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By Judy Newell

México News

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New Four Seasons in Los Cabos

The new Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas is now accepting reservations for stays beginning November 1. The Los Cabos resort will be the only one of the company’s properties to have a private marina, and it will be located on a swimmable beach on the East Cape.

The 114-room property will have views of the Sea of Cortez and private terraces in all accommodations, with a design that integrates indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests will be able to enjoy five dining options, including the first Latin American outpost of Chef Costas Spiliadis’ Estiatorio Milos Mediterranean seafood restaurant.

Other property highlights will run the gamut from a spa and wellness center to four pools and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed 18-hole golf course. From the private marina, guests will be able to set sail on sunset cruises or sport-fishing expeditions.

The resort will be set on grounds that include 18 acres of organic farms and orchards, a sports complex for tennis, volleyball, and basketball, as well as fitness facilities, a teen center, and a Kids for All Seasons program.

The property will be approximately 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport.

International News

10 day Vietnam Tour

Vietnam is known for its ancient history, diverse cultures, and beautiful natural landscapes. Book your dream vacation to see Saigon, Hoian, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay.

2019/2020 departure dates: Dec. 4, 2019; Mar. 4, 2020; Apr. 15, 2020; May 13, 2020.

Prices in US dollars—Land only: $1,699. Air-inclusive from Los Angeles (LAX), $2,499. Air-inclusive from New York City (JFK), $2,699. Single supplement, $640.

Quotes are available for flying from different US airports, extending your trip, or traveling with children. You can customize your trip for a group of 10 or more.

Month-long European Vacation to Nine Countries

You can visit nine countries in 26 days with a European Heritage excursion, which takes travelers through Paris, Barcelona, Florence, and more. The trip, which includes the essentials—25 nights’ accommodations, in-destination transport, and 32 meals—costs travelers US$3,510.

The trip starts and ends in London and brings travelers as far south as Madrid, as far east as Vienna, and as far north as Amsterdam. An expert travel director ensures travelers don’t miss a beat, with trip highlights that include medieval castles along the Rhine River, the white cliffs of Dover, a glassblowing workshop in Venice, and glimpses of France’s iconic Provence region.

In addition, travelers will enjoy audio headsets for sightseeing, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach, and experience city orientation tours and optional add-on experiences.

The tour price does not include flights, but does include all in-trip transportation, hotel service charges, tips, baggage-handling fees, and local taxes.

Guest Rooms Become Exercise Stations

More hotels are sparing guests trips to their fitness centers by providing in-room workout amenities ranging from stationary bikes to yoga mats. Hilton Hotels offers its Five Feet to Fitness feature, including guided routines on a fitness kiosk, a spin bike, exercise balls, and more. The program will be expanded to more than 560 DoubleTree by Hilton properties by next year.

Cruise News

New Triple Savings on Christmas Market Cruises

Limited-time Offer: Holiday Triple Savings. Save US$1,000 per person, a complimentary stateroom upgrade, plus US$50 per person onboard credit.

Cruise through the heart of Europe during the most festive time of year, and you’ll experience the timeless tradition of its magical Christmas markets. Browse colorful market stalls filled to the brim with whimsical handicrafts, and take in the aromas of cinnamon-dusted almonds and Lebkuchen gingerbread as you sip a mug of hot mulled wine beneath endless strands of twinkling lights.

Most markets are open from the last week of November through December 22. Promotional rates are valid on select departures for new bookings made through August 31, 2019. Port charges, optional land programs, airfares, and gratuities are additional.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind. —Marty Rubin

Deal of the Week

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Journey to New Zealand for up-close perspectives of magnificent fjords, or search for orcas, dolphins, seals, and petrels on an Australian holiday crowned with a New Year’s Eve celebration in Sydney.

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Indonesian Immersive and the Great Barrier Reef: Oct. 15, 2020, 16 nights. Highlights include Bali (Benoa), Indonesia | Komodo Island, Indonesia | Cape York, Australia. Theme: Thirtieth Anniversary Collection. Includes US$2,000 Book Now savings per guest. Fares from US$15,599.

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The Remote Coast of New Zealand, Dec. 10, 2020, 12 nights. Highlights: Auckland, New Zealand | Cruising Doubtful Sound | Steward Island, New Zealand. Includes US$2,000 Book Now savings per guest. Fares from US$12,249.

Antarctica and The Ross Sea Expedition: Jan. 28, 2021, 22 nights. Highlights: Crossing the Antarctic Circle | Ross Island, Antarctica | Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Includes US$750 Book Now savings per guest. Fares from US$36,099.

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: Luxury Travel Advisor, China Tour, Travel+Leisure, USA Today, AmaWaterways,

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