Often overlooked in the U.S., probably owing to the popularity of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day is a big deal for our neighbors to the south.
The anniversary of the day on which the first “cry of independence” initiated Mexico’s revolt against Spanish rule still stirs its citizens to celebrate in a serious way. If you’re looking for some excitement, entertainment and incredible Mexican food this September the 16th, consider a trip to one of the following resorts.
Seven all-suite resorts comprise the Solmar Hotels & Resorts collection in Los Cabos, where visitors are invited to join in the Mexican Independence Day celebration with activities hosted at its four most popular properties. Guests will get a taste of Mexico’s rich and vibrant culture while watching folkloric dance performances, a wide variety of Mexican food and festive, family-friendly activities.
At Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas Resort Golf & Spa, indulge in a gourmet extravaganza featuring traditional Mexican dishes prepared in supreme style. Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa will be hosting a Taste of Baja California Cuisine event where guests can sample a range of regional fare. Playa Grande Resort & Grand Spa will hold a family-friendly Mexican fiesta, while Solmar Resort is set to celebrate the iconic “El Grito” on September 15.
On Sunday, September 15, the adults-only, all-inclusive Temptation Cancun Resort will host its annual ‘VIVA MEXICO!’ Mexican Independence Day party.
Attendees can expect to find adult entertainment and the best Mexican cuisine. Lively decorations, a festive atmosphere and traditional music set the scene at the Sexy Pool during the day, making way for the nighttime bash set to follow. An on-property, outdoor nightclub is outfitted with appropriately colorful décor and transformed into an exuberant space that reflects the passion and spirit of Mexico. The festivities kick off at 10 p.m. with the traditional “Grito de Dolores”!
An exciting line-up of events is scheduled throughout Grupo Xcaret’s parks and tours to celebrate the major Mexican holiday, as the company goes all-out this year more than ever before. Mexican Fiesta at Xoximilco Park during the week of September 9-15 will feature local entertainers and an effusion of festive decorations, and give guests goodie bags stuffed with party caps, cornets, colorful necklaces and tasty treats.
The brand’s signature property, Xcaret Park will set off a colorful fireworks display over its Gran Tlachco theatre in honor of Mexican Independence Day. A few days later, on September 22, Xcaret’s adventure park, Xplor, will host the Xplor Bravest Race—a five-kilometer obstacle race that highlights the wonders of Mexico and is open to over 3,000 participants.
The Bahia Principe Riviera Maya complex is home to four spectacular resort properties situated in a spot where the ancient and exotic Mayan jungle converges with the crystal-blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. On Mexican Independence Day, guests staying at any of the four resorts can experience local culture at its best by learning to construct their own piñatas, make tacos in Master Chef-inspired style, playing the Mexican lottery, learning to speak a little Spanish, and attending various pool parties and themed celebrations, complete with made-to-order taco stands and live Mariachis.
Then, make your way to Hacienda Doña Isabel—a shopping and nightlife hub located at the center of the resort complex—for the Grand Mexican Independence Fiesta event, where you can dance the night away.
La Colección is a collection of sixteen resorts situated in some of Mexico’s most popular destinations: Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and San Miguel de Allende. Regardless of which property you choose to visit, you can count on La Colección Resorts to celebrate Mexican Independence Day the way locals do.
At these resorts, you’ll find sprawling, festive buffets, filled with delicious, traditional Mexican dishes and desserts. Eat your fill while watching the live “Independence Day Ceremony” television broadcast from Mexico City. Or, enjoy taquizas prepared poolside as you listen to live mariachi bands playing traditional Mexican tunes, witness parades and traditional dances, take part in “El Grito” shouting contests, or take advantage of the tequila and mezcal tastings. For the youngsters, there’s a children’s party, complete with piñatas, and a carnival with activities for the whole family.
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MGM Resorts to Open First Las Vegas Properties on June 4
MGM Resorts International will reopen Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature on June 4, the company announced on Wednesday.
Naturally, amenities will be limited; however, additional on-site venues and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen as demand increases.
The company recently introduced a seven-point safety plan to combat the spread of COVID-19, which includes contactless check-in through the MGM Resorts app, a firm social distancing policy and employee screening via temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training, among other important aspects.
In the event that a guest or employee does encounter COVID-19, MGM Resorts has compiled its own internal team and processes, asking guests to reach out through a special email address (email@example.com) so that MGM can immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing.
“Our hearts go out to everyone in the communities where we operate, and around the world, who has been personally impacted during this time of crisis,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ Acting CEO and President, in a statement. “As we plan for these openings, the health and safety of our guests and employees is at the forefront of all we do. Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best—entertain. The team is ready and we can’t wait.”
Contact your travel advisor or visit MGMResorts.com for a full listing of amenities that will be available at each resort.
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