Friday, December 30, 2005

Photo update of El Dorado Royale

The following pictures were taken at the El Dorado Royale on Monday, November 28th, 2005.







(Photo courtesy of Karisma Hotels + Resorts)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Photo update of Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort

The following pictures were taken at the Gran Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort on Tuesday, December 13th 2005.



Thursday, December 22, 2005

Happy holidays from Funjet Vacations

Over the past few weeks, Funjet Vacations has received a flood of great questions regarding Cancun and Cozumel.

We are so happy to see that the interest in these unforgettable destinations is still going strong; so, in an effort to provide you with an eye into these beautiful cities, Funjet Vacations plans to launch a new blog early next year featuring colorful pictures and late-breaking updates on the progress in Cancun and Cozumel.

From everyone at Funjet Vacations, we hope you and yours have a very safe and happy holiday season!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Behind the scenes photos from Funjet Vacations’ live virtual tours

Earlier this month, travel agents from all over the world signed onto http://www.funjetlive.com/ from their personal computers in order to watch eight virtual tours of the Rivera Maya, airing live from Mexico’s famed Xcaret Ecological Park.

The first of its kind, this exciting online broadcast allowed Funjet Vacations to show our travel agents a first-hand glimpse into the better than ever, post-Wilma Rivera Maya and to provide them with an opportunity to ask experts in the destination questions regarding current tourism and hotel conditions.

Funjet Vacations representative Zephne Du Plessis was in the Mayan Riviera throughout the broadcasts, and was excited to share some of the colorful, behind the scenes pictures she took throughout the event.


Shot over the course of a week, the virtual tours aired live from an impressive stage located in the Riviera Maya’s famed Xcaret Ecological Park.

With help from the dedicated team at IBCTV, Funjet Vacations was able to field live questions about the Riviera Maya from travel agents all around the world.


Before each show, the Mayan Dancers at Xcaret performed an ancient ritual to rid the stage of evil spirits.


Throughout the virtual tours, destination experts fielded questions about current tourism in the Riviera Maya. Here Funjet Vacations’ Riviera Maya Live host Tammy Lee interviews Jan McCaughan of Iberostar Resorts.

After a week of hard work, host Tammy Lee and the team of destination experts celebrate the successful final taping of the live virtual tour.

Stay tuned to this blog and Funjet Vacations' websites for consumer versions of the Funjet Vacations virtual tours, which will soon be made available for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Funjet Vacations' Riviera Maya virtual tours mentioned in Travel Weekly

Click on the link below to read the article, originally published in the December 8th edition of Travel Weekly:

Mark Travel's virtual fams put Cancun's conditions in living color

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Funjet Vacations' travelers talk about their trips to the Riviera Maya

In an effort to spread the good word about the beautiful Riviera Maya, Funjet Vacations asked some of our clients (who have traveled to the area since Hurricane Wilma) to tell us about their trips. Here is what they had to say:

(Cancun International Airport, photo courtesy of Karisma Hotels + Resorts)

Funjet Vacations: Tell us about your overall experience in the Riviera Maya.

“I expected (Playa del Carmen) to be very effected by the hurricane, but I was pleasantly surprised. The RIU Palace Mexico was fabulous, beautiful and in terrific condition. I would go back in a minute.” Sherry (Portland, Oregon)

“We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in the Riviera Maya. We were treated like royalty at El Dorado Seaside Suites, and the staff went above and beyond to assure all of our needs were met. The workers have done an excellent job with restoration and the grounds and the beaches look great.” Joanne (Los Angeles, California)

“This was the best vacation we have every had! El Dorado Seaside Suites was unbeatable, the people were friendly, and the weather was great.” Stephanie (Little Rock, Arkansas)


(El Dorado Seaside Suites, with photo courtesy of Karisma Hotels + Resorts)


Funjet Vacations: Would you recommend the Riviera Maya to your family and friends?

“Yes! It’s a great value and a beautiful destination.” Linda (Houston, Texas)

“Yes, we plan to go back next year.” Chris (San Antonio, Texas)

“Yes and we have already. The weather, beaches, resort, food and activities were great!” Joanna (Los Angeles, California)

(El Dorado Royal, with photo courtesy of Karisma Hotels + Resorts)

Whether you’re interested in relaxing on the white-sand beaches of Playa del Carmen, or dancing the night away on 5th Avenue, the Riviera Maya is open and better than ever!

Photo update of Playa del Carmen and 5th Avenue

Many thanks to Karisma Hotels + Resorts for these wonderful pictures showcasing the beautiful white sands of Playa del Carmen and the ever-bustling shopping and nightlife of 5th Avenue.




