All posts by Lydia Gregory

Lydia brings to the group a unique perspective on this whole Mexico deal: she’s actually Mexican. Well, make it half Mexican. The other half is also Hispanic, which happily makes her 100% Latina and that’s just how she likes it. Besides the obvious personal experience she has accumulated over her many years of eating one abuela’s pozole and the other’s arroz con habichuelas, she’s had the good fortune to have served as Mexico Editor for one of the nation’s top travel agent magazines and a PR guru for a boutique agency specializing in upscale clients in Mexico. Add to the mix a stint as a TV personality, an enlightening few years as editor of a woman’s publication on a Caribbean island, a swing as editor of a bilingual wedding magazine in Miami and another couple of years as fashion and beauty editor of a seriously swanky fashion rag (yeah, the one with the short French name) and the result is a very opinionated, very passionate, very short person in very high heels. We hope you enjoy her rants, raves and commentaries and she invites you to please drop in and play in her sandbox.


New restaurant and bar complement new room fittings

LOS CABOS, MEXICO  – Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive, Golf and Spa has upped the ante on guest services by adding a brand new restaurant and bar, along with extensive upgrades to rooms. The renovations put an extra gloss on the resort’s already outstanding amenities that include access to two championship golf courses, unique wine spa, and private beach where guests can snorkel and take in the underwater beauty of the Sea of Cortes.  

The upgrades include a complete makeover of all 249 rooms. All standard guest rooms now reflect the latest in design that complements the natural splendor of Los Cabos. Here, the desert rolls down into the sea, a combination that creates a special atmosphere and beauty found nowhere else in the world with strong blues juxtaposed against the desert’s neutral tones. The new décor takes its cues from the local environment with splashes of color contrasting a cool white background.  Continue reading GRAND FIESTA AMERICANA LOS CABOS UPGRADES GUEST SERVICES

Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen Now Offers Complimentary In-Room Wi-Fi for Guests

Stay connected to the outside world with the complimentary Wi-Fi at Playa del Carmen hotels now offered by Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen.

Playa del Carmen Hotel

Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen is pleased to announce that all four properties in this family of condo hotels now offer complimentary Wi-Fi in every suite and guest unit. This amenity comes as a welcome addition to the dozens of other special considerations that guests can expect to receive when staying at the posh Playa del Carmen hotels.

Among Playa del Carmen hotels and resorts around the world, these accommodations are given top honors by both Trip Advisor and Frommer’s. The properties of Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen are all kid-friendly with amenities available for both parents and children. The concierge can help guests plan a visit to nearby Mayan temples, horseback ride along the beach, swim with dolphins, discover beautiful archaeological sites, enjoy a catamaran sailing trip, go off-roading on an ATV, or head out for some deep sea fishing. Guests can even arrange to have a family meal prepared by a personal chef if they decide to stay indoors. The opportunities are so plentiful that one might wonder where to begin and how it can all be done in one vacation.

For those who prefer to remain relaxed in the lap of luxury at the Playa del Carmen hotels, guests have the option to relax at the Maya spa and beauty center, sunbathe at the beach club or workout at the GYM which is operated by the founder of the famous Equinox fitness clubs. All of the condo hotels have Jacuzzi hot tubs and heated pools as an added bonus.

Visitors seeking to reflect inwardly will appreciate the complimentary wellness programs arranged for guests to enjoy. Experience morning yoga or tai chi on the beach. Loosen up with water aerobics class in one of the heated pools. Maybe even meditate on the pier at sunset or take advantage of the outdoor massage center for a truly relaxing experience under the Mexican sun.

“We are pleased to offer a luxury experience along the Mayan Riviera,” says Jack Perlman, owner of the Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen properties. “Wi-Fi is now available for those who can’t help but mix a little business with their pleasure. I just hope that they can break away from the laptop long enough for a little beach time as well.”

Located against the backdrop of a charming Mexican beach town known for white sand beaches, the properties of Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen are just steps away from a ferry that takes visitors to Cozumel. The center of the city and famed Fifth Avenue are in close proximity to each of the Condo Hotels Properties. Globe-trotting guests have immediate access to world-class shopping, bars, and dozens of restaurants serving both international cuisine and local dishes that will delight anyone looking for an authentic experience around the Playa del Carmen hotels.

