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Velas Vallarta Introduces New Spa Packages

Jumping Bean Massage and Princess Mommy & Me Ritual Highlight the New Collection at Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort

NUEVO VALLARTA, Mexico, /PRNewswire/ — A Jumping Bean Massage, Little Green Elf Facial, and a myriad of mother-daughter spa rituals make up the new Family Spa Collection at Grand Velas Spa in Nuevo Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico.  From relaxing Glamour facials to energetic Champion sports massages, family spa treatments are held year-round en-suite or beachside with spectacular views of the Banderas Bay.  Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is the only AAA Five-Diamond Award winning all-inclusive family-friendly resort in North America.  For more information on the Grand Velas Spa, please call 1-877-398-2784 or visit .

  The New 25-minute Kids’ Spa Treatments / Cost: $55 USD
  — Jumping Bean Massage
  — Flower Shower Massage
  — Magic Elements Massage
  — Little Green Elf Facial
  — Malt Baths
  — Pancho’s Bubble Massage
  The 50-minute Mommy & Me Treatments:
  — Glamour Ritual
  — Princess Ritual
  — Tarzan & Jane Ritual
  — Champion’s Ritual
  — Dream Nails

For luxurious accommodations in an ocean-view Parlor Suite, rates begin at $460 through December 18, 2008, based on double occupancy.  Until July 17th, children ages 2 to 12 are $125 USD per child, per night, and from July 18th thru December 18th, children ages 2 to 12 are $98 USD per child, per night. Twenty-four hour in suite service; gourmet dining; unlimited premium international and national brands throughout the hotel; Grand Kids’ Club; and taxes and gratuities are included in the nightly rate.

Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.  The resort, located just 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta on the Banderas Bay, features 267 ocean-view suites including ultra spacious Spa Suites in the resort’s new tower and new three-bedroom and two-bedroom Imperial Suites.  The 16,500 sq ft Grand Velas Spa features 20 treatment rooms, over 80 spa treatments, a high-performance gym and exercise room, spa boutique and a beauty salon.  Five restaurants, three of which are gourmet, feature stylish decor and a la carte choices for French, Italian or Mexican cuisine. The family-friendly resort also offers a tennis court and special entertainment for adults and kids.

Family Travel Made Easy in Mexico

Kids’ Club and Spacious Casitas Where Kids Stay Free at Marquis Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico (PRWEB) — Free accommodations for kids, a daily kids’ club, welcome gifts, and dining discounts make family travel easy at Marquis Los Cabos, which offers a “Marquis Kids Package” from now until October 10, 2008.


The package includes complimentary accommodations in a choice of a Junior Suite or Casita, which features its own private pool, for up to two children under age 12, sharing the room with parents; the MarKids program where children explore their creativity with beach games, painting and drawing, attend moves and even learn Spanish; a welcome cocktail for parents and “mocktail” for kids; welcome gift of crayons, coloring book and beach accessories for kids, and complimentary dessert at Dos Mares or Vista Ballenas restaurants.


Rates through May 31 start at $520 per night for accommodations in a Junior Suite and $1,025 per night in a Private Pool Casita. From June 1st through October 10th, rates start at $375 per night in a Junior Suite and $690 in a Private Pool Casita. The MarKids program is available to children age 5 to 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including holidays.


The “Marquis Kids” Package, which also includes roundtrip airport-hotel transportation, is available by calling 877-238-9399 or visiting


The Casitas at the Marquis Los Cabos Casitas evoke the ambience of a private beach house. Similar to a one-bedroom apartment, the Casitas are steps from the water and feature a living room, wet bar, floor to ceiling window walls, and private pool. A complimentary Marquis breakfast is delivered daily via a small latticed alcove adjacent to the guest room door


The 237-suite Marquis Los Cabos Beach, Golf, Spa & Casitas Resort, a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and only member of Leading Spas of the World in Los Cabos, features dramatic water highlights, an extensive Latin American art collection and a 15,000 square foot holistic spa and fitness center. All guest rooms are suites and feature Bulgari amenities, imported Italian Frette linens, goose down comforters, internet access and hydro-massage bathtub. The beachfront property is located in the “Cabo Real” section of Los Cabos, 18 miles from the airport and only six miles from San Jose del Cabo. Marquis Los Cabos has been named both a Gold List Resort by Conde Nast Traveler and a World’s Best Awards hotel by Travel + Leisure numerous times. Canto del Mar, its gourmet restaurant, has been honored with the Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

Epicurean Escapes from Mexico Boutique Hotels

Burritos Be Gone!
Mexico Boutique Hotels Invites You To Experience Haute Cuisine South of the Border

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (May 20, 2008) — If the sight of a chimichanga leaves you cold and you know that burritos are for rides, not for dining rooms, then you’re in for a treat: Mexico Boutique Hotels has cooked up a tasty selection of Epicurean Escapes, tailor-made for tempting your palate.

