Complimentary Aphrodisiac In-suite Experience at the Marquis Los Cabos Resort

Complimentary Aphrodisiac In-suite Experience — a $380 Value – Included for Valentine’s Day
(& the Entire Month of February) at the Los Cabos “Hotel with a Heart”
 
Los Cabos, Mexico (January 18, 2010) – Couples looking for romance this Valentine’s Day need look no further than the 237-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort, where guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary Aphrodisiac In-suite Experience for two for the entire month of February.  Designed to help promote spiritual communication, this couples’ therapy begins with a bath of essential oils and crystals of pink & white quartz to energize and stimulate the heart chakra.  Couples are then treated to a glass of red wine, prepared with a stone of Garnet, to help stimulate the base of chakra.  Finally, the Spa Marquis therapist prepares a synergy of sandalwood, Mexican herbs called “patchouli” and ginger to proceed with an acupressure massage to stimulate vital energy.  The complimentary Aphrodisiac Experience is only valid when guests book a minimum of three room nights in a Junior Suite during the month of February 2010.  Through May 2010, Junior Suite room rates start at $361/night.  Taxes and service charge are not included.  For reservations, please call 1-(877) 238-9399 or visit the new http://www.marquisloscabos.com/.
 
Featured in National Geographic Traveler’s “Hotels with a Heart,” the Marquis Los Cabos donates five percent of the hotel’s annual revenue for the staff’s education and healthcare in its Marquis University.  Since 2003, the resort has helped on average 20 employees a year obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.
 
About Marquis Los Cabos
The 237 all-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California península, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, and is minutes from the authentic Old World village of San Jose del Cabo as well as the lively town of Cabo San Lucas.  The resort features a 15,000 square foot holistic spa and fitness center, an exclusive gourmet restaurant where a Michelin-pedigreed chef prepares a nightly prix fixe menu and an extensive collection of Latin American sculpture and painting on display in public areas and guest suites.  Since its 2003 opening, Marquis Los Cabos has earned the travel industry’s most coveted awards including “World’s Best” (Travel + Leisure); “Gold List” (Conde Nast Traveler); “Best Value” (Conde Nast Traveler); the AAA Four Diamond, and the Five Star Diamond for its Canto del Mar restaurant.  Marquis Los Cabos is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and the only member of Leading Spas of the World in Los Cabos.

Mexico to Donate 8 Million Dollars to Haiti

HaitiMexico City. During a visit to the National Mexican Red Cross Collection Center, President Felipe Calderón announced that Mexico will make a special donation to Haiti of eight million dollars, which will be channeled through the United Nations Organization.

“In addition, Mexicans are donating eight million dollars, over and above what you are doing, which is very valuable, and means far more and is more generous,” he said.

Accompanied by his wife, Margarita Zavala, the President closed the doors of a trailer containing donations that will be sent to the Caribbean island. He also urged society to continue with its donations, particularly medicine, dressing materials and personal hygiene items.

Destination: PEACE Launches Volunteer Vacation Calendar for 2010 Punta de Mita, Mexico

The newest trend in travel includes volunteer vacations. Destination: PEACE Volunteer Vacations, in the Bay of Banderas, can provide an exciting experience for travelers who want to take their vacation, one step further with a Vacation for the Soul.

Chicago, IL –(PR.com)– Destination:PEACE was born out of an idea to couple volunteer opportunities with the amazing landscape that the Bay of Banderas offers as a vacation destination. During a Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacation, guests will experience another culture while making a difference in the lives of others: children, women, families, animals and the environment. A volunteer will help raise awareness and contribute to the overall love, community and hope to the people and animals affiliated with PEACE Mexico, a non-profit organization currently operating in Punta de Mita. Destination:PEACE gives back a portion of their proceeds to PEACE Mexico in order to further their mission.

Founded in 2005, PEACE Mexico, works hand-in-hand with communities in Mexico to provide holistic education combined with community action programs that enable people to improve their quality of life, as well as, their financial stability. English classes, after-school programs, recycling initiatives, and a free mobile spay/neuter clinic are among the various projects.

“More now than ever people are thinking about those less fortunate and giving money isn’t always personal enough. Through Destination: PEACE guests enjoy a hands on experience that proves to be life changing for both themselves and those they touch through the various activities,” says Katherine Fisher, Co-Founder of Destination: PEACE.

