Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: June 1, 2005

PLAYA DEL SPA: Playa del Sol Resorts, a collection of four all-suite condo properties in the Puerto Vallarta area, is offering spa packages through Nov. 20 that include welcome cocktail; four nights accommodation; breakfast buffet; three 55-minute massages or spa treatments priced at $76 each; and all taxes. Prices start at $419 per person, based on double occupancy (a $159 savings) for studio accommodations at the Playa del Sol Grand; $390 per person, double, for a studio at Playa del Sol Costa Sur; $490 per person for a one-bedroom condo at Playa del Sol or Playa del Sol Grand; and $380 per person, quadruple occupancy, for a two-bedroom suite at Playa del Sol. For more, e-mail marketing director Gelsey Fadul at [email protected]; call (011) 52-322-293-2066, ext. 127; or go to www.playadelsolpv.com.

PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS: Presidente InterContinental Hotels and Resorts appointed of new general managers at three of its resorts: Michael Oney, at the Presidente InterContinental All-Inclusive Los Cabos Resort; Javier Rosenberg, at the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort and Spa; and Sandra Rangel, at the Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort. Presidente InterContinental is a collection of eight luxury hotels across Mexico, in Mexico City, Cancun, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Monterrey and Puerto Vallarta. For more, visit www.intercontinental.com.

MAS DINERO: Apple Vacations is paying travel agents extra commission on its nonstop Cancun and Punta Cana packages from New York (Kennedy) and Newark via USA 3000 Airlines. Bookings must be made by June 12 for travel through Sept. 30. Commission is 16% for bookings made by June 5, and 14% when booked from June 6 to 12. In addition, agents earn double Royalties Points with every online booking. Call (800) 727-3400 or visit myappleonline.com.

HOLISTIC HOLIDAYS: Pueblo Bonito Hotels and Resorts is marking the opening of its newest property, Pacifica Holistic Retreat and Spa in Cabo San Lucas, with a special nightly rate of $198 per room until Dec. 31. Rates go up to $355 per room on Jan. 1. Pueblo Bonito, which operates Mexican seven resorts in Mazatlan, Neuvo Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo pays agents 12% commission; in addition, the chain is, for a limited time, offering 50% off regular rates at Pacifica for agents visiting on inspection tours. For more information, visit www.pueblobonito.com.

MAYAN MAGIC: Ikal del Mar Villa Resort and Spa, on the Riviera Maya, is offerring three spa packages through Dec. 20: the three-night Mayan Awakening, priced at $2,579 until Oct. 31 and $2,859 Nov. 1 to Dec. 20; the five-night Mayan Splendor, $3,719 until October 31 and $4,159 Nov. 1 to Dec. 20; and the seven-night Royal Mayan Awakening, at $4,825 and $5,419, respectively. All deals include villa accommodations with private pool; daily breakfast; yoga instruction with deep healing meditation by the beach; 6 to 10 hours of spa treatments; and round-trip airport transfers in Cancun. For more, call (888) 230-7330 or visit www.ikaldelmar.com.

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