I recently discovered a video which discusses all the renovations at the Barceló Maya Beach resort in the Riviera Maya. For 2015 updates, start at the 14 minute mark–end at the 22 minute mark for all viewers (the rest is primarily for travel agent commissions).
Here is a link to some new pictures on Instagram of Akumal Bay and Beach Wellness Resort. There are some really good pics here of what is completed as well as what still needs to be completed. Also, check out a new slideshow done by Vancouversundog on Trip Advisor–the password is ABR. For the Instagram pics, check out this link.
Although I had a great time at Riu Palace Riviera Maya when I vacationed there in February 2014, (check out my review), I was curious to see what the other nearby Riu properties were like. Riu Palace guests are fortunate in that they may use all other Riu resort amenities such as the pools, loungers, drink at the bars, eat breakfast or lunch at their restaurants, etc., as long as you eat dinner at the resort with which you’ve originally booked. Since there were several Riu resorts within walking distance to my resort (Riu Playacar, Riu Yucatan, Riu Palace Mexico, and Riu Tequila), I decided to check out Riu Palace Mexico and see what their renovations looked like for myself.
NOTE: This resort changed its name from Live Aqua Cancun to Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun in Nov. 2016.
Dreams Sands Cancun continues to make updates to their newly opened resort. Recently, the Preferred Club was completed and is fully open for business. Here are a few pics: