Hotels roll out an abundance of deals

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MEXICO CITY -- Looking for a great deal for your client in Mexico? How about $99 a night in the newest resort on Isla Mujeres? Or $80 per night in Los Cabos at the all-suite Melia Beach & Spa Resort?

The following is a look at some of Mexico's best deals:

New kid on the block

In a deal designed to introduce the "new kid on the block," the Avalon Reef Club on Isla Mujeres is selling an Isla Bed & Breakfast package priced starting at $99 per night, single or double, through Dec. 20.

The rate includes accommodations in a standard room and daily breakfast for two. An inclusive upgrade is available; taxes and gratuities are extra.

The Avalon Reef Club, operated by Avalon Resorts, features 144 units comprised of standard rooms, suites, studios and one- and two-bedroom villas.

Facilities include three restaurants, including a steakhouse; a fitness center; a full-service spa; and a dive operator. The property's open-air beach bar is the largest of its kind on the island.

The Avalon is situated on the northern tip of Isla Mujeres, some six miles northeast of Cancun. Guests are transported to the resort via a 20-minute boat ride from the Cancun pier.

For more information or reservations, call (888) 497-4325 or visit www.avalonresorts.net.

Cancun getaways

"You can't beat Cancun." That's the tag line accompanying a new Cancun promotion from Aeromexico Vacations. Packages are from three to seven nights, accommodating clients either looking for a quick getaway or an extended vacation.

Prices for a three-night package at the Copacabana Hotel with roundtrip air fare on Aeromexico and airport transfers start at $454 per person, double, EP or inclusive, from Los Angeles.

A seven-night package at the Calinda Beach & Spa Resort with roundtrip air and airport transfers starts at $599 per person, double, EP, and at $804, inclusive, from Phoenix.

Prices from Los Angeles are valid for Thursday departures through Aug. 1; rates from Phoenix are based on Saturday departures from Aug. 17 to 24. All electronic bookings pay an additional 1% commission.

For information or reservations, call (800) 245-8585. Aeromexico Vacations can be booked through all four GDSs using vendor code AMV and through VAX Vacation Access.

Cozumel is for lovers

It seems that Cozumel loves honeymooners. No fewer than 19 of Cozumel's hotels are offering honeymoon packages that include everything from candlelight dinners for two to gift certificates applicable toward the couple's next vacation.

At the Coral Princess Hotel & Resort, all honeymoon packages include a room with an ocean view (with an upgrade to a junior suite if available), daily breakfast, a bottle of wine, one dinner for two at the resort's restaurant, 20% discount on massages and all taxes and gratuities.

Packages cost from $273 per couple for three nights to $584 for seven nights. Extra nights are available for $78 per couple. Packages are valid through Dec. 20.

To book, call (800) 253-2702.

Honeymoon packages at the Costa Club Cozumel include a room with an ocean view, daily breakfast, a bottle of wine, fresh flowers, one dinner for two at the property's restaurant, airport transfers and taxes and gratuities.

Three-night packages start at $516 per couple through Dec. 23.

For information or reservations, call (877) 454-4355 or visit www.costaclubcozumel.com.mx.

The other resorts in Cozumel offering honeymoon packages are the Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort; Hacienda San Miguel; Paradisus Cozumel All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Country Club; Playa Azul Hotel; Reef Club; Sol Cabanas del Caribe; Allegro Resort Cozumel; Bahia Suites & Colonial Suites; Casa Del Mar; Casa Mexicana Cozumel; Days Inn Villa Iguanas; El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel; Hotel Meson San Miguel; Iberostar Cozumel Hotel; Park Royal Cozumel; Plaza Las Glorias; and Presidente Inter-Continental Hotel Cozumel.

Sol savers

The Melia Turquesa in Cancun is offering four nights for the price of three through Dec. 25. Mexico's Sol Melia properties are offering Super Saver packages through late December. Nightly rates at the Melia Los Cabos All-Suite Oceanfront Beach & Spa Resort start at $80 per person, double, through Dec. 23.

The price includes accommodations in a junior suite, transportation to the Cabo Real and Eldorado golf courses, a 10% discount on greens fees at both courses and taxes.

At the Melia Cancun Beach & Spa Resort, a three-night package costs $247.50 per person, double, through Dec. 20. The plan includes a deluxe-category room; daily breakfast; use of all facilities, including the hotel's nine-hole golf course; 25% discount on a National car rental; 15% discount on sightseeing tours booked with the hotel; and 50% off the restaurant's children's menus.

The Melia Turquesa in Cancun is offering four nights for the price of three through Dec. 25. The promotion costs $145 per person, per night, double, for an oceanview room with daily breakfast.

Guests must book and pay for three nights to receive the fourth night free.

For more information or reservations, call (800) 336-3542 or visit the Web site at www.solmelia.com.

Sand dollars

Marriott and Renaissance Offshore Resorts in Mexico -- as well as the Caribbean -- brought back their Sand Dollars Escape packages this year, offering a combination of reduced rates and value-added resort credits.

The packages are good for travel through Oct. 31. Participating resorts in Mexico are the Marriott Casa Magna Resort Puerto Vallarta, Marriott CasaMagna Resort Cancun and JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa.

Depending on the resort, the packages include either a $100 or $200 credit per room good at any of the properties' restaurants and bars. In addition, two children under age 12 can stay free in their parents' room.

Nightly rates start at $139 per room, double, in Puerto Vallarta; $149 at the Casa-Magna in Cancun; and $209 at the JW Marriott in Cancun.

For information or reservations, call (800) 223-6388 for the Marriott Resort Desk, (800) 421-8188 for Renaissance Resorts or visit www.offshoreresorts.com.

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