Just a day following the tragic shooting at the Blue Parrot Nightclub, downtown Cancun was rocked when gunmen attacked the state prosecutor’s office with explosive devices and firearms which resulted in four deaths; reportedly, three of the gunmen were killed along with one police officer. While there is no evidence at the present time to link the two events, many individuals (tourists and locals) are now wondering whether Cancun’s insulation from Mexico’s problem with drug cartels has now reached this popular tourist destination. Here is a short article with more information about both attacks.
As most people are already aware, Playa del Carmen’s popular Blue Parrot nightclub was the site of a tragic shooting early this morning at around 2:30 a.m. There are five deaths reported including several security members and a US citizen from Colorado who was killed in the ensuing stampede; the motive of the shooting is unclear at this time, but Mexican police are investigating the possibilities of retribution for failed extortion payments, a murder plot for unknown reasons, or failure to access the BPM Music Festival in order to sell drugs. While the report states this is a resort, the Blue Parrot also owns a small hotel in Playa del Carmen which is not one of the large all-inclusive resorts popular in this area (Playa del Carmen is a 40 min. drive south of the Cancun airport). If you wish to know more about this story, here is an article and short video.
Thank goodness the damage from the recent fire didn’t destroy more of the resort–it was quite a blaze! While the lobby bar at the Tulum resort was completely destroyed, work has already begun clearing away the debris in order to rebuild a new bar. Here is a short video showing the extent of the damage as well as the beginning efforts to rebuild.
Apparently there was a fire at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum which started in the evening hours yesterday, Jan. 13 2017. The fire began in the Circle lobby bar area due to an electrical short circuit and has destroyed the bar area. While some initial reports stated the lobby and theater were gone as well, these areas were not greatly affected and the resort has put up a temporary bar in the theater area. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.
Since there are not many pictures and videos about the new renovations at Riu Palace Las Americas, I contacted Riu Resorts and asked for access to film the resort’s renovations since I originally was staying at Riu Cancun this March. Riu contacted me and offered me a complimentary upgrade to staying at RPLA this March, so thank you to Riu Resorts and stay tuned for pics and videos about this resort’s renovations.
Here’s a short drone video of Catalonia Playa Maroma. Take a look!
During the month of January, Vacation Express is offering low rates and reduced room upgrade fees for vacationers heading towards Grand Palladium White Sand Resort and Spa and Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort and Spa. These deals are for southern CA vacationers leaving from LAX during the dates of Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2017. Prices include airfare and are good for 4-5 night stays. The price is good enough to check out here.
Caribbean Journal (one of the largest websites advocating all things Caribbean) votes every year on the “Best Of” in various categories. In 2016, Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita was voted the Best Caribbean All Inclusive Resort. The article sites the resort’s personalized service and dedication of the staff as a basis for its vote. (The spa’s not so bad either!)