Archive for the ‘Nuevo Vallarta’ Category

posted by colin on Oct 9

In May of 2011, President Felipe Calderon (president ofMexico) reassured travel executives attending a global tourism summit in Las Vegas that “Mexico is a safe place to visit”.

Despite Calderon’s comforting words, various news programsand magazine articles have left some of us asking whether or not we should go.

Mexico is a large country, and so any attempt to answer that question should probably focus on those places that are safest for travelers.  On April 22nd, the US Department of State issued a Travel Warning to inform US citizens aboutsecurity situation in Mexico.  In the Travel Warning, the Dept. of State specified that “resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico are generally do notsee the levels of drug related violence and crime reported in the border region
and in areas along major trafficking routes
”.

Anecdotally, I can report that my wife and I spent two weeksin and around Cancun in May.   We took taxis into town and buses to attractions outside of the populated areas and never had any problems or felt uneasy at all.   The locals were always friendly and very helpful.  Most are very proficient in English.  We are heading to Playa del Carmen in December without giving it a second doubt!

And what about our guests?  Are they concerned about venturing to Mexico?  We have had a few inquiries about this
topic.  Safety questions do arise once in a while.  To questions such as “how safe is it? and Is the media blowing it out of proportion?”  I insist that you should use common sense.  Be alert, stay in populated areas, don’t wear expensive jewelry away from the resort, late night activities away from your resort should be curtailed, be respectful of your surroundings.  The same advice that I would give if traveling to NYC, Washington DC or LosAngles.   Use your head,  contact KokoTravel for your next Mexico vacation and you’ll have a great time!!!

 

posted by colin on Feb 5

Grand Luxxe today announced the grand openings of two new resorts of its high-end luxury brand in the vacation destinations of Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Maya.

Grand Luxxe continues its distinction of offering the most prestigious travel experience bar none.  Both locations debut an architectural philosophy that distinguishes Grand Luxxe from other brands, along with the commitment to the pinnacle of personalized service the brand has become famous for.

A world of privilege and opulence awaits the discriminating traveler which holds in high regard a resort catering to their every need; Grand Luxxe brings a travel experience unlike any other.

Sumptuous suites and villas provide between 2,300 and 3,000 square feet of room, among the largest in the resort industry. Twelve-foot ceilings and Italian design bathroom amenities exude an air of refined magnificence.

First opening in February of 2010, Grand Luxxe in Nuevo Vallarta set the bar for personalized luxury travel with private butlers for each floor. The new tower of 144 suites became a remarkable feat for the affluent vacation segment. Spectacular lakes dot the surroundings, beckoning visitors to take advantage of the various water activities. The vast expanse of the glimmering ocean and beaches of Nuevo Vallarta are an invitation to unwind.

The new Grand Luxxe resort in Riviera Maya is every bit as decadent as its sister property in Nuevo Vallarta and is located on Mexico’s most desired coastline. The low-slung resort harmoniously blends in with the surrounding tropics. Pristine white sand beaches and cabanas with glamorous, shimmering pools, privately tucked into the landscape greet guests.

Joining the ranks of the finest vacation properties in the world, Grand Luxxe blends stunning architecture with sleek, modern interior finishes. Rooms blend richly appointed details including marble flooring, fine accents, rich wood furnishings and luxurious upholstery. Bathrooms exude an air of luxury befitting a spa and offer guests a place to unwind in the free standing tubs. Guests can enjoy the scenery of the river and mountains along with the city and the distant horizon.

Modern amenities abound including private plunge pools in the balcony, private butler service for each floor, 50-inch flat panel televisions, Wi-Fi Internet access, in-room Jacuzzi and 24-hour room service, taxi and medical service. Grand Luxxe will pamper its visitors with full health spa and fitness centers, a unique Kid’s Club camp experience and a world-class Nicklaus-design 18-hole golf course that is a delight for pros and casual players alike.

