Mexican authorities have recently done an investigation on 31 resorts, restaurants, and nightclubs in both Cancun and the Riviera Maya in order to see who may be serving illicit/bootleg alcohol. Their investigation resulted in the following findings: Continue reading
Temptation Cancun Resort opened its doors yesterday for its “soft opening”; the resort has been closed since fall 2016 for a complete renovation. As is typical of many soft openings, there are several areas of the resort which are in the process of being finished including the following: Continue reading
Following alcohol related lab tests done by COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risk), it has been determined that the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar is NOT serving any tainted alcohol to its guests. This comes after allegations made by a Wisconsin family earlier this year that the resort had given their 22 yr. old daughter adulterated alcohol which resulted in her subsequent death.
Secrets Maroma continues to work on guest room renovations. Work began in May 2017 and will continue until Dec. 17, 2017. While the resort has tried to avoid booking guests into buildings being worked on, there have been a few isolated reports of people being placed near ongoing renovations. Guests are encouraged to contact the resort concierge for guest room building placement should there be any concerns about renovation noise.
With only 3 weeks left to go until Temptation Cancun Resort’s reopening on the 15th, there may be a small problem in the works. Rumor has it that work on the resort has been temporarily halted by a judge due to public bicycle lane damage (from the renovations). While witnesses on the scene deny that work has been halted, it remains to be seen whether this judge’s order will have consequences to the resort’s reopening date. Even if the resort opens on time, renovations will still continue on some upper level tower rooms (including Penthouse Suites) and public spaces such as one or two restaurants. The pool has recently been filled with water, however, which is always a good sign. For those of you wanting to take a chance and book a room so soon after its opening, the resort is “sold out” for several weeks after its official opening date. I’m taking this to mean that all available rooms that have been finished (who knows what that total will be, however) are sold out, not the entire resort since tower rooms are not all completed.
Vacationers with direct flights from Cancun to the USA should plan on arriving at the airport at least 3 hrs. prior to their departure. Travelers going through airport security with any electronic device larger than a smartphone will be scrutinized more carefully, according to Mexican authorities; these new security checks and procedures will be done at the request of the USA Dept. of Homeland Security.
Azul Fives by Karisma, an all-inclusive optional resort in the Riviera Maya, is now referred to as Azul Beach Resort the Fives Playa del Carmen. It just completed its latest Villa, #19, and the pics look outstanding. Here is a sample:
There has been a lot of confusion and lack of communication coming from the resort concerning ME’s recent renovations. While the resort has re-opened (just prior to June 10), there is still ongoing construction, some of it major, with only limited services and amenities available–even the rooms are still being worked on with only limited access to them as a whole. While I haven’t been to Cancun since March 2017, I have followed ME Cancun’s progress (or lack thereof) on social media and here is the scoop: Continue reading
ME Cancun by Melia issued a statement yesterday that their beach club will be reopening June 10, 2017. Since their statement didn’t specifically say the entire resort, I am guessing there are parts that are still undergoing renovations. I will check further and see what is going on.
The new resort, Ocean Riviera Paradise, has now officially opened its casino. For those who want to check out the resort, follow this link.