Ambiance gets $5M renovation

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CANCUN -- You can tell a lot about a resort from its name.

In the case of the Ambiance Villas here, the name was chosen to reflect the resort's design theme, which creates a definite atmosphere -- one of luxury "punctuated by a feeling of cool, tropical elegance," according to Ursula Hahn, the resort's general manager.

Ambiance Villas isn't a new resort. It's the landmark Kin-Ha Hotel, re-branded after a one-year, $5 million renovation.

According to its operators, the renovations provided a sense of continuity throughout the resort, beginning with the public spaces and continuing into the guest rooms.

Ambiance features a main building and a series of three-story buildings in a garden setting that house a combination of single rooms; studios with kitchenettes; and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.

The suites range in size from 775 to 1,895 square feet and feature fully equipped kitchens, large bathrooms, private patios or balconies and cable television.

All rooms were renovated with new furniture made from natural woods, and upholstery and window treatments feature bright, tropical colors.

Among the enhancements are polished marble in guest bathrooms, new tile floors, new beds and mattresses, new cable televisions and enhanced lighting.

The resort's restaurant was redecorated in a traditional Mexican style.

In an effort to acquaint agents with the "new" property, Ambiance is offering a travel agent rate of $49 a night, single or double, through Dec. 25.

In addition, the resort is paying a 15% commission on published room rates, which range from $120 for a studio to $600 for a three-bedroom suite.

For clients, the resort is offering golf and honeymoon packages.

The four-night golf package costs from $435 per person, double, through Aug. 20. It includes greens fees and one round of golf at the 18-hole Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Club, with use of a golf cart, and a 15% discount on food and beverage at the resort.

A four-night honeymoon package includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite, dinner for two with wine, one massage per person and a 15% discount on food and beverage.

For information or reservations, call (866) 340-9082 or visit the Web at www.ambiancevillas.com.

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