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How to Make Every Day National Tequila Day, Thanks to the Las Ventanas Resort in Cabo

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  Site Where: KM 19.5 Ctra. Transpeninsular, Los Cabos, Mexico, 23400
July 24, 2014 at 5:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Today is National Tequila Day, one of our personal favorite holidays of the year--after National Margarita Day of course.

While many of you might be celebrating with some shots of Patron at a bar after work, down at the Las Ventanas Al Paraiso Resort, a Rosewood Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, it's an all-out affair. Never mind that the National Tequila Day holiday only applies to the U.S.

Here's what Las Ventanas has on offer for those love the tequila:

Chocolate Covered Tequila Ice Cream
Margarita Popsicles
Tequila Sunrise Popsicles

But only mentioning these tequila specialties and posting pics of them would just be cruel. And we're not like that. Neither is Las Ventanas. The resort has graciously shared the recipe for each tequila treat below so every day can be tequila day. Salud!

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Design Giant HBA Creates A New Look For Hilton, In Santa Fe Mexico City

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  Site Where: Antonio Dovali Jaime No. 70, Mexico City, Mexico, 1219 Feder
July 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the biggest names in hospitality design, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has completed its first interiors project for Hilton Hotels & Resorts as part of a new branding initiative for the hotel group. The Hilton Santa Fe Mexico City debuts under this initiative with a brilliantly executed new look that shows the strength, longevity, and aliveness of the brand.

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What's Coming Soon to Cancun: New Hotels and Renovations

Where: Cancun, Mexico
July 8, 2014 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

It might be low season right now in Cancun but there's a lot to get excited about for next winter, especially if you love that new hotel smell (which we do!)

Below is a list of the new hotels--either brand-new, rebranded or renovated--that have opened or will open very soon. And thanks to a bunch of upcoming airline routes, Cancun will be easier to get to.

Southwest plans on flying nonstop from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington and Milwaukee to Cancun on August 10. Alaska Airlines will launch their seasonal daily service between Seattle and Cancun starting November 6, while Delta Airlines will expand their Saturday season service to Cancun from 13 US cities including Boston, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, and Tampa.

Now, let's take a look at what's coming up in Cancun soon. Vamanos!:

NEW HOTELS
· Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Catchphrase: "All-In Luxury.": Opening this winter (in 2015), The Royalton is an all-inclusive luxury resort with three different sections to hang out in, including the resort within a resort, called The Hideaway. In total, there will be close to 1,200 rooms and suites to choose from and 10 restaurants and 16 bars to get drunk at, er, to enjoy.

HOTEL REBRANDINGS
· Grand Oasis Viva will turn into the Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa
Catchphrase: "Unlimited Luxury.": This hotel will open on September 1. Billing itself as "Unlimited Luxury", The Dream Sands includes dining at their eight restaurants, unlimited top-shelf spirits at four bars and lounges, 24 hour room service and both daytime and nighttime activities and entertainment for all guests. You can upgrade to the Preferred Club Privileges to get more VIP amenities as well as free internet. Rates for September 1st start at $99 a night.

· Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres is now the Zoetry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres
Catchphrase: "Endless Privileges.": The rebranding of this island haven of Isla Mujeres, 30 minutes from mainland Cancun, happened on July 1 but the official rename and inauguration won't take place until December 15. However, you can stay at this holistic wellness resort right now and take advantage of their "Endless Privileges" when you book one of the 35 oceanfront suites. Those privileges include Bulgari amenities, fine dining, deluxe yacht services, complimentary greens fees at the nearby golf course and access to the Spa & Thalasso Center. Rates start at $227 per person per night.

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Esperanza Wants To Give You Beer Goggles (Or At Least A Beer Facemask)

July 3, 2014 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Indisputable fact: no spa treatment is as funky as a boozy spa treatment. Hot on the heels of Four Seasons Vail’s beer treatments comes word of the offerings at Esperanza, in Cabo San Lucas.

Hombres! Try a “Mexican beer and lime facial”, which whisks up Corona and egg yolk to make a hydrating, skin-elasticizing facial. The process takes 75 minutes and costs $185.

