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Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa Announces Wedding Packages

MP News Staff

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa makes it easy to tie the knot with their two new, Unforgettable and Unique Wedding Packages.

Newlyweds can indulge in the serene romantic city filled with cobblestone
streets and old world charm and create a wedding in paradise. Villa Premiere
Hotel & Spa offers two wedding packages to choose from with a price for
every budget .

The 83-room and suite Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa features ocean views, a
full service spa, whimsical vibe with eclectic décor and warm, personalized
service. Guests will enjoy this beachfront, boutique hotel conveniently
located within walking distance of the colonial district and its famous
boardwalk. New amenities include: pillow menu for extreme comfort, butler
service for the ultimate in pampering and rejuvenating Oxygen Bar.

The ‘Unforgettable Wedding Package’ is priced at $185 USD per couple, per
stay and includes:

o Welcome fruit basket
o Upgrade to the next room category based on availability
o Fresh flower bouquet for the bride
o Fresh flower boutonniere for the groom
o One bottle of sparkling wine for wedding toast
o Selection of fine cheese accompanied with one bottle of red wine
o Traditional wedding cake (serves four)
o Surprise en suite spa décor
o 15% discount on all spa treatments
o Choice of ceremony site
o Witness if required
o Personal wedding planner

The ‘Unique Wedding Package’ is priced at $310 USD per couple, per stay and
includes:

o Welcome Fruit Basket
o Upgrade to the next room based on availability
o Fresh flower bouquet for the bride
o Fresh flower boutonniere for the groom
o Decorated table setting for the wedding officiant
o One, romantic, candlelight four course dinner with one bottle of wine
o One bottle of sparkling wine for wedding toast
o Traditional wedding cake (serves four)
o One en suite ‘Good morning my love’ breakfast on honeymoon morning
o Surprise en suite spa décor
o 15% discount off all spa treatments
o Choice of ceremony site
o Witness if required
o Personal wedding planner

The ‘Unforgettable and Unique Wedding Packages’ are based on double
occupancy and priced per couple, per stay, requires a 3-night minimum stay,
includes taxes and tips, and is valid for travel from August 1 to December
21, 2007. Civil or legal ceremony is priced at $550 USD and includes;
paperwork, documents translation, blood tests and judge and is subject to
date and judge availability. Spiritual or non-denominational ceremonies are
priced at $200 USD and subject to date and officiant availability.

Rates include accommodations, chilled towels and Champagne upon check-in,
relaxing five-minute welcome anti-stress massage on neck and hands, special
in room hotel amenities, complimentary use of gym, yoga lessons, reflexology
lessons, meditation workshops and access to sauna and steam room at Villa
Premiere Spa.

To book, call 1-877-886-9176 (1-866-379-7316 in Canada), email
reservations@premiereonline.com.mx or visit www.premiereonline.com.mx.Seaside Wedding at Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa

The Villa Group’s Desert Spa Makes A Splash With Grand Opening in Cabo San Lucas

MP News Staff

Known for its exclusive resorts, remarkable weather and abundant ocean diversions, Cabo San Lucas has hit another high with The Villa Group‘s grand opening of the Desert Spa. The largest and most elaborate facility in the entire state of Baja California and the Cabo San Lucas destination, this grand desert-inspired facility celebrates its debut in conjunction with that of its host property, Villa del Arco Beach Resort & Spa.

The 31,000 sq. ft. Desert Spa is the newest addition to The Villa Group’s roster of world-class amenities at its private enclave of suite-style resorts in Cabo. Coupled with the opening of the adjacent Villa del Arco, the Desert Spa also accommodates guests at Villa La Estancia and Villa del Palmar in an exclusive setting that fronts El Médano Beach.

Recognizing that spas are surging as a major growth segment of the travel industry, The Villa Group’s Desert Spa is designed to appeal to the sophisticated spa consumer and neophytes as well. With breathtaking views of the mountains and within a quick stroll to the azure Sea of Cortez, the facility enhances the existing upscale amenities and services available to guests staying at The Villa Group’s trio of beachfront properties.

Designed in Mexican hacienda style, the Desert Spa insets into Los Cabos’ timeless merger of desert and sea by complementing its natural setting with earthy tones, ample natural light, and the scents and flavors of Baja.

Showcasing Baja’s largest wet area, the spa’s hydrotherapy centers for men and women each include a spacious Jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, cold pressure showers, body temperature pool, steam room and sauna.

In addition, 17 treatment rooms, two exclusive VIP suites with private Jacuzzi and shower, a full-service beauty salon and extensive menu of exotic treatment services set the stage for the Desert Spa to serve as a haven for health, beauty, decompression and rejuvenation.

Using a line of desert-inspired products created exclusively for the Desert Spa, therapists wrap, bath and pamper guests with extracts of agave, lime, cactus, melon and vanilla. By blending fruit and herb extracts native to the Baja California area, the Desert Spa’s natural body products have been selectively developed specifically for the restorative and nutritive powers they possess as well as for the enjoyment of the guests.

