Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: May 30, 2007

CAPPING OFF ITS TOP-TO-BOTTOM, $25 million renovation, the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel opened a Mandara Spa, giving the resort the distinction of having the only luxury spa in Cozumel, according to InterContinental Hotels Group. The spa is housed in a palapa-style circular building that houses a traditional Temazcal sauna. The spa incorporates local ingredients, including fruits, herbs and plants, in its traditional and Mayan-inspired treatments. Room rates at the Presidente InterContinental Cozumel start at $233 a night. For information or reservations, visit www.intercontinentalcozumel.com.

THE 237-SUITE MARQUIS LOS CABOS Beach, Golf, Spa and Casitas Resort added an 80-foot schooner that the luxury resort is marketing as an option for weddings, tours and overnight stays. Called the Novia Mia ("my girlfriend," in Spanish), the schooner can accommodate eight overnight guests in six cabins with bathrooms and features a kitchen, two dining rooms for indoor and outdoor dining, a sundeck and a TV with DVD player. Built in 2005, the schooner also can accommodate 35 passengers for a day excursion and has a four-man crew. The resort is offering four packages in conjunction with the schooner, including a four-hour Private Tour package with a water sports focus that includes kayaks; snorkeling and fishing equipment; refreshments and open bar; and the services of a Marquis butler and chef. The cost is $3,500 for the entire boat. For information or reservations, call (877) 238-9399 or e-mail [email protected].

MEXICO BOUTIQUE HOTELS, the association of upscale, independent hotels throughout Mexico, is offering packages that enable customers to sample the best of its beach and colonial city properties. The association's Surf & Turf package, for example, offers 10% off to guests who spend three nights or longer at any participating beach resort and another three nights or more at a city hotel. In addition to the discount, the package includes a complimentary beach bag with pareo (a beach cover-up) and sunscreen at a beach hotel and a bottle of Mexican wine, city tour and museum passes while at a city hotel. The package is available through Oct. 31. The group's Heart of Mexico package includes a Mexican cooking class, a bottle of tequila and other property-specific amenities for staying three nights or longer at a participating colonial city property. This package is valid through Dec. 15. For information or reservations, call (800) 728-9098 or visit www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.

CANCUN IS GEARING UP FOR the second annual Cancun Beach Party, a three-day festival along the Hotel Zone's beaches scheduled Aug. 10 to 12. Activities will include a sand sculpture contest, beach fireworks, kite festival, art exhibits, a sailing regatta, a food festival and beach parties. For information, visit www.arpcancun.com.

DELTA AIR LINES said it will launch nonstop service between Los Angeles and Leon, Mexico, on July 1. The new flights will operate daily, except Wednesdays, aboard Delta Connection partner ExpressJet. The flights will depart Los Angeles at 10:25 a.m. and arrive in Leon at 3:51 p.m. Return flights will depart Leon at 4:24 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 5:48 p.m. To promote the new service, Delta is offering an introductory rate of $99 one way for tickets purchased by June 5 at Delta.com or through agents.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

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