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Paradise…for $40?!

Posted by Tony & Cheri on September 14, 2010

Summer is over and the chilly winds of autumn will be starting soon. Before you know it the hectic race to the holidays will begin. But there is still time to lie in the sun on a beautiful Caribbean beach one last time this year. And it’s now more affordable than ever before. At the Luna Blue Hotel we are having an incredible Fall Fest Sale with all our rooms on sale for only $40 US!

Yes it’s true…All rooms at the Luna Blue are now $40 for the next six weeks! For the cost of a Mexican meal in the US, you can have a night in Mexico instead.

Make a new reservation now for a minimum three night stay between September 15 and October 23 and you can have the best available room for $40 plus tax. Every room in the hotel is $40…from our private Treetop Terrace rooms to our spacious Garden View Deluxe rooms with full kitchens to our Tropical Hideaway rooms to our cozy Courtyard Nook rooms. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so book early for the best room and the best deal.

With the FREE use of beach clubs, the discounts on beach club drinks and meals, FREE margaritas and FREE muffins and coffee in the morning, you can’t afford to stay home.

And right now you can find some amazing deals on air fare before the prices go up for the winter season. Don’t worry about missing the cold weather. It will still be there when you get back.

Wouldn’t it be nice to start winter with a tan?

Is your fall going to look like this…
Yucky weather

Or this…
Beautiful Playa del Carmen

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Party in Paradise….New Year’s Eve at the Luna Blue!

Posted by Tony & Cheri on December 18, 2009

Have a Tropical New Year!Some places seem to think New Year’s Eve is a chance to add on a hefty cover charge, double the prices on drinks and try to be super-cool. Not us. Down here at the Luna Blue we think New Year’s Eve should be all about margaritas and palm trees.

So this New Year’s Eve, we are having an old school “Party in Paradise” with Buffett, Booze and Bikinis…

* Start with a New Year’s Eve Happy Hour…2 for 1 Margaritas from 5-8 pm.

* Enjoy live music by Mike Grabow, who will sing about putting your toes in the water and your butt in the sand.

* Whenever Mike takes a break we will turn on Radio Margaritaville.

* Hungry? Spanish Tapas can be delivered right to your swing or table from Miguel at Las Cazuelas Restaurant across the street.

* And just to add to the beach party atmosphere, girls in bikinis drink FREE!

Enjoy Boat Drinks while sitting on a swing beneath a palm-thatched roof; stroll in a beautiful tropical garden; dance next to a waterfall; and join us for a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

No cover, no reservations, no inflated prices and “no worries, Mon.”

Join us for New Year’s Eve at the Luna Blue Bar…Playa Style.

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Recommended Reading: A Great Guidebook

Posted by Tony & Cheri on January 24, 2009

Click here to see 'Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya by Joshua Eden Hinsdale' on Amazon.comWhen we first bought the hotel, we didn’t know a thing about marketing. We naively thought it was just a case of writing or calling up companies that published guidebooks and telling them we were open for business. Haha! We quickly found out that’s not the way it works.

Getting mentioned in a guidebook can be difficult. If you’re not already a known entity (which we weren’t) you might not be mentioned because there’s only so much space in a book and the writers already have their favorites. And, even if the book is updated, you may have to get on a waiting list for a couple of years to be mentioned.

We also discovered that reviews of hotels in the travel writing industry sometimes are the result of the hotel’s “generosity” to the reviewer. Many large hotels finance press junkets and pay for rooms, airfare, food and other perks for travel writers. We had two problems with that. First it seemed kinda phony that you could buy a good review in a travel book and secondly…we couldn’t afford it. So we resigned ourselves to the fact that we wouldn’t get much mention in the world of guidebook publishing.

