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June 26, 2014

#CancunMexicoVacations Friends Travel JESS Kalinowsky JESS@FriendsTravel.com

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Cancun is a premier destination for travelers seeking fun and adventure, as well as for those looking for serenity and complete relaxation. With vast stretches of white-sand beach and crystal-clear turquoise water, visitors can bask in the sun while enjoying exhilarating watersports, or by simply doing nothing. Riviera Maya, located just south of Cancun, is also a haven for beachgoers and attracts families, couples, groups and singles.

 


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Grand Bahia Principe Akumal

The Grand Bahia Principe Akumal is located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, in the State of Quintana Roo, just 60 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and 30 minutes from the city of Playa del Carmen. The complex enjoys a privileged spot on the Caribbean shore, with postcard beaches, fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. Here, guests will enjoy an All Inclusive experience complete with delicious cuisine, beautiful accommodations and activities for all.


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Grand Bahia Principe Coba

Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, near a spectacular beach featuring fine sand and turquoise waters, this hotel has the Quality of Beaches Certification, awarded by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification (IMNC). Located approximately one hour from the Cancun International Airport, the Grand Bahia Principe Coba’s services are impeccable down to the smallest detail, while the mild Mexican weather and beautiful beaches of the surrounding area invite you to relax and enjoy an unforgettable vacation.


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Grand Bahia Principe Tulum

With a privileged location in the Riviera Maya, the Grand Bahia Principe Tulum overlooks a vast and lovely beach, with turquoise blue water. The property is just a 20-minute drive from Tulum, one of the most incredible Mayan ruins in the Yucatan, 35 minutes from the city of Playa del Carmen and just over an hour from the Cancun International Airport. The Grand Bahia Principe Tulum was designed by the respected Mexican architect Fernando Quirarte, who was inspired by Mayan buildings.


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Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an

This exclusive Hotel from the Don Pablo Collection line is located in the Riviera Maya, 60 minutes from Cancun International Airport and 35 minutes from the cosmopolitan Playa del Carmen. The modern and minimalist style is evident in the Hotel Luxury Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an, which captures the exclusive luxury of the Don Pablo Collection seal. It has extensive gardened areas, where the flora and fauna of the region forcefully emerge, offering strolls that are full of color and freshness.


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Excellence Playa Mujeres

If you’re looking to experience the pristine natural beauty of the Caribbean in a setting of All Inclusive luxury, then Excellence Playa Mujeres is the resort for you. Situated just 25 minutes north of Cancun, Playa Mujeres is a luxury development destination in the region, removed from but convenient to the activity of Cancun proper.


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Excellence Riviera Cancun

If you have a taste for romance and relaxation, the All Inclusive luxury of Excellence Riviera Cancun is waiting to welcome you. Situated on a sugar white sand beach on Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, Excellence Riviera Cancun is a classic all suite Mediterranean style resort of stucco, tile and marble. It may be secluded but it’s not isolated. Vibrant Cancun, cosmopolitan Playa del Carmen, and the ancient Mayan world are all at your doorstep. So much to discover, still, no one would blame you if you lingered at the resort.


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Finest Playa Mujeres by Excellence Group

Opening in spring 2015, the Finest Playa Mujeres will offer the same level of luxury and comfort as the highly recognized and awarded Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels, but will welcome and accommodate guests of all ages, including couples, mid-size groups and families, without any age restrictions.


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The Beloved Hotel, Playa Mujeres

The Beloved Hotel is a five-star All-Inclusive luxury hotel in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Situated on a peninsula just 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport, this boutique style hotel brings deluxe accommodations to the natural Caribbean beauty of the location. In this tranquil Caribbean setting, relaxation rules, and you have easy access to an extensive spa and fitness facility, a variety of fine dining, seaside golf, boating and fishing, and a host of other activities on sea and land.


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Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

At our unique Cancun beach resort, we’ve created the ultimate beachfront celebrity playground and transformed the typical All Inclusive vacation into a rock star paradise, which reflects our Mexican setting and cosmopolitan flair. From here on out you’re not on vacation. No, you’re on a journey through spine tingling surroundings and crowd pleasing amenities studded with style. From championship golf to perfect beaches, we’ve got what you want and more. So kick back, because you’re about to kick it Cancun style.


