Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Nov. 22, 2006

THE PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL COZUMEL Resort & Spa opened this month after a $25 million renovation that marked the launch of Cozumel's first luxury resort, according to the hotel's operator. "The opening marks the beginning of the transformation and repositioning of Cozumel as an upscale destination," said Grupo Presidente, operator of Presidente InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. All of the resort's 220 rooms feature wide-screen, plasma TVs; designer furnishings; and upscale amenities. Facilities include a 6,500-square-foot spa, a PADI-operated water sports center, a putting green, several restaurants and a children's club. Room rates start at $239 a night for a poolview room. For information or reservations, visit www.intercontinental.com/cozumel.

CREATIVE LEISURE'S VILLAS OF DISTINCTION division is promoting last-minute vacations this holiday season at more than 100 villa properties throughout its product line, including Mexico. In Mexico, Villas of Distinction said available properties include the four-bedroom Casa del Amor villa in an exclusive gated community in Los Cabos. The villa costs from $500 a night from Dec. 15 to Jan. 2. Also available is the Casita Colorado, a three-bedroom villa in an exclusive neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta. Rates start at $550 a night. For information about these and other villa properties, call (800) 289-0900 or visit www.villasofdistinction.com.

AEROMEXICO WILL LAUNCH the only nonstop international service from Austin, Texas, with four weekly flights to Mexico City starting Dec. 15. The flights will leave Austin at 2:45 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, arriving in Mexico City at 5 p.m. Flights from Mexico City will depart at 11:15 a.m. and arrive in Austin at 1:25 p.m. Aeromexico is promoting introductory roundtrip fares of $198. Excluding seasonal charters that Funjet contracted Aeromexico to fly this year to Cancun, the flight will be the first regular service from Austin to an international destination since February 2004, when Mexicana discontinued service after 11 months.

 

THE 90-SUITE PARAISO de la BONITA resort in the Riviera Maya launched a seven-night Champagne, Catamaran & Crystal Christmas package from Dec 19 to 26. Among other luxury features, the package includes a gourmet Christmas dinner for two; a three-course dinner for two at La Canoa personally prepared by the resort's chef; a sunset cruise aboard the resort's catamaran; one hot-stone massage per person; and daily breakfast. The package costs $5,999 double. For information or reservations, visit www.paraisodelabonita.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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