It’s not all work. Each five-day vacation combines volunteerism with the relaxing practice of yoga, taught by credentialed yoga instructors, spoils you with authentic Mexican cuisine, and enables you to explore the region and experience either cultural or adventure activities. Cultural activities might include salsa dancing, preparing fresh dishes using native plants or turning clay into masterpieces. Adventure activities might include hiking, surfing, mountain biking, whale watching even guiding baby turtles into their new world. “We believe there is a beautiful balance between the volunteer opportunities and the time to reflect and relax here in Mexico. We want you to enjoy yourself so much that you come back year after year,” says Katherine.

The 2010 Destination: PEACE Vacation calendar is as follows:
January 23 – 28 Adventure
February 20 – 25 Culture
March 20 – 25 Culture
April 24 -29 Culture
May 22 – 27 Culture
June 19 – 24 Adventure
July 24 – 29 Adventure
August 28 – Sept 2 Adventure
September 18 – 23 Adventure
October 23 – 28 Culture
November 13 – 18 Culture
December 11 – 16 Culture

The vacations range in cost from $999 to $1399. They also offer private, customized vacations.

For more information on Destination:PEACE Volunteer Vacations visit http://www.destinationpeacemexico.com/.

For more information on PEACE Mexico visit http://www.peacemexico.org/.

Contact for marketing, advertising and partnership opportunities: Jennifer Johnson
Mavericks of Marketing
Jen@MavericksofMarketing.com
800.650.9035

All other inquiries should be directed to: Katherine Fisher

Destination: PEACE Volunteer Vacations
Katherine@PeaceMexico.org
508.568.8462 (US)
011.521.322.160.8874 (Mexico)

Plastic Surgery In Mexico: Oh, Yes! But Do Your Homework

by Lola

I recently read Mexico was the second major provider of plastic surgery in the world, that one out of every 10 surgeries takes place in the Republic. Hard on the heels of that revelation was the minor detail that Mexico also occupies second place on the list of plastic surgeries performed by non-qualified people. Yikes.

Here are a couple more eye-openers: the United States is number one in plastic surgeries (big shocker there), followed by Brazil, who also takes third in surgeries performed by fraudulent doctors. Santo Cielo.

According to the study conducted by the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, one of the most common procedures is the injection of liquid silicone. You know, the one that can potentially disfigure, cause long-term health issues and, oh yes, kill you. Even so, it’s still the most popular one on the market for those looking to augment their bustline, their glutes or their thighs (yes, this is Mexico, they love meaty thighs as opposed to the baseball bat thighs so popular in the Northern reaches.) The Association estimates some 15 thousand people have suffered seriously from botched jobs. This was the case of Alejandra Guzmán, a well-known Mexican pop star. She went in to get her butt bubbled and nearly ended up in a box.

These are very scary numbers, but I won’t go sermonizing on the perils of surgery, because I, for one, am all for a little nipping and tucking. What I’m completely against is going for the bargain basement medic, pulling a name from the web or from a flyer and expecting anything better than a butcher.

Just as you would do in the U.S., if you’re looking to get nipped or tucked in Mexico you HAVE TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Doctors there get certified, just like here. Ask for photographs, ask to speak to former patients, ask, ask, ask.

Take nothing for granted, or instead of returning “well rested” (and perhaps well-endowed) from a fabulous Mexican vacation, you just might find yourself having to lurk about in a basement—if you’re lucky.

Real Resorts Brings in the New Year With Super Savings & Super Fun!

CANCUN, Mexico,  /PRNewswire/ — Baby its cold out there! But it’s nice and warm on the beaches of Cancun, especially at the all-inclusive luxury Real Resorts: THE ROYAL in Cancun and the Gran Caribe Real Cancun. The two adjacent resorts are celebrating the completion of their beach restoration program with a series of special offers for winter travelers. At the adult-only ROYAL in Cancun guests can enjoy special savings starting from $539 per night for a double occupied guest suite (including tax & gratuities). And at the family friendly Gran Caribe Real Cancun, guests can stay in a double occupied guest suite for $234 per night. In addition, at the Gran Caribe Real kids under 12 stay free in their parents’ suite and teens enjoy a 40% discount. Special packages including airfare and ground transfers are also available through a travel agent.

