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.
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].
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.
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.
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.
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