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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!

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 …

Don’t Forget your Toothbrush! Vacation Must Haves!

Vacations might be the best time of the year, but very often traveling to and from these hard earned getaways can be the most stressful days of the summer. So, whether you’re a super organized jetsetter, a fly-by-night vacationer, or an almost-but-not-quite packer we have a list of things to remember that will take some of the stress out of your travels. These are the key things to have in your carry-on luggage so that you’ll always have the basics, even if you lose your case! Hygienic high-flying It can be a real life saver to keep a clean pair of underwear and socks in your carry-on, as well as a clean shirt, and even though liquids are restricted you can still stay clean and fresh if the worst happens and you misplace your case (or even if you just want to freshen up on a stopover). Bring some stick deodorant and wet-wipes (non-fragranced, ladies!) as well as your toothbrush and a travel size tube of toothpaste to stay fresh on the go. Reading Materials …

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” …

Taking Elderly Parents on Vacation

Taking Elderly Parents on Vacation

Although they may be reaching their golden years, your parents still deserve to experience the fun of a wonderful vacation.  No matter the purpose of their trip, from seeing family members (grandchildren in particular), to visiting an exotic destination they haven’t been to yet, to revisiting a place they once called home, your parents are likely to need some guidance as they turn their travel dreams into reality.  The following tips can help ensure you all get the most out of the process: Research After you have agreed on travel dates and a destination, you can start to plan and make reservations.  Look into multiple travel options for the quickest travel times and routes, and see what types of special services and benefits they each provide.  Senior discount rates are sadly few and far between these days, although Amtrak and Southwest Airlines still offer them.     Request Special Services Reserve seats in rows set aside for disabled travelers, and ask for free wheelchair service for your parent(s) at every airport you will be going through. …

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 …