Why vacations are so important for our health?

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Excellent article by The Beloved Hotel Playa Mujeres. Everyone should be able to unplug from the daily routine and relax/recharge!

Originally posted on Beloved Hotels:

Most of the people still take work with them on vacation in one form or another, and more than 25 percent of corporate people don’t take any absolute downtime at all. So what’s the problem?

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Vacation is as Important as Sleep

Just as lack of sleep impedes your ability to think clearly and act decisively, lack of playtime keeps you from taking in information effectively and seeing the totality of a situation. Lack of sleep and play both have a negative impact on your reflex time, general resilience and ability to ward off infection.

When you’re stressed out and tired, you are more likely to become ill. Your sleep will suffer, you won’t digest your food as well, and even the genetic material in the cells of your body may start to become altered in a bad way.

You’re Hurting More Than Yourself

The bitter irony is that the vacation

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Molecular Mixology

Molecular Mixology is the term applied to the process of creating cocktails using the equipment and techniques of molecular gastronomy.

These methods enable the creation of greater intensities and varieties of flavour combinations and different ways of presenting drinks; for example, using gels, powders, foams, atomised sprays etc., as well as affecting the appearance of the cocktail.

DSC08297Enjoy this tasty and amazing drinks in our Excellence Club Lounge at Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa MujeresEveryday, a diferent flavour!

The greatest part is that besides exploring the Molecular Mixology, you will be tasting the fresh local ingredients we use to prepare the cocktails. So when visiting us, don’t miss your daily molecular drink every day after noon in the Excellence Club.

If you are willing to know more about the Molecular Mixology process, have a look to this videos. They are very illustrative!

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Excellence Tequila Recipes II

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.

Last time we shared with you 3 basic Tequila recipes: Margarita, Sangrita and Tequila Gold. So we are expanding our cocktails database with these 3 more. Enjoy!

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.

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.

Tequila Old Fashion
This tasty and simple recipe will never go out of style.

tequila_oldfashionIngredients
1 1/2 Oz Tequila aged
1 Oz Sweet vermouth
1/3 Oz Fernet liqueur
1 Oz Sparkling water

Directions
Pour 4 ice cubes in the mixer glass.
Add the vermouth and the Fernet and shake vigorously.
Place the ingredients into the glass and add sparkling water.
Decorate with slice of orange and cherry.


Tequila Sunrise

This popular cocktail can’t be miss when visiting Mexico. The denser ingredients (grenadine) of this tasty cocktail settle, creating gradations in color that mimic a 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.

 
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Temazcal, a spiritual purification

To the Maya and their Cosmo-vision, planet Earth is an amazing expression of unfolding life in a continuum creation of non-visible and visible energy forces.

ritual_mayaThe practice of rituals, prayers, and ceremonies accomplish the harmonizing of the energies of God, humans, and the natural world. Through its different rituals, mayans connect the physical world and the spiritual.

At Excellence Riviera Cancun you can experience the ancient ritual of Temazcal, which originated in the early Mexican and Central American cultures. Translated from the native Nahuatl language, “Temazcal” means “house of steam” from the words Temaz for steam and calli for house.

The structure, made from mortar and stone, is symbolic of Mother Nature’s womb. Through the use of steam and healing herbs, the Temazcal ceremony purifies the body and the spirit.

TemazcalIn these steam baths, a group of up to 10 people is escorted by a guide through a personalized 90-minute ritual, which includes a series of cleansing and energy-enhancing steps. In addition to providing renewal for the body, the temazcal is often an experience of emotional release and spiritual purification, leaving bathers at once invigorated and utterly relaxed.

We invite you to participate in this therapeutic, relaxing and mystical journey. Designed to stimulate balance between life, spirit and nature by integrating the spiritual well-being and serenity in the traditional Miile Spa experience.

For more info, please contact: spa.xrc@excellence-resorts.com

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5 reasons to get married in Mexico!

So here you are 5 reasons why we think you should live the magic of Mexico and get married here!

