By Judy Newell
Mexico Travel News
First AAA Five Diamond Hotel in PV
Hotel Mousai will be Puerto Vallarta’s first hotel to receive the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award as “one of North America’s most luxurious accommodations.” Fewer than one-half percent of more than 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve this prestigious distinction. There are only 122 properties in North America; Hotel Mousai’s Five Diamond status will be the 16th in Mexico.
The ultra-chic contemporary beach resort for guests aged 16 and over, sits in the heart of Garza Blanca Preserve. The luxury property features gourmet restaurants, infinity pools, lavish junior suites, and a penthouse in addition to the most pampering spa in the area. The room-only rate is US$839 per night, with a current promotional rate of US$453.
Hacienda Tres Ríos autumn promotion
Visit Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa and Nature Park this fall and receive a US$500 resort credit. Two adults and two kids 12 and under can stay for US$350 per night. There is a minimum four-night stay for travel between August 10 and December 18, 2015. Nestled in a 326-acre pristine nature park near Playa del Carmen, Hacienda Tres Ríos is a luxury beachfront, all-inclusive resort on the Riviera Maya. The autumn promotion includes a Junior Suite Mangrove View, all-inclusive plan, and two kids 12 and under stay free. The US$500 credit can be used for airport transfers, spa treatments, temazcal, Chef’s Table dinner, romantic private Luna Maya dinner, or a Segway tour.
Aeromexico begins Boston service
On June 1, Aeromexico launched service between Mexico City and Boston. It is the carrier’s 16th destination in the US. The flights operate every day except Tuesday.
Now can I sit up front? Major airlines are dropping fares to entice you to buy more first class seats. They have come down out of the stratosphere. They are also tempting frequent flyers with round-trip upgrades for as little as US$100 or US$200 on domestic trips. Many of these seats used to be filled at the last minute with free upgrades, and airlines are hoping that lower costs will encourage passengers to buy up front.
One World Trade Center observatory opens
On May 29, the observation level of One WTC opened, allowing visitors to experience one of the greatest views in New York City. It is the highest observatory in the United States. Visitors are 1,250 feet above the street level with a 360-degree view of almost 50 miles.
The observatory takes up the entire 100th floor of the building, with a restaurant on the 101st and an event space on the 102nd. In the elevators, which are called “skypods,” guests reach the observation level in 60 seconds. During the trip, they see a video called “Voices,” about those who built One WTC, and a virtual time lapse that shows the city’s skyline growing from the year 1600 to the present.
Tickets are US$32 for adults and US$26 for children aged six to 12. Seniors get a US$2 discount. Admission is free for family members of those who died on 9/11, as well as those who worked in the rescue and recovery. Officials expect three million to four million visitors a year.
Deal of the Week
Railtours Ireland independent vacation
Visit Dublin, Killarney, and Galway on this seven-night vacation and enjoy Railtours Ireland’s legendary service and hospitality. Visit Ireland without having to drive, enjoy car free travel at your own pace, and get to visit some of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way, including Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and the Cliffs of Moher. The independent rail vacation to Ireland includes
•Meet and greet from your flight at Dublin Airport
•Transfers to your Dublin city center four-star standard hotel
•Three nights hotel accommodation with full Irish breakfast (two nights on arrival and one night before you fly home)
•Hop On-Hop Off Dublin sightseeing tour tickets valid for 48 hours
•Rail travel Dublin-Killarney; you choose the departure that suits you, with trains every two hours
•Two nights four-star standard hotel accommodation with full Irish breakfast in the center of Killarney
•Transfer to Limerick and tour of Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Galway Bay, enjoying a big chunk of the Wild Atlantic Way en route to Galway City
•Two nights, 3-4 star hotel accommodation in Galway city center with full Irish breakfast
•Rail travel Galway-Dublin; you choose the departure that suits you, with trains every couple of hours
•Transfer to Dublin airport on day of departure
You can depart on the Railtours Ireland independent vacations daily except Wednesdays. The price is €799 per adult based on double occupancy (approximately US$901). Single room supplement applies.
Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys that specializes in crafting personalized cruise and land itineraries for couples, families and small groups. She designs trips that are carefully tailored to suit client’s interests, ability and budget. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or view the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.
Sources: Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Hacienda Tres Rios, Aeromexico, The Wall Street Journal, Travel Pulse, Railtours Ireland