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Earlier this week we told you that a certain high profile personality was headed to Mexico for her bachelorette party.
Today we reveal the bride-to-be is none other than Linnethia "NeNe" Leakes of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (and "Glee") fame!
Even though NeNe's famous line has been "I'm RICH," she brought her entourage of gal pals to the relatively affordable, but still upscale all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort near Cancun. The place is increasingly becoming a popular spot for celebrities--Usher just had a concert there last December and previous guests at the Palace brand have included Snooki.
The seven-member bridal party are already living it up and have gone on the FlowRider, been in the pool, spa and gym, having a true girlfriends getaway--but without the drama that we've seen on RHOA, thank goodness. However, just like their personas in ATL, they've been dressed to impress, even going to the beach in high fashion attire. Though NeNe looks a bit more comfy in her caftan than Marlo in her gladiator gear!
Check out our pics of the women having a ball!
It seems like lately, Mexico's Moon Palace Resort is blowing up. Who knew this all-inclusive resort complex, just 25-minutes away from Cancun’s airport, would turn out to be such a hot spot?
It was recently the playground for reality-tv star (and Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend) Kendra Wilkinson, who stayed at the 123-acre resort's Moon Grand section while in the country attending the anniversary party of Cancun’s Playboy Club. Contrary to popular belief, Kendra was never a Playboy Playmate.
She arrived with husband Hank Baskett and had a private check-in into the resort's presidential suite. Waiting for her was a bottle of Moet and petit-fours (she immediately ate a few. However, the sweets didn't ruin the mother of a 3-year old's body, or her appetite for an Ameri-Caribbean meal that night at Caribeño restaurant.
Far be it from us to judge another’s idea of fun – that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla – but we’ve been having a good old-fashioned chuckle about the upcoming promotion from ME Cancun: A “pooch pawty” weekend getaway that pampers pets and their owners with what is essentially a couple’s spa experience with joint manicures, 'paw'-dicures, and massages.
It gets funnier. Each furry guest will have their photograph taken upon arrival, framed and given to their owners as mementos. After the treatments and feasting on a buffet of cookies, kibble, and liver, the duo can return to their room for relaxation, where dog amenities – a plush bed, blanket with hood, and toys – await. We do like that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the local animal rescue, Tierra de Animales.
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Most hotels don’t have a huge concert arena, but Mexico’s all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort has a giant set-up that's hosted the likes of Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Jon Secada. Now, the 2,400-room mega resort has confirmed that Usher Raymond will perform at the property’s concert space on Dec. 29th, kicking off his 2013 tour. And, guests booking a stay of five nights or more at any of the Palace Resorts’ properties in Cancun or Playa del Carmen from now until December 28, 2012 will receive two free show tickets.
If you don't stay five nights, expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $350 (that’s US, not pesos!) a ticket.
Usher Raymond is a bit of a departure from the primarly Latin-based acts that have performed on Palace’s stage, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of crowd the crooner will bring in. But if his recent interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter", is any indication, the dancing-and-singing machine will be ready to rock the crowd no matter what, especially after having to live down walking off a Berlin stage in January 2011 and receiving boos from the crowd.
If you just happened to tear yourself away from NBC's endless Olympic volleyball coverage, and found yourself tuning into last night’s MTV premiere of "Snooki and JWOWW", you may be in luck. Capitalizing on these young girls' 15 years (um, minutes of fame) there's a Twitter sweepstakes being hosted today and next Friday, August 17th from Palace Resorts. The prize? A four-night stay in the Presidential Suite at the all-inclusive Beach Palace Resort Cancun where the two "Jersey Shore" stars stayed this past Spring Break while filming their new 12-episode reality TV show.
Today, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST and next Friday, August 17th at the same time, contestants who follow @PalaceResorts must answer at least one of the six live chat questions correctly, using the hashtag #SnookiPalaceResorts. The questions will be based on trivia from the episodes that air on MTV at 10 p.m. EST. If you didn't catch last night's show, you can watch on August 16th, and participate in the August 17th contest.
Looks like Snooki isn’t letting something like pregnancy interfere with her spring break fun. She and ace boom JWoww arrived in Cancun yesterday and checked into the all-inclusive Beach Palace Resort for a few days of R&R.
