Azul Fives Changes Name and Completes Villa 19

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:

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ME Cancun Not Quite Ready for Visitors Despite Re-Opening

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’s Beach Club Reopens

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.

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Drone View of Dreams Riviera Cancun

One doesn’t hear too much of Dreams Riviera Cancun anymore; it’s a great resort with beautiful guest rooms and lots of dining options.  For those of you unfamiliar with the resort, or to those of you new to this particular Dreams resort, here’s a bird’s eye view of its layout and exterior amenities.  What do you think?

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New Xel-Ha Park Waterslide to Open Summer 2017

Riviera Maya’s Xel-Há Park is set to debut the world’s fourth tallest waterslide this summer.  Faro-Tobogán will be 141 feet tall, and riders will travel at 26 feet p/second; toboggan riders will end their ride in a cenote.  In addition to the waterslide, the Faro-Tobogán water park will include tunnels and submerged sculptures, so the waterslide is part of a new attraction within the existing park.

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How to Get Around Puerto Aventuras from the Dreams Resort

Here’s a short video of the environs of Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort and Spa.  It is hosted by Christine Turner, a travel agent who has visited the resort a multitude of times and produced many resort videos.  The video shows approximately where the gated community of Puerto Aventuras is in relation to Playa del Carmen, as well as how to go about getting from the resort to the stores/restaurants and larger beach area in town.

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Club Med Cancun Yucatan Sale

Wow, Club Med is having a rather substantive deal called the Vacation Activation Sale. I just checked rates (resort-only) for a week in September at Club Med Cancun Yucatan and it was close to USD $1,000 off the rack rate for two adults in a basic Club room.  If you enjoy lots of activities in a beautiful beach setting and want to save money at the same time, check out this link.

Moon Grand Posts Security

Since much of The Grand at Moon Palace (the newest addition to Moon Palace) is now completed (the water park is still not done, however), the resort has decided to limit those from the Nizuc and Sunrise sections (non-timeshare members) from entering the Grand section.  For non-members, it looks like the only way to see the Grand section is to book one of its rooms, otherwise you will be turned away by security.  Members who haven’t upgraded their membership to include all of the Grand section can still access the Grand without a day pass until Oct. 2017.

Karisma’s New Villa Opening in June 2017

The Karisma brand will be opening its fourth property within its Villa Collection, part of its esteemed Connoisseur Collection, in the Riviera Maya this June.  Villa Casa Del Mar is situated next to Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya and will consist of the following amenities: Continue reading