NEWS: A $1.7-million, 12,000-square-foot spa opened at the
Hilton Cancun Beach and Golf Resort. The new Wellness Spa has eight
treatment rooms, including two beachside units; a relaxation
lounge; two saunas; locker rooms; individual and couples treatment
suites with climate and music control; full-service beauty salon;
and spa boutique. Guests choose from four treatment paths --
Harmony, Serenity, Purity or Vitality -- and prices start at $110
for 50 minutes. The 426-unit Hilton Cancun Beach and Golf Resort
just finished a $10 million renovation. For more, call direct at
(011) 52-998-881-8002 or visit www.hiltoncancun.com.
ONES, BIG SAVINGS: United Vacations is offering 50% off
kids air fares to Mexico booked by April 30 for travel June 1 to
Aug. 31. In addition, children stay and eat free at several
participating hotels. Promotional code KIDS50 must be used at the
time of booking to receive the discount. Sample vacations to Los
Cabos with three-night accommodations at Costa Real Cabo Resort and
Spa begin at $539 for adults and $144 for children from San
Francisco; and vacations with three nights at Crown Paradise Club
Puerto Vallarta begin at $549 for adults and $154 for children from
Denver. Travel agents can book through VAX VacationAccess at www.vaxvacationaccess.com or the VAX VacationAccess
technology at Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com
AgentNet. United Vacations is also available in all four GDSs,
using the vendor code UAV or at (800) 328-6877.
YUCATAN DIGS: Mandarin Oriental pushed back the debut of
its Riviera Maya resort -- 26 miles, or a 30-minute drive, south of
Cancun -- originally set to open this December, until spring 2006.
The 128-villa Mandarin Oriental, Riviera Maya, currently under
development by Desarrollos Marinos del Caribe, will feature a
20,000-square-foot spa, oversized villa accommodations, three
swimming pools and several restaurants and bars. Guests also will
have access to two 18-hole championship golf courses within a
5-mile radius. For more, visit www.mandarin-oriental.com.
TAP: More than 1,100 buyers from 25 countries and 1,300
national tourism suppliers will arrive in Acapulco this weekend as
the four-day, 30th annual Tourism Tianguis travel trade show kicks
off April 10 at the Centro Internacional Acapulco. This years theme
will be the challenges and tendencies in the tourism industry,
while Japan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong will be special
guests of honor, with more than 50 tour operators and media from
those destinations present. For more information, visit www.tianguisturistico.com.
IS GOOD NEWS: The all-suite Karmina Palace Resort, a AAA
Four Diamond property in Manzanillo, Mexico, hired German chef
Christoph Angermeier to rework gourmet menus at its three on-site
restaurants. Angermeier, a veteran of of Hilton International and
SuperClubs, describes his cooking as a fusion of Latin American and
Asian, with a touch of Continental. In other food news, Karmina
opened a self-service Taco Bar on the beach offering hamburgers,
fries, hot dogs and tacos from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Contact the
324-suite Karmina Palace at www.karminapalace.com, [email protected] or (888) 234-6222.