The 5 best aquatic activities in Cancun


Cancun is well known as a place to have fun, among the many activities on offer the aquatic ones are second to none. That’s why we have compiled for you our five favourite water based activities. We’re sure that whichever ones you choose to do you won’t regret it!


One of the world’s most unusual museums can be found within walking distance of the Grand Oasis Sens. Cancun’s underwater museum or MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) as it is known locally consists of several groups of sculptures that have been placed on the seabed at the southernmost point of Cancun’s hotel zone, Punta Nizuc. These sculptures can be seen by snorkelling and have the double purpose of being works of art and regenerating the coral reefs. Two more sites can be found at Punta Sam just north of Cancun and off the coast of Isla Mujeres.

2. Aqua Twister

If you’re an adrenaline junkie then Aqua Twister is for you. Hold on tight as this speedboat makes power brake stops, fishtails in the waves and 270 degree spins to leave your heart pumping and your body wanting more. The speedboat has a capacity for 20 people making it the perfect aquatic activity if you’re visiting us as a group.

3. Jungle Tour

Cancun’s Nichupte lagoon is home to many different animals including leopard frogs, iguanas, river turtles and blue crabs. Its mangroves also provide respite for several species of bird. Discover the wonders of the natural world in a two person speedboat making your way through the waterways of the lagoon all the way to the Mesoamerican reef – the world’s second largest coral reef – where you can snorkel and see the colourful flora and fauna of the Caribbean Sea.

4. Whale Sharks

The idea of sharing the water with the world’s largest specie of shark might sound a bit extreme, however these massive creatures are actually harmless. From May to September these sharks migrate to the warm waters of the Mexican Caribbean and can be found swimming near the islands of Isla Mujeres and Holbox where you can take a tour to swim with these tranquil animals for a truly unforgettable experience.

5. Wave Runners

Hire a jet-ski and hit the waves; go for a fun filled ride with your partner or hire two jet-skis and race your friend through the turquoise blue Cancun sea. This aquatic classic is a surefire way to have a good time.

If you would like to do any of these then get in contact with our sister company Caribe Maya for more information

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Day Tripper

While our hotels provide you with all you need to have a superb vacation – beautiful surroundings, top entertainment, fantastic cuisines – it is well worth spending time checking out some of the breathtaking areas our region has to offer. So here we’ve compiled for you five places to visit for an unforgettable day trip:

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Only an hour’s drive from Cancun is the city of Playa del Carmen, here you will find fantastic international restaurants, great shopping opportunities and nightlife to rival Cancun’s; all a stone’s throw from the beach. Dotted nearby are several cenotes; natures swimming pools. Some are free to visit while larger ones charge a nominal fee for upkeep.


Only 20 minutes by car from the Grand Oasis Tulum is the walled city of Tulum, perhaps the most picturesque Mayan archaeological site. Built on a clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the ruins which date back to 1200 AD include the remains of a castle, temples and palaces. Don’t forget to bring swimwear as taking to the turquoise waters below and looking up at the ruins is a magical experience.

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If Cancun is all about partying then Isla Mujeres is all about relaxing. This island about a 30 minute boat ride from Cancun’s hotel zone is the perfect place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of city life. Pristine beaches, pretty, colourful streets and an all-round relaxed vibe is the order of the day on Isla Mujeres.

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About two hours from Cancun by car is the Mayan archaeological site Chichen Itza, one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’. Apart from its most iconic building, the temple of Kulkulcan, this site which dates back to 600 AD also includes cenotes and pelota (Mesoamerican ball game) pitch. Immerse yourself in thousands of years of history and learn some fascinating facts about one of the great ancient civilizations.

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A two hour car journey north of Cancun is the village of Chiquilá where you can take a 20 minute ferry ride to the unspoilt island of Holbox. This fishermen’s island is home to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures, including whale sharks that from June to September migrate to its waters. Visitors can take a tour to swim with these harmless creatures; some excursions include a spot of fishing where the onboard chef will cook the catch of the day.

