Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Feb. 20, 2008

RIU HOTELS & RESORTS is bullish on Mexico. In October, the Spain-based hotel company will open the 484-room Riu Palace Pacifico in Puerto Vallarta, the third Riu hotel in that Pacific Coast resort city. The Riu Palace Pacifico will feature four theme restaurants, five bars and conference facilities. Later this year, Riu will enter a new Mexican city when it breaks ground on its 15th hotel in Mexico: the 716-room Hotel Riu Mazatlan. The hotel, which will be marketed as a five-star, all-inclusive property, is scheduled to open in May 2009.

ENCHANTMENT GROUP, a Sedona, Ariz.-based spa and resort developer, will build a 30-room destination spa and 25 residential condominiums in Punta Mita, a resort development 27 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. Mii amo Punta Mita is due to open in 2010 and will be the first destination spa in the master-planned resort community that occupies a 1,500-acre peninsula on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Punta Mita is currently home to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, private homes and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. A St. Regis Resort & Residences is scheduled to open at Punta Mita later this year.

THE MARQUIS LOS CABOS is sweetening the pot for visitors with a $400 "Marquis Bond," or credit, toward a return visit between July 1 and Oct. 31. The offer is part of the resort’s Euphoria package, which includes an oceanfront junior suite, daily breakfast in the guest room and roundtrip airport transfers for $565 a night, double, for a minimum three-night stay through May 31. To book or for information, call (877) 238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.

UNITED VACATIONS is offering savings of up to 35% to Mexico when packages are booked by March 31 for travel through Dec. 13. In Los Cabos, for example, the promotion drops the price of a three-night stay at the Royal Solaris Los Cabos Resort & Spa from $899 to $599, including roundtrip air. In Cancun, the operator is also offering up to 10,000 bonus miles. For details or to book, visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, which serves 31 destinations in Mexico from the U.S., has completed the relocation of its flight operations to Terminal 2 at Mexico City Airport. Continental said the move would benefit customers since all the SkyTeam partners will now share the same terminal, offering adjacent gates for easy connections and a shared passenger lounge. Continental operates 10 daily flights out of Mexico City.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron 
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