5 simple reasons to get married in Mexico

Nowadays many grooms and brides are abandoning the large traditional church wedding in favor of nuptials in a more intimate and exotic place.

In most cases, only close friends and family attend these celebrations, sparing couples from throwing large, expensive receptions. But how to chose were to go? where to find that place that has something for everyone?

beach_weddingWe think Mexico is an awesome option for a destination wedding, so here you are our 5 reasons why you should live the magic of our country and get married here!

1.-Beautiful wedding locations – Mexico offers spectacular scenarios for a beach wedding! In fact The Beloved Hotel is nestled on a white sand beach at Playa Mujeres, Cancun, which boasts an inland marina and a spectacular Greg Norman signature golf course right on the Caribbean.

mexican_wedding_bouquetThe Beloved Hotel has different spots suitable for all kinds of events; whether you prefer the comfort of an indoor place or an outdoor location next to the beach, be sure that here you will find a spectacular setting!

2.-Mexico’s cultural background – Not saying your wedding day has to be a mexican themed party but have you ever been to a Mexican Fiesta? If you do, you know what we are talking about. Colorful decoration, cheerful music, tasteful food and tequila! It will be one of the most beautiful days of your life but why can it be fun too?!

fine_dinning3.-Outstanding culinary quality

Did you know Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its list of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage“? Amazing right?! In addition to this, at The Beloved Hotel you will find excellent catering services which offer high standards and quality of Mexican and international cuisine.

4.-The splendid and distinguished service of our people – In the hospitality industry, service quality becomes the key to gaining a good position, and mexican people are well known for their kindness and hospitality. At The Beloved Hotel you’ll be carried away by an attentive staff and lulled by gorgeous surroundings.

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5.-Awesome weather - Yes, the mexican Caribbean has a beautiful tropical weather. Just perfect to have a wedding anytime of the year while exploring the wonders of the area.
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Hemingway Mojito Recipe

The Mojito has routinely been presented as a favorite drink of author Ernest Hemingway; We don’t know that for sure but this hot weather reminded us of this great cocktail. It’s tasty and such a great refreshing summer drink! So here you are our particular Beloved Hemingway Mojito recipe

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Ingredients
1 ½ oz of White rum
1 oz of Natural syrup.
3/4 of lemon slices
6 mint leaves
3 oz of mineral water
2 oz of sparkling wine to top

Directions
Mix the syrup with the juice of the lemon slices and the mint in a glass. Pour the rum, add ice and the sparkling water and mix. Lastly add the sparkling wine on top. Enjoy!

“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way”. Ernest Hemingway

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Our Beloved Tequila Recipes

Tequila is actually more versatile than you think. Here in Mexico is very popular to drink it straight, however there are countless ways to prepare it as a cocktail. Here you are a few recipes. Enjoy!

MARGARITA

MargaritaIngredients

  • 1 ½ oz Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Controy orange liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 oz Natural syrup

Directions

  • Salt on the ring
  • Pour 4 ice cubes in the mixer glass
  • Add all the ingredients in the mixer glass
  • Shake very well
  • Pour into the glass
  • Decorate with a lemon slice


SANGRITA

SangritaIngredients

  • 1 ½ White Tequila
  • 1 oz Orange juice
  • 1 oz Tomato juice
  • 1 oz Grenadine syrup
  • 1 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • Maggui sauce & tabasco sauce to taste
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Pour 4 ice cubes in the mixer glass
  • Add the ingredients, without tequila
  • Shake vigorously
  • Place the mix into the margarita glass
  • Decorate with lemon slice
  • Serve the tequila on a shot glass
  • Use the sangrita  as chaser

TEQUILA GOLD

Tequila GoldIngredients

  • 1 ½ oz Aged Tequila
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Natural syrup
  • 1 oz Pineapple juice
  • 1 1/3 oz Galliano liqueur

Directions

  • Pour 4 ice cubes in the mixer glass
  • Pour ingredients into the mixer glass
  • Shake vigorously
  • Serve over ice (on the rocks) into the margarita glass
  • Decorate with lemon and orange slice

TEQUILA SUNRISE

tequila_sunriseIngredients

  • 1 1/2 Oz Tequila Silver
  • 4 Oz Orange juice
  • 1/2 Oz Grenadine

Directions

  • Pour 4 ice cubes in the mixer glass.
  • Pour tequila and orange juice into the mixer glass.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Pour the ingredients over ice into the Highball glass.
  • Add grenadine.
  • Decorate with slice of orange and cherry.