To plan your trip to these and other areas check out our sister company Caribe Maya for more information ( Or why not go on your own road trip by renting one of our Smart cars, just ask our Smart car team in your hotel for more details.



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Oasis Hotels & Resorts Opens Six New Restaurants in Cancun

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Pioneer all-inclusive brand transforms dining experience



 CANCUN, Quintana Roo, Mexico, August 17, 2015 — Oasis Hotels & Resorts, the first and leading all-inclusive vacation resort brand in the Mexican Caribbean, is revolutionizing the all-inclusive dining experience, implementing a series of food and beverage upgrades that range from simple, yet refined culinary offerings to state-of-the-art, dramatic dinner-and-a-show concepts. The brand has invested more than $30 million in renovating its properties and enhancing its amenities, with a keen focus on elevating its gastronomic offerings. In the last two years, Oasis Hotels & Resorts has unveiled a few of the highest rated restaurants in the destination, and within the last six months has opened several new dining concepts that continue to transform what guests have come to expect from a traditional all-inclusive dining experience.


In 2015, Oasis Hotels & Resorts has debuted the following restaurants at the Grand Oasis complex, home to The Pyramid at Grand Oasis and Grand Oasis Cancun:


  • SPRING 2015: RED CIRCUS – An incredible dinner and show experience, guests at Red Circus are treated to an artistic aerial dance performance while enjoying an exquisite dinner. Combining mysticism, art, lights, magic and professional artists, the show leaves spectators in awe. Dinner includes a Chef’s choice prix-fixe menu and is accompanied by a bottle of champagne.


  • MAY 2015: IL FORNO DOS LUNAS – Featuring Italian delicacies, this recently upgraded restaurant serves gourmet pizzas prepared in wood-fire brick ovens, delicate pastas and a variety of fish and poultry dishes. Warm Italian-Mediterranean art juxtapose with the checkered table clothes to greet guests upon arrival. The main dining room opens to a brand new terrace surrounded by lush tropical gardens, ideal for those who want to enjoy modern Italian cuisine al fresco.


  • APRIL 2015: THE WHITE BOX GASTROBAR –Developed by Chef Rafael Zafra, trained by world-renowned Michelin Chef Ferran Adria, The White Box serves haute cuisine in an unpretentious and informal atmosphere. Offering exceptional views of the Mexican-Caribbean Sea with cozy European minimalist design, the dishes are all expertly prepared, presented beautifully and served tapas style so guests can sample a wide variety of delicacies. Standouts include the Surprise Avocado from the basket to the table, The White Box of assorted cheese and jams, Scallop Ceviche with leche de tigre and a bit of lemon air, Tatemado Shrimp blackened with black tempura, Potatoes with sausage from Valladolid, Sea Bass with tomato cream and dried fruit and brioche bread “Torrejas” with almond ice cream and lime. Aesthetically, the restaurant opts for a minimalistic approach with natural wood and white furnishings. Red accents and bottles of wine set within light beige wood boxed shelving complete the European essence. The restaurant is ranked within the top 5* in Cancun.


  • APRIL 2015: MAKI TACO – This new Japanese-Mexican fusion restaurant serves creative dishes such as Chicken Broth lime soup with rice noodles and tofu, Wakame and Cactus Salad with octopus and mirin, a Tuna Roll “veracruzana style,” FishTempura “tikinxic” style and Matcha Tea Tapioca with strawberries and caramelized sesame seeds.


  • APRIL 2015: DRAGON WEI – Serving a fusion of Chinese and Mexican delights, this new restaurant is a casual spot for inventive takes on classic dishes such as Chop Suey with “poblano” style chicken, Sour-chipotle Ribs and Shrimp in a teriyaki glaze, Veracruz style.


