Just a day following the tragic shooting at the Blue Parrot Nightclub, downtown Cancun was rocked when gunmen attacked the state prosecutor’s office with explosive devices and firearms which resulted in four deaths; reportedly, three of the gunmen were killed along with one police officer. While there is no evidence at the present time to link the two events, many individuals (tourists and locals) are now wondering whether Cancun’s insulation from Mexico’s problem with drug cartels has now reached this popular tourist destination. Here is a short article with more information about both attacks.
As most people are already aware, Playa del Carmen’s popular Blue Parrot nightclub was the site of a tragic shooting early this morning at around 2:30 a.m. There are five deaths reported including several security members and a US citizen from Colorado who was killed in the ensuing stampede; the motive of the shooting is unclear at this time, but Mexican police are investigating the possibilities of retribution for failed extortion payments, a murder plot for unknown reasons, or failure to access the BPM Music Festival in order to sell drugs. While the report states this is a resort, the Blue Parrot also owns a small hotel in Playa del Carmen which is not one of the large all-inclusive resorts popular in this area (Playa del Carmen is a 40 min. drive south of the Cancun airport). If you wish to know more about this story, here is an article and short video.
Apparently there was a fire at Grand Bahia Principe Tulum which started in the evening hours yesterday, Jan. 13 2017. The fire began in the Circle lobby bar area due to an electrical short circuit and has destroyed the bar area. While some initial reports stated the lobby and theater were gone as well, these areas were not greatly affected and the resort has put up a temporary bar in the theater area. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.
After a lengthy vacation in China, I am back to continue to post updates on Cancun and Riviera Maya resorts as well as what’s new in the area. Probably a good place to start would be to take a look at the latest Condé Nast Readers’ Choice poll and how Cancun’s resorts place. I will be posting this info later on today.
While there’s no way to ensure that your valuables remain safe in your guest room’s digital safe while on vacation, there is a brief test you can perform to see if the safe you have has a fairly common overriding “default code/password”. Most travelers know that digital safes require a numerical “code” or combination in order to lock/unlock them, but sometimes guests forget these chosen codes or digital safes’ batteries die which makes them impossible to reopen. Resorts/hotels often deal with this issue by having a master “default code/password” which saves them time and trouble if they have to reopen the safe for the guest.
Vacationers thinking of visiting Akumal, either to swim with the turtles for the day or those staying in villas or condos in this vicinity, may want to delay or cancel their trips until the situation settles down. Last night on the 29th what started out as a peaceful gathering turned violent as molotov cocktails, rocks, and God knows what else were hurled at police, protesters, and bystanders with several burned vehicles and a burned police station. There are reports of missing protesters, but so far those are rumors and have not been officially verified. These kinds of situations should not affect the AI resorts of Secrets or its neighbor, ABBWR, but guests staying here should not venture to the north of their resorts at this time. Check out this video–such a sad situation.
I wonder if this will be the new trend in aqua exercise at all the resorts or just the upscale ones. I first discovered the aqua bikes at Secrets Akumal in November, then read that Valentin Imperial Maya and Secrets Silversands also have the same equipment. Does anyone else know if any other resorts have started this exercise program? Let me know!
If you have a Facebook account you’ve probably already seen artist renderings from the Riu homepage in their photo section. Looks a bit like the layout of Riu Palace Mexico, especially the new pool area. What do you think?
Slated to open Nov. 1, 2015, the new Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya will be offering 434 guest rooms including Romance Suites and oceanfront swim-outs. There will be six bars, six a la cartes, a buffet, a café, and grill, along with the Desires Lounge with both indoor and outdoor areas. It is located immediately adjacent to the newly renovated Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort right on Akumal Bay which is just a short walk from the quaint little town of Akumal.
The popular news magazine, US World and News Report, just came out with their pick of the top 34 hotels in Mexico. Here are the Cancun/Riviera Maya all-inclusives which were included in that report along with their ranking: Continue reading