The Season for Giving Continues

Just as uplifting as the Breakfast with Santa was at Sirenis Punta Cana, the season of giving continued with a BreakfaDSCN6476st with the Three Wise Men at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya.

As part of the annual event, children from the Akumal local public elementary school were invited to spend the morning at the Caribbean resort to enjoy a delicious meal, games and fun as well as receive gifts that were donated by SPT co-workers and even members!

The event started early in the day when the hotel’s transportation bus arrived at the local town of Akumal to pick-up the children and bring them back to the resort.

The breakfast was hosteDSC_5027d at one of the resort’s themed restaurants open exclusively for the kids; and the space, lit up with gleeful decorations, was alive with holiday cheer as the children participated in activities created just for them by the hotel’s animation team.  Taking a picture with the three wise men was the highlight of the day, as well as the children dance competition!

“To put smiles on the children’s faces is priceless.  We, at the hotel, begin preparation for this event months in advance and we do it not only to help out our community, but also to share in the excitemDSC_4898ent ourselves. In the end, it was hard to tell whether it was the hotel staff or the kids who felt the most joy that day!” said Vanessa Costa, Director of Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya.    

The Breakfast with the Three Wise Men was a gratifying experience for both children and adults, and this year was the best yet! It is a pleasure for hotel staff to welcome students from the wonderful community that surrounds them.  We already can’t wait for next year!

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The ecosirenis initiative kicks off at Grand Sirenis!

Grand Sirenis Riviera MayIMG_5159a Resort & Spa recently hosted the grand opening of its ecosirenis nursery. The nursery, named Vivero, exhibits five ecosystems featuring the 22 different species of vegetation the resort is home to.  Guided tours of the conservation area are now offered to guests to educate them and plant a respect for nature in their hearts.  Visual displays of Mayan traditions are placed along the winding paths of lush greenery to honor the resort’s ties to one of the most environmentally conscious civilizations!

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During the exciting opening, there were rituals performed by a Mayan shaman and dancers.  Participants also planted the first tree in the SPT Members Children Garden. Members’ children are encouraged to plant seeds next to rocks showing their names so that each time families visit their home away from home at Sirenis, they can check on its growth!

The opening of Vivero was only a kick-off to several upcoming Ecosirenis projects.  Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya has since introduced eco-tours that allow bike tour 1guests yet another opportunity to explore, up-close and personal, the awe-inspiring environment and wildlife that inhabit the region.  In addition to the variety of vegetation that thrive on property, the resort’s beaches are also populated by various animals including the Black Iguana, the Cinnamon Hummingbird, and the Social Flycatcher.  Guests can participate in the eco-tours either on foot or by bike.IMG_5219

We will keep you posted on more Eco Sirenis projects to come as Sirenis Hotels & Resorts continues to further their environmentally friendly efforts and stay true to the in-touch-with-nature principles of their ancient Mayan ancestors.

Grand Sirenis Welcomes Dolphins!

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Dolphin Discovery introduces its latest marine attraction, Dolphin Discovery Akumal, to our property! Just the thing to enhance your next vacation, the dolphinarium newly located at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, presents you and your family with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about, view, and interact with Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins.

Set along the easternAkumal shores of Riviera Maya, the dolphinarium is a saltwater lagoon with breathtaking panoramic ocean views. As a member of Alliance of Marine Mammals Parks and Aquariums (AMMPA), Dolphin Discovery adheres to the highest standard of training and care of marine mammals with an in-house vet stationed at each location to ensure the well-being of the animals. This seafront setting is home to four of them – Charly, Athos, Gigio and Porthos – that are part of a successful breeding program call Miracle. The program is responsible for fifty percent of the dolphin population and a reason why the company is considered a leader in preservation of the species.

“We are very happy about this collaboration with the world’s leading company of dolphinariums. Swimming with dolphins is an unforgettable one-of-a-kind vacation experience for resort guests and represents a bonus to any guest staying at our hotel,” commented Don Abel Matutes, Sirenis Hotels & Resorts President.

Dolphin Discovery offers three unforgettable programs. Dolphin Encounter allows all family members the chance to get involveDIA_9535d with the dolphins, where children as young as one receive a kiss, hug, and handshake from their new marine friends. Even more playful interactions during Swim Adventure and Royal Swim make for up-close, memorable experiences available to participants six years of age and up.

After a day of snorkeling orDIA_9313 relaxing at the spa, guests are able to enjoy this excursion without the hassle of traveling to another location and for SPT members the deal is even sweeter! Members enjoy a 20% discount on all activities at Dolphin Discovery Akumal and all other Dolphin Discovery locations worldwide.  For more details, visit www.dolphindiscovery.com or get a first look at the experience here.

3 Great Reasons to Visit Riviera Maya in May & June

As everyone knows, there are high seasons and low seasons for travel to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Our flagship resort, Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya, is an idyllic place to call home for a week or two at any time of the year, but like every resort in the world there are seasons that are much busier than others. It may come as no surprise that Spring Break and the winter holiday season are the two busiest tourist seasons for Riviera Maya. And while those times may be popular for good reason (time off from school and work), there are other months during the year that provide plenty of travel advantages as well.

