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In the scope of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, held worldwide during the month of October, the Iberostar Bávaro complex completed a 5 kilometer race in its facilities on October 19 (World Day of the Fight Against Breast Cancer). This initiative proved very popular, with large numbers of the guests of the four hotels, and of the management teams and staff of the whole complex, participating. In addition, the staff and owners of the Iberostate property section and the staff of the Golf Course were also well-represented.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative which forms part of the integral programs of the fight against breast cancer. The recommended strategies are early detection through knowledge of the initial signs and symptoms, and the demonstration of how to perform self-examination of the breasts. Early detection improves the prognosis and survival rate of patients and continues to be the cornerstone of the fight against this aggressive illness whose victims are mostly women.

At the end of the race, those who finished first through third in the men’s and women’s categories received their prizes. Coming first in both categories was married couple from Argentina who were staying at the Iberostar Punta Cana: Vanesa Mereles and Fernando Mosquera. In the women’s category, Gloria Morini, a client of the Iberostar Bávaro, came second and Iberostar Bávaro employee Ángela Cabrera was third.  Second place in the men’s category was taken by Christian Fernández, son of employee Gorka Fernández, who in turn finished in third place in the category. All of them were well deserving of excellent prizes.



octubre 23rd, 2014 | Posted by CM Iberostar in Press Release - (0 Comments)




Year-long “IBEROSTAR Chef on Tour” Program will Offer Thirty Dinners with Prestigious Chefs at Properties in Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Spain

Madrid, Spain (October 22, 2014) – The Spanish hospitality brand looks to further enhance its competitive edge in the all-inclusive marketplace with the introduction of “IBEROSTAR Chef on Tour,” an initiative focused on sharing IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts’ indigenous Spanish-style cuisine with guests around the world. Kicking-off this month, the tour is comprised of 16 internationally-recognized chefs who collectively hold 22 Michelin Stars. Over the course of 12 months, IBEROSTAR will organize a total of 30 dinners with the various chefs in five-star properties across Mexico (Riviera Maya), the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana), and Spain (Mallorca and Tenerife).

The 16 renowned chefs participating are as follows (with Michelin Star annotation): Dani García**, Ángel León*, Quique Dacosta***, Andoni Aduriz**, Nacho Manzano**, Manolo de la Osa*, Pepe Solla*, Fernando Pérez Arellano*, Jordi Cruz**, Pepe Rodríguez*, Paco Morales*, Fina Puigdevall**, Beatriz Sotelo*, Yolanda León*, Macarena de Castro* and Begoña Rodrigo, voted “Spain’s Top Chef 2013.”

Beginning in late 2014 and continuing through 2015, each of the 16 chefs will travel to IBEROSTAR’S luxury resorts to create an exclusive menu tailored to each destination for the enjoyment of guests, who can sample the finest in Spanish cuisine with the accompaniment of the most exquisite international wines.

BEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has also designed iberostarchefontour.com, where consumers interested in this unique experience can access any of the IBEROSTAR Chef on Tour dates as well as detailed information about the culinary tour.

With this project, IBEROSTAR has strengthened its commitment to its culinary offering and unites the most talented chefs from Spain with the finest hotels in IBEROSTAR’S portfolio.

IBEROSTAR Chef on Tour is developed under the umbrella of Iberostarchef, a seal of quality that encompasses all of the company’s culinary initiatives.

Below is the complete IBEROSTAR Chef on Tour schedule:





November   2014

Dominican Rep. – Oct. 31

Cuba – Nov. 4

Mexico – Nov. 8


December   2014

Dominican Rep.   – Dec. 5

Cuba – Dec. 9

Mexico – Dec.   13


January   2015

Dominican Rep. – Jan. 16

Cuba  –   Jan. 20

Mexico – Jan. 24


February   2015

Palma de Mallorca – TBC


March   2015

Dominican Rep.   – Mar. 6

Cuba – Mar. 10

Mexico – Mar. 13


April   2015

Dominican Rep.   – Apr. 17

Cuba – Apr. 21

Mexico – Apr.   25


May   2015

Dominican Rep. – May 8

Cuba – May 12

Mexico – May 16


June   2015

Dominican Rep. – May 29

Cuba – Jun. 2

Mexico – Jun. 6


July   2015

Dominican Rep.   – Jul. 10

Cuba – Jul. 14

Mexico – Jul.   18


August   2015

Tenerife – TBC


September   2015

Palma de Mallorca – TBC


Fina Puigdevall 2*

Beatriz Sotelo 1*

Yolanda León 1*

Macarena de Castro 1*

Begoña Rodrigo “Top Chef España 2013”