“We are delighted to offer our guests the newly restored beach in time for this winter season,” said Fernando Garcia, Managing Director, Real Resorts. “We worked with the environmental authorities in helping to complete a major beach restoration that was ecologically sound and also restores our beachfront to its original condition prior to hurricane erosion. To celebrate we had a fantastic holiday beach party including fireworks, Mayan dancing and a Caribbean show,” added Garcia.

About the Hotels
THE ROYAL in Cancun is located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. It is an exclusive, adult-only, luxury all-inclusive resort. Designed for romance, the hotel boasts only one goal — “to spoil guests.” It is located on one of Cancun’s widest stretches of white sand beach just steps from exclusive shopping and Cancun’s exciting nightlife. With a passion for detail, from extraordinary suite amenities to new levels of personalized service, THE ROYAL in Cancun is designed to serve as an elegant respite for guests. Special amenities include: signature ultra-comfortable Royal Bed®, a double Jacuzzi®, a rotating 32″ LCD /TV, CD/DVD player, an in-room mini-bar stocked daily with complimentary beverages including a selection of full bottles of international quality brand liquor. All suites have private terraces and the Resort features unique swim-up suites with a semi-private pool. Dining is a gourmet experience, with a selection of 10 restaurants and lounges including international a la carte dining, a coffee bar, a cigar bar and casual buffet dining.

The Gran Caribe Real in Cancun
Family fun beckons at The Gran Caribe Real in Cancun. From registration, where children will enjoy a special ‘kid-sized’ check-in experience with their own step stool and welcome gift, to the Family Suites where guests can enjoy special ‘bunk bed’ accommodations for kids, to the one-of-a-kind water escape — Oki Splash water park and the teen club, T-Zone. Guests enjoy a selection of dining in a la carte and buffet restaurants and amenities including complimentary alcohol for adults, water sports and entertainment.

Reservations and air-hotel packages for both resorts can be made through a travel agent, tour operator, or 1.800.760.0944 or at http://www.realresorts.com/.

A DAZZLING NEW BEACH DEBUTS AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, CANCUN

CANCUN, Mexico – January 9th, 2010 – A new beach is born at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun marveling the sophisticated traveler. The Caribbean oceanfront resort has recently added to its world-class facilities a 300 feet depth beach as part of Cancun’s $71 million beach recovery project.

The colossal enterprise contemplates extracting and pumping more than 5.2 million cubic meters of sand using 2,137 tons of equipment which is equal to 4,470 linear meters of pipe use on land, floating and submerged for the restoration of the sand. As a result, the white-sand beach in front of the resort has been restored and is larger and more gorgeous than ever before.

“It has been a truly unique experience to witness first hand a project of this magnitude and we are extremely happy to begin the New Year with what probably is one of the world’s best beaches.  Guests will find new programs designed to bring back to life the lively ambiance of vacationing on the beach which will make the travel experience to Cancun even more memorable,” said Hermann Elger, general manager.

To highlight the dramatic expansion, guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun will experience a beach celebration program that includes dining literally on the beach, moonlight fiestas, salsa lessons, ocean-inspired spa treatments and much more.

Casitas, Cancun’s only steakhouse on the beach may be the hottest restaurant in the area boasting chic hand-made cabanas transformed into a private dining room in which intimate lighting and the sounds of the ocean make for live entertainment.

Marking the close of sunny days and the beginning of entertaining evenings, every Saturday the resort will perform a Moonlight Fest, a contemporary Mexican beach lounge with a bonfire and tropical fresh drinks setting the tone for a unique seaside night under the stars.

Looking for a tropical drink? New ocean-inspired beverages are introduced in all six restaurants.  Guests may choose from tasting a fresh Margarita Caribe or a tantalizing Ocean Waves Martini. In addition, foodies may learn how to prepare a Red Snapper Ceviche at the resort’s Viking Culinary Center.

For the little ladies and gents sunny days offer entertaining Sand Castle Contests and beach Olympics while mom and dad head for a Salsa lesson by the sea. Couples reconnect learning how to dance the exotic Latin moves of salsa or with a soothe spa treatment. The Kayantá Spa presents its Deep Blue Peel a body scrub using rich marine extracts, focus seaweed and herbs for the skin to be deeply cleansed, oxygenated and revitalized.

