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Puerto Morelos to become Municipal District

Puerto Morelos becomes the 11th municipio or municipality in Quintana Roo. The motion was approved by the Quintana Roo State Congress and the first Municipal Council will start work on January 6, 2016.

Puerto Morelos was formerly part of the Benito Juarez municipality and Cancun City Hall was responsible for public works in the community. The new Puerto Morelos district will stretch from Petempich Bay to the south and inland to the communities of Central Vallarta and Leona Vicario.

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2015 OHL Golf Classic at MayaKoba

Several former U.S. Open and British Open champions have already confirmed that they will be competing in the 2015 OHL Golf Classic at MayaKoba, the Riviera Maya’s prestigious tournament and Mexico’s only PGA event. The tournament runs from November 9 to 15 and players have until November 6 to commit. To date the field of competitors includes Graeme McDowell (2010 U.S. Open), Angel Cabrera (U.S. Open, Masters Tournament), Justin Leonard (British Open), Steward Cink (British Open), Lucas Glover (U.S. Open) and Geoff Ogilvy (U.S. Open).

Seven of the eight champions of the tournament in previous years will be present: Fred Funk (2007), Mark Wilson (2009), Cameron Beckman (2010), Johnson Wagner (2011), John Huh (2012), Harris English (2013) and Charlie Hoffman (2014). The eighth champion Brian Gay (2008) is recovering from a wrist injury and may still be fit enough to play.

Some of Mexico’s leading golfers will be taking to the fairway. PGA Tour members Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer head the list and Rodolfo Cazaubon, Yoshio Yamamoto and Oscar Fraustro are also expected to qualify.

With a prize purse of US6.2 million, the OHL Classic at Mayakoba is Latin America’s most lucrative tournament. With each year that passes, more players are committing to play the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course.

If you would like to watch tournament play ask your Concierge for assistance arranging tickets and transport to the course.

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Record-breaking Turtle Season at Xcacel-Xcacelito Turtle Sanctuary

The best nesting season ever, a record-breaking year is how biologists have rated the summer of 2015 at the Xcacel-Xcacelito Turtle Sanctuary in the Riviera Maya. More than 4,700 green and loggerhead turtles laid 376,000 precious eggs along this pristine 2.5-kilometer stretch of beach to the south of Akumal.

Cozumel, Cancun and Isla Mujeres are also reporting a significant increase in the numbers of turtle nests, eggs and hatchlings released during the 2015 season.

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Bridge over Bojorquez Lagoon in Cancun to Go Ahead in 2016

FONATUR, the government agency that manages the landscaping and upkeep of Cancun, has announced the building of a bridge in the Hotel Zone to reduce traffic congestion in the Punta Cancun area. The bridge will span Bojorquez Lagoon, which is part of the larger Nichupte Lagoon system, from Kilometer 7 to Kilometer 9 on Kukulcan Boulevard, providing an alternative route for vehicles.

Construction of the bridge will begin in 2016 and the project is slated for completion in 2017. With a span of 1206.6 meters, the bridge will be sustained by 28 columns and will have design features to help reduce its impact on the lagoon ecosystem, water circulation and the mangrove forest on the shoreline.

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Cancun visitor numbers up on 2014

The latest Cancun Hotel Association tourism figures for the period January – August 2015 show that Cancun has welcomed 3,714,599 visitors to date, 7.2 percent up on the same period in 2014. The forecast is that it will finish the year with a growth rate of between 3 and 4 percent in the number of visitors.


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Expansion of Cozumel’s Cruise Port

The most visited cruise ship destination in the Caribbean, Cozumel received an additional boost with the expansion of Puerta Maya, one of the island’s three cruise ship terminals.

Carnival Corporation has added a third berth to its pier at Puerta Maya in response to high demand for the destination and the many attractions nearby on the mainland. In 2014, 1.5 million Carnival guests visited Puerta Maya on 25 ships from eight different homeports (source: Carnival Corporation).

This extra capacity means that Puerta Maya can capitalize on Cozumel’s popularity. It currently receives an average of 3.3 million cruise ship passengers per year.

