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Newsletter: Mexico, 6/03/08

Puerto Vallarta Resort Begins $10.7 Million Renovation


The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa in Mexico announced Thursday the beginning of a $10.7 million renovation scheduled for completion by October 31.

The portion that has already begun is the renovation of the resort’s guestrooms and suites. The project also calls for enhancements to the banquet rooms, and the resort’s main restaurant, La Estancia. The $1 million renovation of the resort’s banquet and meeting facilities will take place in July and will include new carpet, woodwork and upholstery, as well as installation of new lighting and a new audio system. The upgrade and expansion of La Estancia is scheduled to start on August 1. We were told the resort will not be closed during the renovation. Visit

Korean Air Launches New Flights to Brazil


Korean Air launched the first nonstop flights between São Paulo, Brazil and Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. The thrice-weekly, three-class flights operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Los Angeles to São Paulo using a Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

The flights depart Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in São Paulo at 11 a.m. the next morning.  The return flight on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, leaves São Paulo at 1:30 p.m. and arrives in Los Angeles at 9:30 p.m. the same day. Visit

GOGO Announces Partnership with Karisma

GOGO Worldwide Vacations announced a partnership with Azul Hotels by Karisma, a collection of Gourmet Inclusive properties located throughout the Riviera Maya, Mexico, to sell all of its resorts.

The resorts include Azul Beach Hotel, Azul Sensatori Hotel (slated to open October 1) and Azul Fives Hotel (scheduled to open in December). Packages at Azul Hotels by Karisma can be booked through GOGO Worldwide Vacations by calling 800-229-4999 or visiting

Flights to Colombia Growing Rapidly

We recently brought you news of JetBlue Airway’s plans to launch nonstop flights from Orlando to Bogota. Delta Air Lines is jumping on the bandwagon, announcing plans for daily service between New York and Bogota.

The launch date is slated for August 19. Delta already flies to Colombia from its Atlanta hub. Visit

Nuevo Vallarta Resort Offers Ultra Luxury Package


Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico is offering a honeymoon package that includes everything from a private jet ride to massages. The resort’s “ Over the Top Honeymoon Package” can be booked from clients from now through December 18 and starts at $77,265 for two people and includes five nights. Among other amenities included are all-day fishing on a 32-foot yacht and daily golf. Visit

Riviera Maya Resort Offers Yoga Packages


Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, announced its new "Wellness Yoga Retreat" package. It is a four-day holistic program featuring guided meditations, yoga classes and yogic diet and nutrition sessions. It is available from July 24 to 27, 2008 with future programs scheduled from August 28 to 31, September 25 to 28 and October 23 to 26. Visit

Los Cabos Resort Celebrates Anniversary with Discounts



The “5th Anniversary Marquis Celebration” at Marquis Los Cabos in Mexico is giving clients discount of up to 20 percent off accommodations and spa offerings. The deal is good for booking now through October 31. Visit

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