1.-Beautiful wedding locationsOur mexican Excellence Resorts are located on the most beautiful beaches in Cancun and the Rivera Maya, definitely spectacular locations for your especial day. Excellence Riviera Cancun and Excellence Playa Mujeres have spots suitable for all kinds of events; whether you prefer the comfort of an indoor place or an outdoor location next to the beach or in a green spacious garden with an amazing ocean view, be sure that here you will find a spectacular setting!

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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?!

mexican wedding bouquet3.-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 Excellence Resorts 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 peopleIn 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 Excellence Resorts you’ll be carried away by an attentive staff and lulled by gorgeous surroundings.

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.

Contact our weddings department and start planning your Mexican Wedding!

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Essential Oils therapeutic benefits

Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.

lavender_geranium_oilModern scientific study and trends toward more holistic approaches to wellness are driving a revival and new discovery of essential oil health applications.

Therapeutic-grade essential oils are most often extracted via a low-heat steam distillation process in which steam is circulated under pressure through plant material, liberating the essential oils into the steam. As the steam mixture cools, the water and oils naturally separate and the oil is collected in its pure form (1).

Fact: It takes as much as 12,000 rose blossoms to distill 5 mL of therapeutic-grade essential Rose oil.

Here are some examples of how to use essential oils in your day to day:

PEPPERMINT

  • Sacre the Critters. Many household bugs do not like peppermint oil — ants, aphids, beetles, plant lice, mice and cockroaches try to steer clear of peppermint. Just add to water in a spray bottle and spray where you think pests grace you with their presence!
  • Clean Naturally. Peppermint oil is a wonderful natural cleaning agent because it has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Spray on counter tops and bathroom surfaces, scrub, and enjoy cleaner clean.
  • Sleep Like a Baby. If you find you are having a hard time sleeping, peppermint oil helps activate cold-sensitive receptors in the skin and mucosal tissues. When used this way, it may help with insomnia.
  • For That “Marathon in Clogs” Feeling. When you feel like you’ve just run a marathon in clogs, and your feet are a hot mess of ouch, massage peppermint oil onto aching feet, joints, and strained muscles.

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LAVENDER

  • Soak Away Stress. Your muscles are tight. Anxiety and deadlines are eating at you. Your heart is racing. Where’s the pressure release valve? Right here, with lavender. Add to a warm bath, soak it in, soothe.
  • Let Vapor Talk. Wet your hair in the shower. Add 4 drops of lavender to a handful of water and work it into your hands and hair. Tilt your head down, under the water and capture the aroma instilled vapor as it melts off your hands and hair. You’ll love how it smells, and how your hair feels!
  • Minor Burns, Major Relief. When you’ve slightly overdone it in the sun, a little lavender oil is helpful in preventing peeling skin. It aids in your skin’s healing without scarring as well!
  • Boo Boo Relief. Lavender has disinfecting properties. It’s great for the skin, and wonderful for relief from cuts and scrapes, especially if the cut or scrape is located wherever it’s difficult to keep covered.
  • A Dry Climate Answer. If you suffer from dry, itchy skin, and don’t want to mess around with chemical smelling lotions, add lavender to fractionated coconut oil and comfort will be yours!
  • Neck & Wing Relief. When you have neck and scapula tension, apply lavender with fractionated coconut oil, breath it in and massage those knots out!
  • A Hood of Wonder. Next time you have a cold or the flu, remember the lavender steamhood. Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, and inhale the vapor slowly and deeply.

LEMON

  • LemonEssentialOil-850x567Ease Breathing. When used with a humidifier, it’s a great way to slow wheezing, colds, cough, and other upper respiratory problems.
  • Fight the Fungus Among Us. Tired of seeing that unsightly nail fungus? Lemon oil is great for nails, and can help fight against nail fungus.
  • Halt the Nerves. When combined with lavender oil and diffused into a room, you’ll find you feel less anxious and in a better mood.
  • Was That a Crusty? Next time you notice hard, crusty skin on your feet, (e.g. corns, calluses or bunions) regularly add a few drops of lemon oil and you’ll soon have softened skin!
  • A Brighter Complexion. Lemon oil can help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate. For a homemade exfoliant, add 4-5 drops to a small amount of oatmeal and water for a homemade scrub. Feels great!