“The Riviera Maya is known around the world as an area of incredible beauty and history,” says Arturo Hernandez, Grupo Vidanta Chief Architect. “We designed Grand Luxxe’s newest location to integrate the architectural development between the rich jungle environment and distinct local Mayan culture.

posted by Donna-Lee on May 23

Vallarta Palace Resorts

Miami, FL, February 25, 2008 Palace Resorts, the company that set the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations, is pleased to announce that Vallarta Palace, Palace Resorts’ first venture onto the Pacific coastline of Mexico, was recently awarded the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for 2008. This is the second consecutive year that Vallarta Palace has enjoyed the honor of being counted among the select group of AAA Four Diamond winners.

“This is a great distinction for Vallarta Palace to be recognized for a second year with such a prestigious award,” commented Roberto Chapur, President of Palace Resorts. “Throughout the Palace Resorts line of all-inclusive properties we make it a point to offer all of our guests superior personal service and first-class amenities. To receive an award for what we have always prided ourselves on is a wonderful tribute.”

Vallarta Palace is pleased to be the only Four Diamond rated, all-inclusive hotel in Nuevo Vallarta. It is also honored to be among the select group of AAA Four Diamond Award winners that for 2008 represent only 3.2% of the 60,000 AAA Diamond Rated lodgings and restaurants that have received this prestigious designation. Furthermore, Four Diamond lodgings account for just 3.6% of the more than 32,000 AAA Rated® lodgings.

AAA’s Diamond Rating System is the only ratings system that covers all of North America and one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. It is the only system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis using a set of guidelines that are made available to all establishments.

AAA rates more properties than any other rating entity and AAA considers and investigates member feedback during reviews, but does not depend on guest opinions to derive a rating. In addition, AAA provides travelers the opportunity to post comments about their experiences at AAA Approved establishments. For more information on the AAA Diamond system, guests can visit AAA on the Internet at AAA.com and access complete Diamond Award lists and information at AAA.com/Diamonds.

posted by Donna-Lee on Apr 3

In an area of natural appeal Vallarta Palace rises as a beautiful resort destination. This escape, with its gorgeous beachfront setting, where tradition and modern design come together, marvels travelers, who are mesmerized by its opulence and incredible views. This one-of-a-kind resort will certainly please honeymooners, families and savvy vacationers who recognize the great value of this all-inclusive property.

Vallarta Palace, situated on the beautiful beaches of Bahia de Banderas in the heart of Nuevo Vallarta, with its 348 Superior Deluxe guest rooms, most with a spectacular ocean view, features double Jacuzzis, a turndown service and 24-hour room service. This all-inclusive resort, located in a quaint Colonial fishing village adorned with cobble-stone streets, terra-cotta tile roofs and colorful stucco walls, is the place to indulge and enjoy incredible golf courses, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, sailing, horseback riding and world-class shopping.

Kids will be entertained at our newly renovated Kid’s Club with supervised activities. Dine at any of our four fabulous restaurants, enjoy a treat at our snack bar, or relax at any of our three stylish bars. The experience will be gastronomic, as well as luxurious and fun.

posted by Donna-Lee on Jan 5

Our Signature Dolphin Swim allows you to develop a personal relationship with your dolphin in the smallest group sizes anywhere! Take a journey into the intriguing world of the dolphin through amazing face-to-face encounters in which you can touch, feed, play, learn and swim with dolphins.

Your 90 minute journey of discovery transports you to a place where people and dolphins make lifelong connections and dreams of touching and swimming with these magnificent beauties of the ocean come true. Our environment of fun mixed with education and emotion touches hearts and minds in an experience that creates memories to last a lifetime!

The Signature Dolphin Swim begins with an interactive presentation on dolphin characteristics as well as how to use hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with your dolphin. Then, in groups of no more than 6 people per dolphin, you will head down to our Dolphin Lagoons for a 40 minute in-water experience with the dolphins.

Interacting with our dolphins leaves a lasting impression on everyone who visits the Dolphin Adventure Center in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, home to over 25 of these amazing marine mammals.

Vallarta Adventures’ Signature Dolphin Swim Program is intimate, exhilarating and enlightening; a personalized experience all rolled into a swirl of shared laughter, caring, and learning. Don’t miss this magical adventure – make your reservations NOW!

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