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The History of Beach Volleyball

A very popular beach activity at Sunscape Resorts & Spas is beach volleyball! Our guests love hitting the sand and serving it up it hopes of beating their opponents. But when did beach volleyball begin? Today, we’re going to give you a brief history.

Beach volleyball is said to have begun in the 1920s in Santa Monica, California about 25 years after the indoor version of the game was invented on the East Coast of the United States in Massachusetts. Initially, the sport was played as a family fun activity, but its low cost soon made it spread around the world. By the 1930s, the game was being played in places such as Riga, Sofia and Prague.

During the Great Depression, the sport experienced quite a boost as the economy was suffering and families were looking for fun activities for relatively no cost. By the 1950s, competitions were being held in several cities in California. Shortly after, sponsors realized the popularity of beach volleyball and began to take advantage of it.

In the 1970s, the first pro beach volleyball tour was organized and by 1986, the International Volleyball Federation had recognized the sport. Finally, in 1996, beach volleyball became part of the Olympics.

Today, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the sport worldwide either participating for competition or for pleasure and this includes many of our guests!

 

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Fourth of July, Sunscape-style!

Flag waving and face painting at the Explorer’s Club.

At Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, our guests experienced a truly memorable Independence Day! Patriotic festivities included a beach BBQ, live American rock n’ roll band, fireworks, parades and hot dog eating contests. Check out some star-spangled fun from Ixtapa!

Live music rocked the resort!

All-American cook out!

Special flag cake was red, white and yum!

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Spotlight on Our Spa Treatments

Our guests can experience the ultimate relaxation during their stay by booking a treatment at our luxurious Sunscape Spa by Pevonia. There are plenty of sensuous treatments to choose from that will help you ease into vacation mode upon arrival to our resort. Check out some of our favorite ways to spend a day at the spa:

  • Chocolate Manicure/Pedicure:  This treatment begins with a white chocolate and mint lotion, followed by a refreshing chocolate mask. This sweet experience finishes with a soft massage using a white chocolate cream.
  • Post Sun Exposure Soothing Facial: Ingredients specially formulated to sooth and heal skin are featured in this relaxing facial to alleviate irritation from overexposure to the sun.
  • Hot Stone Massage: Stones are skillfully used on specific locations to release muscle tension in this fabulous full body massage.
  • Seaweed Body Wrap: Seaweed is a powerful agent that detoxifies and energizes the body in this soothing wrap.

Take a look at our Sunscape Spa by Pevonia spa menu for a full list of available treatments!

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Destination: Curaçao


With Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino becoming the first Unlimited-Fun® resort to enter the destination, we want to introduce you to the fun little island in the Southern Caribbean that will be home to the newest Sunscape Resort & Spa! Below are some of the best reasons to visit Curaçao.

Ideal Weather

With only 22 inches of rain fall a year, Curaçao is an ideal destination to visit year-round!

Undersea National Park

This 1,500-acre national marine park encompasses Curaçao’s underwater terrain from New Port to the island’s southeastern tip. With restrictions on fishing and other intrusions, the park contains Curaçao’s most pristine coral reef and marine environment, as well as numerous ship wrecks, some dating back almost 100 years. Not surprisingly, it is a wonderland of exploration for divers and snorkelers.

The Curaçao Sea Aquarium

The aquarium offers a combination of information, education and interaction. Throughout the day there are several tours and presentations where visitors can watch, touch, and learn about the animals.

Rich in History

The resort is situated in the capital city of Curaçao, Willemstad. This lively port city has a rich history and is one of six UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Caribbean.

We hope you come discover what makes Curaçao the perfect destination!

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5 Reasons to Celebrate the 4th of July with Us

July 4th is such a uniquely American celebration, that people are often hesitant to go out of the country during this time. They don’t want to miss the fireworks, delicious barbecues or time with family and friends. However, at Sunscape Resorts & Spas, we offer a special July 4th celebration of our own!

Here are the top five reasons you should come stay with us for Independence Day:

5. We decorate the resort in red, white and blue: Our festive use of the flag colors is sure to bring out the patriotic spirit in everyone!

4. We hold a fun-filled BBQ on the beach: Our beach barbecue boasts all of the best traditional barbecue food: hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and salsa, etc.  And of course, no barbecue is complete without some beer and cocktails!

3. We create festive crafts:  From coloring American flags to creating other red, white and blue crafts, kids of our Explorer’s Club are sure to have a fun-filled 4th so Mom and Dad can spend some time on their own.

2. We love playing games: It wouldn’t be a classic July 4th celebration without some healthy family competition! Challenge your spouse and children to a game of bocce ball, beach volleyball or horseshoes in the sand.

1. Even though we’re in Mexico, we celebrate like we’re in America: With the combination of fun crafts, creative decorations, beach barbecue and family games, we truly bring the 4th of July celebration right to you. You may be in an exotic paradise, but you’ll feel right at home!

 

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Announcing Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino!