For more information about a stay at one of these Playa del Carmen hotels, Jack Perlman invites those interested to visit the company’s website at or call the hotel at +52 984 803 0108 or El Taj Oceanfront & Beachside Condo Hotel, 1 Norte Esquina Calle 14 Norte, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico.

About Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen
Located along the internationally known Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen, the Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen group of resorts offers four unique properties: El Taj, Maya Villa, Porto Playa, and Villas Sacbe. The establishments are frequently featured in travel publications, and the boutique accommodations offer just about any amenity or comfort that can be imagined.


Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors Takes Its Colorful Circus-like Wrestling Shows On Tour

Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors United We Stand Tour  (PRNewsFoto/Lucha Libre USA)
Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors United We Stand Tour (PRNewsFoto/Lucha Libre USA)

United We Stand Tour Brings Family-Friendly Entertainment To Fans On National Tour

Bigger, badder, better—and even more popular. The Lucha Libre USA phenomenon, the immensely entertaining brand of wrestling born in Mexico and transplanted to the U.S., continues to grow, especially in the Hispanic community. Beginning April 12, Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors will embark on a national United We Stand. The tour will makes its way to major arenas in Houston, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Laredo, San Antonio, Chicago and Dallas.

The fight over good and evil spills into the ring with the larger-than-life, legendary Luchastars Blue Demon Jr. and his former nemesis Solar taking on their American counterparts RJ Brewer and his group, The Right. The matches pit Mexican and American wrestling styles as well as churning up conflicts as cultures clash.

Brewer’s in-your-face, belligerent anti-illegal immigration stance has made him the villain Lucha Libre USA’s large concentration of Latino fans love to hate. Brewer was recently profiled on ABC’s “Nightline.” The ever-defiant Brewer has spawned a slew of copycats in other wrestling organizations but none has gained his notoriety or ability to rouse a crowd. One of his opponents Solar is one of the most revered of Mexico’s luchadores and his career was the subject of an award-winning PBS documentary.

Among the celebrated Luchastars joining the “United We Stand” tour is Marco Corleone, known as the International All-Star. The American-born Corleone, a former WWE wrestler who moved to Mexico to pursue his love of the Lucha style of wrestling, is a huge star in Mexico not only as a famous Luchador but also as one of the two lead actors in Mexico’s hottest telenovella, Porque el Amor Manda airing on Televisa TV. Playing the big villain on the show, soon Corleone will be seen by millions in America as the beloved telenovella premiered March 11 th on Univision Television.

Outside the ropes, Lucha Libre USA is fighting a different battle. In each of the cities on the United We Stand Tour, wrestlers are carrying an anti-bullying message to schools. They’re using their superstardom to convince mainly elementary school youngsters that bullying is unacceptable. “Hearing the message from such their heroes really drives the point home,” says Alex Abrahantes, Lucha Libre USA’s Vice President. “The campaign is our way of giving back to the community.”

Lucha Libre USA has become well known for its interactive, fan and family-friendly spin on sports entertainment, encouraging its followers to attend events dressed up as their favorite Luchastar, awarding prizes for the best costume, loudest supporter and the most creative sign. Free preshow activities get the crowd energized and people who purchase VIP tickets have the opportunity to attend an exclusive meet and greet with the wrestlers.

“We see our events as a non-stop fan party,” says Lucha Libre USA’s CEO Steven Ship. “We want you to be totally engaged from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave.”

The United We Stand tour line up will include a bigger roster of stars, including Blue Demon Jr., RJ Brewer, Lizmark Jr., The Firewall Jon Rekon, Stevie Richards, Psicosis, El Hijo Del Fantasma, Super Crazy, Super Nova, Pequeno Halloween, Mascara Purpura, Solar, Melina, and Shane “Hurricane” Helms and many more.

In several cities, Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors will also partner with Univision Radio on promotional events. Additional sponsors for potions of the tour include Volaris Airlines and Curacao, the West Coast based electronic and appliance retailers.

