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    Culinary Corner: Chilaquiles

    May 8th, 2017

    Start your day with a delicious traditional Mexican breakfast: chilaquiles. This easy recipe is an excellent option to vary your typical mornings and help you start your day.

    What ingredients will you need?

    • 12 corn tortillas sliced in triangular shape.
    • 3 spoons of vegetable oil
    • ¼ cup of sliced onion
    • 1 ½ cup of green or red sauce (see instructions below)
    • 1 shredded cooked chicken breast
    • 1 cup of shredded cheese.
    • 1 ½ cup of sour cream

     

    For the sauce:

    • 2 red or green tomatoes chopped in four. (Choose thecolor of your liking)
    • 3 serrano peppers
    • ¼ cup of onions
    • 1 small garlic clove, minced
    • Salt and pepper to taste.
    • ¼ cup of water

     

    Instructions:

    • Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the tortillas with the chopped onions; be careful not to burn them.
    • When they are ready, place them on a separate plate.

    Time to make the sauce…

    • Add to the frying pan the sliced tomatoes, the serrano peppers, the onions, and the garlic. Season it with salt and pepper. Once you see they are cooked, blend the mix with water.
    • Return the corn tortilla chips and the mix to the pan. Add the shredded chicken and mix it well; cook it over low heat for five more minutes.
    • Serve it with sour cream and shredded cheese.

    Tip: for more flavor you can add slices of avocado and chopped cilantro.

    Now everyday can be #MexicanMondays and enjoy for breakfast chilaquiles as you did on your Unlimited Vacation Club getaway!

    If you want to try more Mexican dishes plan your next vacation to the AMResorts in Mexico…

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    What you need to know about Cinco de Mayo!

    May 2nd, 2017

    Who does not love to party? Cinco de mayo es an excellent excuse to have a Mexican fiesta. But why do we celebrate this holiday? Here are a few things you need to know about this holiday.

     

    For many, it is a mystery why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more at the United States and for Mexico is just another festivity. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862; a Mexican victory over the French Empire.

    Ignacio Zaragoza, who was responsible of this triumph, was born in Texas; consequently, many Mexican who lived there started celebrating this day. Over the years, it became a famous holiday around the country.

     

    How can we celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

     

    • Let’s start with a delicious meal with traditional Mexican dishes. For example: enchiladas, your favorite Mexican tacos with spicy salsa, garnishes, and guacamole.
    • To toast, any drink recipe with tequila is a great option: flavored margaritas or simply cold tequila with lemon, and salt. Salud!
    • There is no Cinco de Mayo without Mariachis, and a folklore show.
    • If you are in a mood for to party you can have fun at the Mexican fiesta with fair games, food stands, more folklore shows and even Mexican wrestling.

    Get ready for an unforgettable Mexican Fiesta under the sun at the AMResorts in Mexico next Cinco de Mayo where you will have an opportunity to have a taste of these unique Mexican traditions!

     

    If you haven’t booked your Unlimited Vacation Club getaway, take advantage of our Cinco de Mayo Sale (FROM MAY 3 TO 8, 2017).

     

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    Discover our Destinations – CANCUN

    April 27th, 2017

    Cancun is a city located at the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is one of the most important touristic destinations of Mexico. It is divided in 5 zones: Cancun Island, where most of the hotels, beaches and tourist activities are located. This hotel zone has an extension of 23 km and has a shape of a “7”. The other four are: Puerto Juarez, here are the common docks to travel to Isla Mujeres, the urban zone, where most of the citizens live, the ejido region, and Alfredo V. Bonfil.

     

     

    In which time zone is Cancun located?

    In UTC-5.

     

    How is the weather?

    Cancun has a semi-tropical weather where it is mostly sunny throughout the year; occasionally there is rain and strong winds particularly on September, October and November. The average temperature is 25°C and it can go up to 30°C during the day. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular sky, which can change within minutes from partly cloudy to a blue sky.

