Introducing Plank: Playa del Camen’s hottest new restaurant

I’m very excited to introduce you to Plank, the hottest new addition to the Playa del Carmen dining scene. In partnership with renowned gourmet chef Juan Diego, Condo Hotels brings you a unique culinary experience like no other.

Quality ingredients form the basis of the contemporary menu, with a focus on fresh seafood and high quality USDA beef.

Plank - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank combines ancient cooking methods with cutting-edge culinary knowledge, using the natural properties of cedar wood and Himalayan salt planks to infuse flavor into each dish.

Whether you would just like a casual bite in our stylish, contemporary bar area, or a special occasion dinner in our open-sided dining room, you won’t be disappointed with our extensive menu of appetizers, cocktails, main courses and desserts.

Cocktails - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank specializes in flatbreads served with delicious, freshly made dips and salsas, or topped with a selection of gourmet ingredients such as goats cheese, smoked salmon and pulled pork.

Flatbread - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The flavors simply have to be experienced to be believed. Herb flatbread with smoked artichoke dip, fire-roasted tomato puree and hummus is the perfect accompaniment to one of our signature smoked cocktails.

Seafood dishes are served on Himalayan salt planks chiseled from ancient mineral deposits, enhancing the natural flavors of freshly caught jumbo shrimp and sea scallops. Scallops wrapped in bacon with a spicy apple puree sizzle at your table on these heated planks, creating the most wonderful flavors and aromas.

Himalayan salt plank - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Main courses include Himalayan sea salt encrusted whole salmon, a cooking method which preserves the moisture of the fish and enhances its natural fresh flavors.

Salmon and Filet Mignon - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The filet mignon is cooked to perfection and served on a cedar wood plank, infused with rich smokiness and served with a buttery mushroom sauce – absolute perfection.

The smoked chicken breast with lemon and thyme is moist and delicious. The rack of lamb with sweet pepper and rosemary, roasted on a wooden plank, is beautifully paired with Parmesan potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Beef Wellington has quickly become the house favorite for many of our regular guests.

Beef Wellington - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Family style servings of salads, fresh vegetables and sauces accompany your meal, further enhancing the already delicious flavors of our high quality meats and fish.

Family style meal - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

We recommend you leave room for dessert! Fresh apple pie with vanilla ice cream, decadent chocolate mousse and tangy key lime with fresh cream are the perfect finish to your culinary journey at Plank.

Desserts - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

We also have a fantastic cheese plate for you to enjoy on its own or after a meal as you linger over a bottle of fine wine.

At Plank, we are committed to every detail of your dining experience. From our award winning chefs, knowledgeable staff, beautifully designed dining areas, extensive selection of fine wines and carefully prepared menu of fresh, flavorful ingredients, we know you will have a memorable evening with us.

Dining room - Plank Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

There is simply nowhere else like Plank in Playa del Carmen. We have already been inundated with positive comments and glowing reviews from our guests, and we couldn’t be happier with the response.

We look forward to welcoming you to Plank to enjoy this unique dining experience for yourself.

Plank - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Plank is located on leafy 16th street, between 5th and 1st Avenues. Contact your concierge for directions and reservations, and follow us on Facebook for updates on special events.

The Color Run Comes to Playa del Carmen

This morning I headed to Fifth Avenue for my morning walk. I love strolling the pedestrian avenue before the stores and restaurants open. Every morning I pass walkers, joggers and runners of all ages, and there is always a great feeling in the air as Playa del Carmen comes to life.

This morning, however, something was different. As I approached Fifth Avenue, I was met with a different view from the normal wide, empty street.

Runners of all ages were streaming along ‘La Quinta’, smiling and laughing. I have seen a few fun runs take place in Playa during my time here, including the half marathon, which was held in October.

But this run looked very, very different from the others I had seen, and I have to say, it looked like a lot more fun. Runners were covered in blue and gold powder. It turned their hair a wacky shade and transformed their previously white t-shirts into colorful creations.

color run fifth avenue

Most runners wore colorful shades and some even dressed in colorful tutus, like athletic ballerinas. Colorful powder filled the air, creating a festive atmosphere.

People of all ages, shapes and sizes were running and walking; children as young as two ran alongside their parents having the time of their lives, and even furry friends pounded the pavement!

Color Run México family - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

What a wonderful idea, I thought as I walked along the avenue in the opposite direction. I came across a late finisher running along a section of Fifth Avenue, which looked like the ‘yellow brick road’ from the Wizard of Oz.

