Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter July 2, 2003

PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL LOS CABOS Resort began offering a European plan (EP) option yesterday, becoming the only resort in San Jose del Cabo to offer both EP and all-inclusive pricing, according to the resort. As a result, the 395-room resort will open its restaurants to non-guests in an effort to elevate the status of its restaurants and attract locals. Guests on the EP plan, meanwhile, will have access to more restaurants, including Da Antonio Ristorante. The hotel's EP rates will range from $150 to $250 a night, depending on the category of room and the season. The resort recently opened a fifth restaurant, Napa, serving light California-style dishes. For information or reservations, call (800) 327 0200 or visit the Web at www.intercontinental.com.

FUNJET VACATIONS is offering a $100 credit per reservation during its Big Summer Cool Off Sale to seven Mexican destinations in July. The promotion is valid for air/hotel bookings of four nights or longer to Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta aboard Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines and US Airways. A minimum purchase of $1,800 per reservation is required, and bookings must be made by July 31 for travel through Nov. 30. Agents must book via VAX VacationAccess (www.vaxvacationaccess.com) using the promotional code SUMMFJ. Packages include roundtrip air fare, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and 24-hour traveler assistance. In Puerto Vallarta, seven-night packages start at $969.99 per person, double, at the all-inclusive Sierra Nuevo Resort from Atlanta via American Airlines. This price is valid for Monday departures from Aug. 22 to Oct. 31. In Cancun, a seven-night package at the Occidental Grande Flamenco Xcaret starts at $1,094.99 per person, double, from Houston via American Airlines. This price is valid for Monday departures July 12 to Aug. 18. For other prices and reservations, contact Funjet.

RUNAWAY IS JOINING FORCES with Starwood properties in Mexico to offer discounted rates and value-added features. The promotion is valid through Oct. 15 and is based on a minimum four-night package. In Los Cabos, prices start at $570 per person, double, at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar. The package includes one free night and a $50 beverage credit. In Puerto Vallarta, packages start at $451 for a studio room (kids under age 12 eat free) and a $30 food and beverage credit. In Manzanillo, prices start at $965, including daily breakfast for two. The lead price in Cancun is $614 at the Westin Regina. Rates include roundtrip air fare (the prices listed are from Los Angeles) and airport transfers. For reservations, call (800) 622-0723.

PUEBLO BONITO HOTELS AND RESORTS, the chain of all-suite boutique properties in Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan, is offering a Stay and Save program through 2003. The hotel company is offering a choice of a fourth night free when clients pay for three nights or a sixth and seventh night free when customers pay for five nights. Sweetening the offer is a daily $20 food and beverage credit per room, free spa admission and a free massage for two after a seven-night stay. Pueblo Bonito's resorts are the Pueblo Bonito Rose, Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos and Sunset Beach, all in Los Cabos, and the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan and Emerald Bay, both in Mazatlan. Stay and Save rates start at $195 a day per person, double, at the Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos, and $165 at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach. Rates at the Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay start at $165. For information or reservations, call (800) 990-8250 or visit www.pueblobonito.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and the Villa del Palmar resort in Puerto Vallarta are offering a fourth night free to guests who travel through Oct. 31 and the sixth and seventh nights free to guests who travel through Dec. 20. Four-night, land-only packages start at $148 per person, double, while seven-night land-only packages start at $251 per person, double. Packages include roundtrip airport transfers, hotel taxes and surcharges, and on-site assistance from Pleasant's customer service representatives. To book, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.

MEXICO'S AVALON RESORTS is "wild" for kids. Avalon Resorts, which owns and operates five resorts in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Acapulco and Panama, created a program of organized activities for children ages 4 to 10 that's part of the all-inclusive rate. Dubbed Wild Things Kids Adventure, the program is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Avalon Reef Club, Avalon Excalibur and Avalon Grand Cancun. Upon check-in, kids receive a complimentary "Attack Pack" containing a disposable camera, T-shirt, cap, flip flops, lip balm, Band-Aids, and removable "Wild Things" tattoos. The program includes organized activities ranging from arts and crafts to sports competitions. For reservations, call (800) 261-5014 or book online at www.avalonvacations.com.

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