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Secrets newest adults-only resort

Opening November 1, 2015, Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya offers Unlimited Luxury at an exclusive introductory price starting at US$179 per person per night. The all-inclusive property features gourmet dining and top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar, daytime activities and live nightly entertainment, pool and beach wait service, and much more. The introductory offer is valid on new reservations made now through March 31, 2015 for travel from the November 1 opening through December 23, 2015.

Catch of the day

At CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa, guests can meet local fishermen and then select which fish they want prepared for dinner at the resort. Not only are guests able to taste local flavors, they can go a step further and engage in the entire culinary process — from catching the seafood to selecting authentic flavorings to enjoying the meal that same day.

Finest Playa Mujeres debuts

Located about 20 minutes north of Cancún, the all-inclusive resort Finest Playa Mujeres has opened adjacent to the new Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf and Spa Resort in the up-and-coming Mexican resort destination. The smallest of the 450 suites measures 800 square feet and all accommodations are equipped with Jacuzzis. The separate family and adults-only areas feature swim-up suites and suites with private decks and rooftop terraces. Facilities include 10 swimming pools; designated areas for kids and teens; and nine restaurants and 17 bars, all of which serve premium brand liquors.

Best hotels in Mexico

The national publisher of consumer advice and information, US News and World Report, announced Best Hotels of 2015 across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean in its fifth annual rankings. Listed as the top hotels in Mexico are Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort; Rosewood Mayakoba; The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort; Banyan Tree, Cabo Marqués; and Capella Ixtapa.

Cruise News

Flower Power Cruise

Twenty live performances will highlight five Caribbean days and nights of peace and music aboard the Celebrity Constellation departing February 29, 2016, from Ft. Lauderdale with stops in Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West.

A who’s-who of rockers from the generation of love are scheduled, including Blood, Sweat & Tears, Herman’s Hermits, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Jefferson Starship, The Grass Roots, The Guess Who, and The Turtles. Special themed nights include a Black Light Ball, Psychedelic ‘60s Dance Party, and Bell Bottom Blast.

Cabin prices begin at US$1,299 per person, based on double occupancy, and include admission to all shows, meals and events.

International News

App for foreign travel

Frommer’s calls its new smartphone app the essential international travel companion. The stripped-down version of Frommer’s Translator is available for free for iOS and Android mobile devices. It features basic translation for 13 languages. The app’s impressive full set of features includes a 10,000-word two-way dictionary; language lessons with flash cards, phrases in four levels of slang, access to a live translator, culture tips, tip calculator, currency converter, and wi-fi phone. An annual upgrade to the premium version costs US$49.99.

Awaken your inner yogi

Perillo Tours new Nomadic Yoga Journeys change the way people travel by focusing on wellness, daily yoga and meditation, healthy food, and community service.  Some of the new tours in 2015 include:

Greece, May 9-17: Greek culture and community on Santorini and Crete. Greek dances, cooking with a local grandmother, and Angel’s House women’s social project; nine-day journey begins at US$2,850 per person, double occupancy.

Costa Rica, May 10-16: Farm-to-table food and cooking, horseback riding, zip-lining, canopy walks, community service projects; 7-day journey begins at US$1,995 per person, double occupancy.

Vietnam, July 4-15: Mother Goddess Worship, ancient parks, Junk Boat, local youth project, Hoa Binh Hill Tribes; 11-day journey begins at US$2,975 per person, double occupancy.

India, Sept. 13-24 and Oct. 11-22: Ashram visit, Ayurveda, cooking and astrology lessons, ritual immersion, temple and village visits, community service projects; 12-day journey begins at US$2,325 per person, double occupancy.

Deal of the Week

Luxury China Orient Express

Experience the Silk Road, the trade and cultural exchange route connecting China and the western countries for over 2000 years, on the China Orient Express train—formerly used by distinguished Chinese state leaders and foreign dignitaries. The 12-day journey is September 7-18, 2015, with five nights onboard in a private superior compartment with all meals and six nights in 5-star deluxe hotel accommodations with American breakfast.

Along the route you will encounter unique attractions and cultural sites, including escorted tours of four UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage Sites and a Tang Dynasty dance and music show with dinner in Xian. Sites include Beijing, Luoyang, Xian, Tianshui, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, and Urumqi.

A dedicated tour manager is assisted by English-speaking tour guides in each city. The tour includes all domestic airport transfers and ground transportation in China and 31 meals including a Peking duck dinner. Optional pre- and post-train journey tours available at additional cost.

From US$3,195 per person, double occupancy. Non-stop transpacific air fare from US$1,100 is available from SFO, LAX and JFK upon request submitted at least 90 days or more prior to departure. Save US$100 per person for bookings with deposit submitted by March 31.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys that specializes designing independent tours, cruises and travel for the discerning traveler. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111-8765;Vonage: 949 300-3682; email: or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Secrets Resorts, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Finest Playa Mujeres, Travel Pulse, Celebrity Cruises, Perillo Tours, Champion Holidays


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