At Secrets® Resorts & Spas, we value the beautiful communities and surroundings of our many resorts, and today we’re excited to share how you can help us give back!
Keep reading to find out how you can help a local school near Secrets Royal Beach in El Cajuil!
Community outreach is very important to us at all our Secrets Resorts & Spas. We are committed to doing our part, big or small, to contribute to the success of our surrounding communities.
Recently, Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay did their part by lending a hand to the Catherine Hall Basic School in Montego Bay. The school was in need of a major facelift and, with the help of 48 meeting planners and more than 40 managers and employees from Secrets, it got just that.
Because the school was not financially able to support this project, the volunteer effort began. The overall beautification of the school ground included: painting of all the school walls and murals, construction of outdoor benches, repairs on several furniture items, creation of a garden and enhancements to the children’s recreation area.
“The school has been around for over 30 years and since Secrets came on board, it has been a good experience. We are very grateful to the resort; the school has really grown significantly since their involvement,” said Chairman of the Catherine Hall Basic School, Patrick Christie.
Great job Secrets St. James and Secrets Wild Orchid for helping out the local community! Keep it up!
Meeting planners Deborah Wallendorf and Jim Marzullo are joined by Secrets Resorts & Spas of Montego Bay’s Resident Manager in a paint job of the Catherine Hall Basic School.
For more on the Catherine Hall Basic School project, click here.
While Christian Americans enjoy a big holiday celebration on Christmas Day, Christians in Mexico have their celebration on Three Kings Day or El Dia de los Reyes. This holiday is celebrated twelve days after Christmas on January 6th. It commemorates the day the Three Wise Men (Melchoir, Gaspar, and Baltazar) arrived in Bethlehem to bring gifts to baby Jesus.
It is believed that the Three Kings saw a comet that announced the birth of Jesus. They followed it through the desert until they found the stable were Jesus had been born, on the dawn of January 6. They gave the child offerings of gold, incense and myrrh, which are offerings that would not usually be made to a child, but to a god.
Today, the tradition is very similar to Santa Claus. The children write letters to the Three Kings with their gift requests. On the night of January 5th, the children leave sweets for the Three Kings and grass and water for the camels and go to sleep early. When they wake up the next morning, presents are there. The holiday is also a day for family gatherings and small gift exchanges between adults.
At Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun, we have plans to make Three King Day very special for the children of the Salvation Army Orphanage. These children were kind enough to visit our resort on Christmas Eve to sing Christmas carols for our guests. We have invited the children back to our resort on January 6th to shower them with gifts! We are so excited to give these children a special day to remember. If you’re planning to visit us during this special holiday, feel free to bring gifts to give to the children too!
Take a look at some of the pictures with the children on Christmas Eve: