Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: March 7, 2007

BARCELO HOTELS & RESORTS will open a fifth property within its Barcelo Maya Beach Resort complex in the Riviera Maya. The all-inclusive, 756-room Barcelo Maya Palace Hotel will open at the end of 2007. The all-suite property will have bathrooms with double sinks and walk-in showers. Room amenities will include Internet access, large-screen TVs and minibars.

THE HILTON LOS CABOS Beach & Golf Resort said it completed a remodeling of its 375 guestrooms. The renovation was undertaken by the design firm Paul Duesing Partners, the same group that designed the rooms at the One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, at a cost of approximately $15,000 per room. Among the design touches are painted plaster walls, sculpted headboards, antiqued cabinetry, marble bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Up next will be a remodeling of the resorts restaurants and lobby bar.

THE ONE & ONLY PALMILLA is offering to reimburse clients for the cost of passports for up to two children under 18, up to $97 per child. The offer is included in the resorts seven-night Escape to Baja package, which includes two free nights for kids under 18. The offer is valid for stays from June 1 to Oct. 31. The passport costs will be credited to the client upon check-in. Customers must present a copy of the Complimentary Childrens Passport Form from the resorts Web site,, as well as proof of purchase between the booking and travel date and a passport stamp for Los Cabos Airport.

UNITED VACATIONS is promoting a March Super Sale to Mexico with air-inclusive packages up to 40% off regular prices. Bookings must be made by the end of March for travel through the end of 2007. Under the promotion, a sample three-night package at the all-inclusive Barcelo Maya Beach Resort is $599 per person, double, down from $999. Packages include roundtrip air on United, accommodations and airport transfers. For information or reservations call (800) 328-6877 or visit

AMERICAN EAGLE launched nonstop service between Miami and Cozumel on March 2. The daily flights operate aboard 64-seat turboprops. Cozumel is American Eagles eighth destination in Mexico and its first from Miami. Miami flights depart daily at 12:55 p.m. and arrive in Cozumel at 2:30 p.m. Return flights leave Cozumel at 3:15 p.m. and arrive in Miami at 6:30 p.m.
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