Panama Jack Rebranding “Look”

Curious about the general “look” of the new Panama Jack resorts coming to Cancun and Playa del Carmen?  Here are a few photos to whet your decorating appetite.  And by the way, they are now open for bookings.

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DreamWorks Theme Park Is Out, Amikoo Resort Is In

While everyone expected the Mexican government to give the official OK to a DreamWorks theme park in the Riviera Maya, they have instead decided to authorize the building of a Mayan-inspired amusement park and resort in the area of Punta Maroma in the Riviera Maya (located north of Playa del Carmen).

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Fire at Oasis Cancun

A short circuit was to blame for a fire which broke out on the 4th floor of the Grand Oasis Cancun hotel.  While the flames spread to several rooms, the three responding fire units helped to keep this one under control with only room damage.  The last big fire this hotel experienced was in 2013 when the entire hotel was evacuated.

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Riviera Maya Resort Snags “Best Family Resort” Award

Surprise for some–Hacienda Tres Rios, an all-inclusive resort in the Riviera Maya, has been awarded “Best Family Resort in Mexico and Central America” during the World Travel Awards ceremony.  Congratulations!!

Map of Akumal Bay Snorkeling Restrictions

For those interested in where the buoys/roped-off areas are for snorkelers in Akumal Bay, here is a pic which was posted by Kay Walten of Locogringo.com.  For the month of Sept. 2017, all guided tours are officially suspended from the bay (but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be any out there), while general visitors may still snorkel outside the roped-off areas.  Here is the map I found on Kay’s Facebook page.  Notice how these areas extend onto the front sea area of the Secrets property.

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Swimming With Turtles Suspended for Guided Tours

Semarnat (the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources) has temporarily halted swimming with the turtles in Akumal Bay for the month of September 2017 for guided tour groups; general visitors are allowed to swim and snorkel as long as they stay outside the buoys/roped areas.   The month of Sept. happens to be the busiest in terms of sea turtle mating, spawning/hatching of sea turtle eggs–Semarnat wants to limit access to these turtles in order to facilitate a successful breeding season.

Palladium Rebrands The Royal Suites

Palladium Hotels and Resorts has renamed The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium; it will be called TRS Yucatan Hotel by Palladium.  The rebranding will involve guest room renovations, guest rooms with a private pool, the addition of an infinity pool and Ibiza-style beach club, and new dining venues.  Additional staff will be hired in order to provide a higher level of customer service.  This part of the Palladium resort complex will remain adults-only.

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Travel Warning for Quintana Roo

The US Dept. of State has just issued a travel warning for parts of Mexico including Quintana Roo, an area in Mexico which covers Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Cozumel, due to an increase in homicide rates from 2016.  Most of these homicides in Mexico involve drug “turf wars” and targeted assassinations, but innocent bystanders have been hurt or killed in such incidents from time to time.

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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