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Blog posts to help you master the art of having a great time on vacation to Mexico. Tips on fitness, tours, resort activities, and lots of fun!

Christmas Dinner Around the World

Christmas Dinner Around the World

Just as each unique family has its own particular way of celebrating Christmas through the food they eat, cultures throughout the world also have their own culinary spin on the holiday.  Although traditional Christmas dinners served in countries such as Great Britain and the United States focus on a meat dish like turkey, roast or ham which is accompanied by delectable side dishes like cranberries, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes, rich desserts and so on, Christmas dinner tables around the globe feature many other types of meals. Check out what some of our global friends feast upon for Christmas dinner: Mexico Christmas meals are a flavorful affair including traditional stews and soups like pozole, fish dishes, savory tamales and sweet treats such as buñuelos. Poland Dishes such as dumplings and borscht feed loved ones as they get together for a massive feast known as Wigilia (Star Supper). Italy Specialty dishes like fried eel star during the Christmas Eve celebration known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes, and on Christmas Day, pasta …

The Origins of Giving Thanks

The Origins of Giving Thanks

As the weather begins to cool and the leaves change color and start to fall from the trees, it means Thanksgiving once more.  Many of us take this time as a reminder to examine all of the blessings we have to be thankful for; whether they are big or small, we all have things we should feel grateful about, and what better way to express our gratitude than to give “thanks”.  It is a word you probably use so often that you may not even think about it, but that doesn’t mean we should take it for granted, as it is an integral element of our dealings with others and keeps society running in a smoother, more thoughtful manner.  So how did the common, everyday practice of saying “thank you” begin in the first place? The Origins of Giving Thanks When you examine the history of “thank you”, you will find that it is rooted in the word “think”.  In Old English dating from c.450-c.1100, “thank” was a noun that, in those days, meant “a …

Importance of Travel Insurance

Importance of Travel Insurance

While it may be hard to imagine that you will have an emergency while traveling, especially if you are healthy, travel insurance is something you will be more than happy to have if an unfortunate situation arises while you are abroad.  We all know there are no guarantees in life and that anything can happen, so choose wisely and don’t skip out on this important travel necessity.   Whether your flight is canceled, a family member dies and you need to return home early, your laptop gets stolen or you lose a suitcase, you will be covered in an emergency when you purchase the right travel insurance.  Travel insurance can help you avoid paying out of pocket for things that could potentially cost you a lot of money, such as an expensive hospital stay, and having that peace of mind will help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.   Hopefully you won’t need it during your travels, but it is certainly better to be safe than sorry! What Should Be Covered in your Travel …

Best Shopping in Cancun

Best Shopping in Cancun

Although Cancun is probably best known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor tourist adventures, it also happens to be an amazing destination for shopping with its endless list of boutiques, markets and malls.  Whether you are searching for designer clothing, fine jewelry, European imports, artisan products or tequila, you will find all of this and so much more.  You can even purchase goods from designer brands such as Bally, Cartier, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Versace which often cost less in Cancun than they would in the United States.   Shopping Hours in Cancun Typical, shopping hours in Cancun are between 9am or 10am to 2pm and 4:30pm to 9pm or 10pm, but do check with the concierge at Villa del Palmar for more detailed information.   Here is some of the best shopping Cancun has to offer, broken down by category: Clothing Flamingo Plaza: You will find general merchandise including souvenirs, sportswear and beach gear at this small yet modern plaza.  There is also a generous selection of duty-free items and popular restaurants including …

Tips for Stress Relief

Tips for Stress Relief

In our attempts to “have it all” and the “perfect” life as promoted by the movies and the media, we often cause ourselves more stress in the process.  We try to juggle jobs, family drama, busy social lives, hobbies, traffic, to-do lists, and of course we’re online almost 24/7 so we can always be reached… It’s never-ending. As we struggle to find balance in our everyday lives it is so important that we try to minimize stress for the good of our bodies and minds. Stress can very quickly take a toll on our bodies, contributing to muscle tension, headaches, a weakened immune system, IBS, Insomnia, and even heart disease! So you can see that it’s key that you try to reduce stress where possible. Try these activities as a way to keep calm in the face of stress. Take regular vacations The best tip for stress relief is to make sure that you take regular breaks from your work. Even if it’s only a day or two where you don’t read your emails, switch …

Lose Yourself in Cancun!

