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Fairmont Expands in Mexico With New Hotel and Residential Development in the Riviera Nayarit

Fairmont Costa Canuva will be the centerpiece of a gorgeous new beachfront village along the pristine and increasingly popular Riviera Nayarit

Luxury hotel operator Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Mota-Engil Tourismo today announced the development of a new 250-room luxury hotel and additional private residences along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico.

The sparkling new Fairmont Costa Canuva is slated to open in late 2018 and will reside within the new master-planned seaside community, “COSTA CANUVA”, on the Riviera Nayarit. The Costa Canuva development is set along miles of pristine beach, just north of Punta Mita and approximately 40 miles north of Puerto Vallarta International Airport.

Costa Canuva, with more than 4.3 miles of shoreline and 630 acres of beach, estuary and mountains, will offer five hotels, including the Fairmont, and will be ideal for all types of travelers. It will also present residential ownership opportunities within the beachfront village with 2,500 residential units, including some designed by the renowned Artigas Arquitectos firm.

The development will also have an exclusive golf course designed by Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa, with this being the first course created by the Mexican golfing champion. Two of the holes will present spectacular sea views to guarantee an unforgettable playing experience. Furthermore, an extensive list of activities will be available at Costa Canuva. Families will be able to experience a blend of sea and mountain and enjoy paddle surfing, more than 20 kilometers of cycling tracks designed by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), and a canopy park including ziplines, among others.

These will come together as part of a masterful design to respect and enjoy the beauty and luxury of the venue, as is a tradition in projects overseen by famed urban planner, Mario Lazo.
“We are delighted to be at the forefront of establishing the new Costa Canuva community in this thriving and beautiful region,” said Kevin Frid, president, Americas for Fairmont’s parent company, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “From the Riviera Maya to the Riviera Nayarit, we are positioning Fairmont to deliver our unique brand of luxury and genuine hospitality at Mexico’s most sought-after destinations.”

The Riviera Nayarit stretches for 51,800 hectares along the Pacific Ocean and offers a coastal lifestyle similar to that of California, while sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, providing a temperate yet tropical climate that can be enjoyed all 365 days of the year. Costa Canuva will provide access to sailing, surfing, fishing expeditions, a PGA-level golf course and pristine beaches. It will also add to the offering that led Condé Nast Traveller UK to name the Riviera Nayarit as one of its 10 Destinations To Watch in 2015.

Fairmont Costa Canuva will join its sister property, Fairmont Mayakoba located in the Riviera Maya region, and expand Fairmont’s growing portfolio of highly sought after luxury vacation resorts around the world. The Fairmont Costa Canuva will also feature Fairmont-branded residences for those who wish to make their stay in Mexico more permanent. As primary dwellings or getaway retreats, these whole and fractional ownership homes can be enjoyed all year long and will become a legacy for generations to come.

The development of the Costa Canuva village represents a $1.8 billion USD investment in the region’s economy and is expected to create 6,000 direct jobs and 18,000 thousand indirect jobs locally. The project is being spearheaded by Portugal’s Mota-Engil, one of the largest construction and infrastructure management companies in Europe and the only Portuguese company in the World’s Top 100 Construction Companies, according to Engineering News-Record.
“We are thrilled that Fairmont has joined us in this exciting journey to share the paradise of Costa Canuva with the rest of the world,” said Rafael Lang, CEO of Mota-Engil Tourism. “Our goal is to create a true community, integrating our beachfront village with residential neighborhoods, golf course and lagoons. Not only do we look forward to welcoming international visitors to this wonderful region, but we are excited to create new opportunities for domestic tourists and the local people of the Riviera Nayarit.”

Fairmont Costa Canuva will feature 250 guestrooms and suites, including 40 Fairmont Gold rooms and Fairmont branded residences. It will also boast more than 22,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six restaurants and bars, an expansive outdoor swimming pool and a spectacular Willow Stream Spa encompassing nearly 13,000 square feet. A center for children and young adults, providing creative and active activities, will appeal to holidaying families.

As well as attracting luxury travelers and adventurous sun-seekers, the Fairmont Costa Canuva will benefit from its close proximity to the Sanctuary Convention Center, making it an ideal venue for corporate groups, conferences and social events.