In Casa Natalia in historic San José del Cabo, for example, beats the heart of a true gourmand: it’s owned by the European executive chef Loic Tenoux and his wife, Nathalie. Dinner at Mi Cocina (My Kitchen) is an award-winning blend of Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine. Paired with a three-night stay in one of their 16 art-filled havens (among other indulgences), and you have the surefire recipe for a memorable vacation. Rates start at $855 USD per package per couple (not including taxes and service charges). Additional nights start at $250 USD.

If you’d rather roll up your shirtsleeves and wield the spatula yourself, Mesón Sacristía de la Compañía in Puebla (yes, they of the legendary mole sauce) offers a 3-hour cooking class that will uncover culinary secrets. After your three-night stay you can take home the recipes, whip up a delightful dish and impress your friends while they watch your vacation slideshow on your flat screen TV. Rates per package for two people start at $880 USD; additional nights are available at 20 percent off of the regular seasonal rate.

Is chocolate one of your favorite food groups? At Hacienda Xcanatún, an exquisitely restored hacienda near the “White City” of Mérida, they sweeten a three-night stay with a basket filled with Ki’Xocolatl, locally made artisan chocolate bars, among other delicacies. Dinners at the award-winning Casa de Piedra restaurant are a three-course affair, accompanied by a bottle of wine recommended by the resident sommelier. The package for two people starts at $1,350 USD and includes taxes. Additional nights are available for 20 percent off of regular seasonal rate.

This is just a taste of the several extraordinary Epicurean Escapes that span from the Pacific Coast to the Yucatán Peninsula, all of which combine gourmet experiences with outstanding accommodations in hotels that offer the traveler a superb sense of place.

Most packages are valid through mid-October, and all can be found and booked with one visit to or by calling 800-728-9098. ¡Buen provecho!

About Mexico Boutique Hotels:
Established in 1999, Mexico Boutique Hotels is a collection of 47 upscale, independent member properties handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored architectural gems, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern–but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country and all offer guests a unique travel experience. Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico.

Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa Announces Honeymoon Package

Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO – May 9, 2008 – Villa Premiere & Spa, the 83-room beachfront retreat on Puerto Vallarta’s golden sand beach, announces its new Premiere Honeymoon Package. The resort invites couples to this serene city filled with cobblestone streets and old world charm for a romantic honeymoon in Mexican paradise.

The ‘Premiere Honeymoon Package’ is priced at $230 USD per person, per night and includes:

o Spacious accommodations in a Honeymoon Suite with ocean view and indoor Jacuzzi
o In-room aromatherapy, choose from seven exquisite essences
o Butler service
o One candlelit, four course romantic dinner on the beach
o One bottle of complimentary red or white wine
o Daily American breakfast served en suite
o Room amenities including flowers, fruit basket and one bottle of sparkling wine

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. Couples 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 ‘Premiere Honeymoon Package’ is priced at $230 USD based on double occupancy, priced per person, per night, requires a 3-night minimum stay, taxes and gratuities included and is valid for travel from now to December 19, 2008. This offer only applies to direct bookings only and is non-refundable, subject to hotel availability, and may not be combined with any other offers.

Rates include 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 or email

About Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa
Nestled on Bahia de Banderas, Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa is an inviting retreat located on a serpentine stretch of golden sand beach walking distance from downtown Puerto Vallarta. Recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond status. The hotel’s contemporary Mexican ambiance houses just 83, beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites come complete with Mexican furniture and art, private terraces, whirlpool tubs and sliding doors overlooking miles of Pacific blue. Designed as a tranquil place, reaching out to the region’s indigenous culture and customs to create a most distinctive sense of place, the Spa at Premiere offers a feast for the senses. Stone-patterned flooring, stucco walls, Tepescohuite tree beams and rope ceilings, and palm mats provide textural contrasts while flowering plants, hand painted murals of angels by local artists done in subdued colors, Huichol Indian handicrafts, tranquility fountains, and aroma candles create an inviting and relaxing setting. Visit or call 1-877-886-9176.