     

     

    What does the word “Cancun” means?

    The Mayan Culture usually named the sites accordingly to the plants and animals that commonly habituated the area. Almost 46 snake species habitated in Cancun; that is why the Mayans named it Kaan Kun “serpent’s nest”.

     

    How to get there?

    You can arrive directly to the International Cancun Airport, concentrating most of the international and domestic traffic in Mexico. It is located only 15 minutes away from the Hotel Zone.

     

    What is the common language?

    Spanish, but English is also common among the population.

     What currency is used?

    The Mexican pesos, but they do accept American Dollars.

     

    What is the Voltage?

    The common volt is 110. The frequency used is 60 Hz and the plug type is A/B.

     

    What is the typical food?

    Cancun’s gastronomy is based mainly in fresh fish and seafood. One of the most famous dish is the Tikin Xic fish, made with traditional ingredients and Mayan techniques grilled and marinated with achiote adobo sauce. If you like spicy food you can try habanero sauce and lime in your dishes, but be careful because the flavor is very strong. Other options are pescadillas, doraditas, based on tortilla dough and seafood. Additionally, this city offers international culinary cuisine of the best quality.

     

    What activities can you do?

    The most popular things to do in Cancun are water activities like snorkeling, diving, parasailing, Catamaran trips at the sea or visiting islands like Isla Mujeres. You can also adventure yourself by visiting the eco-parks located at the Riviera Maya such as Xel-ha, Xcaret, Xenses or the amazing cenotes or sinkholes. If you want to get to know more about the Mayan Culture, we recommend visiting the Museo Maya, El Rey ruins, Tulum, Coba or Chichen-Itza arqueological zones.

     

    Do you want to know more? Click HERE to see all the tours that you can during your stay in Cancun.

     

    How is the nightlife?

    Cancun is famous around the world for its nightlife. You can find most of the clubs and bars at Cancun’s Party Center, at the 11th km of the hotel zone. For those who love to party, they can dance all night long at the best nightclubs like Cocobongo, Mandala, The City, which feature the best musical mixes of excellent DJs, exciting live shows, special effects with lasers state-of-the-art light shows and so much more.

    Do you want to do some shopping?

    Along the hotel zone you may find shopping malls such as Kukulcan Plaza, Plaza La Isla, Plaza Caracol and Plaza Forum; with exclusive boutiques, brand names for perfumes, cosmetics, clothing and accessories. If you are looking to buy arts and crafts, a great option is visiting Market 28 located at the Urban Zone.

     

    Where can you stay?

    AMResorts offers two resorts located at Cancun’s Hotel Zone and one at Isla Mujeres. 

     

    Pack your bags and BOOK NOW your Unlimited Vacation Club getaway to Cancun, a city with infinite daily and nightly activities that will make you wish to stay forever!

     

     

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    Top 20 – Caribbean Wildlife & Marine Life

    April 21st, 2017

    Welcome to the Mexican Caribbean! A land full of magic and enchantment.

     

    The Mexican Caribbean has a variety of destinations that attract tourists around the world, such as Cancun, the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Tulum. This neotropical region is formed by the Caribbean sea; warm waters and abundant coral reefs, and warm and humid lowland areas. Whereby it has very rich biodiversity.

    Below, you will find the top 20 wildlife and marine life of the zone:

     

     

    * Check out HERE to find more marine species while you dive in the Caribbean Sea.

     

    On your next Unlimited Vacation Club getaway to the Caribbean, get your camera ready to take amazing pictures of all the animals!

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    AMResorts bets on Mexico – Goals by 2020

    April 18th, 2017

    Did you know that AMResorts is one of the fastest-growing leisure resort company of North America?

    AMResorts, is positioned to reach the goal of 100 luxury, all-inclusive properties by 2020. Most immediately, the Apple Leisure Group subsidiary will reinforce its presence in Mexico with 10 openings by 2020. This represents a record number of consecutive openings in a single country. AMResorts, currently has more than 50 properties. This includes 28 resorts in Mexico, which represents 58% of its revenue.

