Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Dec. 12, 2007

PALACE RESORTS has reopened the family-oriented Beach Palace resort in Cancun after a multimillion-dollar renovation in the wake of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. The resort has 287 rooms with a king or two double beds, flat-screen TV, double Jacuzzi and balcony with either lagoon or ocean views. For kids, the property has a Kids Club with supervised activities, while adults have use of a new spa with 12 treatment rooms and two couples suites. The property also has a fitness center, four restaurants, three swimming pools and 9,260 square feet of meeting and function space. Room rates range from $180 to $261 per person, double. To book or for more information, call (800) 635-1836 or visit www.palaceresorts.com.

FUTURE VACATIONS has teamed up with Palace Resorts to offer up to $400 in savings on packages booked through December 23, 2008. A minimum three-night stay is required. Discounts in the Palace Passport promotion include $50 per person toward a round of golf, $15 toward a spa treatment and $25 per room toward a car rental. In addition, Future Vacations is offering travel agents a bonus commission of $50 per booking at any participating Palace property, plus a $250 bonus after every 10 bookings. Future Vacations can be reached at (800) 456-2323 or via www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

CAPELLA Hotels and Resorts will open the 59-suite Capella Ixtapa next summer. Capella said the property has been designed to resemble a Mediterranean hillside village with Mexican influences. The property's 54 standard suites and five one-bedroom suites will feature individual plunge pools, terraces and ocean views. The Capella Ixtapa will have a 6,000-square-foot spa and 1,300-square-foot fitness center; three restaurants, and two swimming pools. Elsewhere in Mexico, Capella will open the Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas next year and the Capella Bahia Maroma in the Riviera Maya in the winter of 2008-2009.

GROUND HAS BEEN BROKEN on Destino, a mixed-use resort development on the Baja Peninsula. The resort will ultimately include a boutique hotel, a spa, several restaurants and upscale residences in a Mediterranean-inspired village with an oceanside walkway. The development is located at Salsipuedes Bay, north of Ensenada and about an-hour-and-a-half drive south from San Diego. According to developer Mar y Cielo Development, the first phase of the project will be completed in early 2009. Homes in the gated community will range in price from $180,000 to $400,000, and the development will eventually include a pier for private yachts and a helicopter pad.

LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, an upscale resort in Los Cabos managed by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, has earned the AAA Five Diamond award for the sixth straight year. Las Ventanas was among 100 hotels and resorts in Mexico, the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean to receive the designation. Las Ventanas was the only property in Los Cabos to achieve Five Diamond status.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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