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History of Mariachi

History of Mariachi

One of the most beloved forms of traditional music in Mexico is, without a doubt, Mariachi.  Able to evoke a great range of emotions within its listeners, mariachi is a distinctive sound that involves confident singers, powerful harmonies and pulsating rhythms designed to move you.  Today’s mariachi ensembles are a favored entertainment choice to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, baptisms, holidays and funerals.  Mariachi is so important to Mexican culture, in fact, that UNESCO named it as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.  But how did this delightful musical expression get its start? A Melting Pot of Sound While the exact birthplace of mariachi remains a mystery, the lively musical style is most closely linked to the state of Jalisco, though other states along the western side of Mexico including Aguascalientes, Colima, Michoacán and Nayarit are often associated with it, too.  Deeply rooted in the colonial period of Mexico spanning from 1519-1810, this time brought together the sounds of stringed instruments introduced by the invading Spaniards as well as the rhythms of African slaves and …

Symbolic and Religious Wedding Ceremonies in Cancun

Symbolic and Religious Wedding Ceremonies in Cancun

Your wedding ceremony is one of the biggest moments of your life. It is the moment you make that special promise to your favorite person, when you most boldly declare your love and commitment in front of your closest friends and family. As such it deserves to be as fabulous as you want your marriage to be. Symbolic and Religious Wedding Ceremonies in Cancun Getting married can be a stressful process, but one that is often made less so by indulging in a destination wedding in Cancun where you can engage the help of professional wedding planners and choose the best resorts to host your nuptials. Here at Villa del Palmar Cancun, our wedding planners will be delighted to help you create and execute an incredible wedding ceremony that can incorporate elements of your religion or include symbolic rituals as you wish. We have supported Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Persian, Buddhist, and Hindu ceremonies in the past, as well as symbolic ceremonies that include shamanic or pagan customs. Religious and Spiritual Ceremonies It is often the …

Mother’s Day 2017 in Cancun

Mother’s Day 2017 in Cancun

It’s never too late! There’s still time to plan how you will pamper mom and show her you care for Mother’s Day 2017. How about treating your mom or the mother of your children to a special treat this year? Here’s why you should join us at Villa del Palmar Cancun. Let us do the pampering We have everything your need to make sure that mom is pampered in style at Villa del Palmar Cancun. From Spa treatments to gourmet dining to organizing floral arrangements in your room, we can help you make Mother’s Day 2017 one to remember. The Village Spa The world class spa located on site amongst palm trees at Villa del Palmar Cancun and serenaded by birdsong is perhaps the first port of call to pamper mom while on vacation in Cancun. The idyllic outdoor wet areas and steam room welcome moms to start their relaxing journey before heading to a treatment of their choice, from wraps, massages, facials, pedicures and more. Check out the extensive list of spa services available. …

Feeling Fabulous and Fit in Cancun

Feeling Fabulous and Fit in Cancun

There is no denying that staying healthy is a choice that involves many aspects such as eating healthily, exercising regularly, avoiding certain habits like smoking, drinking enough water and getting sufficient sleep each night. Many studies also show that taking regular breaks, which includes those you take throughout the day, your days off on the weekends as well as vacations are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. However, the danger we often face while vacationing is “undoing” all the good work we do all year round by over-indulging and breaking our healthy routines. That is why one of Villa del Palmar Cancun’s passion points is dedicated to wellness and ensuring guests can continue their healthy routines while enjoying a well earned vacation. Healthy Options on the Menus All of the menus at Villa del Palmar Cancun’s restaurants offer healthy options that are clearly indicated by symbols on the menu. You will see if dishes are gluten free, low in calories, vegetarian and so on. To further enhance your experience, the chefs at each restaurant …

New Xenses Park from X-Caret Group Near Cancun

New Xenses Park from X-Caret Group Near Cancun

Get in touch with your senses like never before with a trip to the incredible Xenses Park, which is located within easy reach from Villa del Palmar Cancun for those seeking an incredible excursion.  Enjoy the experience of a lifetime as you take part in several activities designed to awaken your senses and challenge your perceptions.  Let your imagination run wild as you take part in these riveting scenarios, both real and imaginary, that take place in the air, on land, and in the water.  After you have become acquainted with the full capabilities of your mind and body, you can proudly call yourself a Xensei, which at Xenses means you are a master of the senses! Attractions at the New Xenses Park Near Cancun Prepare yourself for a stimulating series of events that occur in a variety of settings including caverns, rivers, waterfalls, gardens and more.  The Xensatorium will stir the senses as you journey through several ecosystems (desert, forest, jungle, mountains) where you will see and hear each one’s unique sensations.  Visit a …

Why Choose Your Honeymoon in Mexico?