Beach lovers can reserve the resort’s Beyond Beach package available until June 1, 2010. Starting at $559 USD per room it includes overnight accommodations with spectacular views of the Caribbean, complimentary Beach Villa during stay, daily breakfast for two, a beach bag with tailored amenities and a farewell gift. In addition, guests may pre-order picnic baskets to enjoy luncheon in the comfort of their own beach oasis for an additional price.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun

Considered one of the most elegant resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun features 365 guestrooms overlooking the sea, a 2,400-foot beach, sculpted outdoor swimming pools, a full service Spa, a private Beach Club, an impressive Culinary Center and award winning restaurants. For more information contact the hotel directly at 52-998-881-0808, The Ritz-Carlton toll free reservations at 1 (800) 241-3333, your travel consultant or visit ritzcarlton.com.

President Calderón’s 2010 New Year Address

Calderon 2010Wednesday, January 8, 2010 | Press Release

Mexicans:

I am delighted to be able to speak to you on the occasion of the New Year.

On behalf of my wife Margarita, my children and myself, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy 2010.

This is a very important year for Mexico. We celebrate 200 years of being proud to be Mexican. We commemorate the Bicentennial of our Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution.

Thanks to the efforts of heroes such as Hidalgo, Morelos, Allende, Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, Guerrero and many others, we are now a free, independent people. We are a sovereign nation, with pride in its historic heritage, capable of forging its own destiny.

Friends: I feel confident when I  think about Mexico’s future. I think it will be positive because I am encouraged by Mexicans’ spirit, because I know that our unity and solidarity are greater than any challenge, because I know that each of us harbors the profound conviction that this is a country that is destined to be great, to stand out and to make history.

In the year 2010, I am sure that Mexicans will teach the world a lesson in courage and dignity in overcoming the challenges we have experienced and taking charge of our own destiny. Let us not allow these pessimistic views to paralyze us or prevent us from achieving our ideals. If we want to perform heroic deeds, like the generations of men and women who have already earned a place in our history, let us overcome doubts and fears. United in crucial respects and in what we genuinely believe in, let us make this year, 2010, our moment in history, to continue along the route set by the fathers of the nation.

It is time for unity and work. It is time to show the conviction and value of those that gave us our country and freedom 200 years ago, of those that fought for democracy and justice 100 years ago and to make Mexico a more democratic, fairer country, and one that is safer, freer, fairer, cleaner and more prosperous.

A Mexico on a par with the ideals of those who, through their lives and work, made us the great nation we are today. By working together, in this year of the fatherland, we will continue building the great country Mexico is called to be.

From the battle field or in the construction of institutions, the dedication and sacrifice of Mexicans such as Madero, Zapata, Villa, Carranza and many others and of an entire generation made Mexico a democratic nation, guided by the values of justice and freedom. Independence and the Revolution are the historical references on which the great country we are today and the idea of the Mexico we wish to become are based. Through their struggle, our heroes conquered our freedom. It is up to us, the Mexicans of today, to preserve this freedom and defend it from those that threaten it from illegality.

2010 is the Year of Fatherland in which we celebrate being Mexican with a festive spirit and renewed enthusiasm because, as a country, we are proud of our history and culture, our traditions, art, colors, diversity, songs and flavors. We are a country whose greatest source of wealth and pride is its people. Mexicans will celebrate 2010 with pride in the past and hope for the future.

In addition to being the Year of the Fatherland, 2010 will be the year of economic recovery. As we all know, 2009 was a very difficult year. We suffered the impact of the worst economic crisis the world has seen in several decades, the emergence of a new influenza virus, a severe drought and a sharp drop in our oil production. None of the difficulties or misfortunes we experienced, however, can be attributed to a lack of energy or character on the part of Mexicans. On the contrary. In the midst of the storm, we have demonstrated our strength. That is entirely true. Although 2009 was a difficult year, Mexicans managed to pull through.

