meditation and healthy eating based on traditional techniques. Learn how to make healthy dishes with traditional ingredients. Realign, refocus, relax and repeat. Read more!
Gourmet/Traditional 2-Week Culinary Adventure (April 28 – May 12, 2017). Enjoy the best haute cuisine restaurants in the world and learn alongside the traditional cooks in Mexico City, Tepoztlan, Puebla, and Oaxaca. Experience the entire spectrum of Mexican cuisine on a two week tour that includes a celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the place where it all began: Puebla. Contact us for more details.
La Feria del Huipil y Cafe (September 28 – October 5, 2017, Tepoztlan-Puebla-Cuetzalan). If you love Mexican culture, you can not miss this incredible festival and culinary experience. It has been described as one of the most beautiful celebrations of indigenous culture in Mexico. This festival is celebrated in the small town of Cuetzalan, Puebla where locals still use the white linen cloth such as the elaborately embroidered blouse called a “huipil.” A queen is crowned based upon her ability to construct this beautiful garment. On this trip we will start in Tepoztlan then go to Puebla for a walking/eating/talavera tour of the Historic Center. Then we are off to Cuetzalan to witness this incredible festival. Contact us by email for pricing.
Traditional Cook Week (October 22-29, 2017). Cook with the best traditional cooks in Tepoztlan under the supervision of Chef Ana. Learn all of the inside techniques to Tepozteco and regional Morelos cuisine.
Dia de Los Muertos (October 29-November 5, 2017 in Tepoztlan) This is one of the most popular weeks of the year. Known for its multiple celebrations, Muertos week is a celebration of the happy return of ancestors to pass time with the living. See the elaborate floral decorations in the cemetery, enjoy dancing and music in the town square, as well as seeing the local children with their green squash lanterns. Create a traditional altar with Chef Ana in the house and make an incredible variety of local dishes as well as see how the seasonal bread Pan de Muertos is made in wood burning ovens.
Mexican Thanksgiving Week on the Beach! (November 18-25, 2017) Yes, we know what you are thinking. Is there Thanksgiving in Mexico? At La Villa Bonita, Chef Ana has perfected the art of the Thanksgiving dinner. For those of you who want to escape the ordinary and enjoy tropical breezes in a fun surf town, but still want to enjoy one of the best Thanksgiving meals, we have the perfect solution — join us at La Villa Bonita Sayulita for our regular week of coastal week activities PLUS Chef Ana’s fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. Leave Aunt Bernice’s 3 bean salad behind this year! We won’t tell them if you don´t!
Christmas Week (December 24-31, 2017) This is also one of our most popular weeks of the year. Celebrate Christmas with Old World Mexican style. Join Chef Ana and her extended family for a Christmas full of tradition. Attend mass at one of the oldest cathedrals in the Americas. Learn traditional dishes such as roasted pork leg in adobo sauce, romeritos and bacalao a la vizcaina. Christmas without the cold. What could be better?
Happy Yoga New Years Week (December 31, 2017 – January 7, 2018) Start the new year off on the right foot! Join Chef Ana for a week of yoga, meditation and healthy eating based on traditional techniques. Learn how to make healthy dishes with traditional ingredients. Realign, refocus, relax and repeat. Read more!
Coastal Weeks in Sayulita (January – February 2018) Special all-inclusive coastal weeks in the tranquil surf village of Sayulita. Learn regional Nayarit and Jalisco dishes in a beautiful house perched high above the village. Watch the whales dance in the bay, enjoy fabulous hands-on classes and Chef Ana cooks her modern Mexican Cuisine every night from the freshest catch of the day. For more information see http://bit.ly/sayulitacooks
Summer Family Weeks in Sayulita and Tepoztlan (July and August 2017 and 2018). Give kids an appreciation for the wonders of Mexican cuisine. Cook as a family and enjoy adult cooking sessions as well. Fun for the entire family. See our cool Sayulita video staring Matias! https://vimeo.com/128782895