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A New Resort in Riviera Maya Goes Loco for Pools

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulcan, km 21.5, Cancun, Mexico, 77500
June 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

It won't be ready until fall of 2009 (at the earliest, we guess) but the Nizuc resort on the Riviera Maya in Mexico sounds like it's going to be pretty fancy.

The resort will end up with a combination of properties for sale--about 150 one and two bedroom places and a few larger beachfront villas--and hotel resort style accommodation, including 16 one-bedroom condos and 45 hotel rooms.

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Red Parrots and Eight Pools at Cancun's Aqua Resort

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  Site Where: Blvd Kukulcan km 12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Mexico, 77500
April 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Want to doze off in a swing cabana? Want to be welcomed to your hotel in Mayan? Want a red parrot to come when you call it?

Try Cancun's new Aqua Hotel & Resort which opened in February to pretty much instant acclaim.

It's outfitted with eight pools, three restaurants, and three kinds of cabanas (beach, pool, and swing). It's got a rockin' spa with all various offerings of massages, jacuzzis, sauna, and hydrotherapy. Still need to coddle your bod? there's a gym and yoga classes on the beach.

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Room With a Killer View: The Hyatt Regency Cancun and the Caribbean Sea

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulkan Km 8.5, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
April 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

The beauty that is the Hyatt Regency Cancun has graced our pages before as a luxury hotel that is quieter than nearby hotels along the spring break strip.

Thanks to holidaymaker and Flickr-lover Chor Ip we now have the romantic vacation version of the Cancun Hyatt. This is the view from their balcony where they also got to devour a delicious-looking breakfast. Unfortunately they say that they never took a dip in this inviting Caribbean Sea but who needs to go swimming when you can stare at views like this.

The Hyatt Regency Cancun offers quite a few interesting packages for vacationers, and our favorite is the "Balance" Relaxation package which includes a full breakfast and a $100 massage credit; the package price varies but with a minimum two-night stay we found deals starting from $337 as a total; but if you want to be sure of an ocean view you'll be starting from $377.

[Photo: Chor Ip]

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Party Dispatch: Kim Cattrall Brings Some 'Sex' To the Aqua Hotel Launch Party

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulcan Km 12.5, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
February 13, 2008 at 5:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Aqua Hotel Cancun is the newest hotel to open on Cancun but instead of waiting for guests to check the place out, Aqua brought the hotel to the guests in New York City on Feb. 6th.

The hotel's celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein cooked up haute cuisine from her new restaurant MB. Steve Olson, a wine and spirits guru (what, is mixologist so last year?) created signature cocktails from his resort lounge, AKA Wine & Mezcal Bar; and DJs Sky Nellor and Gotardo spun some tunes.

Also on hand were some VIP celeb guests like Kim Cattrall along with Neil Patrick Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Alan Cumming, fellow SATC-er Mario Cantone and some Top Chef alums like Sam Talbot, Dave Martin and Lee Anne Wong.

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Good Rate :: Valentine's Day Upgrade at the NH Krystal Cancun

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  Site Where: Pso. Kukulcán, km9 lotes 9 and 9 A, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
January 15, 2008 at 2:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same region and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quoted here were captured on January 15, 2008 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

If you're looking for some room rate love around Valentine's Day, avoid the romance packages and just search for a good deal instead. As opposed to this week's Amour Package, the NH Krystal in Cancun offers up lots of goodies for a price that doesn't leave us bewildered.

Renovated this past summer, the NH Krystal gives you a refreshed room on the 7th or 8th floor and throws a lot into its $191 Club Room deal over Valentine's Day, including a biggie that you rarely see in large hotels here: complimentary wireless Internet access!

The club level includes upgraded amenities, access to an exclusive rooftop terrace, and a concierge-staffed lounge with Continental breakfast, coffee and pastries during the day, and "evening appetizers and house wine."

We're not sure if Mexican "house wine" and V-day romance mix very well together, but for only a $33 a night premium over the lowest standard room rate, this is an attractive deal. (If you want a few days of debauchery, you can double down and go all-inclusive.)

We found this $191 deal on Expedia and Travelocity, but not on the company's own site. Like your momma always said, shop around.

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Bad Rate :: No 'Amour' for Your Money at Hyatt Cancun

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulkan km 10.5, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
January 15, 2008 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same region and decide which one most deserves your hard-earned benjamins. Rates quoted here were captured on January 15, 2008 and are subject to change. Enjoy.]

We've said it before and we'll say it again: any hotel package featuring the words "romance," "honeymoon," "lovers," or "amour" is likely to be a raw deal. This is especially true with the big corporate chains run by accountants. Pull out a calculator and you find that you are paying a serious premium for those extra chocolates or that bottle of bubbly.

Take the current "Amour" package currently being pushed hard by the Hyatt chain. At their Hyatt Cancun Caribe resort the French word for love means paying $42 to $61 extra per night, mostly just for breakfast.

The screen shot here was taken from the Hyatt site's rate details when we went to book a 3-night stay around Valentine's Day. At every room category, the Amour Package added $125 to $183 over the cost of just a regular room with no extras: starting at $264 a night.

For that amount you get an unspecified bottle of sparkling wine, some strawberries, and daily breakfast. Ouch. Book a regular room instead and put that $42 to $61 a night toward some nice romantic dinners. Make your own amour and you'll be better off.

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J.W Marriott Might Be One Cancun Hotel Worthy of Visiting

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulcan Km 14.5, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
October 2, 2007 at 9:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is touting its new status as a five-star hotel. The hotel received the AAA 5-Diamond Awards while its restaurant, Gustino's, received four diamonds. The resort joins the less than one percent of the more than 60,000 AAA-approved properties to receive the five-star award. AAA judges make their determinations based on service, accommodations, amenities, and overall experience.