North American Specialists Recognize Advances and Opportunities in Mexico Tourism

Specialists in North American tourist travel concur that Mexico has made a significant advancement to lure in more tourists and emphasize the opportunities that the country has in the cultural, medical, electronic market, and retirement segments.

Secretary of Tourism heads “North American Market Trends” forum during the 33rd Tianguis Turistico and points out that Mexico should take advantage of the opportunities it offers its main target.

Acapulco, Mexico, April 17, 2008 — The Secretary of Tourism of Mexico, Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, headed during the 33rd Tianguis Turistico, the “North American Market Trends” discussion forum, in which six specialists emphasized the efforts of the government and of the national tourism industry to boost this market and also, the great opportunities that the country offers to be more competitive in diverse segments.

The forum was led by the head of Sectur, Elizondo, and was accompanied by Sarita Skidmore, President of MENLO Consulting and expert in Travel Style studies; Peter Yesawich, President and General Director of Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown and specialist in advertising and tourism trends; Viviana Rojas, academic in the University of Texas and investigator in retirement tourism, “baby boomer” phenomenon, and second residencies in Mexico; Ray Snisky, President of Mark Travel Corporation; Michael Pusateri, Executive Strategy Consulter of Vantage Strategy and Deborah Sexton, President and General Director of Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

Elizondo Torres emphasized that Mexico has many opportunities that it should take advantage of, every time that the dynamics of tourist activity demand it.

“The tourism activity is very dynamic and every day there are new possibilities such as the business, medical, real estate, adventure and cultural tourism and Mexico has that in one way or another, so I see with great enthusiasm the opportunity that our country has to move forward, working in the United States and Canada markets,” he emphasized.

During the panel, Sarita Skidmore, president of MENLO rated the country’s performance with a nine, but said that Mexico must work to lure in tourists even with the recession in the United States.

Also Ray Snisky, President of Mark Travel Corporation, rated the country’s performance with a nine, nevertheless, he pointed out that although Mexico raises interest in North Americans, it is necessary to make the country more accessible. He reminded that this market has short periods of vacation time and although the flight distances are short, they are made longer due to difficulties with flight connections.

Regarding business tourism, Deborah Sexton highlighted that Mexico is the second preferred destination by North Americans and that it has huge opportunities to convert itself in number one. She pointed out that technology, quality of service, price, and precision are keys to these kinds of tourists.

Peter Yesawich emphasized that Mexico deserves a 10 in regards to the travel experience and eight in promotional matter.

Regarding the average qualification of the North American travel experts, Elizondo Torres emphasized that it reflects the job of, not only the government, but of all those involved in the national tourism industry, as well as the opportunities that are ahead.

About the Mexico Tourism Board
The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) brings together the resources of federal and state governments, municipalities and private companies to promote Mexico’s tourism attractions and destinations internationally. Created in 1999, the MTB is Mexico’s tourism promotion agency, and its participants include members of both the private and public sectors. The MTB has offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

FOR PRESS ONLY: For additional ideas, help with a story or general travel and tourism information about Mexico, please contact the MTB’s U.S. Press Room directly at 1-800-929-4555, by e-mail at, or visit our press Web site at To access an online warehouse of free, downloadable b-roll, visit

Rising Tide of Growth Laps Mazatlán’s Shores

MAZATLÁN, Mexico – Tourism in the Pacific coastal city of Mazatlán continues to thrive, as the destination welcomes major developers, international sporting events and a growing number of visitors.

“Travelers here have a unique opportunity to experience the best of both worlds,” says Carlos Berdegue, vice president, Mazatlán Hotel Association and Tourism Board. “On the one hand, they enjoy a modern destination, with spectacular hotels, restaurants and nightlife. On the other hand, they experience the rich culture and history of Mazatlán through our vibrant Historic District and scenic rural villages, some of which date back to the 16th century.

Resorts and Hotels On the Rise
Visitors find much that’s new and in the works in this destination known as the “Pearl of the Pacific.” Mazatlán has more than 90 hotel and condominium properties, including nearly 50 four and five-star resorts. The destination expects to have more than 10,000 hotel rooms available throughout the city by yearend, compared to 9,400 in 2007. That’s good news for the 3,767,476 visitors expected here this year, up 9 percent from 3,456,400 in 2007.

