HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT – THIS HAVEN IS A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN THAT WELCOMES LGBTQ GUESTS

Author: , July 3rd, 2019
HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT – This haven is a little piece of heaven that welcomes LGBTQ guests

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

If we could build the perfect resort in the perfect location with the perfect atmosphere, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT would be it. The brand new $100 million oceanfront peaceful sanctuary made us feel like a sliver of Mexico coastline had been reserved just for us.

HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort located between Cancun and Riviera Maya. This isn’t your standard party hotel, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is a peaceful, luxurious hideaway. This haven is a little piece of heaven.

We were invited to experience this amazing Mexican resort just seven months after it opened. We have been to the Mexican Riviera many times and have explored Mayan sites, nightlife areas and other hotels but we have never experienced a resort so stylish, welcoming and relaxing. We never felt the desire to leave the property!

Mauricio Levya the Mexico and Latin America Director told us, “We call our design Mexico Modern. Other resorts have someone with a microphone announcing things all day. We create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. We have a large, private beach. We have 333 suites. All of our dining and entertainment venues are in one area, not spread all over. We welcome all adult guests. We have many gay guests and gay employees. We welcome gay weddings. We offer the perfect wedding venue.”

Ernesto Luna the Managing Director told us, “I think we have an excellent product for the LGBTQ market. In just six months, we have hosted multiple gay weddings.”

As a gay, married couple ourselves, we can testify that HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is LGBTQ welcoming and celebrating. We met at least a dozen LGBTQ couples during our stay and had wonderful experiences with hetero couples as well. HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT seems to generate an atmosphere of peace, joy and relaxation.

It’s not all about relaxation though. The Haven pool is for relaxing but the main pool has a DJ and is more energetic. Several times, musicians came out onto risers in the pool and performed! There are four restaurants, a café, six bars, 2 swim-up bars and a nightclub!

Moon’s Cabaret & Lounge Is everything you could hope for in a nightclub. The female vocalist from the Dominican Republic flawlessly covered Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera note for note along with songs from Burlesque, The Greatest Showman, Chicago and more.

There are also 3 outdoor pools, a hot tub, yoga classes, a tennis court, plus a spa.

Jelena Ilic the Haven Spa Director told us, “My Senses Spa is here to bring you relaxation, peace and a bit of heaven at Haven! Our services help replace and flush the bad from your body and allow the good to come in.”

Jelena led us through a world-class hydro-therapy routine, ice plunges, saunas and massages that invigorated us from head to toe.

We were happy to try the fabulous dining venues and bars at HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT ranging from fine dining experiences to toes-in-the-sand hot dogs and burgers!

FLAVOURS
Get ready to be “wowed” by Flavours at Haven. Here, you’ll find an endless array of delectable dishes in a casual, unique and comfortable setting. It’s a social gathering spot; a place to relax and to enjoy your favorite foods, including a wide variety of artisan and local fare, all presented in distinctive culinary stations.

AGUA BENDITA
A contemporary blend of traditional Mexican cuisine and hospitality with a classic steak house. Modern décor fused with the deep traditions of Mexico. Visually stimulating yet incredibly comfortable.

OLIOS
Our Mediterranean restaurant is about fine dining at its best. Here our master chefs have curated an outstanding culinary experience based on the flavors and ingredients of the land and the sea. The restaurant features an exciting à la carte menu with each incredible meal complimented by an exceptional selection of wines, liqueurs, coffees and infusions. Nothing is overlooked.

VORA MAR
Drenched in beautiful ocean views, Vora Mar is a visual and gastronomic experience. As you enter you’ll be met by a pair of imposing cooking stations — a Basque charcoal grill — where the fish of the day and other delicacies are cooked to perfection.

SATSU
A multi-sensory culinary experience, our Asian Fusion restaurant is truly a memorable dining experience in an open kitchen format featuring distinct approaches to Asian cuisine. Enjoy your favorite sushi and sashimi, prepared fresh to order by expert chefs using the freshest of ingredients. Or try our Robata Grill where you’ll indulge in delectable charcoal-grilled small plates. Our traditional Teppanyaki stations highlight the art and show of Japanese food. Finally, choose from a range of individually prepared meals using classic cooking techniques from various gastronomic regions of Asia.

