Spy hole discovered in shower area at Mexican resort
BRADFORD - Was somebody behind the creepy-looking peep hole found in Room 1501 of the Mexican Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort?
If so, a shaken Bradford couple, who “believe somebody was there,” would like to know exactly who?
Sarah Edwards and David Traccitto also fear some of their one-year anniversary trip’s “private, intimate, moments” could have been surreptitiously captured and sent out to cyberspace.
Why out of 1,900 rooms were they put in this room? And could there have been other possible victims?
From an adjacent maintenance room, it has the look of a spy hole, complete with a view right into the shower area and with a vantage point to the hotel room’s bed.
If that’s what it was, whoever had access to that small adjoining room would have had two full nights before the possible victims caught on to the potential deceitful trickery.
“I just felt someone was watching us,” Edwards, 29, said Wednesday.
She feels a further discovery proves she was right.
“It’s disgusting,” said Edwards. “It freaks you out.”
It feels like a scene from the Kate Beckinsale, Luke Wilson movie Vacancy or something from Hitchcock.
It also reminds one of Mexican vacation hell stories like the mysterious murders, detentions and disappearances of recent years.
For the two young professionals, who loved their previous Mexican honeymoon, the latest perplexing odyssey began on Nov. 30, 2012, when Edwards and husband, Traccitto, 28, decided to celebrate their anniversary in the Mayan Rivera.
“We told them it was our anniversary and they said ‘Great, we will put you in a special honeymoon suite room.”
They didn’t specify who it could be special for.
“There was no outside view,” she said of the “disappointing” room.
There was however, much to her horror, the appearance of an inside view.
“I felt someone else was close to us,” she said. “I kept hearing somebody opening and closing that door in the hallway. At first my husband thought I was crazy.”
But then he started to hear the sounds, too.
“He found a door that led into a maintenance room,” said Edwards. “All I remember was hearing him from the other side of the wall telling me to stand in the shower. He was upset.”
Her husband had discovered a hole leading into the shower, with a section of the glass scrapped away to offer a view of both the shower and bed.
“We were in shock,” she said. “He started filming it all, wondering if someone else may have been back there [during the night with their own camera).”
They packed up and demanded a new room.
They were offered an ocean view, free hot stone massage and a promise there would be a security check of Room 1501.
They never heard anything back.
But on departure day, Edwards says, they were detained by security and told “you can’t leave the resort until you pay [$220) for the massages.”
Fearing jail and missing their flight, they eventually put it on a credit card.
“We were very upset the whole way home,” said Sarah.
It was not the vacation they had hoped for.
Hopefully, at least, there will be a proper investigation into how that peep hole got into the shower and some sleuthing to see who had access to that maintenance room and if there are clues that something sneaky was indeed happening?
“With technology today, video recording and uploading to the Internet, is a simple two-step process and travel operators have a responsibility to find hotels and resorts with standards of service,” said Toronto security analyst and former Toronto copper Ross McLean, of Rossmcleansecurity.com. “Companies can also look at privacy and security policies for their guests.”
At the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort, staffer Abraham May confirmed the couple’s visit but said he did not know of their concerns or if a probe was commenced.
Edwards recommends that at the very least, people should take a good long look for breaches in the shower before agreeing to stay in Room 1501.