October   2015

Dominican Rep. – Oct. 16

Cuba – Oct. 20

Mexico – Oct. 24



About IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is a resort hotel chain based in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), founded by the Fluxà family in 1986. IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is an integral part of GRUPO IBEROSTAR, one of the main Spanish tourist companies with over 50 years of experience, which currently has around 100 hotels across the world.

For more information, please visit iberostar.com.

MED_Budapest y sus increíbles alrededores

The region of Budapest and its surrounding areas is perhaps the most interesting region in Hungary. Together with the capital, the Danube Bend, a spot that hides thousands of wonders and a strong candidate to be declared Heritage of Humanity, offers the possibility of an attractive visit.

The mountains of Visegrád, with their great artistic beauty full of fast-flowing streams; the Pilis Mountains, which hide a beautiful karst, dolomite landscape; the Buda Mountains, entangled with green hiking paths; the Budakeszi WIldlife Park, a preferred destination for Hungarian families; the recently renovated and globally famous Vácrátót Botanical Garden; and the dense and preserved forests of Börzsöny all await lovers of forest excursions, of nature, flora and fauna.

Very close to Budapest and on the banks of the Danube, the small town of Szentendre or St. Andrew is located. Its pastel-colored houses, cobblestone narrow streets, souvenir stores, churches and walks on the banks of the Danube are the attractions offered by Szentendre. Another must-visit is Eger, one of the most popular cities in Hungary among tourists. It is known for its castle, its minaret, its historical buildings and thermal water tourism but, above all, it is known as the place where the best wines in all of Hungary come from. In the streets of the city, Baroque-style buildings and squares dominate. Gödöllö is a small town situated around 30 kilometers from Budapest, and is again very popular among tourists. In it you will find a Baroque palace of the House of Habsburg, built in the mid-18th century. At the end of the 19th century, the palace in Gödöllö was the preferred residence of Duchess Elisabeth of Bavaria, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph and best known as Sissi, much loved by the Hungarian people.

The largest lake in Central Europe is Lake Balaton, which has a long shape and is some 80 kilometers long and 14 kilometers wide, with an average depth of 3 meters. The Hungarians usually call Lake Balaton the “Sea of Hungary.”  Who said Hungary had no coastline? The lake has two different banks: the South, with its beaches, hotels, resorts, campsites, bars and nightclubs; and the North, more wild and mountainous, with small, scarcely-visited towns and hills covered in vineyards.

Budapest and its surrounding areas – a real country within a country, where you will find almost everything that is so easy to love about Hungary – is the region of harmony and variety.


You cannot leave without trying Hungary’s most famous liqueur: Unicum, which, with its unmistakable bottle and bitter flavor, is said “to cure all.” It has been being produced for more than a hundred and fifty years using a secret formula that combines more than forty different herbs and is the property of the Zwack family. The taste that leaves no-one indifferent.


“Linked to the innovative concept of a Boutique Hotel with an inviting spa, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Budapest is designed for luxury getaways and travel, as it not only boasts style and good taste but also a prime location across from Liberty Square (Szabadsag tèr) in the Pest area, near the Danube, which separates this area from the popular Buda.”

Festa do Senhor do Bonfim Na foto: Foto:Alberto Coutinho/AGECOM

The capital of Bahia brings together all types of tourism and, for this reason, pleases different kinds of tourists, both Brazilian and foreign. Those interested in the religious, cultural and historical aspect of the country can visit the city’s old churches. Among them are the Igreja da Ajuda, founded by the Jesuits in the 16th century, and the Igreja da Ascensão do Senhor, which honors the apostles of Christ. The church houses a chapel, a baptistery and a sacristy in its lower level. Another famous place of worship is Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (Our Lord of the Good End), built in the 18th century. Precisely in this church, one of the most important religious and cultural gatherings in Bahia, the Lavagem do Bonfim (“washing of Bonfim”), which is an attraction in itself, is held.