VISTAS SNACK BAR
Whatever your pleasure, you’re never more than a few steps (or a quick swim) away from satisfying those cravings at our Vistas Snack Bar. A convenient alternative for a casual poolside meal, featuring contemporary small plates. Serenity Club guests can also enjoy à la carte breakfast in a prefect open-air ambience.

MISTRAL
Soaking in the sun on the beach or relaxing by the pool? You’re never more than a few steps away from a great bite or refreshing drink. Mistral is the casual, fun place to eat, drink and enjoy the Mexican Caribbean.

MOONS
The hub of nightly entertainment, Moons brings  glitz and glamour to Haven. This is where you will want to enjoy after-dinner cocktails, socialize with other guests and be entertained in a vibrant, neon-infused, lounge setting. This cabaret comes alive with exciting stage shows, comedians, live bands, performance art, magicians to name a few.

LIMES
An American-style bar, Limes is a place for everyone. Choose from wide variety of international and local beers, wines and spirits, watch your favorite team on centrally located televisions and snack on contemporary finger food. This bar features indoor and outdoor seating and is located next to the Agua Bendita Restaurant.

HAVENS LOUNGE
The perfect place to start your evening or take a break from the midday sun, Havens Lounge serves refreshing beverages throughout the day and evening with a choice of comfortable indoor or outdoor seating.

MOCACCINO
Located in the main lobby, Mocaccino is a great place to enjoy your favorite specialty coffee drinks, teas and an assortment of pastry specialties and baked goods anytime throughout the day.

DOCKS POOL BAR
Featuring ocean views, our pool and wet bar serves up a tasty array of international and local drinks, Margaritas, cocktails and more.

VISTAS POOL BAR
Located at the resort’s expansive Havens Pool, our Vistas Pool Bar features swim-up seating as well as shaded outdoor seating and serves refreshing drinks, beer and wine. With spectacular ocean views, Vistas is a perfect cooling off respite while enjoying a sun-drenched day by the pool.

Our suite was luxurious and comfortable with an amazing ocean view.  They call it “an ultra-luxury fusion of sophisticated design with the five-star amenities and personalized service expected from the world’s best all-inclusive resorts. Within each of our 333 suites, the splendor of our oceanfront setting is reflected in upscale Mexican décor, ocean or garden views and indulgences like whirlpool tubs, aromatherapy menus and plush King beds with personal pillow menus. “

And…we had our own butler!

WEDDING & ROMANCE PACKAGES

 We cannot imagine a better choice for a destination wedding. HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is such high quality in every area that their weddings are equally amazing.  Mauricio Levya the Mexico and Latin America Director took us to the photography office where we viewed wedding videos and photos. They were spectacular! One of their photographers won several nationwide contests. They have “crafted three unique wedding packages that will make your special day a truly memorable event. Choose the package that best suits your style and taste and leave the rest to our experienced wedding coordinator.“ https://www.havenresorts.com/weddings.html
HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORTis located at Ctra. Federal 307, Chetumal – Pto. Juarez, ​​Km 335, Puerto Morelos, Cancún – Q. Roo 77569 Mexico
Phone: +52 998 889 9600 | Reservations: +52 998 889 9600

For more information, visit https://www.havenresorts.com/

 HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT is the ideal vacation resort with a tremendous, welcoming staff, delicious dining and extraordinary amenities.If we could build the perfect resort in the perfect location with the perfect atmosphere, HAVEN RIVIERA CANCUN RESORT would be it. This haven is a little piece of heaven.
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Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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A Day on Isla Mujeres – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 7th, 2018

Isla Mujeres - Cancun - Keep Calm and Wander

Isla Mujeres is an island just off northeast of Zona Hotelera in Cancun. The island is visible if you’re standing on the beaches of Cancun and vice versa. It is known for its white sand and idyllic beaches. The island is only 5 miles long and a half mile wide. In other words, you can walk around it if you’ve got a sun-proof skin. Isla Mujeres, in English means, Island of Women. The Spanish called the island as such because of the presence of a number of women statues.

