Monday, 14 July 2014

April / May

Since I have received various “comments” from some of my close associates that my blogs are too “wordy”!! I am going to keep this one simple!! I think therefore that it will be somewhat boring!!
Our trip to Tianguis (The Annual Travel Market of Mexico!)

We flew to Cancun on Thomas Cook. Good standard basic service. Arrived at Grand Residences words do not come easily! This place is absolutely stunning I have never seen anything like it in my time working with Mexico!! Carlos Bicacci is the best Hotel Director in Mexico (if not the world!). Puerto Morelos just as Cancun was 30 years ago before it became “Cancun”. The hotel has a super restaurant, plus it is possible to cook in your Suite (or have a Chef come and cook for you) there are also many small, tiny village type bars and cafes in Puerto Morelos. We actually walked from Grand Residences into the port. It takes about 45 minutes.

Attended a grand celebration at Dreams Tulum the food was to die for. My adored Daniel Mellado in total control as always! One of my special favourites of AM Resorts! Dreams is an all Inclusive, I think everyone knows I am not a great “FAN” of the all Inclusive programme but the sheer beauty of the actual resort and the breath-taking beach takes the feeling of this away. Dreams is located within 15 minutes of the famous Mayan Archaeological Seaport site of Tulum. There are lots of things to do in and around the hotel and of course the actual town of Tulum itself. There are some quaint things to see here but there are also things to avoid. I suggest that anyone wanting more information to call Cathy Matos Mexican Tours 0203 5926917 or e mail

 Le Reve, a gorgeous perfect gem. Arriving here after the “buzzy atmosphere of Tulum” was just like arriving on a desert Island!! Simple, romantic, up market and with only 20 room’s, boutique at its best. This is under new ownership and has again one of the best Sales Directors in Mexico, her name is Tatiana. I love everything about this property. Situated 3 minutes’ walk on the beach from Viceroy. There is a “GOURMET PLAN” which is simply excellent. We at Cathy Matos have available not only special rates for this property but also many other extra “goodies”.

Kin Sol Soleil, this idyllic 10 room paradise, situated next door to famous Maroma (Orient Express), incredibly beautiful. The property has been designed and created by the famous architect Jose Luis Moreno, who was the original creator of Maroma. He and his wife Sally have made a small paradise here. We stayed at Villa Angela with a private pool, opening up literally onto the beach, fabulous cuisine, private pool, spa services, gardens down to the sea. I have come home!

Grand Velas Riviera Maya
This has to be the “Creme de la Creme” of the all Inclusive properties. Considering my comments above this is the place for the upmarket client profile. I will write more on this later.

Of course I could not be on Riviera Maya without visiting “MY ISLAND”. My adored Cozumel and beautiful PLAYA AZUL.

I spent a lot of time during the Travel Fair on the Guerrero Stand. This state incorporates Acapulco, Taxco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and many more.

News of the Day….
Tiangus (Mexican Travel Market) next year will return to its original home Acapulco!! Where it has been for over 30 years. I cannot tell you how happy I am that this has happened. A “forgotten destination” Acapulco once the playground of the stars, Las Brisas Hotel has always been one of my very, very favourite places. This pink palace with a private pool to every room!
Four Seasons
We at Mexican Tours are invited to attend many travel receptions. This was simply the best! Hosted at Four Season in London, just superb! Met up again with my dear friend Liliana Diaz de Leon, once again one of the best Sales Directors in Mexico!! She is based at Four Seasons Punta Mita. One cannot mention Punta Mita without including my adored friend Norma from Viajes Tukari. Norma provides wonderful excursions and fabulous things to do and to see around Puerto Vallarta.

It is no secret that everyone I know is aware that I love KLM. Their flight London/Amsterdam /Mexico City has the most comfortable and enjoyable service. Streamlined, efficient with a very short turnaround in Amsterdam (it could of course be longer for me because I do most of my shopping in Amsterdam’s Duty Free) one of the worlds best.

I am now in Mallorca on vacation staying at my favourite Melia property, Melia del Mar where I am actually working on a new brochure to be called “MY PRIVATE MALLORCA” (watch this space!!)

Hotel Melia London
A new fabulous bar has been created on the open air Terrace with screening of the World Football Cup with BBQ and bar. I can thoroughly recommend this hotel because as part of the F.A.A Committee I attend the monthly lunch meeting at this hotel.

We flew from Cancun to Cozumel on Mayair.
Wishing everyone a fabulous summer!