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If you have the flexibility of taking your vacation at any time of the year, the months of May and June could be the best times to visit Grand Sirenis. Why?

Less Crowds.

With Spring Break over, all the party animals have gone home and taken their throngs of friends with them. And while Riviera Maya isn’t empty in May and June, it is sure less crowded than during high season. That means more space on the beach, more tables in restaurants, more available appointment times at the spa, more peace, more quiet, more privacy—for everyone. If that sounds good to you, May and June is a great time to visit.

Lower Rates.

Because May and June are considered off-season prices on things like airfare, car rental fees, excursions and other travel expenses could be much lower. It definitely varies from place to place, and from vendor to vendor, but some experts say the cost savings during the off-season can range from as much as 20% to 50% off!

More Local Color.

When the crowds are gone, the locals relax. They also have more time to talk with tourists and customers. Travelers who like to get a good sense the local culture will find it is easier to gain that perspective during the off-season when the locals aren’t being overwhelmed with swarms of people.

The off-season is the off-season for a reason. May and June are the start of the summer in Mexico, which means more rain than usual and hotter temperatures. However, it is just the start of the season, so those two months will likely not be as hot and rainy as the late summer. For some smart tips on traveling in the off-season, check out this great article.

Have you ever traveled in the off-season? Would you do it again?

Sirenis Premium Traveler Assists Grand Sirenis in Receiving 3 RCI Awards

Sirenis Hotels & Resorts, in conjunction with Sirenis Premium Travelers Club, happily accepted three prestigious awards from RCI, the vacation ownership industry’s largest exchange company. The awards included Excellence in Service, Gold Crown and Premium All-Inclusive distinctions.

Sirenis Hotels & Resorts proudly announced today that its flagship resort, Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya, has received three awards and distinctions from RCI. The awards were given during an evening of awards and celebration on February 27 at the resort, which took place in the magnificent Grand Presidential Suite with 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea and on-site Mayan ruin.

Sirenis Premium Traveler and Grand Sirenis win 3 RCI Awards

LEFT TO RIGHT: Antonio Riera, Finance Director of Sirenis Caribbean; Grace Sepulveda, SPT Project Manager; Juan Ignacio Rodriguez, RCI Developer Latin America; Juan Llinas, General Director Caribbean; Alfonso Chamorro, Manager; Roberto Gomez, Assistant Manager; Andres Lagarde, Assistant Manager

Grand Sirenis received its fourth consecutive Gold Crown award—the resort has been designated a Gold Crown resort by RCI since its affiliation with the exchange company began in 2010. The Gold Crown distinction indicates the resort is in the top tier of the RCI resort collection, delivering the highest level of service and amenities.

The resort also received the Excellence in Service award. This prestigious recognition is awarded based on comments from RCI members who exchange opinions about the hospitality and quality of service found in resorts around the world. Just nine out of 80 resorts in Riviera Maya have received this distinction. Sirenis Premium Travelers Club played a key role in obtaining this award. The staff of Sirenis Premium Travelers Club provided many services for RCI members who visited the resort, including pre-arrival communications and on-site personal concierge services. The club is a membership-based vacation club provided by Sirenis Hotels & Resorts.

The third award the resort received was the Premium All-Inclusive distinction, a brand-new resort distinction announced by RCI in 2012. Similar to the Gold Crown distinction, this award indicates that the resort consistently delivers the highest quality all-inclusive amenities and unparalleled service that go beyond the typical all-inclusive resort. Indeed, Grand Sirenis has an impressive variety of a la carte restaurants and other all-inclusive services that are rare in the region.

“We are so proud to have received these prestigious awards from RCI,” said Joan Llinas, Sirenis Hotels’ Director of Operations for the Caribbean Area. “I want to thank our staff, both the hotel staff and the Sirenis Premium Travelers Club team, for their dedication to quality and service for our guests.”

“These awards mean we will see more RCI guests at the hotel, learning about the privileges of the Club,” said Grace Sepulveda, Director of the Sirenis Premium Travelers Club. “That is a great thing for the hotel and for the Club.”

New Junior Presidential Suites Open for Sirenis Premium Travelers Members

Big news for Sirenis Premium Travelers Club members! This month, the Club inaugurated the newest Member suites at Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya: the Club Junior Presidential Suites.

Sirenis Premium Travelers Club Jr Presidential SuiteThe newly constructed suites were created by combining two Junior Standard Suites and boast approximately 125 sq. meters of living space. These Platinum level suites are all located in Building 19 at Grand Sirenis, and all have spectacular ocean views. The new Junior Presidential Suites join the One-bedroom Presidential and Grand Presidential suites to round out the Platinum level collection of rooms for Sirenis Premium Travelers Club Members.

The renovation of the new suites took about four months to complete, and transformed the older suites into visually stunning, modern vacation homes. As you can see in these photos, the room decor is bright and colorful, yet similar to the clean, modern look of the other Sirenis Premium Travelers suites in the resort.

More of the new Junior Presidential Suites are planned for the future. To find out more, or book a stay in the new suites, call Member Services.

Here are some additional photos of the new suites!

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Sirenis Premium Travelers Club Jr Presidential Suite

Sirenis Premium Travelers Club Jr Presidential Suite