TEQUILA FRIDA
This cocktail was created in 2007, to coincide with the centennial of Frida Kahlo’s birth.  Juan Quintal, bars manager at Excellence Playa Mujeres, pays tribute to Frida Kahlo creating a cocktail with a mix of caribbean ingredients and tequila.Ingredients.

Tequila_FridaIngredients

  • 1 1/2 Oz Tequila silver
  • 1 Oz Mint cream
  • 1/2 Oz Lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Oz Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 Oz Natural syrup

Directions

  • Pour 4 ice cubes in the mixer glass.
  • Add the pineapple, lemon juice and natural syrup.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Place the ingredients into the glass.
  • Add mint cream.
  • Decorate with a lemon twist.

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Whale sharks, the giants of our mayan sea

The whale shark is the largest fish on the planet. It is called “whale” because of its size, and not because it is related to them.
Whale sharks live in the warm waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Ocean. They are migratory species, which means that they often change their location, depending on the availability of food. Here in the north of Quintana Roo State, we are lucky enough to have these remarkable visitors from May to September aprox.

Whale Sharks are huge, graceful, and beautifully-colored; they are not really voracious predators, but feed on some of the tiniest creatures in the ocean.

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Since they are very peaceful and friendly creatures, many have had opportunity to freely swim with them.

Interesting Whale shark Facts:

  • Whale sharks are very large animals. They can reach 65 feet in length and weigh up to 75,000 pounds.
  • Their body coloration provides camouflage in the ocean. Each whale shark has unique pattern of stripes and dots. Researchers use these patterns for identification of individual whale sharks.
  • Despite their huge size, whale sharks feed on plankton. They eat plankton, small crustaceans and fish, which they filter from the sea water.
  • Whale shark has 4.9 feet wide mouth with 4000 teeth arranged in 350 rows. Although this sounds scary, teeth are very small (size of a match head) and look like a rasp.
  • Whale shark is not a fast swimmer. It swims 3 miles per hour.
  • Whale sharks have a skeleton made of cartilage instead of bones. Cartilage is flexible and tough, but it easily decays after death.
  • Whale sharks are solitary creatures. They can be rarely seen in the groups.
  • Whale sharks become sexually mature at the age of 30. Females are ovoviviparous, which means that they lay eggs inside their body and give birth to live babies.
  • Female may have hundreds of thousand eggs inside her body, but only few of them (no more than 300) will develop fully. Other eggs serve as the source of energy for developing embryos. Pups are 2 feet long at birth.
  • Whale shark lives between 60 and 100 years. Some scientists speculate that they may survive even longer than 100 years!

whalesharkWhen visiting The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres, don’t miss the incredible experience of meeting the kind giants of our seas. Get more info with your hotel concierge.

During the whale shark tour, it is necessary to follow certain rules of conduct to protect your security and generate the least possible impact on this beautiful creatures.

  • Carefully get off the boat, avoid any diving.
  • Do not use camera with flash, this could confuse and stress them.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 2 meter from the whale shark.
  • Do not obstruct the whale shark. Don’t swim in front of them.
  • Do not wear sunblock (not even if is a biodegradable one), help us to preserve the environment.

Enjoy this Video from the Whale Sharks of Holbox island!

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5 Agua Fresca recipes

Few drinks offer a refreshing and delicious way to quench your thirst on a summer day as a cold agua fresca (fresh water).

While these fruit drinks are wonderful right out of the blender, making them a few hours in advance allows the flavors to intensify and the drinks to get colder as they mellow in the refrigerator. If the drink starts to separate, just stir with a spoon.

Altough fruit options are almost limitless, here are some of our favorite drinks:

Agua de Sandia (Watermelon water)

agua de sandiaUsing sweet watermelon pieces in this skinny variety of agua fresca makes sugar an optional add-in, so it’s low-calorie and delicious.

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 pounds of watermelon (rind removed), seeded and chopped into a 1-inch cube.

