For those of you already booked or planning to travel to the new Riu Dunamar, there is a noise advisory for the months of February 2018 through April 2018–Riu is currently building another new Riu Palace resort just south of the Dunamar and the noisy part of construction will be occurring during this time.
While there have been an increasing number of media reports concerning violence in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it is important to keep in mind the areas/neighborhoods in which these events occur. Don’t be too alarmed at the most recent reporting of an armed robbery at a Cancun Starbucks, that event happened deep in an area of “downtown Cancun” which most vacationers never visit. Here is a short list of advice tips geared towards this issue–these are my own rules of vacationing in Cancun which I practice while in this area: Continue reading
Both the Riu Dunamar and Hotel Xcaret Mexico are open for business, just as promised. From what I have heard, there are the usual soft opening issues–getting some elevators to work at the Riu, some communication issues at Hotel Xcaret (limited English speaking from some staff), a la carte restaurant limitations with a less than full house, but these are not out of the ordinary issues given a brand new resort opening. A pleasant surprise is the water park opening at the Riu (I didn’t even know they had adult waterslides).
While I never like to take along expensive jewelry while on vacation (with the exception of my wedding ring), that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to accessorize while I visit my favorite beach resorts. I have found the perfect compromise–SumnerDSigns by my very good friend, Dede Sumner. Not only have I taken earrings and ankle bracelets with me on vacations, but I also have a number of beach-related suncatchers at home which helps remind me of my favorite places on earth–give me sand, sea, and sun anytime (oh, and a swim-up bar as well). Those who have longer hair will also appreciate hair clips with a beach theme.
Make sure you have more pesos in hand to pay for your taxi ride while vacationing in Cancun and the Riviera Maya! As of December 1, 2017, rates are supposed to go up a whopping 20% in order to compensate for rising gas prices in Mexico. With the new restrictive Uber Mobility Laws being implemented (rides can only be paid for with a credit/debit card, etc.) and a new report of armed robbery for colectivo/combi riders, public transportation choices will be more difficult to make.
Use caution when choosing to take a colectivo/combi in the Riviera Maya; there has been a recent report of a robbery of a driver/passengers in the route from PDC to Puerto Aventuras on a Saturday night around 9:15 p.m. Three individuals reportedly stopped the vehicle on the pretense of wanting transportation, got inside, then threatened to use force/guns if valuables including cell phones/purses, etc. were not handed over. The robbers got away, so if they were successful once they may decide to do the same crime again. Others may also see this as a quick way to make money and follow suit.
For those of you wanting an update on the new Riu Dunamar, looks like it is slated to open the first week of December 2017 and is expected to be close to fully operational upon opening date. I originally had some questions as to its location, and from what I can gather it is situated north of Secrets Playa Mujeres more towards the end of the peninsula–next to Secrets is the new Palladium that is being built. While Riu Dunamar is listed as being in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, it is not actually ON the island of Isla Mujeres (which is a ferry ride across the sea). The new Riu is supposed to be a doable walk from the public beach area of Isla Blanca where winds are relatively stiff and kiteboarding is popular.
Looking to try out a new all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya? Check out Hotel Xcaret, an “All-Fun Inclusive” resort located at km. 282 near beautiful Xcaret Park. This all-suite resort with 900 rooms offers a new concept–unlimited access to several Riviera Maya parks and attractions including Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco, Xenses, and tours to cenotes, Chichen Itza, Coba, and Tulum ruins.
There are several significant changes to the Cancun airport, the most notable being the opening of the new Terminal 4 Oct. 31, 2017. While not all airlines have switched over yet from the other terminals, these are the airlines which are supposed to operate from here: Continue reading
My daughter and her husband (age range 25-30) visited this resort from the dates of Oct. 14-21, 2017. This is a review of their stay at the Valentin.