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Playa del Carmen to follow Cancun with a recycling plant

The Solidaridad municipal district will soon have its own garbage recycling plant to process waste generated in Playa del Carmen and surrounding areas. An area next to the city landfill is being prepared for the plant, which will recycle 30 percent of the trash in the first stage of the project. (Source: Novedades)

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Upcoming Events

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The Caribbean Culture Festival is set to take place November 11-16 in multiple venues throughout the state. Cuba is the guest nation and 15 countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America are taking part. They include Jamaica, Panama, Costa Rica Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Venezuela. The festival program features concerts, dance events, theater, film, art exhibitions and academic seminars on Caribbean history and culture.

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Professional and amateur triathletes will be participating in the Xel-Ha Triathlon this November. The Olympic event takes place on Saturday, November 14 and attracts the finest triathletes in Mexico. The scheduled Sunday activities are a Sprint Triathlon, a Children’s event and a Beginners Only Triathlon.

This is the second year that Xel-Há Park has been selected by the Mexican Triathlon Federation as the venue for the National Triathlon Championship 2015.

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The line up for the 2015 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival includes Gino Vanelli in his second appearance at the event, Dweezil Zappa, son of the legendary Frank Zappa, the Zawinul Legacy Band founded by a former member of Weather Report, Dirty Loops and Mexican band Resorte, among others.

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Now in its 31st year, the Cancun Night Marathon on December 5 attracts amateur and professional athletes from Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean, other parts of Mexico and overseas. The starting point for the Marathon, Half Marathon and a 5-kilometer Fun Run is at Malecon Tajamar on the shores of the lagoon in Downtown Cancun.

The course for the Marathon takes runners along Bonampak Avenue and through the Hotel Zone to El Mirador at Playa Delfines and back again to Malecon Tajamar.

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Divers who love exploring the underwater world of Cozumel are getting ready for the island’s Scuba Fest in December.

Advanced divers with Advanced Open water certification will be able to follow a route comprising nine dives that will take them to reefs to the north of Cozumel, the wreck of the Xicotencatl, a ship sunk in 1999, and challenging southern reefs such as Palancar Caves, the Devil’s Throat and Maracaibo.

The JM Cousteau Route takes in some of the reefs made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1960s and particular favorites of his son Jean-Michel Cousteau.

On the Yucatan Peninsula Diving Route advanced divers will venture into Xibalba, the mysterious underworld of the Maya and explore sacred caves, cenotes and a labyrinth of hidden waterways hollowed out of the limestone over millions of years. The route will take them to the Riviera Maya, site of the world’s longest underground rivers discovered to date, Valladolid to explore the cenotes of the eastern Yucatan and to Merida.

Conservationist Jean-Michel Cousteau and oceanographer Dr. Silvia Earle will be attending the 2015 Cozumel Scuba Fest.

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Your President’s Circle Benefits

Are you using your President’s Circle membership and enjoying all the exciting benefits it offers you as a Grand Residences owner? From international travel and reciprocal use privileges at resorts around the world to online shopping with best value prices and cash back, planning your stays with Signature Flexibility. And Signature Marketplace, the latest service to be unveiled, gives you even more exciting ways to use your Elite Credits.

Here are some of the many benefits you enjoy as a President’s Circle member.


  • President’s Circle members receive the highest percentage of cash back when shopping in the Signature Lifestyle Collection.
  • Use the Signature Lifestyle Collection to shop for hotels, cruises, flights*, spa and golf getaways, electronics, designer brands and accessories, wine, box office tickets and much more at discounted rates. Watch your cash back account grow.
  • Cash back can be used to pay your annual Club Service fee, your club bill or to continue shopping in the Signature Lifestyle Collection.
  • Grand Residences is among the top ten resorts in the Elite Destinations Collection with the highest credit values, giving you greater trading power when you wish to travel around the world. And you can search for a vacation in Elite Destinations without actually depositing your interval.
  • Through Elite Destinations and the Registry Collection, as a President’s Circle member you also have access to Gold Crown Resorts in the RCI Weeks and RCI Points collections using your Elite Destinations Credits.
  • You can use Signature Marketplace Credits for hotels, flights, cruises, vacation packages and for special promotions at Royal Resorts and Grand Residences.
  • Through Signature Marketplace you have access to 140,000 hotels around the world, including major brands and famous names.
  • Save your Frequent Flyer numbers in your Signature Marketplace profile and earn miles every time you book a flight using the platform.
  • Through Karma Exchange you can use your exclusive reciprocal use privileges to stay at the award-winning Karma Kandara resort on the island of Bali and at other Karma resorts in India, Thailand and Germany.
  • As a President’s Circle member you have a dedicated President’s Circle Concierge at your call to assist you with all your travel needs, email: presidentscircle@rrsignatureclub.com.