  • FEBRUARY 2015: MARIA BONITA – This recently upgraded restaurant serves gourmet Mexican dining in a traditional Mexican hacienda setting. While hints of old Mexico and the country’s heritage welcomes guests in, it’s the contemporary dishes that really stand out. Menu items such as the Shrimp with Prickly Pear and sprinkles of pork crackling served with fresh cheese and vinaigrette, the Mayora Quesadilla with cheese, huitlacoche, rajas with pumpkin flower fried or grilled, Red Snapper filet with lime, Steak Medallions with goat cheese in a poblana sauce and Tequila-Flamed Caramel Crepes are all served with a side of entertaining live mariachi performances. In the last six months, the restaurant was upgraded, adding furnishings made with reclaimed wood that had been restored, adorned with traditional bright colors. The centerpiece of the restaurant’s renovation is an impressive hand-carved bar, brought in from an old hacienda that dates back to the early 1900s.


Oasis launched The Pyramid at Grand Oasis concept April 2015 as an upscale retreat located in the center of the Grand Oasis Cancun resort complex. Offering sophisticated guests a more refined travel experience, guests can now book directly at The Pyramid and enjoy exclusive amenities such as preferred rates for Smart cars**; complimentary rounds of golf at the resort’s exclusive 9-hole course; early check-in and late check-out***; private check-in and check-out; private VIP lounge; an upgraded complimentary in-room minibar stocked with a wider selection of Mexican and imported beers, soft drinks, bottled water and snacks; and a premium room service menu.


“At Oasis, we are very proud of being pioneers in Cancun’s all-inclusive market. It is that spirit of innovation that drives us to constantly look for ways to enhance the guest experience and stay relevant to a consumer base whose interests evolve continuously,” said Enrique Klein, Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Oasis Hotels & Resorts. “While we have made great investments to upgrade our resorts, our true differentiator, and that which will keep our guests returning year after year, will be our culinary program. We are offering experiences, menus and presentations that guests won’t find at any other resort in the destination.”


Oasis Hotels & Resorts began carving its niche as the leading culinary all-inclusive brand in 2013, partnering with Chef Rafael Zafra, a talented protégé of famed El Bulli Chef Ferran Adria. Chef Zafra, one of the world’s top chefs today, set out to create culinary experiences that would elevate the guest experience and set a high standard for the future of gastronomy within the all-inclusive market.


Chef Zafra first opened Hacienda Benazuza at the Grand Oasis Sens, a molecular gastronomy restaurant where science meets haute cuisine on the edge of the turquoise Caribbean waters. At Benazuza, chefs create the kind of magic that bursts upon the taste buds in a glorious shower of perfection. Guests can embark on a surprising and unforgettable culinary journey by imbibing in a 20-course tasting menu. Every cocktail and every dish is a surprise waiting to be uncovered.


The Black Hole, currently rated the #1 restaurant in Cancun on Tripadvisor****, is a one-of-a-kind dining experience that opened in 2014. Offering two seatings nightly, The Black Hole at Grand Oasis Sens sets guests out on a culinary adventure, where the entire dining experience is enjoyed in complete darkness. Guests are invited to forego their sight for one evening, and heighten their sense of taste, touch, smell and sound as they are led through one of the most unique experiences of their life. Guests are challenged to identify each dish, all paired with wines from around the globe.


*The White Box Gastrobar is ranked fifth on TripAdvisor as of June 30, 2015.

**Preferred rates for Smart cars inclusive of taxes and mandatory insurance.

***Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability.

****The Black Hole is ranked #1 on Tripadvisor as of August 13, 2015.



To learn more about Oasis Hotels & Resorts, or to book your stay, please visit or call 1-800-44-OASIS.



About Oasis Hotels & Resorts

Oasis Hotels & Resorts is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept in the Cancun – Riviera Maya area. Opening its first all-inclusive resort in 1980, today the company has a vast portfolio of eight properties spread throughout Cancun and Tulum, each with its own brand identity and catering to a distinct guest profile. Combined, Oasis Hotels & Resorts consists of 4,000 guestrooms and suites. The brand recently made a multi-million dollar investment to renovate its properties, including significant enhancements to its accommodations, food & beverage options and enhancing service standards. Oasis properties include: The Pyramid at Grand Oasis, Grand Oasis Cancun, Grand Oasis Tulum, Grand Oasis Palm, Oasis Palm, Oh! By Oasis, Grand Oasis Sens and Oasis Smart.


