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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Cancún Jazz Festival

Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, kick off your flip-flops and tap your toes in the sand for three days of smooth jazz at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Dave Koz and Rick Braun, Brian Culbertson, and many more join the lineup in paradise. Cool makes a comeback and will add some sweet melodies to your Labor Day weekend.

Perks luxury hotels use to woo the uber-rich

Luxury hotels are doing everything in their power to lure the uber-rich to their brand. From technology to farm-to-table cuisine, the hospitality industry has upped the ante. So what’s next? More and more luxury hotels are partnering with upscale retailers to bring their top-tier guests a lavish shopping experience.

The St. Regis in Mexico City and Washington DC offers exclusive shopping concierge services. In Mexico City, guests can schedule an appointment with expert stylist, Marco Corral, who will compile style preferences and apparel sizes. Without having to leave their villa, guests will have their closet fully stocked with a luxurious array of designer clothing.

At the St. Regis Washington DC, guests can opt to have their closets stocked ahead of time with items from Neiman Marcus. Those who are interested in this ultra-luxe experience fill out a questionnaire with their style preferences and arrive to a personalized wardrobe.

Creating exclusive experiences for prospective guests is essential for brands to stay afloat in today’s competitive age. The focus on a unique, tailor-made experience really matters to the affluent traveler.

Nobu hotel coming to Los Cabos

The first Nobu hotel in Mexico is scheduled to open in 2017 in Los Cabos. The 200-room luxury property will be Nobu Hospitality’s ninth hotel. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, actor Robert DeNiro, and Hollywood film producer Meir Teper own the private company. Plans for the Nobu Hotel Los Cabos include the signature Nobu restaurant and bar on the beachfront, other restaurants and lounges, a spa, shops, and pools.

International News

World’s largest hotel project

Travelers on pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca in Saudi Arabia will soon have a new hotel option. Abraj Kudai—set to become the world’s largest hotel complex—is scheduled to open in 2017. The building will be a homage to the sacred land upon which the construction project is taking place.

The giant complex of buildings will feature 12 towers, one of which will be adorned with one of the largest domes in the world. The towers will house 10,000 rooms and cost an estimated US$3.5 billion. The buildings will feature 70 restaurants, rooftop helipads, entire floors dedicated to royalty, and a full-size convention center.

Ten of the 12 towers will be rated as four-star establishments. The other two towers will be even more prestigious and provide five-star accommodations for guests visiting Abraj Kudai.

Cruise News

Cruise ship record 6,600 passengers

Carnival Corp, the parent company of Carnival, Holland America, Princess, and seven other lines, has ordered four new ships that will hold up to 6,600 passengers apiece—a new record. The new ships will be powered by liquefied natural gas, a cruise industry first. It is considered cleaner than the bunker oil and other fuels now used to power cruise ships.

Two of the 180,000-ton vessels will be operated by Carnival’s German brand, Aida. The other two ships will sail for one of its Europe-based lines. Italian line Costa Cruises and Aida are part of the Europe-based division of Carnival Corp. known as the Costa Group.

Deal of the Week

The thrill of Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai, the capital of abundance and one of the fastest growing cities on the planet, and Abu Dhabi, the cultural capital of the UAE, invite you to visit for nine days for only US$1,999 air and land! This is a one-time departure on November 4, 2015. Book now; space is limited. The tour features:

  • Round trip from Newark International Airport (EWR)
  • Seven-night hotel accommodations (five nights Movenpick Hotel Bur Dubai and two nights Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi)
  • Daily breakfast and one dinner
  • Meet and assist upon arrival at Dubai Airport
  • Arrival transfer with an English-speaking guide to introduce the destination en-route to your hotel
  • Half-day Dubai city tour with glimpses of the ancient and modern parts of the city in an air-conditioned coach, including museum entrance fee
  • Half-day shopping tour in Dubai in an air-conditioned coach, including an English-speaking guide
  • Desert Safari and dinner in four WD vehicles including soft drinks, mineral water, BBQ dinner, camel rides, sand boarding, belly dance performance, and henna painting
  • Transfer to Abu Dhabi and a tour of the city with glimpses of the ancient and modern parts of the city

Transfer back from Abu Dhabi to Dubai

Departure transfer to Dubai Airport, including the services of an English-speaking guide.

The price is per person based on double occupancy and includes airfare and fuel surcharge. Fuel surcharges and air tax are valid at the time of advertising, but are subject to change. The tour must be booked and paid in full by August 15, 2015. Additional restrictions may apply.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys that specializes in crafting personalized cruise and land itineraries for couples, singles, 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 or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Haute Living, Travel Weekly, Travel Pulse, USA Today, STI-Travel


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