Visit www.rrsignatureclub.com, log in with your President’s Circle ID and explore the world with your exclusive leisure and lifestyle club.


* Flights and car rentals do not qualify for cash back.

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Spread the Word about Grand Residences

If you enjoy telling your friends, relatives and associates about Grand Residences and showing them photos of your home in paradise, why not help spread the word by participating in the Grand Residences Referral Program?

We want your referrals to discover the Grand Residences luxury vacation experience for themselves and we are willing to offer them, on your behalf, a special 3 night/4 day stay in a luxurious Junior Suite at Grand Residences at a greatly discounted rate, so that they can do just that.

To take advantage of this special offer the only requirement is that during their stay, your referred guests must attend a personalized resort preview of our Private Residence Club. We will show them our new vision of luxury living and what it would be like to have a beautiful home in paradise. If your referrals choose to become owners, you will receive 2% of the net purchase price of their Fraction in Royal Resorts Rewards that you can apply towards your annual Club Service fees, use to pay your club bill on your next vacation or make a donation to Royal Resorts Foundation charitable causes.

Start thinking about the people you know and that you think would be interested in the Grand Residences lifestyle. We would love to hear from you and look forward to showing your friends your beautiful resort home.

If you would like to make a referral, click here or call +52(998) 881-0100 ext. 65846.

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Festive Fare in Store this Season

Chef Yann Cozic has prepared some mouthwatering seasonal treats for the owners that will be joining us for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year.

A traditional buffet will be served in El Faro Grill for Thanksgiving. In addition to succulent roast turkey and all the trimmings, diners can also look forward to prime rib, roast pork, fresh Caribbean lobster and shrimp and an array of tempting desserts.

For those who wish to dine in their residence or on the terrace, a roast turkey package for six people will be available through Room Service (orders must be placed the day before, by 12 noon at the latest).

Sit down to a sumptuous dinner on Christmas Eve or Nochebuena as it is called here in Mexico. The set menu includes a foie gras and asparagus amuse-bouche, fresh crab or salmon appetizers, butternut squash soup and Roquefort and nut ravioli. The main courses are beef fillet in black truffle sauce or roast halibut, fennel and mussels in saffron sauce and a sublime chestnut and vanilla Yule log will be served for dessert.

Christmas Day in paradise, enjoy a leisurely brunch with roast turkey, lobster, prime rib, salmon, Biscayan-style bacalao or salt cod, Eggs Benedict and much more. There are two sittings: the early one has breakfast dishes and the second, from 11:30 to 3:30 is for a hearty lunch.

Ring in the New Year in style at El Faro Grill with another tempting menu from Chef Yann. A superbly flavored amuse-bouche of oysters, caviar and sea urchin is followed by foie gras with black cherry chutney and artichoke, scallop and truffle soup. Choose between chateaubriand and sole meunière for your main course and the meal draws to a close with a heavenly chocolate and mandarin orange dessert.

The evening includes mood music, a DJ, festive lighting and décor, party hats, masks, whistles and streamers. The mariachis will take center stage to ring in 2016 at midnight with a serenade, followed by music and dancing.

The bill of festive fare concludes on New Year’s Day with Brunch. The splendid spread has cold cuts and cheeses, quiche Lorraine, smoked salmon, oysters, salads and a range of hot dishes. Try the prime rib, suckling pig and slow-roasted lamb, a coconut chicken curry or grouper fish with a lobster crust and save space for dessert.

For details of pricing, times and reservations for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year dinners and brunches, please contact your Concierge.

Information is subject to change without prior notice.


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Great news! Flor de Canela, our second restaurant is set to open December 18, 2015.


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Turtle News

The turtle nesting season is over at Grand Residences and the final tally of nests protected at the resort is 69 and 4,810 hatchlings released to date. With seven nests still to hatch, the number of baby turtles for 2015 will top the 5,000 mark.

