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Occidental Grand Xcaret Announces "First Club" Opening

Personal Butler Fulfills Requests for Emergency Piña Coladas on the Beach

March 6, 2012 (SANTO DOMINGO, DR) –Occidental Vacation Club, a division of Occidental Hotels and Resorts (Madrid), has announced the opening of the “First Club” at Occidental Grand Xcaret (Mexico).

Situated within an ecological and historical preserve less than an hour from Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes from the renowned Playa del Carmen,  the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret boasts  spectacular grounds, a pristine coastline and unparalleled service and amenities. The resort incorporates winding river channels, free-form pools and a private beach with powder-soft white sand on a quiet cove. The Occidental Grand Xcaret features 11 international restaurants and 10 bars. 
Many of Occidental Vacation Properties offer the concept of The First Club which provides upgraded services to Club Members. Visitors to Occidental properties where there is a First Club on property may take advantage of some First Club upgrades at check-in, although some restrictions apply and are limited to First Club Members only.   Special privileges include preferred accommodations, private members’ lounge, gourmet breakfast as well as a Members-only barbecue, private pool, beach and Jacuzzi®.  The First Club also has its own dedicated concierge, exceptional room amenities and the right to upgrade a unit at any non-First Club property in the Allegro Vacation Club. 

Luis Namnum, President of Occidental Vacation Club says that upon arrival First Club members are welcomed by the Concierge and greeted by name.  “The specially appointed suites are equipped with every conceivable comfort and luxury you could imagine, including Snorkeling Gear or Fishing Rods. The Members-only Lounge is available for Gourmet Breakfast, Premium bar, or just a classy ‘hangout joint’ with good music,” he says.  “So nothing interferes with members’ ‘beach-sleeping’, First Club members have access to a Private Jacuzzi® Pool with Butler services --just in case they have an emergency need for a Piña Colada!”

According to Sr. Namnum, it is not just the special amenities like the butler service on their private beach and the high speed internet connection that First Club members relish.  It is the personalized service.    “Although all Occidental guests receive excellent treatment, we pay special attention to those that choose to upgrade to First Club,” he says.

In addition to Occidental Grand Xcaret, Occidental First Club Resorts include Occidental Grand Aruba, Occidental Grand Punta Can, Allegro Puerto Plata, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Occidental Grand Cozumel, Allegro Cozumel, Allegro Playacar, and Allegro Nuevo Vallarta.  The Grand Xcaret is one of six Occidental Grand Level Properties with signature amenities and the small details that emphasize exclusivity and comfort.

All 11 Occidental Vacation Club vacations include unlimited meals and snacks, á la carte dining in specialty restaurants including unlimited alcoholic beverages;  sports (including tennis on a lighted court, water polo, aqua aerobics, and kayaking where available), use of the fitness center and more. Daily entertainment and a supervised Kids Club (ages 4 – 12) are also part of the package, as well as nightly shows and live entertainment and all taxes and gratuities.

Although the resort is part of a Vacation Club which offers exclusive features and amenities to its members, it is open to the public for all-inclusive vacations.  The club has resorts located in Aruba, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, and Mexico.  For information on rates and specials, as well as vacation club membership, go to: .   US and Canadian callers may call 1-888-538-8048.  For more international numbers email Follow on Twitter @OccidentalVC

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Stefan Bolta

Georgi Bohrod

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