Yellow brick road - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

“Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road…”

Further along, once all the runners had passed, I came to an empty stretch of Fifth Avenue, all but deserted but for the bright blue powder which covered the ground, looking like something out of ‘Smurfland’.

Smurfland - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

It was great to see so many people out in force for the Color Run in Playa del Carmen, a creative, exciting event which encourages health, fun and friendship.

I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for information on more Color Run events with the hope of participating. Maybe next year it will be me covered in colored powder and painting the town blue, yellow and red!

Color Run México - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Get Into Yoga in Playa del Carmen

Have you been wanting to get into yoga to see what this ancient spiritual and physical practice is all about? There are many different schools of yoga in Playa del Carmen, including our very own Gym with a wide variety of classes for all levels, free for all Condo Hotel guests.

Yoga on the beach

What better place to get your introduction to the healing, calming powers of yoga than on the shores of the Caribbean Sea?

Yoga on the beach - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Every Saturday morning from 8 AM, our experienced instructor Sam leads a a beachfront yoga class in front of the El Taj hotel. Listen to the sound of the waves crashing upon the shore and feel the sand between your toes, deepening your connection to the Earth.

Watch birds soar overhead and become connected with your body and nature. It is a wonderful way to begin the weekend and you will feel the difference in your energy levels throughout the day after taking one of Sam’s yoga classes on the beach.

Work up a sweat

Looking for an intensive workout – a detox for your mind, body and soul? Then Karla’s high-intensity Vinyasa flow classes on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 AM will not disappoint. Hot yoga and Bikram yoga have taken the world by storm, but here in Playa del Carmen, we have natural tropical warmth to ensure you sweat out those toxins which weigh you down physically and mentally.

Yoga studio - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

After Karla’s classes I feel fresh and rejuvenated, with a sense of accomplishment for having pushed my body beyond my comfort zone. I’ve performed poses I thought I could never do thanks to her expert guidance and intuitive teaching.

On Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8 AM, the Gym has a new teacher among its ranks. Alan is a young yogi with a background in fitness and nutrition. His classes are strong and challenging and he encourages everyone to push themselves to attempt new postures.

He believes that simply having the intention to perform a pose is how you eventually manifest it physically, and it is no wonder he is one of the hottest new yoga teachers in Playa del Carmen.

Relax and restore

Of course, not all yoga classes are about strength and fitness. Yoga is also relaxing and restorative and our evening classes will ensure you unwind after a busy day. Empty your mind, center your soul in the present moment and renew your spirit at an evening restorative class at the Gym.

Mariel teaches a gentle Hatha yoga class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 PM. Afterwards, drift off to bed for a wonderful night’s sleep with a clear mind and a relaxed body. Restorative yoga is a wonderful stress reliever and tension is expelled from muscles and joints as well as the mind.

Hatha yoga - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

No matter what sort of style you enjoy, there is a yoga class in Playa del Carmen to suit you. With our team of experienced, professional teachers at the Gym, it is the perfect place to begin your yoga journey and renew your body, mind and spirit.

Check out the Gym’s website for a full schedule of yoga classes.

Plan Your Destination Wedding in Mexico

Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen Destination Wedding Infographic

Download our editable Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen wedding checklist.

Congratulations on your wedding! Each year, 350,000 destination weddings take place, representing 24% of all weddings. Of those, approximately 25,000 are held in Mexico. Planning a destination wedding in Mexico takes time and patience. With this checklist and timeline, you’ll be able to make all the arrangements you need ahead of time so that you can enjoy your special day in Playa del Carmen free of stress and worry!

12+ MONTHS

  • Pick the type of ceremony/reception you want
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers a variety of types of ceremonies, including Civil/Legal, Religious, Traditional Mayan, and Wedding of Sand, which involves the bride and groom pouring sand into a single vase together to represent their unity
  • Determine the budget
  • Research marriage requirements
    • For civil, legal, and religious ceremonies at Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen, you are required to have a valid passport, tourist card, blood test, and four witnesses. The Mexican Ministry of Tourism recommends that you budget two to four days to complete all requirements
  • Choose a date
  • Contact a wedding planner
  • Do a site visit (if budget and time allow)
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers a site inspection for your Playa del Carmen wedding that is all-inclusive and includes a tour of the property and a wedding consultation with a wedding planner.
  • Reserve venue and put down a deposit
  • Book a block of hotel rooms
  • Start binder to keep paperwork/contracts
  • Compile the guest list
  • Collect guests’ email/mailing addresses

