Hyatt Ziva Cancun to Open Nov. 15, 2015

This newly renovated, re-branded resort seems to be mostly off the radar–I’ve heard lots about the newly renovated Riu Playacar and the soon to be open Secrets Akumal, but rarely have I seen articles or advertisements about the new family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Cancun.  This resort used to be the old Dreams Cancun located on the tip of Punta Cancun–a great location since it’s a walkable distance to the popular nightclubs at Plaza Forum yet far enough away from the noise as to be quiet at night.  Here is a brief listing of its features and amenities: Continue reading

Riu Palace Las Americas to Finish Room Renovations

Riu Palace Las Americas is in the final stages of finishing its guest room renovations.  Although initially scheduled to be completed Oct. 10, 2015, the estimated completion date has been re-set to Oct. 29, 2015.  Room renovations have reportedly consisted of installing see-through plexiglass panels on the balconies, new balcony doors, and installing new bathroom amenities including a walk-in shower (the old bathrooms had a dark tub/shower combo).  The resort has remained open during these renovations with the option of transferring to the Riu Palace Peninsula.

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Follow-Up to Iberostar Quetzal Fire

Just a note, Iberostar has confirmed on Twitter that the entire resort is scheduled to reopen for guests on Dec. 11, 2015.  It may open on the 10th, but officially they are taking bookings for the 11th.  Right now the Tucan and Quetzal sides are both closed due to the fire which occurred the other day–the damage was greater than originally thought with both main buffets, the spa, the bar area, and several nearby guest room buildings affected by the smoke and flame.

Iberostar Quetzal Lobby Fire

Unfortunately, there was a fire yesterday at the Iberostar Quetzal which totally destroyed the lobby and surrounding area.  Reportedly the fire was started by a spark from the buffet restaurant kitchen, but that is unconfirmed.  Guests from the Iberostar resort were evacuated and have been bussed to the Iberostar Paraiso.  There were some guests and employees which incurred minor smoke inhalation injuries, but a fireman is in the hospital in critical condition.  Here are a few sad pics:

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Riu Playacar Still Scheduled to Open Oct. 10

Riu Playacar is still scheduled to open this Saturday on Oct. 10.  Reportedly there have been many more workers hired to finish the renovation on time–as of a few days ago, the lobby was still being worked on.  The entire resort will not be finished by the 10th, however, they will still be working on one of the larger guest room buildings by the beach according to the most recent news.

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