Virtuoso's 'Best of the Best' hotels, excursions in Mexico

By Gay Nagle Myers

Viceroy Riviera MayaA total of 31 hotels and resorts in Mexico are included in Virtuoso's recently unveiled directory listing 2014's Best of the Best properties.

The portfolio spans 100 countries and features 980 hotels, resorts, spas, lodges, camps, villas and private islands and includes tips on how to experience each property to its fullest.

Virtuoso's Hotels & Resorts program is the cornerstone of the directory, now in its 22nd year.

The program, designed to benefit leisure travelers, offers hotel amenities valued at up to $450 per stay and available only when booked through a Virtuoso-affiliated travel adviser.

These include room upgrades, daily breakfast for two, early check-in/late checkout and extras such as spa treatments, airport transfers and rounds of golf.

New this year are 32 experiences/excursions paired with the Virtuoso hotels in various destinations around the world.

Baja Peninsula Camel RideIn Mexico's case, these experiences include a Mayan history tour, with a private exploration of the ruins at Muyil; a camel safari along the Baja peninsula; a day spent as a dolphin trainer at the Cabo Dolphins educational center; and a guided Jeep journey through the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range in Baja California Sur.

"Best of the Best represents one of the key elements of the Virtuoso network, our renowned collection of the world's best hotels," said Albert Herrera, Virtuoso's senior vice president of global product partnerships. "Inclusion into the Hotels & Resorts program is by invitation only, and we maintain impeccably high standards by evaluating each property on an annual basis."

Hotels and resorts in Mexico cover 15 resort areas and cities from Acapulco to Zihuatanejo, from the Pacific coast to the Gulf coast as well as the heartland's colonial cities of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende.

Three properties are included in the Mexico City listings: the Four Seasons, Las Alcobas and the St. Regis.

Each of the 31 listings for Mexico includes a property description, the distance from the nearest airport, the Virtuoso amenity included in the booking and an insider tip for the hotel guest listing the best room or an unusual excursion or the best site for a sunset view.

Visit www.virtuoso.com.

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