How to get to there. If you’re staying downtown or along Zona Hotelera, there are three major ports where you can take the UltraMar ferry. We stayed at Occidental Costa Cancun and the Embarcadero terminal is right next door to us. The other two ferry terminals are: Playa Tortugas and Playa Caracol.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Cancun Day Trips – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 20th, 2017

Cancun Day Trips - Keep Calm and Wander

A friend and I went on a one-week, all-inclusive vacation in Cancun last week. It was a “spur of the moment” decision and we didn’t really plan at all. Having been twice on the eastern part of Mexico, I thought, I’d just show him the must-see cultural attractions and Cancun day trips in the area. And the rest of the week would be just chillin’ on the beach, including boy watching.

However, instead of joining a bus tour every single day for the next 3 or 4 days, we decided to see them all in one day. You know how it goes with tour buses, no matter how small the group is. And guess what? Joining a tour group is supposed to be cheaper, right? But not in Cancun! Since the city is infested with tourists who are willing to shell out their dollars, tour prices are unbelievably expensive!

So, what did we do? We hired a car. We talked to our first Uber driver in Cancun. With our survival Spanish vocabulary and his limited English, we came to an agreement. We told him all the places we wanted to visit and we received no protest from him.

Cost / Fee. The driver asked us for $230, including toll fees and gas. For some people, this is a bit much but we wanted him to be happy so he’d treat us well. We never haggled the price. There are two of us, anyway, so it’s cheaper than going on tour buses, right? He was a nice guy. And a good driver, too!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Cancun Cuisine – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 24th, 2016

Cancun Cuisine - Nomadic Boys

The Mexican cuisine is so varied and heaps of fun to discover. Cancun cuisine in the Yucatán Peninsula has strong influences from the Spanish and the Aztecs, but its origins can be traced some 9,000 years back to the Mayans. This ancient empire migrated here and brought with them traditions like open fire cooking in ceramic pots and ingredients like batata (sweet potato), beans, corn, chilies, avocados and tomatoes. Bean paste on corn tortillas? That’ll be a Mayan creation.

Cancún cuisine has plenty of foodie experiences to explore with a variety of excellent restaurants. Here’s the famous and best food of Cancún we’ve stumbled on.

#1 TRADITIONAL TASTES

If you’re heading out to Central America and are after a true taste of Mexico, Cancun certainly has some of the best spots to suit all budgets. La Destileria is the best place to sample some of the traditional flavours and despite the stereotype of Mexico food being meat heavy, vegetarians are well accommodated here. La Destileria has local musicians who play from table to table and serve up a mean Kiwi Margharita.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Island Paradise on Isla Mujeres, Mexico – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 18th, 2016

Isla Mujeres - Dani

I visited Isla Mujeres in 2010 on a day trip while I was living in Playa del Carmen, and even though it was a (too!) short visit, I was smitten with the tiny Caribbean island immediately. Crystal clear water, powdery sand beaches, palm trees softly swaying in the wind. It was a glorious day. And yet it took me nearly six years to return to Isla Mujeres, the Isle of Women.

I decided to spend my last weekend in Mexico on the island, and I don’t think I could’ve chosen a more perfect place to end my Mexico trip with a bang, but it also made saying goodbye even more bittersweet. I know that I’ll be back in Mexico (hopefully rather sooner than later), but I was definitely not ready for this trip to end, especially after our fabulous road trip.