To earn the title, the complex piles on more indulgences than the average top-tier resort. The 35,000 square-foot spa has "Mayan-inspired" treatments and rituals, the hotel says. For relaxers-in-training, there's a kids spa that offers a "Mayan Princess for a Day." The two-hour pampering time involves a mani-pedi, a hair-styling session of either Cancun braids or a "fancy updo" along with glitter makeup, lipgloss and an SPF application.

Of course, the property has more "adult" things on site like a fitness center, an indoor pool, swim-up bar, a 20-foot dive pool with artificial reef, water sports, tennis, five restaurants and 20,300 square feet of meeting space. Hopefully, this place can stay Spring Breaker free.

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· Cancun Hotels [HotelChatter]

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Eco-Excursions to the Biosphere at Paraiso de la Bonita

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  Site Where: Cancun - Chetumal Hwy KM 328, Riviera Maya, Mexico, 77500
August 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Down in Mexico the Paraiso de la Bonita Resort has decided that putting guests up in luxury for a few days is not enough: they want people to get out there into the natural environment. You see, the resort is a member of the World Heritage Alliance so they have to do their bit to support the World Heritage Sian Ka'an Biosphere that's just an hour and a half away.

The Biosphere has been around for over 20 years and is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean. It has unique wetlands and archeological sites as well as hundreds of bird species and over a hundred known kinds of mammals too. This makes it important, beautiful and worth visiting: even the hotel thinks so.

Right now the Paraiso de la Bonita is offering a 4-night Sian Ka'an Eco-Experience package, with accommodation in a luxury ocean view suite, a dinner in their Michelin-chef-led restaurant, and an excursion to the Biosphere Reserve; package costs start at $1,999. When you're not in the Biosphere you can relax at the resort's Thallasso Center Spa or explore the coastal barrier reef nearby (it's the second largest in the world).

The only bit that makes us stop and think a bit is the promise of a private transfer from the airport to resort using their fleet of air conditioned White Lincoln Navigators. Shouldn't eco-excursions be in eco-cars? Hope someone helps out and sells the Paraiso de la Bonita a few hybrid automobiles.

[Photo: piccliner]

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· Teri Hatcher and Kate Walsh Relax at the Paraiso de la Bonita [HotelChatter]
· Eco-Hotels coverage [HotelChatter]

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Le Blanc Cancun Resort Under Fire Over Kosher Group

Where: Blvd Kukulkan Km.10 - Zona Hotelera , Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
April 5, 2007 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

A tipster let us know that there is a controversy brewing on TripAdvisor over the managment at the Le Blanc Resort and Spa in Cancun.

We're still piecing everything together but it looks like the hotel has signed a deal with a Jewish group for three years to celebrate Pesach at the hotel. Which normally should not be a problem but the agreement includes "an entirely kosher arrangement" throughout the hotel during their stay, ranging from food to the silverware and cooking utensils to a "No Alcohol" policy and to accommodations for children at this "adults-only" hotel.

All of which is not good if you aren't in the group and you don't keep kosher. And if you are a kid-hating alcoholic.

MORE on the Cancun Kosher Hotel Hell after the jump.

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Killer View/Anti-View From Same Room in Cancun

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  Site Where: Boulevard Kukulkan Km. 20.5, Hotel Zone, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
January 11, 2007 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sometimes the view from your room is a killer view: dramatic mountains, city lights, or crashing waves on a beach. Sometimes it's an anti-view: a parking lot, heating ducts, a wall, or construction. But at times the view can be either good or bad depending on which direction you look out the window.

When you're staying at a beach resort, it's always nice to actually see the beach from your room. This fine view is from room 2264 at the Royal Solaris in Cancun. Not a bad way to start or end the day, with some palm trees a beach, and the sea.

The problem is, if you look down at what's under that big triangular palapa structure on the right side of the photo above, you get the view below instead: a pair of portly legs splayed out on a massage table.

Now you could argue that if there were a finely sculpted bod of either sex on the table, you'd have a killer/killer view instead of a killer/anti-view, but in a place like Cancun we'd be inclined to put odds on getting the latter. We've always kind of wondered about these very public massage tables at beach resorts anyway. Does being in the patron's shoes, er--towel, seem like a good way to relax, being on display for the rooms with the right beeline above?

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We Object To The Term Urine-Soaked Hellhole

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  Site Where: Punta Nizuc, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
March 2, 2005 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

...when you could have said pee pee soaked heckhole.

The funny thing is, unlike Sideshow Bob, tech industry VP, and frequent traveler Philip Werner isn't talking about jail--he is commenting on Club Med in Cancun, Mexico.

Philip on Club Med Cancun:

The rooms - and this is reported by other guests - smell like brine. Ok - let's not pull any punches - they smell like urine. It's not constant, and the smell doesn't come from the toilet, but its pretty oppressive at night.

The water in the resort was also undrinkable. Well it was drinkable, but it tasted like shit, so you were better off with bottled water.

Even more hilarious is despite the fact that the water is undrinkable, and the rooms stank of urine, Philip still considers Club Med Cancun a near miss.  What finally throws Philip over the edge?  The dilapidated physical plant.

I think the reason I wouldn't return boil[t]s down to the age of the physical plant and the staff.

Once a techie, always a techie.

Philip writes hotel reviews under the pseudonym Hotel Moose, here.

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·   Club Med: Cancun, Mexico [Hotel Moose]