Coming November 2012, we’re excited to open our doors to the newest Sunscape Resort & Spa…in Curaçao! Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino will be the first Unlimited-Fun® resort in the destination, which is known for its spectacular coral reefs, flawless beaches, and rich culture and history. The resort will boast a ton of updates, including revamped guest rooms, new decor in its six restaurants, new spa decor, as well as enhancements to the theater, ballroom, wedding chapel and fitness center.

Situated on more than 1,500 feet of pure white sand and only 20 minutes away from Curaçao International Airport, Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino has a pristine house reef in the crystal clear waters of the Southern Caribbean which is part of the adjacent Undersea National Park. Guests of the resort also will have close access to the Blue Bay Golf Course and the well-known Curaçao Sea Aquarium.

The five-story, 341-room Sunscape Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino will offer its guests the benefits of Sunscape Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Fun® vacation concept which provides limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour dining options, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, fitness facilities and more. The resort also will feature two swimming pools, a full-service spa, salon, fitness center and flexible meeting spaces. By 2013, the resort will include the brand’s signature Explorer’s Club for Kids and Core Zone Teen’s Club, Coco Café, Desires nightclub and a new swim-up bar.

See you soon in Curaçao!

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Dish of the Week: Coconut Shrimp

The official start of summer is just a few weeks away! If you’re itching to get away, try making this delicious Coconut Shrimp that is sure to make you feel like you’re at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa.  It is popular with our guests and we hope you enjoy it at home. Also, try pairing it with a Margarita or Piña Colata for a true tropical experience!

Coconut Shrimp Recipe

Ingredients:

6-8 cups of vegetable oil
12 to 16 large shrimp
1 ½ cup of flour
2 tablespoons of sugar
Salt to taste
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of Captain Morgan’s Rum
1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup shredded coconut

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350ºF
  • Mix together ¾ cup of flour, sugar and salt
  • After thoroughly mixed, stir in milk and Captain Morgan’s rum and let the batter stand for 5 minutes
  • While the batter is resting, combine coconut and bread crumbs in a separate bowl
  • You can then begin coating the shrimp
  • First coat the shrimp in flour, then the wet batter and finally the bread crumb and coconut mixture.
  • After the shrimp is coated, fry the shrimp in the heated oil

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Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Earns a Distintivo “H”!

Executive Chef Daniel Pech and staff at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa

Sunscape Dorado Pacifico was recently awarded with Distintivo “H” Award. The Distintivo “H” program, an initiative of Mexico’s Health Department, is based on requirements established by the World Health Organization and aimed at food and beverage service providers looking to improve the quality of their offerings through better hygiene practices in the process of handling, storing, and preparing food and beverages. Establishments looking to receive the distinction must voluntarily request an inspection of their operations. Obtaining a Distintivo “H” award is recognizing the effort made by hotels and restaurants that are committed to raising their standards of hygiene and quality.

Congratulations to Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, and especially to Executive Chef Daniel Pech and staff in your unrelenting work towards maintaining the highest standards in health and hygiene!

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Hot, Hot, Hot Summer Savings!


Don’t beat the heat this summer – embrace it! Dive into our Hot, Hot, Hot Summer Savings for sizzling discounts, sultry savings, and smokin’ upgrades! All new reservations made at Sunscape Resorts & Spas from May 1, 2012 to July 2, 2012 for travel between May 1, 2012 and December 22, 2012 will be eligible to receive up to 40% off, plus up to $400 in resort coupons!

In addition to Hot, Hot, Hot, we’re offering guests an opportunity to Suiten Up Your Stay! Upgrade to the next available room category during your stay starting from $99 per person for a 7-night stay. Additional upgrades are of course available, for an additional cost.

Reservations can be made with any travel agent or directly at SunscapeResorts.com.

Not hot enough for ya?

Try your luck with our Sizzling Summer Sweepstakes on Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa’s Facebook page! You could be the lucky recipient of a free 3-night Unlimited-Fun® stay for two at Sunscape Resorts & Spas. Share with friends for more opportunities to win – the more entries we get, the more stays we give! At every 500 entries we’ll make one fan a winner…it could be you!

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An Excursion to Potosi’s Lagoon

For guests visiting us at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, an excursion to Potosi’s Lagoon could make their vacation even more complete! Potosi’s Lagoon, located south of Zihuatanejo and the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo airport, is a beautiful area that provides a down-to-earth, authentic Mexican beach experience. The lagoon itself is located at the southern end of the long white stretch of beach known as Playa Larga and Playa Blanca.

When visiting the lagoon, guests can not only enjoy the plentiful sunshine, but they can also tour the mangroves and watch the amazing birdlife in small boats. This area truly is a bird lover’s paradise and birdwatching in this area is an absolutely amazing experience. Kayaks can also be rented to take in the views and birds from a different angle.

If you’re interested in visiting Potosi’s Lagoon during your stay at Sunscape Resorts, simply stop by the activities desk upon arrival and someone will be happy to help you arrange a trip!

 

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