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Newsletter: Mexico, 6/17/08

Travel Agent Talks with Aqua Reps, New Developments on the Horizon


We first told you about Aqua Resorts’ aggressive expansion plans during our April coverage of Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco, Mexico. But now Travel Agent has some more details following our recent interview with Francisco Gutierrez, vice president of operations for premium brands for Grupo Posadas, which manages Aqua.

There are plans a new 134-room, 36-suite Aqua Mexico City to open by March of 2009. Meanwhile, Aqua Punta Mita should be ready by next summer. That resort will have 80 rooms and 250 suites. Aqua Acapulco is slated to open its doors in winter of 2009, and will have 208 rooms and 42 suites. Aqua is also in discussions for several additional properties, including such destinations as Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos. Those plans, however, are still in the works and may not be finalized for another six months. If and when the plans are finalized, Gutierrez believes that the opening of these additional properties could take place within the next three to four years.

Capella Bahia Maroma Aims to be Mexico’s Most Luxurious Property


Capella Bahia Maroma is expected to open its doors in early 2009. When it does, expect it to compete with some of the finest luxury resorts in Mexico.

The resort will be located along the Riviera Maya and will feature 86 villas and 127 for-sale residences. Other highlights include a private Rees Jones-designed golf course, a Maya-inspired Auriga spa, personalized service and a beach club. Visit

Mexico Releases First Quarter Numbers

The Mexico Tourism Ministry recently released its first quarter numbers, revealing a 7 percent increase from this time last year.

In fact, Mexico’s tourism revenue during that time totaled more than $4 billion. Nearly 6 million tourists visited the country from January to March while tourist spending spiked 3.5 percent to more than $800 per person.

Mexico to Get Jazzed Up in the Fall

Crystal Cruises announced plans to offer a seven-day, jazz-focused cruise featuring more than 20 artists on November 30.

The voyage aboard Crystal Symphony will include calls to Cabo San Luca and Puerto Vallarta. Visit

Los Cabos Hotel Offers Spa Package


The Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort introduced its “Pure Bliss Spa” package, available from now through December 20. The package offers guests a four-day vacation at the Hilton Los Cabos' newly renovated Spa Oasis. This package starts at $1,225 for four days, based on a double occupancy, taxes not included. Additionally, guests will receive a welcome fruit basket upon arrival and daily breakfast for two. Visit

Occidental Offers Family Package in Mexico


The all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret is offering Xcaret Family Escape, a summer package for this summer that includes one complementary pass to Xcaret Park (valued at over $185 for a family of four), where a family can swim with the dolphins, snorkel and dive through underwater rivers, explore the history of Mayan culture and more. The nightly rates are discounted by about 15 percent with this package, and start at $114 for adults and $60 per child for children ages 3 to 12 for getaways now through August 31. Visit

Casa Dorada Offers Discounts for Families


Casa Dorada Los Cabos, Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas is offering guests the opportunity to save up to 40 percent on suite accommodations with its “Verano in Medano” package.  Children 12 and under stay and dine for free, the Casa Kidz club, activities at the resort, and daily buffet breakfast at Maydan beachfront restaurant are also included.  The package is available now through September 30, and starts at $2,580 for four days and three nights for up to two adults and two children.  Visit

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