Accommodations are available to fit all interests and budgets, from charming beachside cottages and haciendas to luxury resorts with spas, championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants, high-tech fitness centers, lively bars and more.

D’Gala Mazatlán Hotel opened in March 2008 in Mazatlán’s Zona Dorada – the Golden Zone or glittering, oceanfront resort district. The AAA Three-Diamond hotel houses 89 elegantly appointed rooms and suites and a banquet room accommodating 120 people. D’Gala’s gourmet restaurant, Las Lupitas, serves fusion cuisine, and its wine cellar boasts more than 130 premium brands from around the world.

In the fall, 2008, the Villas at Estrella del Mar Golf and Beach Resort Mazatlán will open 56 luxury guestrooms, six junior suites and two master suites. Still to come there: two restaurants, a bar meeting space, business center, pool and spa.

The Villas of Estrella del Mar are situated on more than three miles of private beach just south of Mazatlán. All rooms are unique, offering ocean or garden views. The Villas are part of Estrella del Mar, an oceanfront, luxury resort situated in an 816-acre gated community with lush tropical landscaping. Guests enjoy one of Mexico’s top-rated golf courses, the resort’s Robert Trent Jones, Jr., 18-hole championship course; clubhouse with bar; and turtle sanctuary, offering guests the opportunity to learn about the endangered sea turtles under the supervision of the onsite marine biologists.

Also slated to open in Oct. 2008 is the spa at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay, one of Mexico’s top 20 resorts, according to Conde Nast Traveler, 2007. The all-suite, luxury property spans 20 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the area called Nuevo Mazatlán or New Mazatlán. Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay mixes neoclassical and Mediterranean design in charming, freestanding villas surrounded by vibrant tropical gardens. The property houses 258 suites, each with a private balcony or terrace and stunning ocean view. Among the resort’s other offerings are premier restaurants, bars, state-of-the-art fitness center, two free-form pools, children’s pool area and two Jacuzzis.

Much more is in the works in New Mazatlán, including Diamond Beach. This 1200-acre, master-planned community is located northwest of Mazatlán on the Pacific Coast at the southern extremity of the Sea of Cortez. Diamond Beach plans call for luxury and boutique hotels, a signature golf course, condominiums, an Olympic-size saltwater pool and more.

Back in the Golden Zone, Hotel Playa Mazatlán offers the new EduVentura Center for visitors eager to explore the region’s history and natural attractions. Located at the south end of the hotel, EduVentura offers a three-wall climbing circuit; rappelling systems and two zip lines, all surrounded by waterfalls and tropical foliage with ocean views. Also at EduVentura, a Temascal, the ancient steam bath, provides a glimpse of Mexico’s history and natural attractions, especially when followed by a refreshing swim in the nearby cavern. Equipped with classrooms and work circuits, EduVentura is specially designed for schools and corporate groups. The oceanfront Hotel Playa is near the Golden Zone’s shopping, dining and nightlife, while the charming cobblestone streets of Old Mazatlán are only 15 minutes away.

Inland from the far end of the Golden Zone, work has begun on the Marina Mazatlán project to develop land surrounding the marina. Plans include new high-rise luxury hotels, residences, signature golf courses, a huge convention center, shopping, restaurants and recreational areas.

Part of the project, a portion developed by El Cid Resorts, is already open. The property, El Cid Marina Beach Hotel & Yacht Club, offers a Mediterranean-style hotel with 204 suites overlooking the marina. The resort boasts a new adults-only beachfront Mediterranean day lounge with massage tents, mega Jacuzzi and expansive sun deck surrounded by palm trees. Here, guests sip tropical drinks and relax, while enjoying glorious Pacific sunsets.

Sport Fishing Part of the Lure
Many visitors are drawn here by Mazatlán’s reputation for world-class sport fishing.

“The waters off our coast teem with Pacific sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, and dorado,” Berdegué explains. “Anglers do not go away empty-handed.”

The city recently was selected as the site of the International Sport Fishing Federation’s 2009 World Championship. El Cid Marina Beach Hotel and Yacht Club will be the host hotel, and the adjacent El Cid Marina Mazatlán will be the official marina for the event tentatively set for next Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, 2009. Fishing buffs are expected to participate from an roughly 40 countries, including the United States, Angola, France, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Italy, England, Austria, Slovenia, Sweden, Egypt and Germany. More than 45 teams are expected, having gained spots in the World Championship in qualifying tournaments held throughout the year.

