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A resort hotel of ultimate pleasure and
Review by Nancy Snipper
When booking your vacation to Ixtapa, most of
us go for the all-inclusive package, but let’s face it, wearing that silly colored
wrist band makes you feel more like an inmate than cherished guest. Then
there’s that inevitable line-up to get a beach towel and be given a number
(don’t lose the number or you pay for the towel), and finally, the frenzy and
fighting over lounge chairs at the beach. As for eating, you have to reserve a
table hours in advance at the hotel’s restaurant and then line-up as the person
checks your name while your stomach is growling. Sound familiar? Indeed, all
these annoying glitches can turn what is supposed to be your care-free
marvelous vacation into a mini nightmare.
here’s the great news. Sunscape Dorado Pacifico, a unique and remarkable hotel
in Ixtapa, is operated by AM Resorts (they know all about bringing excellence
to large hotels), so this slickly run innovative hotel has done away with all
that childish nonsense.Most
importantly, the place is brimming with genuine hospitality, oodles of
supremely fun activities, entertainment and innovative events. As one guest at
the pool told me: “It’s impossible to get bored here.”
about to find this out.
Variety is the spice of
spent an entire day enjoying the“Sunscape experience”, and it was sensational!
of all, I was struck by the immense and airy spectacular white interior. The regally
spacious lobbies make you feel sublimely special. It seems that no matter where
you turn, you enter a world of sensual and stimulating vitality; it’s yours for
hotel’s 285 rooms – all renovated four years ago face the ocean.
They seem to
float overead above the lobby area,as long green vines descend from floor to
floor like a verdant cascade of nature. There are 11 floors, and one is devoted
to four conference rooms. Marble floors add to the beauty of it all.
Time to relax, play and rejuvenate
two towels, I was then escorted to the beach by charming employee Fernando who
moved a lounge chair under one of the wonderful Brazilian wood covered aberca
shelters that feature white drapes on each side for privacy and further shade.
My view was Palmar Bay beach with the powerful waves of the Pacific
also met Ramiro, the activity and entertainment Director who introduced me to
the day’s events. They’re written up every day on the Sundial activity and
entertainment page. For starters, there was morning yoga and a bicycle tour at
9:30; there were Spanish lessons and beach volleyball. I was still pondering my
prize view. And then it got real hot.
12:00 I jumped into the pools (two sections to the swimming areas) to take an
aqua gym class run by Himer. It was so much fun. Sure,the kids were having fun in the other pool at
the two water slides, but I was having just as much fun. What a wonderful way to
get in shape. The water was a perfect temperature too. I then witnessed
poolside a mini cooking class of tiritas – sliver thin raw pieces of dorado,
onions coriander and lime. It was delicious. I put a bit of bottled spicy
Buffalo sauce on my savory sample to make me feel like a real Mexican who knows
her food. It was then I realized I was hungry.
Feasting on more fabulous fish at Bluewater Restaurant
you fancy fish, step inside Sunscape’s Bluewater Restaurant. That’s what I did.
The enormous palapa keeps you perfectly shaded in this wonderful open-air lunch
area, and the stunning view to the sea is second to none. It sets the
free-feeling atmosphere in this spacious restaurant.
lunch menu features an impressive choice of fish creations along with eight
remarkable appetizers: Peruvian Ceviche, ceviche toasts and tiritas (slices of
fish, onion and avocado in a tasty marination of lemon and other herbs).I opted for the Peruvian Ceviche that hit my
palette like a piece of heavenly magic. It was spiced perfectly, and the green
chili, parsley and orange enhanced the taste. I also took the chicken salad
mixture that arrived at my table looking like a piece of culinary art. The
presentation was as exceptional as the delicate taste: two big purple grape halves
encircled the savoury chicken salad mound along with two placements of
sliver-thin shredded carrots.The chicken sat on a soft swirl of pink tomato.
Looking much like a moat, this notable number was layered; at its pinnacle and
perched on a toothpick was an olive.
