Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Feb. 18, 2004

RESORTS IN THE RIVIERA MAYA are promoting packages for clients who like a little adventure with their vacations. The Ikal del Mar Hotel, for example, is offering a package for scuba divers that also includes an opportunity to skydive. The resort's seven-night "Ultimate Adrenaline Rush" program includes accommodations in a villa with a private pool, two open water dives, two underground cave dives, one "swimming with dolphins" excursion and one sky dive with a local operator. The package costs from $4,859 per person, double, through April 30, and $4,409 from May 1 to Dec. 20. For information about this and other adventure packages, call (011) 52-984-85-92170, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.rivieramaya.com.

SPEAKING OF THE RIVIERA MAYA AND ADVENTURE, clients who log on to www.rivieramaya.com can enter an "Adventure Vacation Contest" for a chance to win a five-night vacation for two at the Alhambra Hotel (www.alhambra-hotel.net) in Playa del Carmen. The trip includes an ATV Explorer (www.atvexplorer.com) jungle tour, scuba diving for two people with Dive Mike (www.divemike.com), and a "Mayan encounter" with Alltournative (www.alltournative.com). Two roundtrip airline tickets are also included. The deadline to enter is March 31, and a winner will be notified via E-mail by April 23.

US AIRWAYS VACATIONS extended its Companion Flies Free promotion from Boston to Cancun (and other Caribbean destinations). Bookings can be made through Feb. 24 for travel through March 31. Packages include roundtrip air fare on US Airways, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers and hotel taxes and service charges. In Cancun, three nights at the Riu Caribe start at $761 per person, double, for the first traveler and $408 for a companion. For information or reservations, call (800) 455-0123 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

AEROMEXICO VACATIONS is offering up to $200 in savings per reservation for air and hotel vacations booked between March 1 and 31 for travel between March 5 and Sept. 30. This offer includes travel to and from all Aeromexico U.S. gateways and destination cities, as well as all Aeromexico Vacations hotels. Promotional code "March" must be used at time of booking in order to receive the savings. Under the promotion, $75 will be discounted for reservations between $800 and $1,500; $100 for reservations between $1,501 and $2,000; $150 for reservations between $2,001 and $2,500; and $200 for reservations from $2,501 and up. For reservations and prices, call Aeromexico Vacations at (800) 245-8585 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is promoting discounted rates at the Royal Villas Resort in Mazatlan through Dec. 19. Four-night, land-only packages start at $256 per person, double, including daily breakfast and a $50 beverage credit per room. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers and hotel taxes and surcharges. For information and reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.PleasantAgent.com.

AFTER TESTING THE SERVICE on flights from Dallas, Milwaukee and Salt Lake City, Funjet Vacations is introducing LSG Sky Chefs' In-Flight Cafe on some of the operator's charter flights with Ryan International and Midwest. With the LSG service, passengers can buy meals during flights. The service enables passengers to purchase sandwiches and snacks, including potato chips, crackers, cookies, raisins and applesauce. Box meals sell for $5.

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