Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: July 19 2006

ROYAL RESORTS, a Cancun-based vacation ownership company with five properties in Cancun, has brought its villa community concept to the Riviera Maya. The company said it will open a resort community called the Royal Haciendas comprising twin developments, each with 252 villas -- Hacienda del Sol and Hacienda de la Luna -- scheduled for completion by 2009. Each villa will have two bedrooms and bathrooms, living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and a terrace. Amenities will include flat-screen TVs, DVDs, wireless Internet access and a whirlpool tub on the terrace. In addition to the two villa developments, Royal Haciendas will feature an 18-hole golf course, a town center with restaurants and shops and private residences.

SPIRIT VACATIONS is promoting Spirit Airlines new Saturday nonstop flight between Tampa and Cancun with three- and seven-night packages to a number of hotels. Three-night packages start at $319 per person, double, at the Imperial Las Perlas, while seven-night packages start at $549, also at the Imperial Las Perlas. All packages include roundtrip air fare on Spirit, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and service charges. A number of all-inclusive resorts are available. Packages must be booked by Aug. 5. For information or reservations, call (888) 450-0076 or visit


THE 237-ROOM MARQUIS LOS CABOS Beach, Golf, Spa & Casitas Resort is promoting its Slumber Spa Getaway for women with 20% off three-night packages through Dec. 15. Packages start at $1,455 per person in an oceanview Private Pool Casita with one slumber spa night, which includes an open bar and dinner in the room or at one of the resorts restaurants, one manicure and pedicure and an assortment of DVDs and board games. The package also includes daily breakfast, airport transfers, use of the fitness center and a welcome gift basket with a beach towel, sarong and camera. For information or reservations, call (877) 238-9399 or visit

ALASKA AIRLINES has applied for DOT approval to fly nonstop between Los Angeles and La Paz and between San Francisco and Cancun. Alaska plans to operate the Los Angeles-La Paz flights year-round starting Oct. 30; the San Francisco-Cancun flight would operate seasonally from Oct. 29 to April 28. Initially, Alaska plans to offer nonstop service three days a week on both routes.

AUTHOR AND CHEF DEBORAH SCHNEIDER has drawn on years of exploring, cooking and camping as she traveled with her surfer friends to every corner of the Baja peninsula for her new cookbook, Baja! Cooking on the Edge. The book, published by Rodale and available for $27.95 in hardcover, is a combination cookbook-travel log, featuring more than 150 recipes broken down into sections focusing on the cultural and geographic influences on the regions food. Schneiders book covers topics ranging from street foods and haute cooking to desserts and local wines. It can be purchased in bookstores as well as online retailers

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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