In the procession, which stretches to kilometers in length, all the locals dress in white and walk from Conceição da Praia church to Bonfim church, which is at the top of the Sacred Hill. The event, which attracts up to 800 thousand people each year, takes place every Monday in the month of January. The procession begins with the Bahia locals, with their opulent, immaculate white dresses and their cups full of perfume, which are spilled in the church and on the heads of the followers who accompany the procession. All the followers and Afoxé groups pay tribute to Obàtálá, singing special hymns to praise the Senhor do Bonfim.

It is an impressive spectacle which shows the strength of the religious syncretism of Bahia and which, without any doubt, is well worth witnessing.


“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has two 5-star, all-inclusive vacation complexes in Salvador da Bahia: the IBEROSTAR Praia Do Forte and the IBEROSTAR Bahía.  Both hotels offer guests the ideal Brazilian vacation and beautiful natural surroundings.”


The coastal, mountainous landscapes surrounded by tranquil, crystal waters in contrast with the beauty of its towns and pleasant climate have made Majorca one of the most important tourist destinations Spain has to offer among its territories. And in the case of Majorca, this offer includes much more than beaches.

Towns of great historical and cultural interest, museums, churches, beaches, mountains, water sports, adventure, nightlife, etc. The beaches and coves of Majorca are something that you cannot miss out on during your vacations, even in winter! Endless stretches of sand, small coves, unspoiled beaches with cliffs, rock formations… there is something to suit all tastes. All of them, with their fine, golden sand and turquoise waters, are spectacular spots in which to relax and make the most of the sunny days.

But in addition, you must set aside some time for essential cultural visits, of which there is no shortage. In Palma, the capital, you cannot avoid a visit to the stunning Cathedral, “La Seu”, and the interesting old town, La Lonja, La Almudaina, the churches and cloisters of San Francisco, Santa Eulalia… All must-visit locations!

The Tren de Sóller is another of the excursions that you must not miss during your visit to the island of calm. A trip which takes you back into the past; its wooden seats and perfectly-conserved structure ensure that passengers enjoy a unique experience. The highlights of the tour include the long tunnels, the Cinc-Ponts viaduct and the Mirador de Pujol d’en Banya viewpoint, which offers spectacular views of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range and the Sóller Valley.

In addition to Sóller, other must-visit towns are Valldemossa, Deià, Alcudia, Orient, Fornalutx and Artà, to name but a few!

Enjoy the Majorcan night in some of the island’s most famous night spots. There is a great variety of bars, pubs and nightclubs open every day of the year to welcome the biggest of party animals. We recommend two of the best streets to have a few drinks and a great time: The district of La Lonja is a very busy area at night; there are plenty of restaurants serving Majorcan and international cuisine as well as a great offer of bars and pubs which stay open until two in the morning. And the most vibrant area of the island is the Passeig Marítim (the promenade), where you will find the big nightclubs to dance in until sunrise, such as “Tito’s” or “Pachá”.

The typical product that identifies Majorca is ensaïmada, an exquisite sweet dish that can be eaten on its own or stuffed with angel hair pasta and cream. If you want to buy a souvenir for family members and friends, the best idea is undoubtedly bringing them home a delicious ensaïmada as a gift. Make your purchase in the traditional bakeries on the island to taste the authentic ensaïmadas; avoid buying them in airport stores and on the promenade.


Do you want to eat well in Palma? If you want to eat good rice, fish, shellfish or tapas, or to simply have a drink, make sure you visit the traditional and refurbished Restaurant Pesquero, in the middle of Moll Vell, a unique spot overlooking the small fishing boats and nets. Furthermore, they arrange several days of live music.


“The  IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts hotels in Majorca put the most exciting experiences that the Balearic Islands have to offer within the reach of the visitor. The excellent locations of IBEROSTAR hotels in Majorca, spread across the island, provide an unmatched opportunity to discover all of its secrets.”