Chicas! If you don’t fancy beer on your face, try a Margarita Medley treatment. You’ll get a marg (or, as they say, “spagarita” – it’ll never catch on) to accompany a lime-based massage of the hands, feet, head and neck.

Hombres y chicas! Just try them both.

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Funky Friday: W Mexico City Takes Us on a Magical Mystery Tour

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  Site Where: Campos Elíseos 252, Miguel Hidalgo,Polanco, 11560 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
June 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, where we feature one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We admit it was a tough decision, whether to cover the illusionary new public spaces at W Mexico City as a separate story—which we may still do—or feature them on Funky Friday. You can decide for yourself, but it's got all the parts we look for on Funky Friday and we simply could not resist.

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Artist Who Did McDonald's World Cup French Fry Box Also Left His Mark at This Hotel

Where: Aldama 53, Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
June 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you caught the first World Cup game yesterday like we did, you may have noticed a strange advertisement on the board surrounding the pitch. The ad simply said #fryfutbol. No, not #tryfutbol. #fryfutbol. What.the.heck?

It turns out it's actually an ad for, who else?, McDonalds. The fast food chain has gotten in on the World Cup fever by redoing their french fry boxes with 12 different designs. This is the first time the boxes have ever been sold with a different design. And the Brazilian street artist who did the The World United By Soccer design, Eduardo Kobra, recently painted a mural for The Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Kobra painted the hotel's exterior in a "blazing rainbow of colors" during the San Miguel Art Festival and it completely fits the contemporary design vibe of the Matilda. Sadly, the artwork will only remain up on the hotel until the end of the tournament. Here's hoping someone can convince the hotel to leave it up a little longer.

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Put Down The Beer and Pick Up The Jump Rope at Moon Palace Resort in Cancun

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  Site Where: Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340 , Cancún , Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
June 6, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hotel wellness programs are THE IN THING right now. Seriously, if we lost a pound for every press release we've gotten about a new hotel fitness or wellness amenity, we'd be walking around naked because we'd be so fit.

But we have to give an extra shout-out to Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort's new fitness initiatives for keeping us motivated, even while beer, sugary cocktails and chips and dips tempt us at every turn.

The all-inclusive resort has bucked the norm when it comes to chilling out in the middle of Cancun and traded the cocktails for Crossfit and poolside snacks for Pilates. Just by booking one of the property's 19 Palace Wellness Suites, guests will score health-oriented amenities, a minibar stocked with juices brimming with vitamins and an Awe Sports Kit complete with a yoga mat, jump rope and dumbbells.

Each recently renovated-room also features the CHI beauty amenities, aromatherapy room diffusers, pillow menus and dawn simulating alarm clocks to ensure you start each day with a smile on your face. And since we know that fitness is more than just exercise and sleeping well, 24-hour access to a healthy room-service menu is just one button away.

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The Hard Rock Riviera Maya Opens With a Little Help From Jon Bon Jovi

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  Site Where: Km 72, Carretera Cancun-Chetumal, Porta Aventuras, Mexico, 77110
May 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ok, we don't actually see Bon Jovi in this picture, but you get the idea.

Cinco de Mayo on the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Add to that the sounds of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia, who just kicked off the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Hard Rock Hotels knows how to throw a party— and a few guitars—and that’s just what they did to celebrate their all-inclusive resort, about an hour's drive south of Cancun.

This is the third All Inclusive Collection resort for Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico, following the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

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Eva Longoria and Lisa Rinna Give Us Inspiration for Next Year's Spring Break Vacation

Where: Mexico
April 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spring Break is in full effect and we sincerely hope you're reading this from your tablet poolside with a margarita or pina colada in hand. If not, well, don't worry, you're not alone. We're right here with you.

But you can daydream about where to go for next year, starting with these two celebrity retreats in Mexico.

Eva Longoria spent her break with close friends at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, located in between the beach and the jungle of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Word is the star and her friends have been making good use of the resort's Hamara Spa as well as relaxing on the beach. Longoria also had a special dinner celebration in honor of her birthday last month, complete with fireworks. Cheers!