I went for more fish for the
main course. The tuna was terrifically tender, and I have never tasted such
impeccably prepared rice. It was butter flavoured, and tiny flecks of mushroom
and carrots added colour. A big green broiled zucchini, chayote and carrots
accompanied the two tender, yet thick pieces of tuna.
My dessert included coconut ice cream – made right on the
premises. It sat beside a demure fruit tart encapsulated with soft yellow
custard. The pastry crust was also home-made. Sweet and satisfying, it had that
subtle buttery flavour of French pastry. Sublime!
Chef Antelmo Limón: master of the culinary arts
AM Resorts took over Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, they wisely installed one
of their stellar chefs: Antelmo Limón.He was head chef at two of their other hotels – Dreams Puerto Vallarta and
Dreams Villa Magna, and Secrets Capri Riviera and Dreams Tulum in Riviera Maya.With over 14 years of experience, Chef
Antelmo oversees Sunscape’s four other sizeable restaurants.
Eating with seaside view
They are: Windows –
for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets (I had a wonderful Italian pasta dinner
here where you choose from the five types of pasta, the fillers and the sauce
you want, and then watch as it is cooked in front of you);Tamarindo – for
Mexican food; Da Mario – an adults-only, formal-dress attire Italian restaurant;
Bluewater International – an a la carte Restaurant open for lunch & Dinner,
and Barefoot – a poolside yummy snack place for grilled hamburgers, hotdogs and
By the way, the various outdoor bars offer tropical drinks, including the
day’s special. I imbibed sweet ones made by Clemente who’s been mixing drinks
at Sunscape for 32 years here! You’ll flip over the 15 names of these bebidas:
Sex on the Beach, Bahama Mama, Dirty Banana, Miami Vice, and the list
For coffees, croissants and sweeter goodies, 24-hour Coco Café
greets you as soon as you step inside the lobby. Everything is free. Buen provecho!
I had made arrangements to
play tennis at the entertainment and sports poolside kiosk, but I was not only
without my racket, I also had no partner. First, Rodrigo, one of the young
chaps at the kiosk was elected to play with me. After he missed returning my
first ball, he admitted had never played tennis. But I thought him an awfully
good sport to even try. So along came another guy from the entertainment kiosk,
and he was better, but he told me I should be playing with the pro, Alexandro,
who after 20 minutes happened to pass the tennis court area on his way to his
English class (given free by the hotel). I insisted he play just a bit with me;
that was the deal in the first place. I should have known better, for as soon
as he got on the court, he began slicing the ball; I could barely return it. He
certainly had a great strategy for cutting my game short.What a hoot!
Kids Explorers Club
gamut of activities keeps children busy from morning to night. There’s
painting, theatre, all kinds of games, competitions, a climbing wall by the
tennis courts and even a release event of turtles at the beach.No adults allowed!
Pure Spa Pleasure
of the most coveted features of Sunscape Dorado Pacifico is their luxurious
spa. I found it a perfect way to end my day. As soon as you enter the Zen
interior, all the exuberance from the day’s activities melts into body bliss. Attached
to the premises is a full-scale hair and beauty salon – a much needed facility
after spending endless hours in the sun. Of course, manicure and pedicures are
a wonderful relaxing neck and back massage here. Itzel, my masseuse, applied
special wine oil on my aging body. Her hands were remarkably strong and skilful.
I felt a release of age-old knots and aching tension.
spa offers more than 30 different types of massage therapies and anti-aging
treatments, including facials, wraps, cellulite, and exfoliations. Water lily,
seaweed and aromatic salts are used here for body treatment, and there are
products that smooth, tone and diminish sun damage.The line they use is by Pevonia.An array of products is also on sale to take
Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa is extraordinary.
It is a world unto its own, and it’s
one I did not want to leave. I shall return.
