Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Dec. 6, 2006

REAL RESORTS will unveil a number of property enhancements and a new name for a Playa del Carmen property, in an effort to give its Royal brand a cache all its own. The 459-suite, adults-only Royal Porto Real Playa del Carmen will be renamed the Royal Playa del Carmen this month and receive a number of enhancements, including an online check-in option, upgraded beds with pillow-top mattresses, concierge-level upgrades (for suite-category rooms except deluxe junior suites), reservation-only beach cabanas and two new specialty restaurants. The name change and enhancements are timed to coincide with the opening next month of the 285-room Royal Cancun, which will give Real two Royal-branded resorts catering to a more upscale clientele.

 

REAL'S NEW Royal Online Check-In option enables guests staying in either of the two Royal properties to check-in online up to 48 hours prior to arrival. Modeled after the online check-in offered by the airlines, the optional service was designed to streamline and expedite the check-in process and distinguish the more upscale Royal brand from Real's other two brands, Real and Grand. The electronic check-in option is available at either www.theroyalcancun.com or www.theroyalplayadelcarmen.com. A room selection feature will enable guests to pick a room from a graphical map based on the initial reservation and preconfirmed preferences. Upon arrival, guests meet with a dedicated online check-in service agent to retrieve their key and a preloaded iPod. For additional information or reservations, call (800) 543-7556.

DESIRE RESORTS, the clothing-optional brand for the uninhibited, is offering promotional rates for agents to introduce its second "built for pleasure" property. Through Dec. 20 and again from Jan. 2 to Dec. 20, 2007, agents can leave most of their clothes behind and visit the new, 151-room Desire Resort & Spa in Los Cabos for $80 a night per person. Formerly a Fiesta Inn, the new Desire Resort & Spa received a "top-to-bottom" renovation, including a Jacuzzi area with a "translucent, open-air shower," a spa, and, of course, a disco. For clients, the resort is offering a discount of $50 per night per couple for a minimum four-night stay. Stay in one of the 14 Jacuzzi Suites and you get a four-person hot tub, a Tantra essentials gift box and a selection of incense and scented candles. For information or reservations, call (888) 201-7551 or visit www.desireresorts.com.

FUNJET VACATIONS is offering either free flights for a second passenger or free hotel nights in Mexico for bookings made by Dec. 21 for travel Jan. 1 to Feb. 15. The free air fare promotion for a second passenger is available from Milwaukee; Chicago; Salt Lake City; Detroit; Buffalo; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Cleveland; San Francisco; Minneapolis; Houston; Dallas; and Washington to a number of Mexican destinations. Call (800) 558-3050 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com. For a list of hotels offering free nights, visit the Hot Deals page on the Funjet Web site at www.funjet.com/hotdeals.

MARRIOTT AND RENAISSANCE resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean are offering new passport holders who book a five-night stay a $100 resort credit when they present their passport at check-in. The Passport to Paradise incentive is in effect from Jan. 23 to April 30. The offer is good for one credit per room, and the passport must include a stamp from the host country. Participating resorts in Mexico are the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. For information, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/passport or call (888) 727-2347.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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