Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: Oct. 6, 2004

TY WARNER HOTELS & RESORTS purchased the 61-room Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort in Los Cabos from Dallas-based JTL Capital for an undisclosed sum. The resort will continue to be managed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. Ty Warner hotels is expected to invest a hefty sum expanding Las Ventanas facilities, including its spa. Other Ty Warner properties are the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Kona Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii.

CANCUN is on a mission to keep its position as the No. 1 destination for Americans visiting Mexico. Projects in development include new hotels, expanded shopping centers, and international exposition center and a racetrack for Formula One events. On the hotel front, construction is underway on the Grand Aqua hotel, which will be operated by the Fiesta Americana hotel chain. The property will have 371 oceanview rooms, including 36 suites, plus a spa and fitness center, four restaurants and bars, and 16,500 square feet of meetings space. Grand Aqua is scheduled to open in November. In other hotel news, The Spanish hotel chain Oasis recently acquired Cancuns three Calinda properties, renaming them Oasis America (downtown Cancun), Oasis Viva and Oasis Beach.

MEANWHILE, PALACE RESORTS announced it will launch a luxury hotel brand, Le Blanc Spa Resort, an all-inclusive, adults-only property that will debut in Cancun in winter 2005. Formerly the Hotel Sierra Cancun, the hotel was acquired by Palace Resorts and closed on Aug. 29 for a multimillion-dollar renovation. As its name implies, Le Blanc Spa Resorts interiors and furniture will be white, with contemporary furnishings mixing primitive, tropical and Mexican elements. As part of the renovation, a spa will be built, all rooms will be equipped with Jacuzzis and three specialty restaurants will be created. For details, visit www.leblancsparesort.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is offering the fourth night free at the Radisson Resort Ixtapa when clients travel Nov. 16 through Dec. 20. Four-night, land-only packages start at $196 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $102 per couple. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers, all hotel taxes and surcharges. For information and reservations, visit www.PleasantAgent.com or call (800) 448-3333.

THE HACIENDA XCANATUN near Merida launched a Stress Busting weekend package that includes a choice of two massages or body treatments per person. A three-night package costs $1,250 per couple through Oct. 31 and $1,350 from Nov. 1 to April 30. The package includes accommodations in a suite with an outdoor soaking tub, daily breakfast for two, a three-course dinner with wine at the resorts Casa de Piedra restaurant, roundtrip airport transfers, and taxes and service charges. For information or reservations, call (888) 883-3633, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web at www.xcanatun.com.

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