In Cancun, the number of nests in the nurseries at The Royal Sands and The Royal Caribbean stands at 522 with 60,699 eggs protected. By September 25, 42,193 babies had already been set free and there were still thousands of eggs to hatch.

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In the News

Grand Residences has been making the headlines again, this time in the popular US travel blog Family Travel Network, which has a readership that runs into the millions. Here is the link to the post written by Nancy Schretter who visited the resort recently: http://www.familytravelnetwork.com/articles/Luxury_Mexico_Family_Vacations_2015.asp

Blogger Yined Ramirez-Hendrix published a story on her site, Backpack O Valija:  http://bit.ly/1KtDqqg and wrote a feature in Voces, a Spanish language blog from Huffington Post. Finally, your resort home was also showcased in the glossy Mexican travel and lifestyle magazine Bleu y Blanc.

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Every picture tells a story

If the fall colors you are seeing at the moment are of fast fading scarlet, russet, orange and yellow leaves and there’s a chill in the air at night, we thought you would like to see our vibrant tones. We hope that this selection of photos reminds you of the natural beauty and colors that make the Mexican Caribbean such an incredible destination.

If you have a picture of Grand Residences, Puerto Morelos or a favorite place in the Mexican Caribbean or the Yucatan that you would like to share with us, we would love to see it. Send your pictures to memories@royalresorts.com. A selection of the photos we receive will be published in this newsletter.

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Milton and Beverly Goggans

Tampa residents Milton and Beverly Goggans had been Royal Resorts members for six years at The Royal Haciendas before making the decision to purchase at Grand Residences. They recently returned from two glorious weeks in their new home away from home and had this to say about their stay.

“From the outset we liked the design and décor of Grand Residences and the beachfront location. We wanted to get in early, knowing that the resort was only going to get better and better, with even more services being added as it grows, says Milton.” Wife Beverly explains, “When we arrived for our first vacation here with our children and two-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, we found everything to be very impressive and exactly how we remembered it in the model villa we saw. The air-conditioned restaurant is beautifully decorated and the staff there are very hospitable and professional, we really appreciated their care and attention.”

Beverley adds, “Something that we love about Grand Residences is that everyone says “hola” here and makes you feel very welcome. You really feel like it is your home and there are plenty of details that make it even more welcoming, for example the fact that you can store belongings here and staff will get them out for you when you arrive or room service where they actually set the table for you, that’s a really nice touch. I loved the Kids Club and took my granddaughter over several times. Staff kept children very busy and entertained and were very patient with our toddler. I am sure that when she is a bit older she will love it even more.”

The Goggans enjoy the tranquility of Grand Residences and the sleepy fishing village of Puerto Morelos. “Grand Residences is quiet and you are really able to relax here. It is safe and we like being away from the hustle and bustle of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, both of which are still easily accessible when we want them, says Milton.” Beverly adds, “We had afternoon tea on the terrace and went to the Manager’s Party during our stay but we didn’t go exploring this year. We have been to Tulum and other attractions in the area before and this time we just wanted to unwind with our family.”

“We are looking forward to the opening of the new restaurant, she adds,” “We think it would be nice if the Restaurant Division offered more nightly specials and evening entertainment as the resort moves forward. We enjoyed listening to a talented jazz musician by the pool on Sunday; it would be wonderful if he played in the evening at dinner or for cocktail hour.”

“The service is of a very high level at Grand Residences and is up to the standards of the finest European hotels. We appreciated the fact that Concierge service is available 24 hours at day, says Milton.” “My message to Grand Residences owners who haven’t visited their place in paradise yet would be that they should be ready for exceptional service from the staff and a restful vacation. And to Royal Resorts members who may be thinking about spending longer in the Mexican Caribbean and are looking for the cut above, I would say that Grand Residences is the place. It really takes the Royal Resorts vacation experience to another level.”

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Snorkeling Adventure in Xcacel

If you enjoy snorkeling during your vacation and are always looking for new spots to put your mask and flippers on and start exploring the underwater world, then a visit to the secluded Riviera Maya beach of Xcacel might fit the bill. Located between Akumal and Xel-Ha, this pristine bay has untouched reefs festooned with sponges and sea fans just offshore. Ask your Concierge about guided tours to this seldom-visited paradise.

