Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Karisma And Viacom Postpones The Opening Of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

Travel Agent Central is reporting that Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) have unfortunately had to delay the opening of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya in Mexico.

Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles attend Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya's groundbreaking ceremony in May 2016.

Announced in May 2016, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya was scheduled to open on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, adjacent to Karisma's Generations resort, in December 2017, however, a representative from Karisma has told Travel Agent Central that the Nickelodeon resort currently doesn't have an official opening date, and that it will not open any time this year. Although the resorts official opening date has yet to be announced, TravelPulse reports that the resort will open in 2019.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will be the second property in the luxurious collection of five-star experiential resorts by Karisma and VIMN, following the successful opening of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in summer 2016. Karisma and VIMN broke ground on the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya resort in May 2016.

A third Nickelodeon hotel is planned for Huatulco, Mexico, along with El Dorado and Generations resorts. Groundbreaking is slated for 2019, with openings set for 2020.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will deliver non-stop family entertainment and Karisma’s renowned Gourmet Inclusive® Experience.

The new property – featuring 288 spacious swim-up and infinity suites, each with its own pool on a private terrace or balcony – will be located on a secluded white-sand beach facing Mexico’s stunning Caribbean Sea. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will reimagine the art of hospitality to deliver delightful twists including surprise Slimings and unexpected visits from your favorite Nickelodeon characters. Combined with world-class dining, contemporary design, innovative amenities and access to neighboring Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will offer an unforgettable getaway for Nickelodeon fans and luxe resort lovers alike.

“We have been thrilled with the overwhelming response to Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts’ combination of luxury and playfulness, and are excited to announce a second international property for guests looking to enjoy an unforgettable upscale vacation,” said Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President, Global Recreation for Viacom International Media Networks.

Armando Chomat, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Karisma Hotels & Resorts, commented, “Karisma Hotels & Resorts has a rich history in the Riviera Maya and we are eager to invite guests of all ages to experience the beauty of the destination anew along with the adventures and surprise elements uniquely afforded by Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts.”

Room rendering at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Casual luxury is the focal point of the property’s grand lobby, restaurants, bars, spa and two main six-story buildings – all set between lush indigenous mangroves, palm trees, and a white-sand beach. The first floors of both main buildings will be comprised of swim-up suites that boast direct access to swimming pools and swim-up bars, while floors two through six will host the infinity pool suites with unobstructed ocean views.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya’s accommodations will be as stylish as they are spacious with one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, each featuring shared living spaces and private pools. Twenty four hour room service, and amenities like complimentary baby food, strollers, and cribs will ensure vacations are luxurious and carefree.

As a part of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, the Riviera Maya property will provide entertainment for all guests within Nickelodeon Place™. The heart of the resort, Nickelodeon Place will include Just Kiddin’, a hangout for kids; Character Central where guests can meet Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and more: water features; and a kid’s spa. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will also feature Studio Nick, a theater for hosting an array of immersive entertainment experiences.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will deliver the award-winning Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, ideal for guests who value quality. Dining will be an art and a pleasure at six Gourmet Inclusive® restaurants including two oceanfront eateries, four bars and lounges, and a one-of-a-kind food truck experience that will present a half-dozen fun and casual culinary options to be enjoyed while seated or as a part of an outdoor picnic. The property will also feature an array of innovative food and beverage options at themed restaurants that reflect the brand with unexpected colors, imaginative food samples, and Slime Smoothies. A majority of the resort’s organic produce will be sourced from Karisma’s 75,000-square-foot Greenhouse located next door.

Additionally, Nickelodeon Spa-ahh will beckon with relaxation. Guests will have the opportunity to experience signature treatments within individual suites, couple’s suite, a luxurious bridal suite, or “al fresco” outdoor treatment areas for those craving a little sand with their spa.

For guests celebrating a special occasion, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will offer fully themed party options inclusive of character meet & greets, game play, specialty food & beverage and more. Karisma is renowned for its exquisite Gourmet Inclusive® Wedding Events, and the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will be no exception. Couples will be presented with an array of romantic options for their wedding events, including a Beachfront gazebo and signature Sky Wedding location featuring stunning 360-degree views from the private rooftop terrace. And if a couple’s wedding day just won’t be complete without someone getting Slimed, the resort is happy to hook them up!
Also, from Travel Weekly:

At Karisma event, awards and updates for top producers

Several hundred agents and preferred partners flocked to the Riviera Maya last week for Karisma's 10th annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) Awards. Each year the ceremony honors the hotel group's top agent partners with networking opportunities, educational seminars, a marketing forum, parties and an all-out gala dinner, where awards and prizes are given out to the best producing travel agents for the year.

As part of the week, Karisma executives hosted a marketing forum to discuss the latest happenings under the Karisma umbrella. For Mexico, 2018 and 2019 are shaping up to be a year of exciting openings. And 2017 brought a host of enhancements to the existing properties.

At El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya, the resort expanded its ballroom to accommodate an additional 400 seats. The resort's two-bedroom Presidential Suites also underwent a refurbishment, and the famous Rick's Bar was moved above the spa to a new oceanfront location.

Azul Beach Resort The Fives has officially opened Villa 19, adding more swim-up suites, more Skydeck suites, and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The resort also opened a brand-new adults-only section, with its own Natura Day Club, Bar & Grill, a private portion of the pool, and a restaurant.

A brand new villa has been added to the Villa collection: Villa Casa Del Mar, located next to Azul Beach Resort, is a new six-bedroom villa that can accommodate up to 12 people.

Going forward

Karisma is full steam ahead with its expansion programs looking to the future. The much-chatted-about resort in Huatulco will be ready to break ground in 2019. This expansive resort complex will have three different resorts: El Dorado, Generations and a Nickelodeon hotel. It will open in 2020.

Riviera Maya will see new additions in the form of Xolumado Inspiration Village. Opening next door to Generations Riviera Maya, this jungle retreat will be tucked between the forest and the mangroves. There will be 15 cottages and the space will be bookable to yoga groups, spiritual retreats, Hindu weddings and more. The vibe swings calm and peaceful, like a jungle retreat. The village will share privileges with El Dorado Royale, Casitas and Generations Riviera Maya.

In 2019, Karisma will open a Nickelodeon hotel in Riviera Maya, which will open next door to Generations Riviera Maya. All rooms will be oceanfront, and there will be eight restaurants, as well as the largest water park in the region.

Mexico's first Margaritaville hotel will open in 2019, next to Azul Sensatori. This will be the first all-inclusive hotel for Margaritaville and will feature 355 suites, as well as a Landshark Brewery within the resort.

For something completely different, Karisma is opening a hotel in the Valle de Guadalupe within a vineyard and winery. The El Cielo vineyard will be the site of the new El Cielo hotel, with state of the art vineyards and access to the 15 different wines produced on the premises.


Originally posted: Friday, December 08, 2017.

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