The iconic Catrina in Day of the Dead

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See why the Catrina (the fancy lady) is such a popular character in the mexican tradition

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Every November 2nd takes place in Mexico the celebration of ‘Día de Muertos‘ (the Day of The Dead). The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for their loved ones who have died.

People go to cemeteries and also builds altars at their homes, containing the favorite food and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia from the deceased.

The intent is to attract the souls and let them feel the love, hear the prayers and the memories from the living ones…. Nice! Isn’t it?

The CatrinaThe Catrina‘ (The Fancy Lady)  illustration from Jose Guadalupe Posada, has become an icon of the Day of the Dead festivity. Her chapeau originally is related to French and European styles of the early 20th century. She is meant to portray a satirization of those Mexican natives who, Posada felt, were over embracing European traditions of the aristocracy in…

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Travel agents visit Finest Playa Mujeres

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A few days ago we had the pleasure to welcome travel specialists from around the world. It was very exciting for us to talk about the project and show the progress of Finest Playa Mujeres construction.

Finest Playa MujeresThis fam trip was organised to provide information on everything Finest Playa Mujeres promises to become, and to ensure to all the travel specialist who already know us from other Excellence Group hotels, that Finest will insist on the hotel group high standards to continue exceeding our mutual clients expectations.

Here you are a few highlights from this brand new hotel:

  • All-Inclusive Luxury for all ages
  • Elegant and modern suites with oversize Jacuzzi
  • Suite features for every taste: swim-up, private pools, decks, rooftops, family suites
  • Finest Club for additional amenities and services
  • Excellence Club for adults-only further elegance
  • 9 international gourmet restaurants
  • 17 bars with top-shelf premium brand liquor
  • 10 swimming pools, plus children…

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How to taste coffee

The most important measure of coffee quality is flavour. For that reason, coffees are assessed for taste at every stage of their journey, most importantly when the coffee is graded in the country of origin and when it is sold in the importing country.

The main aim in cup tasting or “cupping” is to evaluate the coffee objectively and to create a flavour profile based on an established terminology. The basic attributes evaluated are: aroma, flavour, body and acidity.
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There are generally three stages in the cupping experience: Smelling the grinds, smelling the brewed coffee from those grinds, and tasting the brewed coffee using spoons. In some instances, you may be provided with a form to record impressions; a dialogue should be open to discuss the samples.

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coffee_chartTo taste the coffee, the cupper “slurps” a spoonful with a quick inhalation. The objective is to spray the coffee evenly over the cupper’s taste buds, and then weigh it before spitting it out. Samples from a variety of batches and different beans are tasted daily. Coffees are not only analyzed this way for their inherent characteristics and flaws, but also for the purpose of blending different beans or determining the proper roast.  An expert cupper can taste hundreds of samples of coffee a day and still taste the subtle differences between them.

The experience can be frustrating. Some attendees may cite that a sample evokes “floral, jasmine, and blueberry” while you may be thinking “it smells like hot coffee.” But that’s ok, you have to be patient, practice makes the master, right?.

Have a look to this consumer oriented vocabulary for coffee tasting.

Enjoy also this short vid about how coffee is made!

Do you want to learn more about coffee? While staying at Excellence Resorts, check your Excellence Times newspaper for our Coffee Tasting schedule.

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Finest Playa Mujeres construction progress

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Isn’t it looking great!

Originally posted on Finest Resorts:

Following the timetable, Finest Playa Mujeres will open on February 12th, 2015, in greater Cancun.

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At Finest Resorts we want to share with you the excellent progress of Finest Playa Mujeres construction.

Some of the Finest Highlights are not only large amount of swimming pools but also the private swimming pools that some rooms will feature.

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The rooms are already being equipped with hydraulic/electrical equipment and furniture.

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Kids area under construction.

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The next update will be with photos showing even more progress. Stay connected!

Finest Playa Mujeres is celebrating their grand opening with the finest offers. Don’t miss the pre-booking discounts!

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Best Instagram Photos from Excellence Punta Cana

Looking at Excellence Punta Cana Instagram photos is always a pleasure. We love watching our guests points of view; every photo is so different and special!
Thanks a lot for sharing and don’t forget to continue tagging us as @excellencegroup or mentioning us with #ExcellencePuntaCana. Spread the love!

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What do you think? aren’t they beautiful?! #InLoveWithExcellence

Hope to have you visiting us soon and to be able to see your vacation photos too!
Greetings from the Excellence Resorts family.

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New grand opening date for Finest Playa Mujeres

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New opening date for Finest Playa Mujeres!

Originally posted on Finest Resorts:

Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts anounces the new grand opening date for Finest Playa Mujeres. Feb 12th, 2015.

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As the near completion of construction of the Finest Playa Mujeres resort comes closer, the hotel Group decided to move the opening date to February. A great Valentine’s Day gif!

At Finest, guests will experience an elegant enclave that offers a suite of possibilities… expansive beds, oversize jacuzzis, custom lighting, lush color, simple lines, deluxe bathing, ultimate privacy, replete with amenities and delights. Whichever you choose, from Family Suites to Rooftops or Pool Junior Suites, every Finest suite is designed to be livable for all, and open to anything that piques one’s curiosity.

Finest Playa Mujeres is celebrating their grand opening with an offering of 35% off their all-inclusive resort packages, for both winter and summer 2015 travel. Don’t miss the pre-booking discounts!

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Excellence Autumn Events

As we enjoy the last days of Summer, we are getting ready for our Autumn festivities! Here you are a sample of the activities we will have!

Halloween
Friday, October 31st 2014.
halloween When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.

What to expect?
• During the day, competition of “carving” pumpkins.
• Thematic dinner and live music.
• Costume Contest (hint: Prepare your costume, cool prices for the winners).
• Live band and “Horror Night Show”.

Day of the Dead
Sunday, November 2nd 2014.
catrinaDía de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an ancient mexican tradition to honor and lovingly remember our departed beloved ones.

What to expect?
At Excellence Playa Mujeres:
• Decoration of sugar skulls.
• Thematic mexican dinner and live music. A colorful mexican fiesta.
• Special evening Show.

At Excellence Riviera Cancun:
• Catrinas exhibition.
• Thematic mexican dinner and live music. A colorful mexican fiesta.
• Special Evening Show.

Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 27th 2014.
thanksgivingIs the time to remember our blessings and to cheer with all those who are so dear!

What to expect?
• The Excellence family will offer you the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and live music.

Special Notes:
*You can check out our entertainment program in the ‘Excellence Times’ newspaper that will be delivered to your room daily.
*Our activities might subject to changes.

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