Those on the fast track to a healthier lifestyle can get into gear at Villa del Arco’s fitness center. The 4,500 sq. ft. fitness center features seven treadmills, four elliptical bikes, three stationary bikes, 10 strength training stations, a multipurpose station, four free weight stations, a yoga/pilates studio, lockers and showers.

Packages Launch Spa Opening

As if the July grand opening of the Desert Spa in Cabo San Lucas isn’t exciting enough, The Villa Group has created special packages at the new Villa del Arco that treat two adults to the best of this 31,000-square-foot facility.

The Desert Spa Discovery features three nights in a deluxe one-bedroom oceanview suite at Villa del Arco, two 50- minute aromatherapy massages, a men’s facial therapy for him, a lemon lime facial for her, and unlimited access to the fitness center and spa facilities for the entire stay. Discovery package rates are from $1,015 USD plus tax per couple and are offered through December 8, 2007. This European Plan package (meals not included) is subject to availability.

The Desert Spa Adventure covers three nights in a deluxe one-bedroom oceanview suite at Villa del Arco, his-and-hers experience in a spa suite for two (a hydrotherapy session followed by two 50-minute massages), a men’s facial therapy for him, a lemon lime facial for her, a personal training session for two with a U.S. Certified personal trainer, unlimited access to the fitness center and spa facilities for the entire stay, and a light spa cuisine lunch for two at Villa del Arco’s oceanfront La Perla restaurant (set menu including main course, option of beverages and dessert).

Adventure package rates are from $1,143 USD plus tax per couple and are offered through December 8, 2007. This European Plan package (meals not included) is subject to availability. For more information on Villa del Arco, visit www.TheVillaGroup.com. For Villa del Arco package reservations, call 877-845-5247.

For non-guests, The Spa One Day Experience offers one day-pass to the fitness center and spa facilities, one 50- minute massage of choice and a light spa cuisine lunch at La Perla for $109 USD per person plus tax through December 8, 2007, subject to availability. For more information on the Desert Spa, visit www.TheVillaGroup.com. For Desert Spa reservations, call 877-845-5247.

The Villa Group’s three Cabo San Lucas properties collectively offer 845 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, deluxe studios and penthouse suites. Villas and penthouse suites include complete kitchens, separate living/dining areas, private terraces or balconies, air conditioning with individual climate control, in-room safes, ceiling fans and satellite TV.

Guests may choose from upscale dining at La Casona and La Perla, casual dining at El Faro, El Bucanero, La Parrilla and Bella California, and theme night buffets at Las Tortugas. An adjacent shopping plaza is home to the Palmita Market, an Internet café, plus a collection of other shops and services.

Desert Spa - The Villa Group

Alas Tour 2007 International Surfing Tournament in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

For the first time in Mexico, on September 6-9, the paradise beach destination of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo will be stage for the first International Suring Tournament. The tournament is organized by the Surfing Latin-American Association (ALAS, for its acronym in Spanish), which was founded in 2001 in Lima, Peru, for the purpose of developing and fostering the practice of this sport throughout Latin America by means of the Surfing Latin Professional Circuit.

This exciting tournament offers a prize of $17,500 dollars for the winners. The participation of an important number of professional surfers is confirmed from countries such as: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Guadalupe, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Both national and international media will attend this important contest to keep record of everything taking place in this exciting competition, since many surfers throughout the world will be attuned to the development of Alas Tour International Surfing Tournament.

Thanks to the coordination of the Municipality of José Azueta, the Ministry of Tourism, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s Hotel Association, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as state and municipal surfing associations, the participants and attendees to this spectacular tournament will also have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural scenes and unparalleled service of a unique destination: Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo. www.visit-ixtapa-zihuatanejo.org

Park It In Ixtapa

A FIVE-STAR TRAILER PARK

The paradise destination of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo now offers its visitors a first-class trailer park, located within the “Real Ixtapa” development in Playa Linda, Ixtapa. The development is over 41,347 square yards, of which, 11, 073 square yards are totally paved for the benefit of trailer drivers (RV’s and campers).

Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s modern trailer park facility has 40 slips fully-equipped with electricity, water and sanitary discharge. In the near future, 34 additional slips will be available featuring the same services. The trailer park also comprises an area of 5,900 square yards for camping just in front of the sea.

Playa Linda Beach, the location of Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo’s trailer park, is well known for its fine sand and tranquil sea. Near to this beach is Ixtapa Island, where small vessels transport passengers from the pier. Horseback riding through the jungle, through the palm trees or on the beach is also available. Another fascinating ecological attraction in this area is the “Crocodilarium,” where local animals such as crocodiles, turtles and iguanas can be observed swimming and resting under the sun. The area is also a paradise for tropical bird watchers.