In the face of challenges, we have shown energy, courage, creativity and above all, the capacity to take on challenges and make decisions at times that require bravery. That is why it has proved necessary to make very hard decisions, decisions which, I am fully aware, involve enormous sacrifices for everyone. However, these sacrifices are precisely what will enable us to avoid serious financial threats to the country this year and above all, they will be reflected in the ability to meet society’s demands better. And in particular. This effort will permit a swifter recovery of our economy.

This year, my government will continue striving to achieve all the goals it has set to ensure the country’s well-being. We will be focussing on three main priorities:

One. Job creation.

Two Fighting extreme poverty.

And three. Strengthening Mexicans’ public security.

We will focus on job creation, because this is the most important factor in enabling families to get ahead, which is why we will continue investing in infrastructure, roads, ports and airports. We will continue promoting more productive investment, more temporary employment programs and supporting the countryside and we will promote the economic reforms Mexico needs.  This is all to create more jobs, which we so need.

We will focus on combating extreme poverty, because this still affects nearly 20 million Mexicans. To this end, we will spend more on building schools and hospitals and above all, we will strengthen and expand programs such as Opportunities, in order for them to reach more Mexicans living in extreme poverty, not only in the countryside but also in the working-class neighborhoods of the country’s most important cities.

Three. Public security. Because I know that in many places in Mexico, criminals continue to harass, threaten and extort money from many Mexican families that need the determined support of the three levels of government. That is why we will continue to fight all the criminal groups in the country, across the board. I guarantee you that every peso that citizens place in Federal Government’s hands will be used wisely, honestly and efficiently, with no improper use or waste of these resources.

And I say that 2010 will be a year of economic recovery, because this was a crisis that came from abroad and there are now signs of improvement all over the world. The countries we sell our products too are gradually reactivating their growth, which has been reflected in an increase in our exports to these countries. 2010 will be a year of recovery, because Mexicans have managed to maintain a healthy, well-managed economy, in a responsible fashion.

Despite the sharp drop in our main source of income, oil, we have our public finances in order and unlike what is happening in many countries or what used to happen here in Mexico in previous crises, we are not facing a banking crisis nor do we have external debt problems. Our economy is ready to resume growth. In fact, we began to grow during the last part of last year, which has already been reflected in the creation of thousands of jobs in recent jobs, which I realize is still not enough, but we are on the right track.

2010 will be the year of economic recovery, because investors’ expectations of Mexico are improving, which creates new possibilities of investment in productive projects that create the jobs the country so badly needs. That is why we are working to create optimal conditions so that more firms in Mexico and the rest of the world will invest in our country.

2010 will be the year of recovery, because over the past three years, we have given infrastructure an unprecedented boost through major works that will make our economy more competitive and create jobs. And this year, we will achieve a record amount of investment in infrastructure, to build works that will be our generation’s legacy to the Mexicans of tomorrow. And we will continue supporting the country’s small and medium firms, on which thousands of Mexican families depend, so that they will have credit, advice and financing and be able to progress.

Our aim is clear:  to work every day so that this recovery translates into more jobs, is reflected in your pockets and ensures greater well-being for you and your families.

Friends:
I feel confident when I  think about Mexico’s future. I think it will be positive because I am encouraged by Mexicans’ spirit, because I know that our unity and solidarity are greater than any challenge, because I know that each of us harbors the profound conviction that this is a country that is destined to be great, to stand out and to make history.

In the year 2010, I am sure that Mexicans will teach the world a lesson in courage and dignity in overcoming the challenges we have experienced and taking charge of our own destiny. Let us not allow these pessimistic views to paralyze us or prevent us from achieving our ideals. If we want to perform heroic deeds, like the generations of men and women who have already earned a place in our history, let us overcome doubts and fears.

United in crucial respects and in what we genuinely believe in, let us make this year, 2010, our moment in history, to continue along the route set by the fathers of the nation.

It is time for unity and work. It is time to show the conviction and value of those that gave us our country and freedom 200 years ago, of those that fought for democracy and justice 100 years ago and to make Mexico a more democratic, fairer country, and one that is safer, freer, fairer, cleaner and more prosperous. A Mexico on a par with the ideals of those who, through their lives and work, made us the great nation we are today. By working together, in this year of the fatherland, we will continue building the great country Mexico is called to be.

Once again, best wishes for 2010.

Happy New Year and thank you for your attention.