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Mexico

Hotel Xcaret Mexico

Deep in the Mayan jungle, on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and inspired by the Mayan civilization, Hotel Xcaret Mexico was born using nature itself as the essential element to conserve and protect it.  I like to compare this to if Avatar’s Pandora had a luxury hotel, this is what it would look like.

 

Only fair to explain why this hotel is SO different from any other hotel in Mexico or the Caribbean.  Opened December 2017, it is  5 Star all inclusive resort dedicated to the regional history, art and entertainment where the jungle, caves and rivers are the main attraction. Unlimited access to the parks Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xoximilco and Xenses, as well as tours to Xenotes and Xichen at no additional charge, some parks cost as much as $125.00 per person if not staying at Hotel Xcaret.

The Royal Playa Del Carmen
On the beautiful Mayan Riviera of Mexico and within walking distance of the famous Fifth Avenue promenade, this luxurious, adult only all-inclusive beachfront resort offers exceptional service, first-class amenities and every Jr Suite comes with a romantic Jacuzzi for 2. Guests are treated to a variety of activities, adventures and excitement. With scuba lessons, nightly live music, bike tours to Playa del Carmen, wine and tequila tasting classes, there is something for everyone.

Hyatt Ziva Cancun

A family beachfront 5 star all inclusive property on the tip of Punta Cancun - Mexico's most desirable oceanfront location. Just 30 minute transfer from the Cancun airport. Hyatt Ziva Cancun opened with flying colors December 2015 and I had the opportunity to stay here in January. WHAT an amazing location with an onsite interactive dolphinarium, located on the northern corner of the Yucatan peninsula, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun is surrounded on three sides by the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, making it perfect for diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and swimming, as well as serving as a perfect backdrop for destination weddings. The ONLY onsite Micro-Brewery and Pastry Shop I have ever seen at an all inclusive. Unlimited ala carte dining, NO reservations required for dinner. You can even dine ala carte for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you like.

Secrets Maroma Beach
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun offers luxury adults-only all inclusive honeymoon, wedding and vacation packages in the Riviera Maya. Enjoy the Unlimited-Luxury that Secrets Resorts are famous for (24 hour concierge, 24 hour room service, luxurious rooms, gourmet restaurants, no wristbands). This resort is located on Maroma Beach, which has always been considered one of the best beaches in the world. Secrets Maroma covers more than 500 acres and has 410 Jacuzzi Jr Suite. Since this luxury all inclusive resort opened in the fall of 2008, Secrets Maroma Beach has quickly become one of your favorite choices for a Riviera Maya Honeymoon, vacation or wedding package to rekindle your love or to celebrate a new life together. Riviera Cancun offers luxury adults-only all inclusive honeymoon, wedding and vacation packages in the Riviera Maya. Enjoy the Unlimited-Luxury that Secrets Resorts are famous for (24 hour concierge, 24 hour room service, luxurious rooms, gourmet restaurants, no wristbands). This resort is located on Maroma Beach, which has always been considered one of the best beaches in the world. Secrets

Maroma covers more than 500 acres and has 410 Jacuzzi Jr Suite. Since this luxury all inclusive resort opened in the fall of 2008, Secrets Maroma Beach has quickly become one of your favorite choices for a Riviera Maya Honeymoon, vacation or wedding package to rekindle your love or to celebrate a new life together.

LIVE AQUA Cancun

Live Aqua Cancun`s all-inclusive adult only environment lying along white sand beaches has 371 stylish rooms feature plush bedding with Egyptian cotton sheets, flat-screen TVs, aromatherapy kits, complimentary high-speed Internet access, marble bathrooms with separate showers and tubs and private balconies with beautiful views. Guests enjoy a stunning beachfront, eight infinity pools overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Spa, State of the Art Fitness Center, three exquisite restaurants, five Bars featuring signature liquors.

The Valentin Imperial Maya
The Valentin Imperial Maya offers all inclusive Riviera Maya Honeymoon, vacation and wedding packages. This adults-only all inclusive resort is located in the Mayan Riviera area known as Playa del Secreto (Secret Beach). This resort has a beautiful mile long white sand beach and is 23 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes from Cancun, and 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen. The Valentin Imperial Maya has 396 junior suites and 12 One Bedroom Suites. The suites are located in 2 and 3 story villas and all are equipped with Jacuzzis. The resort has 9 restaurants, 12 bars, 6 pools, 4 swim-up bars, and plenty more for an unforgettable all inclusive Riviera Maya Honeymoon. What's Included at Valentin Imperial Maya: (accommodations as selected) all meals, 24 hour unlimited drinks: national and a selection of international brands, snacks, unlimited access to all restaurants private check-in, welcome cocktail & cool refreshing towel concierge service

for all room categories upscale toiletries, oversized jacuzzi, free internet access in all categories, 6 swimming pools, daily activities, live entertainment, daily disco show non-motorized water sports activities are included tennis courts, paddle courts, soccer field, 3300 square foot shopping area chaise lounges, coffee/tea (in-room) and a fitness center.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

Iberostar Grand Hotel offers adults only, luxury all inclusive Riviera Maya Honeymoon vacation packages. This flagship resort has 312 Jacuzzi Jr Suite Rooms, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, 3 pools, and much more. This resort is great for honeymoon couples because every room is a suite, with Jacuzzi for two, butler service, and 24 hour room service. All accommodations at Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso include: DVD player, turndown service, jacuzzi, air conditioning, balcony or terrace, bathrobes and slippers, bathroom (marble), bed linens (European), clock radio (am/fm w/ CD player), room service (24-hour) and a safe deposit box.

