MED CANCUN YUCATAN will reopen its doors on Nov. 11
following a 13-month, $20 million renovation that resulted from
last year's Hurricane Wilma. Changes at the resort, which will no
longer be an adults-only property, include new family and
children's programs; cultural programs designed to acquaint guests
with the Yucatan region; upgraded amenities and services; and a new
wing called Jade Villa offering higher-end services like a
concierge, a private beach, Wi-Fi access and upscale amenities.
More than half of the resort's 396 rooms were enlarged, including
the 18 suites.
PROPERTY will reopen with a new focus on culture with a
Discovery Center offering some 17 excursions for all ages,
including tours of archeological sites in Coba and Tulum, and trips
to explore the underground caves (cenotes) of Ek Balam and the Sian
Ka'an marine park. A new focus on families will include Club Med's
Mini Club program for kids ages 4 to 10 and the PassWorld program
for older kids and teens. Seven-night all-inclusive rates will
start at $1,190 per person, double, in the low season and $1,350 in
high season; rates in the Jade Villa will start at $1,428. For
information or reservations, visit www.clubmed.com.
VACATIONS is offering free nights at select resorts in
Mexico when the properties are booked by Aug. 31. The promotion is
available for travel this month and in September. Packages include
roundtrip air fare on United, hotel accommodations and roundtrip
airport transfers. A sample four-night package (the fourth night is
free) at the Real Playa del Carmen Hotel & Beach Club starts at
$469 per person, double, from Washington, $484 from Denver, $584
from San Francisco and $689 from Chicago. For details on other
participating resorts and destinations, call (800) 328-6877 or
PLAYA, a condo-hotel in Playa del Carmen, opened last
month one block from the beach on Primera Ave. and Calle 16 (1st
Ave. N and 16th St.). The property features 21 one- to
three-bedroom condominiums and penthouse units with patios,
fully-equipped kitchens, Internet access, cable TV and services
similar to those available in a hotel, including room service, a
concierge, a front desk and maid service. Penthouses come with
rooftop patios, grills and heated Jacuzzis. The property also
features a fitness center and restaurant. Porto Playa is offering a
15% discount through Nov. 30. For information -- including
available rental units -- or reservations, visit www.condohotelsplayadelcarmen.com.
AEROMEXICO said it will add a third daily
nonstop between Chicago and Mexico City, effective Sept. 1. With
the new flight, Aeromexico will offer departures from Chicago at
8:40 a.m., 3 p.m. and 1:40 a.m. Return flights will depart Mexico
City at 9:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8:20 p.m.
Phone: (973) 898-0011
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