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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Azul Hotels, by Karisma Announces Family and Friends Vacation Planner Package

Located on Mexico's Riviera Maya, the all-inclusive Azul Hotels by Karisma is launching the new Family & Friends Vacation Planner (FFVP), part of the Gourmet Inclusive program, and its Free Family & Friends Vacation Planner Package, beginning June 15, 2008. The FFVP team will orchestrate perfect agendas for families vacationing at Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma, Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma (opening Oct. 1, 2008) and Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma (opening Dec. 1, 2008).

The package will mean help planning family reunions, grandparent trips, or just family get-togethers. The Free Family & Friends Vacation Planner Package includes room assignments, a personalized itinerary given at check-in, one dinner reservation with a set a la carte menu guaranteed for up to 20 people, constant communication informing the family of trip updates, and brochures for each attendee with a welcome letter for each guests, introducing the hotel and destination. Guests can also take advantage of additional offerings including spa parties; private cooking classes; round robin tennis tournaments; private Olympic games; personalized polo shirts, hats and beach bags; beach barbecues; and cocktail receptions. The FFVP Package is valid with a reservation of five rooms or more.

What It Includes: Azul Hotels by Karisma also boast Beach Butlers, who provide towels, arrange beach picnics, offer cold drinks, reading materials or anything else that may be desired; U.S.-based and on-site wedding planners; and full concierge service. In addition to the FFVP, Azul Hotels by Karisma feature a variety of Gourmet Inclusive offerings catering specifically to families such as kids' clubs, teens' clubs, kids' splash park, face painting, piñata parties, fishing at the pool, kids’ playground, DVD library with free popcorn, and babysitting services, among others.

At Azul Sensatori Hotel, families will enjoy Luxury 2 + 3 = Family with suites that comfortably sleep two adults and three children, or three adults and one child, with guaranteed connecting rooms for groups traveling together. At Azul Fives Hotel, families will enjoy one, two and three-bedroom suites accommodating up to eight people. Azul Hotels by Karisma also provides parents with strollers and cribs, monitors and bottle warmers, baby bathrobes, and Gourmet Gerber for babies and toddlers.

For more information:
• call 1-888-280-8810
• visit www.azulhotel.com

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Hotel Marina El Cid Offers Family Adventure Package

Through June 30, the 342-room, all-inclusive Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort, located about 20 minutes from the Cancun airport, is offering the Maya Discovery Family Adventure Package. The promotion offers discounts of up to 30% and includes three excursions.

The Adventures: The Maya Discovery Family Adventure includes three expeditions:

• Arrecife Day Trip: This trip takes guests on a sailing cruise to the white sandy shores of Playa Maroma, cited by the Travel Channel as one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Travelers spend the afternoon swimming, snorkeling and kayaking through the clear turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

• Snorkeling Trip: This excursion explores underwater life in the protected Puerto Morelos National Reef Park. Located 500 yards offshore from Hotel Marina El Cid, Puerto Morelos is the world's second largest barrier reef system. Your family will get up-close views of exotic sea life, including brightly colored tropical fish, sea turtles, stingrays, purple sea fans, coral and more.

• Chichen Itza Day Trip: Travelers visit these Maya ruins, recently named one of the wonders of the world. The famous temples and pyramids here are more than 1,500 years old. Chichen Itza's main attraction is the central pyramid, the massive El Castillo (the castle).

What It Includes: Each of the Maya Discovery Family Adventure excursions includes transportation and lunch. The Chichen Itza tour leaves from the lobby, while the snorkeling and sailing tours depart from the El Cid Marina, one block from the resort.

Price: The excursions package is a total of $150 USD per person, including taxes, in addition to the all-inclusive rate, down from $215 per person for these excursions booked separately.

The Maya Discovery Family Adventure Package is valid for guests who pre-book and pre-pay for a junior, one-, two- or three-bedroom suite. It also applies to Platinum Club guests.

For More Information:
• visit www.elcid.com
• call 1-800-525-1925 or 1-888-733-7308

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Ceiba Del Mar Welcoming Children This Summer

Along the Riviera Maya, Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort is usually a quiet getaway for adults...but this summer it will welcome children for the summer season. Located just 20 minutes from Cancun Airport on a stretch of secluded beach, this resort has plenty to offer the entire family. The resort encompasses 88 luxury rooms, including 37 suites and 7 penthouses, all with ocean views.