Couples Swept Away - Jamaica

Dotted among the tropical gardens---open-air cafe's, small pool enclaves and fresh fruit oases are yours to discover. Never crowded or hurried, the resort offers an intimate tranquility and when desired, total seclusion. Immediately upon entering Couples Swept Away, you realize that you have arrived in paradise. Exotic flowers bloom amidst acres of green---on seven miles of the purest white sand beach in Negril, Jamaica.

Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort and Casino

Thrilling gaming action and the best casino around, exhilarating nightlife, tantalizing culinary options, state of the art meeting facilities, and rooms worth tweeting about, all infused with our legendary rock and roll vibe? Delivered...This is Hard Rock after all... But were you expecting a mind blowing all-inclusive experience featuring 15 pools, 0 restaurants, a Nicklaus designed golf course and an astonishing Spa all lovingly cradled by the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean?

Sandals Great Exuma - Bahamas

Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the easy-going rhythms of the Bahamian Out Islands. This luxury Bahamas resort is a privileged enclave, designed to ensure you'll feel like you're the only ones there, where service reigns supreme and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant villas and suites harmonize with nature. Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools - including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle - to seven exceptional restaurants.

Secrets Huatulco

At Secrets Huatulco in Mexico, guests are welcomed to a secluded hide-away, tucked along Mexico's Pacific coastline where mountains kiss the shore of the beautiful beaches of Conejos Bay. The Sweetest Suite goes to Secrets Huatulco's Preferred Club One Bedroom Swim-Out Suite. This spacious 1,080 sq. ft. suite boasts a contemporary flare with exotic splashes of color throughout. This room comes furnished with a full bathroom complete with tub and separate shower, king bedroom with closet and a separate living area. A few key features are the private furnished patio and pool. Positioned in buildings closest to the bay, it has premier views of the destination. Guests are sure to capture an incredible sunset while enjoying a quiet, relaxing and environmentally conscious* getaway.

Mexico Information
 

*Travelling to Mexico with Children? Click 'HERE' for the Form!
 

Most media reports of violence in Mexico fail to mention nearly all of these incidents take place along the border and far away from popular resort areas frequented by U.S. tourists. Mexico is a huge country. Based on geographic size, it’s among the top 15 largest independent nations in the world.Major resort areas where Americans like to go, such as Cancun, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya and Cabo San Lucas are quite safe. The ongoing drug-related violence is predominantly taking place in the northern Mexican states that border the U.S. and is not targeting U.S. tourists.USA Today provided some statistical comparisons in the fall of 2014 between Mexico and the U.S.


1) Yucatan, the Gulf of Mexico state known for its beaches and Mayan ruins, had a murder rate of 2 per 100,000 which is comparable to Wyoming and Montana.


2) Washington, D.C.’s murder rate is nearly quadruple that of the Mexican capital. Washington’s murder rate was 31.4 per 100,000 people in 2008; Mexico City’s rate in 2009 was 8.

While the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Warning last year, it is primarily devoted to the violence in communities at or near the U.S. border. The State Department does not explicitly say, do not travel to Mexico. The State Department aptly notes: “Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year. This includes tens of thousands who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations.”The distance between the U.S./Mexico Border, where much of the violence takes place, and Cancun is over 1,400 miles. That is like the distance from Los Angeles to Dallas!

All travelers, no matter what country they visit, can take precautions to help ensure their safety and well-being. First and foremost: obey the law. If our clients are going to pack one thing, we’d strongly recommend it be common sense. No matter what our clients’ age or destination, they should always use good common sense when it comes to their personal safety, just as they would at home.To maximize safety and security while traveling in Mexico or any other international destination:

 

  • Follow your instincts and avoid any areas or situations that seem as though they could become dangerous.
     

  • Stay in the well-known tourist areas of the cities.
     

  • Know and respect the laws in the country you are visiting.
     

  • Visit only legitimate businesses and tourist areas and avoid areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur.
     

  • Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member back home.
     

  • Check with your cell phone provider prior to departure to see if your phone is capable of roaming on GSM or 3G international networks.
     

  • Do not display expensive looking jewelry, large amounts of money or other valuable items.
     

  • Make every attempt to travel during daylight hours and stick to main roads.
     

  • Safety is our top priority for our clients.
     

Our business is founded on repeat customers. Therefore, we would never send anyone to an unsafe area! We provide the facts so our clients can make informed decisions about their travel plans. We closely monitor the U.S. Department of State Web site for travel alerts for all destinations, including those that are most popular with our clients. Should we become aware of an issue for a specific destination, we alert clients who may be planning to travel there so they can make and determine for themselves if they still wish to travel. We also work closely with respected hotels and resorts to remain informed of security precautions they’re taking to guard our clients’ safety.