Mexico hotels create plans to help summer biz sizzle

MEXICO CITY -- Summer in Mexico is plenty hot, so hotels have created packages designed to heat up their off-season business.

A sampling follows:

  • The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers a variety of packages that are available through October.
  • The Gateway to Heaven package starts at $350 per night, double, and includes an oceanview room plus a fifth night free when four nights are booked.

    A five-night Spa package starts at $3,400, double. Each client receives two 80-minute massages, one 50-minute massage, a body scrub, a body treatment, a manicure, a pedicure and a spa gift. The package also includes unlimited use of the tennis facilities, non-motorized water sports and airport transfers.

    A room at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, which introduced a variety of off-season packages. The Celebration package costs $3,300, double. It includes seven nights' accommodations, a bottle of champagne, two 50-minute massages per person, nonmotorized water sports and transfers.

    A Golf package costs $3,500, double. It includes five nights' accommodations, unlimited golf, use of a practice range, regularly scheduled golf clinics, two golf shirts, two 50-minute massages per person, use of the tennis courts, nonmotorized water sports and transfers.

    To book, call (800) 332-3442.

  • The Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos offers four summer packages.
  • The Romance plan is priced at $1,990, double. It includes five nights' accommodations, a bottle of wine, a choice of one daily activity (an in-room massage, horseback riding, sunset cruise or a round of golf) and airport transfers.

    The Paradise package is priced at $345 per night, double and includes a fifth night free when four nights are booked.

    The three-night Unlimited Golf for Two package costs $1,535, double. It includes three days of unlimited golf with use of a cart at the Palmilla Golf Course plus use of the driving range.

    The Palmilla Escape package features a daily choice of either one round of golf at the Palmilla Golf Course (with use of a cart and the driving range) or a one-hour sports massage. This package is priced at $460 per night, double.

    To book, call (800) 637-2226 or visit the Web site at www.palmillaresort.com.

  • Viva Resorts' three Mexico properties -- Club Viva Azteca in Playacar, Club Viva Maya in Playacar and Club Viva Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta -- offer free instruction in tennis, self-defense, stretching and "flamenco aerobics" this summer.
  • Free self-defense classes will be offered July 1 to 8 at Club Viva Maya and July 9 to 15 at Club Viva Azteca; free tennis instruction will be offered at Club Viva Maya Oct. 15 to 21 and Club Viva Azteca Oct. 22 to 30; free stretching classes will be offered May 21 to 31 at Club Viva Vallarta, and free "flamenco aerobics" will be offered Oct. 8 to 22 at Club Viva Vallarta.

    To book, call (800) 898-9968 or visit the Web at www.vivaresorts.com.

  • The 366-room Splash Resort Caracol in Playa del Carmen offers a daily Splash Into Summer rate of $75 per person, double, through Dec. 15.
  • The rate includes all meals, snacks, beverages (including alcohol), entertainment, sports activities and a supervised children's program.

    Children age 2 to 12 are charged an additional $31 per night.

    To book, call (800) 92-SPLASH or visit the Web site at www.splashresorts.com.

  • The Krystal Ixtapa and Krystal Puerto Vallarta offer reduced rates to guests who book their vacations through Pleasant Mexico Holidays.
  • The two hotels offers a Fall Madness rate to Pleasant's guests who stay in garden villa or garden pool junior suites.

    The rates are combinable with a fourth-night-free promotion; a $50 food-and-beverage credit on a four- to six-night stay, and a $100 food-and-beverage credit on a stay of seven nights or longer.

    Four-night packages at the Krystal Ixtapa start at $166 per person, double, while four-night packages at the Krystal Puerto Vallarta start at $231.

    The rate includes airport transfers, and hotel taxes and surcharges.

    To book, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.2Mexico.com.

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