From Highway 307, a bumpy track leads through the forest, mangroves and a coconut palm grove to the beach. Once you have taken in the spectacular views of white sand and sparkling turquoise waters you’ll be ready to take the plunge.

As you explore, you’ll spot parrotfish, pork fish, blue tangs, butterfly and damselfish and curious sergeant majors, and you may be lucky enough to see spotted moray eels and turtles.

After your snorkeling tour, sunbathe or go for a stroll and visit the cenote hidden in the mangroves. Peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful, this is a place to celebrate nature.

The beaches of Xcacel and the neighboring bay Xcacelito are important nesting areas for green and loggerhead turtles and the Quintana Roo state government designated the area a sanctuary in 1998, thus protecting it from development. There is a turtle camp at Xcacel and volunteers patrol the beach at night during the summer on the look out for nests. Recent sightings of other rare creatures such as deer, ocelots and the secretive and nocturnal jaguar in the Xcacel area have led to pledges to boost protection of this natural treasure.

Whenever you go snorkeling or diving, please rinse off suntan oil before going in the water, as it is harmful to marine life. Wear a white t-shirt to protect your skin from the sun instead.

If you enjoy exploring the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan, ask the Concierge for trip recommendations. They can help you put together a sightseeing itinerary tailor-made to match your interests and full of unforgettable travel experiences.

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Remembering Hurricane Wilma, 10 years on


It’s been 10 years this October since Hurricane Wilma roared through the Mexican Caribbean and left a trail of destruction in her wake. The 2,979 members and guests staying at Royal Resorts in week 41 weathered this immensely powerful Category 4 storm with staff and the people of Cancun, and the ties that were forged during the ordeal endure to this day.

When it became clear that Wilma was heading straight for Cancun, the Mexican Government ordered the evacuation of the Hotel Zone on October 20, 2005. Like thousands of other visitors, Royal Resorts members and guests were evacuated to hurricane shelters downtown where they spent four, and in some cases five days. Employee volunteers were assigned to the shelters to look after them and did so tirelessly with no way of knowing how their own families and homes were faring during the storm.

On October 15, members and staff had the chance to meet up again at a special Remembering Wilma dinner in Hacienda Sisal restaurant.

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Xcaret opens huge new aviary


If you are planning a visit to Xcaret during your stay and are interested in nature, don’t miss the park’s huge new aviary, now open to visitors.

A total of 1,000 birds representing 50 species native to southeast Mexico live in different parts of the immense free flight aviary. Measuring 5,000 square meters and reaching a height of 25 meters, it is divided into different zones such as the rainforest, lowland jungle, mountain cloud forest, the mangroves and wetlands, semi-arid plains and scrubland, each one with vegetation representative of the ecosystem, and temperature and humidity conditions that are carefully controlled to reflect natural conditions as much as possible.

The species you’ll see during your visit to the aviary include scarlet and green macaws, parrots, great curassow, keel-billed toucan and flamingos. The cloud forest area is home to rare species such as the emerald green toucanet, the horned guan and the famous quetzal, the plumed serpent of Mayan legend.

Birds of prey such as the king vulture, ornate hawk eagle and golden eagle have their own area and there is even a hummingbird garden where you can watch these tiny winged jewels sipping nectar from the flowers.

Visitors have a chance to learn about Xcaret’s record-breaking scarlet macaw breeding program, the incubators, nursery and nesting area.

Ask the Concierge to arrange your tour to Xcaret and be sure to stay on for the spectacular evening show, a celebration of Mexican culture and history.

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Isla Mujeres and Tulum declared Pueblo Magicos

On September 25, the Mexican Tourism Board announced the latest batch of communities to be listed as Pueblos Magicos, a distinction given to small towns and villages rich in traditions, history and natural attractions. The list included two Mexican Caribbean communities, Isla Mujeres and Tulum.

In the case of Isla Mujeres, its charms range from Playa Norte and the Mayan temple on Punta Sur, coral reefs, sea turtles and whale sharks to Caribbean-style wooden houses in the fishing village.

Tulum is equally blessed with natural and historical charms. The cliff top citadel of the ancient Maya and the ceremonies of their descendants await visitors. A chain of beaches, tiny bays and inlets stretches north to Akumal and south to Sian Ka’an. Tulum also boasts coral reefs, cenotes, the world’s longest underground rivers and jungle and wetlands rich in wildlife.