 

9-12 MONTHS

  • Launch wedding website
  • Send out save the dates
  • Select bridesmaids and groomsmen
  • Shop for the wedding dress
  • Choose an officiant
  • Book the DJ/band and photographer/videographer
  • Order invitations

 

6-9 MONTHS

  • Select flower arrangements
  • Buy accessories (shoes, headpiece, jewelry, garter, lingerie)
  • Mail out invitations
  • Book flight and accommodations (encourage guests to do the same)
  • Select wedding party attire
  • Create a registry

4-6 MONTHS

  • Obtain passports
    • Typically takes an average of 4 weeks or less from the time of application.
  • Get blood tests or vaccinations
  • Purchase rings
  • Choose menu and cake
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers 8 different menus to choose from, each has 3 appetizer options, 2 main course options, and a dessert
  • Shop for resort/honeymoon wear
  • Book wedding day transportation
  • Make arrangements for rehearsal dinner
  • Make arrangements for pre-wedding events/activities
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen offers a number of activities, including swimming with dolphins, zip lining, sea fishing, sailing, and much more!
  • Buy groom’s attire
  • Make sure wedding party orders their attire

 

2-3 MONTHS

  • Order favors and welcome bag items
  • Book a hairstylist and makeup artist
  • Confirm details with vendors and make final payments
    • A wedding planner from Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen can confirm vendor proposals and contracts for entertainment, flowers, décor, cake, photographers, videographers, transportation, hotel/condominium accommodations, and hair/spa appointments.
  • Get wedding party gifts
    • Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen has a full-service spa and beauty treatment packages

 

1 MONTH

  • Prepare welcome letter
  • Have final gown fitting (make sure to bring your shoes and accessories)
  • Make arrangements to pick up dress
  • Write vows and choose readings
  • Confirm RSVPs and hotel reservations made by guests
  • Create a seating chart

1-2 WEEKS

  • Confirm flight, airport transportation and hotel bookings
  • Make place cards
  • Make ceremony programs
  • Start packing

 Important Things to Pack:

  • Passports/visas/driver’s licenses
  • Confirmations and contracts
  • Prescription medicine
  • Wedding rings
  • Cake topper
  • Get some rest!

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • Have a rehearsal at the ceremony site
  • Confirm details with officiant and planner
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Make arrangements for a blood test (A licensed physician can conduct tests in a private room of the hotel)
  • Assemble welcome bags
  • Arrange delivery of bouquets and boutonnières
  • Have dress pressed/steamed

 

THE DAY OF

  • Check for rings before the ceremony
  • Have fun and enjoy your big day!

SOURCES

http://images.theknot.com/travelromance/pdf/packlist.pdf
http://destinationweddingdetails.com/destination-wedding-checklist.html
http://www.worldweddingtraditions.com/locations/north_american_traditions/mexican_traditions.html
http://www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com/weddings/wedding-documents.php
http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/destination-weddings/articles/mexico-marriage-requirements.aspx#ixzz2kYluaSe8
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/theknotcom–weddingchannelcom-announce-results-of-2nd-destination-weddings-study-159476865.html
http://www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com/weddings/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/04/average-engagement-length_n_2411353.html

Secret Spots in the Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya is the name given to the pristine stretch of Caribbean coastline between Cancun and Tulum. Playa del Carmen lies at the center of this amazing part of the world which is home to pristine beaches, crystal clear cenotes, ancient ruins and dense tropical jungle.

The Riviera Maya is a special part of the world. Just ask anyone who comes here and they will tell you that there is a unique energy in this natural, cultural and historic paradise that is unrivaled by any other destination.

We want to take it a step further and introduce you to some secret spots in the area, places only discovered by the intrepid and the adventurous.

1. Secret Snorkeling Spot in Puerto Morelos

About 30 minutes north of Playa del Carmen is the sleepy fishing village of Puerto Morelos. Not many people know it, but just off the shore in front of the Ojo del Agua restaurant, is a secret snorkeling spot which includes a reef and an underwater cenote.

Pueto Morelos snorkeling photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Swim right off the beach toward the white market buoys and discover a magical underwater world. It’s one of the area’s best kept secrets!

2. The Secret Cenote of Xcacel Beach

Forty minutes south of Playa del Carmen is Xcacel Beach, the most underdeveloped and ruggedly beautiful beach in all the Riviera Maya. It is also home to a turtle sanctuary which protects this precious species.

