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Three kings celebration in Cancun

Three Kings Celebration in Cancun

During the holiday season in Mexico, the festivities extend into January with a celebration on January 6th to honor the Reyes Magos (The Three Kings) who are part of the Biblical nativity story that tells about the birth of baby Jesus.  It is quite common for Christmas decorations to be kept up through at least part of January in Mexico, where the buzz and excitement of the holiday season is hard to let go of.  You can experience this fun Mexican tradition for yourself if you are joining us at Villa del Palmar Cancun in the first week of January, during which you will be invited to take part in the “Rosca de Reyes” celebration.    Rosca de Reyes Fashioned to resemble a crown, the Rosca de Reyes (which translates roughly to “garland of the kings”) is a giant sweet bread that is lavishly decorated with vibrant caramelized fruit on the outside, while the inside contains small china figures that represent baby Jesus baked right in.  One or more Jesus figures will be found inside …

How to Quench your Thirst at the Beach

Sun, sea, and sangria… we all know this combination, and notice how incomplete it would seem without the last part. Refreshment is a key part of any lazy day on the beach; a frosty drink in one hand is key to a good sunbathing session (just remember your sunblock!). Here are our favourite drinks to enjoy while you curl your toes in the sand: Water! What, we hear you cry, but this is vacation! Well, that’s true, but staying hydrated is an essential ingredient to any good vacation! Dehydration will lead to fatigue, headaches, and even urinary infections if you top it with soaps and alcohol… so just have a glass of water every two or three cocktails and you’ll stay beach and vacation ready all day. If you’re not big on plain water why not add cucumber, lemon, or lime slices to the mix? Margarita Margaritas are perhaps quintessential to a Mexican vacation, as they are the most indelibly linked with this festive country. Traditionally speaking the margarita is made with tequila, triple sec …

Underwater Oxygen Bar on Cozumel Island

Underwater Oxygen Bar on Cozumel Island

As the world’s very first underwater oxygen bar, Clear Lounge is quickly making a name for itself.  Featured on major media outlets such as ABC News, DailyMail.com, NBC and USA Today, this popular underwater lounge is a big hit with visitors from all over the world.  Located at Puerta Maya, the Carnival Cruise port in Cozumel, Mexico,  it draws large crowds who are curious about this brand new sensation.  This multi-sensory experience is a treat for the entire body and will have you feeling as though you have entered a dimension of the future!   How It Works With the help of patent pending technology, guests are able to enter an underwater lounge while breathing enhanced, fragranced oxygen.  Guests are outfitted with a high-tech Sea TREK® helmet that sits on the shoulders, which keeps your body dry from the shoulders up.  This unique helmet supplies a continuous flow of cool, invigorating air that has been boosted with oxygen and the aromatherapy fragrance that each guest gets to choose.  The sessions are roughly 30 minutes long …

Special Diets and Allergies

Special Diets and Allergies

Are you one of those people who dreads going on vacation or having dinner with friends because you have a list of allergies or dietary requirements. Sometimes it is just easier to eat at home or bring your own dishes rather than try to coordinate with the host how best to accommodate your necessities, which in some cases can be life threatening. It is our mission to make sure that all of our guests are excited about the culinary experience they will encounter at Villa del Palmar Cancun, no matter what food allergy or dietary choices you might have. Take a look below at how we look after our guests with special dietary requirements. Tailored Dining We encourage our guests with allergies or special dietary requirements to inform the hostess/host that greets you upon arrival to our restaurants and who shows you to your table. They will coordinate with either the chef or the restaurant manager who will then approach you personally to make suggestions according to your dietary needs. All of our chefs are …

Zamá Restaurant in for a Treat!

Zamá Restaurant in for a Treat!

Everyone’s favorite Mexican restaurant at Villa del Palmar Cancun will receive some TLC this autumn when the five star resort makes some renovations to the celebrated venue at the heart of the complex located on Playa Mujeres in Cancun. A number of improvements have been announced for Villa del Palmar Cancun which included the stylish renovation of Zamá restaurant, which will boast a brand new lunch menu, as well as pool repairs and improvements. Zamá Restaurant Zamá is Villa del Palmar Cancun’s signature contemporary Mexican restaurant that is located at the heart of the resort complex between the waterfall bridge pool and the main pool. Throughout October and November 2016, the gourmet restaurant will be receiving an elegant facelift, which will include brand new furniture and a new roof. Upon reopening, guest will be able to enjoy Zamá’s brand new lunch menu to complement its celebrated evening menu. Iconic Roof Zamá’s iconic roof poses grandly like the hat of a Mayan shaman and can been admired against a turquoise Caribbean backdrop from almost all of …

