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Ecuador Ave of Volcanos

By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Fairmont has plans to open a new 250-suite property, Fairmont Costa Canuva, along the Riviera Nayarit in late 2018. The hotel will form a part of the new Costa Canuva beachfront community, which includes more than 600 acres of beach, forest, and mountains, as well as five hotels. Visitors will enjoy six restaurants and bars and an expansive outdoor swimming pool. There will also be a Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa-designed golf course in the community

Luxury Hotels Opening by Year’s End

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, will open in San José del Cabo in late 2018. The resort will have 115 luxury villas, each with a private butler and many with a swimming pool. Zadún will also have two championship-caliber golf courses and a botanical park. Set along the Sea of Cortez, the resort is also an ideal location for tourists interested in whale or dolphin watching.

Set on the banks of the Nopalitos Lagoon on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Awakening is a boutique hotel which is slated to open near the year’s end. Guests at Awakening will stay in “human cocoons,” which combine elements of a tree house with a cabin. The innovative structures mimic natural forms, designed to blend seamlessly into the jungle surroundings.

Robert De Niro’s Nobu Hotels will make its debut in Cabo San Lucas. Sitting on the Pacific Ocean’s beachfront, the luxury resort will offer the signature Nobu Restaurant, a spa, retail stores, and a variety of dining and lounging experiences, plus event and meeting space. The 200 rooms and suites will be designed with natural materials, featuring a “contemporary and elegant style” inspired by Japan and the beach.

International News

First Luxury Hotel in Space

These days everyone wants an out-of-this-world hotel experience offering excellent service and exceptional design. But if the first-ever luxury space hotel launches in late 2021 as planned, the figure of speech will be an accurate description.

The exclusive hotel, which is being developed by space technology startup Orion Span, is slated to launch in late 2021 and plans to host its first guests in 2022.

While in space, Aurora Station will soar 200 miles above the planet’s surface in low-Earth orbit.

Orion Span says Aurora Station will accommodate six people at a time, including two crew members. During a 12-day stay on the space station, guests will float freely through the zero-gravity hotel, taking in views of the northern and southern auroras from the station’s windows.

The hotel will orbit Earth every 90 minutes, which means those aboard will see an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

Prior to takeoff, all Aurora Station guests will partake in a mandatory three-month training program to receive an Orion Span Astronaut Certification. Phase one of this certification program can be completed online; the next portion will occur at Orion Span’s training facility in Houston, and the final training will take place during each expedition on Aurora Station.

A 12-day expedition on Aurora Station will cost US$9.5 million per person.

Once in orbit, guests can also stay in touch or live stream via high-speed wireless Internet access. Upon return to Earth, Aurora Station guests will be treated to a “hero’s welcome home.”

Aurora Station is now accepting deposits for future stays. The fully refundable deposit is $80,000 per person.


Cruise News

Viking Launches 245-day World Cruise

Viking Ocean Cruises announced a 245-day, six-continent, 59-country, and 113-port world cruise, with 22 overnight calls, featuring a full circumnavigation of the globe.

Departing from London on August 31, 2019, on Viking Sun, the eight-month journey will mark Viking’s third voyage around the globe and will nearly double the length of the company’s previous world cruises.

Viking will also offer guests an option to sail one of two shorter segments during the cruise. Guests can choose between Viking World Treasures, a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or Viking World Wonders, a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.

The 245-day voyage is priced from US$92,990 per person and boasts 113 guided tours in 59 countries.


Ready Set Sail with HAL

Travelers looking to book their future Holland America Line cruise vacation can benefit from the Ready Set Sail promotion that offers prepaid gratuities, reduced deposits, and reduced rates on nearly all of the cruise line’s worldwide itineraries.

Guests who book by June 14, 2018, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive up to US$300 onboard spending money per stateroom. All cruises between September 1, 2018, and August 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the promotion.

Eligible destinations include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, the Far East, the South Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Australia and New Zealand.


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” —Lao Tzu


Deal of the Week

Ecuador, Avenue of Volcanoes

The natural landscapes and beautiful colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca are waiting for you in Ecuador. The magical Andes will let you experience famous train rides, indigenous villages, colorful markets, the largest Inca site in Ecuador, and, of course, the majestic snow-capped volcanoes. The tour continues to the coastal region, through banana and cacao plantations, to end in the tropical city of Guayaquil, the biggest port of Ecuador.

The 8 day/7 night tour is perfect to combine with a Galapagos experience. From US$1,555 per person, double occupancy, you will tour Quito, Cotopaxi National Park, Banos, Riobamba, Ingapirca, Cuenca, and Guayaquil. There is an English-speaking guide/driver available for two people or a guide and driver for four or more people with private transportation included.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949-300-3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website


Sources: Travel Agent Central, Afar, Viking Ocean Cruises, Travel Age Central, Latour


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