Isla Mujeres and Tulum join Bacalar as the state of Quintana Roo’s Pueblos Magicos and there are hopes that Holbox and Felipe Carrillo Puerto will be added in the years to come. The neighboring state of Yucatan also has two Pueblos Magicos, the colonial towns of Valladolid and Izamal.


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Merida’s Palacio Canton Museum Hosts Major Mayan Exhibition

Planning a visit to Merida on your next trip? As part of your sightseeing plan you’ll want to stroll along the tree-lined Paseo Montejo and marvel at its stately mansions, the legacy of the henequen boom at the end of the 19th century, the era when this native agave was known as green gold. Canton Palace is the most famous of these houses and it is now the site of the Regional Anthropology Museum, which plays hosts to a major exhibition on the Maya culture this year. Showcasing priceless ceramics, jade, sculptures and figurines unearthed at sites in Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Chiapas, Mayas: the Language of Beauty was on tour in Mexico City and Beijing, China before returning to the Maya World. The exhibition will be on show in Merida until February 2016.

Other museums you won’t want to miss in Merida are the Casa Museo Montes Molina, a chateau-style home on Paseo Montejo (guided tours Monday to Friday at 9, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday 9 and 11 a.m.) and the ultramodern Museo de la Gran Cultura Maya on Prolongacion Montejo. On the main square, Casa de Montejo is the restored colonial home of the Montejo family, the founders of Merida. Also in the historic heart of the city are the City Museum on Calle 56 x 65 and 65-A and the Folk Art Museum in La Mejorada.

Ask the Concierge to help you arrange private trips to Merida, accommodation and tours to archaeological sites such as Uxmal.

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The World’s Smallest Museum to be Built in Merida

The Yucatan State Government recently announced the construction of a new museum, which will be the world’s smallest, in Merida. The Casa Maya Museum will pay tribute to the traditional thatched cottage that has dotted the landscape for 3,000 years, the natural materials and building techniques used. It will show how the Maya lived and still live, the open-air hearth where meals are prepared and the solar or orchard where they grow herbs, vegetables, tend fruit trees and raise livestock.

The new museum will be located in a garden between the Convention Center and the Gran Museo de la Cultura Maya on Prolongacion Montejo in the north of the city.

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Cancun has a new Recycling Plant

Recycling is finally coming to Cancun in a big way. Starting in 2016, garbage generated in Cancun and Isla Mujeres will be used to generate electricity, compost and recycled plastic, aluminum, cardboard and paper products. All this is due to the inauguration of a new recycling plant in Cancun, built with an investment of 11 million dollars. With a capacity for handling up to 1,200 tons of waste every day, it is the largest recycling plant in Mexico and is unique in Latin America.

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Flight News

Mexican airline Volaris is offering a new flight linking the Costa Rican capital San José with Cancun. In November, TAR will begin flying from Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche to Cancun.

Beginning March 3, 2016, American Airlines will offer five flights a week between Dallas Fort Worth and Merida, Yucatan.


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Shopping news

In good news for the fashion conscious vacationer, Sephora and H&M recently opened stores on Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen and a large Forever 21 emporium is next to Luxury Avenue in Kukulcan Plaza, Cancun.

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Made in Mexico

If you like to do your shopping online and are looking for something to wear back home that will remind you of your beloved Mexico or you want to surprise a fashionista friend with a different gift, check out Boutique Mexico, an online portal at www.boutiquemexico.com offering unique Mexican handmade clothing and accessories.

The collection includes designer clutch purses and tote bags, scarves, shawls, embroidered dresses, blouses and crisp white guayabera shirts for men. Browse the jewelry collection, choose a fragrance made from the flowers and herbs of the Yucatan, embroidered pillows or cushions and there’s even a collection of children’s toys.

Based in Cancun, Boutique Mexico offers Mexican folk art, ethnic-inspired fashion and much more. It showcases the work of talented designers and artisans in Yucatan, Chiapas, Oaxaca and other states and is committed to the philosophy of fair trade, social consciousness and sustainable development.

Purchases made through the Boutique Mexico website will be delivered to your resort and an international shipping service is available.