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Indulge at Cacao Chocolate Festival 2018

Indulge at Cacao Chocolate Festival 2018

Chocolate is one of the most beloved treats found throughout the modern world. Fortunately for the taste buds of chocoholics the world over, the ancient Mayans long ago discovered just how incredible the cacao bean truly is. While it is widely believed that the Mayans who once ruled large portions of Mexico and Central America first uncovered cacao dating back as far as 900 CE, these beans and the chocolate they help create are as popular as ever. The Aztecs of Mexico, however, would also like to take credit for the delicious discovery. Both ancient groups highly valued cacao even before they realized they could consume it; in fact, it was commonly used as a type of currency! Regardless of which civilization actually found cacao pods first, the early ancestors of Mexico are responsible for realizing that the cacao beans found inside of them could be consumed. Read on for more on this remarkable superfood and the Cacao Chocolate Festival 2018 set to celebrate it this May at Villa del Palmar Cancun:   Xocolatl The …

Enjoy Chic New Outdoor Venue Zak Lounge

Enjoy Chic New Outdoor Venue Zak Lounge

Things keep getting better every year at Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa, and this year is bringing a brand new beach club lounge which will be named Zak Lounge. You will be able to sip on delicious signature cocktails or refreshing non-alcoholic drinks as you gaze upon the magnificent views of the turquoise-hued Caribbean Sea. Zak Lounge is sure to become your favorite new place to unwind when you visit Villa del Palmar Cancun in the near future.   A sophisticated space for outdoor lounging Villa del Palmar Cancun decided to open Zak Lounge in order to give guests even more options when it comes to spending time in the splendid outdoor scenery in chic comfort. You can look forward to an impressive variety of premium beverages, beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks from which to choose plus a food menu featuring tasty signature snacks. The lounge space is oozing with contemporary elegance where white beach furniture and sun umbrellas set an irresistible scene. This laid-back beach club atmosphere, which is …

What did the Ancient Mayans Eat?

What did the Ancient Mayans Eat?

Although many of the traditions and customs that belonged to the ancient Mayan society remain unknown, there were portions of their culture that were chronicled, and one important part that is still alive and well today is the foods they dined upon. Several of the staple foods in their diet are still consumed regularly in countries like Mexico where the Maya at one time ruled large regions. While the foods may have ancient roots, the scrumptious foods that are listed below are as relevant as ever. The ancient Maya discovered these foods hundreds of years ago, yet these foods are still found in many home kitchens, not to mention restaurants, today. Tamales Within the Mayan culture, tamales are one of the most beloved foods in the diet. Made with corn masa that envelops tasty filling options such as cheese and chilis, pork or chicken, they are then wrapped up in corn husks or banana leaves and steamed. Once they are done, tamales are unwrapped and eaten, typically with a hearty portion of freshly made salsa …

Tafer Burger Festival

Tafer Burger Festival

Villa del Palmar Cancun is excited to announce an upcoming special event that foodies will adore: the Tafer Burger Fest! Beginning on January 14th, 2018 and continuing until February 4th (which happens to be Super Bowl Sunday), the festival has been designed to delight the taste buds of every guest at the resort. Throughout the Tafer Burger Fest, a special collection of gourmet burgers will be available as well as regular menu items. The chefs at the resort have dreamed up a scrumptious range of specialty gourmet burgers that are sure to wow everyone who tries them. If you love to eat delicious food, you will not want to miss this tasty event! Where to enjoy the Tafer Burger Fest The Tafer Burger Fest will be serving up gourmet burgers that will be available every day at the Bite Bar from 11am until 6pm and from Room Service from 12pm until 11pm. This means you will have ample opportunity to sample a variety of burgers during your stay at the resort. When your burger cravings …

The History of the Mexican Margarita

The History of the Mexican Margarita

The margarita is by far the cocktail most synonymous with Mexico, but where did the drink actually originate? Combining ingredients including tequila, triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur) and fresh lime juice, the classic margarita is a refreshing drink that can be served on the rocks (shaken and served over ice) or frozen (blended with ice to make a frosty concoction). Margaritas are often served with a salted rim, especially the classic lime flavor. Over the years, there have been countless versions and flavors of margaritas dreamed up, with fresh fruits such as mango and strawberry being particularly popular. The actual history of the Mexican margarita is a bit unclear, although there are several different stories that claim the right to its origins, most of them involving a beautiful woman. Take a look at some of the possible ways that the delicious margarita came to be: Showgirl Status Of all the stories about the history of the margarita, the one about Mexican restaurant owner Carlos “Danny” Herrera dates back the furthest to 1938. His eatery Rancho La …