New Flights, New Tours
Fishing enthusiasts and other travelers from Canada will find Mazatlán more accessible now, thanks to new WestJet service from Calgary and Edmonton. These nonstop flights from the leading Canadian-based low-cost carrier began, Dec. 22, 2007. They open up service not only from Calgary and Edmonton, but also throughout Canada.

The WestJet flights add to the direct flights available to Mazatlán from other cities, including: Los Angeles (Delta, Mexicana and Alaska Airlines), San Francisco (Alaska Airlines), Denver (Frontier Airlines), Seattle (Alaska Airlines), Houston (Continental Airlines), Phoenix (U.S. Airways), Salt Lake City (Delta Airlines), Detroit (Northwest Airlines), Minneapolis (Sun Country Airlines, MLT Worryfree Vacations Charter Flights).

Once in Mazatlán, visitors will discover a new tour, the Huana Coa Canopy Adventure. This scenic canopy tour begins and ends on the grounds of the Los Osuna Blue Agave Plantation in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, about 45 minutes from Mazatlan. Included in the tour are twelve platforms mounted in the trees and hilltops of the semi-desert tropical forest. Under the careful supervision of guides, travelers move from platform to platform, using horizontal traverses; a nature walk; a flexible, elevated walkway; and a vertical descent.

Adventurers travel from the 130-year-old Blue Agave plantation home to the platforms in an all-terrain, military vehicle, passing over trails with up to 50-degree slopes. Throughout the drive, guides explain the region’s flora and fauna. The Canopy Adventure ends with a tour of the Los Osuna Blue Agave Distillery.

Travel Writers to Convene in Mazatlán
Among the visitors to Mazatlán early next year will be major travel writers. The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Chapter recently selected the city as the site of its annual meeting, January 13 – 23, 2009. In addition to business and professional development sessions, members will have a choice of two tours, one to Copper Canyon and the other to the colonial city of Cosalá.

The Barranca del Cobre or Copper Canyon, in the southwestern part of Mexico’s Chihuahua state, is deeper, longer and more remote than the Grand Canyon. Writers will take a tour on the Copper Canyon Railway, widely regarded as one of North America’s most scenic railways. With its 36 bridges and jaw-dropping switchbacks, the railway offers stunning vistas on its daily journey from sea level to 8,000 feet.

Cosalá is located two hours outside Mazatlán in the Sierra Madre Mountains. The town’s name means “Place of the Beautiful Landscape,” derived from the surrounding mountains and lakes. Dating back to the 16th century, this hidden gem treats travelers to historic and ecological wonders. In Cosalá’s well preserved Historic Center and Zone of the Monuments, visitors stroll along cobblestone streets, admiring centuries-old buildings, including luxurious estates, palaces and museums. Not far from town, they take in spectacular mountain scenery along with hiking trails, waterfalls, crystal-clear streams, petroglyphs, mining towns and more.

About Mazatlán
Mazatlán is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico’s second largest coastal city, Mazatlán has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlán and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two. Mazatlán has an international sport-fishing reputation. Sites of interest include: the Angela Peralta Theater, Archeological Museum, Republic Plaza, Ocean Museum, Botanic Garden, San Jose Chapel and the world’s second-tallest lighthouse. Transportation is available via the local “pulmonías” or four-person open-air vehicles that have become a symbol of the city. Visit Mazatlán on the World Wide Web at

ITU Continental Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championship – Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Jumex 2008

As is an annual tradition, Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo will hold one more edition of its International Triathlon, which for the 24th. edition, it will include the Continental Cup and the Central American and Caribbean Championship.

During this important sport event to take place next May 17, 2008 at 7:30 a.m., athletes may obtain points for the World and Olympic ranking. Senior, youth, children, amateur, sub- 23 and elite are the categories for this competition.

The Triathlon embraces the following disciplines:

* Olympic Triathlon: 1.5 km. swimming, 40 km. cycling, 10 km. running.

* Sprint Triathlon: 750 m. swimming, 20 km. cycling, 5 km. running.

* Children’s Triathlon: Distances according to the child’s age.

It is worth mentioning that routes to be followed in the course of the triathlon were established by FMTRI (Triathlon Mexican Federation) bearing in mind the idea that all participants may enjoy the breathtaking views that Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo – a twice as pleasing destination – has to offer.

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