Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

It’s that time again when Condé Nast, one of the world’s premiere travel publications, makes available its coveted Readers’ Choice Awards.  Since this blog is focused on all-inclusive resorts in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, I will focus on the awards given to the selected resorts in these areas.

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Adults-Only Boutique Resort in Playa del Carmen

For those of you looking for a boutique resort in the heart of Playa del Carmen just off of 5th Ave., check out Lat 20 by Live Aqua.  This luxury resort opened December 2015 and is located just off of 5th Ave. and Calle 32 Norte; it is walking distance from Mamitas Beach Club and steps from Playa del Carmen’s action.  Lat 20 by Live Aqua also offers discounted admission to various beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.

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New Ocean by H10 Hotels to Open Dec. 15, 2016

Another new resort in the Rivera Maya is set to open Dec. 15, 2016 just south of Grand Sunset Princess and 10 min. north of Playa del Carmen.  It is called Ocean Riviera Paradise which consists of 974 guest rooms, 9 restaurants, 12 bars,  and 5 outdoor pools.

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Allegro Playacar Closes for Renovations

While the Allegro Playacar was supposed to remain open during its renovations, Barcelo has decided to temporarily close the resort from Oct. through mid November, 2016.  The tentative date it is supposed to be reopened is Nov. 15.  The reported reason for the closure is that the renovations are behind schedule, and Barcelo would like everything to be done prior to the holiday season.  Guests who have booked during the closure are being sent to the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort complex.

Uber Now Offering Service in Cancun

Uber began offering their private car service in Cancun Sept. 14, 2016 under a temporary operating license.  While it is now up and running, the Mexican government is trying to find a way to temporarily halt the service until it can be regulated just like the taxi service.  Understandably, taxi drivers are also upset and trying to highlight current government traffic laws which supposedly outlaw outside companies, such as Uber, from operating in Quintana Roo.

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Riu Palace Mexico Drone Video

Bless the person who invented the drone as well as the person/company who decided that making drone videos of resorts could be a money-making business.  Gotta love them–they give a great overall view of a resort’s general layout which can provide additional information when deciding whether or not to book a specific resort.

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Barceló Costa Cancun Temporarily Closes for Renovations

Barceló Costa Cancun is currently closed for some renovations.  The dates of closure are from Sept. 1, 2016 to Nov. 1, 2016.  The resort plans on updating their front desk area, lobby bar, snack bar area, pool area, shops, and the Mexico Lindo restaurant.