New Tour Operators and Hotels in Cancun

Cancun, Mexico // Photo by Christine Tam

Cancun is abuzz with travel news recently, and with the launch of Island Routes’ official expansion in the destination, we've rounded up the latest travel options in the area to recommend to clients. 

Island Routes’ Expansion to Mexico Now Officially Underway

Earlier this year, Travel Agent’s Joe Pike reported from the Caribbean Hotel Association's (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace event in Nassau, Paradise Islands, The Bahamas. During the event, it was said that the popular tour operator, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures, was planning to expand its operations to Cancun and St. Kitts, according to David Shields, general manager.

Island Routes Caribbean Adventures has now officially announced its expansion to Cancun, Mexico.

Pike reported that Cancun is an especially interesting place for the operator to expand because Island Routes is owned by Sandals Resorts International CEO Adam Stewart. He also noted that Stewart previously told Travel Agent that Sandals would be expanding to the Riviera Maya, Mexico, with groundbreaking expected to begin by the end of the year. 

The new agreement was reached with Dolphin Discovery in Cancun and will see Island Routes offer six new tours, including a Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin Royal Swim VIP tour, as well as other interactions with manatees and sea lions during Sea Life Discovery Plus.

Pike reports several other new tours include a zipline adventure nearly 100 feet above sea level, taking guests past cliffs and above the sea as part of the Cancun Reef Park tour, offering views of Cancun’s scenery and Isla Mujeres.

Visit and be sure to follow Travel Agent's Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike.

The New Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa From AMResorts

AMResorts recently opened its first property in Cancun, Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, with a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony in the Riviera Maya. Trish Miller and Terry Paglioni, both from the United States, were the resort's first guests and were greeted by staff, DJ Olga Ryazanova and acrobatic performers. 

The new property is an adults-only destination located between the Caribbean Sea and the Lagoon of Bahia Petempich. Designed by HKS Hospitality Group, the resort has 526 all-suite accommodations with modern designs which are divided among three separate areas. The Xhale Club section is available for guests looking for personal service and luxury; the Energy Center is designed for guests looking to socialize; and the Xcelerate Party Zone is for visitors who want to celebrate during their stay. 

The resort also has a weekly party calendar with themed events such as the "Breathless Rocks", "Neon Night Lights" and "Insomnia Pool" parties, as well as special guest DJ performances. Additionally, the resort offers themed months, including July’s "All American Pie" month.

Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa also incorporates the “Unlimited-Luxury” vacation concept, giving guests unlimited access to gourmet à la carte dining across 10 separate venues, unlimited top-shelf spirits served at 10 bars and lounges, 24-hour room and concierge services, daily refreshed mini-bar, daytime activities and live nightly entertainment, free Wi-Fi and access to the X-ert Fitness Center and fitness classes including Pilates, Yoga and Zumba. 

In addition to the opening, Breathless Resorts & Spas has also announced it is offering a new Breathless Birthday Bash package, offering activities such as bottle service at the After Dark nightclub, a group photo session on the beach, an exclusive wine, tapas and an in-room dessert party. 


Temptations Resort & Spa Cancun
Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun


Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun to Undergo Renovations

Temptation Resort & Spa Cancun has announced it will close on September 25, 2016, in order to complete a multi-million dollar renovation project. The property is scheduled to reopen fall 2017.  

Designer Karim Rashid will lead the project, which will encompass a seven-story building, the redesign of all rooms and suites, new guest areas with bright colors, two pools, new shows, eight restaurants and five bars. 

In addition, each of the redesigned 430 guest rooms and suites will have a terrace or balcony with views of the resort’s gardens or the Caribbean Sea. The eight restaurants will serve more than 15 cuisines, including one aphrodisiac-themed restaurant, while the five bars will have 24-hour premium beverage service. The resort will also have a spa offering a range of treatments, as well as a fitness center. 

Reservations for the revamped resort will be available starting fall 2016. 


Pueblo Bonito Pacifica To Expand With New "Resort in a Resort" Concept

Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Cabo San Lucas has announced that a new set of buildings will be built on property: The Towers at Pacifica.

The multi-million dollar project, which is set to be unveiled this year, will include three new structures with unique accommodations, enhanced amenities and additional personalized services. 

Interior designs will offer modern décor and guests will have access to a personalized 24-hour British butler, elevated dining experiences and exclusive access to a new VIP Towers Lounge (accessible by sky bridge). In addition, the new buildings will have 47 new Club Level suites and select guestrooms with private plunge pools, as well as the new Presidential Suite. Situated on the top floor of The Towers at Pacifica, the space will offer 3,233 square feet of both indoor and outdoor living areas, two king bedrooms with private terraces equipped with a fire pit, Jacuzzi and outdoor shower.

A new gourmet restaurant, as well as a bar and beach lounge will also be part of the expansion.


Towers Pacifica Rendering
Rendering of a Suite Bedroom at The Towers at Pacifica

Grand Oasis Cancun Introduces New Havana Cigar Bar

Oasis Hotels & Resorts has just opened the new Havana Club Cigar Bar at Grand Oasis Cancun. The club is the first in the destination to offer guests nightly entertainment along with fine cigars and spirits.

Nightly performances are meant to replicate the nightclubs of Havana, Cuba during the 1950s. Cabaret-style shows and big band concerts are all on offer, and the space is furnished with leather seating, wood finishes, crafted humidors and flat-screen televisions. Cigar brands include Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo Y Julieta and Hoyo de Monterrey.

Cigar prices range from $6 for a single tube to $800 for a full box, with options available for both the novice and the more experienced smoker. The lounge will also serve high-end spirits such as various brands of scotch, rum and whiskey. 

Oasis Hotels & Resorts cigar lounge concepts can also be found at Grand Oasis Sens, Grand Oasis Palm and Grand Oasis Tulum.