About Fairmont

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit
About Mota-Engil
The Mota-Engil group has flourished over the last 70 years, marked by a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in its ongoing quest for new horizons.

Mota-Engil is a multinational and diversified business group with highly recognized know-how throughout the construction and infrastructure management value chain. As a leader in Portugal and ranked among the 30 most important European companies in the construction sector, Mota-Engil is present in 3 continents and 22 countries across Europe, Africa and Latin America. It participates in more than 200 companies around the world while maintaining the same standards of rigor, quality and capacity that have distinguished it throughout its history.

Three Spectacular New Golf Courses on the Horizon in Los Cabos

New Layouts Boost Appeal of World-Class Destination at Land’s End

Los Cabos, Mexico (PRWEB) December 16, 2013


Situated at the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula and home to Mexico’s most top-shelf golf offerings, Los Cabos has established itself as a coveted, world-class golf getaway over the past two decades; and now with the announcement of three new courses on the horizon Los Cabos will continue to rise above the rest.

Boasting nearly a dozen courses designed by the game’s leading architects, Los Cabos commands a unique ocean-mountain-desert ecosystem found nowhere else in the hemisphere. This unusual combination of environments has sparked the imagination of developers-and resulted in the creation of the “Next Great Place” for international golf travelers.

Home to four of the top five courses in Mexico according to Golf Digest’s current ‘Planet Golf’ rankings, Los Cabos plans to raise the stakes in 2014, when the two best-known figures in the sport, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus, will unveil new creations at Diamante and Quivira, respectively.

“We could not be happier to welcome these three courses, designed by some of the best in the industry, to our destination,” said Eduardo Segura, Managing Director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board, “Already home to some of the best golf offerings in the world, the addition of these courses will truly raise the bar of excellence and take the Los Cabos’ golf scene to the next level.”

Closer at hand, Chileno Bay, a long-awaited resort development fronting one of the most desirable beaches in Los Cabos, will debut its dazzling Tom Fazio-designed course on December 31, 2013. Routed in desert foothills high above the Sea of Cortes, each hole on this beautiful newcomer has graceful, flowing landforms intended to simulate rolling ocean waves. Framed by sculpted bunkers, broad arroyos and feathery “champagne grass,” Chileno Bay builds to a climax at the long par-4 18th, which tumbles downhill to a sprawling green back dropped by the sea.

Diamante, a timeshare development built on massive sand dunes above the Pacific Ocean a few miles north of Cabo San Lucas, simulates the sensation of playing a treeless, windswept, Scottish-style links. As an added attraction, golfers can view whales breaching close to shore during the winter months. Diamante’s top-rated Dunes Course, designed by Davis Love III, offers tee times to prospective property buyers. Love and his design team recently returned to Diamante to replace the inland 12th and 13th holes with a new pair of holes routed in enormous dunes nearer the sea. These holes will debut in mid-2014. Later next year the Dunes Course will be joined by El Cardonal, an inland layout with an “Old California” design motif that will mark the architectural debut of superstar Tiger Woods.


Adjacent to Diamante at the Pueblo Bonito development is Quivira, a breathtaking layout by Jack Nicklaus that starts at sea level near the pounding surf before climbing to higher ground, where the panoramic views and topographical diversity are unsurpassed. “Our team is working with the canvas Mother Nature has provided to create one of the most spectacular courses in the world,” Nicklaus said of his sixth and perhaps final course in Los Cabos. Marked by windswept dunes, steep cliffs and raw desert, Quivira has the potential to redefine the Cabo golf experience and is expected to rank among Nicklaus’s most memorable creations. The $40 million golf development at Quivira is tentatively scheduled to open in summer, 2014.

With its consistently sunny weather, low humidity and cooling sea breezes, the climate in Cabo is perfect for golf. The corridor’s scalloped coastline, washed by the Sea of Cortes, is home to more multi-starred, “gran turismo” hotels than any other destination in Mexico. In addition, the plethora of activities favored by golfers and non-golfers alike includes fishing (deep-sea and in-shore), surfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, whale watching cruises, desert jeep tours, exceptional shopping, eclectic dining, and dawn-to-dusk nightlife.