ORANGE

  • Cleaning agent Being a good anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent, sweet orange oil can be added to water in measurable drops and used as a household cleaner. You can make a spritzer by combining clean water, orange oil and Epsom salt. Spritz the mixture over kitchen countertops and table tops and wipe dry with a clean cloth. This is not only very eco-friendly, but also very cheap.
  • Perfume You may combine many ingredients of your choice together with orange oil to create a pot pourri. Rubbing orange oil to your skin can give you a scented and refreshing feel. What’s more is that you can apply orange oil onto your skin to keep mosquitoes away when going to a tropical island that’s sure to be infested with flying insects.

TEA TREE OIL

  • Aromatherapy Use a drop or two of the oil on a warm washcloth and inhale to treat colds, viruses, coughs, sunburn, toothaches, or problems caused by bacteria.
  • Acne Avoid using those expensive, unnatural, chemical-ridden acne treatments. Dab a drop of tea tree oil on a damp cotton ball or q-tip and apply to trouble spots. Make sure you dampen your applicator with water; do not use the tea tree oil alone, as it would be too potent on your delicate skin.

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Find more info about how to use Essential Oils safely.

We invite you to discover more of the essential oils wonderful healing properties at our Aromatherapy Class by Miilé Spa. Find the Schedule in your Excellence Times!

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Finest Resorts: Excellence Group newest brand

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 is expected to open in winter 2015.

FinestPlayaMujeres_SuiteGuests of the soon-to-be completed Finest Playa Mujeres can expect exclusive service in a modern setting that is aimed to inspire and surprise guests with a vacation destination that invokes an experience full of the passion, freedom, joy and prestige that Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is synonymous with.

Finest Playa Mujeres will offer a seamless and impressive aesthetic comprised of modern spacious elegance, privacy, glamour, with Mexican spirit in the attentive details.

“Finest Playa Mujeres will offer a beautiful respite where couples, families, and groups can get away to celebrate and enjoy time together. It is a place that both stimulates the senses, yet relaxes the mind as time unfolds and balance returns,” expresses Alejandro Lazcano, Marketing Director of Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts. “Guest will revel in the simplicity of exquisite moments, and experience life done beautifully.”

FinestPlayaMujeres_SuitesFinest Playa Mujeres will feature 450 finely appointed guest suites, the exclusive Excellence Club for adults 18+ to enjoy, Finest Club for guest of all ages, nine irresistible all-inclusive international dining options, 10 swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio conditioning equipment, elegant and spacious meeting facilities, full concierge services, among other high-end amenities.

Guests will discover ONE Spa and hydrotherapy circuit facilities where pampered relaxation and renewal are delivered through the healing traditions of ancient cultures from around the world. Nurture the body, mind and soul, and reconnect with your inner self.

“At Finest Resorts, you can expect the same level of comfort, luxury and impeccable service as Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels. The only difference in concept will be couples, groups and families harmonically coexisting with amenities, activities and guest suites that are designed especially for them,” continues Lazcano.

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Just as with the brand-new property, Excellence Group continuously strives to live up to its name with ongoing improvements to its existing properties.

Excellence Punta Cana recently completed a renovation of all guest rooms, adding four additional honeymoon suites with rooftop with private deck and plunge pool, making a total of ten honeymoon suites to this property. The property also added a brand new Spanish Tapas restaurant, a 9th a la carte option for dining at Excellence Punta Cana. Enhancement to the terraces on swim-up suites at the Excellence Club were also made.

Excellence Riviera Cancun has increased capacity at their French gourmet dining restaurant and redecorated it’s Asian, fine Italian and Mediterranean restaurants. All Excellence Resorts properties now offer Nespresso coffee machines in all Club rooms, as well as take away wood oven pizza, and paddle boarding.

Beloved’s boutique hotel now offers Nespresso coffee machines in all rooms, a separate menu for children at all restaurants and meal times, and a juice bar with crepes and waffles.

About The Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is a family owned and operated resort group specializing in hotel management and worldwide real estate development, with a primary geographic presence in the Caribbean. Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is the result of a joint investment between Medieval Times and ETI (Explotacions Turistiques de lesIlles). The group owns and manages resort properties in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Riviera Maya, and Cancun, Mexico.

 

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