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Switch Off and Support Earth Hour 2020

Earth Hour started as a grassroots movement in Australia with an initiative led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and advertising agency Leo Burnett Sydney. The idea was to help shed light on the issue of climate change and engage locals in the mission to step up and act.   WWF and Leo Burnett Sydney came up with the concept of a voluntary lights-off event on a large scale, which they initially called “The Big Flick” and later was renamed “Earth Hour”. Earth Hour encourages households, governments and businesses to turn off the lights for one hour, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, on a specific day towards the end of March to raise awareness about climate change.  The first Earth Hour took place in Sydney, Australia on March 31st, 2007. Since then, it has become an international movement with millions of people in more than 180 countries participating.  Earth Hour 2020 will take place on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Central Time.   While the collective action of this voluntary hour-long blackout does not have a significant impact on a grand scale, it is more a symbolic action to encourage individuals, businesses and countries to think about the environment and reduce their ecological footprint. Participating in Earth Hour …

Mexican Show: Roots and Rhythms of Mexico

“Aaaay aaaay ay ay, canta y no llores”  Traditional Mexican dances and music are inextricably linked with a strong Mexican national pride. Even after the Spanish conquest, their culture and heritage has continued to thrive. At Villa del Palmar Cancun we think it is important for our guests to experience an evening of authentic Mexican entertainment while they are staying in Mexico and to understand a little bit about our rich traditions and culture. Some of you may have been to our Mexican Night in the past, but we are proud to present a new Mexican Show, which is bigger and better than our last Mexican theme night, and you won’t want to miss it!  The new show has been inspired by great national festivities, colors and costumes of the most representative states of Mexico. You will be entertained by prehispanic and folkloric dancers wearing traditional dress. A live mariachi band dressed in charro suits will enhance the ambiance of the night creating a Mexican-style party, full of food, drink, dance and popular mariachi songs.  Mariachi music is influenced by Jazz and Cuban music. Experiencing the sounds and rhythms of Mariachi music resonates in the heart and even if you don’t know what the songs are about, you can still enjoy the spirit of the music. Mariachi music is …

The Village Spa is Waiting to Pamper You

Treating yourself to a spa treatment is a terrific way to unwind on vacation, and let’s face it, you deserve to be pampered.   Situated amongst the shelter of palm trees and lush vegetation, the Village Spa is a tranquil space ideal for relaxation. A visit to the spa will help you feel a sense of renewal both physically and mentally with a wide variety of treatments tailored to your individual needs.   The spa menu is filled with an amazing assortment of signature services and treatments. Whether you are in need of a deep cleansing, want to nourish your skin with de-aging moisturizing treatments or improve your complexion, we offer a range of facials for every skin need.  The spa’s talented staff of trained therapists use a holistic approach to healing alongside the use of natural products for the ultimate in care.  We use only the highest quality products for facials including the Natura Bissé Diamond Cocoon line, specifically designed to strengthen and repair the skin and noticeably reduce wrinkles. The exclusive range of products that we use recondition the skin with the powerful elements of the sea, so that your skin can maintain its healthy glow even …

Learn How to Grill to Perfection with the Champions of the Annual Grill Masters Competition: The Grilling Bastards

At Villa del Palmar Cancun, we delight in surprising and treating our guests, so we are starting off the new year on the right foot with an event to interest barbecue lovers and connoisseurs.  On January 29 and 30, 2020, the Grilling Bastards will be at Villa del Palmar to teach our guests about techniques for roasting and smoking meat, the proper handling of grills and equipment, boosting flavor with seasoning rubs, creating sauces on grills and much more!   Who are the Grilling Bastards?  The Grilling Bastards are a group of friends and entrepreneurs that met in University. René Lara, Oscar Palos, Alejandro Maraver and Ray Melano organized barbecues every weekend to compete for the title of best grill master. They shared tips and recipes with each other and were always trying to improve their techniques.    One day they decided to broaden their scope and put their recipes online. In 2013, The Grilling Bastards was born, a project to bring simple and delicious grill recipes to the public. They are the current national champions of the most important barbecue championship in …

Come to Celebrate our Yearly Tradition of Lighting the Star to Help Santa Find His Way Here

The Holidays are a great time of year to take a vacation and at Villa Del Palmar Cancun we like to celebrate Christmas in style, with plenty of festivities. Come and celebrate with us. We have a yearly tradition of lighting the star on our beautiful Christmas tree, so that Santa can reach our beach resort and bring happiness to all of the guests. This year it will take place on Monday, December 16 at our reception terrace.   Our experience manager will lead the lighting ceremony set to Christmas music.  You then can enjoy a wonderful surprise show that will remind you how beautiful the Christmas season is. Once nightfall comes, you can’t miss our ceremony to see the Christmas tree fully lit up with a beautiful star at the top helping Santa find his way here!  That’s not all, concluding the day you can enjoy delicious desserts made by our resident chefs and taste authentic Mexican fruit punch drink made with special ingredients from Mexico or if you prefer, enjoy a freshly prepared eggnog to help you feel at home.  Do not …