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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Adults only

This is the 577 Room Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Heaven Section. And this is where luxury meets satisfaction on a stage of stunning tropical views, a private white sand beach, and exclusive saltwater snorkeling areas. It’s all capped off with an inviting traditional design, legendary Hard Rock hospitality, and undeniable excess at every turn. Exclusive to adult guests only, our All Inclusive amenities at Heaven are like nothing you’ve ever seen. But that doesn’t mean they’re encased in glass and hushed away behind velvet ropes. No.


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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Family

This is the 687 room Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. And this is where luxury meets satisfaction on a stage of stunning tropical views, a private white sand beach, and exclusive saltwater snorkeling areas. It’s all capped off with an inviting traditional design, legendary Hard Rock hospitality, and undeniable excess at every turn. From here on out you’re not on vacation. No, you’re on a journey through spine tingling surroundings and crowd pleasing amenities studded with style. Enjoy the beauty of a private protected beach. Treat the kids to the Little Big Club and teen activities.


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IBEROSTAR Cancun

At IBEROSTAR Cancun, the entire family will have the vacation of their dreams. Featuring an onsite, 18 hole, championship golf course, a stunning spa, seven pools, including an infinity pool, and a supervised Kids Club – complete with an interactive splash park – IBEROSTAR Cancun offers the ideal setting for every member of the family. Spacious accommodations and an excellent selection of dining option help0 ensure your IBEROSTAR Cancun vacation exceeds every expectation.


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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso

Experience the ultimate in all-inclusive luxury at this AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso is located in Riviera Maya, Mexico and about 35 minutes from Cancun International Airport. This opulent, adults-only destination combines breathtaking settings and endless pampering to create a vacation dream come true in paradise.


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IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya

Situated along the beautiful beach of Playa Paraiso, IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya is the breathtaking expression of splendor, blending soaring Mayan architecture with equally spectacular amenities. Unwind in the lobby bar beneath an exact replica of the famed Chichen Itza pyramid. Swim in the Riviera Maya’s only wave pool, splash in the brand new water playground. Relax under towering Mayan statues. Enjoy quiet time in one of the 432 elegantly appointed suites.


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Azul Beach Hotel, by Karisma

Azul Beach Hotel, by Karisma is a family-friendly, boutique style property located on a gorgeous beach, just 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport. All of the newly renovated 148 rooms are just steps from the beach, pools, restaurants and bars. Featuring the Gourmet Inclusive® concept, epicurean offerings include candlelight dining on the beach, a fresh fish fry, and butler service to the canopied beach beds. There’s an all lobster menu, 24 hour room service and over 30 tequilas in the tequila lounge. Azul Beach especially caters to families with young children with loaner baby equipment, kid’s club and parent support.


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Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma

Featuring the renowned Gourmet Inclusive® concept, the Azul Fives Hotel, by Karisma features oversized, luxurious, tastefully designed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites, private rooftop lounge decks in Sky Suites as well as an upscale, all-service spa. The hotel is strategically located in Playa del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, just 35 minutes south of Cancun International Airport. With this great location, guests can experience convenience first hand with the charming restaurants, shops, and local attractions of downtown Playa del Carmen, only 10-minutes away.


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Azul Sensatori Hotel, by Karisma

Featuring the renowned Gourmet Inclusive® concept by Karisma, the Azul Sensatori Mexico Hotel brings together spacious facilities with unlimited activities and services. Azul Sensatori Mexico is designed to allow couples, groups, wedding parties, families and friends from all generations to re-connect under the sun.


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El Dorado Casitas Royale, by Karisma

El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma, one of Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Top 100 Hotels in the World and a AAA Four Diamond Resort, is the pinnacle of romantic seaside luxury. Nestled along the beach in a separate, secluded area within El Dorado Royale on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma is an adults only resort designed for romance. A superb array of amenities and services makes this an unrivaled destination for romantic getaways, weddings, honeymoons, and anniversaries.


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El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma

Located on one of Travel Channel’s Top Ten Beaches in the World, El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma, is an upscale, exclusive Caribbean resort for romantic couples and active vacationers alike. On renowned Maroma beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Maroma, provides a secluded, enchanting setting for those looking to escape. Amidst the gorgeous Caribbean surroundings, this intimate resort with just 99 suites, is perfect for romantic getaways, destination weddings and sensational honeymoons.


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El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort, by Karisma

Voted one of Conde Nast traveler´s Top 100 Hotels in the world, El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort, by Karisma, is Mexico´s premier adults only, beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and honeymooners savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. Luxuriously romantic, stretching along a secluded beach, the resort provides indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to swim-up suites, to a lavish spa and concierge service.


