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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Drone Video of Royal Hideaway Playacar

Take a look at Royal Hideaway Playacar from a drone’s perspective–this was taken prior to the renovations, so a few outdoor spaces may look a tad different here than what the resort currently looks like (re. Deck and Grill outdoor space specifically).  Have you been here since the completion of the renovations, and, if so, how does it compare?

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El Dorado Maroma Overwater Palafitos with Extra Amenities Video

I found a very nice video of El Dorado Maroma’s newest resort addition, the Overwater Palafitos. The video includes a glimpse into the extra amenities which come along with booking this suite category, such as the private lounge, spa, restaurant, and beach area. Take a look!

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Catalonia Yucatan Beach’s New A La Carte

There is a new a la carte restaurant which has just been completed at Catalonia Yucatan Beach.  It is called Bloved, just like the beachfront restaurant at Catalonia Royal Tulum, and serves organic cuisine.  While the new restaurant is located above El Mercado (buffet), it is not clear yet whether it is for Privileged guests only or for all guests (the Bloved at the Royal Tulum is for upgraded Privileged guests only).  Here is a pic of the lovely new restaurant:

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Allegro Playacar Open But Continues Renovations

Despite its reopening, Barcelo’s Allegro Playacar appears to still be working on its renovations.  These renovations are scheduled to continue to at least Dec. 15, 2016, and include the following: Continue reading

Royal Hideaway Playacar Renovation News

The renovations seem to be taking more time than was originally planned for the Royal Hideaway Playacar; looks like the deadline for the completion has gone from Nov. 15 to Dec. 20, 2016.  Here is a list of what has been completed or is going to be worked on during the renovation process: Continue reading

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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Allegro Playacar Closes for Renovations

While the Allegro Playacar was supposed to remain open during its renovations, Barcelo has decided to temporarily close the resort from Oct. through mid November, 2016.  The tentative date it is supposed to be reopened is Nov. 15.  The reported reason for the closure is that the renovations are behind schedule, and Barcelo would like everything to be done prior to the holiday season.  Guests who have booked during the closure are being sent to the Barcelo Maya Grand Resort complex.

Riu Palace Mexico Drone Video

Bless the person who invented the drone as well as the person/company who decided that making drone videos of resorts could be a money-making business.  Gotta love them–they give a great overall view of a resort’s general layout which can provide additional information when deciding whether or not to book a specific resort.

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