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onsitereview F E B R U A R Y 2 0 14 DOUBLE THE CHARM IN CANCUN lane nieset Cancun is just a quick jaunt from many North American cities, drawing plenty of travelers looking for a beachside getaway, and with plenty of hotel options for whiling away sun-filled afternoons. So how can your clients determine which of the many hotels in Cancun's Hotel Zone is the perfect fit? We found one property-well, two actually-that offers guests twice the perks when it comes to amenities with double the poolside action, spas, restaurants and beachside fun. Over the course of a long weekend, Recommend discovered the best that Marriott's two connecting properties- JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort-have to offer. LUISANA SUEGART a cancun duo Clockwise from top: Balinese-inspired daybeds at JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa; bird's-eye view of Grand Residences Riviera Cancun; and kids' club at CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. "Although each property offers a distinctive experience, guests benefit from having shared amenities at their fingertips with signing privileges at both resorts, where they are guaranteed world-class service and a reliable product," says Sharon Dayan, director of sales and marketing for both properties. The properties appeal to "the leisure traveler who wants to have that authentic, beachfront vacation experience. Our hotels are located in the heart of the Hotel Zone, a short drive from the airport and nearby local attractions and nightlife, but still provide a quiet, relaxing escape, and on one of the world's brightest blue beaches," she adds. Both properties appeal to "families, couples (especially honeymooners), solo travelers, girls getaways...[travelers] who want to have the real vacation experience with everything you need on property, like six specialty restaurants, an expansive spa at the JW Marriott, an outstanding kids' club program located at CasaMagna and much more," Dayan says. child-friendly casamagna marriott The 450-room CasaMagna Marriott, which has been named Cancun's best AAA four-diamond hotel since 1993, has a laid-back feel that's more family-oriented than the JW Marriott. The kids' club offers activities such as piñata making and sandcastle contests, and has recently been updated with new equipment and an open-air game area with a covered section (protecting against UV rays). The resort also has 24/7 babysitting services if parents want some alone time to dine at one of the five specialty restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, one of our favorite dining spots was Sasi Thai Cancun, an open-air restaurant with thatched roofs that serves a killer lychee martini and delicious Thai dishes, like the Ob Cha Kiew, green tea-smoked salmon with jasmine rice. We started our stay in Cancun in an Ocean View room at CasaMagna with a private balcony overlooking the beach and pool area. While the hotel seems massive, it's easy to get around to the restaurants and the ocean, where your clients can relax in one of the new beachfront palapas. They can also enjoy a spa treatment on the beach or at the hotel's spa, with five treatment rooms. continued on page 28 august 2014 25 m 24-28 MX Onsites.indd 25 7/23/14 10:36 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend August 2014

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Chic & New
Tour Talk FAMs to Latin America & Beyond
Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine
The Dish on Las Vegas
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Lanai, Hawaii
Double the Charm in Cancun
Grand Residences Riviera Cancun
Tour Operators Do the Talking
The Beat Goes on for Thai Tourism
A Love Affair with Puerto Rico & Four Grand Personalities
Punta Cana’s Melia Caribe Tropical—The Level
Sandals LaSource Resort & Spa, Grenada
On the Tracks in France
Antwerp Sparkles Like a Diamond
Southern Africa

Recommend August 2014