Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Jan. 23, 2008

THE SANDOS PLAYACAR Beach Resort & Spa on the Riviera Maya reopened following a multimillion-dollar, three-month renovation. As part of the overhaul, all of the resort's 460 rooms received new furnishings, sliding doors, ceilings and bathroom fittings. In addition, new VIP Royal Club rooms were created, offering guests private check-in, concierge services, guaranteed reservations at all on-site restaurants and use of a private lounge with complimentary soft drinks and snacks. The resort also added a new Italian restaurant, coffee bar, movie theater and two additional bars. For information or reservations, call (866) 887-5601 or visit www.sandoshotels.com.

AMRESORTS launched an enhanced Master Agent Education Program, offering exclusive invitations, VIP treatment, special sales tools and other perks to members of its Master Agents program. The program, available by registering at the resort company's travel agent Web sites (SecretsAgents.com, DreamsAgents.com and SunscapeAgents.com), includes seven online seminars that, when completed, qualify agents for Master status. Master agents are rewarded with two CEUs from the Travel Institute, an entry to win a seven-night trip for two, VIP treatment at all participating resorts and exclusive invitations to special events and familiarization trips, among other features.

OASIS HOTELS & RESORTS is offering 30% off most spa treatments at the Kin Ha Spas at four of its Cancun resorts. The promotion is available at the Grand Oasis Riviera Maya, Grand Oasis Playa, Oasis Palm Beach and the new Grand Oasis Caribbean Resort (opening in February). The promotion is available through May 31, with no limit on the number of treatments guests can book during their stay. The promotion includes traditional spa services as well as several Mayan-inspired treatments such as Temazcal saunas, Mayan clay wraps and massages utilizing chocolate. For information or reservations, call (800) 44-OASIS or visit www.oasishotels.com.

THE GRAND VELAS All Suites & Spa Resort in Nuevo Vallarta is promoting a $260 per night travel agent rate from April 18 to Dec. 21. The all-inclusive rate includes a free massage and accommodations in an oceanview suite. A rate of $210 is available without the spa treatment. The resort's Grand Velas Spa is a member of Leading Spas of the World. For information or reservations, call (877) 398-2784 or visit www.grandvelas.com.

EL DORADO ROYALE by Karisma in the Riviera Maya is offering a 10% room discount on bookings made through participating tour operators through Jan. 31 for travel in March. Rates at El Dorado Royale start at $180 per person per night for a Junior Jacuzzi Suite. For information or to book, call (888) 280-7558 or visit www.eldorado-resort.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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