ESP_La excelente gastronomía onubense_2

Huelva’s cuisine stands out for two special reasons: first, like all the other regions of Spain, it has been heavily influenced by the great number of cultures that have lived in the territory. The second that should be highlighted is that Huelva has been positively affected by its privileged location: situated between the sea and the mountains and with some inland regions of great agricultural wealth, which explains why its cuisine possesses the best of each of these three environments.

Above all, Huelva is known for three products, whose excellence is unquestionable: jamón de la Sierra (ham from the mountains), berries, particularly the strawberries and raspberries of Lepe and Palos, and the seafood and fish of the coast.  But there are many other products of the highest quality which can be found in Huelva: some excellent white wines, quality liqueurs, grape juice, olive oils and vinegars which are starting to triumph in all the international competitions, oranges, asparagus and other products from the vegetable garden, which are beginning to gain in recognition.

A stop-off at the Aracena Museum of Ham, situated right in the city center and located in a building which was constructed 30 years ago to be the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs of the Sierra, is a very interesting option. Barely 150 meters away is the La Gruta de Las Maravillas, an underground passage full of suggestions and mysteries. Without any shadow of a doubt, it is a must-visit.

Essential: Cuisine d’auteur is gaining pace. Xanty Elías is a sign of it, with his Acánthum restaurant which offers a cuisine of sensations, brimming with passion and a touch of creativity, using local products and ingredients from Andalusia, “Europe’s great pantry”, and where every mouthful is an experience. Make sure you try the “Eco-Huevo, ortiguilla de mar y su galleta” (Eco-Egg, sea anemone and cracker) “Explosión de gurumelo y agua de Lamuyo asado” (Explosion of gurumelo mushroom and roasted Lamuyo pepper juice). The food of gods!



IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has 1 all-inclusive resort in Huelva, on Isla Canela, 50 km from the capital of the province: the IBEROSTAR Isla Canela. An ideal complex for couples’ breaks or vacations with children in Huelva, with a wide variety of facilities for relaxation and entertainment.”

ESP_Las playas de Tenerife te enamorarán

The island of Tenerife stands out due to its beautiful landscapes of pure nature and its spectacular beaches of black volcanic sand. In Tenerife you can find everything, from unspoiled, hidden, fairytale coves to vast beaches of artificial and natural golden sand. In addition, its beaches are amongst the best on the Canary Islands and 13 of them boast the Blue Flag distinction.

Some of the best are:

Playa de las Gaviotas: Playa de las Gaviotas is considered one of the best beaches in Tenerife for the calmness of its waves, its crystal water and the intimate ambiance it provides. It is a beach on which couples, families and nudists can all coexist.

Playa del Bollullo: El Bollullo, in the municipal district of La Orotava, is a beautiful, isolated beach of volcanic sand whose tranquility and extraordinarily clear waters make it stand out. A unique setting dominated by cliffs frame this 400 m beach.

Playa de Benijo: This black sand beach is difficult to reach but the trip is worth the effort, not only because of the beauty of the beach but also since, to reach it, you have to cross the spectacular Macizo de Anaga mountain range. Playa de Benijo is known for its strong swell, ideal for lovers of surfing, but the true secret of this beach lies in the sunsets. It offers the best sunset views from a beach on the whole island of Tenerife.

El Médano: Next to the small tourist town of El Médano is the beach of the same name which, at 2 km, is the longest on the island. Its fine, white sand invites you to stroll to its southern edge, where there is an extraordinary volcanic cone, Red Mountain (Montaña Roja), which is a protected nature reserve due to its outstanding ecological significance.

Playa de la Arena: This beach of black volcanic sand offers the best Tenerife’s beaches have to offer: crystal waters and pure nature, mixed with a stunning landscape.

But these are just a few of the many fantastic beaches on this beautiful island. We encourage you to explore them because none will disappoint.


If you are traveling with children:  If the little ones will be joining you on your trip, you must visit Loro Parque.  A world-famous adventure and the most popular and renowned animal park in the Canaries. Discover Antarctica on Planet Penguin, take your seat at the OrcaOcean show or be amazed by the acrobatics of the dolphins which defy gravity. You will all love it, big ones and little ones!


