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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hard Rock resort in the Riviera Maya will be the host for the first time music festival called Rock Getaway. The festival will occur during two separate multi-day events, Oct. 26-29, and Nov. 2-5, 2017. Performances will occur at multiple locations throughout the resort and will include the following performers: Continue reading
There is a pilot project beginning in Mexico City’s airport Terminals 1 and 2 which signals a significant change to the current Customs and Immigration procedure currently in place at Cancun and other Mexican airports. Mexico wants to do away with the Declaration Form and instead have everyone’s bags X-rayed between connecting flights or prior to unloading baggage onto carousels; also, the dreaded red/green light at Customs entry points is also going to be a thing of the past. No more will travelers need to stand in line wondering whether they will get the red light and have their bags randomly searched–I’m all for that! Traveling can be stressful enough without adding a procedure which purposefully induces more stress.