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14 Aug

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8 Things To Do in Cozumel

August 14, 2015 | By |

There’s a lot to do in Cozumel. You might be staying at an all-inclusive resort or stopping off on a cruise. Whichever it is, be sure that you get out and get to know this Mexican island. It’s a gem, with lovely beaches, bright marine life and some really fascinating Mayan heritage.

1) Scuba dive

Scuba dive

Cozumel is actually the northern tip of a reef system stretching up from Central America. There are 19 popular scuba diving sites and on a good day, visibility can be up to 200 feet. Palancar Reef, Santa Rosa Wall, and famous Chankannab Reef are just a few of the most colourful and vibrant. There are gentle currents running parallel to many reefs, which makes for a drift diver’s dream. For more experienced divers, there are dramatic swim-throughs teeming with life.

2) Cooking classes

Cooking classes

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? It’s some of the tastiest in the world. And what better souvenir than a recipe or two, and some tips and tricks from the pros? Two popular choices are Kondesa Culinary Workshop, where chefs Omar and Cesar take foodies through some of their favourite Mexican recipes. Chef Oscar’s Mexican Cooking Workshop is another popular choice. You’ll prepare a three-course Mexican dinner as well as learn creative plating techniques.

3) The Money Bar

This is just a great all-round beach bar. The service is friendly. The view amazing. During the day, you can snorkel and relax in the sun with a cold drink. And at night, the party gets going. The ceviche is outstanding, especially followed by a cold Bohemia.

4) Isla de Passion

Isla passion

Perfect for a day away from everything. You can escape à deux, or bring the family. A 45-minute catamaran ride takes you to this private island where you can spend the day in a hammock, a swinging bed, or floating in the surf. For the more energetic, there are watersports including a water trampoline.

5) Temazcal Mayan sweat lodge

A spa experience that’s out of this world. This ancient Mayan tradition is based on the healing powers of heat. Your ritual begins fireside where your shaman will start breathing exercises and a guided meditation. When ready, you’ll enter the traditional sweat lodge where a combination of heat and healing herbs purifies your body, mind and soul. This is what rejuvenation truly feels like.

6) Faro Celerain Eco Park

Faro

One of the most famous landmarks on Cozumel, the Faro Celerain (lighthouse) guards the southern tip of the island and a sizable nature preserve. You’ll see exotic birds, crocodiles, iguanas, and tropical fish, especially if you follow one of the expert guides through the natural wonders of mangroves, lagoons, reef systems and coastal dunes. You can even climb the lighthouse for some pretty great views of the island and the ocean.

7) El Mirador

A lesser-known destination on the island, this one is definitely worth the effort. Beautiful rock formations and amazing snorkelling are just the beginning. There are quiet coves to sunbathe, a bar with hammocks and driftwood chairs, as well as places to get ocean-side massages and some fun souvenirs. Rent a car and make a day of it.

8) San Gervasio Mayan Archaeological Site

San Gervasio was a religious centre for the Maya, dedicated to the goddess Ixchel ("She of the Rainbows"), deity of midwifery, fertility, medicine and weaving. Many Mayan women would perform a pilgrimage to Ixchel´s shrine at least once in their lives. One of the most interesting buildings is the Temple of Hands, which is covered inside with many red handprints. While the significance of this ritual is unknown, it’s fun to speculate as you walk through the ruins; they haven’t been restored so you really feel like you’re walking back in time.

 

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29 Jun

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3 Sunny Summer Escapes

June 29, 2015 | By |

Envisioning a summer escape that involves sun and sand? All you need are your sunglasses, sunscreen and swimsuit and you’re ready for a vacation down south (and the perfect tan). Here are 3 sunny escapes to consider for your summer vacation.

