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 or 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

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 For a list of hotels offering free nights, visit the Hot Deals page on the Funjet Web site at

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 or call (888) 727-2347.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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