Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Dec. 1, 2004

PALACE RESORTS, the operator of 10 properties in Mexico, extended its bonus commission program for travel agents through the end of 2005. Under the program, agents who book a minimum three-night stay at any Palace resort in Mexico receive a $50 bonus commission per room; for every 10th room reserved, the agent receives an additional $250 bonus. Palace Resorts will add its newest Mexico properties to the program as they open, including the Vallarta Palace on Dec. 24; the Cozumel Palace on Feb. 1; and the Playacar Palace on March 15. Reservations can be made through a wholesaler, GDS or by calling (800) 635-1836. Palace Resorts' Web site is

ESENCIA, the second property on the Riviera Maya by the creators of the Ikal del Mar, will open in February. The hotel is located on a two-mile stretch of beach at Playa Xpu-Ha, surrounded by 50 acres of gardens. Esencia will boast 29 guest rooms and suites featuring custom furnishings, swimming pools, oversized bathrooms, private terraces and walk-in closets. The hotel's restaurant Sal y Fuego (Salt and Fire) will specialize in seafood and serve organically grown products. Rates will start at $375 a night, double. For information or reservations, call (877) 528-3490 or visit

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added nonstop service from Denver to Acapulco aboard Mexicana Airlines for departures Jan. 14 through April 8. The Friday flights depart Denver at 9 a.m. and arrive in Acapulco at 2 p.m. The return flights leave Acapulco at 2:50 p.m. and touch down in Denver at 5:50 p.m. In conjunction with the new flight, Pleasant teamed with a number of hotels in Acapulco to offer discounted room rates on seven-night stays. A seven-night air-inclusive package from Denver starts at $642 per person, double, at the Casa Inn Acapulco; $734 at the Continental Emporio Acapulco; $796 at the Las Brisas Acapulco; $840 at the Fairmont Pierre Marques; and $913 at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Packages include airport transfers, and all hotel taxes and surcharges.

FOURTH NIGHT FREE: Meanwhile, Pleasant is offering a fourth night free at La Jolla de Mismaloya in Puerto Vallarta when customers book a standard one- or two-bedroom unit, plus discounted rates on all-inclusive packages. The offer is available for stays through Dec. 20. A four-night, land-only stay starts at $234 per person, double. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333.

AMERICA WEST VACATIONS is offering 20% discounts on vacation packages to three Mexican destinations: Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The discount is available from all of America West's departure cities. To qualify, a minimum three-night stay must be booked at a participating hotel by Dec. 5 for travel Dec. 1 to 17 or Jan. 2 to 15. A three-night stay at the Sheraton resort in Puerto Vallarta starts at $430 per person, double. The package includes a 15% discount on spa services. For information or reservations, call (800) 235-9298.


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