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Olympic Games


Bringing out the best in us

The Olympic Games are, among many other things, a declaration of unity between people and places. They bring out the best in us both as athletes and spectators; our competitive spirit, fair play, and a chance to show the best version of ourselves in the quest for glory. During the games there are no enemies only rivals. For 19 days in Rio de Janeiro battles will be won and lost, opponents will embrace each other, and Olympic heroes will be born.

x31179246223784719_8The Games are also chapters that mark our history and, when records are broken, show how far we have come as a species. Memories that last a lifetime are made. The opening and closing ceremonies are often remembered fondly, whether it was a colourful affair like Beijing 2008 or imposing like London 2012. These ceremonies have become a major point of reference to the games, with the host nation showcasing its culture, ideas, and passions while providing a message it wants to send the rest of the world in the process.

An unforgettable ceremony

The opening ceremonies have grown rapidly over the years, each trying to outdo the previous one. However, there is one that definitely marked a watershed moment in Olympic inaugurations, one that stood out in the memory due to the sheer spectacle and imagination behind it. We are of course talking about the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, one that fills us at Oasis with pride as the man behind this celebration is none other than our head of entertainment, Spanish director and producer Cuki Pons.


Cuki Pons

Honorary member of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and successful television and film director, Cuki, as he is affectionately known by his peers, brings to every Oasis show, not only his indisputable talent and imagination, but also the experience of a man that marked a generation that watched that arrow fly over the Olympic cauldron in the most spectacular lighting of the Olympic flame ever seen.

Ceremony after ceremony, every four years people congregate in a stadium somewhere in the world to celebrate the beginning of the Olympic Games, and despite the efforts of talented creative artists and directors, Barcelona 92 continues to be a benchmark for the games; its colours, its machines and structures, the boats, the flamenco and the Mediterranean emotion that ran skin deep.

So the next time you visit us make sure you don’t miss out on the breathtaking shows that the most important entertainment team in the Caribbean offers, because behind each one of them is not only a talented team of dancers, acrobats and make-up artists, but also the flair and wisdom of a man that, without being an athlete, left his mark on the history of the Olympic Games.

The lighting of the 1992 Olympic flame

Quetzal at Grand Oasis Cancun

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5 Cancun nightclubs you don’t want to miss

Cancun nightlife is legendary; from top to bottom this is a party city. Nowhere is this more evident than the party centre of Cancun’s hotel zone; a cluster of bars, restaurants and nightclubs that are open till sunrise. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable night of partying you won’t go wrong visiting one of these:

1. Mandala

You’ll know when you’ve arrived at Mandala with its big open façade, on the other side of which is a large open space with plush oriental decoration and the best in house, electro and hip-hop to dance the night away. Mandala Beach Club next door is open in the daytime and is a great place to get you in the partying mood.

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2. Palazzo

Palazzo offers something different to your run-of-the-mill nightclubs. Its glamourous décor makes it the perfect spot for a fun and chic night of house, electro, and pop.

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3. Dady’O

Dady’O is a Cancun institution. Opened in 1989, the building takes the form of a cave emerging from the sea. Whether there’s a bikini contest, lingerie night or Mardi Gras special, a night at Dady’O will remain long in the memory.

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4. La Vaquita

Sometimes you just want to go out and have a good time without having to worry too much about what to wear and whether you have enough money or not. La Vaquita solves this dilemma for you. The smallest club on this list punches way above its weight and is the place to really let your hair down with its real party atmosphere and the latest hits blaring from the sound system.

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5. The City

Latin America’s largest nightclub consists of three floors with a capacity for 6,000 revellers. Here you’ll find world-class DJ’s spinning their tunes and creating an electric atmosphere. The City is a super club in every sense of the word, providing an experience like no other. This colossus is a must for all partygoers.

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These are some of the best nightclubs in Cancun and what’s more they’re all within walking distance of each other. Grab your tickets for any one of these clubs at the Grupo Mandala kiosks found in our hotels.

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