Thursday, December 08, 2005

Broadcasting live from Mexico, Funjet Vacations leading the travel industry with exciting new online technologies

This week, travel agents from all over the world signed onto http://www.funjetlive.com/ from their personal computers in order to watch eight virtual tours of the Rivera Maya, airing live from Mexico’s famed Xcaret Ecological Park.

The first of its kind, this exciting online broadcast has allowed Funjet Vacations to show our travel agents a first-hand glimpse at post-Wilma Rivera Maya (which is in great shape, with beaches that are wider and better than ever); as well as an unique opportunity to ask experts in the destination questions regarding current tourism and hotel conditions.

Airing December 5th through the 8th, with two 45-minute shows a day, we hope this virtual experience will encourage people to take another look at the wonderful things happening in Mexico’s flourishing Riviera Maya-and encourage travelers to return to the unforgettable destination.

If you are a travel agent hoping to catch one of these broadcasts, sign on to www.FunjetLive.com and register for a spot on one of Friday’s two live broadcasts (11AM and 3PM CST). Consumer versions of the live events will be made available for viewing on http://www.funjet.com/ within a week or so.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Testimonial from Texas travel agent, Diane Darcy

As travel agents and travel enthusiasts flood back into the Riviera Maya, Funjet Vacations has received more and more positive feedback about the great things happening in the area.

After returning from a recent trip to the Mayan Riviera, travel agent Diane Darcy of Texas’ Dream Vacations was excited to let other travel agents and travelers know about the wonderful progress she saw during her visit.

“I just returned from a small trip to Playa del Carmen with Funjet Vacations” Darcy said, “And, if there is one thing I can say, it is just sell Playa del Carmen! It is wonderful.”

Riu Palace Mexico



“Our host hotel was the Riu Palace Mexico. The beach in the Playa area is bigger and as good as it ever was. The Riu was a very nice hotel with hard beds and good food. The decor is beautiful and for weddings they have a courtyard with a gazebo that is wonderful. We saw one taking place and they all walked down these beautiful stairways through the courtyard where the guest were seated and then the bride and groom went into the gazebo for their vows. IT IS A Great place for a wedding party! The foliage was in bloom and beautiful too.”

Barcelo Maya Beach Resort



“This is a huge resort GREAT for families. The kid’s pool has water slides and a play ground. It was a much nicer property than I thought it would be. It has a huge entertainment complex for their nightly entertainment (and) they have more chairs on the beach than people that can stay there so you never have to fight for a lounge chair!"

El Dorado Seaside Suites



“This is my new favorite place. I have sold in many times but now I understand what the raves are about. The rooms are gorgeous, roomy, all suites with a Jacuzzi for 2, hammock on the patio and beautiful furnishings. As usual, food is a big deal to the El Dorado properties. It is all gourmet. NO BUFFETS anywhere! And believe me, from first hand, that the food is fabulous. Both hotels have these double beds that swing under shade with gauze drapes for privacy on the beach and lots of beach chairs. Both hotels had a lot of sand damage, but now they have bigger beaches than before. I am ready to go back here for a stay myself now.”

Royal Porto Real Resort & Spa



“If you have clients that want to be close to town with a beautiful room and resort, this is the place. All rooms have a Jacuzzi in the room (and are) very detailed in decor and beautiful!!! The food was also very good.”

Thanks Diane for that wonderful feedback! If you or someone you know has just returned from a trip to the Riviera Maya, we would love to hear about the trip! Whether you are sending us an e-mail or simply posting a comment, Funjet Vacations is eager to help spread the word about the Riviera Maya.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Photo update of Catalonia Riviera Maya

The following pictures were taken at the Catalonia Riviera Maya on Monday, November 28th, 2005.



Friday, December 02, 2005

La Casa del Agua: "Jazz en Vivo"


When on vacation, the last thing you want to do is stay inside the hotel room; that’s why it is good to know that after the sun goes down on Playa del Carmen, travelers can find a wonderful supply of entertainment at the Riviera Maya’s bustling Fifth Avenue. If an evening of delicious food, rich wines, and live jazz music sounds like fun, popular local eatery La Casa del Agua is a must see.

Listed by “Conde Nast Traveler” magazine (May 2002) as one of the “50 Best New Restaurants in the World,” La Casa del Agua is simply a restaurant with magical ambiance. Located in the heart of downtown Playa del Carmen, it offers a variety of Mexican dishes, international cuisine, delicious seafood; and, as a perfect compliment to each unique dish, guests have a selection of over 170 different wines. On another note, if you visit La Casa del Agua on Friday nights, for no additional charge, the restaurant plays hosts to the jazz stylings of some of the area’s most talented musicians.