Why Choose Your Honeymoon in Mexico?

So, you’ve been planning your wedding for a while now, or maybe it has passed already, and you put a lot of effort into the centerpieces, the meal, the choice of color scheme, and, of course, the dress; but what about your honeymoon? We’d argue that this is one of the most important things to consider because it’s all about the two of you celebrating this transition together. There are many wonderful places in the world to go on your honeymoon, but we have some reasons as to why you should choose Mexico as the destination for one of the most romantic and important vacations of your life. Why choose your honeymoon in Mexico: Pay less get much more This might be the least romantic reason for choosing to honeymoon in Mexico, but it might tip the scale if you are going over budget on your wedding. Few people can afford to throw money without limit at a vacation, especially after paying for a wedding, even one so key as their honeymoon, and this is …

ATV Adventures in Cancun

ATV Adventures in Cancun

If adrenaline-pumping excitement is what you are after on your vacation in Cancun, you cannot go wrong with a thrilling ATV tour around this breathtaking Caribbean gem.  You will get to know the amazingly unique landscape of the area from the exhilarating perspective of an ATV you get to operate yourself.  With several different styles of tours to choose from, you can experience the attractions that interest you most during your tour.   ATV Adventures in Cancun Discover the things that make the Cancun region so special such as trekking through the jungle and beachfront sand dunes, touring ancient Mayan ruins, exploring natural subterranean sinkholes known as cenotes, or visiting an interactive zoo. Get ready to travel on winding dirt roads and challenging terrain that will excite ATV riders of all experience levels.   Here is a closer look at some of the attractions you may encounter on your ATV tour in Cancun: Jungle and Beach You will be guided through lush jungle landscapes as you drive your ATV through the mud and dirt paths, …

How Vacations Can Save your Marriage

Marriages are tough; you really have to work at any long term relationship, and when you add kids to the mix it can be even harder to find the time to maintain the relationship that created the little darlings. Studies show that making time for just the two of you is important to keep the flames of love glowing, and what better way than to take a vacation without your children. Some people believe that taking the time to vacation without the kids, even just for a weekend, can really do wonders for your marriage, and we think they might be onto something. Here are a few things that you can do when you vacation as a couple and leave the kids with grandma: Find What Makes YOU Happy! Many parents put their own happiness on the back-burner in order to keep their kids happy, and while this is admirable, it might actually be counterproductive. Taking even a weekend or two to meet your own needs and goals, to be just you (rather than “mom” …

How to Write a Hotel Review

How to Write a Hotel Review

Whether your stay was impeccable and you wish to praise a hotel, or your visit fell into the nightmare category and you need to get some complaints off your chest, writing a hotel review is a great way to share about your hotel experience with others (from hotel staff to other travelers).  Knowing how to write an effective review will help fellow travelers make informed decisions when deciding amongst lodging options.  Travel review sites such as TripAdvisor, TravBuddy or TravelPost allow you to get your thoughts out there for others to see and learn from.  Here are some tips to help you compose a useful hotel review: Share About Yourself Talk about what the purpose of your trip was (business, pleasure, etc) and who you traveled with (your family, significant other, group of friends).  Letting other travelers know how often you travel will also give you some credibility to your hotel review. Be Specific in your Hotel Review Telling other travelers what type of room you stayed in might help them narrow down which hotel …

Where does the idea of a honeymoon come from

Where Does the Idea of a Honeymoon Come From?

Some concepts and traditions are much easier to trace than others, but most have evolved considerably since their advent. The honeymoon is one tradition which has remained true to its origins, and yet evolved hugely. Today honeymoons are all about letting the happy couple relax and spend some much needed time together after the stresses and trials of wedding planning. It’s a time to bond and deepen your intimacy as a couple, but have you ever wondered just where the name comes from? The True Origin of Honeymoons Like so many terms, its origins are pleasingly straightforward once they are explained to you. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the term honeymoon comes from the idea that “the first month of marriage is the sweetest”, hence honey (sweet) and moon (referring to a calendar month). This term “hony moone” was first used in English in 1546, but the practice of actually embarking upon a journey after a wedding did not come into practice in the West until the 19th century. In Great Britain it became common …