About Los Cabos:
Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is home to award-winning hotels, resorts, championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-class sport fishing, and was the host city for the G20 Summit of global leaders in 2012. With a unique landscape of dramatic desert and white sand beaches, Los Cabos is an exotic escape within easy reach of most U.S. and Canadian cities. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, please visit, follow us on Twitter @LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.


PLAYA DEL CARMEN, México — Tournament officials announced today that past major champions David Duval, Lucas Glover and Mike Weir will be coming to compete in the Mayakoba Golf Classic February 22-26 at the Mayakoba Resort on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club.

Officials also announced today that Jhonattan Vegas, the first Venezuelan to win on the PGA TOUR and a 2011 Rookie of the Year candidate, will attend this year’s tournament.

So far, the tournament has received commitments from seven major championship winners—Duval, Glover, Tom Lehman, Greg Norman, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Price and Weir. Prior to this year, the tournament has attracted a total of 20 major championship winners in the first five years.

“The field is really shaping up to be one of the most diverse we have seen in our first six years,” said Tournament Director Larson Segerdahl. “So far, we have a great mix of major championship winners, young players, international players and active players on the Champions Tour. This should certainly create a great competition and an exciting Sunday finish.”

Weir, the 2003 Masters champion and eight-time winner on TOUR, will be making his first appearance at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

“I’m excited about the chance to play the Mayakoba Golf Classic and in front of the fans in Mexico,” said Weir. “I have some fond memories of playing in Mexico representing Canada in the World Cup.  I’m looking forward to a great week in the Riviera Maya.”

It will also mark the first time Glover has played. Glover won the 2009 U.S. Open and last year won the Wells Fargo Championship for his third career victory.

Duval has accumulated 13 career titles, including the 2001 British Open. In 1999 he won four times and was ranked No.1 in the world. This will be Duval’s second start in the Mayakoba Golf Classic. In 2010, he failed to make the 36-hole cut.

Vegas will be making his second consecutive appearance. Last year, he finished tied for 19th.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic has traditionally hosted a strong international field. In the tournament’s first five years an average of 16 different countries have been represented each year.
With a purse of $3.7 million USD, Mexico’s only PGA TOUR event boasts the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America.

Daily and weekly ticket packages can be purchased by visiting the tournament website or by calling 01 (800) 212-8969 in Mexico or (855) MAYAKOBA in the U.S.

Weekly general admission tickets are $40 USD while daily ticket prices are $10 USD (or $100 pesos)  per person Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As is now tradition at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, children ages 17 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

Like in years past, the Mayakoba Golf Classic™ will offer two upgraded hospitality ticket options to fans.  The Heineken® El Camino and Nextel Fiesta Club will again be available to the general public for purchase.

Heineken® El Camino passes offer access to three exclusive venues strategically located at prime viewing locations throughout the golf course, the Heineken® El Camino ticket includes food as well as wine and Heineken® beer.  Tickets for the Heineken® El Camino venues are $75 USD per day or $275 USD for weekly passes.

The Nextel Fiesta Club provides spectators access to a private skybox on the 18th green of El Camaleón Golf Club, as well as including a complete buffet and full bar.  Nextel Fiesta Club ticketholders also receive access to the three Heineken® El Camino venues.  Nextel Fiesta Club tickets are $150 USD per day or $550 USD for a weekly pass.

Once again, the Mayakoba Golf Classic will provide a complimentary spectator shuttle from the Cancun Hotel Zone to the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Details about the spectator shuttle will be available on
For more information on the Mayakoba Golf Classic, please contact the tournament office by calling 01 (800) 212-8969 from Mexico or  (855) MAYAKOBA from the U.S. or by visiting

The Mayakoba Golf Classic made golf history when it became the first PGA TOUR event to ever be contested outside of the United States and Canada in February 2007. Today, the Mayakoba Golf Classic remains “Mexico’s Only PGA TOUR Event” as it prepares to enter its sixth year.  The event is regarded as one of the finest on the PGA TOUR by players, their families, sponsors and the TOUR itself.  With a purse of $3.7 million USD, the Mayakoba Golf Classic boasts the largest amount of prize money of any golf tournament in Latin America.  Held annually in February, the tournament features 132 professional golfers participating in four rounds of stroke play competition at the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleón Golf Club at Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, in the Riviera Maya-Cancún regions of Mexico.  Johnson Wagner, a five-year veteran of the PGA TOUR, claimed the title in 2011, winning $666,000 USD.  Other past champions include: Fred Funk (2007), Brian Gay (2008), Mark Wilson (2009) and Cameron Beckman (2010).