The beach itself is delightful. Iguanas roam the shore and there are no resorts or beach clubs in sight. Just miles of white sand flanked by verdant jungle, which makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time.

A well kept secret of this natural paradise is the cenote which is located in a mangrove forest. Follow the small sign which leads you down a sandy path, emerging at a fresh water sinkhole surrounded by jungle.

Xcacel Beach cenote photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Birds flit from branch to branch and fish dart between rocks in the crystal clear water. Don your snorkel to discover another well kept secret of the Riviera Maya!

 3. The Secret Ruins of Muyil

While most of the tourists flock to the well known Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Coba, why not explore the lesser known ancient city of Muyil, just south of Tulum.

Forget the tour groups and large crowds, this gem of an ancient site is set in a dense jungle and opens out onto a lagoon and canal system which was used as a trade route for the Maya.

You can also access the ruins on a boat tour in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a protected nature reserve containing exceptional biodiversity and historic significance just one hour south of Playa del Carmen.

Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

4. The Secret Tacos of Playa del Carmen

Ssh! Don’t tell anyone about this local gem, located on the corner of 30th Avenue and 20th street. This small stand has been serving up delicious cochinita (marinated pork) tacos to hungry locals for many years, with no signs of stopping. You only need see the crowds of happy customers who line up every day from 7am till 12pm for this delicacy unique to the Yucatan.

We hope you enjoy these secret spots of the Riviera Maya and discover many more of your own!

Family friendly activities in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is the perfect destination for your next family vacation. Just one hour from Cancun airport and easily accessible from almost any international destination, there are plenty of family friendly activities in Playa del Carmen to entertain everyone, young and old.

1. Sailing

Why not rent your very own catamaran for the day and take the whole family for an afternoon of sailing on the Caribbean? Your kids will love being on an exciting sailing adventure, spotting silver fish through the crystal clear water and keeping watch for other boats at sea.

Sailing Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

2. Snorkeling

Sign up for one of our custom snorkeling tours to the outer reef and catch a glimpse of the second largest barrier reef in the world. Spot colorful fish and uniquely shaped coral and discover why the Caribbean coast of Mexico is an underwater lovers paradise.

3. Zip-lining

Fly through the jungle and experience an adventure like no other at one of two zip-lining parks near Playa del Carmen. Xplor has the longest zip-line in Mexico, with a range of other family friendly activities such as driving an amphibious vehicle on land and water and swimming in an underground river.

Aktun Chen Nature Park has a great zip-line through a lush green jungle and a tour of an ancient cave system. The day finishes with a snorkel tour of one of the region’s most beautiful cenotes, or natural sink holes.

4. Horse Riding

Catch the free shuttle from Condo Hotels to our secluded beach club at Blue Venado, twenty minutes south of Playa del Carmen. From here you can snorkel, swim and participate in a range of water sports and activities.

Horse Riding Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Horse riding along the beach is a great activity for animal lovers and adventurers alike, and fun for the whole family!

5. Fish Spa 

Fun for mom, dad and the kids, the fish foot spa on Fifth avenue is an experience like no other! Let these hungry fish nibble your feet until they are smooth and clean, if you can stand the ticklish sensation! This is something you simply must try once, and what better place than on vacation in Playa del Carmen!

Of course there are many, many more family friendly activities in Playa del Carmen to discover, and our knowledgeable and friendly concierge is at your service to ensure your family has a vacation to remember.

Top 3 Live Music Spots in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to enjoy live music. Every night of the week, local musicians are playing around town to bring you a great selection of music styles for all ages and tastes. Whether you like classic rock, folk, soul or mariachi, there is a live music spot for you to enjoy.

1. Indigo Beach Club

Our very own Indigo Beach Club is one of Playa del Carmen’s most beloved live music venues. What better way to spent a balmy evening than under swaying palm trees with a cold drink in hand, listening to some of your favorite tunes played by a top local band?

Indigo Beach Club band photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

On Sunday evenings, Indigo plays host to some great live acts who focus on laid back rock ‘n roll to match your mood. While local families fish off the pier and children run around the beach, Indigo serves up delicious signature cocktails, local and international beers and fine wines in an idyllic setting on the Caribbean.

2. Kitxen Bar

Located on Fifth Avenue just around the corner from your Condo Hotel near Avenida Constituyentes, Kitxen is a live music institution for up and coming local artists. The open sided bar is a much loved venue for locals and tourists alike, and even if you don’t go in for a drink, you can pull up a bench on Fifth Avenue and absorb the lively evening atmosphere along with some well-loved covers.

