Occidental to dive into Cozumel

COZUMEL -- Occidental Hotels & Resorts said it will open the 252-room Occidental Grand Cozumel on Oct. 1.

Occidental said the resort will be targeted to scuba divers, although it is expected to appeal to families, singles, couples and groups, as well.

To celebrate the opening, the resort will offer a rate of $110 per person, per night, double, through Dec. 21.

Inclusive rates cover accommodations, all meals and snacks, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, entertainment, use of nonmotorized water-sports equipment, land sports, beginner's scuba clinics, use of the Kid's Club and taxes and gratuities. The introductory rate also includes two free dives during the stay, equipment and transportation.

The resort will offer daily scuba-diving clinics for all levels of divers through its on-site dive shop, which will arrange excursions to Cozumel's famous dive spots. The renowned Palancar Reef, for example, is a five-minute boat ride from the resort.

The colonial-style property is situated on San Francisco Beach in the southwest region of Cozumel. The resort features a supervised Kid's Club and meetings facilities for up to 90 people.

For guests who want a more private resort experience, the Occidental Grand offers a Royal Club wing with a separate reception area and concierge, 24-hour room service, phones with data ports, and a business center.

For more information or reservations, call (800) 858-2258 or visit the Web at www.occidental-hoteles.com.

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