The resort is currently in the middle of a 48 hour sale for travel through December 23, starting at $179 a room. All-inclusive options are available too. Sorry, the fireworks are extra.

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Hyatt Regency Cancun Will Change into the Krystal Punta Cancun on May 1

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  Site Where: Blvd. Kukulcan km 8.5, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77550
April 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a Hyatt lover who's looking for a Cancun getaway, we've got some bad news--The Hyatt Regency Cancun will no longer be a Hyatt as of May 1, 2014. Here's the note that is now on their website:

The Hyatt Regency Cancun will no longer be a Hyatt-managed or a Hyatt-branded property effective 11:59pm local hotel time on April 30, 2014. As of May 01, 2014, the hotel will be known as “Krystal Grand Punta Cancun.”

Hyatt will continue to sell stays at the hotel up to 11:59pm local Cancun time on April 30, 2014. Please note that due to the management change, Hyatt Gold Passport members will not be eligible to receive Hyatt Gold Passport program benefits, including Hyatt Gold Passport points and Gold Passport free nights redemption for stays after April 30, 2014 and beyond. Redemption of Hyatt Gold Passport free nights requested and confirmed prior to March 14, 2014 will be honored as booked.

We're not so sure of the reasons for Hyatt's departure but thankfully, the hotel brand still has another property in the area--Hyatt Zilara, their new all-inclusive resort brand.

Meanwhile, we'll update you on what the Krystal Grad Punta Cancun will have when it takes over the old Hyatt. There's already a Krystal resort in Cancun so perhaps this will be their luxury property.

Meanwhile, rates start around $165 a night during the Hyatt's last week in operation.

[Photo: Hyatt Regency/Facebook]

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At The Belmond Maroma, Turndown Service Happens to The Entire Resort

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  Site Where: Carretera Cancún-Tulum, Km 51, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico
April 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

We thought the Viceroy Riviera Maya had won the best turndown service award with their plunge pool turndown but another resort in the area may just have them beat.

The Belmond Maroma (remember, Belmond is the new name for Orient Express) does a resort-wide turndown service every night. All around the property, candles are lit--along the walkways, in the lobby, at the restaurants, by the beach and around the pool (above.) Did we mention this happens every night?

The Belmond Maroma boasts a more secluded location than other resorts in the Cancun area, set amongst 25 acres of preserved jungle with the beach and ocean in front of it. Of course, you will pay for this. Deluxe rooms start at $815 a night which includes breakfast, coffee in-room, internet and a welcome cocktail. You may be able to score a slight discount by booking Belmond's introductory offer of 15 percent off standard room rates. The deal is valid on bookings made by June 26 for travel by June 30, 2014.

[Photo: Belmond Maroma/Facebook]

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Viceroy Riviera Maya is Making a Splash with Its New Plunge Pool Turndown

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  Site Where: Playa Xcalacoco Frac 7, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo , Mexico, 77710
March 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you’re looking to heat things up at night, this may just be the turndown service for you.

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is now offering a new Plunge Pool Romantic Turndown that involves aromatherapy, candles and lanterns, music, food, and drink – all set under the stars on your private terrace with its own plunge pool.

At the prescribed time, the hotel’s Concierge arranges for the turndown with the options you’ve pre-selected:

• Aromatherapy choice includes Relaxation, Romance and Rejuvenate

• Mood music may be anything from love songs, Latin rhythms or your own iPod playlist

• Lanterns and flower petals rim the perimeter of the pool, and candles are floated in it

• Choice from the special turndown food and beverage menu, from champagne and fruit to after-dinner drinks and dessert creations by the pastry chef

• Plush robes and towels to cozy up in

The Plunge Pool Romantic Turndown is $99. Other romantic options are available for an additional cost, such as a bouquet of three-dozen red roses for $105.00 and Chocolate Fondue for $25.

The 41 villas at the Viceroy Riviera Maya start at $393 in July for a Sun, Sea and Solitude package in a Deluxe Villa, which includes breakfast and a $100 resort credit.

[Photos: Viceroy Hotels & Resorts]