Why It's Fun for Families: The resort offers two outdoor pools for a family swim. Your family can hit the resort's tennis courts, rent kayaks and explore the stunning sapphire-blue sea, or rent bicycles for a scenic ride exploring the lush natural beauty of the jungle landscape. The Great Maya Reef is located nearby or just relax together on the uncrowded beach and build a sand castle in the powder white sand.

And if the adults require some pampering and relaxation as part of the family trip, Ceiba Del Mar's unique holistic and aromatherapy Spa offers a full range of treatments using a selection of more than 50 essential English oils.

For more information:
• visit www.ceibadelmar.com
• call 1-877-545-6221

Photo courtesy Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Palace Resorts Offers Kids Stay Free Promotion

Here's a good package we just received: Palace Resorts' is offering a Summer Kids' promotion which allows kids ages 12 and under to eat, stay and play for free when sharing a room with an adult.

The Resorts: This offer includes the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun Palace, Beach Palace, Xpu-Ha Palace, Playacar Palace, Cozumel Palace and the new Isla Mujeres Palace under the all-inclusive program.

What It Includes: This program includes luxurious accommodations, all meals and snacks, 24-hour room service, beverages, taxes, gratuities, non-motorized water sports, and sensational entertainment.

Price: Rates are $156 - $199 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Limit two (2) children per room. Children 13 – 17 years of age pay the child rate.

Dates: Valid from June 1st through August 31st, 2008

For More Information:
• visit www.palaceresorts.com
• call (800) 635-1836

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

POTD: Ferry to Isla Mujeres, Mexico


From Cancun, ferry service connects visitors to the small island of Isla Mujeres. Here a small town atmosphere makes it easy for families to tour on golf carts and bicycles or explore on foot.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

POTD: Display at Interactive Aquarium Cancun


Living coral and other forms of sea life highlight the excellent displays at the Interactive Aquarium Cancun, one of the top family attractions in Cancun.

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Friday, October 05, 2007

POTD: Swimming with Dolphins in Cancun


Cancun's Interactive Aquarium offers swim with the dolphin opportunities in a large pool. Check with the aquarium for height requirements and be sure to prebook if you're interested in this activity; it is limited to small groups.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

POTD: Cancun's Interactive Aquarium


Walk beneath these bullet-shaped barracuda at the Interactive Aquarium in Cancun. Located in the Hotel Zone, this modern aquarium offers an indoor and an outdoor section with plenty of hands-on opportunities.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Cancun Update from Palace Resorts

We've received good news from Mexico's Palace Resorts; the all-inclusive resorts sustained a little minor damage but they're all up and open for guests. Here's a rundown on the particular properties:

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
· Resort is open and currently accepting guests.
· All pools are open
· All indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars are open
· Moon Spa & Golf Club is open
· Paintball area is open
· Beach and beach lounge bar are being cleaned and will be ready in approximately 4 days or sooner

Cancun Palace
· Resort is open and currently accepting guests
· Rooms were unaffected
· Pools and resort bars are operating. The Beach Bar is being cleaned and is expected to reopen within a week to 2 weeks.
· All restaurants are open. Mercado Restaurant (International) is only operating indoors. The outdoor terrace is currently closed.
· Lobby, gym and kids club are open and operating
· The beach is expected to return naturally in a few days depending on weather conditions.
· The amphitheater will reopen by Monday, August 27th.
· The solarium area is expected to reopen by mid next week.

Sun Palace
· Resort is open and currently accepting guests
· There were no damages to the property and the resort is operating at 100%

Aventura Spa Palace
· Resort is open and currently accepting guests
· Rooms were unaffected
· All pools and restaurants are operating
· The beach coves are currently being cleaned and expect to reopen in phases.
· By the end of next week the south beach cove will reopen.
· The North wedding gazebo is currently being repaired; however, we have 2 additional gazebos for weddings.
· The outdoor spa cabins are currently being repaired, but there’s no estimated time as to when it would reopen.
· The spa cabins located in the main spa building suffered no damages and are currently operating.