Life and Death Traditions Festival

Come to Celebrate Life at the Riviera Maya 2019 Life and Death Traditions Festival

Every year in Mexico, we celebrate the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. This is a multi-day holiday that takes place from October 31st to November 2nd and while the theme revolves around death, it is a happy occasion because it is a time to remember loved ones who have died and the idea is that only during this holiday the souls of the dead can re-awaken and crossover from the land of the dead to the land of the living to visit their loved ones.   The origins of this celebration date back hundreds of years and the traditions include building altars called ofrendas and honoring the deceased by bringing items such as candles, incense, confetti, photographs and flowers to their graves. They also place offerings on the altars which are things that their loved ones enjoyed in life such as their favorite foods, perhaps some liquor or cigars. For the Mexican culture, death is a natural part of the life cycle and this is not a time of sadness but a time for families to come together …

Kids’ Club at Villa del Palmar

Here at Villa del Palmar Cancun, every day is a holiday, and so it should be for our guests of all ages! Specialized personnel in our Kids’ Club will always ensure that your children are cared for and creatively occupied while you take some pleasant and deserved time to relax in the pool or enjoy a comforting treatment at the Spa. Fully trained and enthusiastic, the Kids’ Club team members await you along with your little ones from 4 to 10 years old from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm totally free of charge. If you have children under 4 years old, you are welcome to hire our babysitting service with cost of $15 USD per hour and a maximum of 2 children. The Kids’ Club is a great place for your children to spend a fun holiday with our schedule of activities especially for them! They can do crafts, play board games, play on the beach or in the pool, interact with other children their age, and have quiet time while enjoying a movie in …

Special Turndown Amenities for Honeymoon, Birthdays, Anniversaries

Special Turndown Amenities for Honeymoon, Birthdays, Anniversaries

At Hotel Mousai we love to celebrate your special occasions with you! Special turndown services are available for honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions.  We would like to share some items from our suite service menu that are available for your special occasions, and invite you to let us know when you are celebrating an occasion, so we can help you celebrate it better!  Members receive a pre-arrival email before your stay, which asks if you are celebrating any special occasion, so remember to let us know! Birthday Are you or is someone in your party celebrating a birthday? Why not make it a little extra special by ordering a dessert to be sent up to your room! Our suite service has a new birthday treat on the menu: a giant macaron cookie stuffed with cream cheese, almonds and raspberries, with “Happy Birthday” written just for the birthday boy or girl.  Honeymoon Hotel Mousai is a great choice for your honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, and we want to make your special time together even more …

Food & Beverage Activities at Hotel Mousai

Food & Beverage Activities at Hotel Mousai

The Food and Beverage department at Hotel Mousai provides four activities for members and guests each week: Thursday – Mixology Class Our mixologist teaches guests how to prepare margaritas, micheladas and other drinks, and then invites the guests prepare them on their own. Friday – Champagne Nights As a promotion, we fill a hot tub full of bottles of champagne, and we offer a discount of 15-20% off the price of a bottle. A purchased bottle also comes with free Spanish style tapas, so you have something delicious to eat while drinking your champagne. Saturday – Latin Sensations Five musicians play together all different types of Latin music including salsa, bachata, and more. Come enjoy the music, decorations, lights, ambiance, and of course, dancing! Sunday – Coconut Stand Natural coconuts cut and served fresh, accompanied by a special drink menu with cocktails based on coconut, made with spirits such as gin, tequila, vodka and more, and served in a whole coconut.

Paella & Wine

Paella & Wine

A little history of Spanish Paella. It originates from a region of Spain called Valencia, which is in eastern Spain. These days, paella can be found in most Western countries, from the Americas to Europe, and it is especially popular in Spain. The recipe has expanded over the years, and now many different varieties of paella are passed off as authentic. The most commonly accepted story of paella’s origins is that servants would take the leftovers from Moorish royal banquets and cook it up over open fires into delicious dishes they would take home to their families. The word “paella” may come from the Arab word “baqiyah”, which means “leftovers”. However, another speculation is that the word “paella” is derived from a Latin word “patella”, which was a flat plate used for religious offerings made to gods. One thing we know for sure is that paella gained popularity in the mid-nineteen hundreds when paella became a popular dish served to laborers. The workers would gather midday, combine leftovers with rice, and cook over an open …