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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Just got back from Mexico! Listen everyone… it is perfectly safe to travel to the resort areas of Mexico. At this time I imagine it is one of the safest places to travel!

When I arrived at the Cancun airport, I walked through a temperature detector (didn’t even realize it) and proceeded to the rental car area. From there, my husband Larry, Denise and I visited resorts in downtown Cancun all the way to Tulum and back. We had lunch at Margaritaville ( a tradition established in Jamaica) downtown Cancun before our journey. For the next 4 days we were in villages as well as resorts and never once did we see any indication of a flu epidemic. When we check in for our return flight, we followed others through an area where a nurse held a monitor near our neck to again determine any raised temperature.

Right now is the time to go to Mexico for many reasons.

The weather is perfect

The security is at the highest level because of the media hype regarding the flu and the drug violence. Keep in mind that neither of these issues reside any where near this vacation area or the Pacific coastal areas of Puerto Vallarta and Haltulco.

The volume of travelers is way below normal making it easy to get flights

The flights are cheaper now

Discounts apply from now through October for any position booked

What else we found out while in Mexico:

Dreams Tulum has pilates reformers!! Pilates pros with the skills for this apparatus should book this resort. The gym is brand new and airconditioned and offers a perfect set up for one on one guest training.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras – this is where we stayed and guys – you must book this resort. Besides the beautiful setting, great restaurants and staff, I discovered the dolphin expedition merely a 5 minute walk from the resort. I stumbled across it while running and arrived right at feeding time. The dolphins were doing tricks for their food. It was quite a sight. You can watch for free, but of course you can swim with them for a fee. Shopping and cute little restaurants surround the area.

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita – the oceanview suite that you get for a mere $69 per person per night is more than a room – it is an experience! The bathroom is more like a spa and all the fixures and textiles are hand made locally. You will be picked up at the airport in a brand new Navigator that whisks you away to paradise. Two morning classes 9;30 and 10:30 and then you can relax and let the vacation begin. Take a sunset cruise on the resort yacht. Try out the Mayan Sweat house or enjoy tea in the bar area that is grown and harvested in Thailand exclusively for this resort.

El Dorado Royale – did you know that the beach at this property is a mile long? They gym is new and the guest pro spends no more than two hours per day working with the resort guests.

Grand Palladium Riviera – tennis pros check this place out! There are 2 paddle tennis and 4 regular tennis courts at the complex that also has soccer, volleyball and basketball areas. The tennis pro works with guests in the morning or sets up private times at their convenience.

Fitness pros teach in the morning and check out the attached picture – there are crocodiles on the property!!

Crown Paradise Club – Tony takes care of the pros! For fitness instructors the schedule is a 9am fitness class and 12pm aqua class. That’s it! Spend the rest of the day enjoying this wonderful property.

Tennis pros make their own schedule. How much better does it get?

New prospects???? YES watch for an email soon with news of opening dates for Dreams Riviera Cancun, Secrets Wild Orchid and St. James in Montego Bay, Zoetry Aqua Punta Cana and Zoetry Casa del Mar in Los Cabos. Plus a couple other surprises in store.

Well, happy to be home and gearing up for our Jamaica trip soon.

We are on the committee for the Epicurean Escape at Grand Lido Negril. Cant wait but something has to be done about the size of my puppies.

Can someone tell me how to stop them from growing while I am gone?

Happy Travels!!

SuzelleCrocodile at Grand Palladium

Secrets has landed in Jamaica

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Rendevous lounge

Rendevous lounge

Secrets has landed in Jamaica!

On Sunday I wrote a quick note on the email and opened up this resort for booking starting in February but I wanted to add some comments and actually make some changes already!

First of all Secrets Montego Bay really doesn’t exist. It is two resorts in one – Secrets Wild Orchid and Secrets St. James.

THIS HOTEL IS ADULT ONLY. You may bring one adult guest with you for free. We will have discounts available for a third person in the room and extra nights and rooms as we do for all the Secrets properties based on time period and availability.

“It’s basically one giant hotel but 2 separate names and styles, one side is going to be more of a fun younger style crowd SECRETS WILD ORCHID and one side is more for the older crowd done in a more traditional style SECRETS ST. JAMES. “ quote from the Corporate Director of Entertainment & Brand Management.

Since there are around 900 rooms combined, we are booking one group fitness pro and one yoga pro each week.

This part is new since we opened up the dates on Sunday evening. Those of you who enjoy traveling with other pros will want to set up your travels soon to catch the dual openings right away before they are gone.

Prepared to be awed from the moment you arrive at this lavish resort

featuring numerous gourmet à la carte restaurants, bars and lounges, a lavish spa with

oceanfront massage cabanas, concierge service, state-of-the-art open-air theatre, a full array of activities and championship golf courses nearby.

The two resorts share the fitness center and the spa.

There are two different lobbies and as a guest and a guest pro, you may make use of any of the restaurants and facilities at either property.

Gaze across the ocean, pool or gardens from your private balcony or terrace. Your suite with an oversized four-poster bed, full entertainment system, unlimited mini-bar and a Jacuzzi for two will meet your every need.

This new resort is located minutes from the Montego Bay airport on the Northeast coast of Jamaica.

You wont be disappointed with any of the resorts we send pros but this one will give you a new reason to book a trip to Jamaica. Book now so you don’t miss out.

Happy Travels,


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