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New York Travel Weekly Awards 2012 [12-28-12]
Dream Makers Vacation Services was invited to the Travel Weekly Awards. Held at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City

The Genesis of the All Inclusive - Hard Rock Cafe - Dec 2012 [12-21-12]
Dream team members Mike, Gabby and Amanda recently were "rock stars" at the Hard Rock Resorts event in Philadelphia.

Secrets the Vine - Days 2 & 3 [12-13-12]
Lynda Hower travels to Secrets the Vine in Cancun Mexico

Secrets the Vine - Day 1 [12-10-12]
Lynda Hower travels to Secrets the Vine in Cancun Mexico

Fantasyland Grand Opening 2012-Day 2 [12-07-12]
Robyn Ayers attends the exclusive Fantasyland Opening at Walt Disney World!

Fantasyland Grand Opening 2012-Day 1 [12-06-12]
Robyn Ayers attends the exclusive Fantasyland Opening at Walt Disney World!

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 3 - New Village at Beaches Turks & Caicos - Key West Luxury Village [12-03-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 2 [12-01-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

STAR Awards 2012 - Day 1 (Mike's Arrival Day) [11-30-12]
Mike and Amy McHugh attend the 2012 STAR Awards at Sandals Royal Bahamian

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 5 (Departure Day) [11-19-12]
Amy and Amanda spend their last night in Mexico at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 4 [11-17-12]
Amy and Amanda spend their last night in Mexico at Secrets the Vine in Cancun, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 3 (Awards Night) [11-17-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 2 [11-15-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Travel Impressions Best of the Best - Day 1 (Arrival) [11-14-12]
Amy and Amanda attend the 2012 Travel Impressions Bes of the Best Awards Trip in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 7 Departure Day [10-29-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 6 [10-28-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 5 [10-26-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 4 [10-25-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Hawaii Travel Exchange - Day 3 [10-24-12]
Mike McHugh, Co Owner of Dream Makers Vacation Services, attends the Hawaii Travel Exchange

Secrets the Vine - Days 2 & 3

Posted: 12-13-12

 

Day Two in Cancun –

My second day in Cancun was a “work day”.  I am fortunate that I get to visit other resorts and enjoy the beauty of Mexico during my work day.  I ate a quick breakfast in the lounge of fruit, pastries, yogurt and cereal and then headed out for the day to visit 2 other resorts in Mexico.

My Butler Vanessa and Concierge Manuela set up cab service for me to visit other resorts for site inspections.  The service has been great at The Vine.  Everyone has been very helpful. 

The first resort I visited was the El Dorado Royale.  Flor, the sales manager, greeted me and told me the history of the resort.  It is lovely.  The property is surrounded by palm trees, flowers and vegetation.  We then toured the resort in a golf cart.  This resort is a large resort and is very tropical.  Guest that stay at this resort have access to a golf cart shuttle service that will take them around to different areas of the resort such as the pools, lounges, beach etc.  The beach is a good size beach that you can walk on and there are different areas if you want some privacy.  The beach also has cabanas and palm trees for shade.  The staff was very friendly and fun.  At each restaurant I toured I was surprised with different treats such as tacos, fruit kabob with fresh coconut, veggies and wonderful fresh ice tea.  The gourmet inclusive food at this resort is excellent.  The resort offers 8 ala carte gourmet restaurants, 14 bars and 12 pools.

The room I viewed was a Jr. Suite garden view room with a Jacuzzi.  It was spacious and had a beautiful view of the gardens and overlooked the lagoon river that flows into one of the main pools.

After I toured El Dorado we went to the connecting property which is the El Dorado Casitas.  The Casitas are individual luxury huts where guests can stay.  They have a king bed, sitting area, porch with sun bed or hammock.  They are very private and romantic.

El Dorado offers shows in the evening in an outdoor theater along with fun daily and nightly entertainment such as cooking presentations, dance lessons, pool games and more.  The staff was so friendly that I am looking forward to going back and staying longer.

My wonderful cab drive Manuela was waiting from me to take me to Le Blanc which is located in the Cancun Hotel Zone further down the beach from where I was staying.  I was greeted by Rosario the sales manager.  She gave me a wonderful champagne glass with a coconut milk that is Le Blanc’s signature drink.  Le Blanc is a small intimate resort with gourmet dining, an elegant spa and true luxury service.  The resort is shaped in a triangle so no matter what room you stay in you have a water view.  You will look out at the ocean or the lagoon.  Le Blanc offers a butler on each floor for the guests.  The butler will help them unpack, make dining reservations, and assist them with their needs.  This resort offers 5 restaurants and several bars.  I was also fortunate enough to be able to sample some treats in each restaurant that they have.  I enjoyed shrimp in a mango sauce, sushi and bruchetta.  Everything was wonderful.  To end my site inspection I had a tour of the spa.  Le Blanc’s spa offers every service you could imagine from nails, hair styles, body wraps, massages and a beautiful bridal suite.  One of the neatest things I experiences was the Fish Spa.  You sit in a massage chair and soak your feet in a water basin for a pedicure.   But this is not a normal water basin; it has fish in it that massage your feet.  It was really fun.  I highly recommend Le Blanc if you want to spend time in Mexico and pamper yourself.

Of course, Manuel was waiting for me to take me back to my resort, Secrets The Vine.  I was happy to sneak in a little beach time and enjoy their signature drink a Mango Tango. 

I had a light snack at the pool grill; I was still full from all my treats.  The pool grill has outdoor seating and serves hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, Mexican dishes, salads, fruit and desserts daily.  Great for a lunch or snack.

My second night at The Vine I ate at Sea Salt which is a Peruvian restaurant that offers indoor and outdoor seating.  The staff was wonderful and I dined on shrimp, potatoes in a cream sauce and rice pudding for dessert.  The nightly entertainment was a stage show with music, magic and fun.

Day Three in Cancun-

My last day at The Vine I planned on relaxing and enjoying the resort.  I had breakfast at the Market Café and then headed to the beach.  The service on the beach is great.  The staff is there to set up chairs, tables and umbrellas for you as well as serve you drinks and snacks during the day.  I watched the guests play beach volleyball, parasail, Jet Ski and participate in water aerobics.  Everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves. 

Before lunch I participated in Tequila tasting.  I learned a lot about the history of how it is made and the best kind to buy.  I also met some great couples who were enjoying their honeymoons.

My afternoon was very relaxing, with lunch at the outdoor grill and lounging at the main pool.  The Vine has 3 pools at the resort.  Every afternoon the chefs and restaurant staff come out and parade around the pool area and beach with appetizers for the guest.  The guests clap and cheer and get to try some tasty treats to sample.

My last night I ate at Nebbiolo which is an Italian restaurant at Secrets The Vine.  This was my favorite meal. The restaurant had great service and the menu had many great choices.  I had a salad from the antipasti bar and enjoyed linguine and amaretto cake for dessert.  It was a great meal to end my trip.

On the morning of my departure the staff in the Preferred Club Lounge confirmed my transfers to the airport and processed my check out.  Everyone I met on my travels was very kind and helpful.  I had a great trip and am looking forward to visiting Mexico again. To reserve your dream vacation to Secrets the Vine please contact your favorite Dream agent for an experience of a lifetime.

 



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