Happy Holidays Everyone

Just a fun photo from our photographer, Michael Maurus, who was taking new photos of the Villa at La Buena Vida Suites and added a Santa hat to our little towel fish (thanks to Photo Shop.) The new photos will be on our website after Dec 22. We can thank our new housekeeping manager, Yadira, for the towel art, one of the passions she has. She and Vicky, our other new housekeeper, are doing a great job.  I included one of my favorites, the little Munchkin girl.Towel art santaTowel art fish towel art girl

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FIRST PLACE IN HER CLASS – CONGRATULATIONS NANCY!!

Bacalar -SunWe are so proud of our office manager, Nancy Bermudez, for her two first place wins in the competitions at the swimming marathon in Bacalar.

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Updated apartments #10 and #11 at Abbey Two

 

Apartments #10 and #11, the second and third floor units in the back building at Abbey del Sol Two now have L shaped kitchen cabinets with a granite counter top.  The walls have been repainted and the sofas recovered.  #10 now has the smaller balcony and #11 the larger one.  Here are photos of #10.  Photos of #11 will be available later.

 

#10 7 patio #10 6 patio table #10 5 loungers #10 4 BR #10 3 kit #10 2 Kit #10 1 LR

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Early Summer – the construction season

Like many people in town Abbey del Sol began renovations and updating on 5 of our properties:

1.  Casa Ricardo – new exterior paint and minor concrete repairs

2.  Casa Anita – A second bathroom is being added off the main bedroom with a door to the pool area as well as into the bedroom.  This will be done by June 15._DSC0035_402x600 _DSC0036_600x402

3.  Casa Juanita – A pool in the front, an expanded patio in the back and a fourth apartment in the right corner of the property.  Photos will be available later in August.

4.  Buena Vida Suites – the old, rusty iron railing on the roof top patio has been replaced with a concrete and PVC combo that looks great.  Due to the rain it hasn’t been painted yet but soon.  The PVC will be painted to look like wood similar to what you see on the left side of the photo._DSC0032_600x402

5.  Abbey del Sol 2 – Huge new laundry and storage room on the second floor.  Now that the old Abbey del Sol 1 has new owners and is renamed La Buena Vida Suites we have separated our laundry and storage process.  We are putting a large, metal sun light fixture on the big blank wall.  The third floor apartment, #11, now has the large patio and #10, the second floor apartment has the smaller one.  Still very nice._DSC0021_1024x685 _DSC0023_1024x685 _DSC0025_1024x685 _DSC0028_1024x685[Above] The new covered patio area in front of #12, our little “over flow” room, will have a table and chairs for the use of #12 so they have a little more room to spread out.  The table and chairs have yet to be purchased.

In the back building we have installed new kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops.  #10 and #11, the second and third floor apartments in the back building now have L shaped kitchen counters.

All the walls have been repainted a soft off-white and new accent color walls in the kitchens and bedrooms.  New curtains are being ordered.  The sofas have all been recovered (again! We have to do it every 3 or 4 years.) Some new art on the walls.  As the summer and fall roll along we hope to find more art.

Michael Maurus, who has done the photography for most of our website, will be taking new photos in August of all the remodeling.  Stay tuned!

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Celebrating the end of a great winter season at Xoximilco

We took our staff to the new theme park, Xoximilco, that is being developed by Xcaret on the highway driving north to Cancun.  Jin and his two girls, Mildred and Valeria, Freddy, Nancy, Cesar and his wife Fabi and daughter Evelyn, all came along.

_DSC0013_800x536 _DSC0010_800x536It was a lot of fun.  A dinner cruise weaving our way along a river through the old stone quarry that they are turning into a theme park.  Each boat had the name of one of the states in Mexico.

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The dinner was a tasty sampling of food from all over Mexico.  For the drinkers (which we don’t have many of in our group) the tequila was flowing freely._DSC0033_800x536

There were boats along the way with musicians playing music from states all over Mexico.  They had us dancing, singing and playing games by the end of the night._DSC0039_800x536 _DSC0053_800x536We had a great time!

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Some new art for Casa Mulder and the Villa at La Buena Vida

On a tour to a cenote 90 minutes inland we stumbled across a wonderful artist, Javier Cachon, located in Valladolid Nuevo, pone 998-244-4490.  Two paintings with Mayan themes, one in the hallway at the Villa at Buena Vida and one in the living room at Casa Mulder.  Another colorful canvas will hang in the master bedroom at the Villa and another in apartment #10 at Abbey del Sol._DSC0001_DSC0008Above is the TV/Living Room at Casa Mulder and below the second sofa in the hallway at the Villa in La Buena Vida

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Robin from Layla Guest house took us on an amazing day trip to visit the breathtaking Kalak Ha cenote.  Only recently opened to visitors this stunning cave cenote is definitely worth the trip.  Just 90 minutes from Puerto Morelos heading toward Merida.

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Just a short drive from the highway to where we unload and walk a few minutes to the opening of the cave.  Robin and our guide are showing us the way._DSC0008_1024x685cenote Kalak 1_1024x765 _DSC0044_1024x685Ken and Audrey, the new owner’s of La Buena Visa Suites (formally Abbey del Sol One) were just wowed along with the rest of us.  It was such a cool, refreshing swim in the crystal clear water.  Then a walk through the jungle being show the native flowers and plants that grow in this area.

_DSC0057_1024x685_DSC0069_1024x685Then a walk through an amazing cave before we have a delicious, authentic Mayan lunch at a local families home.

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Enjoying the apartment #9 private patio at Abbey del Sol

Greg, Jim and Mimi are hanging out enjoying the apartment #9 private patio on a sweet day in March 2012.  Jim, Greg and his wife Julie (Mimi couldn’t make it this year) are back again this year for their fifth time at Abbey del Sol.  Abby and Tiff first met Greg and Julie here in Puerto Morelos even though they are from Stillwater, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities were they are from.  You meet the greatest people at Abbey del Sol!GREG JIMMY MIMI ADS 2012

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New Name for Abbey One – La Buena Vida Suites

Ken and Audrey Ohlsson, the new owners of what was formally called Abbey del Sol One have decided on a new name for their property – La Buena Vida Suites (The Good Life.)  What used to be Abbey del Sol Two, where the office is, is now simply Abbey del Sol.  Apartment numbering maybe a little confusing because #1 through #4 are still at La Buena Vida Suites and the Abbey del Sol property numbers start at #5, ending at #12.  #4 is now The Villa.  We’ve decided to keep the numbering the same for now since we have so many return guests who are used to staying in a certain apartment number.

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Yoga on the Roof

YOGA ON THE ROOF WITH KAREN – Stretch yoga for everyone starting Tuesday, Dec 24, then every Tues, Thurs and Sat, 8:15 to 9:15. We have mats. $10usd or $100p. The roof of Abbey del Sol Two (where the office is.) Day before notice if you will be attending would be appreciated. Come and enjoy some exercise, in the shade, enjoying the breeze.

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