Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Jan. 19 2005

AMRESORTS, which operates 11 resorts in the Dominican Republic and Mexico under the Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas brands, opened the 300-room Sunscape Puerto Aventuras Riviera Maya on Dec. 15. Created from an existing property the company took over and closed last September, Sunscape Puerto Aventuras underwent a $4 million renovation. Facilities were added, including a swimming pool with swim-up bar, additional restaurants and bars, and a wedding gazebo. A renovated spa and fitness center, and Sunscape's signature kid's Explorer's Club is scheduled to be completed in April. For information and reservations, call SUNSCAPE or visit www.sunscaperesorts.com.

FUNJET VACATIONS launched nonstop service to Cancun from Rockford, Ill., through Ryan International Airlines (Sunship1 Airlines). Flights will operate three days a week (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), starting Feb. 17 and ending March 24. To promote the service, travel agents will earn free air seats to Cancun by booking the flights. Each time a reservation is made the agent will earn a letter in the phrase: R-F-D-C-U-N.  When the word RFD is spelled the agent earns an air seat, when the word CUN is spelled the agent earns another air seat for a companion. Packages start at $950 per person, double, including roundtrip air fare via Ryan International Airlines (doing business as Sunship1 Airlines from Rockford, Ill.) seven nights' all-inclusive stay at the at the Riu Caribe and roundtrip airport transfers. Call (800) 558-3050 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

MARQUIS LOS CABOS BEACH, GOLF, SPA AND CASITAS RESORT: To celebrate Valentine's Day, the resort is offering a package for couples during February. Guests staying at the resort for a minimum of two nights will receive Valentine's Day amenities from Feb. 4 to 21, including accommodations in a Junior Suite, Marquis Suite or Private Pool Casita; daily down service with a rose petal bath and candles; daily breakfast; bottle of champagne upon arrival; dinner for two at the Marquis' Canto del Mar restaurant; 10% discount on all spa services; and a Valentine's Day gift basket. Nightly rates are $445, double, for a Junior Suite; $620 for a Marquis Suite and $825 for a Private Pool Casita. For information or reservations, call (877) 238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.

WEDDING PACKAGES: Speaking of couples, a number of resorts in Cozumel are offering wedding packages. For example, El Cozumeleno Beach Resort is offering a wedding packages starting at $106 a night per person, double. The all-inclusive package includes oceanview room with private balcony, one-hour cocktail reception with beverages and hors d' oeuvres, wedding cake, champagne toast, live music, gazebo decorations and group dinner at an on-property restaurant with set menu. For more information, call 011-52-987-872-9540 or visit www.elcozumeleno.com. For information about other hotels offering wedding packages, visit www.islacozumel.com.mx.

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