Mexico Capella Hotels to open resort in Riviera Maya By Mark Chesnut / October 03, 2007 Share 1 -- Hurricane policy updatesSeveral Riviera Maya hotels already have hurricane policies in place, to protect travelers in the case of emergency. Among the latest announced: " Hotel Esencia, in Playa Xpu-Ha, which reopened on Aug. 28 following a cleanup from Hurricane Dean, has issued a 2007 hurricane policy, in effect until Nov. 30. The hotel will refund any unused nights to guests forced to evacuate, or credit the number of lost nights toward a future stay, valid for one year. Guests who made reservations but could not travel to the region can reschedule for future travel with no penalty or can cancel reservations with no penalty. Visit www.hotelesencia.com." Paraiso de la Bonita, which reopened Aug. 24, has a new hurricane policy that enables evacuated guests to credit the number of lost nights toward a future stay, within one year. Guests with reservations who are unable to travel due to a hurricane can reschedule for future travel with no penalty or can cancel reservations with no penalty. Visit www.paraisodelabonita.com.Capella Hotels and Resorts plans to manage Capella Bahia Maroma, a beach resort and residential complex in the Riviera Maya that is scheduled to open in the winter of 2008-2009. The resort will have individual villas, a private golf course, an Auriga spa, a beach club with outdoor pools and whirlpools, gourmet restaurants and residences. The property will be set among 254 acres."We have insisted on a project that reflects the genuine spirit and influences of the region, and this is one of the many reasons we are so pleased to have selected Capella Hotels and Resorts to manage this property and to participate with us in planning its creation," said Carlos Tommasi, president of Grupo Carrousel, owners and developers of Capella Bahia Maroma.Capella Bahia Maroma will feature suites located in villas along the beach and the golf course and estate homes. Jungle haciendas will be offered in whole and fractional ownership. Interior designs will express the history and culture of Mexico.The Capella Bahia Maroma Golf Course will be available exclusively to resort guests, residents and members.The 18-hole course will be designed by golf architect Rees Jones and will feature three holes along the Caribbean as well as a private clubhouse.Capella Hotels and Resorts, led by founder Horst Schulze (a former Ritz-Carlton president), opened its first hotel, Schloss Velden in Austria, in May. In August, it opened its second property, Capella Castlemartyr in Cork, Ireland.Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is due to open in summer 2008.To contact reporter Mark Chesnut, send e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.