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Mexico Resorts Gearing Up for Summer Vacationers

May 7, 2012 By: Joe Pike


Palace Resorts recently announced a partnership with Cirque Dreams to offer a limited engagement of the popular Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy this summer.

With the summer right around the corner, two prominent hotel chains in Mexico are beefing up their family offerings with hopes of enticing families.

New Rooms, Children’s Culinary Program at Azul Hotels by Karisma

In late April, Azul Hotels by Karisma, a collection of family-focused, Gourmet-Inclusive properties in Mexico, launched the new "Mini Mayans" program for children.

Mini Mayans, designed to educate children on the Mayan culture during their stays at Azul Hotels, includes fun and interactive elements such as Give the Mayans a Mano, Mayan Cooking Classes, Mini Mayan Musicians and Tiempo de Tiles.

Families are invited to experience Mini Mayans and more this summer with savings of more than 40 percent off and children under 13 stay free.

Mini Mayans is offered at Azul Beach Hotel, Azul Sensatori Hotel and Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma, each of which is located along the Riviera Maya in Mexico. The program features informative play sessions including:

Give the Mayans a Mano – Azul Hotels invites children to pick up where the Mayans left off and create a 2013 calendar – a fun way for children to learn about the Mayans’ distinct numerical values and choose symbols and apply this technique to important dates on their own calendars such as birthdays, holidays, and vacations!

Mayan Cooking Classes – Azul Hotels unveils a cooking program designed around authentic Mayan meals. Children will learn how to make tortillas and chocolate milk just like the ancestors by using Mayan utensils and natural cocoa, the signature ingredient, seen by the Mayans as more valuable than gold.

Mini Mayan Musicians – A fun and interactive way to learn music, Azul Hotels’ Mini Mayan Musicians enables children to build their very own instruments of wood and recyclable materials, feathers, clay, fabric and paint. Once the art is finished, kids will learn to play drums and ocean shells while putting on performances for parents and grandparents.

Tiempo de Tiles –Thousands of years ago the Mayans used to tell stories through tiles and paintings. Azul Hotels invites children to put on a Mayan costume and create their own vacation stories on tiles.

Recognizing the significance of the Mayan culture in 2012, in particular, Mini Mayans has been incorporated into the daily schedule of activities at Azul Hotels’ Azulitos Playhouses. The Azulitos Playhouses also offer Fisher-Price toys and play sessions, My Gym Children’s Fitness Center activities, skits, games, storytelling, Spanish lessons, dance and exercise lessons, weekly piñata parties and photo sessions.

Also, Travel Agent recently got the scoop on a new children's room category that will be introduced by Karisma Hotels & Resorts within the next month.

Lissette Robledo, senior marketing manager at Karisma, told us the new Fisher-Price room category, which will include toys, specific children's decorations and other amenities, will be rolled out at all of the company's Azul properties by next month.

The plan, according to Robledo, is to design roughly five of these rooms at each Azul property. Then, depending on how popular they are, that number would increase.

"We don't want to take 10 rooms out of our inventory until we see how well they do," she told us. "When we first introduce them, we will decorate them for the children, but we won't do anything that we can't undo just in case we need to book the room for someone besides children. Once we start to gauge the interest, then we will begin some more permanent designs to these rooms."

This further strengthens Karisma's relationship with Fisher-Price, which began roughly four years ago when the two companies partnered up to offer Karisma's Azulitos Kids Program. Visit

Palace Resorts Announces New Family Program, Entertainment

Palace Resorts, which has all-inclusive properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, recently announced its all-new "Family Connections Program,” a concept created to strengthen family bonds through one-of-a-kind vacation experiences.

As part of the Family Connections Program, Palace Resorts is also enhancing their offerings for family travelers with the addition of their new signature children's club, "Connection Zone.”

Designed for couples who don't want to choose between a romantic getaway and a family vacation, the "Family Connections Program,” will be available for booking May 15 for travel beginning June 1.

The newly-enhanced kid's club is adding extra amenities, services and activities to its already well-established, all-inclusive kid's club program, available at all of the brand's family-friendly properties including Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Beach Palace, Cozumel Palace and Playacar Palace.

The new "Connection Zone” children's club at Palace Resorts (available for children ages 4-12) will offer premium services and amenities to all families including Nextel Direct walkie-talkie services and a specialized children's club menu.

The upgraded amenities in the Connections Luxury Suite with Nanny Service level will include private nanny services, priority access and a "Kiddie Concierge Line," which offers younger guests a direct extension to the children's club where they can call to ask questions and make special requests.

Palace Resorts, also recently announced a partnership with Cirque Dreams to offer a limited engagement of the popular Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy this summer at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancun.

From June 29 to August 5, Palace Resorts will offer guests complimentary tickets to the performance.

Created and directed by renown theatrical and circus impresario Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians.

The feats performed in this action-packed performance are enhanced with spectacular costumes nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award.

The journey comes to life in a jungle setting filled with flowers, magical trees and a variety of special effects.

Presented under a giant, air-conditioned tent being set up exclusively for the presentation of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, the big top is equipped with special rigging and dramatic lighting.

Palace Resorts guests who book at Moon Palace for five nights receive two complimentary tickets to the performance, while those who book seven nights or more in an Oceanview room category or above will receive up to three tickets.

All other Palace Resorts guests staying at the nearby Beach Palace, Sun Palace, Playacar Palace and Le Blanc will be able to purchase tickets and also receive priority transportation to and from Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, as well as priority access to their seats. Visit

Keep visiting for all the latest summer vacation offerings.

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Joe Pike
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By Joe Pike | May 7, 2012
With the summer right around the corner, two prominent hotel chains in Mexico are beefing up their family offerings with hopes of enticing families.