Lose Yourself in Cancun!

Learn how to disappear into bliss at Villa del Palmar Cancun. At Villa del Palmar Cancun we consider ourselves experts in the art of providing the most blissful opportunities for you to relax and unwind. Take a look at all the ways you can “lose yourself” at Villa del Palmar Cancun. The Village Spa You first stop for pampering and relaxation at Villa del Palmar Cancun should most definitely be The Village Spa, a sanctuary of wellness. You might choose to spend an afternoon in the hydrotherapy wet areas, enjoying the steam room followed by the ice cold plunge lagoon, followed by the hot whirlpool, finishing off in the temperate Jacuzzi before chilling out on a lounger with some chlorophyll water.  Alternatively, you may choose from a range of spa services which include massages, body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures, in addition to special ritual packages. All treatments include complimentary access to the wet areas prior to your session Book a Luxury Residence When you reserve your accommodation in one of the Luxury Residences, which …

Family Affair: Cancun Activities for the Whole Family

Family Affair: Cancun Activities for the Whole Family

One of the best things about taking a family vacation to Cancun is the amount of quality time you get to spend together creating special memories you can look back on fondly for years to come.  At Villa del Palmar Cancun, you will have access to an amazing selection of free activities that the whole family will love, so start planning your trip to Cancun now for the ultimate in family fun.   Balloon Shapes While balloon shapes will always hold a very special place in the hearts of children, every member of the family will have a blast learning about this amusing hobby.  This fun activity happens around the pool area, where you can take it all in from your lounge chair if you’d like!  You can take this opportunity to learn how to make a variety of shapes including animals, flowers and so much more.  Unleash your inner child in Cancun and make yourself a balloon hat! Caribbean Sandcastles While this is an activity for children led by the Kids Club leaders or …

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Flights

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Flights

While the thought of traveling with young children might send any parent into a state of panic, there are some helpful tips that can make the difference between a flight that becomes a nightmare and one that is relatively smooth and painless for everyone involved (especially anyone sitting near you).  If you have visions of pleading with your child to stop throwing a tantrum mid-flight, rest assured the following tips will definitely help you avoid a scene. Invest in Ride-on Luggage While you may find it hard to justify the purchase before your trip, once you are at the airport, you will thank yourself for thinking ahead.  Brands such as Trunki, Skoot Kids and Kiddee Cases have designed children’s carry-ons which allow little ones to wheel themselves around, keeping them entertained inside the airport and also include a strap so you can pull them when they complain they’re too tired to walk to the departure gate.   Take Plenty of Activities The attention span of most youngsters is limited to say the least, so be …

Is Golf Exercise or Just a Hobby?

Modern golf is a game that is thought to have originated in 15th century Scotland although historians have debated its origins, with some believing that the game can actually be traced back to the early Roman era. For those unfamiliar with the sport, it involves using a variety of clubs to hit a small ball into a hole a far distance away.  Typically one round of golf is played over the course of 9 or 18 holes and with a number of different opponents. While the rules are pretty standard, the courses can vary greatly with some being relatively easy to play and others being geared towards the more seasoned professionals. Is Golf Exercise? While the game itself has been around for centuries, the debate of whether golf is really a sport or just a pastime continues. If you’re looking at the basics, the amount of calories burned during a round of golf, then you can’t argue the fact that golf is exercise. A study done at the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences …

Looking After Your Skin This Summer

Although some of the highlights of summer are bronzed skin, bathing suits, beach hair and enjoying the sunny weather, responsible sun exposure is essential to a healthy experience.  Sun exposure can lead to dreaded skin aging and even worse, the dangers of skin cancer, so be safe as you spend time outside in the sun by following some simple procedures which will ensure your skin is in great shape for the upcoming season.   Sun Smarts An astonishing 90% of wrinkles are caused by the sun, not to mention signs of aging including uneven pigmentation, freckles and sunspots (age spots).  We all know sunbathing and tanning are damaging to the skin, yet two-thirds of all sun damage happens while completing routine tasks such as walking the dog or driving.  As a result, sunscreen needs to be applied daily, no matter where you’re headed.  Seek out body lotions and moisturizers with SPF and always go for a higher SPF on your face.  Check out more ways to protect your skin: 20 minutes prior to sun exposure, …