Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Jan. 9, 2008

CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED to begin this month on Cabo Riviera, a mixed-use development on the east cape of the Baja Peninsula that will include two hotels, a marina and an 18-hole golf course. The development will be located along a three-mile strip of beachfront land near La Ribera, about 45 minutes by car north of the Cabo San Lucas Airport. The project's major selling point will be the marina, which will have 400 channel lots, dry dock storage and concierge services that will enable boat owners to call in advance to have their vessels fueled and prepared for use. The area is one of the top bill-fishing destinations in the world. Plans call for the marina and 18-hole golf course to be completed in 2010. A completion date for the entire project, including the two hotels, private residences and commercial space, was not announced.

 

DIAMOND RESORTS INTERNATIONAL, a Las Vegas-based vacation ownership firm, said it added 14 resorts to its North America portfolio, including eight properties in Mexico. The expanded offerings in Mexico are located throughout the country, including the Pacific coast destinations of Acapulco, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta; Cancun and Isla Mujeres; and Oaxaca.

THE VILLA GROUP, a privately owned hotel and real estate development firm with several properties in Mexico, announced golf and spa packages for its properties in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. The Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa in Nuevo Vallarta, for example, is offering a three-night golf package for $651 per person, double. The package, available from Jan. 3 to April 15, includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite; daily breakfast; daily, 18-hole round of golf for two with transportation to the golf course; and resort taxes. At the Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta, a three-night Spa Package, also available from Jan. 3 to April 15, is priced at $885 per person, double, and includes a one-bedroom suite, one breakfast for two, one spa treatment per person, one salon service per person and taxes. To book or for information, call (877) 845-5247 or visit www.villagroupresorts.com.

THE MARQUIS LOS CABOS Beach, Golf, Spa & Casitas Resort launched a series of Girlfriend Getaway packages for 2008 that include activities such as Hummer tours, spa treatments and golf. Prices begin at $1,540 per person for a four-night stay from June 1 to Dec. 15. For the sports-minded, the Women's Surf & Turf package includes two rounds of golf at the Cabo del Sol course; three private surfing lessons; one poker night with dinner and open bar; and two spa treatments at the Marquis Los Cabos Spa. This package costs $2,100 per person for four nights. To book, call (877) 238-9399 or visit www.marquisloscabos.com.

WESTJET, a low-cost airline based in Canada, launched weekly nonstop flights from Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, to Mazatlan. The service is operated aboard 737-800 aircraft with room for 136 passengers. Weekly flights will operate on Saturdays through April from both cities.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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