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.
There is now a taxi service out of Playa del Carmen which is composed of women drivers who serve women-only customers. It is called Taxi Rosa; the business was started with the intention of promoting gender equality in Mexico’s male-dominated transportation industry while at the same time providing safe transportation for women in the area.
My latest trip to Cancun (which was Feb./March 2017) involved something I’d never done before–meeting up with another traveler coming into Cancun from a different city and different airline. Since all my trips to Cancun had wound up in the same place and the same terminal (by the Air Margaritaville palapa hut which is now outside Terminal 3), I assumed my fellow traveler would wind up in the same place. WRONG.
To those of you familiar with Panama Jack products (sunglasses, tanning oil, beach clothing, etc.), it may be of interest to note that Playa Hotels and Resorts has partnered with said company in order to launch Panama Jack’s brand into Mexico’s all-inclusive market. Both the Gran Caribe and Gran Porto Resorts will be rebranded with the Panama Jack name (Panama Jack Gran Caribe/Panama Jack Gran Porto)–the resorts will officially use the name in the last quarter of 2017 following a multi-million dollar refurbishment.
There is a new visitor attraction in Cancun’s Hotel Zone which will be opening sometime next week–it is called Gran Rueda Cancun and it is located at km. 9 in the Hotel Zone. Grand Rueda Cancun is a 200 ft. high ferris wheel with 42 climate-controlled gondolas; the entire ride lasts approximately 20 min. and will give visitors a panoramic look at the Hotel Zone and Nichupté Lagoon. Admission prices have not yet been listed.