Changes at La Buena Vida Suites

Fun things coming to La Buena Vida Suites also (formally Abbey One:)

PRIVACY WALL BETWEEN APARTMENT #1 AND #2:  A great idea will be implemented this fall, a privacy wall will be built between apartment #1 and #2, the ones that share the big balcony.  Don’t know why we didn’t think of that before!  That is one of the great things about new owners of the properties, all sorts of new ideas come flowing in.

THE POOL IS BEING REBUILT:  For many of our regulars you will have noticed that the pool tile, now 14 years old, is in need of attention. The cute little table and stools in the shallow part of the pool are falling apartment.  The pool will be drained mid August then re-tiled and grouted and the table and stools rebuilt.  The pool deck will be upgraded with some new materials.  Should be done by early September.

NEW KITCHEN CABINETS IN #3: You will find a new kitchen cabinets and granite counter top in #3, the large studio on the second floor.

Stay tuned for other fun changes coming your way.

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Fun new changes coming your way!

Every summer Jin, Nancy and Abby get all excited about updating, renovating, redecoration and planning new fun ways to make your stay at Abbey del Sol even better.

UPDATED WIRING:  You may have noticed on the calendar that the Abbey del Sol building (where the office is) is blocked out for all of May.  We are completely rewiring the two buildings to bring then up to code.  So you will see nice new outlets and switches and hopefully our light bulbs will last longer!  The power surges in Mexico are always a challenge.

NEW KITCHENS:  We are renovating the kitchens in the ground floor apartments in the front building, apts 5 and 8, and adding an L counter to the kitchen in #9 (ground floor of the back building.)  All granite counters.  #5, the large studio by the office is the biggest change.  Watch for the new photos in June.  It will be quite a nice surprise for our regulars.  You will actually have enough kitchen to cook in!

NEW BATHROOMS:  The front building will also get new bathrooms.  All tile walls and floors in a new, marble looking tile in a soothing off white.  New vanities and granite counter tops.

Minor changes to the bathroom in the little hotel room, #12.  Next summer we are redoing the bathroom in #9 and probably putting in a whole new tile floor in the whole apartment.

CASA RICARDO:  As you may know the new owners of Casa Ricardo (bought a year ago) are planning on a complete renovation and remodeling of the house.  The owner is currently getting bids on the project designed by an architect.  The scale of the project will be determined by the final price tag but we expect it will make the wonderful house into a fabulous house!

And, as usual, Milko is always planning upgrades to his 3 properties, Juanita, Izamal and Primavera.  La Buena Vida Suites has a new one bedroom apartment that went into service last fall.  Called #4 it is where Jin used to live.  Now a very nice, well appointed apartment with a patio door out onto the garden area.  Check out the photos on our website.  http://bookings.abbeydelsol.com/Unit/Details/100652

We will be posting new photos in late June.  Looking forward to seeing all our regulars next winter along with all the new guests that are booking with us all year long.

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Natalie painting butterflies (2)WP_20160402_08_07_06_Pro_1680x945We are very lucky to have a very talented artist connected to Abbey del Sol. Jin’s girlfriend, Natalie Walczuch, from the Ukraine, has been adding art to the walls at Abbey del Sol. Also paintings for some of the properties. Here are the lovely Mariposas (butterflies) she added to our wall by the office, gorgeous wall paintings to highlight our yoga roof space and 3 paintings she did from some photos for the wall of one of the bedrooms at Casa Anita.  She also brightened up our pig and turned the frown into a smile!CA bedroom (2) happy pig

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Our 14th High Season – Let the fun begin!

It is hard to believe that we have been in Puerto Morelos for 14 years now and seriously doing a vacation rental business for the last 11.  Where does the time go?  We have met so many wonderful people (and so many of them come back year after year…Thank you!) and had so many good times.

Some of our favorite times are when our family comes down to visit. This winter we are extra lucky since Tiff’s son, his fiance and her parents are with us for the Christmas week. Then later in March one of our sons and his family will be down.  And if the stars align one of Abby’s sisters and her husband will be down.  And then there are all the really dear friends who we get to see.  Life is good.  And the best wishes for a wonderful 2016!

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Introducing our Happy Pig

Many of our regular guests will remember the colorfully painted ceramic pig that sits by the front office.  We inherited the pig when we bought the property 8 years ago.  It was a sad little pig with a frown on its face.  Well, introducing the magic talents of Natalie, Jin’s girlfriend who is a marvelous painter.  She has repainted the pig and PRESTO… it is a Happy Pig with a smile and a twinkle in its eyes.  He is a Lucky Pig too since we have such a wonderful business and so many amazing people who stay with us.happy pigAnd here is one of my favorite photos of Jin and Natalie. What a great couple!
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Our Beaches are Back!

I am very happy to report that we are finally back to clear water and clean beaches.  The seaweed invasion is GONE!  After a storm there will still be cloudy water and more seaweed on the beach but nothing like we had last winter.  It is back to normal amounts.  Looking forward to a great winter season!

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The Beautiful Blue Water is back!

Thank you to Michael Maurus for this beautiful photo of the beach today, Oct 5, 2015.  This is between Paradise Beach Club and Unico Beach Club on the north end of town near Abbey del Sol properties.  The government is still struggling to get all the seaweed off the beach. Their efforts were shut down by the environmental groups because they were using back hoes to try and remove the seaweed and destroying the beach in the process.  3 or 4 times a week people go and rack, which helps, but it isn’t the long term solution we are all praying for.  Hopefully the new tractor with the rake behind will arrive eventually.Beach Oct 2015 MM

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Beach and Sea looking much better

Thanks to the hard work by the workers cleaning the beach and the change in the weather to a cooler temp and clearing winds from the north the beach and sea are looking much better.  Here are photos Jin took yesterday on the beach. The town is cleaning the beach 4 times a week, not every day yet, but we hope that by December 1 they will be back cleaning it every day now that the Sargasso seaweed is less.Beach 1 Oct 1 IMG-20150930-WA0005 IMG-20151001-WA0002 IMG-20151001-WA0008

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The beaches are being cleaned…. Yay!

Here is a photo our friend posted on FB about the cleanup that started today.Beach cleanup.  The government has hired hundreds of workers (mostly women) to work 4 hours a day and rack the beach to try and get a head of this problem.  They also have plans for trying to get the seaweed out of the water.

Our snorkeling Captain Raul Carusso also sent me this link to explain why this seaweed invasion is happening. Explaining the Sargassum Seaweed.

There is a second town meeting on August 17 and I will report the outcome.  If the town keeps the beaches clean (which they are now committed to doing) then we will be in as good a shape, if not better, than everywhere else on the Riviera.

 

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Mexican Government stepping in to help with seaweed invasion

There is good news about solutions coming for the seaweed invasion.  The government has committed hundreds of laborers to rake our beach all during hte day as well as money for a new beach raking tractor.  They will be putting huge mesh nets to catch the seaweed before it hits land and drag it out to where the current will take it out to where it belongs.  They are trying the nets in Cancun first and then will bring them down the coast.  Here is a good article about the plans.  Mexican authorities finding permanent solution to Sargasso Seaweed problem: Riviera-Maya-News.com article

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