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El Dorado Seaside Suites, by Karisma

Located in Kantenah Bay Riviera Maya and voted as one of Top Ten Most Romantic Hotels in the world by Forbes.com, El Dorado Seaside Suites, by Karisma offers barefoot elegance, beach beds and signature Beachfront Sky Massages in an adults-only setting where couples, newlyweds and honeymooners will savor their Gourmet Inclusive® experience. A vacation that fosters togetherness.


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Generations Maroma, by Karisma

Generations Maroma, by Karisma is Mexico’s premier all Suite, all Butler Service, all Gourmet Inclusive® beachfront boutique resort where couples, wedding parties and families savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. Guests will enjoy indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to swim-up suites with complete butler service. Families can relax knowing that their little ones are in the hands of our certified team of professionals at Eko Kids Club.


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Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma

Generations Riviera Maya by Karisma is Mexico´s premier all Suite, all Butler, all Gourmet beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and families savor a Gourmet Inclusive® experience, a vacation that fosters togetherness. This 144 suite hotel stretches along a secluded beach, providing indulgences from gourmet cuisine, to luxurious suites with butler service. Families can relax knowing that their little ones are in good hands with our certified team of professionals at our Eko Kids Club.


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Hidden Beach Resort

Enter Hidden Beach Resort – Au Naturel Club, an all-inclusive adults only nudist resort. Its setting, location and architecture were created to provide worry-free nude vacationing. A nudist could literally spend a week at this property without having to put on a single piece of clothing once. That’s because the 42-room beachfront resort is totally secluded and private, prohibiting entrance and views to anyone but the resort guests and staff. Besides the public areas around the pool, beach and Jacuzzi, the resort offers nude dining at the all-inclusive restaurant, nude bars as well as a nude disco. The private beach is perfect for nude sunbathing and a variety of beach activities and fun.


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Ocean Coral & Turquesa

Located in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, this dazzling All Inclusive resort is located on prime beachfront property in the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, close to Cancun and neighboring Riviera Maya communities. With sweeping views of the Caribbean, a magnificent white sand beach with crystalline waters, and surrounded with tropical foliage, Ocean Coral & Turquesa offers a wide range of activities for everyone, along with an assortment of services to ensure that you have an unforgettable Caribbean vacation. Enjoy a variety of gastronomic fare, round the clock entertainment, children’s programs, and Mexican hospitality.


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Ocean Maya Royale

Ocean Maya Royale is located on the beachfront in Riviera Maya, the heart of the Mexican Caribbean, offering intimate settings and lush tropical landscapes, this Caribbean gem is very close to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Cozumel and Cancun. Now, following an extensive renovation that includes beautiful deluxe rooms, our new beachfront La Dolce Vita restaurant, and Privilege lounge with innovative fare, a south beach, Privilege section featuring Balinese inspired sun beds, your retreat will be even more rewarding at this adults only resorts (18 and older).


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Beach Palace

Beach Palace is located on a beautiful stretch of white sand, a premier location in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone close to distinctive shopping and nightlife, and a trendy, chic, and unique beach resort in Cancun.The contemporary Mexican design and architecture of this exceptional resort includes such spectacular features as a Sky Floor with not just one but two rooftop pools, two swim-up bars, two enticing Jacuzzis, a fitness center, and breathtaking views of the Nichupte Lagoon. A Giant Screen airs our nightly shows, professional sports, and even video games.


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Isla Mujeres Palace

Sweet beachside relaxation and amazing personalized service at the couples-only, all-inclusive Isla Mujeres Palace resort in Cancun. Guests at Isla Mujeres Palace may choose from 62 beautifully appointed rooms offering island, pool or ocean views, balconies, double whirlpool and luxurious decor. Designed with classic style and upscale furnishings, our guestroom accommodations in Isla Mujeres presents a peaceful and inviting vacation sanctuary.


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Le Blanc Spa Resort

Surrounded by the most stunning beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, the adults-only, AAA Five Diamond award winning Le Blanc Spa Resort is an extraordinary All Inclusive resort where luxury reaches its pinnacle and service is simultaneously warm and genuine. Located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, Le Blanc is less than 30 minutes from the Cancun International Airport and only 15 minutes from downtown Cancun.


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Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is just 10 minutes from the Cancun airport, this resort manages much more than the sum of its parts. Comprised of three unique sections, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is a magnificent family-friendly oasis, which offers a stunning Spa, a Nicklaus Signature course, private night club and 14 incredible restaurants. Resort is recipient of the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for the second consecutive year.