Golfing in Mazatlan with Anita Draycott

David Simmonds

Our old friend Anita Draycott was in Mazatlan recently with her husband for some golf and fun. Take a look what she has to say about this great, old Mexican port town that really has everything you would want – great beaches, golf, wonderful seafood, interesting history, stunning weather and sunsets, and some of the nicest locals in Mexico. And all for a fraction of the cost as some of the popular beach destinations.


THE ROYAL in Cancun & THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen Luxury-Gourmet by Real Resorts

The Evolution of Perfection!

CANCUN and RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, April 13, 2011

CANCUN and RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Designed for the most discerning guests seeking a truly romantic experience, THE ROYAL in Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen don’t take luxury standing still.  In a constant effort to improve guest services and amenities, while surpassing guest expectations, the luxury-gourmet, all-inclusive, all-suite, adult-only resorts continue to make enhancements to its service that inspire guest satisfaction and awe!

“A true luxury experience is a continuously evolving work of art,” said Fernando Garcia, Managing Director of Real Resorts.  “At THE ROYAL in Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen we listen to our guests, examine new technologies, and continue to make refinements to our decor and our services.  Our latest group of enhancements may each go individually unnoticed, but collectively they create a new level of luxury that outshines our competitors and subtly says to each guest, ‘your comfort is our priority,'” added Garcia.

Some of the newest amenities and features include redecorated guest suites with comfort designed furnishings and mood enhancing color schemes.  In addition there are nuances such as adjustable LED reading lamps attached to the headboard, new luxury faucets in the baths, a foot rest with the overstuffed easy chair, a posh rug accenting the brilliant marble floors, and spa style bathrobes and slippers.  Regarding service, guests will find an expanded wine list with more wines and liquors incorporated into the all-inclusive experience, as well as a broader wine list, including vintage wines, champagne and spirits.  In addition, the complimentary room service experience has been enhanced.  Guests may still enjoy discreet delivery through the ‘Magic Box,’ or opt for a more formal room service on a well-appointed table.

SPAzul, the Mayan influenced holistic spa at each of the resorts, now offer complimentary hydrotherapy in addition to a full menu of spa treatments offered at special resort pricing.   All of these new additions complement the long list of amenities and services that encompass THE ROYAL experience at THE ROYAL in Cancun and THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen.  In addition, each resort boasts the best location in its destination with wide expansive beaches, yet adjacent to the shops and exciting nightlife of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.  Created for romance, these resorts offer ambience, gracious service, lavish amenities and sumptuous dining.

About THE ROYAL in Cancun

THE ROYAL in Cancun is the flagship hotel for Real Resorts.  It is a luxury-gourmet, all-inclusive, all-suite resort located beachfront in the heart of Cancun’s famous Hotel Zone.  It is the only hotel in Cancun with an ocean view spa (SPAzul) and is conveniently located next to its sister property, the Gran Caribe Real Cancun. All of its 288 ocean view suites have views of the Caribbean and feature large balconies with hammocks for relaxation.

About THE ROYAL Playa del Carmen

Guests will discover an explosion of luxury around every corner at the gourmet-luxury, all-inclusive, adult only ROYAL Playa del Carmen.  This casually elegant beachfront resort is the jewel of the Rivera Maya with breathtaking views of the turquoise Caribbean. Yet its beachfront location is only steps from Playa del Carmen’s famed Fifth Avenue.  Discover hip night spots, trendy cafes, colorful shops and the local color of this fishing village while experiencing THE ROYAL’s flawless hospitality.

For more information and reservations contact a travel agent or visit:, or call 1-800-760-0944.

Hacienda Xcanatun Offers Substantial Price Savings in 2010

MERIDA, Mexico – The 18th century Hacienda Xcanatun, pronounced (ssh-kana-toon), a former sisal hacienda turned into an elegant, boutique hotel, is introducing in 2010 a Best Available Rate program valid until September 30, 2010 The offer is limited to a set number of rooms, and some restrictions apply. (See below.), but the savings are significant.
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