12377iEFE18F24994C5855Luxury Cancun hotels, have had to reinvent themselves in order to keep up with the changing times and the changing demands from holiday travellers. The noticeable shift towards offering all inclusive Cancun holidays has been the answer to consumer calls for more affordable, hassle free holidays. The current global economic downturn has left holidaymakers in search of ways to make their travels more affordable without giving up too much on the quality of their holidays, and for many the solution is all-inclusive holidays.

Maribeth Mellin the award winning author of "Traveler's Mexico Companion" noted the following about the all-inclusive wave taking over holidays in Cancun, "Mexico's visitors have sent the message loud and clear. They want no-hassle vacations for one set price…all-inclusive properties now line beaches from Cancún to Zihuatanejo. Massive chains that rely on charter flights bringing hundreds—and sometimes thousands—of tourists each week have gobbled up huge swaths of sand in the Riviera Maya and the Riviera Nayarit. Even destinations rich in culture and gastronomy are experiencing the all-inclusive demand".

Travel firm First Choice in conjunction with the Centre of Economic and Buisness Research (Cebr) conducted a holiday spending survey at the end of 2011. The findings showed that 74 per cent of holidaymakers will consider the option of an all-inclusive holiday in 2012 with 40 per cent citing the ability to pre-budget as their reason for going all-inclusive.

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os-restaurant-dress-code-20150424The luxury Royal Hideaway Playacar hotel and resort, located in Mexico's tropical Cancun and Riviera Maya region and the first and only all-inclusive, adults-only resort to win the AAA Five-Diamond award, has recently appointed award-winning chef and raw food expert Eugenio Villafaña as their new Executive Chef. The highly acclaimed Chef Villafaña brings more than 15 years of experience to the resort, and a strong focus on sustainability, a special emphasis on delectable raw foods, vegetarian delicacies and fresh, local ingredients to the luxury resort.

In his new role as Executive Chef at the Royal Hideaway Playacar, Chef Villafaña will oversee a culinary team of 40 in food production, quality control, development of new culinary concepts, and training at the hotel's six a la carte restaurants and banquet facilities which can accommodate up to 400 people. For the delight of many holidaymakers enjoying Cancun holidays at the top luxury resort, diners will be able to savour Chef Villafaña's fresh and delectable meals at Royal Hideaway's selection of fine dining venues, including Las Ventanas (which offers an interactive Chef's Table experience); Spices, which combines island flavours with authentic Mexican cuisine; Palazzo, featuring all-time Italian favourites; Azia, an Asian fusion restaurant, and more.

Shortly after starting his work at the luxury Cancun hotel, the chef has already made his mark on the resort's popular interactive dining experience, adding more vegetarian options and, coming soon, a raw food experience, given that he is accredited as the first certified RAW food Chef in the area. Appealing specially to eco-concerned travellers looking for environmentally-friendly holidays in Cancun with plenty of organic food choices, in addition to all the previously mentioned, Chef Villafaña is also working closely with the culinary team to increase the use of organic ingredients. In his short tenure they have already added organic, local produce (60 percent of their total produce).

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4ce5467101-galapagos-sea-lion-4People who are planning to have their scuba diving vacations in Indonesia need to consider enjoying diving safaris on the MV Black Manta liveaboard who are currently offering a twenty percent reduction off the usual or standard price for a liveaboard adventure. Scuba Dive Asia will help all interested scuba divers with all the arrangements for this liveaboard cruise of Komodo, Alor, the Banda Sea and Ambon in the waters of Indonesia. People interested in vacations that involve diving Indonesia, diving Komodo or being part of an Indonesia liveaboard or enjoying Komodo liveaboards diving need to contact Scuba Dive Asia who are travel experts that will organise a Bali tour package that includes a Bali hotel package for individuals or groups planning holidays to a specific dive resort in Indonesia or for various other dive resorts in Indonesia.

This special liveaboard cruise will cost three thousand and forty United States dollars per person including double occupancy for twelve days on the MV Black Manta. No single supplement is available so scuba divers travelling alone will have to share accommodation with another single scuba diver onboard, in order to meet the double occupancy accommodation standard. All transfers and planned meals for the twelve days spent on the liveaboard are included in the price of the trip. A scuba diving package is also included in the reduced price of the excursion and consists of a total of forty dives including night dives, tanks, weights and Nitrox. People needing assistance with flights, to and from Indonesia, need to contact Scuba Dive Asia.

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6996519915_672aac7328Newcomer to the luxury hotel scene Harlequin Hotels and Resorts has confirmed that their latest Caribbean hotel, the H Hotel Barbados, will be launched in October 2012. The UK based firm, acquired the Allamanda Beach Hotel in 2011 and subsequently announced their decision to invest $11m BBD in order to renovate the beachfront property located in Christ Church, Barbados and transform into a breath-taking boutique hotel, ideal for travellers seeking to enjoy a superior luxury Barbados holiday experience.

Despite the fact that this is only the firm's second luxury resort in the Caribbean, with their first hotel located in Buccament Bay, St Vincent and the Grenadines, having been operating for just over a year, officials spokespeople from Harlequin are confident in the prospect of the H Hotel Barbados and its ability to entice more travellers to book holidays in Barbados, "This Boutique Hotel offering will bring further investment to Barbados and provide more employment opportunities as well as bringing many new holidaymakers to this Caribbean Jewel" noted Mr. Dave Ames Chairman of Harelquin Hotels and Resorts .

Much of the firm's confidence stems from the fact that Harlequin's ultra-chic boutique style resorts stand out from other Barbados hotels offering, in the words of Mr Ames, "a completely different concept for the Caribbean". Drawing influence from Dubai and the Far East, Harlequin has undertaken the lofty ambition to provide its guests with an uncomparable luxury experience during their Barbados holidays.

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LeMeridienExterior-648_54_990x660_201405312102Starting 1st March 2012, Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa will be transformed into the new Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort, as the Sandos brand takes over the hotel property to add yet another gem to their luxury collection of Cancun hotels and resort.

The former Le Meridien Cancun Resort & Spa has been owned and operated by Sandos Hotels & Resorts since 2010 and ever since then it has been upgraded and adapted to be ready to offer the "Total Gourmet Experience" - a High End All Inclusive Programme by Sandos – to all its guests.

In conjunction with the new deluxe all inclusive programme, Sandos has fully renovated the resort's Lobby Bar, which opened this past December 2011. By March 1st 2012, when the hotel's full name change takes effect and the re-branding process is completed, the hotel will have added two brand new restaurants to delight the palates of guests with luxury culinary creations and a superior gourmet experience.

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