Rebranding of Gran Caribe and Gran Porto Resorts

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.

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Adults-Only Boutique Resort in Playa del Carmen

For those of you looking for a boutique resort in the heart of Playa del Carmen just off of 5th Ave., check out Hotel Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen.  This luxury resort opened December 2015 and is located just off of 5th Ave. and Calle 32 Norte; it is walking distance from Mamita’s Beach Club and steps from Playa del Carmen’s action.  Hotel Live Aqua also offers discounted admission to both Mamita’s and Kool beach clubs in Playa del Carmen.

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Beloved Playa Mujeres to Become Adults-Only

Sorry families, the Beloved Playa Mujeres is scheduled to become an adults-only resort come Sept. 1, 2016.  The resort is planning on adding more features and amenities geared towards an adults-only group of vacationers, but this info. is yet to come.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun Opens Without Delays

The newest family-friendly all-inclusive addition to the Hyatt brand opened on time November 15, 2015, without any delays of services or amenities.  Hyatt Ziva Cancun spent $85 million on the expansion and renovation of the old Dreams Cancun in the beautiful Punta Cancun area of the Hotel Zone.  A few amenities which make this resort stand out in a sea of all-inclusives are the onsite microbrewery, rooftop pool for adults-only, and swim-up suites, most with ocean view.  To find out more about this lovely resort, check out the following link.

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Hyatt Ziva Cancun to Open Nov. 15, 2015

This newly renovated, re-branded resort seems to be mostly off the radar–I’ve heard lots about the newly renovated Riu Playacar and the soon to be open Secrets Akumal, but rarely have I seen articles or advertisements about the new family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Cancun.  This resort used to be the old Dreams Cancun located on the tip of Punta Cancun–a great location since it’s a walkable distance to the popular nightclubs at Plaza Forum yet far enough away from the noise as to be quiet at night.  Here is a brief listing of its features and amenities: Continue reading

El Dorado Seaside Suites Addition to Open Winter 2015

The new addition to Karisma’s El Dorado Seaside Suites will open for business winter 2015 after a lengthy renovation project. Originally, it was slated to open Nov. 1 but the opening date has been delayed to sometime in winter 2015 (guesses are sometime in December).  In actuality, this new addition will become the new El Dorado Seaside Suites while the older property will now be referred to as Sensimar Seaside Suites and Spa.  The “old” El Dorado Seaside Suite section appears to be under contract with Tui (a German-based travel company) which sells packages mostly to European clients (Thomson is a big seller of Tui-contracted properties).  Karisma already has a Sensimar section at El Dorado Royale and all guests are allowed to use the Tui facilities in contracted sections.  While the “old” EDSS rooms are slated for the European market, the new EDSS resort is open to everyone.  All guests were originally supposed to receive a complimentary upgrade to the new section, but since the opening has been delayed, it is unclear at this time whether the upgrade will be taking place once the new EDSS opens and how long it will last.

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Generations Maroma Closing

Generations Maroma is in the process of transferring all of its amenities to its sister resort and adjacent property, El Dorado Maroma.  According to its parent company, Karisma Hotels and Resorts, Generations Maroma is adding its suites, Chakay restaurant, and bars to the pre-existing El Dorado Maroma property due to the “overwhelming demand of El Dorado Maroma”.  Generations Riviera Maya, a family-friendly resort success, will absorb the bookings  meant for Generations Maroma.

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Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort (Formerly ABR) Renovation Update

Akumal Bay Resort lovers take heart!  Renovations are just about complete at the (practically) all new Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort.  The resort is almost fully functional with some small exceptions–the elevator in guest room building #2 isn’t quite done, and the self-serve guest laundry facility behind building #2 is being completed as well.  Everything else is open for business!

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Dreams Sands Cancun Update

Dreams Sands Cancun continues to make updates to their newly opened resort.  Recently, the Preferred Club was completed and is fully open for business.  Here are a few pics:

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Grand Oasis Viva to be Re-branded Dreams Sands Resort and Spa

AM Resorts has announced that the Grand Oasis Viva (up in the north part of the “7” in the Hotel Zone) will be undergoing an extensive renovation so that the resort can be brought up to AM Resorts standards.  The family-friendly resort will open Sept. 1, 2014, as the Dreams Sands Resort and Spa.  Here’s the link to the statement made by AM Resorts on Trip Advisor about the changes to be made and resort amenities:  http://goo.gl/eQu3DI