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NEW YORK -- Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts is planning a March opening for its first Mexico property, in Cancun. The property had been slated to open this month but ran into construction delays.
The beachfront Meridien Cancun, situated between the Caribbean Sea and Nichupte Lagoon, will be the first of a series of resorts that will expand Le Meridien's international portfolio to Mexico.
Le Meridien named Hugues Jaquier, who has held positions with Le Meridien since 1979, as general manager of the resort and regional manager of Mexico.
The company chose Cancun to make its debut in the Mexico market based on the destination's high-quality tourism product, well-organized infrastructure and continued growth potential, Jaquier said. "Cancun doesn't only offer fabulous beaches and turquoise lagoons but very interesting cultural attractions tied into the Mayan heritage," he said.
"That is very important for tying into the North American and European markets."
The intimate Le Meridien Cancun will contain 217 guests rooms, including 32 suites, and all of the accommodations will be designed with a residential atmosphere in mind.
Standard room features and amenities will include marble flooring, satellite televisions, minibars, coffee machines, ironing boards and irons. A central feature of the spacious accommodations will be large marble bathrooms, which will be among the best in the destination, according to Jaquier. The bathrooms will boast piped-in music, shaving and makeup mirrors, hair dryers and bathrobes. Half of the guest rooms will have balconies, and all units will feature a view either of the Caribbean Sea or of Nichupte Lagoon. Some guest rooms will have both sea and lagoon views.
The property's suites will be situated at the ends of the resort's structure and feature 180-degree views of the Caribbean.
Le Meridien Cancun's European-style spa is slated to be the largest and most extensive in Cncun, Jaquier said. "It will be a full-service spa, health and fitness facility for both men and women," he said. Designed to incorporate the climate, scenery and ambience of Cancun, the facility will offer a full line of skin, hair and body treatments and feature a gym, a sauna, a steam room and a juice bar serving healthy drinks and snacks.
The property's main restaurant also will showcase a menu of healthy dishes inspired by the cuisine of the south of France and the Mediterranean, Jaquier said. A second restaurant venue will be located next to the pool and beach.
The property will feature three pools linked by waterfalls, and guests also will have access to a variety of water sports at the beach. Other recreational offerings will include two lighted tennis courts; golf will be available at a nearby course.
For families traveling to the property, the Penguin Club will offer a supervised children's facility containing a clubhouse, play equipment and a wading pool.
Le Meridien Cancun will be equipped to handle small groups, with a main ballroom accommodating up to 200 theater-style and four breakout function rooms seating up to 35 people each. A business center will be featured.
Jaquier said Le Meridien Cancun's main market will be North America; the firm expects the resort to draw 55% to 60% of its clientele from there. Le Meridien also will target Europe, where it has become well-known, Jaquier said, as well as South America. Couples and families are likely to represent the majority of the resort's business, and small groups also will be courted, he said. "Cancun is very much a honeymoon destination, but with our Penguin Club, we also plan to bring in a lot of families," he said.
For more information about Le Meridien Cancun, call (800) 311-4393.