I had Maria cook me chilaquiles and my
plate overfloweth with everything, including a fried egg, frijoles and my main
dish and cheese, chicken and cream. Because it was chilaquiles divorciados, I
got to have red and green sauce on either side of my main dish. I loved my nut,
strawberry and yogurt/milk drink. The cappuccino was great.
Juices - no sugar – no fattening frills
The juices are second to none – 11 different
kinds – all natural and sugar-free. I
had a juice of lime, pineapple orange and spinach. It was called The Vitamin.
excellent – as was the cheese and
ham omelet served with thin grilled oatmeal toast with home-made guava and
marmalade jam, frijoles, warmed cherry tomatoes and potatoes (pass on the
potats).There is a choice of 6 types of
chilaquiles, 9 omelets and so many hearty dishes. This little outdoor café with
its two indoor tables is a winner. But there is so much on your plate that all
sauces tend to run into one another. Just under 5 feet, sweet Maria is Mágica
in her own way. No sooner do you
order, and Maria has it for you within seconds. What a homey place!
La célébration du 80e anniversaire
de Malcolm Goldstein (Compositeur,
violoniste et improvisateur) et lancement
de disque « Soweto Stomp » – une collaboration avec l’Orchestre Ratchet
de Nicolas Caloia
March 27 2016 @ 4pm - concert / launch / 27 Mars
2016 @ 16h00 - concert / lancement
@ Casa del
Popolo (4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, Québec)
with / avec :
Jean Derome –
bass flute / flûte basse
Lori Freedman – clarinet / clarinette
Rainer Wiens – guitar / guitare
Malcolm Goldstein – violin / violon
Joshua Zubot – violin / violon
Jean René – viola / alto
Nicolas Caloia – double bass / contrebasse
Back cover of 2014 LP "Full Circle Sounding"
in New York City, Malcolm Goldstein – composer, violinist, improviser and sound
explorer – has been active in the presentation of contemporary music and dance
since the early 60s. He began improvising during his years with the Judson
Dance Theatre. His works often consist of violin extensions improvised in the
context of recorded electronics and sound collages. He has toured extensively
in North America and Europe, presenting both solo violin concerts and performing
with renowned ensembles. He’s ‘re-invented’
the art of violin playing by extending the instrument’s range of tonality and
sound structures bringing it into new dimensions of expression. He has received
international acclaim, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and
others, and commissions from various ensembles for numerous compositions.
Basée à New York City, Malcolm Goldstein –
compositeur, violoniste, improvisateur et explorateur sonore – a été actif dans
la présentation de la musique et de la danse contemporaine depuis le début des
années 60. Il a commencé à improviser pendant ses années avec le Judson Dance
Theatre. Ses œuvres se composent souvent d'extensions de violon improvisés dans
le contexte de sons électronique et des collages sonores enregistrés. Il a
effectué de nombreuses tournées en Amérique du Nord et en Europe, présentant à
la fois des concerts de violon solo et des performances avec des ensembles
renommés. Il a «réinventé» l'art du violon en étendant la gamme de la tonalité
et les structures sonores de l’instrument, l’apportant dans des nouvelles
dimensions d'expressions. Il a reçu une reconnaissance internationale, des
subventions de la National Endowment for the Arts et d'autres, et les
commissions de divers ensembles pour de nombreuses compositions.
following pieces were performed /Les pièces suivantes ont été interprétées:
A)An improvised variation of an East
European traditional folk song.
Une variation improvisée
d'une chanson folklorique traditionnelle d'Europe orientale.
B) ‘Two silences’ – a pleasantly drone-like sound throughout
un son agréable ressemblant a un drone tout au long.
C) A improvisation based on a haiku / Une improvisation basée sur un haïku. D) An excerpt from ‘Seasons’ – structured improvised sounds
against a backdrop of a recorded collage of seasonal sights and sounds from
Un extrait de «Seasons» -
sons improvisés et structurés dans un contexte d'un collage enregistre des
sites et sons saisonniers du Vermont.