Beer Festival and Spring Treats

Beer Festival and Spring Treats

Springtime is a splendid time of year, offering a sense of renewal and the chance to try new things. Thankfully, when you plan a stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun in the spring of 2018, you will be able to do just that! The spring program at the resort will include a wide range of fun activities for guests to experience that have been chosen specifically for the season. From a mini beer festival to special spring treatments on offer at the Village Spa, you will find plenty of things to keep you feeling entertained and pampered during your stay at Villa del Palmar Cancun. 2018’s Beer Festival The beer festival at Villa del Palmar Cancun will be held for a good stretch of time, from February 4th all the way through March 17th 2018. The festival will culminate with a magnificent Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. As a guest of the resort during the festival dates, you will have access to a wonderful beer tasting course which will be part of the activities program three …

The Real Deal on Mexican Cuisine

The Real Deal on Mexican Cuisine

Mention Mexican cuisine to just about anyone, especially those native to the incredible country, and it will conjure up such a vast range of foods, ingredients and cooking styles that there is no singular term that is worthy of describing it.  And while there are many dishes that you will come across almost anywhere in Mexico, the colossal size of the country ensures there are distinct regional differences between even common foods depending on where you enjoy them.  Although versions of Mexican cuisine are found in other countries, such as Tex-mex food in the U.S., restaurants that serve authentic dishes that are able to transport a diner’s taste buds south of the border can be hard to find.  With such an incredible variety of flavors and foods, how do you know which regional foods are worth sampling in Mexico?   Read on to learn about some of the most popular regional cuisine styles in this diverse and beautiful country: JALISCIENSE Jalisco is home to several of Mexico’s most cherished cultural traditions such as mariachi, charrería …

Best All Inclusive Package in Cancun

Best All Inclusive Package in Cancun

Why not choose Villa del Palmar Cancun Luxury Beach Resort & Spa and take advantage of the best all inclusive package in Cancun. Villa del Palmar Cancun’s all inclusive packages are fit for all gourmet connoisseurs, families and healthy eaters alike with a selection that will keep everyone in your party happy. Gourmet Culinary all inclusive Villa del Palmar Cancun’s all inclusive package is a response to the need for quality all inclusive provision amongst Cancun’s top hotels. In order to provide the best all inclusive package in Cancun, the resort has dedicated all of its restaurants* to the all inclusive package to ensure that variety, quality and elegance remain at the heart of the package. Rather than old school buffet dining, 5 out of the 6 restaurants that you can choose to eat at when booking the best culinary all inclusive package in Cancun are a la carte, with the sixth option being a gourmet quality selection of cuisine offered at Caprichos restaurant, which is also where most of the evening shows are scheduled. …

Can You Drink the Water in Cancun

Can You Drink the Water in Cancun?

Are you planning a vacation to Cancun soon? Have you heard that the tap water is 100% potable or have you been told that the water isn’t even safe to use to brush your teeth? Read on for some sound advice. Can you drink the water in Cancun? The short answer is that anyone visiting Cancun on vacation is best advised to drink bottled water. Regardless of whether the tap water meets the standards of safety needed to be safe for drinking, a change in water from what you are used to can cause an upset stomachs. So, bottled water is the safest bet. You can be sure the water that comes out of the faucets at Villa del Palmar Cancun has gone through a robust filter system and is technically “safe to drink,” however, you are advised to drink the bottled water that is provided for you in your suite. There is no point risking getting sick on vacation if you can take simple steps to avoid it. How safe is Cancun’s water? This …

Mole - A Mexican Tradition

Mole – A Mexican Tradition

Mexico is a land of much vibrancy, beauty, and diversity, and this applies as much to its cuisine as the landscape and wildlife! Though the average tourist may consider quesadillas, tacos, fajitas, or burritos to be quintessential Mexican cuisine, a Mexican national will tell you that there are many more traditional recipes; mole (pronounced Moh-la) being one of the most iconic! This rich, thick sauce comes in many forms and can make a delicious meal all on its own when spread over fresh, fluffy tortillas! Here are the key facts about this most famous and delicious of Mexican delicacies: The Origins of Mole are Still Unclear The most famous form of mole is called mole poblano. A lip-smackingly delicious and thick sauce infused with chocolate and chilies, this form of mole originates in the city of Puebla. Just how it came to be, and who is responsible, is not a matter of consensus. Some say that Fray Pascual of Santa Rosa convent invented mole accidentally when he spilled a mixture of spices into the pots …