Vacationers who like the exciting way of traveling by trailers can now choose Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo for their next vacation. They will have access to the newly inaugurated trailer park with a reception area, 24-hour surveillance, fire extinguishers, cyclone fence, water supply, 127 v. / 30 amp. electrical flow per slip, drainage (standard 3-inches connection), waste baskets, sanitary services (toilets and showers) and lighting.

More information is available at www.fonatur.gob.mx, or by e-mail at: trailerparkixtapa@gmail.com or at: +52 755 202 95 and 96.

Mexico Finishes 5th Overall at the 2007 Pan American Games

MP News Staff

The XV Pan American Games Rio 2007 held their closing ceremony today, with Mexico coming in fifth place overall with a total of 73 medals.

The Mexican delegation ended the games on a high note: just today, Laura Sánchez and Paola Espinosa took the gold in Synchronized Diving, and Michoacán’s Everardo Cristóbal added his gold medal with a win in the flatwater canoe C-1 500 meter competition (the day before he also won gold in the C-1 1000 meter race).

The medals breakdown was very impressive: 18 gold, 24 silver and 31 bronze, giving Mexico a hefty lead over countries such as Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

The event was not without its controversy for Mexico, however: on July 19, judges decided to rescind the country’s bronze medal for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics because Marisela Arizmendi Torres (MEX), enrolled as a delegation official, but participated as an athlete. As a result, Mexico lost the third place and bronze medal went to Canada. http://www.rio2007.org.br/data/pages/8CA3C78813D331F10113DEFCB58F482C.htm

The Closing Ceremony was held at Maracanã Stadium, a celebration for the athletes and their feats. The next edition of the Pan American Games will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2011, and several members of the organizing committee were present. Brazilian accordionists played a duet with Mexican mariachis, and the Mexican flag was hoisted in tribute to the 2011 Games, to be played in Guadalajara. Slowly, the Pan American flame was extinguished in a metal globe erected on the field.

Guadalajara will be the third Mexican city to host the Pan American Games and the first outside of the Federal District, which hosted the second and seventh games in 1955 and 1975, respectively.

Despite chilly weather, it was a gala ending to the hemisphere-wide event, which drew some 5,500 athletes from 42 countries, as well as 2,000 delegation members, 3,000 journalists and 15,000 volunteers.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/29/sports/LA-SPT-Pan-Ams-Closing-Ceremonies.php

The games lasted16 days and included the participation of 5,662 athletes from 42 countries in the Americas.

Cancun: New Adventure Package at Blue Bay Club & Spa

By Lola

If you’ve never stepped out onto the sugar-white sand of Cancun, now is your chance to do it—for less. Blue Bay Club & Spa, a 160-room all-inclusive (no peso conversions to worry about!), beachfront retreat, has recently announced its new Adventure Package.

Starting at at US$280 per person, per package, the Adventure Package gives you three nights’ all inclusive stay along with a tour to the gorgeous Isla Mujeres: the “Don Diego” boat ride includes snorkeling, a downtown visit around the island, a buffet lunch and domestic beverages (that means Mexican brand drinks). And that’s not all: sign up for the package and you’ll also get a Jungle Tour, a 30-minute Jet Ski ride and a bottle of wine upon arrival. Not bad!

One of two Blue Bay resorts in Cancun, the Blue Bay Club & Spa is kid-, couple- and single-friendly. Families will be happy to know there’s a colorftul Kid’s Club with indoor and outdoor games—even Spanish lessons! Grown ups can unwind at the full-service spa, poolside with a tropical drink or dancing away at the disco.

The Adventure Package is priced at US$340 per person valid for travel
from through August 19, 2007 and US$280 per person valid for travel from August 20 to December 20, 2007 at Blue Bay Club & Spa, Cancun. To book contact your preferred travel agent, call 1-800-BLUE BAY, email reservcun@bluebaycancun.com or visit www.bluebaycancun.com.

Fairmont Acapulco: Summer’s Not Over!

By Lola

It’s mid-July and some people are already stockpiling school supplies. Hello! There’s still plenty of summer left!!! Say goodbye to Target and Walmart and worry about uniforms later–there’s a beach in Acapulco with your name on it!

Fairomont’s Pierre Marques and Acapulco Princess hotels have conspired to lure unsuspecting workaholics and frazzled moms (with or without “frazzlers”) with some downright nifty rates in their Only One Way promotion, which offers rooms starting at $149 per night. That’s right: you, too, can roam about the lovely shores of Revolcadero Beach–complete with a view of the Sierra Madre Mountains–and wallow in world class golf, exquisite cuisine, “sun, sand and salsa” without breaking the budget (you’ll have plenty left over for the hot lunches at school, we promise).

Make your getaway good by visiting www.fairmont.com/summer, calling 1-800-830-1411, or by contacting your favorite travel agent. Available through September 3, 2007, Only One Way rates are subject to availability and priced per room, per night, exclude taxes and are based on double occupancy in a Fairmont Room.