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Playacar Palace

Playacar Palace is situated on the glistening turquoise waters and powdery white sand beaches of the Caribbean Sea. It is located in the town of Playa del Carmen, a destination known for its laid back charm. This picturesque beach town centers on the famed Quinta Avenida or Fifth Avenue, a bustling strip of shops, bars and restaurants. Just a few steps from the Quinta Avenida, Playacar Palace is a luxury all inclusive resort that is ideal for families, couples and social groups who seek culture, shopping and Mexican hospitality at its finest.


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Sun Palace

A couples only oasis on the Cancun coast, overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Sun Palace is a dream vacation destination. A stunning coastline serves as a dramatic backdrop where friendly service, exceptional guest rooms, delectable dining, and abundant amenities offer an idyllic getaway for romance, recreation and relaxation. Sun Palace features 252 richly appointed and modern guest rooms, each with its own private balcony and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea or Nichupte Lagoon. Abundant amenities include a double Jacuzzi in every room, 24 hour room service and a luxurious king bed.


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Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa

The Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa is aptly named for its detailed decoration in the Spanish colonial style. The resort is also fully integrated into the green surroundings; green paths that lead guests to the beach, to any part of the complex or simply to take a walk among the fauna and flora typical of the Riviera Maya. This environment, together with the different types of modern, spacious rooms, makes the Grand Palladium Colonial Resort and Spa a hotel to be enjoyed as a couple, with family, or with friends.


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Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa

This luxury eco-hotel surrounded by an artificial lake, is built on a seafront property with direct access to Kantenah Beach and its 800 mile of fine white sand. It features large landscaped gardens with lush tropical vegetation and an extensive network of nature trails that can be used by our guests for a nice stroll around the hotels. The complex also houses an ultramodern Spa of approx. 65 square feet equipped with the most advanced facilities offering guests a wide variety of services.


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Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa

The luxury eco-hotel surrounded by an artificial lake, is built on a seafront property with direct access to Kantenah Beach and its 2625 feet of fine white sand. It features large landscaped gardens with lush tropical vegetation and an extensive network of nature trails that can be used by our guests for a nice stroll around the hotels. The complex also houses a an ultramodern Spa of approx. 65 square feet, equipped with the most advanced facilities offering guests a wide variety of services.


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Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa

The Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa is one of the five All Inclusive Hotels that make up the Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Complex. It is a Luxury Hotel made up exclusively of suites that offer you the utmost comfort and space during your stay, and complement the infinite combination of communal areas, services and facilities that are available in the complex.


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The Royal Suites Yucatan

The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium, is an adults’ only resort, located near the fisherman’s town of Akumal, 25 minutes away from Playa del Carmen, and adjacent to Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa and Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa.


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Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa

The Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa – better than ever and stretching along a quarter mile of white sandy beach – is an awe-inspiring resort, where style and service come together in grand fashion. Situated in the heart of Cancun’s famed hotel zone, this Mediterranean-style resort provides a first class vacation experience, combining the renowned Mexican hospitality with Real Resorts unique brand of attentive service. Distinguished for its excellent location, stylish elegance and lively ambiance, this popular beachfront resort offers a variety of accommodations for everyone.


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Gran Porto Real Resort & Spa

The picturesque Gran Porto Real Resort & Spa is located on a beautiful, protected stretch of swim friendly beach right in the heart of Playa del Carmen, mere steps from Fifth Avenue’s shops, clubs and restaurants. Architecturally reminiscent of one of Mexico’s finest private haciendas, guests will find themselves surrounded by exceptional service complemented by genuine Mexican hospitality. Discover why this has become one of Mexico’s favorite and most popular choices for value packed, fun filled, exceptional vacation experiences.


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Hyatt Zilara Cancun

Ideally located on one of the widest stretches of beach in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the All Inclusive Adults Only (ages 16 and older) Hyatt Zilara Cancun is just 20 minutes from the international airport and near the best golf courses, shopping malls, restaurants and nightlife this city has to offer.


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THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

At the redesigned and redefined ROYAL Playa del Carmen, guests will discover an explosion of luxury around every corner, all provided in an atmosphere of casual elegance. The resort boasts a perfect beachfront location, mere steps from Playa del Carmen’s famed Fifth Avenue, with its hip night spots, trendy cafes, colorful shops and local color while experiencing THE ROYAL’s flawless hospitality. The resort’s interior is as impressive as its palatial exterior, where the use of textures, fabrics and natural materials reflects sophisticated seaside grace.

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