1) Diving Escape at Cozumel Palace – Mexico

Cozumel Palace Mexico

The island of Cozumel, just off the coast of Playa del Carmen, is an excellent place for a fun and relaxing getaway. The Cozumel Palace has the facilities, setting and staff to offer an unforgettable stay. Begin your escape with a spa treatment – we recommend the Pul Yah Ceremony, which will put your mind and body at ease for the remainder of your vacation. Next, get ready to explore the fascinating coral reefs surrounding the resort. You have 2 options: snorkelling for beginners or scuba diving for more seasoned divers.

The ecosystem on the coast of Cozumel is particularly beautiful, thanks to the mild Gulf Stream that allows for ideal diving conditions. The hardest part is choosing which reef to explore, because they are all different and stunning. Another advantage to staying at the Cozumel Palace is that you have access to all hotels in the hotel chain (6 to be exact)! You stay at one, but can enjoy the restaurants and amenities of all hotels within the resort. That’s excellent news if you’re planning a few leisurely strolls around the grounds.

2) Family Escape at IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach – Jamaica

Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Montego Bay

In addition to its superb setting overlooking a sandy beach in Montego Bay, the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach offers lots of opportunities for family fun with its wide-ranging facilities for all ages. The little ones can play at the kids club, a hub for adventure. Meanwhile, parents can have peace of mind knowing that activities are supervised by certified animators. Relaxing at the spa or on a lounge chair by the pool or beach are all the more reason to unwind.

For those who prefer to maximize their time with the little ones, there is no shortage of activities to be had as a family: among options are catamaran cruises, tennis, kayaking and dance classes for those who have rhythm (and even for those who don’t). The best part about this resort? Kids stay and eat free.

3) Warm Escape at Breezes Varadero – Cuba

Breezes Varadero

Cuba is largely known for its friendly locals and joie de vivre. And Varadero is no exception, especially at the Breezes Varadero. From the reception staff and animators, to the waiters and management, the staff is excellent. Helpful and friendly, hotel employees flash you a smile at any time of day. Speaking of smiles, we bet you’ll also have one ear to ear when you savour a dish at El Mojito, one of the hotel’s restaurants. Named after the iconic Cuban cocktail, this restaurant showcases typical Cuban flavours.

One of the highlights of this hotel is the beach. Though all beaches in Cuba are breathtaking, this one is particularly stunning with its pristine, white sand and clear water with hints of turquoise and deep blue fading into the horizon. And the wooden huts only add to the charm of the beach. For those who would rather take a nap in the shade, there are several hammocks around the property – now, that’s what we call a proper escape.

 

Tempting, isn’t it? You can probably already picture yourself on the beach, cocktail in hand. What are you waiting for? Escape to sun and sand! Make sure to also check out our last-minute deals – you won’t want to miss these!

 

01 Apr

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East Coast of Mexico

April 1, 2014 | By |

Mexico is the land of colour, flavour, beaches and, of course, fiesta. In Cancun and Riviera Maya, remarkable Mayan ruins and beautiful beaches abound.

Riviera Maya

Chichen ItzaChichen Itza

Chichen Itza is one of the most studied and visited ruins of the Mayan world. Learn about the Castle of Kukulcan, the Ball Court, and much more.

Xcaret Xcaret

Xcaret, or “little inlet,” is an eco-archeological park where you can find underground rivers, a butterfly pavilion, turtle farm, horses, a beach and Xcaret's one-of-a-kind celebration, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular.

Cozumel

Scuba DivingScuba Diving

Cozumel's spectacular reefs are without a doubt the region's best-known attractions. The reefs offer dazzling variety and beauty, and incredible formations. Packages are available for both experienced and non-experienced divers.

Cancun

Xplor Xplor

From ziplining to underground river rafting, journeying through the jungle, and swimming in an amazing underground cave system, Xplor promises an unforgettable day of adventure!

Tulum and Xel-Ha Tulum and Xel-Há

Discover Tulum, one of the most beautiful Mayan cities, with incredible ruins and historical artifacts. Next, journey to Xel-Há, the world's largest aquarium, and enjoy snorkelling, wall climbing and cliff jumping.