Lucha Libre USA is the only company in America dedicated entirely to Mexican pro wrestling. Almost a religion in Mexico, where it rivals soccer in attendance, lucha libre (free wrestling) boasts a 75-year history of colorful, fun-for-the-whole family entertainment. With over 50 million Hispanics living in the U.S. and a huge contingent of American wrestling fans, the spirited, action-packed spectacular is literally growing by leaps and bounds. Defying gravity with highly athletic, thoroughly exhilarating moves, the 2013 United We Stand Tour brings Mexican wresting to an entirely new level.

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COMING SOON: First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival

Join us March 15-18, 2012 for the First Annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival. Alternating yearly between Cancun and the Riviera Maya, we will delight our guests on two great beach and resort destinations.

The Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival 2012 will hold over 30 innovative events for lovers of wine, food, music and culture in Cancun:

  • Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Dinners
    Including two tributes dinners:
    One to Mexico, designated by UNESCO as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”
    The other to world-celebrated chef Ferran Adrià
  • Luxury Catamaran Cruise and Private Beach Club Dinner
    Join Master Mixologist Junior Merino on a luxurious catamaran cruise followed by a private beach club dinner lunch
  • Exclusive 90+ Wines and Spirits Tastings
    The best wines and spirits from Spain, USA, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile
  • Exciting Cooking Demonstrations
    Given by celebrity chefs from Canada, the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru
  • American Express Gourmet Tasting Village
    Walk through our Village and taste signature dishes from some of the best restaurant Chefs, paired with wines and spirits. Delight your palate with gourmet company products including coffees, ice creams, chocolates and more…
  • Closing Latin Grill Fiesta
    Meet the best Argentinian & Brazilian Grill Chefs “Parrilladas” and enjoy a fiesta featuring surprise entertainment and fireworks.
  • Cancun After-Dark Parties
    Sample the best tequilas, vodkas, martinis, tapas and sinful desserts; all while moving to the rhythms created by a top DJ, to take you late into the night

To enhance your personal experience, we are limiting the number of participants at each event, facilitating interaction between guests and celebrity chefs.

Combine the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival with a travel destination that no other festival can match: World class beaches, awesome Mayan sites, Spanish haciendas and colonial villages, magical underground pools “cenotes”, snorkeling or diving at the world’s second largest barrier reef, high seas fishing, ecological parks and pristine islands, fun adventure tours for all ages, an easily accessible airport, and a wide variety of hotels for all budgets.

The Festival is committed to giving back to our community. The beneficiary for year one is the Ciudad de la Alegria – The City of Joy. We will be supporting its goal to empower disadvantaged children, victims of violence and care for the elderly.

Join us in Paradise March 15-18, 2012!

Hasta Luego, Old Friend: Rancho Buena Vista (Baja) Retires

Friends of Rancho Buena Vista recently received a farewell email… Yes, after more than 50 years, this venerable but way cool rancho is closing its doors.

Here’s a link to their farewell email – there’s a lot of information about their closing celebration (it’s today, so if you’re in Cabo… head on over) and more.

Hasta luego, amigo. You’ll be sorely missed…

P.S. If you have any good Rancho stories or pics to share, we want to hear from you!

Gran Fiesta Amigos de Mazatlán 2010 – I missed you, Maz!

By Lola

Followers of MexicoPremiere know I have a long-standing love affair with Mazatlán and I’m back again for more, thanks to my amigos. Every year, the Mazatlan Hotel Association rolls out the red carpet for national and international wholesalers—and invite the media to see and enjoy everything that’s new and everything that’s still wonderfully unchanged about Mazatlán. I’ve only been here for a few hours, but I’m already in heaven. Thanks to the Hotel Playa Mazatlán for my lovely room (I already unpacked, so it’s kinda messy. I took a picture of my view instead!) Late lunch was a perfectly prepared chicken breast a la plancha with vegetables, rice and salad. Yum.

More later!

The view from the open air restaurant
The view from my room
Lunchtime "naranjada" - orange juice and mineral water, lots of ice