However, in the early days of the Luna Blue Hotel, we had a young travel writer stop by to look at our hotel. Joshua Eden Hinsdale was working on a guidebook for the Riviera Maya with an emphasis on Playa del Carmen. Josh had lived in the area for many years, was active in the travel industry, and knew his way around the Mayan Riviera. He was enthusiastic about spreading the word that Playa was the hottest place to travel and wanted his guidebook to be as up to date and detailed as it could be. He wanted visitors to have the same insider information that locals have. Best of all, he wasn’t looking for a handout or compensation; he just wanted to write the best guidebook possible.

We spent a lovely afternoon talking with Josh. Several months later a guest in the hotel showed us a copy of his newly printed book, “Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya: A Complete Guide” published as part of the Great Destinations guidebook series. In our opinion, it was everything Josh had said it would be. We were especially happy that he had done a very complimentary review of the Luna Blue Hotel. It was our first guidebook mention! We even stole one of his quotes from the review to use on our website: “The Luna Blue Hotel…has a lost in time quality that’s not easy to find in a modern resort destination.”

Over the next couple of years we couldn’t count the number of people who have shown up at our front desk with his book in hand. It obviously has been a real help for visitors to Playa del Carmen.

Then, last year, Josh stopped by again. He explained he was updating his guidebook and wanted to see what was new with the hotel and get our feedback on changes, improvements and additions to Playa del Carmen in general. He also asked if he could interview us for a sidebar inclusion in the book. Oh yeah, twist our arms! We spent a pleasant couple of hours with Josh sitting in the garden next to the waterfall and talking about one of our favorite subjects, Playa del Carmen.

Fast forward to today. This morning some guests in the hotel came to the front desk with a copy of the new 2nd Edition of Joshua’s guidebook which they had brought for us. (We have the nicest guests!!) We just finished leafing through it and have to say it’s even better than the first one. The information is detailed in a way that most guidebooks aren’t. It offers specifics about where to go, what to do, how to get there and how much to pay.

But what makes this book really special and different is the insider commentary about things in Playa del Carmen that visitors often don’t see or hear about. Joshua talks about our famous fire department, the Bomberos, and tells people how they can help support it. He offers a long list of items that are needed by the local Playa del Carmen Children and Family Services Department with information about where to bring such items. He also peppers the book with entertaining commentaries such as the “Top 10 Songs to Load on your iPod” before coming to Playa (Margaritaville tops the list of course); suggestions for walking tours and stories about Mayan history and myth. He even does a review of local “adult” clubs with pricing information! There are plenty of maps and lots of photos. He also tells the reader about other sources of local information, including the website www.intheroo.com which he notes is “favored by many locals.” (We might have put in a good word. 😉 )

Of course our favorite pages are 142, 143 and 192. It’s here you can find favorable reviews of the Luna Blue Hotel & Garden, the Luna Blue Bar (which he recommends) and almost a full page story about us which he called “Living the Dream.” It was pretty cool to see that. Now we’re just waiting for someone to purchase the movie rights. 🙂 🙂

So if you’re going to be coming to Playa del Carmen soon or just want a book to take you there on a cold South Dakota winter’s night (that’s for you, Tim & Ruth), pick up a copy or order it from Amazon.com and make the mailman trudge thru the snow with your copy. We think you’ll like it.

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Here’s an excerpt from the book that shows Joshua’s spot on attitude about traveling south of the border:

It May be Paradise, but it’s Still the Jungle

Don’t forget, even though Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya are exotic and wonderful beach vacation destinations, they are still relatively undeveloped and are in close proximity to the jungle, and you should set your expectations accordingly. You should also remember that there are hassles and frustrations inherent to any travel situation. You’re on vacation to have fun and celebrate life, so try not to let little challenges you encounter bother you.

If a chicken walks into your beachfront restaurant and pecks at your crumbs, don’t get mad–take a picture. If a gecko streaks across the wall of your hotel room, don’t call the front desk–give him a name and consider him a pet. If your shower runs out of hot water, don’t complain to the concierge–it’s good for your sunburn. And most importantly, if you find yourself at odds with your travel partner, it’s time to hit the nearest bar, order a margarita, feel the warm breeze, and remember why you came here in the first place.

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