“The IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts group has 7 hotels on the island of Tenerife. These 4-and 5-star hotel complexes enjoy privileged locations in Tenerife, on the ocean’s edge and in peaceful and relaxed areas in order to offer the best services and the most fulfilling vacations possible in the Canaries. Furthermore, our hotels in Tenerife have a carefully-designed leisure and entertainment program geared towards all audiences and which will suit all tastes.”

Think Green: Cozumel

octubre 15th, 2014 | Posted by CM Iberostar in DESTINATIONS - (0 Comments)



Green-blue and turquoise sparkles in the sea dazzle and provide a home to the wonderful marine life, the main feature of the reef area, which frames the Mexico’s largest island: Cozumel.


Cozumel, the “Land of Swallows”, a name given by the Mayan belief that the goddess Ixchel (deity of the moon and fertility) sent her birds to the island as gratitude for all its offerings, is an unparalleled place in the Caribbean Sea, where the natural beauty together with the archaeological remains create an unforgettable magic.


Unspoiled beaches which still today conserve the tradition of the sea turtles’ visit to shelter their young, as well as a bird sanctuary, can be enjoyed by simply daring to look up. With almost 80% rainforest, the natural life on the island continues to be conserved and can be appreciated if you take time to explore it.


Cozumel is surrounded by rainforests, beaches of white sand as fine as talc and rocky coasts originating from the formation of the second largest coral reef in the world, which completely surrounds the island. These rocky coasts serve as a habitat for an endless number of algae as well as a refuge for the reproduction of fish.


Its docks welcome thousands of cruises every year and it is considered the number one destination for cruises of this type. In fact, the largest cruise ship in the world docked there on its maiden voyage.


Its sea has been classified as having the most crystal waters on the planet, with enviable temperature and unique visibility as well as a flora and fauna that no other location in the Mexican Caribbean can offer.  You can observe European eels, angelfish, multicolored parrotfish, butterflyfish and many other species, such as spiny lobsters and pink winkles. At nighttime in the high season it is possible to observe the nesting of turtles on the island.


In 1960, French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau declared Cozumel “one of the most special places in the world for diving,” and from that moment it became one of the 5 best locations in the world for the activity, thus increasing the demand for services; it was then that the need to regulate the use of its natural resources became imminent, with this area being declared Cozumel Reefs National Park by decree.


Thanks to this decree, all the money collected through the revenue from the recreational activities carried out within the National Park serves to support the conservation, use, education, awareness and monitoring of this area.


If you visit Cozumel, we invite you to enjoy its beautiful beaches, to immerse yourself in the warm Caribbean Sea, to explore the whole island, but above all to appreciate, admire and help conserve one of the most magnificent settings on the planet: the Cozumel Reefs National Park.



BRA_Delicias amazónicas en Manaos_2

Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, is a sophisticated city full of charm. In this city of contrasts, the Negro and Solimões rivers merge, offering a wonderful natural spectacle. It was founded in 1669 and is currently a major industrial city with sufficient capacity to offer visitors all of the services they could want.

Manaus has restaurants to suit all budgets, from the local establishments on the banks of the Negro and Solimões rivers, to luxurious options. In all of them you can enjoy the regional cuisine, from the popular feijoada (meat and bean stew) to tambaqui, a freshwater fish cooked in the oven on banana leaves. One of the most popular places to eat is the area of the explorers, although La Barca restaurant, which offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, comes highly recommended.

The Brazilian cuisine is very varied and changes drastically from one region to the next. In Manaus they prepare exotic dishes that you will not find in any other part of Brazil, such as the Amazon pato ao tucupi (duck in Tucupi sauce), a real delicacy. It is a dish belonging to the indigenous people of the Amazon, influenced by the slaves, who seasoned the duck with ingredients from the area. Another of the flamboyant local dishes, which can be found in Banzeiro, a restaurant serving gourmet Amazon cuisine, is pirarucú, a freshwater fish which can grow up to three meters in length and whose meat is highly valued. Banzeiro is located at Rua Libertador, 102, Nossa Senhora das Graças.

