Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: May 3, 2006

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS last week launched its annual Mexico Extravaganza promotion, featuring discounts on more than 115 resorts booked by May 8. Gogo said this years promotion features greater savings for bread-and-butter destinations like Cancun, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. Prices are especially competitive in Cancun, which Gogo said has made an almost complete recovery from Hurricane Wilma. Seven-night, air-inclusive packages start at $555 per person, double, at the Blue Bay Club Cancun. The promotion includes three- to five-star resorts throughout the country and is in effect for travel through Dec. 20. New this year is a number of culturally significant cities such as Mexico City, Oaxaca, Merida and Guadalajara. Several packages feature bonuses such as spa credits and free nights as well as options where kids stay and eat free. To book or for promotion details, call Gogo at (800) 229-4999 or visit www.gogowwv.com.

THE CEIBA DEL MAR SPA RESORT on the Riviera Maya will reopen Aug. 1 following a major renovation to repair damages caused by Hurricane Wilma. The resort will reopen with fewer rooms, 88 in all, but larger master suites and penthouses. Sales and marketing will be handled by Miami-based Villa del Sol Marketing, the company that also markets the Hotel Villa del Sol in Zihuatanejo, We now offer two totally distinct resorts located on opposite coasts of Mexico: the Caribbean and the Pacific, said Michael Cojocea, director of sales and marketing for both properties. What they have in common, however, is supreme luxury on the beach, Cojocea said. The resort will feature a new tour desk for booking excursions and arranging private airport transfers. Opening rates will range from $370 a night for a regular room to $1,250 for a penthouse suite. MAP meal plans will be available. For information or reservations, call (877) 545-6221 or visit www.ceibadelmar.com.

 

PUNTA MITA, the upscale, 1,500-acre resort and residential community just north of Puerto Vallarta, will open a 27-unit complex called Las Terrazas Golf Villas in June. The new property will be surrounded by the developments Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Each unit will feature upscale amenities and two master bedrooms. To promote the opening, Las Terrazas is offering a three-night Tee It Up golf package for $4,075 for up to four guests, including two rounds of golf for two guests, a spa treatment per person and VIP transfers to and from Puerto Vallarta Airport. Condominium rentals will run from $650 to $1,200 a night for an oceanview or golf-courseview room to $775 to $1,400 for a penthouse. For information or reservations, call (888) 647-0979 or visit www.punta-mitaproperties.com.

MEXICO BOUTIQUE HOTELS, the association of small, independent properties throughout Mexico, added 12 properties, for a total of 45, including six in new cities: Playa del Carmen, Campeche, Mineral de Pozos, Valle de Bravo, Monte Gordo and Colima. New members include Azucar in Monte Gordo, Veracruz; Basico and Deseo, both in Playa del Carmen; Casa Catrina, owned by artist Maestro Rolando Rojas, in Oaxaca; and Condesa and Habita, both in Mexico City. A unique feature of Mexico Boutique Hotels is a Circuit Tours program, which enables customers to create self-guided itineraries that include several member properties and destinations. Mexico Boutique Hotels reservations specialists handle the planning of accommodations, transfers and other requirements. For information or reservations, call (800) 728-9098 or visit www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com.

GRANDLUXE RAIL JOURNEYS, which formerly operated as American Orient Express, is promoting what it describes as the first luxury rail journeys through Mexico. GrandLuxe Mexico weekly departures are scheduled beginning Oct. 29 and continue through April. Eight-night trips aboard a refurbished, vintage Pullman train begin in El Paso, Texas, and end in Mexico City. In between, the train traverses the famed Copper Canyon and visits San Miguel de Allende, Mazatlan, Guadalajara and Teotihuacan. Prices start at $4,190 per person, double. Based in Downers Grove, Ill., GrandLuxe Rail Journeys adopted its new name last month in order to better describe the product and distinguish itself from U.K.-based Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express. For information or reservations, call (800) 320-4206 or visit www.grandluxerail.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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