Tequila - The Pride of a Nation

Tequila – The Pride of a Nation

Tequila is a unique and memorable drink which is indelibly linked to Mexico and it’s rich history, though it’s complexity and sophistication are poorly understood outside of the country. An infamous party drink, tequila often instils passionate opinion into those who have experienced it, whether this opinion is based upon knowledge and experience or a rough night and killer hangover. Whatever the case, tequila is steeped in a rich and interesting history older than the Mexican nation itself, and is to this day one of the largest exports to leave the country. Rich history The origins of making alcoholic beverages from agave plants reach as far back as 1,000 BC when pulque was made by the Aztecs. Made from the fermented sap of agave plants, pulque was so important to the Aztecs that they began to worship Patecatl the god of pulque. Although the process of agave distillation that followed was not well documented, it is believed to have begun during the Spanish conquest, around the 1400s. The result was a crude form of today’s …

Top All Inclusive Vacation Resorts: Villa del Palmar Cancun

Top All Inclusive Vacation Resorts: Villa del Palmar Cancun

If you are searching for the top all inclusive vacation resorts for Cancun, then you have certainly arrived to the right website. Villa del Palmar Cancun is celebrated as one of the top all inclusive vacation resorts in Mexico as can be seen by the consistently positive reviews on TripAdvisor and other reputable websites that rank the best all inclusive hotels and resorts for your vacations in Mexico. Top All Inclusive Vacations   So, what makes the best all inclusive vacations? Firstly, the best all inclusive vacation resorts receive the best reviews for the variety of their cuisine, meaning there is something on the menu for every member of your group of friends or family. The top all inclusive resorts in also ensure that you can have a different dining experience every day of your vacations, whether that be sampling different options from your favorite restaurant’s menu or being able to choose from a wide selection of restaurants that are included in your all inclusive package. Another feature that sets the top all inclusive vacation …

Signature Cocktails For Your Mexican Escape

Signature Cocktails For Your Mexican Escape

Few things can beat a delicious cocktail as you relax on vacation in Cancun at Villa del Palmar. Zamá gourmet restaurant, dedicated to contemporary Mexican cuisine, has a fabulous collection of fine signature beverages serving tequila, mezcal and Mexican liqueurs like kahlua for the best Signature Cocktails for your Mexican escape. Signature Cocktails at Zamá Carefully crafted by the mixologists at the resort, the cocktail collection at Zamá is a sophisticated selection of beverages with distinctive Mexican flavors. Take a look below: Margaritas In addition to the classic lemon margarita with tequila, lemon juice and orange liqueur, which you can enjoy on the rocks or frozen, you can also experience this Mexican tradition mixed with other fruits such as guava, tamarind or mango. Adventurous cocktail fans might want to try the K Áak margarita which is named after the Mayan word for “fire.” This mango margarita is packed with jalapeño chilli, although you can also order it without chilli. For a cooler flavor, ask for the cucumber margarita to refresh your taste buds. Mezcal While …

Savory Desserts Delight the Palate at Davino

Savory Desserts Delight the Palate at Davino

One of the biggest trends currently in the culinary world is utilizing savory ingredients within desserts, creating a unique sensation foodies can’t get enough of.  At Davino restaurant located at Villa del Palmar Cancun, Chef Diego Stefan has added some mouthwatering creations to the menu, which he discusses below: “At Davino restaurant we wanted our desserts to stand out from the crowd, introducing a selection of sweet dishes with uncommon flavors” explained Chef Diego when fielding a question about the surprising ingredient combinations that are highlighted on his dessert menu. “Such combinations are already making an impact on the culinary trends at the top restaurants around the world, and we want to make sure that our restaurants are also at the forefront of the most delicious developments in gourmet dining.” Similar to the rise in popularity of savory dishes incorporating sweet ingredients such as chicken dishes which feature chocolate-based sauces and fruit being added to entree salads, the top pastry chefs in the world have recently begun experimenting with the pairing of unconventional ingredients to …

Mexican Food and Wine at Zamá

Get to know the amazing cuisine of Mexico in a whole new way at Zamá restaurant at Villa del Palmar Cancun, where you will discover the mouthwatering tastes of a nation bursting with distinctive flavors. Although you have probably sampled your share of Mexican dishes wherever you live, they will undoubtedly pale in comparison when you experience the skillfully prepared specialties at Zamá.  Designed to highlight the depth of aromas and flavors inherent to Mexican fare, the dishes you encounter at Zamá represent the great variety of individual cooking styles that you might find within each region in Mexico with particular focus on Yucatecan dishes.   A Wealth of Culinary Heritage In a country as large as Mexico, it comes as no surprise that culinary traditions and time-honored recipes vary from region to region or even state to state.  Perhaps because of this distinction, the cuisine of Mexico has been given the unbelievable honor of being named an intangible heritage by UNESCO.   At the forefront of Mexican food is a vast diversity of preparation …