About Marien Kaifesh

We are from Cleveland, Ohio USA and have two daughters (one graduated Ohio University in 2013 and one graduated The Ohio State University in 2016 and is now attending Medical University of South Carolina Pharmacy school in Charleston, S. Carolina). We’ve been married 30+ years and have vacationed in Hawaii, Tahiti, California, Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda, Europe, the Caribbean, and the west coast of Mexico, but nothing beats Cancun! It is our hands-down favorite! 

Here’s why….. Cancun has smooth white sandy beaches, beautiful warm blue water, historic Mayan ruins, fantastic (reasonably priced!) restaurants, lots of activities, and service-oriented locals who are warm and friendly. What more does a person need? Nothing! A bathing suit, beach towel, sunscreen and a few casual outfits and you’re set! Don’t bring too many clothes or shoes! You won’t wear them all! We first came to Mexico in 1985 for a holiday in Manzanillo on Mexico’s west coast, but didn’t like the brown sand and cold Pacific ocean. We tried, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, too, and got the same result. Then in 2000, we went to Cancun to celebrate my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary and did an all-inclusive holiday on the Riviera Maya (south of Cancun). While we loved the resort, our unit was far far away from the Sea. In fact, you couldn’t even SEE the ocean from our unit! We continued to come back to other all inclusive on the Riviera Maya, trying different ones, but could NEVER get a Sea view. We always overlooked a garden, or pool, but never the elusive Caribbean Sea. 

My sister purchased a unit at Cancun Plaza in 2007 and invited us to come see it. We were skeptical. It wasn’t an all inclusive and it was in Cancun ‘proper’ — on the Strip. I heard it was very ‘commercial!’ She assured me we would love it and she was right! We bought something before our vacation to Cancun Plaza was over! Commercial? Not this end of the strip! No dazzling lights; no loud music! Peace!

Marien Kaifesh purchased this studio in 2011

Why Marien Kaifesh chose Zona Hotelera

We have been coming to Cancun (specifically, Riviera Maya) since 2000 but could never get a room right on the beach. We were never really interested in Cancun and we weren’t sure how safe it was. But after visiting my sister’s studio apartment at Cancun Plaza, we were sold that Cancun Plaza was for us! No long walks to/from the pool or beach! No rocky beaches! It’s SAFE! The view is stunning! In real estate it is all about location, location, location, and this is no different! You can’t get a view like this in too many places without paying a fortune. In the USA, if you pay $100+ a night for a room, you will probably be overlooking a parking lot or dumpster! This is a champagne view on a beer budget! My friends say it is a “Million Dollar” view. We agree! This unit has everything you need…transportation, restaurants, ability to cook your own meals, infinity pool, white sandy beach, etc., all with a quaint Mexican feel. We feel safe even on the buses at night. We started looking at several places, but we decided upon Cancun Plaza because of the unobstructed Sea views and how compact the property is. No long walks to get to anything! Oh, and did we mention the view?? Nothing stands between you and the Sea except a beautiful strip of white sandy beach! We have a sparkling INFINITY POOL overlooking the Sea where you could spend all day just people watching those walking the beach. There is a separate shallow end for young kids and a deeper section for the rest of us. There is an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have a full bar as well as a wood-fired pizza oven. No need to leave the property or cook, if you don’t want to. Is Cancun Plaza perfect? No, but it is close. When you are this close to the salty Sea, it quickly takes a toll on the building, appliances (especially air conditioning!), but it is worth it for the proximity to the Sea!

What makes this studio unique

NEWLY RENOVATED! Location, location, location! You can’t beat the 180 degree view of the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea from your private balcony. That was the deciding factor of buying here. Some places may have a partial ocean view, or a little peek of the ocean between buildings, but we have THE view! You don’t even have to leave your bed! You can see it just laying there! Every day you will say, ‘Look at the color of that water!’ You will probably say it 20 times during your visit! All inclusive resorts are nice, and we have been to many of them, but after a while, it gets boring. You feel like you have to stay on property to get your money’s worth. Or you feel that you can’t get off the property because you are so secluded and far away from everything that it would be a king’s ransom in taxi fares. At mega-resorts, you have to take a trolley to/from the beach or to the restaurants, and heaven help you if you forgot something in your room and have to trek all the way back to get it! Not here at Cancun Plaza! Our unit is 60 seconds from the pool and 90 seconds to the beach. The buses run just outside the front gates. No long walks to get anywhere! Don’t waste your precious vacation time wandering around huge resorts; come to our condo and immediately relax! My custom made guest booklet gets you acclimated before you even arrive! My videos show you where everything in the complex is! You’ll feel totally comfortable since I’ve provided you everything you need to know. Florida is not always warm and has so many bugs, jelly fish, and frequent bad weather. The west coast of Mexico has brown sand and the cold dark Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is expensive and too far to get to. Cancun safe, affordable, and beautiful! We love it here and hope you will, too! Please check my calendar for availability and rates. We hope to welcome you soon! We’ve recently renovated our bathroom! It’s stunning! We’ve also added free private WIFI and Amazon Firestick TV.