An alternative Mexico

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While there is nothing wrong with having a burrito or downing a couple of shots of tequila on your next trip to Mexico (hey you’re on holiday!), there are a whole host of foods and drinks that you may not be aware of even if it is your tenth time visiting us. So to get you started we’ve compiled for you a few delicious alternatives to what you might typically order…

Gorditas instead of tacos


Tacos may be Mexico’s most well-known food but another snack that is just as versatile and delicious is the gordita (Spanish for little chubby girl). The gordita is made using either corn or wheat flour just like the tortillas used for tacos, but this time the tortilla is much thicker. The dough can then be filled with savoury or sweet fillings and is either baked or fried. The latter being the most common way it is cooked in our region. Once cooked, the gordita can then be made even ‘gorda’ by cutting a slit in one side and stuffing it with additional ingredients. Popular fillings include pork, chicken, beef, cheese and beans. The most common version, which can be found in our hotels buffets, is the gordita de chicharron (fried pork rind). A delicious snack for any time of the day!

Tortas ahogadas instead of burritos


Meat, rice and vegetables in one delicious wrap, who doesn’t love a burrito? The Tex-Mex staple, meaning ‘little donkey’ in Spanish, is the ideal fast food when you’re in a hurry. Another tasty treat that packs a punch is the torta ahogada, or drowned sandwich, a bread roll filled with pieces of pork meat and covered in a spicy tomato sauce. Variations of this hearty dish from the Mexican state of Jalisco can be found, where other ingredients like chicken or prawns are used instead of pork. Your stomach will thank you whatever filling you choose!

Ceviche instead of nachos


Nachos are one of the great dishes for sharing with friends but can seem like quite a heavy option if you’re spending the day on our paradisiacal beaches. A lighter, healthier alternative? ceviche, fresh seafood marinated in lime juice typically topped with chopped tomato, onion, chili peppers, avocado, and coriander leaves. In most of the seafood restaurants in our region you’ll find prawn, octopus or fish ceviche, or a mix of all three. Whichever seafood you prefer, the ideal version to share with friends overlooking the Mexican Caribbean is the ceviche caribeño which adds chopped mango to the mix. Served with tortilla chips and an array of delicious sauces your day at the beach just got a lot better!

Pacifico instead of Corona


Did you know that Mexico was the world’s largest beer exporter in 2015? The most exported of these was Corona. Mexico’s most famous beer conjures up images of sunny skies and sandy beaches and is pleasant enough; but another, lesser known, and personally speaking much nicer beer, Pacifico is the perfect accompaniment to the sunny skies and sandy beaches of Cancun. This beer from the Pacific port city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa is also the ideal drink to wash down a Caribbean ceviche.

Mezcal instead of Tequila

Tequila may be Mexico’s national drink but it is its lesser known agave cousin mezcal that you ought to try on your next visit to Mexico. Produced on a much smaller scale than tequila, mezcal is a smoky tasting spirit that should be sipped and not shot. Often accompanied by orange slices and worm or grasshopper salt (yes you read that correctly), mezcal has seen a resurgence in Mexico in recent years with mezcalerias (mezcal bars) popping up in the trendiest parts of town. Mezcal is an acquired taste, but a taste worth acquiring. So next time your friends order tequila, order a mezcal and impress them by asking for orange slices and grasshopper salt.


Whether your try one or all five of these great alternatives when you next visit us, we hope that we’ve opened your eyes and senses to new flavours and experiences.


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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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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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