     

    “As a nation of many culture-rich destinations with room to grow and strong economic figures to back it, Mexico will continue to yield significant investment opportunities well beyond AMResorts’ development plans,” said Gonzalo del Peon, AMResorts President.

     

    Betting on Mexico as the key to this potential growth; by 2018 we will see several new builds throughout the country like:

    •  Breathless Playa del Carmen Resort & Spa

    Perfect for adults looking to see-and-be-seen in one of the trendiest beach towns in Mexico.

    “Apple Leisure Group sees continued demand for more and new product offerings through AMResorts for travelers around the globe.” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group.

     

    Since debuting Mexico’s first adults-only, all-inclusive resort in 2002, AMResorts® has built a strong reputation as a leisure hospitality leader in the destination. The company has consistently reinforced its presence in the country by mixing innovation with elevated service:

     

    • Investing in the Guest Experience: AMResorts has invested millions in renovating properties to bring them up to its brand standards, maintain the highest level of customer experience and stay competitive as economic drivers for the market.
    • Award-Winning Culture: AMResorts has consistently been recognized among the best of the best, including Expansión magazine’s Súper Empresas (Top Companies) over the past five consecutive years and Top 10 Best Companies to Work for in Mexico.

     

    • Rich Offerings: Six distinct brand choices to match almost every travel need, from family-friendly to adults-only.

    By 2019, AMResorts will have over 60 resorts, representing more than 24,000 rooms throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, including the new destinations of Aruba and Puerto Rico.

    Get ready to plan your future Unlimited Vacation Club getaways to Mexico for the upcoming years!

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    Have you ever tried Stand-up paddleboarding?

    April 11th, 2017

    Stand-up paddleboarding has gained popularity over the last 10 years. This exciting sport has quite some benefits, plus, is easier than sailing and more exciting than swimming. It is a great option for an outdoor activity that you can enjoy during your vacation.

    Do you want to know more benefits of doing SUP paddleboarding?

    Take a look at the following list:

    1. An activity for everyone 

    It is suitable from children to adults; it offers a variable level of intensity depending on where you are cruising. Another appeal is that you can get started quickly. It does not take much practice to master it, and you can easily control the speed, which is sometimes intimidating for beginners.

    If you fall off, you can easily get back on!

    2. A complete workout

    When you are paddleboarding, you are using almost every muscle in your body. For example, your leg muscles to stabilize your center, your arms, shoulders, and back to propel the paddleboard, and the core to maintain your balance.

    If you practice for enough time and increasing your speed, you can get a great cardio workout.

    3. Helps you improve your balance

    You need to stand upright on the board while you are paddling. It requires core stability and strength in your legs to maintain your balance. By practicing this sport, you may increase your focus and balance not only on paddleboarding, but also in other activities you do every day

    4. It will help you reduce stress

    Being in the water it helps you reduce stress naturally. When you are paddleboarding you feel like you are walking on water. With every stroke, you make you start to feel the stress going away and enjoy the soothing sounds as you glide through the water

     

    5. You will reconnect with nature

    Paddleboarding in the water can help you engage with nature around you. You start feeling calmer and you reduce your stress with every stroke you take. When we surroundwith nature, we relax our body helping increasing a positive effect both mentally and physically. And, why not? Who doesn’t love getting some extra vitamin D by being under the sun?

     

    SUP paddle boarding is addictive, and a great activity for everyone. You must certainly try it on your next Unlimited Vacation Club getaway and enjoy all its health benefits while you are having a blast!

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    Culinary Corner: Mango Tango

    April 7th, 2017

    Dreaming of palm trees, white sand beaches and a tropical cocktail?

     

    Today, we will help you bring a little piece of your Secrets Resorts vacay by sharing with you the recipe of one of our favorite cocktails: Mango Tango!