Kitxen Bar Elizabeth Ynez photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

3. Local restaurants

Local restaurants around Playa del Carmen are great places to hear live music. Mexican acts tour the popular local spots around town, performing a few songs then passing the hat for a small tip.

One of my favourite acts is a Cuban three-piece who sets up their drum at the front of several local restaurants, bringing the whole place together with their rhythmic drumming and distinct Cuban beat. It’s like the Buena Vista Social Club – only it’s more like the Playa del Carmen Social Club!

It adds a lively atmosphere and unique cultural flavor to the evening when a mariachi, folk or Cuban band stops by your restaurant to perform. And just another reason why Playa del Carmen is known for its colorful cultural performances.

Of course, you only need to step out your door and onto the street to experience live music in Playa del Carmen. The streets are teeming with local acts performing all over town every night of the year. Of course, certain times of year are more musical than others, with the Riviera Maya Jazz festival in November and the BPM electronic music festival in early January.

Fifth Avenue photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

No matter what your musical leanings, there is a genre of live music in Playa del Carmen to suit you. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Giving back to the local community

Playa del Carmen is a wonderful vacation destination with stunning beaches, friendly people and fantastic restaurants. It’s no wonder many of our guests return year after year to experience the magic of this vibrant Caribbean town.

For those guests who would like to deepen their experience of Playa del Carmen by volunteering their time or resources to help the local community, there are several not-for-profit organizations who are doing some great work.

KKIS Project Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The KKIS Project (Keeping Kids In School)

What started as a small gathering of ex-pats who bought basic supplies for local schools has now grown into a thriving non-profit organization.

The KKIS project aims to ‘Keep Kids In School’ by assisting hundreds of needy families with their school supplies every year. In 2013, the project delivered over 300 brand new backpacks filled with high quality supplies, from pencils and rulers to dictionaries and calculators.

The project also co-ordinates volunteer English classes in several schools around Playa del Carmen. Donating your time and energy once a week for one hour is a great way to connect with the community in a valuable way.

KKIS Project Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

The project accepts donations of money, supplies and time, in whatever way you can help. From leading a small group of children in an English-based activity once per week, packing backpacks with supplies, delivering supplies to the local area or making a donation, every little bit is appreciated.

The KKIS project’s long-term goal is to provide a better education for Playa del Carmen’s youngest residents, resulting in increased opportunities for the future.

The Amigos Network

The Amigos Network is another group of Playa del Carmen ex-patriots doings some great work in the community. Led by Russell Granger and Michele Kinnon, this group of local business owners raises money for developing communities on the outskirts town.

They recently installed ceiling fans in a tiny, make-shift school in a small village south of Playa, co-ordinated the ‘Kicks 4 Kids’ shoe drive for needy children in rural villages and delivered blankets and clothing to the elderly people of the Puerto Aventuras community.

Kicks 4 Kids Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

They are open to donations and welcome volunteers who would like to make a difference to the community’s most needy residents.

Christmas Dreams Playa

Christmas Dreams Playa is a project which gathers donations of children’s gifts. Every year in early January, coinciding with ‘Three Kings Day’, they deliver the donated goods to children in needy communities.

This year, with the help of the two other organizations above, they hosted a party with food, drink and even a Santa Claus appearance in the village of Nuevo Noh Bec. The smiles on the faces of the local children is proof of the generous work they do.

Christmas Dreams Playa Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

If you would like to donate a small gift for next year’s event, contact Christmas Dreams Playa via Facebook.

Coco’s Cat Rescue

Of course the four legged members of the community also need some TLC. Coco’s has been offering free neutering and spaying services in Playa del Carmen for several years, in order to decrease the stray cat population and increase the quality of life for those who are born to the streets.

They offer many other valuable services, and even host a ‘kitten cuddling’ session every week at their premises.

Coco’s welcomes donations and volunteers who care about the well being of Playa’s furry friends.

If you are looking for a way to say ‘thank you’ to the local community of Playa del Carmen, getting involved in these wonderful programs not only helps those in need, but will provide you with some unique and special memories.

 

Playa comes alive with festivals, art and culture!

Welcome to the most lively season in Playa del Carmen, where the streets and beaches are alive with festivals, music, art and culture. Visitors from all over the globe, particularly those fleeing the biting-cold winters of the Northern hemisphere, converge on Playa’s shores to soak up the Caribbean lifestyle and unique cultural offerings.