Purée the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Add sugar to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Agua de Piña (Pineapple water)

agua de piñaA nip of fresh mint rounds out the acidity of this refreshing chiller. Showcase it on your summer cook out menu as a skinny, booze-free substitute for a piña colada.

  • 3 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Purée the pineapple and water in a blender until smooth. Add sugar to taste. Add the chopped mint and stir before serving. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Agua de Pepino (Cucumber water)

agua de pepinoThis unique, low-calorie take on agua fresca will dance on your taste buds when you add tangy, sparkling water.

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups peeled English cucumber slices (about 1 medium cucumber)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes)
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 2 cups lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled

Blend the cucumber, sugar and water, add the lime, crushed ice and sparkling water. Stir before serving.

Agua de Tamarindo (Tamarind Water)

agua de tamarindoTamarind, also known as “Indian Date,” is a legume that’s native to Africa but grown throughout the world in tropical climates, including Latin America. The tart-tasting seed is the star of this popular fruit water drink from Mexico.

  • 1 1/2 pounds of dried tamarind
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup of sugar

Place the peeled tamarind in the water, cover and simmer over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.  Using the back of a large serving spoon or a potato masher, gently press on the cooked tamarind pods to break them up a bit.  Discard the seeds (if you want) and sweeten the water with sugar for one delicious version of Agua de Tamarindo.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Water)

agua de jamaicaThe color and flavor of this water is similar to cranberry with a subtle tea flavor in the background. When it is served ice cold, the tea flavor is almost imperceptible. It is also loaded with Vitamin C, so it’s good for you too!

  • 2 oz dried Jamaica Hibiscus flowers
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 6 cups drinking water
  • Sugar to taste

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and pour over hibiscus flowers. Let the flowers soak in the water for about 20 minutes. Pour the liquid and flowers through a strainer into a large pitcher. Add in the sugar and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Pour in remaining water and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar or water if necessary.
Allow it to cool in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.

*Tip: add less water and more fruit and get fruit popsicles!

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Finest Resorts: Excellence Group newest brand

Originally posted on Excellence Resorts Blog:

Excellence Group, known for luxury resort properties throughout the Caribbean, announces the creation of a third brand, Finest Resorts, to welcome guests of all ages.

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Cancun, Mexico/April 1, 2014/ — Five star-rated Caribbean luxury hotels and resorts, Excellence Group, announces Finest Resorts, its first property to be Finest Playa Mujeres located among the stunning white powder sands and turquoise waters of Playa Mujeres, Mexico. Finest Resorts is the long-awaited third brand from Excellence Group, which currently owns and operates Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels.

Finest Playa Mujeres will offer the same level of luxury and comfort as the highly recognized and awarded Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels, but will welcome and accommodate guests of all ages, including couples, mid-size groups and families, without any age restrictions. As with Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels, Finest Playa Mujeres will provide an idyllic backdrop for destination weddings. Finest Playa Mujeres…

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Chichen Itza Equinox

The Mayans were expert at predicting solar phenomena, such as eclipses, equinoxes and when the Sun reached its apex.

Mayan Observatory

As the Mayans believed that the will and actions of the Gods could be read in the stars, moon and planets, they dedicated much time studying, recording and interpreting every aspect of the sky. Therefore many of their most important buildings were constructed with astronomy in mind.

Mayan AstronomyThe Mayans succeeded in an almost impossible mission with the completion of their structures at Chichen Itza. A poetic combination of form, style, function, religion, philosophy, mathematics and geometry. A true symbiosis of all of their intelligence and art in one location, to be studied and admired by all that visit. By far the most impressive aspect of the Pyramid of Kukulcan is its relationship with the sun and how it reflects the equinoxes and solstices of our solar year with stunning accuracy (1).

Chichen_ItzaAs the equinox sun sets, a play of light and shadow creates the appearance of a snake that gradually undulates down the stairway of the pyramid. This diamond-backed snake is composed of seven or so triangular shadows, cast by the stepped terraces of the pyramid. The sinking sun seems to give life to the sinuous shadows, which make a decidedly snaky pattern on their way down the stairs.

Chichen Itza is considered a World Heritage Site and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. This is definitely a must do when visiting The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres.

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