     

     Ingredients:

    • 2 OZ. White rum
    • 4 OZ. Mango concentrate
    • 4 OZ. Strawberry daquiri mix
    • Fruit for garnish
    • Ice

     Instructions:

    • Blend ice with the white rum and mango concentrate.
    • Blend seperately more ice with the strawberry daquiri mix.
    • Pour first the mango and rum mix into a glass and then add the strawberry mix.
    • Garnish with your favorite fruits.
    Cheers!

    Mango Tango Recipe 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLcGpQ07Ht4

    Now you can enjoy this delicious fruity drink from your Unlimited Vacation Club getaway from the comfort of your very own home!

     

     

     

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    Dive into the Big Blue Sea

    March 31st, 2017

    Scuba dive into the sea during your vacations.

     

    Do you want to explore the depths of the sea and get to know the sea life with a different perspective? Do not miss the opportunity to live the experience during your Unlimited Vacation Club getaway and explore the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific or even the underworld inside the cenotes. 

     Do you not know how to scuba dive? 

    Do not worry; in AMResorts we have professional PADI instructors. They will help you certificate in just one day. You will learn to get a general vision about diving with compress air, you will practice with all your diving gear in a pool and finally accompanied by the instructor you will explore the underwater world.

     

     

    What will you sea while you scuba dive? 

    You may find various marine species depending on which tour you choose:

    You can watch different shark species, sea turtles, rays, morays, crabs, lobsters, jellyfish, starfish, snails, and so much more.

     

     

     

     

    You may also see different tropical fish like:

     

    Remember not to touch them chase them or take pictures with flash.

     

    Normally, you may scuba dive around coral reefs. Coral reefs are the most complex ecosystems of the earth. It is known that almost 25% of the sea life live in it. Hundreds of tiny inverted animals called polyps form coral reefs. Each one has a stomach and a mouth. They are animals, not plants or stones! Most of coral reefs are found in shallow waters because they need sunlight to survive.

    Some of the coral reefs you may encounter while you dive are:

     

    Do you want to help protect the sea life and the coral reefs?

     

    Do not bother or touch the marine life.

    Do not buy any souvenir that contains marine life.

    Do not feed any sea creature.

    Remember to keep floating in a neutral way even when you take pictures (without flash)

    Focus on your movements while you are diving so you do not stir the bottom or hurt the coral reefs.

     

    Remember, you are a guest of the underwater world, take care of this fragile and fabulous home!

     

    Are you ready to dive into this adventure? Choose the Amstar scuba diving tour of your liking and enjoy it during your vacations.

     

    Book now HERE your Unlimited Vacation Club getaway

     

     

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    Discover our Destinations – HUATULCO

    March 28th, 2017

    Surround yourself by crystal-clear waters and golden sand at Santa Maria Huatulco!Enjoy sunny days and captivate yourself by the local costumes and culture!

     

    Huatulco is located at the east shore of Oaxaca state, exactly 227 km from the capital. Next to the Sierra Madre South, relax on the 9 bays and 36 beaches that will bring you a unique and special touch during your escapade.

     

    What currency is used?

    The mexican peso, but they do accept american dollars.

     

    In which time zone is Huatulco located?

    In UTC-6. However, during the summer they change the time to UTC-5.

     

    What is the Voltage?

    The common volt is 110. The frequency used is 60 Hz and the plug type is A/B.

     What is the language?

    Spanish

     

    How is the weather?

    The climate is semi-humid. The average temperature is between 18°C and 39°C. Most of the year, you can enjoy a nice weather considering that it only rains approximately 40 days a year.

     

    How to get there?

    You can arrive directly to the Bahias de Huatulco International Airport located only 19 km from the Hotel Zone. 

     

    What are the typical dishes?