Pool Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

There is so much to discover and experience this time of year in Playa del Carmen, you won’t have any trouble filling your time with us. From the world renowned electronic music festival, BPM, to the open air art gallery on Fifth Avenue, there is something for everyone as Playa comes alive to welcome you all.

There is a heightened energy in the air this time of year during the BPM festival, which takes place on Mamitas beach and across several other venues. World-class electronic musical acts take over the decks to create one of the most exciting festivals in the world.

BPM Festival Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Taking place from new year’s eve to January 12, the festival attracts music lovers from across Mexico and beyond who party the night away under the stars on the Caribbean sea.

If you enjoy electronic music, a BPM ticket is the hottest in town. If you simply want to see what all the fuss is about, wander along the beach and listen to the beats from outside the festival grounds.

If you are interested in other artistic pursuits, why not check out the art market on Fifth avenue. Operating most evenings during high season (with the official night being Thursday), the market showcases some brilliant local artist and a range of mediums including photography, sketches and paintings.

From modern abstract pieces and Maya-inspired designs to traditional landscapes and some excellent portrait photography, there is something for every taste at Playa’s outdoor art gallery.

Fifth Avenue Art Market Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Best of all, it’s free to look, and the artists are always happy to chat about their work and inspirations. If you wish to purchase a piece, packaging and shipping can also be arranged. Imagine an original work from a local artist hanging on your wall at home to remind you of your time in Playa del Carmen.

Playa doesn’t just come alive with cultural and artistic wonders after dark, however. During the day at Plaza Fundadores at the southern end of town, adjacent to the lovely white church, an amazing cultural performance takes place.

Danza de las Voladores Photo - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Danza de las Voladores, or the dance of the flyers, is an ancient Mesoamerican traditional ritual. The ritual consists of dance and the climbing of a 30 meter pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum.

It’s well worth waiting for the performers to climb to the top of the pole to begin their impressive spiral descent, and yet another event in Playa del Carmen which is free, unless of course you would like to leave a tip, which the performers appreciate.

Playa is officially alive with festivals, exhibitions and cultural performances! We hope you enjoy exploring this lively town and experiencing the eclectic activities on offer.

 

 

5 new year’s resolutions to achieve at The Gym

The Gym in Playa del Carmen is the perfect place to begin the new year with health and happiness. Whether you are looking to get fit, tone up or simply learn something new, there is truly something for everyone in our excellent range of classes and activities.

The Gym - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Whatever your resolution for 2014, you can make it come true at The Gym.

The Gym has become so popular in fact, that we have recently expanded to create more space for extra equipment. Now there is even more room to work out in comfort and style. There really is no excuse not to achieve your health and fitness goals in 2014, and achieve the following new year’s resolutions:

1. Get fit

This one is probably the most common new year’s resolution for a lot of us. The difference with committing to getting fit at The Gym is the wide variety of methods available. From boxing, spin, weights, step classes or circuit training, you will never get bored of the same style of fitness, ensuring better results.

The Gym Boxing - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

2. Make friends/socialize

This is an aspect that many people overlook. I have made some great friends by attending classes at The Gym. Locals and ex-pats from all over the world converge at The Gym to exercise and socialize, and The Gym also hosts many social events to get involved in throughout the year.

3. Dance more

Okay, so maybe this one is just for me, but in 2014, I really want to dance more! Dancing is good for the heart, the spirit and the mind, releasing endorphins and working the body in a gentle, fun way. I definitely need some more dancing in my life in 2014 and The Gym’s Afro Jazz, Salsa and Belly dancing classes are the perfect way to get my dancing fix!

The Gym Belly Dancing - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

4. Learn something new

They say that in order to stay young, you should learn something new every day. Whether you would like to try yoga for the first time or try a spin class to see what it is like, there are great opportunities for new experiences at The Gym. Often the hardest part is taking the first step, but the sense of achievement for getting out of your comfort zone and trying a new activity is always worthwhile.

5. Get strong

The Gym has a new personal trainer in residence, Ian Kelly, who brings years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to The Gym community. Ian’s commitment and dedication to his passion of fitness and strength training is a welcomed addition to the team and we have seen some excellent results since he joined us.

The Gym - Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen

Check out this video of the Gym to inspire you to achieve all your resolutions for 2014:

Happy New Year from Condo Hotels Playa del Carmen and The Gym! Let’s make 2014 a happy, healthy and prosperous one!

Access to The Gym is complimentary for all Condo Hotel guests.