Posted July 8, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips
On our first trip to the market to stock our vacation rental, I always pick up a small bouquet of fresh flowers. I love the way they instantly add a touch of warmth and class to any hotel room. Each afternoon when we come back from a tour or day trip, it is so nice to open our door to the pleasant aroma of lilies or roses instead of a room that has been closed up all day. Five star hotels and resorts know fresh flowers are a simple, affordable luxury that will brighten each day of your stay....
Posted July 5, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations,Riviera Maya Photos
We la la LOVE this resort. We'd give Secrets Maroma more stars if we could. This all adult, all-inclusive luxury resort is tops! This photo was a Loco Gringo photo contest finalist submitted by Roma Agura. It really captures the quiet beauty of this resort at dusk. The sexy pool winding around the swim up rooms, the twinkling yellow lights on each balcony above plush terrace couches, lush tropical palm trees - all whispering, "Relax." Check out some of our other luxury vacation...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
Horseback riding on the beach is quintessential vacation romance, but what about taking it to an exotic level? Imagine riding through Mayan jungle and along Caribbean beach on the back of a camel. Luxury travel is also about making an ordinary vacation extraordinary, right? So swap out Flicka for humps! One of the newest tours on the coast is Camel Safari Riviera Maya by Maroma Adventures. You don't have to go to the Sahara for a camel ride. Check out other exotic things to do in the Riviera...
Posted July 4, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Activities,Riviera Maya Photos
Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Because it's FUN! Lookin' to add some adrenaline to your Riviera Maya vacation? Try skydiving in Playa del Carmen. Find other Playa del Carmen adventures.
Posted July 3, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Activities
If your idea of a luxury vacation includes a round or two of golf, the local Riviera Maya golfers say do it at Iberostar Playa Paraiso. This course is "All-Inclusive" meaning the price includes cart, fees, food, drinks, beer and liquor. The course incorporates natural features of the Mayan jungle, like trees and cenotes, to challenge even the most expert golfers. It was never the golf course architect's intention to use the cenotes, but he saw how pretty they were and redesigned to include...
Posted by Kay Walten in Food & Drink,Riviera Maya Photos
Gourmet meals are an essential part of any luxury vacation. If you are an honest to goodness foodie, once the accommodations are set, the very next step is to get restaurant reservations. The Riviera Maya is full of upscale dining venues. Some of our favorites include John Gray's in Puerto Morelos, Hechizo in Tulum and Luna Maya in Playa del Carmen. And the best part, fine dining in the Riviera Maya does not include stuffy maitre d's but it may require your toes in the sand. Search a list of...
Posted July 2, 2013 by Kay Walten in Mexican Art,Mexican Culture,Riviera Maya Photos
The Palacio de Gobierno is a fabulous mansion in Merida that houses a series of murals depicting the history of the Yucatan. This national heirloom was built in 1892 and showcases the architectural style of a bygone era. Merida experienced a boom of wealth at the end of the 19th Century due to the production of henequen. It was said that at that time Merida was home to more millionaires than any other city in the world. Because of this, today the city of Merida displays a wealth of antique...
Posted July 1, 2013 by Kay Walten in Riviera Maya Destinations
Yachts are certainly icons of luxury and this Riviera Maya marina is full of them. Puerto Aventuras is a luxury vacation community centered around its lovely marina. Golf courses, gourmet restaurants, palatial waterfront villas, and a marina that is home to gorgeous yachts. For those who don't have to ask, "How much?" or if you have saved your pennies for such a decadent excursion, you can charter one of these babies, captain and crew included. Check out some amazing Puerto Aventuras...
Posted by Kay Walten in Mexico Vacation Tips,Riviera Maya Services
Nothing says you are on vacation like indulging in one, or more, of the delicious offerings at a spa. Massage, facials, body wraps...they all provide a thoughtful bit of pampering. If you are a spa-goer, make sure you do not miss out on this royal treatment, book your spa service when you book your Riviera Maya hotel or resort. Renting a villa? Make sure to arrange the massage therapist before you arrive. Don't wait until check in or you may not get the times or treatments you want. Find...
It may seem out of reach for those of us who scrimp and save all year for a vacation, but the truth is anyone can enjoy a little luxury on their Riviera Maya escape. Most of us do not have a Carlos Slim sized bank account. A private plane is not waiting to jet off to a Caribbean island (full staff included) reserved for just you and your friends, but this does not mean you can't indulge in a little first-class pampering on your much anticipated vacation. In the Mexican Caribbean, there are...
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--Joyce & Hugh,
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"We have been Booking our Riviera Maya vacations from Loco Gringo since 2005. Always Great communication, helpful tips and quick responses to our questions. They were especially helpful when Hurricane Wilma hit and put a stop to our Vacation plans. They made sure we knew about the weather situation and did all the work with re-booking our vacation in Paradise!"
"I have booked most of my Mayan Riviera trips through Loco Gringo and can only say I wouldn't even consider using anyone else to handle my bookings for stays in that area.
Their booking process is simple, fast and friendly, and they will answer your questions and queries until you are completely satisfied that every single detail has been taken care of.
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--Bryan in IN,
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"We usually need reservations for 2 to 4 people but for 2 years we needed reservations for 7 to 9 people, adults and kids and they have always done a flawless job in getting the resort we wanted and at the best price too!!"
"You always recommend amazing accommodations and we are always comfortable and feel safe. Your staff does a fantastic job at making our vacation each year a ” hassle free ” experience ! All we have to do is ” show up ” and the rest is already taken care of. We will continue in future to use LocoGringo and also continue as we have done already, to highly recommend your company to anyone we know that is planning a vacation."
--Nancy & Bill, Toronto, Canada
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