HOTELS, which operates several properties in Mexico, said
it will open a 96-room boutique hotel in Tulum, the Riviera Maya.
The 96-room Azul Blue Hotel and Spa is scheduled to open in
November with six villas each with 16 suites accented with
hand-carved mahogany doors. Each suite will feature plasma TVs and
Jacuzzi tubs, among other upscale amenities, and a personal butler
will be assigned to each room. Facilities will include a spa and a
two-story fitness center with ocean views. Room rates, which are
inclusive, are expected to start around $700 per couple upon
opening and run to around $1,300 during the high season. For
details, visit www.karismahotels.com/azul_blue/index.html.
CHARTERS, a San Diego-based operator of live-aboard scuba
diving expeditions, added departures to its San Benito Islands and
Guadalupe Island itineraries in Baja, Mexico. Five- to eight-day
departures are scheduled aboard the 80-foot Horizon with eight
air-conditioned cabins. The vessel features dining facilities and
carries specialized equipment for scuba divers. San Benito Islands
departures are scheduled from July to September, while the
Guadalupe Island departures are offered May through July; trips to
view Great White Sharks off the coast of Guadalupe are scheduled
from August through November. Departures from San Diego include
accommodations, meals, beverages and diving equipment and services.
For departure dates and pricing, call (858) 277-7823 or visit www.horizoncharters.com.
ADVENTURE THERAPY, a Greenwich, Conn.-based operator
specializing in customized trips for women, will open up one of its
itineraries -- Fall in Mexico -- to couples. Scheduled for
departure Oct. 11, the six-night plan includes an exploration of
Mexicos Copper Canyon where Tarahumara Indian guides will lead
participants into the canyon to visit small villages, abandoned
Indian caves and hidden waterfalls. The trip also includes a bike
excursion to the tropical village of Bataplias. The trip costs
$2,500 per couple and is limited to five couples. For information
or reservations, call (203) 618-0854 or visit www.stattrip.com.
TIJUANA can get tourism information by using three new
kiosks located at the Aberaldo L. Rodriguez International Airport,
the Mexicoach Station (at Avenida Revolucion), and at the San
Ysidro-Tijuana International border (near San Diego County,
Calif.). The kiosks offer information via interactive touch-screens
on city attractions, hotels and restaurants, as well as maps,
printable discount coupons and secure online reservations systems.
The kiosks were launched by MyBajaGuide.com, a travel and tourism
Web portal for Baja California and the Tijuana Tourism and
Conventions Bureau. For more information on the region, visit www.MyBajaGuide.com.
Phone: (973) 898-0011
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