    In Huatulco, you can find a gastronomic fusion with prehispanic elements and ingredients from the old world. It is known for its great variety of dishes with strong flavors such as the traditional Oaxacan Mole. This sauce is based on different type of chilies and spices, you can add it to different kinds of meat and vegetables; a true delight for your palate. Be adventurous and try the exotic chapulines – dried grasshoppers, iguana meat, the traditional, and cream bread. And you cannot miss drinking a delicious mezcal. 

     

    What activities can you do?

    You can find the best activities during your stay ath the famous bays in Huatulco. The most popular are: rafting tour at the Copalitilla Magic Falls, bicycle tours, rappelling, horse trail rides or visiting the Maya Santa Cruz Temazcal. You cannot miss visiting all 9 bays: Conejos, Tangolunda y Chahué, and Santa Cruz, Maguey, Órgano, Cacaluta, Chachacual, and San Agustín the last 6 you can only get there by boat. Visit all 9, you wont regret it!

    If you want to go further and visit the whole Oaxaca state, we recommend visiting Puerto Escondido, known to be one of the best beaches for surfing, diving and fishing. Located only 109 km from Huatulco. 

     

     

    Lets talk about souvenirs…

    For the regional handcraft lovers looking for authentic products, we are sure you can find beautiful blouses and typical Oaxacan dresses or black clay artifacts at the La Crucetita marquet. Just in front, you can see Huatulco Market, a picturesque mall with local traders who will sell you more handcrafts, silver and authentic ingredients for Oaxacan dishes.

     

    Where can you stay?

    If you are planing to fly down to Huatulco, we offer to AMResorts hotels to choose from:

     

     

    Decide today and visit Huatulco! Walk through golden beaches, admire the mountains from the bay and pamper yourself with the Mexican hospitality wher “my home is your home”

     BOOK HERE your next Unlimited Vacation Club getaway!

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    CENOTES, water prints and light of the jungle

    March 23rd, 2017

    Embrace yourself in an adventure you will never forget. Spend your day at the Cenotes and explore these majestic and ancient sinkholes with clear blue waters.

    The Yucatan Peninsula is known of having hundreds of cenotes and underwater rivers, due to its limestone soil surrounded by salted waters from the Golf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, making the best environment to allow the formation of this caverns highly permeable.
    It is known, that Mayan civilizations were situated around them. Legend says that these huge sinkholes were very meaningful to the Mayans because they provided fresh and drinkable water, they are places filled with a magical environment and it is speculated that they considered them as the fearful underworld entrance.

     

    Today, according to geologists we can classify all cenotes by their age and form:

    Old Cenotes

    This cenotes are considered the youngest ones for being completely open. They even look as lakes with long walls in the middle of the jungle. You can find a lot of vegetation all around and even small islands in the middle.

     

     

     

    Open Cenotes

    They are perfect for outdoor water activities, such as swimming, kayaking or simply laying down under the sun. Their high walls create a fascinating landscape filled with vegetation and wild animals.

     

     

     

    Semi-Open Cenotes

    These cenotes have the contrast between two worlds. One part it open and the other one is beneath the surface where in most occasions you can see impressive rock formations as well as fascinating underwater gardens with algae and many different kinds of fish; they are ideal for snorkeling.

     

     

    Cavern Cenotes

    As the name states, this sinkholes are underground except a small opening on the top. To reach them, it is necessary travel through a cave and descend various hidden routes until you arrive to a place filled with turquoise water that illuminates all over a ceiling with stalactites. Here is where the mysticism begins saying that this is the entrance to the underworld. Sometimes there are small holes allows the natural light to filter through and creating a spectacular scenery.

     

     

     

    While staying at AMResorts on the Riviera Maya, Cancun, Tulum, or Cozumel it is a must to visit these sacred places that are found all around this area.

    Delve into this amazing, unique and refreshing experience inside the depths of the Earth. Where you will feel a great sense of relieve and appreciation of this nature wonders!

    Book your Unlimited Vacation getaway here and embrace yourself into a magical adventure!

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