The famous Blue Parrot Nightclub in Playa del Carmen will remain permanently closed after the investigation of January’s shooting is completed. Instead, a new hotel will be opening in its place along with a concert area. The nightclub was actually purchased two years ago and the new owner had been waiting for the current lease to expire. Work on the hotel will begin in approximately four months along with an extensive renovation of 12th Street. The new hotel’s name has not yet been mentioned.
To those of you familiar with Panama Jack products (sunglasses, tanning oil, beach clothing, etc.), it may be of interest to note that Playa Hotels and Resorts has partnered with said company in order to launch Panama Jack’s brand into Mexico’s all-inclusive market. Both the Gran Caribe and Gran Porto Resorts will be rebranded with the Panama Jack name (Panama Jack Gran Caribe/Panama Jack Gran Porto)–the resorts will officially use the name in the last quarter of 2017 following a multi-million dollar refurbishment.
Vacationers traveling to Akumal in the next few weeks should be aware that PROFEPA (the Federal Environmental Protection Agency in Mexico) has temporarily suspended tour group snorkeling in Akumal Bay. The agency determined that the original ruling of allowing only a certain number of tour group participants to snorkel had been grossly ignored by tour companies, so PROFEPA is trying to determine how to permanently resolve this issue while protecting the turtles, coral, and other sea life in the bay. At the present time, individual snorkelers, for the most part, are allowed to swim and snorkel in front of Secrets Akumal and ABBWR without being harassed, but snorkeling north of this area may result in being told to get out of the water (the northern end of the bay is where most of the sea grass beds are and where snorkel groups typically have entered the water in the past). There are buoys marking these areas, but there is a lot of confusion right now about who is allowed in the bay and exactly where people are allowed to snorkel. Some reports state that snorkeling is allowed as long as life vests and fins are not used, while others state info to the contrary. If fins and life vests are not allowed, this seems to be a very unsafe snorkeling practice unless it is done immediately offshore.
Take a look at Royal Hideaway Playacar from a drone’s perspective–this was taken prior to the renovations, so a few outdoor spaces may look a tad different here than what the resort currently looks like (re. Deck and Grill outdoor space specifically). Have you been here since the completion of the renovations, and, if so, how does it compare?
Karisma is offering a 2017 promo for its Generations Riviera Maya Resort–the offer states that families can book a 3-bedroom suite for the price of a 2-bedroom suite when grandparents come along on the vacation. While this deal is supposed to be for 2017, there may be some blackout dates or restrictions; contact this resort for more details or phone 1-866-666-9352. (For new bookings only and only for the US market).
There is a new visitor attraction in Cancun’s Hotel Zone which will be opening sometime next week–it is called Gran Rueda Cancun and it is located at km. 9 in the Hotel Zone. Grand Rueda Cancun is a 200 ft. high ferris wheel with 42 climate-controlled gondolas; the entire ride lasts approximately 20 min. and will give visitors a panoramic look at the Hotel Zone and Nichupté Lagoon. Admission prices have not yet been listed.
I found a very nice video of El Dorado Maroma’s newest resort addition, the Overwater Palafitos. The video includes a glimpse into the extra amenities which come along with booking this suite category, such as the private lounge, spa, restaurant, and beach area. Take a look!
There is a new a la carte restaurant which has just been completed at Catalonia Yucatan Beach. It is called Bloved, just like the beachfront restaurant at Catalonia Royal Tulum, and serves organic cuisine. While the new restaurant is located above El Mercado (buffet), it is not clear yet whether it is for Privileged guests only or for all guests (the Bloved at the Royal Tulum is for upgraded Privileged guests only). Here is a pic of the lovely new restaurant: