Five Hot Beach Hotels for 2015

Mukul

These are my picks for the top five hot new beach hotels for 2015.

1. Condado Vanderbilt

Marabar-Condado Vanderbilt

What is not to love about a former grand dame of a hotel that has been lovingly and completely restored? Oh, and it’s super easy to get to from the Northeast. Did I mention no passport required? Perfect for long weekend getaways or week long vacations. A great location in San Juan for exploring or doing nothing at all.

http://www.condadovanderbilt.com/default-en.html

2. Rosewood at Baha Mar

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You know I love Rosewood. I also love that we have another new easy to get to property in the Caribbean that offers true luxury. Plus, a casino, duty free shopping, golf, and the creme de la creme room category – Beachfront Villas.

http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/baha-mar

3. Four Seasons Manele Bay

Four Seasons Manele Bay

It is technically not a new hotel, but with the complete transformation of the room product, I feel it qualifies. Gorgeous new rooms. Nobu. A private complimentary airport lounge just for hotel guests. The best from the beach snorkeling out of all of the Hawaiian Four Seasons resorts. It’s Hawaii taken to a whole new level.

http://www.fourseasons.com/manelebay/

4. Mukul

Mukul

Bored with the Mexico and Costa Rica? Looking for something exotic, yet close to home? Mukul is still new enough to qualify for the hot factor for 2015. Located on a gorgeous stretch of beach in Nicaragua this is the perfect place to find your inner surfer. Or perhaps you would rather soak away the afternoon in your private plunge pool on the patio of your Bohio. Whatever you choose, it is easy to slow down and soak up life on the Emerald Coast.

5. Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Rotz-Carlton Cancun Family Pool

Emerging refreshed from a multi-million dollar renovation, indulge in modern luxury on the hotel strip. A fun cooking school, an excellent spa, and all rooms with at least an ocean view make this hotel easy to love. Not to mention the breakfast buffet is one of the best in Mexico. Fifteen minutes from the airport and you are ready to hit the beach.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Cancun/Default.htm

Of course, VIP treatments and extra amenities come standard at all of these hotels when you book through me. Give me a call at 508-485-3061 or send me an email. I look forward to seeing which one you choose!

 

Site Inspection: The Ritz-Carlton Cancun – 2014

Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Ritz-Carlton Cancun

During my time in Cancun I decided to pop over to the Ritz-Carlton to see their new room product. We stayed at the hotel last November for Thanksgiving, but they had just started the renovations and all of the renovated rooms were occupied, so I had not yet seen the updates.

The renovations are gorgeous! The rooms had always been extremely well-maintained and spotlessly cleaned, but they used to be quite dated and very traditional. They now have a fresh modern “beachy” feel. Love!

They also have purchased some new lounge chairs and all new lounge chair cushions. You can now be confident that you can rest comfortably by the pool or beach all day long!

Your complimentary Virtuoso amenities are as follows:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, not valid on room rate, alcohol, or third party services, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not validon taxes, service charges or third party services.)
  • Early check-in/late check-out (subject to availability)

 

Are looking for the perfect hotel in Cancun? You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch!

 

Trip Report: The Yucatan from Cancun to Merida

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Jaguar

Can you hear the Yucatan calling? I recently returned from a trip to Mexico where I attended the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Americas conference which was held at the Fairmont Mayakoba where I stayed for four nights in a Deluxe Casita Room (photo tour below).

In addition to making some wonderful contacts for my clients and strengthening existing relationships with suppliers, I was fortunate to be able to take a couple of side trips. I flew into Cancun and spent two nights at NIZUC. I had not been since shortly after they opened and I wanted to experience the resort now that it is fully operational.

NIZUC

I also popped over to the Ritz-Carlton Cancun to check on their new room product. It is absolutely gorgeous, and a huge improvement over the formerly more traditional decor. The property is always impeccably maintained, but the decor just didn’t say beach resort. I was thrilled to see that they also have new lounge cushions on their pool chairs.

Ritz-Carlton Cancun

After ILTM Americas concluded I was thrilled to have been selected to go on a post-conference trip with Catherwood Travels. Many thanks to everyone who made the trip amazing, especially our guide Julia! We visited the Mayan ruins at Ek Balam, had an outstanding “picnic” lunch and swim at their private cenote Xchen, visited the beautiful golden city of Izamal, had a quick tour in Merida, and stayed in two of the Starwood Luxury Collection Haciendas, among many other fun experiences!

Lunch at cenote Xchen

I am more convinced than ever that the Yucatan is the prefect destination for people who are looking for both beach and culture. There is truly something for everyone. Plus, with numerous nonstop flights from all over the United States it is easy to get to, and offers some of the cheapest airfare to any warm weather destination.

Stay tuned for additional posts and photo tours of my experience in the Yucatan!

Trip Report: NIZUC Resort & Spa – 2014

Site Inspection: Ritz-Carlton Cancun – 2014

Trip Report: The Yucatan with Catherwood Travels – 2014