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tonypdickinson
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Sunblock

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My first stay is coming up 19 April 2020, and I'm looking forward to it. Never been to a Palladium but I signed up here because looking over the pages and the website I'm thinking I may find love at first visit (at least with the hotel!)

Just reading through the trips on the TUI app, and they've now started updating them with requirements to wear biodegradable sunblock.

Now I'm guessing that TRS and Mexico in general will be looking to try to make money off that market (don't blame them). As such, I'm wondering if anyone has a list of biodegradable sunblock, or if they know if reef-safe sunblock will be accepted in lieu of it being biodegradable, that I can buy in the UK.

As an aside, I'm travelling to the hotel as a solo visitor and wondering which of the bars are best for talking to people? In the past the places I've visited have tended to have one main bar in the lobby area and then a couple of small bars but the main bar was the place to talk on the evening.

Thanks, in advance.

Tony.

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Hi Tony. Welcome! Although "reef safe" sunblock is by far a better choice for the environment, the resort itself doesn't insist on it, but some of the water-type parks do. And these parks can be strict of what type they will allow, so if you're planning to go to a specific one, I suggest you research that.

The Palladium complex consists of Kantenah, Colonial, White Sand and the adult only section, TRS Yucatan. Guests of TRS have access to the entire complex, and non-TRS guests have access to the other three, but not TRS. You can strike up a conversation at any of the bars, but the liveliest lobby, by far, in the evenings, is the Colonial.
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tonypdickinson
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Thanks Jackie.

Been driving work colleagues a little mad (I suspect) as the excitement builds for the trip - especially as this is a bit of a class above where I've stayed before from the descriptions.

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After all the problems my son went through last summer, I am going to reccomend this for visits during the summertime:

Safe Sea Anti-jellyfish Sting Protective Spray - Sunscreen - Sunblock - Sea Lice - Jelly Fish (SPF40, 4oz Bottle

Those of us that had it on the first day in the water did not get stung by sea lice.

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Hi kino.

Sorry to hear about the kids problems with stingers hope okay. Luckily not had that problem so far - have been to Cuba and Dominican Republic and no concern on sea lice or stingers.

Just had a google and I can't see anything saying it's biodegradable. Even the Boots Soltan Advanced range is now considered reef safe as they don't have the two bad chemicals in it, but isn't biodegradable, so wouldn't be accepted for the trip according to TUI.

Might have to wear a long sleeve t-shirt at this rate. All very confusing to me.

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Post by CB1 »

Tony.
We are from UK, have never looked at TUI website regarding info like sun cream etc..
We always just wear standard sun cream.
Hotel has no policy on sun creams.
Enjoy your holiday it will be great, we have been 6 times and enjoyed every time.
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tonypdickinson
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CB1 wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 7:21 am
Tony.
We are from UK, have never looked at TUI website regarding info like sun cream etc..
We always just wear standard sun cream.
Hotel has no policy on sun creams.
Enjoy your holiday it will be great, we have been 6 times and enjoyed every time.
:61: :59:
Whilst not the hotel policy I wanted to get out and see some of the places this is where the thing about sun cream came from. Yeah I'm hoping it is as good as everything seems. The fact that there's an addicts/fan page makes me relax a bit on that side.

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If you go to Amazon UK, you can order the sunscreen from there...…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reef-Biodegrad ... 72&sr=8-11

Don't be too concerned. You'll only need it for going to the all inclusive adventure parks that involve water and some cenotes. Most of them sell it right there as a lot of tourists aren't aware of the regulations of some of these excursions that they visit. The resort has no restrictions.

Which resort are you booked at?

tonypdickinson
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Booked at TRS Yucatan. 19 April - 26 April.

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Thank you for the amazon link which gave me some inspiration.

I've been doing a bit of quick bit of research tonight and it seems to be a point of conjecture. I noticed Playa Del Carmen have a website and for their biodegradable recommended Mexitan. Went to their ingredients list and then loaded up Green People (UK)'s website. Same ingredients on their sun cream, but they say they don't say theirs is biodegradable due to the Titanium Dioxide not readily breaking down. However, Mexitan has this in theirs. As such, I'm going to run a chance on Green People due to them having the same ingredients list and see what happens.

Worst comes to worse, I'll have bought some ethical sun block.

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The brand I used is called Maya Solar. I got it from one of the transportation companies I used but I think it's available on amazon.
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Karen Sutterby
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I’ve got to be honest, we use P20 ... so put on before we go out in the sun. Then we don’t need to worry. We’ve been to Xel-ha and it said about using certain sunscreens .. we didn’t need to put anything else on so it seemed to be ok. Hope this helps.

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I'm not sure if they still do this but I remember these waterparks like Xel-ha and Xcaret etc. they inspected your carry on beach bag when entering the park. They would check to see if you had any of the non accepted brand sunscreens. They would take it and store it with a claim ticket and you would pick it up before you left the park. Anyone here been there lately or know if they still do this?

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cactusrose wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:22 pm
I'm not sure if they still do this but I remember these waterparks like Xel-ha and Xcaret etc. they inspected your carry on beach bag when entering the park. They would check to see if you had any of the non accepted brand sunscreens. They would take it and store it with a claim ticket and you would pick it up before you left the park. Anyone here been there lately or know if they still do this?
A Little late for both these parks. Xel Ha's reef is dead. Just rocks with lots of fish that are trapped in there. Same for Xcaret. They didn't check our bags at Xel Ha when we went 3 years ago but I did have the Reef safe lotion.

tonypdickinson
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I wonder why they specify biodegradable, and not reef-safe. As companies seem to be doing different things in terms if they think they're biodegradable or not - even with the same ingredients list.

Would sunscreen still work after a dip if I wore a t-shirt in the water or would it get washed off? Got caught out forgetting to put my sunscreen back on after a dip in the ocean in Cuba, the first time I went and on the way back was lobster red - luckily enough some moisturiser in the evening and morning after recovered the situation.

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