In the Churrascaria Búfalo, run by a family from Rio Grande do Sul, land of the Brazilian meats, they make one of Manaus’s most traditional grills. Unmissable salad buffet and bar area with great drinks, located at Rua Pará, 491, Conjunto Vieiralves, Nossa Senhora das Graças.

El Toro Loco is a restaurant surrounded by green, which offers an excellent buffet with a fantastic variety, including sophisticated appetizers, meat, fish, dessert and even a sushi bar at midday. Located at Avenida do Turismo 215, Tarumã.

El Bistrô Ananã, with its warm atmosphere and decor, is inspired by the image of a boat, is ideal for romantic dinners. The menu: exotic and contemporary dishes with Amazon ingredients, created by chef Sofía Bendelak. Located at Travessa Padre Ghisland 132.

One of the traditional establishments for lovers of fish, with more than 30 years’ experience, is Canto da Peixada. Exquisite Amazon fish in a very family-oriented atmosphere. Located at Rua Emílio Moreira 1677, Praça 14.

Loppiano is a charming pizzeria with several air-conditioned rooms and a balcony. Varied and unusual tastes, from shrimp to cream of passion fruit. At Rua Major Gabriel 1080, Centro.

Tapioca breads, tacacá soup, fish such as tambaqui, and açai fruit are some of the Amazon’s typical foods. Try these and other Brazilian and international delicacies in the restaurants of Manaus recommended by us and it will be impossible for you to leave the city saying you have not eaten well!


IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has a 5-star, all-inclusive boat hotel in Manaus: the IBEROSTAR Grand Amazon, which stops off at various points of the Amazon rainforest for excursions exploring the dense, unspoiled vegetation in small boats. This boat hotel has cabins equipped with the most comprehensive facilities, various restaurants and bars, a varied entertainment offer and conference rooms for events.”


The sun, the white dunes of the desert which merge with the unique blue water of the sea, stunningly beautiful landscapes, flavorsome food, hospitable and friendly people, the most beautiful island of Cape Verde is all this and much more.

Facing the coast of Senegal, Boa Vista is the biggest island of the Cape Verde archipelago and belongs to the Barlovento islands. Its very long, unspoiled beaches are an endless succession of white sand dunes, splashed with picture-perfect palm trees. This island is perfect if you want to enjoy the beach and the ocean in complete peace. Its enormous size makes it impossible that you will have to compete with someone to throw down your towel and claim your place on the sand. Boa Vista can be defined for all purposes as a paradise, silent and with little tourism, ideal for vacations focused on relaxation, but also for lovers of adventure, thanks to the possibility of practicing water sports (windsurfing enthusiasts know it very well) and the interesting excursions available on it.

An excellent idea is visiting the island by quad. This is particularly ideal for visiting the deserts of Viana (with the whitest of sand) and Rabil (more earthy).

Some of the best beaches on the island are Chaves and Ponta Varadinha, where it will probably be just you, the white sand and the incredible blue of the sea.  Curalinho, better known as Santa Mónica beach since it shares its name with the famous beach in California – an 18 km strip – also comes highly recommended. Fine, white sand, on which the waves of the sea break in a setting of indescribable beauty. And in the north of the island, don’t forget to visit Santa María beach, not so much for swimming, as the waters are usually quite rough, but for the ghostly landscape featuring the remains of the Spanish boat named Cabo de Santa Maria, which sank here in 1988. And if you fancy witnessing loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs, make sure you visit the beach of Ervatao. There is a conservation center where you can get information about the habits of this species and the efforts that are made to ensure its continued existence.

And if you want to know what Boa Vista tastes of, try the langostada and the cachupa. Two excellent and traditional dishes which no visitor to this island can leave without sampling.


“The IBEROSTAR Club Boa Vista is a 5-star all-inclusive resort in Cape Verde, located on the shores of the stunningly beautiful Chaves beach. Located in a setting of unparalleled beauty, this hotel for couples and families will amaze guests with a comprehensive offer of leisure for all ages and a gastronomy that will satisfy even the most demanding palates.”