Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: April 6, 2005

SPA 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.

LITTLE 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.

NEW 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.

FAIR ON 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.

 

FOOD NEWS 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.

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