But how they can they relax when cameras are constantly surrounding the two reality-TV chicks who are filming a “Jersey Shore” spin-off called “Snooki and JWoww vs. The World”? Somehow they are managing with the two girlfriends they brought along, chilling at the pool and soaking up the sun. While JWoww was dazzling today in hot pink, Snooki was a little more modest, covering her bikini and baby bump with a dress.
One time at a beach on a family vacation, we were building a sandcastle and our brother ran up and snagged a big bucket of that good, wet, sandcastle-building sand that we'd had to walk all the way down to the water to retrieve and we threw a hissy in response to the stolen sand.
So we can sort of relate to this story a little bit: environmental enforcement officers and Mexican navy personnel "closed off hundreds of feet of powder-white coastline in front of a hotel accused of illegally accumulating sand on its beach." Yes, a hotel stole some sand.
We are all about the giveaways today (have we mentioned we're sending someone to Nashville for free and all you have to do is tell us a bit about your dream amenity, which is something you think about every day anyway?), so here's another one for ya: The Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort is launching a Facebook giveaway and all you really have to do is become their Facebook fan to get in on the action. Yes, kids, Cancun and Facebook can live in happy harmony together and you don't have to associate the words "Facebook" and "Cancun" with all those horrendous photos of you from Spring Break '07 that you had to go through great pains to remove the tags from.
They're trying to amass a whole bunch of FB fans, we suppose, and once they reach 1,000 fans, all 1,000 of 'em will be thrown into a drawing for a three-day vacay at the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort. The winner also gets one round-trip flight on Jet Blue airlines.
They're only at 254 fans right now, so roll on in there and tell your friends to get with the program too; hopefully when they hit the 1000 fans and do the giveaway, they'll let everyone know so those of you who like to keep a tidy (read: tiny) collection of Facebook fan pages, you can duck out. Er, not that we'd encourage such.
When we stayed at AQUA Cancun right after its reopening last year (it was formerly Fiesta Americana Grand Aqua), we scored an Aqua Club room upgrade on the fifth floor. Our entertaining ready room came equipped with a private oceanfront patio, living room, a freestanding circular Jacuzzi tub, a spa-worthy bathroom with locally made soaps, and access to the (drum roll, please!) Club Lounge.
Private check-in and dedicated concierge made us feel more Tori Spelling than Joe Average tourist. An endless stream of adult beverages, five food and beverage servings throughout the day, including continental breakfast and a lovely hors d’oeuvre spread timed right around sunset/happy hour kept us happily sated. A styled out entertainment center, telescope, and books, magazines and iPods to borrow were available in case boredom struck (it didn’t).
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
When we think of Cancun, we typically think of wet t-shirt contests, MTV VJ's, beer bongs and whatever else may or may not belong on the standard roster of Spring Break shenanigans, but sometimes we forget that Cancun isn't all Senor Frogs and rowdy co-eds in much the same way that we forget that there are better places to be in December than the freezing cold big city we happen to be writing from. Sigh.
This particular killer view comes from Le Meridien Cancun via reader D and, fortunately, there are no rowdy Spring Breakers to obscure the gorgeous beach scene here.
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After all the recent slipping and sliding on Wall Street, our 401K plans aren't looking too healthy. But the good news is that what's left can be spent on the Ritz-Carlton Cancun's weekend of "Cooking and Conversation Classes" with food writer and chef Mark Bittman.
The one-time-only event will be held from Nov. 13 to 16 and is limited to 16 guests. But for a mere $5,800 per couple, you too can shop at local fish and produce markets alongside Bittman, who then schools participants at the hotel's Culinary Center on how to turn the ingredients into a meal, which is enjoyed by Bittman and the group along with a selection of Mexican wines.
So what if weather.com says it's going to be a sweltering 90 degrees in Cancun today? If you were staying at the Aqua Cancun, you'd be lolling in one of their eight pools, cocktail in hand, thinking about your pending massage.
Indulge in one of the Aqua's cleverly named four-day, three night packages. Each US$1605 package (based on double occupancy) gets you a Deluxe Ocean Front Suite, and airport transfers, but there the extras diverge.