Crackdown on Illicit Alcohol–Results of a Surprise Investigation

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 Opens On Time

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

Adulterated Alcohol Risk In Cancun

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.

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Increased Security at Cancun Airport

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.

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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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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.

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Hosts Rock Getaway

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

Immigration/Customs Changes Coming Soon

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.

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