As the last stop for our road trip, the island was perfect! It is tiny enough to be explored in a golf kart in half a day, so we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything when we spent most of the weekend on the beach, sitting in a swing bar with a cool beer or searching for the best palm tree to spread out our beach towels under.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

Author: , December 17th, 2015

Isla Mujeres

Cancun gets all the attention in Mexico. She’s the sophisticated older cousin with the glitziest hotels, name-brand malls and an over-abundance of casinos. Isla Mujeres is quieter, less mature when it comes to glitz but older and wiser when it comes to gracious hospitality. She’s more like your best girlfriend who loves spending time with you, sharing meals that stretch on for hours, strolling and

Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

The island is 8 miles (13 kilometers) off the northeast coast of Cancun, serviced every half hour by ferries from pre-dawn to midnight. The Spanish graced it Isla Mujeres – Island of Women -because of the many goddess images left there by the Mayans who viewed the island as the sacred home of Ixchel, goddess off childbirth and medicine. Coincidently, it’s also the shape of a mermaid.

To the east of the island lies the Caribbean sea, rough and windy and the best place to view consistently spectacular sunrises. To the west is Cancun, which can be seen clearly on good-weather days. For visitors to Cancun, it’s the perfect day trip. For those who want to escape the glitz and see and be seen atmosphere of Cancun, it offers charming hotels, delish restaurants and exquisite beaches.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Lesbian Travel: My Cancun Love Affair

Author: , March 27th, 2015

Cancun, Quintana Roo - Apple MapsIt started as an innocent press junket to Cancun for the weekend. Five days, two hotels and a beach that stretched out like the tail of a runaway kite. I kicked off my shoes (and stress and responsibilities), anticipating a fun weekend of getting up close and personal with Cancun.

Then it happened – I fell in love. It wasn’t the kind of pulse-racing cliff-dive into love of my teenage years, but rather a slow and steady overtaking. Like a solar eclipse on a sunny day, Cancun stretched itself across me and I, well, I submitted.

I’m eager to share my vacation love affair with you and I can’t think of a better way to do it than through the words of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who would be a GoGirlfriend if she were around today…

How do I love thee, Cancun? Let me count the ways.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Quintana Roo Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: WorldMark Isla Mujeres, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Author: , January 28th, 2015

Worldmark Isla Mujeres

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Direct Access to the Isla Mujeres Marina : Escape to a quiet tropical retreat off the coast of Cancun at WorldMark Isla Mujeres, a spectacular resort in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This resort offers direct access to the marina where you can enjoy boating and yachting, as well as spacious suites and villas with king-size bed, sleeper sofa, mini bar, jetted bathtub, wireless Internet and more.

See the WorldMark Isla Mujeres Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Transgender Cruise Planned for December

Author: , April 27th, 2014

Transgender CruiseTravel agent Jeff Land blocked cabins on a Royal Caribbean sailing in December for what he believes is the first trans cruise. “This has been a dream of mine for so long,” Land said, “because it feels safe being with other trans people.”

Land identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns. “I’m hoping to book 40-50 people,” she said.

The cruise is on the Navigator of the Seas that leaves from Galveston on Dec. 14 for a week. Three ports of call on the trip include Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. “In Belize, people should stay together, but it’s gay-friendly,” Land said. “Honduras and Cozumel are both very gay friendly.”

By David Taffet – Dallas Voice | Other Gay Travel Events

Cancun, Mexico’s Many Colors

Author: , March 15th, 2014

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Let’s get to the big secret of the most brilliant star of Mexico’s Riviera Maya: Cancun still has secrets.

Here’s the gay one: Not even existing 50 years ago, Cancun made quick work becoming the LGBTQ anchor of Mexico’s Caribbean. It has its own gay beach at Playa Delphines, its own Gay Pride (Memorial Day weekend), and is pushing hard to attract gay businesses as much as gay tourists – it hosted the 2nd International Expo & Business LGBT Event in 2012.

In what could be considered a general rule, most of the communities stringing the Riviera Maya count as gay friendly; certainly the hotels are – my home base, the JW Marriott goes so far as to have a “Pride in Cancun” package. Ironically, Cancun’s dominance in the sector seems only to have sparked a serious “get the gays” competition, particularly with high-octane Playa del Carmen, 45 minutes south. Visiting in January, I made it in time for an all-nighter at Playa’s beachside Blue Parrot club, part of the larger Arena circuit event, a 6-day/15-party gay bacchanal held all over the city.

Authored By David Perry – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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