Playacar Palace
· All areas are 100% operational except the pool, which is currently being cleaned. The resort is expected to reopen on Friday, August 24th
· Guests scheduled to arrive on the 22nd or 23rd will be accommodated at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
· Playacar Spa & Golf Club is open

Xpu-Ha Palace
· The resort is expected to reopen Saturday, August 25th. The beach will be restored at a later date
· Guests scheduled to arrive between the 22nd & 24th will be accommodated at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Cozumel Palace
· The resort is open with all areas operating at 100%.

Beach Palace
· No major damages. The resort is still on schedule to open on December 1, 2007

Isla Mujeres Palace
· No major damages. The resort is still on schedule to open in Fall 2007


Palace Resort has also informed us about some of the most popular area attractions. Tours of Chichen-Itza, Tulum, Ekbalam, Coba and Wet N’ Wild offered through the resort will resume operation as of Thursday, August 23rd. The status of all remaining tours is currently under advisement.

The Cancun International Airport is open and operating as normal. Guests are encouraged to check with their airline for updated information.

· Rescheduling: If guests wish to postpone their vacation and travel at a later date, Palace Resorts will protect the original rate for travel up to one year after original departure date. Guests will be allowed to travel from August 22, 2007 thru August 22, 2008 (except the dates from December 15, 2007 thru January 3, 2008).

All bookings must be rescheduled within 30 days after a hurricane strikes and are based on availability and blackout periods apply. Rate protection will only apply to the number of original nights and number of guests booked. (Additional nights or guests will be booked at current rate). No name changes allowed.

For more information:
• call (800) 635-1836
• visit www.palaceresorts.com

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Early Cancun Reports After Hurricane Dean

Just hours after Hurricane Dean roared through the Yucatan, we're already receiving updating on the condition of hotels. The family-friendly Blue Bay Club in Cancun is reporting no structural damage. The hotel is fully operations and open for arrivals.

We also received word that Oasis Hotels & Resorts, which operates 10 hotels throughout Cancun and the Riviera Maya, have weathered Hurricane Dean quite successfully according to preliminary reports. They report that there is no flooding or major damage at the resorts. Communications such as land lines and cell phones are operational, electric power is operational, and most importantly, so far no one is reported hurt in the destination.

Hopefully this is a good sign that at least the northern portions of the Yucatan escaped serious damage with this terrible storm.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Cancun Hosting Family-Friendly Party

If you're headed to Cancun later this week, don't miss the second annual Cancun Beach Party. Sponsored by the Mexican Caribbean Public Relations Association, the August 10 - 12 event will take place along the beaches of Cancun's hotel zone and will bring together local people, tourists and the destination's leading travel and entertainment companies.

This year's festival will feature a 100% family-oriented program of events, including beachfront tennis and soccer tournaments, culinary displays and exhibits, kite flying contests, a nighttime boat parade and an exclusive concert by singer Julieta Venegas.

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Cancun's Blue Bay Club Announces Kids Free Promotion

Blue Bay Club & Spa, Cancun announces its "Free Kids" promotion. Valid for travel April 15 - May 27, 2007, two kids (up to the age of 12) stay free when sharing a room with two paying adults. Rates for a Superior Room are $94 per person, per night and $104 for a Junior Suite per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

Rates include accommodations, all meals, gourmet dining, room service for continental breakfast, all drinks and cocktails, daily activities, nightly entertainment, non-motorized water sports, billiards and ping-pong, scheduled shuttle between the two resorts and hotel taxes and tips.

For an additional $30 per person, per night, travelers can upgrade to the Silver Plan, which includes everything in the all-inclusive plan, plus:

• Premier Menu at A la Carte Restaurants
• International brands in alcoholic beverages
• Room Service
• Lobster Dinner (seasonal)
• Bottle of water in the room daily
• Free use of Sauna, Steam-room and Jacuzzis at The Spa
• Safety box without charge
• 10% discount in all services and treatments at the Resort Spa
• 10% discount at the Beauty Parlor
• 10% discount in tours at the hotel Travel Agency

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